VitaCup Vitamin Infused Coffee-My Review

My sample turned out to be a 16ct box!!

I received my sample of Genius blend from VitaCup in the mail yesterday and all I can say is Wow!! VitaCup is vitamin infused coffee that really delivers on it’s promises. Let me explain:

First of all, it has MCT infused in it, so it promises energy and focus-which it delivered! My eyes were opened instantly and my brain fog was lifted!

MCT oil is a type of fat found in various oils and dairy products like coconut oil and butter. MCT stands for medium chain triglycerides, these carbon atoms (6-12) are processed by the body differently than long chain triglycerides. They go straight from the gut to the liver where they are used as a source of energy or turned into ketones.

MCT is used by people who want to lose weight, or increase their energy and focus during a workout. Others claim it aids in thinking and may help with certain forms of dementia.

Enlarge to read better all the vitamins infused into this coffee!

VitaCup coffee infuses this oil plus lots of vitamins like D3, B1, B5, B9, B6, and B12 for an energy boosting, metabolism supported cuppa joe to get your morning started with a kick!

Also included in the Genius blend are cinnamon and turmeric spices which are natural antioxidants that support heart health and are anti-inflammatory.

Just think, all you do is drink a cup of coffee in the morning as usual, and now your mood is lifted, you can focus on daily tasks, go workout with more energy, and the coffee tasted delicious as well!

Now, it is totally acceptable to jazz up your cup as you normally do if your thing is to add butter and sweetener (and maybe a splash of pure vanilla extract) like I do in the morning. That’s just how I roll.

Do try their coffee and tell me how you like it. Go to their website, (VitaCup) get a possible 20% discount when you sign up, log in and spin the wheel! Leave a Facebook review and earn points for future discounts. Every time you buy, you earn points once you’re registered on the site.

In addition, there are several varieties to choose from, Beauty Blend, Breakfast Blend and more! All have the vitamins you need for a fabulous start to your day already blended in a great-tasting cup of coffee.

The pods are responsibly designed to be recyclable, soy free, gluten free, BPA free, and made in the USA. What could be better than that??

PS: I got my sample on a Facebook promotion, so watch for that! It cost me $3.99 and they were nice enough to send a 16ct box! That is way more than 20% off.

(I got no financial compensation from this review)

Why It’s Good to “Eat the Rainbow”

Morning everyone, do you know why it’s important to “eat the rainbow”?

Because we cannot make our own Vitamin C, it is essential we get it from our diet. We need this important vitamin to help provide antioxidant protection, enhance wound healing, help synthesize collagen and more.

Living the Keto lifestyle means eating all types of low-carb foods, yet you could be missing your recommended amounts of Vitamin C and other nutrients.

Since fruits typically high in Vitamin C are not normally consumed on a Keto diet, it may be handy to have a list of the top ten foods that do. Vitamin C deficiency can lead to symptoms like these:

  • Dry hair
  • Slow wound healing
  • Rough, scaly skin
  • Increased bruising
  • Frequent illness or infections

So, oranges and other citrus may be out, what foods are in?

Top Ten High Vitamin C, Low-Carb Foods

  1. Bell Peppers-higher in Vitamin C than any citrus fruit
  2. Kale-also protects against 4 kinds of cancer
  3. Broccoli-provides more than 100% of your daily Vit C requirement
  4. Sugar Snap Peas-one serving exceeds recommended daily value of Vit C
  5. Brussel Sprouts-Low calorie, cruciferous veggie, helps meet daily goal
  6. Strawberries-can be consumed on keto since they contain less sugar
  7. Kohlrabi-a type of cabbage best eaten in soups or stews
  8. Cauliflower-rich in Vit C, delicious raw or cooked
  9. Red Cabbage-a veggie in the Brassica family
  10. Chicken liver-one of the only animal foods considered a good source of Vit C

Following a Keto diet doesn’t mean getting suboptimal levels of Vitamin C if you “eat the rainbow”. Try to incorporate some or all of these foods on a daily basis to maintain healthy skin, bones, and prevent certain cancers.

Keto Baked Chicken Thighs-Two Ways

This morning I’m going to show you how I’ve made Keto chicken thighs two ways, for two days in a row now. I may or may not have wanted to show off my cooking skills to my brother who is staying with us for a few days. 😉

First day was Monday, I found a recipe from KetoGasm for “fried” chicken that’s really baked! It was so easy and turned out delicious!

My version of baked “fried” chicken

The breading is crushed and spiced pork rinds, yet the result tastes just like regular fried chicken (for those of you who may be thinking, ewww!) I happen to like pork rinds, yet I still didn’t think the breading tasted like them.

I already had some pork rinds in a gallon ziplock bag, so I just added the spices and threw all of it in my food processer and returned it to the bag. In a shallow bowl I mixed up the egg, mayo, and spicy mustard-this made up the wet ingredients.

I rinsed each piece of chicken, dipped it in the egg mixture and dropped it in the bag of crushed rinds. then I laid them on a rack over a large baking sheet.

In hindsight, I should have put parchment paper on the baking sheet, would have made clean-up so much easier.

You could also use a mixture of almond flour and pork rinds if you like.

My result wasn’t as pretty as hers, yet the taste was wonderful, the meat was juicy, and it was nice to have that crunch I’ve been missing for a long time.

Then yesterday, I cooked the remaining chicken thighs in the oven following a different recipe, one I got from WholesomeYum for crispy baked chicken thighs.

This time I brined the thighs first, in a bowl of warm, salted water for around 10 minutes. Next I brushed them with melted ghee, spiced them with salt, pepper, and Slap Ya Mama spice mix (lightly) and put them in a 450 degree oven for about 25 minutes.

My version of baked, crispy chicken thighs

The result was juicy, delicious, and had a slight kick which paired well with salad and seasoned broccoli. Brining and basting the chicken with ghee really adds a lot of flavor, plus your much-needed good fat.

Had just been my husband and I eating for the week, all of this chicken would’ve lasted us the whole week-which makes for easy put together meals each night, however it won’t stretch as far with three of us eating every night.

When my brother got here, he ate chicken, salad, finished off the broccoli, and ate the Zucchini with Mozzerella I had made earlier. He agreed everything was tasty.

Click the links for the recipes to get the ingredients and all of the nutrition information. I have not been tracking my macros as much lately, since I have a good idea what to eat every meal. As long as I don’t cheat, I stay pretty much on track.

Dessert was what I’m calling Keto Crack Pudding lol, because it’s so addicting!! It is also so easy and comes together in ten minutes! It’s really meant to be a fat bomb replacement and is simply any sugar free pudding mixed with 1C of heavy whipping cream, 1C of water, and 1 8oz pkg. of softened cream cheese. A little goes a long way, I usually eat two TBS in a small bowl and I’m satisfied. 🙂

On a personal note, I started my knee therapy yesterday and really thought I would be working hard. What happened was 5 minutes of adjustments to my back, followed by some intense vibrating of my knee to break up scar tissue.

I thought, “That’s it? I got off easy today!” The idea is to break up the scar tissue and get better blood flow through the knee to allow the stem cells to start working.

I go back Thursday and we’ll see what’s in store for me then. 🙂

I hope y’all try these recipes, they make for an easy keto dinner when paired with a non-starchy vegetable and a salad. Let me know what you think, or if you have questions. Happy hump day!

 

How to Make Baked Zucchini With Mozzerella

How To Make Baked Zucchini with Mozzerella

Every once I need a while, it’s nice to have something other than the same old veggie dishes over and over. The other night, I tried this delicious side dish with our meat and salad for dinner.

This recipe is so easy your kids can make it (supervised of course), and it’s the first time my picture of the finished product looked like the Pinterest version!

I pre-sliced my zucchini and when my hubby got home, I took it out, troweled off the extra moisture and placed the sliced zucchini on a baking sheet with some parchment paper on it. Next, I sprinkled seasoning salt on each slice and cooked them for 10-15 minutes.

Then I took them out and sprinkled them with Mozzerella cheese and returned them to the oven for 3-5 minutes until they were bubbly and a bit brown. They were so delicious!

Make these soon and let me know how you liked them!

Baked Zucchini with Mozzerella

Recipe:

  1. Slice zucchini into 1/4-1/2 in pieces.
  2. Place flat onto a large cookie sheet
  3. Sprinkle with seasoned salt
  4. Bake 350 for 10-15 minutes
  5. Remove and sprinkle slices with cheese
  6. Turn oven to broil
  7. Put the cookie sheet back in the oven for 3-5 minutes, watching closely so they don’t burn.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 123.                 Calories from fat: 72

Total fat 8g.                      Total Carbs 2g

Sugars 2g.                          Protein 9g

Why I Drink ACV Tea (Why You Should Too)

Why Drink ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar) Tea? Why use ACV in general?

Well, first off-I know for a fact that apple cider vinegar (ACV) has many benefits and uses:

  • weight loss
  • kills germs
  • home remedy for lots of ailments including arthritis, athlete’s foot, bone health, burns…the list goes on
  • pet care
  • hair care
  • cooking

The main reason however, is that I call it the mistake eraser. Yes, you read that right, I occasionally slip up and have a cheat…that’s why this blog is called Keto For Beginners. You are following me on this journey of ups and downs, hits and misses, trying things to see what works for me and what doesn’t.

If I’m being honest here, and I always try to be, I have probably not been in ketosis for a while now. I just learned that every time I cheat, I come out of ketosis, and then it takes about a week to get back in.

This is where ACV tea comes in and I’m hoping, saves my butt. Here’s why:

  • Detoxes the body
  • Slows the rise of blood sugar levels
  • Appetite suppressant
  • Reduces water retention
  • Increases metabolic rate

Much research has been done on how ACV works in the body and all of it’s many benefits, taken daily it should help at least maintain my weight if not help me lose a couple of pounds a month.

I’m no scientist, but my theory is that if I fall of the keto wagon, ACV tea will help me make up for my mistakes by speeding up my metabolism and helping me maintain a feeling of well being because I’m doing something good for my body.

Tools for making ACV Tea

How to make ACV tea:

Add this to 6-8 oz. hot water-2 TBS ACV with the “mother”

2 TBS pure lemon juice (Not the kind from concentrate)

Stevia to taste or raw honey 1-2 TBS (if not on keto)

Healthy shake of Ceylon cinnamon (click link to purchase)

Stir and drink this “tea” once a day or more. Some say before meals, I just drink it in the morning before my coffee, or in the evening after my dinner, one of the two.

Now, am I saying it’s ok to cheat? Absolutely not, I’m admitting I’m human, and I make mistakes. I go out to eat with my husband and sometimes I don’t have the willpower to say no to the chips and salsa.

I went with my mother-in-law to eat after her CT yesterday and we both sat down to a steaming bowl of grits. I knew it was wrong, but I wanted it anyway. 🙂

Now, I get to start all over getting back into ketosis. According to the experts, that takes time, depending on how much you restrict your carbs and other factors. Dinking ACV tea can help.

Where to purchase ACV

Amazon, through my links here on the blog (which helps me out if I make a few cents) or in your grocery store or health/whole foods store. Just make sure you get the kind with the “mother” as that is the most beneficial type of ACV.

Bragg is one brand and Whitehouse is another that I use sometimes. Never drink ACV undiluted, it is bad for your teeth and esophagus. That’s why you should drink it in a pleasant tasting tea.

Has anyone reading this taken ACV for a spin? Did you like it? Tell me about it in the comments or ask me any questions you have regarding this natural cure-all.

 

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