Can Packaged Food Be Keto?

Although we all know that whole food is best on the Keto diet, many companies are jumping on the bandwagon to formulate packaged low-carb foods, so the question is can packaged food really be Keto?

I think it’s okay sometimes in moderation, for instance my breakfast this morning was some Skinny Pop low-carb popcorn and some Duke’s Shorty sausages.

Not whole food but not half bad either 😊

The macros worked out to 10g of carbs, 21g of fat, and 10 g of protein. There was only 1g of sugar and the sausages had no nitrates, were gluten free, no gmo, and most importantly, tasted delicious!

Here’s the backs showing nutrition info 😊

Relatively low carbs for pkg food

Remember an earlier post I showed you about the Nice cheese puffs exclusively from Walgreens? They have the same amount of carbs. One just needs to adjust accordingly the rest of the day.

Here’s the thing, with me in my current condition (on crutches, in a boot, can’t put weight on it) I need quick, convenient meals until Dave gets home at night to fix us a nutritious dinner.

Luckily, I had previously scoped these snacks out on a hungry trip to Walgreens and Dave has been making sure I have a good stock ever since! Along with these I discovered Ice brand now has delicious fizzy sugar-free waters!

Not only are they tasty on their own, they make great mixers for Keto adult beverages! Vodka has no carbs!

ICE Brand Sparkling Flavored Water

Yes, the sweetener is Sucralose, but every now and then, in moderation, I think it’s fine. Remember, I kind of practice lazy Keto, so as long as the macros fit, I call it a win!

I have a great source for more Keto snacks, it’s called Keto Farms on Amazon! Here’s a link to the article I read. https://ketofarms.com/blogs/keto/crunchy-keto-snacks-amazon

Of course, some other great snacks are real food, like cheese sticks, celery with cream cheese, salami, pickles, olives, pure peanut butter, veggies and Ranch dressing, avocados, the list goes on.

My lunch today was 2 pieces of salami wrapped around a cheese stick, a handful of baby carrots and a Tbsp of spicy hummus, a boiled egg, and a square of sugar-free chocolate with a dab of peanut butter smeared atop. 😊

My lunch

The worst thing I ate? You guessed it…the baby carrots. Luckily, I only ate about a 1/4 cup-so about 5 carbs. I know right?? But, it’s the sugar. Sometimes, I just get a craving, ya know?

What are your favorite snacks and how do you feel about the occasional use of packaged snacks? Would you, could you, or are you a Keto purist? Maybe yall can give me some new ideas!

Why I Refuse to Get Sick

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.

After it came out of the microwave and I cut it in half

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.

I found Kerrygold in tubs without olive oil added while on vacation!

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)

My completed sandwich along with a few pork rinds for crunch

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!

Sugar free white chocolate keto pudding

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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