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post #41 of 240
I find I just can't do any sweeteners really, period. They just trigger more sweet-stuff cravings. I eat fruit, too, and that's enough for me.

QofC, if you mix a can of salmon, dill, salt & pepper, an egg, and a little diced green onion, it would make a lovely salmon cake. Normally I would put potato in but obviously that's out! I don't think it would be mushy, as long as you drain the salmon really well. You could also make it a little thinner and call it a salmon burger for the rest of your family.

I'm doing MUCH better, the last two weeks, since I went back to the low-carb thing. I've lost nearly all the "oops" weight from when I slid off the wagon a while back and I feel much more peaceful and calm. Next I need to actually get some exercise and see if I can accelerate my weight loss a bit.
post #42 of 240
on salmon cakes I take about 1 pound mushed up salmon bones and all and add 1/2 c chopped veggies that have been sauteed and beat in 2 eggs salt and pepper. they stay together very nicely and are yummy.

well, I finally had a good day, yippee!!! (thanks for the hug Mom&Will). I am down another pound- of course I am sure I have water weight on right now so hopefully it will come off fairely quickly. That leaves 4 lbs to go. I need to start exercising again as well- I totally lost motivation in the last few weeks.

on sweetners- I don't worry too much about natural sweetners myself= I would rather eat a cup of honey than a half a slice of bread. The bread would shoot my weight up, but the honey not so much so. Of course I try to moderate sweets though as it screws with my blood sugar.
post #43 of 240
Here is my favorite dessert. It's a really easy way to learn to play with natural non-sugar sweeteners (like stevia).

Oh, a note on stevia: Some brands taste better than others. I really like the SteviaClear brand, plus you can get flavors like English Toffee (really good in whipped cream) and some others. A little goes a long way. Too much makes it bitter.

Okay:

Cheesecake

2 packages cream cheese or neufchatel
2 eggs
1/2 - 3/4 cup sour cream
1 tsp vanilla
sweetener to taste

add some blueberries after mixing if you like, or swirl in melted low-carb chocolate

Combine all ingredients, mix thoroughly until creamy and uniform (electric mixer works best). Pour into buttered pie pan, bake about half an hour at 350.
post #44 of 240
Oh, and if you go to the low-carb forums and do a search for bowl muffins, you can get some really good recipes to make in the microwave. I got really good brownies, spice cake, and pumpkin bread, all low carb (mostly flax and almond meal) and very quick.
post #45 of 240
leerypolyp- thanks for the link- I found a pumpkin bar recipe I am going to try- although without the cream cheese frosting - pumpkin substitute with sweet potato (have those on hand) and using some kind of real sweetner and not the splenda- hopefully they still work out!

Pumpkin Bars with Cream cheese Frosting
Mix:
1 cup almond flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves (or 2 tsp Allspice instead of cinn or cloves)
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
24pks splenda (OR 1/2 cup davinci SF syrup and 6pks of Splenda)
3 tblsp chopped walnuts

Then mix:
1 cup mashed pumpkin
2 eggs
1/2 cup oil

Mix dry into wet and pour into sprayed 9x13 inch pan. Bake 350 for 30-40 min. Let cool then frost. Really good next day!!! If they last that long!!!

Cream Cheese Walnut Frosting

4 oz softened cream cheese
2 tbsp softened butter
2 tbsp cream
1 tsp maple or walnut extract
1 tsp vanilla extract (will also work with 2 tsp vanilla instead of the maple or walnut)
6 pks splenda OR SF vanilla syrup to desired taste and consistancy.

Mix all together till smooth then add 3 tbl chopped walnuts and spread on bars!

18 bars at roughly 3.5 carbs each and 2.5 if you use the Davinci and splenda.
post #46 of 240
Got another recipe for you.

The original recipe was

1 cup whipping cream
1/3 cocoa powder
1/3 cup splenda

Over whip in the mixer and it is "mousse" like. I didn't want it super sweet so I cut the splenda in half but the bitterness of the cocoa sort of required all of the splenda. Then the splenda "after taste" was too prevalent. So I knew it needed tweaking.

Here is what I came up with today

2 cups heavy cream
squirt of vanilla (2 tsp probably)
1/2 cup-ish (I didn't measure) Walden Farms SF chocolate syrup

Whip it in the mixer.

I did not over whip it but if you wanted a thicker consistency then by all means. After verifying that it was edible I filled Popsicle molds with it and made "fudge"-sicles. This was not super sweet. You could add more chocolate syrup or some splenda if you wanted it sweeter. I also think that an orange version would ROCK!
post #47 of 240
What ways does everyone get their fat each day? I seem to be having a problem doing it lately. I know my fat intake needs to be higher. I can only stomach 1 serving of dairy a day. Any more than that and I have to start popping allergy pills! So that limits cheese, greek yogurt, whip cream, etc.

I think I need to start adding oil or avocado to my smoothie in the morning. I added ground flax this morning and it was okay. I eat a lot of nuts but I am trying to cut back on those because they are bumping me over my preferred carb limit everyday!

Any clever ideas?? Favorite snacks?
post #48 of 240
I cook veggies in sesame oil fairly regularly. I love brussel sprouts cooked in sesame oil.

Tonight I cooked chicken in grapeseed oil, added a can of tomato sauce and garlic powder, and then topped it with olives and feta cheese that were marinated in herbs and olive oil (pre-packaged). It was really good. Just added toasted bread for the rest of the family.
post #49 of 240
Extra virgin coconut oil is pricey but sooo yummy! Its actually very healthy, despite its bad rap. I love using it to cook food in, it gives everything an exotic flavor! The book "The Coconut Diet" has a lot of great recipes, including one that was just coconut oil, flax seeds, and some sweetener... little bite size uncooked "cookies" to help people get more healthy fats into their diets. I might have to make a batch of those again myself! I know a lot of people add coconut oil to their morning smoothies, but since its a solid under 76 degrees I don't like the texture in smoothies - too chunky.

I've been working on incorporating more salmon into my diet - lots of healthy fats there!

Would goat cheese work better for you, frogguruami? Or sheep cheese? I loooove both, and could still eat them when DD was little, even though if I ate any dairy she would have terrible excema.
post #50 of 240
I used to mix coconut oil (the good organic unrefined Jarrow stuff) with cocoa powder, stevia, and some nuts. Put it in the freezer in a silicone or paper muffin cup, and in ten minutes you have a candy bar.

Really good with peanut butter mixed in.
post #51 of 240
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Originally Posted by Queen of Cups View Post
The book "The Coconut Diet" has a lot of great recipes, including one that was just coconut oil, flax seeds, and some sweetener... little bite size uncooked "cookies" to help people get more healthy fats into their diets.
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I used to mix coconut oil (the good organic unrefined Jarrow stuff) with cocoa powder, stevia, and some nuts. Put it in the freezer in a silicone or paper muffin cup, and in ten minutes you have a candy bar. Really good with peanut butter mixed in.
I have seen these a number of times. I actually have an unopened jar of coconut oil in my cabinet. I will get it down tonight.

Any idea on the ratios of oil to cocoa powder? I will have to play around with these.

I don't know why I have never considered cooking with it!

Thanks for all the suggestions!
post #52 of 240
Okay, here's the recipe for the coconut treats:

1 tbsp coconut oil, softened
1-2 tsp milled flax seeds
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4-1/2 stevia
1/4 tsp almond extract
1/8 tsp sea salt
dash of cinnamon
dash of nutmeg
1/8 cup chopped nuts
2-3 tsp unsweetened coconut flakes (more if you want to roll the treats in them)

Mix all together, will make 2-3 one inch balls. It seems like way too much measuring to make only 3 of them, so when I make them I do the recipe about tenfold! Store in the refrigerator or freezer.

I'm so bummed! I made sure I had everything for these, but then realized I'd used up all my shredded coconut making truffles at Valentines Day!
post #53 of 240
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Originally Posted by leerypolyp View Post
I used to mix coconut oil (the good organic unrefined Jarrow stuff) with cocoa powder, stevia, and some nuts. Put it in the freezer in a silicone or paper muffin cup, and in ten minutes you have a candy bar.

Really good with peanut butter mixed in.
I do that to but use just a bit of organic turbinado- like maybe 1/4 t or something. I have never froze it though- I have always done it with almonds. Now that's a good way to get fat into you!!! Lately I have been skimping on the fat as well. Mostly due to the tight budget- I am officially out of coconut oil, but will have to wait until next month to order some. I use lots of butter, olive oil and like sesame oil as well. I would love to do dairy, but Lily doesn't tolerate it.
post #54 of 240
Well, I kind of combined the recipes mentioned... I tried 1 tbsp of coconut oil, 1 tsp flax, 1 tsp dark cocoa powder, and 1 tsp of splenda (I don't have any stevia right now, but I think I'm going to try to pick some up tomorrow). Melted the coconut oil and mixed it all up in a paper muffin cup and its in the freezer now. Licking the spoon was yummy, though! I think this might become my bedtime treat... it'll probably be more fulfilling than a cup of sugar-free hot cocoa made with skim milk.
post #55 of 240
I want to join too. How do I start? Can someone point me to a website that tells how to begin?
post #56 of 240
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Originally Posted by Queen of Cups View Post
Well, I kind of combined the recipes mentioned... I tried 1 tbsp of coconut oil, 1 tsp flax, 1 tsp dark cocoa powder, and 1 tsp of splenda (I don't have any stevia right now, but I think I'm going to try to pick some up tomorrow). Melted the coconut oil and mixed it all up in a paper muffin cup and its in the freezer now. Licking the spoon was yummy, though! I think this might become my bedtime treat... it'll probably be more fulfilling than a cup of sugar-free hot cocoa made with skim milk.
Why on earth would you drink skim milk? There's no fat in there and it's got all those carbs from the milk! Or is that what you used to drink as a "low calorie treat" before starting on low carb?

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I want to join too. How do I start? Can someone point me to a website that tells how to begin?
http://www.lowcarb.ca/

I went a little off plan over the holidays (the Jewish holiday of Shavuous was Sunday night through Tuesday) but I'm back on track today!
post #57 of 240

Loving the South Beach Phase 1

Been South Beaching In Phase 1 for 10 days and down 8 pounds! Very excited about low carb eating. My husband wants to get started and we went to the store to get him set up for work snacks and meals in the freezer. My husband makes an all meat chilli. We made it last night to freeze, we wanted to thicken it but of course did not want to use flour. Any ideas out there for thickening soups. I know I can use heavy cream but we don't really want a creamy soup, just a thicker chilli, any ideas?:

Could anyone explain to me the 50% fat approach to weight management. I need to buy the suggested books on the subject but would like the skinney if anyone has time to share.

Thanks for all your posts, I get excited everyday to check in!
post #58 of 240
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Originally Posted by mommaof5 View Post
Been South Beaching In Phase 1 for 10 days and down 8 pounds! Very excited about low carb eating. My husband wants to get started and we went to the store to get him set up for work snacks and meals in the freezer. My husband makes an all meat chilli. We made it last night to freeze, we wanted to thicken it but of course did not want to use flour. Any ideas out there for thickening soups. I know I can use heavy cream but we don't really want a creamy soup, just a thicker chilli, any ideas?:
For chili, I used a can of pumpkin. It does add a few carbs but most of it is fiber and it is spread over the whole pot so it doesn't amount to much. No, you can't taste the pumpkin!!

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Could anyone explain to me the 50% fat approach to weight management. I need to buy the suggested books on the subject but would like the skinney if anyone has time to share.

Thanks for all your posts, I get excited everyday to check in!
In a nutshell, the body uses glycogen, made from carbs, as fuel. When the body is in short supply of gycogen, as with a low carb diet, the liver will switch from processing gycogen to making ketones from dietary fat and stored fat. The body then uses ketones as a fuel source. By being active and using your muscles you tell the body not to use muscle so fat is the only thing left for a fuel source.

The is the brief not so scientific, cliff notes version.

So when you are low carb, your body needs high fat to use as fuel. At least that is my understanding of the whole thing!
post #59 of 240
Pumpkin in chili- interesting....

well, I fell off the cliff yesterday- another stress- binge- eating day. I am not getting enough protein or fat due to money issues and that is making things much harder. I got some more eggs from my mom though- hopefully tomorrow will be better. I have just been too stressed and emotional lately.
post #60 of 240
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Originally Posted by Ruthla View Post
Why on earth would you drink skim milk? There's no fat in there and it's got all those carbs from the milk! Or is that what you used to drink as a "low calorie treat" before starting on low carb?
Keep in mind that I'm doing South Beach, not Atkins. 1-2 servings of low- or no-fat dairy is recommended per day. It has a decent amount of protein. SB does not recommend a high-fat diet.
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