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

Note: I am not affiliated with any links. I make no money off of purchases. Just linking for clarity!

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!

5 Tips for Starting a Keto Lifestyle

I often hear “Keto is so hard”, or, “I can’t give up carbs – no way”. Luckily, I’m here to tell you that I too, LOVE carbs, and am very lazy, so strive to make life as easy as possible! And, keto is NOT hard! (Owl photo credit goes to Photo by Kevin Mueller on Unsplash)

WHO’s got this? You do! I’m looking at YOU!

Here are the 5 steps I suggest to everyone who starts:

  1. Download a carb tracking app. I recommend Carb Manager. I like it for several reasons, one being that it has a really easy interface (so very user friendly). I also like that is has a website as well as a really well done mobile app. You will want set up your profile and go into the settings and make sure you turn on the numbers for keto.
  2. Start tracking what you eat on a normal day. and try to get closer and closer to your macro goals. For example, if you really want pizza, google “keto pizza”, (or click here for my amazing keto pizza recipe!) Make sure to weigh and accurately track what you are eating.
  3. Buy a LARGE water bottle and track your water intake. You will want to make sure you are well hydrated. However, make sure you are getting at least a teaspoon of salt a day, preferably Pink Himalayan or sea salt. (Fun fact – a lot of table salts have sugar in them caking agent!) You need salt because if you drink too much water without salt, you won’t retain the water and it will simply dilute the electrolytes that you have in your system.
  4. Be sure to take additional supplements of calcium, magnesium, and potassium. Without these, and enough water, you may get the keto flu. I like using vitamins, Poweraide / Gatorade zero and supplement powders.
  5. Intermittent fasting, or, IF, (autophagy) is something that many of those who do keto end up finding themselves doing. This is because as your body starts to burn fat reserves instead of the carbs, you will find that you are not hungry. Don’t force yourself into IF – you’re body will tell you when you are ready!

What Are Net Carbs?

Net Carbs vs. Total Carbs: What Should You Count?

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Wait – There is sugar in my table salt?

Table Salt

Ingredients Salt, Calcium Silicate (an anticaking agent), dextrose, potassium iodide

Morton Iodized Salt: What's In It? | Whole Life Eating
Morton Table Salt

In 1924 Morton became the first company to produce iodized salt for the table in order to reduce the incidence of simple goiter. Dextrose is added to stabilize the iodide. Iodine is vital to the proper functioning of the thyroid gland and the prevention of goiter. Actually, the amount of dextrose in salt is so small that it is dietetically insignificant. Morton® Iodized Table Salt contains 0.04 percent dextrose or 40 milligrams per 100 grams of salt. Morton® Plain Table Salt contains neither iodine nor dextrose. All Morton Salt products containing potassium iodide are labeled as such.

Dextrose is the name of a simple sugar that is made from corn and is chemically identical to glucose, or blood sugar. Dextrose is often used in baking products as a sweetener, and can be commonly found in items such as processed foods and corn syrup.

So, it is up to the consumer, but I would prefer to not have trace amounts of corn sugar in my diet! Be sure to read your labels, and do your research!

Photo credit of featured image: Louis Mornaud on Unsplash

How to Cook Spaghetti Squash

One of my favorite staples is spaghetti squash. With a cup of squash having 5.5g of net carbs and tons of toppings options, I highly recommend you give it a try!

Step 1. Cut vents into sides of spaghetti squash. Microwave for about 5 minutes. Use a tea towel to pull the spaghetti squash from the microwave, as it will be very warm. Preheat your oven to 425F.

Step 2. When cool, cut the spaghetti squash in half along the longer side of the gourd. Be careful with your knife as the rind of the spaghetti squash is tough. If not making any head way, microwave for a few more minutes.

Step 3. Using a spoon, remove the seeds from the inside of the spaghetti squash.

Step 4. Generously coat the inside of the spaghetti squash with oil. Doesn’t matter what kind. Palm oil is usually never good, but other then that, I’m not the boss of you.

Step 5. Place the spaghetti squash face down on a cookie sheet. Put cookie sheet in the oven that should be preheated by now to 425F. Add about a cup of water to the cookie sheet, otherwise I find the edges to over cook a little bit and dry out.

Step 6. Cook your spaghetti squash for about 30 minutes. To test if it is done, use a fork to gently flip the squash over. If you can easily stick your fork into the squash innards, then your done! Remove the squash from the oven, and using your fork, loosen the inside of the squash. The insides will look like spaghetti! You can now add whatever toppings you see fit to your “spaghetti”!

Easiest Keto Meal Ever

I have an announcement. I am in love with this little guy!

Two words ya’ll. FRIED CHEESE. <Drool Emoji>

This is one of my favorite keto meals, and heckin’ delicious!

Fried cheese is SUPER simple too.

  • Open the cheese.
  • Cut the cheese <tehe>
  • Fry the cheese for about 5 min in a deep fryer at 350F.
  • Fry the cheese in an air fryer for 5 min, shake or flip, and cook for another 5.

That’s literally it. Add your favorite toppings! Here I’ve used – L to R – queso, hot sauce, hummus, tomato sauce, lemon juice & zest, and pepper jelly.

queso, hot sauce, hummus, tomato sauce, lemon juice & zest, and pepper jelly

The Best Easy Keto Pizza Crust

I have tried several keto pizza crust recipes, and this on is the best! It is affordable, fast and easy, and super simple to make. If you follow my suggestions, you can make a family sized pizza with one batch!

First, gather your items:

  • Silicon Rolling Mat x2 (I use one like this)
  • Baking Sheet
  • Rolling Pin
  • Two Microwave Safe Bowls
  • Large Spoon (though I prefer to use clean hands)

Then, gather your ingredients:

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 & 1/3 cups Mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoons of cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup coconut flour
  • Sauce
  • Herbs and Spices
  • Pizza Toppings

Step 1: Preheat your oven to 375f. Add 1 & 1/3 cup mozzarella, 2 tablespoons of cream cheese, and spices to your microwave safe bowl, and nuke for about 90 seconds until melted. Use your spoon to mix the melted cheese.

Step 2: In your second bowl, add 1/3 cup coconut flour and 3 eggs, mix.

Step 3: Mix cheesy bowl into the flour bowl. You want to do it this way because otherwise, your egg will cook some and make your pizza hella weird.

Step 4: Add your spices. These are up to you! I usually add an Italian mix (oregano, basil, and thyme, as well as some garlic). But get creative! You can add curry flavors and top your pizza with chicken, lots of garlic and add just cheese as a topping, and much more. (Or don’t, I’m not the flavor police 🙂 ) Mix everything thoroughly. I use clean hands, because the mix is pretty sticky at this point.

Step 5: Place your dough onto a silpat, and smush it out. Place a second silpat over the first one, and roll it out even. Pull the top silpat piece off, place the bottom silpat, with the dough attached, onto your cookie sheet. When the oven is done heating, place the cookie sheet into the oven. Cook for 10 min at 375.

Step 6: Pull your pizza dough out, add your toppings, and put back in the oven for another 7 minutes or so. Depending on your toppings you may need to add time.

Thats it! Crazy easy, and delicious!


Have pizza creation ideas? Share them with me, and I will continue to update this page with your ideas!

Reader Submitted Ideas:

Spicy Meat Lovers – Submitted by Joe M.

  • Tomato Sauce
  • Mozzarella Cheese
  • Pepperoni – lots!
  • Precooked Italian Sausage
  • Sliced Jalapeno
  • Fresh Parmesan

Margarita Pesto Pizza – Submitted by Brenna S.

  • Fresh Pesto
  • Sliced Tomatoes
  • Sliced Mozzarella
  • Fresh Basil
  • Bonus! Drizzle a thick Balsamic on after cooking

Shakshuka Pizza – Submitted by Jacob S.

  • Spicy Tomato Sauce
  • Cumin
  • Onions
  • Chili Peppers
  • Sausage
  • Feta Cheese
  • Dippy Egg (create a few wells, gently crack a few eggs onto the pizza, season with salt and pepper. Cook 7-10 minutes)
  • Parsley

Fun Guy Pizza – Submitted by Andi

  • Pizza Sauce
  • Mushrooms
  • Sausage
  • Onions
  • Cheese

Ravioli Pizza – Submitted by Becky K.

  • White Sauce (be sure to check the carb count on your chosen white sauce)
  • Italian Sausage
  • Ricotta

Where does this fall on the glycemic index? or What sugar can I have on Keto?

What is the glycemic index, and why should I care?

The glycemic index (GI) is a a measure of how quickly a food causes our blood sugar levels to rise. The foods are ranked on a scale from 0 to 100. Foods with a high GI should be avoided, because they cause a rapid spike in insulin. For example, jelly beans trigger a lot of sugar response in your blood. However, a food like celery, which is a carbohydrate, does not have this same effect because it is low on the GI.

What does GI have to do with keto?

Glycemic index has a lot to do with keto! Insulin allows the cells in the muscles, fat and liver to absorb glucose that is in the blood. This glucose can serve as energy to these cells, or convert to fat. If you instead avoid high GI foods and sweeteners, there is less of an insulin spike, and therefore less sugar being converted to fat.

SweetnerGITypeRecommendation
Stevia (pure liquid form)0NaturalUse
Allulose0NaturalUse
Monk Fruit0NaturalUse
Inulin0NaturalUse
Tagatos3NaturalSparingly
Yacon Syrup1NaturalSparingly
Agave10-19NaturalAvoid
Maple Syrup54NaturalAvoid
Honey58NaturalAvoid
Erythritol0NaturalUse
Xylitol7Sugar Alcohol / NaturalSparingly
Maltitol26Sugar Alcohol / NaturalAvoid
Sorbitol4Sugar Alcohol / NaturalAvoid
Sucralose (Splenda)0-80 (depending on bulking agent)Synthetic (artificial)Avoid / Limit
Aspartame (Equal, Nutrasweet)0Synthetic (artificial)Avoid / Limit
Saccharin (Sweet ‘N Low)VariableSynthetic (artificial)Avoid / Limit
Acesulfame potassium (Sunnett, Sweet One)0Synthetic (artificial)Avoid / Limit
Sucrose (table sugar)65ProcessedAvoid
HFCSvariesProcessedAvoid


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