Pizza Bomb Bites

Here is another great recipe from Angela Coleby from Divaliciousrecipes.com.  I think I need to move in with her lol.  It’s only 1 net carb for these pizza bite yummy treats!  This recipe makes 24 pizza bites.  I think when I make them I am going to add a little meat ball in the center of them.  Or maybe bacon?  Hmmmmmmmmmm. And I am definitely going to use coconut oil and add a little Italian spices.  I added the pictures from her blog so you can see how to make them.
Ingredients
Dough
  • 1/2 cup (56g) coconut flour
  • 1 tablespoon psyllium husk powder
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil or coconut oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
Filling
  • 6 teaspoons Marinara sauce
  • 1/2 cup Mozzarella cheese grated
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese for topping grated
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 200C/400F degrees

  2. Make the dough, place all the dry ingredients in a bowl and blend well.

  3. Add the oil and egg and stir until combined.

  4. Add the boiling water, gradually until you have a dough. Firm up with your hands.

  5. Roll out the dough by placing it on a piece of parchment paper, place another piece of parchment paper on top, then roll out. Cut out circles to cover the muffin tin spaces (I used a wine glass, but a large cookie cutter would do too).

  6. Place the circles in a greased mini muffin tin and ensure that all the sides are covered with the dough.

  7. Place about ¼ teaspoon of the Marinara sauce into each bomb.

  8. Add Mozzarella cheese, pushing down until the bomb is full.

  9. Gently squeeze the top edges of the dough together so that the dough forms little balls.

  10. Sprinkle the tops with Parmesan cheese.

  11. Bake for 20-25 minutes until the pastry is firm and golden.

  12. Eat and argue over the last one!

 

Nutritional Info per bite :  68 Calories, 5g Fat, 2g Protein, 2g Total Carbs, 1g Fibre, 1g Net Carbs

Teas for Weight Loss

Millions of people love to drink tea.  It’s soothing and tasty.  Because herbal tea is a very low-calorie beverage, it can help you reduce your overall calorie intake when used in place of higher-calorie beverages which is beneficial when you’re trying to shed pounds.  There are so many kinds of teas available but the most popular and researched are regular black tea, green tea and white tea.  That’s because they are a good source of flavonoids which are potent antioxidants, meaning they protect you from degenerative diseases.  Flavonoids are one class of phytonutrients (plant nutrients) which provide the plants with their colorful pigments. Within the flavonoid family are about 4,000 subtypes that offer a range of health benefits.  This is why eating a diet of different colors offers different protection depending on the color.  Teas have a type of flavonoid called “catechins” that may boost metabolism and help your body break down fats more quickly. And the caffeine in many teas increases your energy, causing your body to burn more calories. These two compounds probably work best together for weight loss.  Keep in mind there are many teas that do not have caffeine.  Personally I cannot do any caffeine.  I am extremely sensitive to it so I am well versed in what teas that are naturally caffeine free.  Keep in mind that when drinking tea to lose weight, it typically takes 4-5 cups per day.

Some teas have weight loss properties which is what I am going to discuss today.  Let’s have a look at some of them.

Black Tea:  Research suggests substances called “polyphenols” in black tea might help block fat from being absorbed in the intestines but only if you drink it black.  Adding milk might inhibit its fat burning properties.

Green Tea:  Very high in “catechins” particularly EGCG.  Green tea is a known fat burner, especially in the belly area.  It triggers fat for release and then speeds up the liver’s capacity for turning that fat into energy.  We actually sell EGCG in capsule form in our stores to reduce stress.  Remember that if you are high stressed your weight loss efforts will be deterred because your body in high stress goes into a ‘fight or flight’ mode which causes your body to store fat.

Matcha Tea:  Like green tea, Matcha tea is very high in EGCG, in fact it has more than green tea.  It will help to boost your metabolism and burn fat.

Oolong Tea:  Like green tea, it’s a rich source of “catechins”.  In one study, more than two-thirds of overweight people who drank oolong tea every day for six weeks lost more than 2 pounds and trimmed belly fat.

White Tea:  Some studies show that white tea speeds up the breakdown of existing fat cells and blocks the formation of new ones.

Rooibos Tea:  This tea is high in the flavonoid called “aspalathin” which research shows can reduce stress hormones that trigger hunger and fat storage.

Yerba Mate Tea:  Yerba Mate contains high levels of “mateine” which is a stimulant similar to caffeine but without the known side effects of caffeine.  Mateine can increase your metabolism and increase your energy, thereby burning fat in the process.  It also has a relaxing effect which helps to reduce stress levels (and now we know what stress does to your weight loss efforts).  Yerba mate has been known to stop craving and helps you feel fuller, longer so you are less likely to overeat.

Can Detoxing Help Me Lose Weight?

Do you experience any of these symptoms for prolonged periods of time?

  • No energy even after a good sleep
  • Poor digestion and bloating
  • Acne
  • Irritability
  • Brain fog (trouble thinking)
  • Headaches
  • Anxiety
  • Weight gain
  • White or yellow coated tongue
  • Bad breath
  • Moodiness

You could need a detox.  Our bodies are bombarded by toxins in our environment and food.  So how does detoxing help me with weight loss?  One of the jobs of the fat cell is to hold and sequester toxins keeping them from the vital organs.  When we detox, we release the toxins from the cells thus releasing the fat with it.  It is important that you drink a lot of water during detox to flush out the toxins and fat.  I will often put people on a detox program when they want to lose weight to kick start the release of fat.

So how does one detox?  There are so many detox programs (kits) available today at nutrition house.  You can start by doing a liver detox first, then a full body detox.  Some kits are for one week, some for 2 weeks and some for 30 days.  Some of them are really easy to follow you simply take the products as directed on the product.  I always suggest that you don’t eat red meat or pork during the detox to give the digestive system a break.  Proteins such as fish and chicken are far easier to digest.  I also suggest that you don’t eat any wheat or gluten or dairy during the detox phase.  This will not only help you lose weight quicker but you will feel so much more energy after 48-72 hours.

After the detox phase, stick to the keto diet as instructed in my blog.  You should have lost some weight during the detox which will keep you motivated to continue with your low carb diet.  Visit your local nutrition house store and ask the sales expert to guide you to the right detox for you.  Good luck!

Proper Digestion is Vital for Weight Loss

One of the secrets to weight loss is proper digestion. The fat collecting around your mid-section is a reflection of the direct relationship between sluggish digestion, slow metabolism and weight gain. By increasing digestive efficiency you can effectively shed extra fat, boost metabolism and support nearly every other area of health in the process.  Digestion is at the very center of our core health. It sets the foundation for health, happiness and well-being. We now have greater insight into the many roles digestion plays in immunity, hormonal balance, and even mental and emotional health. Traditional healing practices around the world have long recognized these relationships. In fact, some Eastern medical systems treat nearly every disease by addressing the digestive system. When we optimize our digestion, everything else comes into balance including your weight.

“Optimal digestive function means we’re breaking down food properly, absorbing enough of the right nutrients and eliminating the waste that we don’t need. It’s a very organized, efficient and meticulous process. But we need energy to perform these tasks, and much of that energy comes from nutrients we digest. It seems like a bit of a catch-22: We need energy in order for our digestive system to break down food, but we get much of that energy from food. If digestion is sluggish, we can’t break down nutrients properly to get more energy. This creates a vicious cycle that leads to a type of malnutrition in our cells, tissues and organs. Wastes build up, you retain water and your body converts excess calories to fat, since the body isn’t digesting them properly.

Usually, this cycle starts with unhealthy dietary habits: eating too many processed foods that hinder digestive function by depleting our enzymes, probiotics and other factors critical for strong digestion. Unhealthy foods, particularly refined sugars, also spike glucose and insulin. The result is inflammation — another major culprit in weight gain and slow metabolism.”  Dr. Isaac Eliaz

Basically every food group needs a specific enzyme to break it down and be absorbed.  Amylase breaks down starches, protease breaks down protein, lipase breaks down lipids (fats) lactase breaks down lactose (milk sugar) etc.  Let’s use lactose intolerance as an example that most of us have heard of.  Lactose is simply 2 milk sugars attached to each other.  It requires lactase (the milk digesting enzyme) to break it down into single molecules.  Humans are the only species that drink milk past the weaning stage and who drink milk from another species so we are not well designed to drink milk because many of us stop producing lactase past the weaning stage.  When you cannot break down a food, it sits in the gut and causes gas and bloating.  Over time if you are not paying attention to this, it could wear down the gut lining causing leaky gut syndrome and over a longer period of time, could cause autoimmune issues.

You know when your mouth waters just thinking about food?  That’s amylase, your starch digesting enzyme which is produced in you saliva and your pancreas.  That’s your body preparing for digestion.  The pancreas secretes all 3 types of enzymes so if you don’t have a pancreas you are going to have digestive issues, especially when it comes to fat and protein.

So what to do?  The first thing you should do is rule out food intolerance’s.  Eliminate all milk and milk products from your diet as well as gluten, corn and soy for at least 10 days to 2 weeks.  Then drink a huge glass of milk and see how you feel.  Did you get gas and bloating?  If so then you probably have an intolerance to dairy.  Add back each food group separately so you know which food is the culprit.  Don’t ignore the signs because food intolerance’s can cause a plethora of issues down the road as mentioned above.

It’s also possible that you don’t have enough enzymes in your gut to break down your food.  The truth is, most of us think that we have too much acid in our guts thus giving us heartburn where the truth is actually quite the opposite.  In most cases, you do not have ENOUGH digestive enzymes to break down your foods.  The churning action of the stomach muscles physically breaks down the food. The stomach then releases acids and enzymes for the breakdown of food. What happens when you eat and you don’t have enough enzymes to break down the food is that it sits in the gut and causes gas and bloating.  You will also give bacteria a perfect environment to feast on the undigested foods, causing a bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine.  This will cause the heavy bloated feeling and the heartburn.

If you are not breaking down your food properly, you will not absorb the nutrients from the food causing a lot of problems due to a nutritional deficiency.  This will cause weight gain because your body is “starving” for nutrients and becomes very efficient at storing fat for future energy.

I suggest taking a full spectrum digestive enzyme as well as a probiotic supplement and your symptoms should disappear pretty quickly but if you have food intolerance’s, you need to give up those foods and find a healthy alternative for them.  You should all know how I feel about gluten (and weight gain) by now and I have given you many alternatives for gluten-laden foods in this blog.  Just use your imagination and be prepared at all times.

Goats Cheese Rosemary Crackers – 2 Net Carbs

These delicious goats cheese crackers are flavoured with fresh rosemary and make a great gluten free and low carb cracker to have alongside with a dip.

 

Course: Appetizer
Servings: 12 Crackers
Author: Angela Coleby
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup (56g) coconut flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons Rosemary, fresh
  • 6oz (168g) Goats cheese.
Instructions
  1. Put all ingredients into a food processor and blitz until smooth.

  2. Spoon the mixture onto a piece of parchment paper, then place another piece on top. Gently roll out the dough until about 1 cm thick.

  3. Cut out with a cookie cutter or shape by hand.

  4. Place onto a baking tray lined with parchment paper.

  5. Bake for 18-20 minutes until firm and golden.

  6. Allow to cool or place in the fridge overnight for best results.

Recipe Notes

Makes 12 crackers

Nutritional Info per cracker – 99 Calories, 8g Fat. 4g Protein, 4g Total Carbs, 2g Fibre, 2g Net Carbs

Just wanted to share a good joke lol

After an elderly couple starts getting forgetful, they visit their doctor. Their doctor tells them that many people find it useful to write themselves little notes.

When they get home, the wife says, “Dear, will you please go to the kitchen and get me a dish of ice cream? And maybe write that down so you won’t forget?”

“Nonsense,” says the husband. “I can remember a dish of ice cream.”

“Well, I’d also like some strawberries and whipped cream on it,” the wife replies.

“My memory’s not all that bad,” says the husband. “No problem — a dish of ice cream with strawberries and whipped cream. I don’t need to write it down.”

He goes into the kitchen, and his wife hears pots and pans banging.

The husband finally emerges from the kitchen and presents his wife with a plate of bacon and eggs.

She looks at the plate and asks, “Hey, where’s the toast I asked for?”

Haha…the doctor should have told them to go to nutrition house and get some herbs for memory…but you have to remember to take them… 🙂

How To Still Eat All Of Your Favorite Foods But Low Carb Version

Some people think that following a low carb or ketogenic diet is too difficult to follow especially for the long run but you would be completely wrong if you know how to substitute your favorite foods.  Let’s look at some alternative foods that are easy to make and taste virtually the same or better than the high carb choice.

Potatoes:  One small to medium potato has a whopping 30g carbs!  But what about our beloved mashed potatoes that goes so well with meatloaf?  Make mashed potatoes with cauliflower!  Simply boil cauliflower for 12-15 minutes until well cooked and drain it well.  You can put the cauliflower in a clean dish towel and squeeze until dry.  The dryer the cauliflower the better your mashed potatoes will turn out.  Mash them with some butter or coconut oil, ¼ cup sour cream (lower carb than milk), salt and pepper.  I like to add a little parmesan cheese and garlic for added flavor and my husband actually adds pickle juice and it’s actually really good.

Rice: 100g of white rice has 28g carbs, minimally.  White rice is also void of nutrients and is simply starch.  Substitute rice for cauliflower.  (I love this vegetable!)  Simply place cauliflower chunks in a food processor and pulse until broken down into rice-size pieces.  Or you can grate the cauliflower instead.   Heat some olive oil or coconut oil in a skillet and cook over medium heat until it turns slightly brown (3-5 minutes).   Mix in your favorite ingredients that you would normally put in your rice (low carb ingredients of course).

Bread: 2 slices of bread have between 20-25g carbs.  I have posted many recipes for low carb, gluten free bread, naan bread and buns.  Scroll down on my blog and you will see many recipes or you can simply google low carb almond flour bread or low carb coconut flour bread.  Most recipes I have seen have about 1-3 net carbs per serving.

Pizza:  1 large slice of pizza has at least 25g carbs.  You can make low carb pizza using yet again, cauliflower!  Prepare your cauliflower exactly the same as you do for the rice.  Boil the rice for about 5-7 minutes and drain.  Wrap the cooked cauliflower in a clean dish towel and squeeze until the cauliflower is dry.  Again, the dryer the better.  Put in a bowl and add 2 eggs (beaten), ½ cup mozzarella cheese, ¼ cup parmesan cheese, 1 tsp oregano, a little salt and garlic.  Mix well.  Don’t be afraid to get your hands in there to mix it well.  Put on baking tray lined with parchment paper so it doesn’t stick.  Press so it looks like a pizza crust.  Bake for 20 minutes.  Add all of your favorite (low carb) toppings and bake again for another 10 minutes or until browned at the top.

Pasta: 100g of pasta has no less than 25g carbs.  Well, this time I cannot give you a cauliflower recipe for pasta but I can recommend some low carb pastas that you can buy in a grocery store or local health food store.  While there are many low carb pastas to choose from, I recommend ones that are not made with wheat flour.  Some of them could include:

  • Miracle Noodles: There are 8 different types of Miracle Noodles (including a rice version) available which all have ZERO carbs and are made out of a water-soluble fiber made from the Konjac plant
  • Zucchini pasta: You can buy (or make) zucchini pasta which contains in 1 cup less than 4 total carbs and 1-2g fiber which leaves only 2 net carbs
  • Black bean pasta: Made from 92 percent black beans (and 8 percent water), they’re loaded with 25 grams of protein per serving, 17 total carbs and 12g fiber which leaves the net carbs at only 5g!

Add all of your favorite toppings but be careful with spaghetti sauce as it often has added sugar.  Used mashed tomatoes or olive oil instead.  Add some ground beef, cheese and spices like garlic and oregano and you will be in heaven!

So enjoy your favorite meals without the guilt!