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:
Slow wound healing
Rough, scaly skin
Frequent illness or infections
So, oranges and other citrus may be out, what foods are in?
Top Ten High Vitamin C, Low-Carb Foods
Bell Peppers-higher in Vitamin C than any citrus fruit
Kale-also protects against 4 kinds of cancer
Broccoli-provides more than 100% of your daily Vit C requirement
Sugar Snap Peas-one serving exceeds recommended daily value of Vit C
Strawberries-can be consumed on keto since they contain less sugar
Kohlrabi-a type of cabbage best eaten in soups or stews
Cauliflower-rich in Vit C, delicious raw or cooked
Red Cabbage-a veggie in the Brassica family
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.
Why do I refuse to get sick? Because I have too many people depending on me, duh!
Really though, I just don’t have time for it. Between appointments, writing, cleaning, errands and whatever else comes up-who does?!
So I woke up this morning with a sore throat, I was achy and as the day progressed, I felt feverish. This was concerning since I was sequestered with someone who may have had strep last week while on vacation. 😳
The first thing I did to combat these symptoms was to do my oil pulling with a few drops of Oregano essential oil. For those of you that have been following me since Kimmy’s Patio, you know I really believe in the power of essential oils. (and oil pulling with coconut oil)
The next thing was to drink a glass of water with Lemongrass and Grapefruit essential oil in it. (One drop each) If you click on the link, you can get a couple of dollars off on his products (Dr Axe) with his subscribe and save feature.
After a while I still felt feverish, so I relented and took some Tylenol, although I’m loathe to take medicine normally. When all that failed, I went and took a warm shower thinking that might help me feel better.
Well, no. So I began to think maybe my breakfast of Carbmaster yogurt (this is a Kroger brand) and cantaloupe wasn’t enough. So I proceeded to make some 90second Keto Bread so I could have a sandwich for lunch.
This bread is normally a fast fix for that craving you get for bread sometimes. This time, I followed a different recipe by someone who suggested then toasting the bread in a hot pan with a bit of butter.
For those who know me you know I ONLY use Kerrygold butter exclusively!!
Game changer!! It took longer but boy was it worth it! The bread tasted buttery, herbed and delicious! This new recipe suggested I add some dry herbs and then I decided to add in some Nutritional Yeast for that slightly cheesy taste.
I love sneaking Nutritional Yeast flakes into recipes like my egg cups, breads, and salads because it adds B Vitamins, protein, and fiber to your diet.
Yum! I figured two pieces was too much so I only ate half the bread, with salami, ColbyJack cheese, and avocado. Additionally, I added a tsp of mayo for the fat (my brand has 0 carbs)
Once I finished that I got a happy surprise. I had made my favorite keto dessert the day before but neglected to mix it well because I didn’t feel like pulling out the mixer. So today I tried it with my handy Cuisinart Smart Stick. Wow! Smooth, creamy and delicious is how it turned out, in mere seconds!
I tell you, a couple of tablespoons of this rich, decadent dessert is all you really need to satisfy those sweet tooth cravings! It’s high in fat and calories,so a little dab will do ya.
Even after all of that, here is my approximate macros for the day so far:
1128 calories. 110g fat. 9.7g carbs. 23.4g protein
Now, while my macro ratios are ok, I try to stick to 1500 calories a day when I’m trying to lose a few pounds. I did not leave myself much room, did I? I don’t know, maybe I can eat a proper dinner and stay on track. I usually keep my carbs at or around 25g a day.
I feel full and satiated, even if I still feel yucky and blah all over. I’m getting cranky too, so it must be time for a break. 😊 Hopefully everything I’ve done today will keep the strep away, tonight I’ll have another glass of ACV tea (I’ve had one every night since I got home). Another of my cure-alls. You can read more about it in a past post here.
I hope you try some of these recipes and preventatives, let me know what works for you or not.
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