KETO Copycat – Wawa turkey bowl!

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I have a confession. I LOVE the Wawa turkey sandwich/bowl. Hot turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and gravy, all on a roll or in a bowl. So I decided – lets KETOFY this!

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Wawa Turkey Hoagie & Bowl

Two weeks ago we made the KETO Cranberry Sauce and last week we made the mashed cauliflower. This week we put it all together!

I use SOLA brand bread, but any low carb bread that you have on hand will work! For turkey, I usually cheat and buy a precooked turkey breast from the cooked section of the grocery store (usually near the precooked ready to eat chickens). Worse case, get some turkey breast from the deli counter. Just try to avoid kinds that sound sweet – like “maple turkey”.

The Wawa version has gravy, but like I’ve said in my “About Me”, I’m hecking lazy. I think the sandwich is AMAZING without gravy, but if you want to make some – be my guest! I suggest xanthan gum or guar powder in place of flour to thicken. Just mix it cold with water, then add to your sauce in place of flour to thicken your sauce (I’ll come out with a gravy post here eventually – stay tuned)!

Copy Cat Wawa Turkey Bowl / Sandwich –

[Sandwich – Approx. Macros 8.2g net carbs | 15.9g fat | 36.6g protein]

Ingredients:

  • Low Carb Bread
  • Turkey
  • Cranberry Sauce
  • Mashed Cauliflower

Directions:

Gather everything, slap it all together as a sammich, and devour it! Alternatively – toss is all in a bowl with out bread, and save some additional carbs.

Review! – BHU KETO Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Bar

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Today I am reviewing BHU Keto Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Bars. I purchased mine in the refrigerated section of Target, however it looks like you can purchase large containers from BHU directly, as well as these sized bars in different flavors. However today specifically is the chocolate chip cookie dough flavor.

Price: I purchased these for $2.99 at my local Target. You can purchase Quest Bars for about $2.16 each. The BHU Keto bars are 1.6oz ($1.35oz), vs the Quest Bars at 2.12oz. There appears to be no discount purchasing these from the website directly price wise. You can purchase from the website in a 9oz tub for $14.99 ($1.66oz), so, that is an even worse deal. That is why I am giving it one star.

Rating: 1 out of 5.

Taste: The flavor on these was meh. They had the gritty taste of many things such as this that are “healthy”. The consistency was just not that good to me. I think I would have liked them had I never had a different brand. I tried to microwave for a few seconds to give them a chance to be a yummy melted cookie, but alas, even warming them up was not helpful. Even if microwaving them helped however, this would eliminate the convenience factor.

Rating: 1 out of 5.

Keto Friendly: One (1) protein bar = 4g net carbs | 15g of fat |11g of protein. The macro’s are pretty good. The large amount of protein would be great if you work out and need more protein. They are very filling, however I needed a little bit of milk after, so that kind of negated the low carb aspect of these – ha! I do also like that they have some potassium, as this is one macro I do struggle to get.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Artificial Stuff: Organic Cashews, Organic Red Palm Oil (Certified Sustainable), Organic Prebiotic Fiber (from Tapioca), Organic Chocolate Chips [Organic Cocoa Beans, Organic Soluble Fiber (from Tapioca), Organic Cocoa Butter, Monk Fruit, Natural Flavors], Organic Pea Protein, Water, Organic Baobab, Organic Vanilla Extract, Organic Sunflower Lecithin, Sea Salt, Organic Monk Fruit.

(Allergen: Tree Nuts). *Manufactured in a facility that also processes nuts, whey, and eggs.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Overall: I am not a fan of the flavor of these, nor the price. They are good for vegan’s looking for more protein, but there are so many better options out there. I do not recommend.

Rating: 3 out of 5.


Update: I left a link to this review on Facebook with BHU and got a response:

“Hi Jessica, thank you for your review of the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Keto Bar. I would like to clarify your listing of the Cookie Dough in a Jar and the price per oz. It is a different product with a different formula, so readers of your review might be a little misled. Also, the keto bars are meant to be refrigerated and kept at a cool to moderate temperature, therefore, by microwaving the bar it is definitely not in its ideal form. I see you were not entirely pleased with the bar. I hope you will give some of our other products a try sometime 🙂 Hope you have a pleasant day.”

I do plan on purchasing the other products of theirs to try – and I will review them as I do! -Jessica

Keto Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

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Okay – mea culpa. This was deceptive.

Excited little girl | Meme Generator

Potatoes are for sure not keto. But you know what is? Mashed cauliflower! Here’s my tips for some yummy Instant Pot Mashed Cauliflower!

I recommend using an immersion blender.

Mashed Cauliflower: About 4 servings | 2.5g net carbs | 3.1g fat | 2.6g protein

Ingredients / Tools:

  • 1 large head of cauliflower
  • 1 oz heavy whipping cream
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Instant Pot
  • Immersion blender

Directions:

  • Step 1: Wash and cut your cauliflower into large pieces. Toss inside your instant pot, along with a little bit of water, per your instant pot directions. (Usually just an inch or two of water). Pressure cook for about 6 minutes.
  • Step 2: Drain the water from the cauliflower and put the cauliflower back into the instant pot.
  • Step 3: Add approx. 1 ounce of heavy whipping cream. Use you immersion blender to blend the heavy whipping cream and cauliflower together. Season to taste with salt.

TIP! After eating all of, or putting away your mashed cauliflower, fill your pot with soapy water. Then use your immersion blender inside said soapy water and “blend”. This will clean up the immersion blender and remove a lot of the food particles from the pot that you were using! Then rinse the blender and put away!

Clean up made easy!

Review! – Simple Truth Keto French Ice Cream Black Raspberry Chip

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Today I am reviewing Simple Truth Keto French Ice Cream Black Raspberry Chip. The Simple Truth brand, launched by Kroger, is certified organic by the USDA.

Price: At $3.99 for a pint of ice cream (and I bought on sale at Harris Teeter!), this was a REALLY good price point! Ben & Jerrys in my area is usually over $5 and the other low carb brands usually run a little higher as well.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Taste: So, for a traditional sugar free ice cream, this was really good. The ice cream was not overly sweet and the flavor of the black raspberry came through really well. It was a nice balance. Constancy wise, this ice cream was not as smooth and creamy as, say, Ben & Jerrys, but it seems with non traditional sugar options, the consistency is not going to be like “normal”.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Keto Friendly: One serving (2/3 cup | 1/3 of the pint)

8g net carbs | 4g protein | 17g fat

As far as macros go, this ice cream is fantastic! I had a very small portion and was fully satisfied. The large amount of fat kept me very full, and the flavor packed a punch, meeting my sweet cravings.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Artificial Crap:

French Ice Cream: Water, Cream, Erythritol, Chicory Root Fiber, Egg Yolk, Milk Protein Isolate, Glycerin, Black Raspberry Puree, Contains Less Than 1% Vegetable Juice (Color), Natural Flavor, Salt, Cellulose Gel, Lemon Juice Concentrate, Monk Fruit Extract, Steviol Glycosides, Cellulose Gum, Choco Flakes: Coconut Oil, Cocoa, Erythritol, Sunflower Lecithin, Salt, Cocoa (Processed With Alkali), Vanilla Extract, Monk Fruit;

Contains: Milk & Egg

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Overall: I really liked this ice cream. The price point was affordable, the flavor is delicious, there are a good amount of chocolate chips dispersed, and the macros were spot on for keto. None of the ingredients were sketchy either. I will totally buy this brand again.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Okay – be back soon – I’m running to stock up on this brand! Lol!

Keto Sugar Free Cranberry Sauce

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Make your Thanksgiving more KETO with some delicious dirty keto cranberry sauce! This recipe is SUPER simple, uses 3 ingredients and takes about 20 minutes! I prefer using allulose because the ratio for white sugar is 1:1, which makes conversions simple! If you have a sugar alternative you prefer, check out this nifty conversion calculator!


Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of Allulose
  • 1 cup of water
  • 4 cups (12oz) of fresh cranberries

Directions:

  1. Bring your 1 cup of water and 1 cup of allulose to a boil. While the water heats, rinse your cranberries and remove and funky ones.
  2. When the water begins to boil and the water becomes clear as the sugar dissolves, add the cranberries.
  3. Let the water come back up to a boil, then simmer for about 15-20 min, until your cranberries burst and depending on how “chunky” you want your sauce.
  4. Turn off stove, let your cranberry sauce cool, and put into a container for storage.

Yield: About 16oz of cranberry sauce (32 servings).

Net CarbsFatProtein
1 serving (.5 oz. or 1 tablespoon)1g0g0.1g

That’s it! Super simple!


Review! – ChocXO KETO Dark Chocolate Snaps w/ Coconut, Almonds & Sea Salt

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Today I am reviewing the ChocXO KETO Dark Chocolate Snaps w/ Coconut, Almonds & Sea Salt. I purchased mine at Costco, however they can be found in many other locations, such as Amazon, or direct from ChocXO.

Price: Direct from ChocXO – these are priced at $15.95 USD per 21 pieces which works out to $0.76 USD per piece. (Ranking based off of my local price of my fav thick sliced bacon – $5.99 per lb or $0.38 USD)

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Taste: The chocolate consistency is really good. The bars have a good snap, and unlike some others not made in the traditional way (read; with massive amounts of artificial chemicals and sweeteners). I actually find these snaps almost too sweet. I think they would be amazing for KETOR’s who are trying to break away from sugar. I do love that a serving size is two snaps (two of the individually wrapped pieces). I haven’t not wanted to sit down however and eat two snaps – 1/2 of one seems to satiate my need for sweet!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Keto Friendly: Two (2) snaps = 3g net carbs | 15g of fat | 3g of protein. These are a fantastic choice! I appreciate the high amount of fat to help me feel full. In addition, the almonds provide a nice crunch and the salt in this flavor helps me to meet me salt macro. I also appreciate that these are not filled with sugar alcohols to help keep the net carbs low.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Artificial Crap: Ingredients are Organic dark chocolate (organic cocoa mass, organic cocoa butter, organic low-fat cocoa powder, organic cane sugar, organic vanilla extract), organic coconut, organic almonds, sea salt.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Overall: I really liked these. I will 100% keep these stocked. So far they have lasted me a really long time, especially since 1/2 of one snap is enough for me for a treat! The price is MUCH better when taking that into consideration!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Pet Pumpkin Treats

This week, I’m sharing what I did with my extra pumpkin from carving this year. I roasted the seeds and with the pulp and flesh, I made treats for the doggos! Pumpkin is shown to help when your dog has diarrhea and constipation, plus most puppers I have encountered really love pumpkin!

Here is how I prep and keep the pumpkin ready to go for future use!

Step 1: Separate your pumpkin pulp and seeds.

Step 2: Using your blender, puree the pulp.

Step 3: Freeze your puree into small containers. I used candy molds and ice cube trays!

Step 4: After your puree is frozen, remove and place into air tight containers to prevent freezer burn and other smells and foods from permeating your doggo treats! I used the food saver to vacuum-seal the pumpkin into smaller portions so I could store a majority in the deep freezer.

Note: To remove my puree, I quickly ran the candy molds under hot water. For the ice cube tray, I placed in a small amount of warm water to help the puree slip out!

Kiddo Approved Keto Gummies

With Halloween fast approaching I wanted to make a healthy gummy that both mommy and kiddos could enjoy. What better than homemade sugar free gummies. My kids love all things gummy and this is one candy I do not mind them eating all Halloween night. We are actually going to make these on Halloween since […]

Kiddo Approved Keto Gummies

Review! – Country Archer Mini Beefsticks

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Today I am reviewing the Country Archer Mini Beefsticks. I purchased mine at Costco, however they can be found in many other locations, such as Amazon.

Price: On average $0.92 USD per stick | $0.54 USD per oz – – – these are not the cheapest Keto snacks. However, for a meat product, the price is not bad. (Ranking based off of my local price of my fav thick sliced bacon – $5.99 per lb)

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Taste: I thought these tasted pretty good! They are not like beef jerky, more of a “slim jim” type of snack in the consistency, but I did enjoy them.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Keto Friendly: At 0 carbs |3.5g of fat | 5g of protein, these are a great choice. I wish they had a little more fat to help me meet that macro, but they still work well in my version of KETO.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Artificial Crap: Ingredients are Grass-Fed Beef, Water, Sea Salt, Encapsulated Lactic Acid, Cultured Celery Powder (Celery Powder, Sea Salt), Garlic Powder, Red Pepper, Black Pepper, Cherry Powder, Coriander, Onion Powder, White Pepper, Ground Nutmeg, Parsley, Colored Beef Collagen Casing (Paprika, Beta-Carotene).

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Overall: I really liked these. I will purchase again. I enjoy having these handy Beefsticks on hand when I need a quick snack that won’t ruin my macros!

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Are pumpkin seeds keto?

Pumpkin seeds are absolutely Keto, if they fit into your macros. Like with most things in life, if you eat a moderate amount of seeds, that can easily give you a good crunchy snack. 1oz, or 85 seeds still have 10 net carbs, so take that into consideration! When carving pumpkins, I save the innards and use for multiple purposes.

This year, I toasted the pumpkin seeds and pureed the pumpkin for a frozen treat for the doggo! (Spoiler: Next weeks post!)

CarbsFiberNet CarbsFatProtein
Pumpkin Seeds (1 oz | 85 seeds)15g5g10g5g5g

Step 1: Gather your pumpkin guts and separate into seeds vs goo. The goo you can then freeze, compost, or save for your doggos when they have an upset tummy!

Step 2: Rinse your seeds. Place on a tray, and let dry over night.

Step 3: Preheat over 400F. Place your seeds in a bowl; coat in a little oil and salt. You want the seeds all lightly coated. If in doubt, use less salt. This crazy chick has learned a little salt goes a LONG way. For about 2 cups of seeds, you will want about a tablespoon of salt and two tablespoons of olive oil.

Step 4: Spread seeds onto a baking sheet. When over reaches 400F, place your tray in the oven. Toast for about 10 minutes, flip your seeds and toast for another 10 minutes. Oven times may vary based on your over temperature and the moisture in the seeds. Seeds are done when they are a nice golden tint!