Where To Find Pantry Staples You May Not Have Thought About

 

Where can you go to find pantry staples besides the big box stores like Walmart and Sam’s? I have a secret you may not have heard…some department stores like Ross, TJ Maxx, and Marshall’s have got you covered!

When I first started using coconut oil about 3 or 4 years ago (maybe longer), I was surprised to find it at these great department stores. The first one I saw it in was Ross, in the back of the store where the home goods are.

They have all kinds of gourmet foods, specialty teas, coconut oils, spices, and more. I have found Himalayan Pink salt there, as well. Not everything is Keto or Paleo, you have to read labels and kind of know what you normally stock in your pantry.

Photo credit: Iyul Kamazur for Envato Elements

TJ Max and Marshall’s have these items too, most of the time. In fact, according to an article I recently read from Bon Appetit Magazine “T.J. Maxx, sadly, guards their sourcing like a trade secret and declined to comment for this story.”

I don’t care where they get it, just keep it coming! It is usually at an awesome price, they stock unusual brands of your favorite products, and you get the feeling you need to buy now or it will be gone tomorrow. That’s ok for the occasional splurge.

Say you’re out of peppercorns, you may find a huge bottle of them at one of these retailers for $3.99! I’ve found pretty good deals on coconut oil too, but I have to admit, I get a better deal now at Walmart.

Photo credit: Pixabay

Anyway, I just thought I would clue you unsuspecting folks out there to a few new places you can find quality pantry staples like these:

  • coconut oil
  • Himalayan pink salt
  • peppercorns
  • marinara
  • gourmet popcorn
  • quality spices (like Hungarian smoked paprika)
  • herbs
  • imported meats (like tuna)

You get the idea. Next time you find yourself in one of these three dept. stores, go to the back and peruse the shelves. You might be surprised at what you find!

Read All About It: Free Event In Dallas In July

Read All About this Free event In Dallas

 

Hey everybody! I just came across some exciting news that one of my friends sent me a link to-Thanks Laura Smallman for that! (She’s also a fellow blogger, check her out by clicking the link!)

Do you want to know more about Keto?

Would you attend a free event if it was here in the DFW Metroplex?

Well, next month, there will be a book signing by Cristina Curp, the author of Made Whole: More Than 145 Anti-Inflammatory Keto-Paleo Recipes to Nourish You From The Inside Out.

It is sponsored by Half Price Books and if you click on the above link, it will take you to the Eventbrite page with all the pertinent info.

If you have purchased the book, she will be signing them from 7Pm to 9pm at the Half Price Books Flagship at 5803 E. Northwest Hwy Dallas, Tx. 75231

Cristina is the author of the blog The Castaway Kitchen and if you visit her blog, there’s a link to buy the book on Amazon.  Buy the book, then go visit her at this free event and get your book signed! It’s that easy!

I want everyone to look and feel their best, eat healthy and get off as much medication as possible. That’s why I’m excited to share news with you like this, if it helps one more person get healthy, I’ve done my job!

Living the Paleo lifestyle and then switching to Keto has kept me healthy and maintaining my weight, I am off some of my medications and feel as good as my younger days.

My bloodwork is great, my doctors are all pleased, what more could a girl need?

I hope you all can attend this free  event to meet Cristina-she sounds like a great gal and she’s a fellow foodie-you can read all about her here!

 

Welcome To Keto For Beginners-Yes I Changed Again!

Why I Changed My Name Again

Good morning everyone! You probably think I have gone off my rocker having changed my name again over the weekend, but I had an epiphany!!

I needed to let go off the patio concept and get to the heart of my purpose here, which is to help those looking trying to get started on the Keto diet, provide answers to questions, and share what has been working for me.

What Is Keto And Why I Went From Paleo To Keto

When I was Kimmy’s Patio for the last couple of years, I focused on the Paleo diet, my use of essential oils, and my passion for all things alternative health. I want to get away from the use of pharmaceuticals as much as I can, so nothing much has changed except the way I’m eating.

I had started cheating over the summer and had gained a few pounds, started feeling sluggish and tired again and knew I needed to get back on track. That is when I heard about Keto and began to incorporate that way of eating into my life. I dropped 5lbs the first week and had my old energy back! I knew then I was on the right path.

It might have been easier for me to convert since my body was already used to no bread, pasta, or sugar. All I really did was cut out the carbs I was allowed on Paleo, like sweet potatoes and starchy fruits (bananas), and add in dairy, like cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and heavy whipping cream. The hardest part of this way of eating is figuring out your macros and planning meals accordingly.

What Works Is Writing It Down

You have to keep track somehow of what you eat every day. There are apps for that, I’m still experimenting to see which one works best. I made a simple chart to follow that shows what foods I eat the most and their macros. (Short for macronutrients, all you need to follow is carbs, fat, and protein.) What I really need is a spreadsheet, I may get my hubby to help me make one. My list needs revisions already!

Luckily, I’m a writer, so I’m used to writing things down. Now, I’ve come to depend heavily on Pinterest for recipes, meal plans and general articles and info guiding me along this journey.

What I want to do with this here blog is help others like me who are just starting out, to learn the ropes, so to say. I don’t know it all by any stretch, but I would love for you to join me as I figure all of this new way of living out.

It’s Not Really A Diet

That’s the thing, like I used to say when I was Paleo, “It’s not a diet, it’s a healthy lifestyle, a new approach to eating.”

As I discover what works best, I will share information, recipes, tips and tricks, products and services, just like I did on the patio, but I hope I do a better job of it here at Keto For Beginners.

There are a ton of sites out there doing the same kind of thing, but they don’t know you like I do. You are my tribe, my people, and I have your trust (I hope) by now. I will try my best not to steer you wrong. (Did you get that? Steer, I’m from Texas and all…never mind, lol.)

Longhorn Steer

I’ve already started by sharing some breakfast ideas here, and now I want to show you how to figure out your own macros, how to plan meals, and what to eat each meal, healthy snack ideas and more. Let’s start today with how to figure your macros.

I used this handy Keto calculator at Ruled Me. Their prediction for me was slightly different than the one I have set, but not enough to throw everything off. I just realized by trial and error, I need more than what they determined for my daily calorie allowance, otherwise, I’m not eating enough.

My macros break down something like this: Calories per day-1500, fat grams per day-117g, 25g carbs, and 92g of protein. This is just a basic model to follow, I’ve realized that all of this isn’t an exact science, I just try to come close to that every day.

Yours will be different as determined by the calculator. What you’ll do is enter your sex, age, height, weight, and exercise level. They also ask your body fat and how to figure that out. It is a rough estimate based on your weight and exercise level.

Once you figure out your macros, you have a starting place to plan your meals and snacks from. It is a little tricky at first but soon you get the hang of it.

You want to get your carbs from veggies and nuts/seeds, a moderate amount of protein to maintain muscle but not kick you out of ketosis. Get plenty of good fats from avocadoes, coconut oil, grass-fed butter or ghee, olive oil, nut butters, fatty meats, and dairy.

Meal Examples

A typical day of meal planning goes something like this for me:

Breakfast: 1 egg, 1 piece of bacon or several slices of salami, 1/4 avocado, and a cheese stick or baby Bel. -or- A smoothie using coconut/almond milk, strawberries or blueberries, avocado, lemon juice, Stevia, and ice. -or- A Keto porridge like this one Hemp Heart Porridge.

Lunch: Whatever leftover meat and salad we had from the night before. -or- Salad with chicken, tomato, cucumber, broccoli, cauliflower, black olives, shredded cheese, ranch or Italian dressing (1tbsp)

Dinner: Meat choice, salad, vegetable. Most nights we have a piece of meat Dave has grilled, a salad, and some fresh vegetable like Brussel sprouts, asparagus, green beans or similar.

Snacks: Fat bombs, or pork skins, or cheese and nuts.

These are just examples, but you get the idea. What are your questions, suggestions, comments? Just let me know and I will get you an answer.

We can do this together people, we all need to get healthy and get that old devil sugar out of our life. (Most of the time, anyway) Cutting out the carbs and ramping up your daily intake of good fats will have you melting off the pounds and improving your cholesterol numbers in no time!

Join me, won’t you? Glad to have you here!

 

Update: Here’s a great post that came in my email today, right after I published this post! I told him I would share it with you all.

016: Working Out Like Our Ancestors and Going From Paleo to Keto – Mark Sisson

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why I Don’t Bake Much, Yet Still Have Yummy Desserts

Living the Paleo/Keto lifestyle doesn’t mean one has to go without dessert!

I don’t bake much anymore, and here is the reason why. Almond flour is expensive-even if you make your own because, well, almonds are expensive.  Most baked goods on a Paleo/Keto diet call for almond and/or coconut flour to keep you eating the low carb life.

Here’s the brand I use

This bag is 11oz. and the price most everywhere is $8.99.

There are exceptions, of course, like the other night when I just had to have this Vanilla Keto Mug Cake. It would have been so worth it too, if I hadn’t used the spoiled coconut oil I had put back for body use only. Talk about sick 🙁

Mug cakes don’t take much flour, and you can’t really call that “baking” either since it’s whipped up in the microwave in about a minute. But it is satisfying, quick, and delicious!

Ugly but delicious!

There have been times though, when I’ve been craving something baked, looked up the recipe and it calls for 2 1/2 cups of almond flour!! There is 8oz in a cup, so y’all do the math. Maybe I would make something for a special occasion, but I can’t afford to bake much.

What I Do Instead

I love fat bombs, cookies, and mug cakes so I never really have to go with a little something sweet. “A small bite is better than none at all”  is pretty much my philosophy.

Over the weekend I made these oh so delicious Keto Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bites-but I have to say, bites is a bit of an overstatement, I literally have to cut them in half, they are so rich and satisfying! Even if I didn’t, however, they would still be a low carb, low sugar, high fat snack/dessert.

I substituted almond and sunflower butter mixed together for the peanut butter, and my chocolate wasn’t Lily’s (this time) but it was 85% cacao, which is perfect for those on Keto diets. The nutrition info for the original recipe is 22g of fat per cup, 4 net carbs, 3g sugar, 4g protein.

My pictures aren’t as pretty as Hey Keto Mama’s (especially after cutting them in half) but that did not ruin the taste, let me tell you!

Keto Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bites

If you would like to try this recipe, here is the link. Trust me, you won’t regret it! Click here: Hey Keto Mama  and if you try them let me know! My brother and my dad tried them after family dinner yesterday and they said they were surprisingly good.

Bottom line is, you don’t have to bake an entire cake to satisfy your sweet tooth. Having a cookie or a fat bomb will not only do that, it will keep you on track of your goal to stay in ketosis.

Check out my saves on Pinterest and give some fat bombs or Keto mug cakes a try!

 

 

What’s For Breakfast?

Good morning everyone and how are we doing today? Many folks new to Paleo/Keto lifestyles have a difficult time figuring out what to eat for breakfast. What can you eat, they ask.

As it turns out, you can have most anything you’re used to, you just have to modify, and for me, simplify things a bit. Take my breakfast this morning. Easy peasy omelet “muffins” I prepared Sunday afternoon. To that I added a handful of blackberries, since berries are low carb and low sugar, and a mini-baby bel.

Finger food breakfast!

Yesterday the meal was the same except I had 1/4 avocado in the place of the cheese. Besides my bulletproof coffee in the am, I need another source of good fats, and avocado provides that.

You all remember what goes in my bulletproof coffee right? Hot cuppa jo, 1tbsp of Kerrygold butter, 1tbsp unrefined coconut oil, Pyure Stevia sweetener,  a few drops of vanilla extract, and a healthy shake of Ceylon cinnamon. Yum! Swirl all that up in a blender cup, bullet, Ninja or whatever your favorite blender is and sit back and enjoy the bliss!

Other days, especially if I’m in a hurry, I’ll whip up a delicious smoothie in my Ninja blender cup.

If you have more time, you could fry up an egg in some butter (grass-fed of course) and add a piece of bacon or two, or any type of baked good using almond or coconut flours. There are Keto recipes everywhere on how to make pancakes, waffles, or muffins. Pinterest is literally full of them!

Instead of making y’all hunt for them though, I’m going to add some handy links so you have the recipes at your fingertips! I make my omelet muffins a bit different, just adjust the recipe to your tastes.

Grab-N-Go Omelettes from Tip Hero

Keto Pancakes from Delish

Keto Porridge from The KetoDiet Blog

Avocado Nests from Scrumptiously Skinny

Strawberry Avocado Keto Smoothie from Home Remedy Nation

Well folks, these are my favs, but if you need more ideas, recipes, or have a question in general, please leave it in he comment box!

Have a great Tuesday and Keto On!