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The Game is ON!

It’s Sunday again!  Looking for a low carb game treat?  How about wings? Yes, wings!  Chicken wings are easily made at home or on the grill while tailgating and are totally low carb when prepared with low carb sauces.  Here are some saucy suggestions.

Italian Herb and Parmesan

Coat wings with Olive Oil, Italian Herbs, Salt and Pepper to taste.  In the last 5 minutes of cooking add Parmesan cheese.  If grilling, toss with Parmesan immediately after cooked and removed from grill.

Garlic Butter

Put olive oil, butter (1 to 1 ratio) and minced garlic in a microwave safe bowl.  Microwave until butter is melted.  Brush wings with butter mixture before grilling or baking.  Salt and pepper to taste.   Make additional sauce for dipping or pouring over after cooked.

Franks Red Hot Sauce…has no carbs!! Brush on wings before grilling or baking and have some extra on the side for dipping.

Have a great low carb wing recipe?  Please share!  Let’s get ready for some football!

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Fiber is Your Friend

We hear lots of talk about fiber and getting enough etc, but what about on a low carb high fat diet?  Yes, fiber is still your friend!  Carbohydrates in the form of fiber have no impact on your insulin levels, therefore does not impede fat loss.  In fact, fiber often enhances weight loss by keeping things moving in your digestive system; however, be cautious on your choice of fiber!  Just because the front of a product says its high fiber doesn’t mean you should eat it!  Read labels carefully! An ideal high fiber product will have very little net carbs (Carbs – Fiber = Net Carb).  For instance, in my previous recipe blog I mentioned Garden of Life Super Seed.  This is a fiber product that has zero net carbs!  There are other similar type products out there.  One lower cost option for fiber is to just add ground flaxseed to shakes, soups, whatever!  Personally I like to mix it up and use various products.  I like Arbonne Fiber Boost also because it is tasteless and mixes easily in shakes. It has 12 grams of fiber and only 3 net carbs.

Garden of Life Super Seed can be found in health food stores and some health conscious grocery stores.

Ground flaxseeds can be found in health food stores or you can buy whole and grind your own.

Arbonne Fiber Booster can be found at http://tanyacolee.myarbonne.com

If you have a favorite low net carb fiber product, please comment and let me know!

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Low Carb Cookie Dough?

Well it’s not exactly cookie dough, but we have a treat that is sure to please.  It has the consistency of cookie dough but without the sugar!  It is a no cook easy recipe to keep you sustained and burning fat through the day.  This recipe was inspired by Nora’s Nut Ball Snackers by Nora Gedgaudas on her website Primal Mind/Primal Body.  Thanks Nora!

BFF (Tina’s) Hairy Balls

1 cup Kerry Gold unsalted butter (regular unsalted butter can also be used if Kerry Gold is not available)

1 jar of Almond Butter unsweetened

3 Tbs no peanut nutzo (optional)

¼ tsp coconut extract

¼ tsp almond extract

½ tsp vanilla extract

¼ coconut flour (or more to taste)

2 scoops Garden of Life Super Seed (optional, but gives great fiber boost)

2 Tbs Chia seeds or black sesame seeds

4 ounces sliced almonds

½ cup coconut flakes unsweetened

2 Tbs carob chips

Mix the butter and the almond butter till smooth.  Add Nutzo and all extracts and mix thoroughly.  Add remaining ingredients one at a time and mix.  Can be eaten immediately, but refrigerate to store and for firmer consistency.

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Chi Running Workshop

We are hosting a Chi Running Workshop today in Abita! In order to burn fat forever, you have to move and chi running is a method of running that reduces injury, increases speed, and endurance.  Want to know more?  Check it out!

http://store.chiliving.com/Workshops/Half-day-ChiWalking-Workshop-W2334

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Plateau shmateau…

So you are going along your merry way, losing weight and then BAM the scale stops moving!  You have hit a plateau!  Now what?

Well first thing is first…are you in ketosis?  If you are not in ketosis, then go back to basics and rid your diet of carbs.  Oh, but wait, can you hit a plateau AND still be in ketosis?  Yes you can! What is the solution?  It could be a lack of water.

In order to lose fat your body must go through a process called hydrolysis, which requires lots of water.  Hydrolysis allows the mobilization of fat and toxins from your body.  How much water do you need?  At minimum, we should consume 64 oz of water a day.  Yes, water.  Not coffee, not soft drinks…water.  Water helps move the fat.

Remember coffee and other caffeine drinks actually work as a diuretic, so for every ounce of caffeinated drink once ounce of water would be needed to negate the diuretic effect.  Then you still have to drink at least 64 ounces of water in addition to that!  Also, if you exercise or if it’s extremely hot, guess what? You need more water!

One caveat.. there are some arguments for drinking caffeine free beverages in place of water, (e.g herbal teas, lemonade, etc) but beware, there can be hidden calories and carbs in these drinks.  Plus, lets face it you body KNOWS what to do with water, so there is no question that if you take in enough, you can wash the fat away!  More to come on plateaus…stay tuned!

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Are you ready for some football?

It’s football season again!  Everyone is ready to sit around the TV and eat a healthy meal right? HA!!! Probably not.  Carby treats are everywhere; chips, candy, popcorn, you name it! What is a low carber to do?  It is actually quite easy!  Here are some fun ideas for your next tailgate party…

Cheese, Meat and Olive Tray

Cube a variety of cheeses, slice your favorite cold cuts or sausages and add olives.  Serve with a low carb hot mustard.  Easy and delicious!

Broiled Kale

Yes Kale!

Preheat oven to 400 degress.  Chop leafy kale removing stems.  Add olive oil till glistening.  Add popcorn seasoning, salt, and/or cajun seasoning.  Toss till coated.  Place oiled/seasoned kale on a sheet pan evenly in one layer. (do not stack, the kale will not get crispy.) Bake for 12 minutes until kale is crisp.

Veggies and Dips

Use celery, colored peppers, cherry tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, or any other low carb vegetable to dip into your favorite high fat dip low carb dip.  Blue cheese, ranch, cheese dip, spinach dip…yum!

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Labor Day Weekend!!

Hello!  I want to first wish you all a great labor day weekend!  There is no better way to celebrate labor day than a barbeque!  Yes you can have a great barbeque without the sugary sauce AND burn fat forever!

You can grill everything!  First, grill some steak, burgers, chicken, fish, shrimp, or your favorite meat!  Then make a sauce to dip it in!  Add a creamy homemade coleslaw on the side and YUM you are all set!

Saucy suggestions:

Fish or shrimp:

Melt butter with minced garlic for a lovely garlic butter sauce.  Add capers for a little salty zing.

Steak or or burgers

Blue cheese dressing anyone?  Makes a great dip for steak.

Chicken or and pretty much anything:

Southwest sauce:

1/4 cup mayonnaise

1/4 cup sour cream

1/2 avocado

1 TBS taco seasoning (make sure it has no carbs)

1 tsp lime juice

Salt/Pepper to Taste

Mix ingredients till smooth.  Enjoy!!

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