What Nuts are Best for Keto?

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What nuts are best for keto? All of my prices are based at nutstop.com , so if you are purchasing based on price, you may find some great alternatives! If you do, please let me know! Additionally, if I’ve forgotten a nut type, please reach out 🙂

TL;DR: The best nuts for KETO are Brazil, Macadamia & Pecan. The best for KETO and price are Almonds.

Nut Type #Net CarbFatProteinPrice per #lb
Almond1 oz2.5 g14 g6 g$6.99
Brazil1 oz1.4 g19 g4.1 g$11.99
Cashew1 oz8.1 g12 g5 g$8.99
Chestnut1 oz8 g0.4 g0.6 g$14.99
Hazelnut ( Filberts)1 oz2 g17 g4.2 g$6.99
Macadamia1 oz1.5 g21 g2.2 g$18.19
Peanut1 oz2.2 g14 g7 g$8.99
Pecan1 oz1.2 g20.4 g2.6 g$11.99
Pine Nut1 oz2.7 g19 g3.9 g$18.99
Pistachio1 oz5.1 g13 g8 g $10.99
Walnut1 oz2 g18 g3.9 g$8.89

Review! – Smart Cake Raspberry Cream

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Today I am reviewing Raspberry Cream Smart Cake.

Price: You can purchase an 8 pack (16 cakes) direct from Smart Baking Company for $27.99. This is $1.74 a cake. By comparison, you can purchase a Betty Crocker mini cake for $2.99 for 4, so 75 cents. However, this is comparing unhealthy to healthy, therefore I’m still giving: 4 STARS.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Taste: The consistency is like an angel food cake. The flavor is very “creamy”, but the raspberry does come through. The cake itself if a little dense, and has a slightly odd texture, but is pretty yummy. 4 STARS

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Keto Friendly: One (1) cake = 0g net carbs | 2.5g of fat | 4g of protein. These are very keto! You get quite a bit in one serving, so these are very filling. 5 STARS

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Artificial Crap: Eggs, Purified Water, Proprietary Fiber Blend (Oat Fiber, Corn Fiber, Flax), Erythritol, Whey Protein Isolate, Olive Oil, Pure Raspberry Extract, Pure Vanilla, Salt, Cellulose Gum, Monk Fruit , Citric Acid, Spices, Herbs. CONTAINS: EGG, DAIRY 5 SSTARS

Rating: 5 out of 5.


Overall: These were okay. I liken them to angel food cakes. They are a little dense, and not a whole strong flavor. But, they are filling, affordable, and a good snack. 4.5 stars overall.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Top 10 Realistic and Affordable Gifts in 2020 for the Keto Person in Your Life

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I’ve polled a few friends who do Keto and asked them what they would like as holiday gifts. Here are the top 10!

  1. The DASH Mini Waffle Maker – $16.99
Phenomenal for “Chaffles (cheese waffles) and a variety of other creative Keto foods! Can be found here.

2. The DASH Egg Bite Maker – $29.99

Eggs are very keto – and this Egg bite maker makes egg bites really fast, easy, and delicious! You can find it here!

3. G. Hughes Sugar Free Sauces – $3.49

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Certified Gluten Free, Preservative Free, and Sugar Free – G. Hughes has BBQ sauces, Dipping Sauces, and Marinades. A selection of G. Hughes sauces would be an amazing gift for not only Keto peeps, but anyone else! Here is their page for more information and where to find!

4. Jordan’s Skinny Mixes – $4.99

“50 guilt-free flavors for your coffee, tea, protein shakes, baking or just about anything.” I personally LOVE Jordan’s Skinny Syrups – I actually just placed a MASSIVE order with them – lol! I HIGHLY recommend. Purchase in many stores, or direct here.

5. Immersion Blender – $19.99

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Immersion blenders are AMAZING for so many tasks. I mostly use mine though for making mashed cauliflower! Target currently has this one on sale.

6. Pork Rinds – 2 Pack for $21.98

Utz Pork Rinds, Original Pork Rinds & Cracklins Utz 5 oz. - 12 count
Pork Rinds are a delicious Zero Carb snack. I’ve tried a lot of different kinds – and for some reason the barrel of Utz Pork Rinds are hands down my favorite. Not gonna lie – they are all delicious though! Pork rinds can be eaten straight, ground up as a panko replacement to fry foods, used to dip in sauces, or even a nacho replacement! The tub can be bought in retail stores, or directly from Utz, here.

7. Gift Card – Varies

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I know – gift card’s aren’t personal. HOWEVER – Gift cards are REALLY nice for those doing Keto, because your Keto friend WILL need to purchase new clothing, and it adds up fast!

8. Collection of Sea Salts – $29.95

Salts of the World Collection
Sea Salt is a great gift for those doing Keto. Have enough salt in your diet is essential to staying hydrated! This collection looks neat – but I know some areas have really awesome boutique stores that have lots of spices. (Cape Fear Spice Merchant in Wilmington, NC is one that comes to mind for me – I LOVE them so much!)

9. Almond Flour (Yes, really!) – $13.44

Think about how much flour you use in your kitchen. Great. Now increase that price. Because unless you are lucky enough to live near an awesome place like the Dekalb Farmers Market (Decatur Georgia, USA) , almond and coconut flours are heckin’ expensive! So, do your KETO person a favor and help them stock up! This 3lb bag isn’t to terrible in price on Amazon.

10. Keto Krate $39.99 / month

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Okay – this gift is only if you REALLY like someone. Or heck – make it a gift for yourself! A subscription service such as Keto Krate delivers yummy goodies each month! Just beware – they ship with USPS, so goodness only knows when you’ll get your package! Subscribe here.

Review! – Innofoods Coconut Keto Clusters

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Today I am reviewing Innofoods Coconut Keto Clusters.

Price: An 16oz bag can be purchased for $12.49. Each serving size is 1oz, so the cost per serving is 78 cents. A price comparison is difficult, as the closest thing I could compare this too is granola, which is made of oats usually. Oats are very inexpensive, so it really isn’t fair to compare the two. I’m going to leave at 4 stars, because 78 cents is not terrible, and this bag has lasted me a long time, however, there are slightly more affordable Keto Snacks. 4 Stars

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Taste: Oh my. The crunch, the sweet – so delicious! I really enjoy these a lot. First bite is a burst of coconut. After a few more bites, the coconut flavor settles, and you can almost taste the pecans, almonds, and pumpkin seeds. I really like coconut, so 5 stars. (If you are adverse to coconut, you may rate less, however, you probably wouldn’t have bought these, now would you? 🙂 )

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Keto Friendly: One (1) ounce = 4g net carbs | 14g of fat | 3g of protein. These are a fantastic choice! I really enjoy the crunch of the nut mix and the sweet of the coconut. They meet my need for sweet, crunchy, and keep me full. I’ve found that these are a good snack for on the road. 5 Stars

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Artificial Crap: (organic*) Coconut*, Pumpkin Seeds*, Pecans* Almonds*, Cane Sugar*, Brown Rice Syrup*, Coconut Butter*, Erythritol*, Flax Seeds*, Sea Salt, Agave Fiber*, Natural Flavor*.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Overall: I really liked these. They also made a really good “granola” topping for the Simple Truth Keto Black Raspberry Ice Cream. The helped my sweet tooth and the want of crunch. They also not only meet the Keto requirements, but are vegan and gluten free. I might just start bringing a bag to future potlucks! Also, there is only 1g of sugar alcohols added, so if you do splurge and eat the entire bag, chances are you will not have intestinal discomfort. I do wish they were a little more affordable, but, I will just keep an eye out and stock up when they are on sale! 4.5 Stars

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

What Milk is best for KETO?

When it comes to milk – not all are equal for keto. There are varying levels of macros for each one. Check the chart below and evaluate for yourself!

The takeaway is: Nut milks are better for you. This is awesome news too – because most come in cartons and will last for a really long time, as opposed to other milks that spoil fast.

Image Source: Photo by Eiliv-Sonas Aceron on Unsplash

Review! – Simple Truth Keto French Ice Cream Coffee Chip

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A few weeks ago, I reviewed the Simple Truth Keto French Ice Cream Black Raspberry Chip and today I am reviewing Simple Truth Keto French Ice Cream Coffee Chip.

The Simple Truth brand, launched by Kroger, is certified organic by the USDA.

Price: As with the other flavors, 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. 5 Stars!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Taste: Once again, for a traditional sugar free ice cream, this was really delicious. The ice cream was not overly sweet. There was a nice balance of “crunch”. The coffee flavor came through but is not overpowering. Constancy wise, this ice cream seemed a little smoother and it was not gritty at all. It was very “normal”. There is also a good ratio of the chips to ice cream – they are scattered very evenly throughout. 5 stars!

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! As with the black raspberry, 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. 5 stars!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Artificial Crap:

French Ice Cream: Water, Cream, Erythritol, Chicory Root Fiber, Egg Yolk, Milk Protein Isolate, Coffee Concentrate, Glycerin, Contains Less Than 1% : Salt, Cellulose Gel, 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. If you are a fan of coffee and a fan of ice cream – I highly recommend. 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, which I appreciate. I will totally continue to buy this brand, as the Black Raspberry and this Coffee Chip were both spot on!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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.

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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!