I don't completely cut out carbs, or any other food/nutrient group, but I just eat really low carb.
My body responds really well to it, and I can feel it.
The past few weeks though, I been getting crazy bored with the same ol' foods.
I eat loads and loads of
Every morning for breakfast, it is always 3 eggs, lots of cheese, and once a week I will add bacon or sausage.
Breakfast, I really don't mind. Pretty dang good, filling, lots of protein, and zero carbs.
Lunch is always chocolate Shakeology, with lots of Adams Natural Peanut Butter, one banana, and ice and water. This will never, ever get old. I crave it every single day.
I don't usually need snacks anymore. If I go into ketosis, where I really restrict carbs, I feel full a lot of the time.
When I do snack though... it is peanut butter bites, string cheese, almonds, olives, cucumbers and ranch, or a pepperoni stick. Nothing too snazzy, but it does the trick.
Dinner is where things are getting frustrating for me. I am getting so sick of meat and cheese. I don't crave breads or pastas anymore, but I am just bored. I make my family the dinners I have always made, and I pick out what I can eat, but I am just so ready for a full meal that I can stuff in my face.
So....I ordered a few books, and BAM...the past few days for my taste buds have rocked!!!
|yes, the one on the left is Atkins...no, I don't follow the Atkins diet...but I eat very similar foods to those who do.|
First up was this..
My boredom got the best of me, and I decided to try it.
Lucky for me, our local grocery store sells these.
|LOVE the name! Fresh cut squash and zucchini noodles.|
I made it last night, took one bite, ( I admit, I grimaced) and literally just started beaming! It was so flippin' good! Seriously! It tasted exactly like Fettuccini Alfredo. I used these noodles, a little heavy cream (zero carbs), a tiny spoonful of cream cheese (no carbs), loads of garlic, and lots of other seasonings, and that was it.
It was insanely good! And to test it to make sure it wasn't just good to me, and my palate that is not used to sweet things anymore and kind of weird now according to my family, I gave a bite to Molly.
Hey, she was asking.
It turned into a war over who could eat more. She gobbled it up so fast!
This recipe gave me so much excitement, that I spent the next day looking through the cookbooks whenever I got a chance. I came home from the grocery store today with all sorts of stuff that I would never have dreamed would be in my pantry.
Over half of it, I didn't even know what it was, and had to google pictures of it just to find it in the store!
|Almond flour meal...what the?|
|milk that tastes like dirt... and my life saver, Heavy Cream.|
|yes, I know what this is. Just don't ever use it. Looks like I will be now.|
|I know what this is too...and I use it in everything! It got it's picture here because I like it, a lot.|
Aside from my cookbook, zoodle alfredo find...I had the BEST FIND EVER today.
Friday and Saturday are my caffeine days. The are my hardest workout days, and it is the weekend, where my to do list around the house is always longer than the hours in the day, and lets face it, all of the kids are home, and they have lots and lots of energy and needs.
I normally drink zipfizz, because it is extremely healthy, and the caffeine comes from natural sources, so I don't get headaches or crash from it.
On some Saturday's though, when zipfizz isn't quite getting me through, I will go to my favorite place ever.
I usually get a "Paradise"...Diet Coke with sugar free vanilla and sugar free coconut. (two pumps of each please)
Today though, I branched out and got a "Dr. Cream Berry." A Dr. Pepper with Raspberry Syrup and Cream.
It sounded so stinking good to me I was salivating at the window...but it had too many carbs and sugar for me to be able to enjoy it after the hard workout I had just done...so I tweaked my order. Go me. I thought out of the box. Not my style unfortunately for me, but I did it. And it worked!
I got a Diet Dr. Pepper, and 2 pumps of sugar free raspberry syrup.
I brought it home, and added my own heavy cream to it (zero carbs and 1g. of sugar).
I took one sip, and it was so dang amazing, that I literally started laughing and cheering. Yup, right there in the middle of the kitchen. Shoes still on, grocery bags hanging from my arms, sweaty gym clothes, and all.
Mary and Sam stared at me like I had gone completely mad. Even though it had caffeine, I made all of the kids try it.
They hated it.
Better for me..no one sneaking sips. Mine..all mine.
It was sooooooooo good! Holy Crap! I actually grabbed my keys to get in the car and buy another one, but Molly pooped her pants right there in the middle of the kitchen (all of my excitement must have gotten the best of her), and diverted me.
By FAR the best find I have found so far. I absolutely cannot wait until next Saturday, just for this. It feels like I am waiting for Christmas..for real.
Next up, the second best find of the day.
Yup, two great finds in one day. Believe me...after the week it has been, this was a God send.
Some of the other Atkins treats I have found taste like chemicals and plastic to me.
This treat however....YUMMY!
I am a caramel lover..the good kind of caramel. As in Rocky Mountain Chocolate Company Sea Salt Caramel Chocolates kind of caramel lover.
This sweet, blessed, heavenly little bar brought caramel back into my life! (disclaimer: it also brings a massive load of bloating and gas as well), but it is WELL worth it. At least to me. Ben and the kids would beg to differ.
Needless to say, it was a good low carb food week for me. I found some new recipes and some awesome treasures!!
Oh, and this is also arriving in the mail in a few days.
Oh, and as another side note.
I try to drink lots of water, I really do, but I just need flavor, ya know.
These do the trick every time! I may or may not have a fridge full of these at all times.
And that's a wrap folks.
Hopefully I will be posting again in a few weeks with a bunch more new and yummy eats I have discovered in my fake sugar, weird ingredient, somewhat gassy, yet amazing low carb healthy Becky world!