The Healthy Foodie http://thehealthyfoodie.com Who says eating healthy has to be boring? Mon, 01 Sep 2014 23:10:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Almond Pistachio Fat Bombs http://thehealthyfoodie.com/almond-pistachio-fat-bombs/ http://thehealthyfoodie.com/almond-pistachio-fat-bombs/#comments Sat, 30 Aug 2014 11:00:52 +0000 http://thehealthyfoodie.com/?p=3436669940 If I had to name one thing that I do like about the Keto diet, it would have to be coming up with fat bomb recipes such as this Almond Pistachio Fudge. I must admit that fat bombs are a fun and tasty way to boost one’s daily fat intake. Still, the principle doesn’t sit all that well with […]

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If I had to name one thing that I do like about the Keto diet, it would have to be coming up with fat bomb recipes such as this Almond Pistachio Fudge.

I must admit that fat bombs are a fun and tasty way to boost one’s daily fat intake.

Still, the principle doesn’t sit all that well with me. I just don’t find it natural, that’s all. I mean, it’s good as a temporary measure, but in my mind’s eye, there is something wrong with the mere fact that I have to incorporate these into my daily feeds in order to reach my dietary goals. These kinds of things should be considered a treat, not regular food.

Yet, I can’t think of any other decent way to boost my daily fat intake. AH! Maybe it’s just that I don’t have enough imagination as to how to use fat efficiently any other way, yet. Or maybe it’s just the pastry chef in me who always wants to shine through and have her (LOUD) voice heard.

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One of the aspects of the paleo lifestyle that I appreciate the most is that you are expected to feed as close as possible to what nature intended.

I might be way out of whack here, but I’m pretty sure that if nature had intended for me to eat so much fat, animals would tend to carry a much higher fat to muscle ratio, and there would also be a hell of a lot more carb-free, healthy fat options for me to choose from out there!

Also too, the more I eat according the the guidelines of the paleo diet, the more I feel like eating REAL food. I find myself craving less and less baked goods, namely bread, muffins, cakes and pies of all sorts. Sweets and desserts don’t appeal to me quite as much anymore.

Mind you, I probably have keto to thank for that also, as I now eat close to no sugar at all and don’t really crave it either, not even when I eat “trigger” foods such as this deliciously creamy fudge, aka fat bomb.

Since I completely and utterly refuse to put any artificial sweetener in my body, it goes without saying that while following a keto diet, anything sweet is just totally and completely off limits for me. Nowadays, just thinking about sugar gives me the jitters!

So once again, just as was the case with the Matcha and Coconut Fat Bombs, and Choconut Almond Butter Cups that I recently posted, this new variety of fat bomb that I just came up with is completely unsweetened. It’s just sweet enough for my taste, however!

Of course, if you think you may prefer your fudge a bit more on the sugary side, you could add a little bit of your favorite sweetener to it. Of the ones that I use regularly, I think raw honey would be the best fit for this. continue reading

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Paleo and Keto Friendly Caesar Salad http://thehealthyfoodie.com/paleo-keto-friendly-caesar-salad/ http://thehealthyfoodie.com/paleo-keto-friendly-caesar-salad/#comments Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:00:31 +0000 http://thehealthyfoodie.com/?p=3436669919 It’s no secret: I’m a HUGE fan of salads. And of all the salads that exist, if I was forced to choose only one to eat for the rest of my days, I would most definitely have to elect Caesar. For the longest time, though, I regarded Caesar Salad as a major artery blocking, fat producing factory, […]

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It’s no secret: I’m a HUGE fan of salads.

And of all the salads that exist, if I was forced to choose only one to eat for the rest of my days, I would most definitely have to elect Caesar.

For the longest time, though, I regarded Caesar Salad as a major artery blocking, fat producing factory, so I would only indulge on the rare occasion. I never thought, not in my wildest dreams, that I’d ever come to consider this fat bomb to be a part of a healthy diet, let alone that I would wanna boost its fat content even further by adding avocado to it.

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To be honest, my brain is still trying to recover from the shock!

But it you’re on a keto diet, I swear that this kicked up version of an already outstanding classic will probably become your very best friend.

I mean hey, it’s got a whopping 70g of healthy fats, a decent 17g of protein and a mere 10g of net carbs, which you could bring even further down by losing the croutons, but honestly, those croutons are sooooooo yummy, it would be a shame to abandon the poor things on the side of the road.

I must say that I was especially proud of this particular salad, for I basically made everything from scratch, even the bacon! And the croutons, I made using the delicious Olive and Rosemary Faux’caccia that I’d whipped up a couple of days prior.

To say that it was the best Caesar Salad I’ve ever eaten would be an understatement.

And now, I’m ‘onna share with you how to make your very own. And I’m not even gonna charge your for that. I know, how fabulously generous of me… continue reading

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Creamy Cauliflower and Ground Beef Skillet http://thehealthyfoodie.com/creamy-cauliflower-ground-beef-skillet/ http://thehealthyfoodie.com/creamy-cauliflower-ground-beef-skillet/#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 11:00:25 +0000 http://thehealthyfoodie.com/?p=3436669891 I am now entering week 8 of my keto experiment, and unfortunately, I still can’t say that it’s working all that good for me. For the first time in my life, I am seriously considering giving up on a challenge that I’d set for myself. Initially, I thought I would give this keto thing at least […]

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I am now entering week 8 of my keto experiment, and unfortunately, I still can’t say that it’s working all that good for me. For the first time in my life, I am seriously considering giving up on a challenge that I’d set for myself.

Initially, I thought I would give this keto thing at least 12 weeks, but for the for the time being, I am less than convinced that I will tough it that long.

For some reason, it would seem that I’m really not responding well to the keto diet: I’m hungry all the time, feel super tired, have very little energy (barely enough to make it through my workouts) and my brain gets pretty foggy, too.

As if this wasn’t enough, I feel I’ve been gaining weight in the past few weeks. At least, that’s what the scale and caliper have been telling me.

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When I first started, I kept my daily calorie intake at around 1950 calories per day and I tried to stick as closely as possible to the following macros: 25g net carbs, 90g protein and 165g fat. Then I started working out again, so I upped that to 2200 calories per day, 30g net carbs, 110g protein and 180g fat.

I have to admit that I’m finding it terribly hard to stick with it. Having to plan ahead and write down absolutely everything that passes my lips is painstakingly long and it kills all my inspiration and creativity. I sometimes feel like I’ve already forgotten how to eat instinctively. Before I make any decision that’s food related, I need to crunch in the numbers, first. -”Can I afford to add this cute, fresh, crisp and mouth-watering mini seedless cucumber to my breakfast plate? Hmmm, not sure… Lemme check first… Nope! Sorry, no can’t do! Having that cucumber would set me over my carb allowance for that day. But hey, you can have an extra teaspoon of mayo, instead!” continue reading

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Homemade Smoked Ham http://thehealthyfoodie.com/homemade-smoked-ham/ http://thehealthyfoodie.com/homemade-smoked-ham/#comments Sat, 23 Aug 2014 11:00:39 +0000 http://thehealthyfoodie.com/?p=3436669856 You might think that making your own Smoked Ham at home from scratch must be some sort of an impossible task, one that’s best left to the high-tech food laboratories of this world… Because let’s be honest, the art of smoking ham probably requires some kind of a degree in meat chemistry or something, right? WRONG! Just as […]

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You might think that making your own Smoked Ham at home from scratch must be some sort of an impossible task, one that’s best left to the high-tech food laboratories of this world…

Because let’s be honest, the art of smoking ham probably requires some kind of a degree in meat chemistry or something, right?

WRONG!

Just as is the case with bacon, the process of making Smoked Ham at home could not be easier.

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Granted, the whole process does require a little bit of time, but asks for so very little attention, it basically makes itself.

In short, this is pretty much how it goes.

  • Make brine (Can you bring water to a boil? You can make a brine!)
  • Let brine cool. (You be passive)
  • Submerge meat in brine, leave it for 14 days. (Again, you be passive)
  • Remove meat from brine, rinse well (WOO! ACTION!)
  • Plunge meat in hot water bath for 25 minutes (A bit of action, followed by more waiting)
  • Soak wood chips for 1 hour (A bit of action, followed by more waiting)
  • Make wood chip pouches (Yay! Real action this time! No origami skills required, I promise!)
  • Throw meat and wood chip pouches on outdoor grill (or smoker, if you have one)
  • Wait… change pouch, wait… change pouch, wait… repeat several times over the course of about 6 hours
  • Enjoy your very own Homemade Smoked Ham, made entirely from scratch! (DEFINITELY: ACTION!)

Let’s go, let’s make this together. You’ll see, it’s such an incredibly rewarding experience, you’ll probably never want to buy ready-made ham ever again…  continue reading

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Homemade All Natural Toasted Almond Butter http://thehealthyfoodie.com/homemade-natural-toasted-almond-butter/ http://thehealthyfoodie.com/homemade-natural-toasted-almond-butter/#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:00:10 +0000 http://thehealthyfoodie.com/?p=3436669833 I can’t believe that I’ve never shared this recipe on here until now. Seriously. Of all the nut butters that I keep in my cupboards, this would be the one variety that I can NEVER be without. I’ll even often whip up a new batch before I actually run out. And that’s especially true now that I’ve discovered just […]

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I can’t believe that I’ve never shared this recipe on here until now. Seriously. Of all the nut butters that I keep in my cupboards, this would be the one variety that I can NEVER be without. I’ll even often whip up a new batch before I actually run out.

And that’s especially true now that I’ve discovered just how good this stuff goes with avocado.

For realz! Avocado!

Several times a week, at breakfast, I’ll split an avocado in half, remove the pit and fill the cavity with a tablespoon of creamy, dreamy, delicious Toasted Almond Butter.

It’s so insanely good, I can’t tell you how often I daydream about it. I’ve tried other nut butters, such as Toasted Sunflower Seeds and Roasted Cashew, but frankly, Toasted Almond is my fave so far!

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I’m now thinking that I need to come up with some kind of a keto recipe using avocado and toasted almond butter, but I just can’t seem to figure it out yet. For the time being, I’m so happy with the simple act of enjoying the two of them together with a fork, I can’t think of any other way that would give me more satisfaction… hopefully it’ll come to me someday!

Until then, I say we should probably get busy making some Almond Butter, that way you will already have it handy when I do come up with that recipe. If you don’t end up eating it all with plain avocado, that is…

Now, just as I do when I make Toasted Almond & Hazelnut Butter, I like to use a blend of toasted and raw nuts with this variety also, because I find it gives the nut butter a milder, sweeter taste as well as a bit of a thicker consistency. For me, the perfect ratio is half toasted almonds and half raw.

Of course, you could use all toasted or even all raw, if you wanted to. Or 75% / 25%… Feel free to play with the ratio until you find one that works well for you. continue reading

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Olive and Rosemary Faux’caccia http://thehealthyfoodie.com/olive-rosemary-fauxcaccia/ http://thehealthyfoodie.com/olive-rosemary-fauxcaccia/#comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 11:00:31 +0000 http://thehealthyfoodie.com/?p=3436669808 This Olive and Rosemary Focaccia, or Faux’caccia as I like to call it, ranks pretty high on my list of “bestest” culinary successes. Quite frankly, when I took it out of the oven, I was genuinely impressed with the way it turned out. It looked so beautiful and perfectly golden, and fluffy and crispy… and the smell that was emanating from […]

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This Olive and Rosemary Focaccia, or Faux’caccia as I like to call it, ranks pretty high on my list of “bestest” culinary successes.

Quite frankly, when I took it out of the oven, I was genuinely impressed with the way it turned out. It looked so beautiful and perfectly golden, and fluffy and crispy… and the smell that was emanating from it: OH.MY.WORD. This flat bread was absolutely everything I’d hoped it to be when I envisioned it, and then some!

Just like any good bread should, it holds together super well. In fact, it has a consistency that’s very similar to that of the real thing. You can even put this baby in the toaster, and if you slice it in half horizontally, you can use it to make the prettiest little sandwiches.

It knows how to turn breakfast into a very pleasant gustatory experience, too! You need simply toast a slice, then cut it into strips and dip ‘em into your egg yolks! Oh joy…

Last but not least, it makes the most amazing croutons! Just you wait ’til I share my Keto Caesar Salad recipe, then you’ll know exactly what I mean! 

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As if all that wasn’t reason enough to fall madly in love with this Faux’caccia, it’s got another ace up its sleeve: it’s MUCH easier to make than the real thing!

There’s only this small little detail, though… it does call for cauliflower, which needs to be grated and cooked and then, you guessed it, squeezed dry! Yeah, that part sucks, but sadly, there’s no getting around it.

And you know what? The more I get to do it, the less I despise squeezing water out of things.

Especially when the end result is so very well worth it! continue reading

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The Keto Diet In Simple Words and Cheesecake Tarts with Blackberry Compote http://thehealthyfoodie.com/keto-cheesecake-tarts/ http://thehealthyfoodie.com/keto-cheesecake-tarts/#comments Sat, 16 Aug 2014 11:00:11 +0000 http://thehealthyfoodie.com/?p=3436669775 Guest Post by Craig from Ruled.me It’s not often that I welcome guest bloggers on THF, but when Craig from Ruled.me recently contacted me and offered to write a little piece on the Keto diet to help my readers better understand what it’s all about AS WELL as share a delicious Keto dessert recipe with you all, I was over […]

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Guest Post by Craig from Ruled.me

It’s not often that I welcome guest bloggers on THF, but when Craig from Ruled.me recently contacted me and offered to write a little piece on the Keto diet to help my readers better understand what it’s all about AS WELL as share a delicious Keto dessert recipe with you all, I was over the moon with excitement! Of course, I said yes without a moment’s hesitation. 

You see, Craig’s blog has pretty much become my go-to source of information since I decided to go “full keto”. He’s got so many helpful guides and tools, tons of informative articles and loads of mouth watering recipes on there, I don’t doubt for even one second that it will become a highly valuable resource for you too, if it isn’t already. 

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Hey there, I’m Craig (nice to meet you too!), I’m 23 years old, and I’m a blogger just like Sonia. I run a website/blog called ruled.me which centers all around the ketogenic diet. I love teaching about new ways of eating and encouraging people to try something that’s counter-active to what they’ve been taught. Whether it’s for health, weight loss, or just plain fun, this is one of the most rewarding things I’ve done in my life – and I’m really happy to see so many people willing to give it a go.

For the last 5 years off and on (more on than off), I’ve been doing keto for the general health benefits and weight loss. I’ve lost weight, gained weight, and lost weight – but the final number is 70 pounds in total from my highest weight, which I’ve kept off for a long time now.

I’ve loved cooking for a long time. I’ve had tons of chef friends who just claim it’s not all cocked out to what people say, and dealing with that first hand lead me away from perusing it professionally. Food, for me, is something that I can’t help love. The tastes, textures, experimentation, failures, and of course the ever-rewarding successes that keep you coming back for more! Cooking is a passion of mine, and I have to be in the kitchen at least once a day whipping some fancy or weird creation up to satisfy my curiosity and picky taste buds.

All those heart happy things aside, I’m a bit of a nerd, too. Well…geek? Nerd? I don’t know what to call it anymore. I’ve grown up around computers and love technology, so much so that I started my own business in web design just 2 years ago. I spruced people’s websites up, helped older generations get more customers directed toward their business, pretty much whatever they needed. Being able to run, maintain, and own my own site is way better, though! I work on it daily, trying to optimize and efficiently serve content to visitors which is just as fun as cooking for me (Oh boy, my nerdy side is coming out, I’ll go ahead and stop there). continue reading

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Paleo Creamed Spinach http://thehealthyfoodie.com/paleo-creamed-spinach/ http://thehealthyfoodie.com/paleo-creamed-spinach/#comments Thu, 14 Aug 2014 11:00:52 +0000 http://thehealthyfoodie.com/?p=3436669731 WOOHOO! I’m finally back at the box, you guys! Man does it feel good! After I’d been on break for 5 weeks, my knee wasn’t really showing signs of improvement, so I took it upon me to see a sports physiotherapist in order to get a specialist’s opinion and prognosis. Turns out I not only have a torn Meniscus but I also […]

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WOOHOO! I’m finally back at the box, you guys! Man does it feel good!

After I’d been on break for 5 weeks, my knee wasn’t really showing signs of improvement, so I took it upon me to see a sports physiotherapist in order to get a specialist’s opinion and prognosis. Turns out I not only have a torn Meniscus but I also suffered considerable damage to my Posterior Cruciate Ligament. Unfortunately, it looks like getting an operation will not be an option for me.

However, I was extremely relieved when he said that I could resume exercising *almost* normally while I wait for that operation. He only offered a few contra-indications, but nothing that I couldn’t live with.

I was so happy, I think I could’ve hugged and kissed him right then and there. 

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Still, I was kind of faced with a bit of an issue… Given that stupid knee injury, it felt like CrossFit may no longer be the optimal choice of physical activity for me. More often than not, WODs would still have to be adapted to fit my reality and I can’t have that anymore. No one wants to be “the crippled guy in the back” you know. Plus, I felt like I would impose some kind of a burden on my coach.

Soooooo… I thought maybe I could invest in a modest home gym and start lifting weights at home instead, as well as incorporate a few elements of CrossFit to my daily workouts. The thing is, if I was gonna do that, I was going to need some serious help and guidance. I went to my coach and asked if he would be willing to write me a program and coach me remotely, half expecting him to politely decline and say that as much as he would love to help me, there’s just no way he could fit me into his already overbooked schedule. Much to my surprise, however, his answer went something more like: absolutely and with great pleasure!

I was so excited, I think I could’ve hugged and French-kissed him right then and there. (What? The man happens to be very attractive…)

You know, for the longest time, I thought that I really didn’t like working out. I’m now realizing that nothing could be further from the truth. Not only do I now feel the need to be physically active every day, but I also enjoy it very much.

Especially now that I feel my energy coming back! Keto and I seem to be getting along a little better now: today’s workout was a lot easier, and I seem to be getting a little bit more inspired in the kitchen… starting with this amazing Paleo Creamed Spinach. continue reading

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Matcha and Coconut Fat Bombs http://thehealthyfoodie.com/matcha-coconut-fat-bombs/ http://thehealthyfoodie.com/matcha-coconut-fat-bombs/#comments Tue, 12 Aug 2014 11:00:28 +0000 http://thehealthyfoodie.com/?p=3436669704 I can’t believe it’s already been 5 weeks since I embarked on this keto experiment. To be honest, I never thought that I would ever be able to sustain this diet for so long. But this time, seeing how I knew I wouldn’t be able to train for a while, I decided that I was going to […]

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I can’t believe it’s already been 5 weeks since I embarked on this keto experiment. To be honest, I never thought that I would ever be able to sustain this diet for so long. But this time, seeing how I knew I wouldn’t be able to train for a while, I decided that I was going to give it an honest shot and stick with it no matter what.

And that’s precisely what I did. 

I can’t say that the last 5 weeks have been a walk in the park and that I now think of keto as the biggest revelation ever. In fact, I’m still on the fence as to whether I like it or not. I definitely need more time to decide, so I intend to keep going for a minimum of 12 weeks total. No matter what!

Sure, I did lose a few pounds. Well, at least I think I did. Just as I was getting really discouraged about not having lost much weight at all despite all my efforts and putting up with all the crappy side effects, a girl I train with at the box, whom I hadn’t seen in all this time, walked up to me today and went: “Whoa! you’ve seriously trimmed down around the waist and hips, girl, and well, you know, all those places that are so hard for us ladies to lose…”  (yeah, I’m now back at the box, and that feels sooooo good… but more on that later!) 

Boy did it ever feel good to hear that. Because trust me, so far, this keto thing hasn’t been much fun for me.

Matcha Coconut Fat Bombs | thehealthyfoodie.com

For starters, I feel hungry. A lot. Yes, still. But then again, that might be because I also put forth a no snacking/grazing rule for myself, cutting back on my daily calorie intake by the same token. So I probably can’t blame my hunger pangs entirely on keto. In case you’re interested, I now eat at a slight caloric deficit, keeping my intake at around 1950 calories per day and I try and stick as closely as possible to the following macros: 25g net carbs, 90g protein and 165g fat. 

Then, for a couple of weeks, I felt really tired, my brain was unbelievably foggy, I felt like I had no energy, no inspiration, no desire to eat or cook. Or maybe I just didn’t really know how anymore. I’m used to eating massive amounts of veggies at each meal and removing them from my diet was a very tough thing for me to do. That, and the fact that there’s only so many dishes one can create which contain loads of fat, a moderate amount of protein and very little veggies.

I needed to find a way to create dishes that would really call my name as well as satisfy my appetite.

And that’s precisely what I did! 

To begin with, I started experimenting with fat bombs. I immediately fell in love with them. They sure are a fun and tasty way to boost one’s daily fat intake, so I guess you can expect me to post quite a few variations on that same theme in the next few months.

I feel I should warn you, though: I don’t do “sweet” fat bombs. My body just doesn’t seem to have a good psychological or hormonal response to all things sweet, so the further away I stay from sugar and sweeteners, the better off I am.

So just like the Choconut Almond Butter Cup that I just recently shared, these Matcha and Coconut Fat Bombs haven’t been sweetened in the least.

That way, I can enjoy my fatty “treats” without affecting my brain or hormones, and I don’t have to feel an ounce of guilt when “indulging”. In fact, I now HAVE to include them in my diet. It’s either that, or paleo mayo by the spoonful… continue reading

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Keto Choconut Almond Butter Cups http://thehealthyfoodie.com/keto-choconut-almond-butter-cups/ http://thehealthyfoodie.com/keto-choconut-almond-butter-cups/#comments Sat, 09 Aug 2014 11:00:00 +0000 http://thehealthyfoodie.com/?p=3436669676 Before you get overly excited and start drooling all over the place at the thought of enjoying a decadent sweet treat, I feel I must warn you right off the bat: these delicious Chocolate Almond Butter Cups aren’t sweet at all. Not even one tiny bit. Hey, that doesn’t mean they’re not heavenly good, though. Only when […]

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Before you get overly excited and start drooling all over the place at the thought of enjoying a decadent sweet treat, I feel I must warn you right off the bat: these delicious Chocolate Almond Butter Cups aren’t sweet at all.

Not even one tiny bit.

Hey, that doesn’t mean they’re not heavenly good, though. Only when you bite into one of these, you don’t get a crazy intense sugar rush that goes straight to your brain and hormones. Instead, you get to taste and REALLY appreciate the natural bitterness of the chocolate, the ever so subtle sweetness of the almond butter and the creamy, luscious richness of the coconut butter.

All that without even getting the slightest little buzz!

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I chose not to add any sugar to these because, since I’m currently following a keto diet, I needed a fun and tasty way to boost my fat intake without breaking my carb bank. And I don’t do artificial sweeteners such as Erythritol or Xylitol or any of that stuff that ends in OL. I’d rather keep my food clean, thank you very much!

Instead, what I chose to do is add a little bit of cinnamon and a few drops of pure almond extract to help create an illusion of sweetness… but the illusion is rather faint, take my word for it!

Needless to say these fat bombs really are for the trained palate and for the real dark chocolate lover. However, if you want to make them and feel you really must sweeten them, I suppose you could add as much as one tablespoon of raw honey per layer without affecting the final consistency too much. As well, you could use good quality 70% dark chocolate instead of chocolate paste. They still won’t be super sweet but at least they will have some kind of a hint of sweetness to them.

But if you too have been following a keto diet and are a bit tired of eating mayo by the spoonful, these babies might very well have your name on it! continue reading

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