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5 Practical Tips for Starting Keto

This entry is part 6 of 9 in the series Keto Basics

My previous article walked you through a few things to know before starting a keto diet. But knowing what to do and actually doing it aren’t the same things. So now that you know the basics—what keto is, how it works, and what to focus on—here are some tips for getting started and setting yourself up for success.

As I mentioned last time, keto really isn’t that big a deal. It’s only as complicated, difficult, and expensive as you make it for yourself. The single most important thing is keeping your carbohydrate intake very low. If you have the financial means to consume solely organic produce and grass-fed or pasture-raised animal foods, that’s a great way to go. But if you’re on a tight budget and your go-to grocery shopping strategy is to get whatever’s on sale at your local supermarket or discount chain, you’ll do just fine. Keto isn’t about the provenance of your food; it’s about keeping carbs low.

But like I also said last time, even though keto is just regular ol’ food minus the sugar and starch, for many people, this is a pretty radical change. No more cereal or toast for breakfast, no more mid-afternoon latte and muffin. No more pasta dinners, no more post-workout fruit smoothies. Whether going keto will be just a mild shift from what you’re eating now, or it will be a massive overhaul of your entire diet, here’s some advice to make it easier, more convenient, and more delicious! After all, if a diet—keto or any other way of eating—is difficult, complicated, and forces you to eat things you don’t like, you’re not going to stick with it for long. So here’s to making keto simple and fun.

Give Your Kitchen a Makeover

A key factor in keto success is surrounding yourself with suitable foods, and only suitable foods. This is easy if you live alone, but more difficult if you live with family or housemates who aren’t jumping aboard the keto train with you. Let’s look at the former scenario first and tackle the latter one in a bit.

Clear out your kitchen! If you’re ready to start keto and you want to start now, get rid of everything that’s not appropriate for a ketogenic diet. Purge your pantry, cupboards, fridge, and freezer of all high-carb items. Don’t wait until you finish them all up. Ditch them now. If you’re starting keto to lose weight or improve a serious health issue, those foods aren’t doing you any favors, so why would you want to finish them? Toss ‘em! (Consider taking all sealed and non-perishable items to a local food bank or shelter.)

Depending on the style of keto you’re going for—there are lots of different ways to do it—get familiar with the foods that will become staples of your diet, and go stock up! The details will vary, but the core foods you can count on to work for any iteration of keto include fatty meats (beef, lamb, pork, poultry, bison, game meats), seafood, eggs, nuts and seeds, and non-starchy vegetables. High-fat dairy products, like cheese, butter, cream, and sour cream, are fine if you tolerate dairy.

Stock up when things are on sale. On a keto diet, your freezer is your friend. Fill the freezer with fatty meats—steaks, sausages, ground meats, pork chops, bacon, roasts, chicken thighs or drumsticks—whatever you like. Also, keep a few fatty protein options in the fridge. Having all that nice meat on hand doesn’t do you do any good if it’s frozen solid. Remember to always have a couple of options defrosted and ready to go. When the meat is defrosted, cooking may only take a few minutes depending on the cut.

Do the same with frozen vegetables. If you have space in your freezer, stock up on the ones you like. Broccoli florets, brussels sprouts, chopped spinach, blends of peppers, and mushrooms. Most supermarkets even have frozen riced cauliflower and spiralized zucchini noodles for convenient keto cooking. (When buying frozen veggies, make sure they’re plain and unseasoned, or watch out for the carb grams per serving if they do have sauce or seasoning.)

Eggs on sale? Keto jackpot! Buy several dozen. Use your own discretion, but the “expiration” or “sell by” date on an egg carton is really just a general guide. Properly refrigerated, eggs last a very long time, and they’re a gold mine of perfect fat, protein, and micronutrients for keto.

Prep Your Environment

Keto will be easier to stick to if you prepare large quantities of food ahead of time so there’s always something ready to go. Vegetables are great to have on hand, but what if you get home from work and you’re tired and hungry? You don’t want to start from scratch with peeling and chopping things when you’re exhausted after a long day. (Suddenly that pizza delivery menu will start looking really good…)

Whether you’re cooking for a crowd or just for one, never cook only enough for one meal. In most cases, it doesn’t take any longer to cook a large amount of food than it does a small one. If you’ve got the grill going anyway, don’t bother cooking just one or two steaks or chicken breasts. Grill five or six at a time—or more. You can have one for dinner and have another, cold, sliced into strips and dipped in blue cheese or ranch dressing for lunch the next day. Or use it as the protein on top of an entrée salad for dinner. Make steak & eggs later in the week for breakfast, or use pre-cooked steak and chicken in fajitas for dinner one night.

If you live in an apartment or some other arrangement where grilling isn’t feasible, use your oven in the same way. Invest in a large glass baking tray or rimmed metal baking sheet. Bake or roast eight or ten chicken legs or pork chops at a time. Most of it’s hands-off time, so while those are cooking, you can wash, peel, and chop vegetables for the week.

You can roast or steam a massive pile of broccoli or cauliflower all at once. Use it throughout the week with different seasonings each time. Using different herbs, spices, and even cooking fats, can make the same ingredients taste like an entirely new dish. Dice a mountain of onions, zucchini, and/or bell peppers. Sautee them with salt and pepper for a bit and store them in a container in the fridge. Since they’re already cooked, they’re an almost-instant side dish for any meat, or you can use them in an omelet. Just reheat and add whatever seasonings you like—curry powder, Italian seasoning, Tex-Mex, sesame ginger. The possibilities are endless, and it’s all entirely customizable to your own taste preferences.

Take advantage of the kitchen appliances and gadgets that make cooking quick and easy. Slow cookers, pressure cookers, and air fryers are good for making large pieces of meat that you can enjoy over the course of several days. (Keto pro-tip, for those who don’t want to cook every day: embrace leftovers!) Slow cookers and pressure cookers can help in the budget department, too: cuts of meat that are tough tend to be priced lower than tender, premium cuts, but when cooked using one of these tools, they end up melt-in-your-mouth soft.

Hard-boiled eggs are a common grab & go keto snack. If you’re boiling the water anyway, why bother with just a few eggs? Boil one or two dozen. You’ll thank yourself all week when hunger hits and all you have to do is open the fridge and snag one. The same goes for sausage links and bacon. Learn to enjoy certain foods cold. Cooking bacon? Don’t mess around with two or three strips. Cook the whole package; cold bacon is a dynamite keto snack. (Bake in the oven rather than frying on the stovetop for easier cleanup.) Sausage links are another ideal keto grab & go option. Fry or bake a few packages at once and fatty protein will always be handy.

What about non-perishables? This is easy since they require no preparation and no refrigeration. Keep a supply of keto-friendly foods to use as meals or snacks: canned seafood (tuna, salmon, sardines, mackerel), pork rinds, low- or zero-sugar beef jerky or meat sticks, nuts and seeds, cheese crisps, pepperoni, and salami. (These might call for refrigeration after they’re open.)

The name of the game here is, be prepared. Keto recipes abound online, and there are some incredibly creative and enticing keto cookbooks out there. Your cooking can be as intricate as you’d like. You can prepare a five-course gourmet meal every night if that’s your thing, but if keeping things simple will make it easier for you to stick to keto for the long term, all you really need to do is base your meals around a fatty protein and round out with low-carb vegetables if you choose to.

Doing Keto Alone in a Houseful of People

Getting rid of all high-carb foods is easy if you live alone. But what if you live with family or housemates, and you’re the only one doing keto? This definitely makes it harder. Your storage space will be limited if your fridge, freezer, and cupboards need to accommodate your keto-friendly foods in addition to the sugary and starchy fare the rest of your household prefers. One strategy is to have a designated cabinet, drawer, or pantry shelf that’s for you and only you. Keeping your keto goodies separate from other food might help limit your exposure to things that are off-limits.

Navigating the fridge will be more difficult. You can’t completely blind yourself from seeing others’ high-carb foods and beverages. You might just have to shore up your mental reserves and stay strong. Remind yourself often of the reasons why you’re doing keto. It’s pretty rare that anyone eats this way just for fun, so chances are you’re looking to lose a significant amount of weight or make a dent in a health problem. Whatever you’re trying to accomplish, are those foods going to help you get there, or will they only set you back?

Don’t assume it’s going to be difficult, though. Sure, you’ll be avoiding many of the foods you might have consumed daily for most of your life, but the good news is, for many people, sugar cravings disappear pretty quickly once they get carbs out of their diet. It doesn’t happen magically overnight for everyone, but many people are pleasantly surprised when they experience for themselves how much they don’t long for high-carb foods. There might, indeed, be times when you have to white knuckle it, but tell yourself that sugar cravings aren’t life-or-death emergencies. They’re not pleasant, but no actual physical harm will come to you if you power through and don’t give in to them. Remember: feeding the sugar beast doesn’t make it go away. It makes it hungrier for more. (A good way to satisfy a sweet craving, though, is to keep a Keto Chow shake in the fridge, and rather than drinking it all at once for a meal, take a swig once in a while to quench the sweet demon.)

Ketogenic diets are so good at regulating appetite that beyond weight loss and beyond better blood sugar control and other improvements in health, for some people, the best thing about keto is that—for the first time in their lives—they’re not hungry all the time. Not thinking about food constantly. Not planning lunch in the middle of breakfast, and not fantasizing about dinner before lunch is done. Intrusive thoughts of food no longer plague them 24/7. They’re freed from the shackles that kept them tethered to sugar all day. I can’t promise this will happen for you, but consider the possibility that sticking with keto will be easier than you think it will be.

As for cooking, don’t make this more complicated than it is. Family meals don’t need to change much. If you’re the “head chef” in your household, don’t become a short-order cook, making customized meals for everyone at the table. Household members who are doing keto can have fatty protein and vegetables; the others can have the same meal plus a starch or a sugary dessert. Don’t reinvent the wheel. It’s just food.

Have “The Talk” With Your Family

The physical logistics of making room for keto-friendly foods in a shared kitchen are easy compared to navigating the mental and emotional aspects of being a lone keto dieter in a home shared with carb eaters. If you have a spouse, significant other, and/or children in your home who won’t be joining you in eating keto, it’s a good idea to set some boundaries.

Ideally, your loved ones will be supportive of you implementing a lifestyle change to improve your health. They don’t have to eat the same foods you do, but they should respect you enough to understand that you have reasons for changing your diet, and they can be positive and encouraging around you.

That’s the ideal scenario, though. More likely, there’ll be someone or perhaps multiple people in your life who will feel threatened by the changes they’ll see in you and they’ll end up sabotaging you, intentionally or unintentionally. Sabotage may come in the form of “food pushing” – “Oh, you can have just this one taste,” or, “Aren’t you going to have any dessert? I made this just for you!” It can even present as passive aggression—eating your favorite high-carb foods right in front of you, on purpose.

Food triggers powerful feelings in people. Sometimes this is because those around you who are not making changes may feel like you’re judging them (even if you don’t give a hoot about what anyone else eats), and significant others may be worried that if your physique or health changes substantially, they might not be “good enough” for you anymore. These feelings have nothing to do with you and everything to do with the person expressing them. Their fears. Their insecurity. They don’t genuinely want to sabotage you; they’re just scared. They might not even be able to recognize that this is what’s going on, but you know, and now you can navigate those relationships with tact and grace.

People get awfully worked up when people close to them make changes in their life. A new job, a new diet: anything that threatens to change the status quo and alter relationship dynamics can make people uncomfortable. It’s simply human nature and none of us is immune. Spouses and significant others can feel especially threatened when their partner makes a major change—especially one that might result in significant weight loss.

If people close to you express negativity about you doing keto, consider having a polite and calm conversation about this. Let them know you understand their perspective but make it clear that you’re making these changes because you want to live a better life. If obesity or a major health issue is compromising your quality of life, then improving these things can only make you a better spouse, parent, friend, sibling, or coworker. Having a frank and honest discussion about how your health or your weight is affecting you—physically and mentally or emotionally—and sharing openly with them can provide them an opportunity to do the same. Perhaps they know their own life is limited because of similar issues but they were afraid to be honest about it. Opening the conversation can help both of you.

In other situations, it’s best to keep your mouth closed. The quickest way to turn others off to this way of eating is to proselytize about it. Don’t be “that person”—the one who can’t eat anything without commenting about how many carbs it does or doesn’t have. You don’t want people judging you or commenting on your low-carb food selections, so give them the same respect with regard to the foods they eat.

If someone expresses curiosity or specifically asks you for information, then sure, point them in the direction of some good resources. But whether it’s about diet or pretty much any other topic, one thing most people don’t like is unsolicited advice. So don’t give any. Even when you feel moved to. Even when you think keto could really help someone in your family or circle of friends. The best way to get someone interested in keto is to serve as a silent example of the incredible things this diet is capable of doing. Let your results speak for themselves and you won’t have to convince anyone to try it. They’ll come around on their own.

Be Prepared for it to be Difficult – or Not!

I explained a little about the “keto flu” in my previous article. Keto flu is the nickname for the unpleasant things some people experience as their body transitions from being fueled mostly by carbohydrates to being fueled mostly by fat. I said “some people” experience it, because despite the alarming warnings in keto circles, most people don’t go through a rocky adjustment period. Most people sail through and feel great pretty quickly on keto, but you do need to be aware of what to expect in case you’re someone who has a few hiccups.

If you ditch the carbs and have more energy, clearer thinking, and a well-controlled appetite right from the start, great. But be prepared with plenty of salt and magnesium supplements if you have headaches, muscle cramps, or feel dizzy or lightheaded. (If you’re taking medication for diabetes or high blood pressure, work with a doctor who’s on board with you trying keto, because your medications might need adjusting very quickly after starting keto. Some of what you think is keto flu might be effects of being overmedicated.)

So What Are You Waiting For? Get Started!

Now you have no more excuses. You know what to be aware of before starting keto, and you have practical tips to jump in and do it. So get going. You can radically transform your health, and all you have to do is eat delicious food! That’s right: just regular food. What you don’t need to start keto is MCT oil, bone broth and collagen powders, ketone pills, gadgets, apps, and meters. It’s fine if you want to play around with all that later on, but when you’re just starting out, use your money where it will serve you best: on your food.

By |2020-10-06T09:24:50-06:00October 7th, 2020|Categories: Keto Basics|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Keto Chow and COVID-19

We all understand that for many people, Keto Chow plays a significant role in their success on a ketogenic diet and is particularly vital in stressful times like this. Several customers of ours are nurses and doctors that really have no time for any other food right now and we are humbled to play a small part in helping them. We wanted to give everyone an update on how COVID-19 is impacting Keto Chow, so here you go! =)

Your ability to get Keto Chow

For many people, their primary concern is: “hey, can I still get my Keto Chow?” Currently, the answer to that is a resounding “Yes!” We have ample inventory of Keto Chow on-hand at our Draper Utah warehouse, with a good supply also dispatched out to Amazon fulfillment centers (and “grocery food” like Keto Chow is currently prioritized going into Amazon’s warehouses). Although you can buy Keto Chow on Amazon, it is far less expensive to get directly from us which also gives you the bulk discounts, loyalty program and other benefits that are not available on purchases through Amazon. We actually have enough inventory on-hand to last for several months even with a complete shutdown of our upstream production and we JUST got a new shipment of Chocolate, our most popular flavor. We’re doing exceptionally well in this regard.

Both carriers that we use (UPS and USPS) have indicated that they are still moving packages and are doing a great job handling the increased number of shipments. I haven’t seen statistics but I’m guessing it’s a lighter load than the week before Christmas.

We have an amazing team of people that are working at our Draper warehouse, shipping the orders, handling local customers that are picking up orders, and generally being awesome. The members of the Keto Chow team that can work outside the office are doing so to limit the exposure. If you call about an order or send us an email, we can help you out wherever we are.

Keto Chow – shelf stability, how long does it last?

As noted in a recent blog post, the shelf life of unopened Keto Chow is 2 years with no detectable change to the flavor or nutrition. Each package has a “best by” date printed on the package that lets you know how long it will last. We work hard to maximize the shelf life and cycle through the oldest product out first. The “Flavor of the week” program aids in this. If you have Keto Chow that’s past the “best by” date, you are still unlikely to notice any change; the main issue you might see is a slow degradation of certain vitamins that would make it unsuitable for ALL of your food for an extended period of time. In other words: don’t use ‘expired’ Keto Chow for 3 meals a day for weeks or months at a time with no other food; but using ‘expired’ Keto Chow for 1 or 2 meals a day is something that I have done in the past and will do in the future.

Mixing Keto Chow in difficult circumstances

By far, the easiest way to mix up Keto Chow is with heavy cream. It requires a simple shaker bottle and little else. Heavy cream is also somewhat readily available right now. Based on my own observations, it’s been difficult to find many everyday essentials but heavy cream has been in-stock at every grocery store I’ve been to this week.

Butter is more work to mix, but stores longer, is less expensive, has fewer carbs, and is delicious. I highly suggest you give it a shot if you can find butter. Personally, I use the cheapest salted (or unsalted but I like the salt) butter I can find. I don’t worry about grass-fed or anything else – you’re welcome to use that if you like the flavor more, but I haven’t seen compelling evidence of any metabolic advantage to grass-fed butter. You can also use the same method as butter to use other “hard” fats like coconut oil.

Avocado oil is a good choice if you have no access at all to refrigeration, I have a great write-up on my own experience using it while camping. Avocado oil is very shelf-stable and the sort of thing you could put in your basement with a bag of Keto Chow and rest assured that with some water, you’re set for days!

Powdered cream is also an option if you account for the particular issues it brings along: it’s shelf-stable but also costs more, is bulkier, has more carbs, and does not taste as good as liquid heavy cream.

Could I be infected by COVID-19 via a package?

The short answer is “probably not.” A NIH study found that the SARS-CoV-2 virus survives up to 24 hours on cardboard, which is shorter than the 2-3 days a typical package we ship takes. UPS simply says on their COVID-19 page that “The World Health Organization (WHO) and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have stated that the likelihood of novel Coronavirus contaminating cardboard or other shipping containers is low.”

By |2020-03-19T15:10:03-06:00March 19th, 2020|Categories: Keto Chow|Tags: , , , , , |1 Comment

Happy day: Chocolate Keto Chow is back in stock (and with a larger scoop!)

We just got in a new batch of Chocolate Keto Chow. This particular shipment comes with a change: the scoop is bigger. To get the absolute most accurate measurement of your Keto Chow, it’s best to use a scale to weigh it; that’s actually what happens to the samples of Keto Chow, each one is weighed and must be within 3% of the target. Scales are far more accurate than trying to cram the powder in just right to get the correct mass. When I did a test of the v2.1 chocolate to the new 2.5 chocolate to check for differences in the taste, the biggest takeaway was that the 90cc scoops we had been using were only yielding an average 45g compared to the 48.96g it should give – to handle that change we’re now using 100cc scoops in the chocolate.

Heading image is Samantha Dillard’s Chocolate Peppermint Fudge – one of many recipes you can make with Chocolate Keto Chow

By |2019-12-27T11:54:04-07:00December 27th, 2019|Categories: Future Foods, Keto Chow|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Fixing Keto Chow that’s too salty and/or too thick

This entry is part 128 of 131 in the series Ketogenic Diet

You keep hearing how amazing Keto Chow is, the reviews are fantastic… but you mixed it up and it’s super thick and it’s WAY too salty – what’s going on? Was everyone lying? No, you just need to add more water!

On the Keto Chow instructions, it says to add 14 ounces (or more) of water, sometimes that gets interpreted to “mix to 14 ounces total” and if you do that it’s going to be WAY too thick and unbearably salty. It’s going to be GROSS. What you need to do is add more water, most people like the taste and thickness when the total mixture is around 20 ounces, or a nearly full Blender Bottle. If your Keto Chow is already mixed up and not the way you like it, just add more water!

By |2019-09-03T08:05:18-06:00September 3rd, 2019|Categories: Preparation|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Having issues with Keto Chow Clumping? We have some solutions for you!

In version 2.1.1 of Keto Chow, we changed the protein powder to one that tastes a little better but does not have lecithin in it. Lecithin slows down how quickly the protein absorbs water making it more forgiving to mix. In version 2.5.0 we are/will be going back to a lecithninated/instantized protein powder. If you have v2.1.1 or 2.1.2 and are having problems with clumping, here are some tips to help you mix easier.

  1. The most effective way to handle the problem is to go straight for using butter as the fat source.

    Because you are using warm water and melted butter, all of the issues with clumping simply go away. On top of that, you get all of the additional benefits of butter:

    • Butter costs less than Heavy Cream or Avocado Oil. Using pricing from my local grocery store I get $1.229 per 1000 calories for HWC, $0.981 for AO, and $0.796 per 1000 calories for butter. That same 1000 calories of butter have 0.08g of total carbs compared to 8.35g for the HWC.
    • Butter does not contain any controversial carrageenan or other emulsifiers you find in Heavy Whipping Cream. Personally, I don’t care about them but some people get quite “excited” about them.
    • Butter has a better impact on my blood markers.
    • Butter is easier to store, it freezes exceptionally well and is compact.
    • Butter is easier to transport. The salted variant is quite stable without refrigeration for a good amount of time, it won’t spill (unless you get it too warm =), it’s not in a glass bottle that will shatter. Should also be noted that TSA currently doesn’t care about butter, unlike a bottle of oil.
    • Butter tastes amazing. Personally, I prefer the salted butter because of the additional sodium and salty taste, especially in the chocolate flavors of Keto Chow (Chocolate, Mint, Toffee, Peanut butter, etc…
  2. Avocado Oil tends to be more difficult to mix than Heavy Cream, if you want to use Avocado Oil you’ll likely want/need to use either a blender or an immersion blender
  3. When you go to mix Keto Chow, if you’re using a blender bottle, you need to have the water nearby so you can immediately mix it. You need to add the water and begin vigorous mixing within 2-3 seconds of adding the powder to the bottle. This is covered in rather exhaustive detail on the “How to Prepare Keto Chow” page and the accompanying video.

 

By |2019-05-24T12:32:53-06:00May 24th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Recovering, Editing, Experimenting, Answering… ?

We finished up the Keto Salt Lake show on Saturday. That was a lot of work but insanely awesome, I have a bunch of pictures I need to post when I get the time. Lately, I’ve been swamped with a few things:

  • Editing the recordings of the Keto Salt Lake presentations.
  • Answering the (thousands) of questions on the Facebook advertisement with the new video.
  • Doing experiments with different ways of mixing Keto Chow.

At Keto Salt Lake we had two different cameras running that were recording the presentations in UHD4K (3840×2160@29.97p), I also had an audio recorder plugged directly into the microphone feed so I could get a clean recording of the presentations. In all, approximately 34 hours of video (17 on each camera) were recorded. It ended up being 1.07 TeraBytes of data! I had to put it on my spinning hard drive because the SSD is only 953GB, it’s like living in the past! =)

I have the editing for Friday completely finished and I’m rolling right along with getting at least 2 presentations done and uploaded to YouTube each day. All of them go into the 2019 Low Carb Salt Lake Recordings playlist so they are easy to find and watch.

The commercial has been an astounding success. It’s been pretty frantic around here shipping out orders and answering questions. I see every question from someone as an opportunity: it means they want to know more and put forth the effort to ask. Even if they have the same question that I’ve answered a few dozen times, that means they want to know (and I can use my answer templates for a bunch of them =). The coolest thing is: for every “keto is dumb, you suck, die in a fire” or “sucralose will make your hair turn blue and isn’t as good as eating twigs and bark” comment, we get several dozen comments from people that think the ad is funny, are interested in trying it, and are excited that there’s something that can help them on their keto journey. We are also getting a lot of our customers that answer people’s questions for us. Seriously: that’s super cool! One person asked how many bots we have on there making it look like people like the product. I replied that you only have to do stuff like that when you’re trying to trick people because the product sucks. We don’t “astroturf” (no need) and the product is awesome.

I also had a conversation with a certain person that’s noted for their work treating Alzheimer’s patients with keto, coconut oil, MCT oil, and exogenous ketones. I asked if they see a marked improvement with people supplementing coconut oil – she said they do indeed see a substantial improvement in most cases. I decided to try applying the technique for mixing Keto Chow with butter and use it to mix regular Costco coconut oil (which was quite solid in my cupboard). I used 50g coconut oil (melted) and mixed it up with Keto Chow and warm water. Let it chill in the fridge and there is no separation (see the image at the top of this post, the bottle on the left with the grey lid was refrigerated overnight). It does have a pronounced coconut flavor that I think goes well with regular chocolate.

I also tried mixing up a full meal of Keto Chow with unsalted butter with a LOT less water than typical – the finished volume was 14oz (about 380ml). It was quite thick but still very pleasant – makes it possible to fit in a far smaller container if necessary. That’s the bottle on the right side with the blue lid.

By |2019-05-03T14:05:24-06:00May 3rd, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments

Expert recipes by Taffiny Elrod of KetoCookingSchool.com

We’re super happy to announce a new addition to our site. We were super impressed with the recipes being made by Taffiny Elrod of KetoCookingSchool.com and asked her if she could come up with some recipes that use Keto Chow. Taffiny is a chef and cooking instructor who specializes in food for health and traditional culinary techniques. She owns and operates a restaurant with her husband in New York’s Hudson Valley.

So far she’s made two recipes for us:

Pumpkin Spice Caramel Keto Chow Cheesecakes

 

Pumpkin Spice Caramel Chai Latte

Watch for more in the future! You can see more of Taffiny’s work at

By |2018-11-09T15:02:00-07:00November 9th, 2018|Categories: Keto Chow, Recipes|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Keto Chow Donuts

We used a 9 donut mold to make these and it’s been fantastic with any flavor of Keto Chow that we’ve tried. To get the nutrition info I made a recipe in cron-o-meter, which is what we prefer for tracking your food. Recipe originally by Cristy Davis from the Sofa King Facebook group (I think Kristina Wells helped too).

Keto Chow Donuts

Easy and simple, use just about any flavor Keto Chow to make donuts
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Total Time18 mins
Course: Desserts
Keyword: Vanilla
Keto Chow Flavor: Any sweet Keto Chow flavor, Apple Pie, Banana, Caramel Macchiato, Chocolate, Chocolate Mint, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Chocolate Toffee, Cookies and Cream, Eggnog, Key Lime, Lemon Meringue, Mocha, Orange Cream, Peaches & Cream, Pina Colada, Pistachio, Pumpkin Spice Caramel, Raspberry Cheesecake, Root Beer Float, S'mores, Salted Caramel, Snickerdoodle, Strawberry, Vanilla
Servings: 9 donuts (with glaze)
Calories: 102.7kcal
Author: Chris

Ingredients

Donuts

  • 1 tablespoon butter melted
  • 1 ounce cream cheese softened
  • 3 ounce mozzarella cheese
  • 1 serving Keto Chow flavor of your choice
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 tablespoon coconut flour
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon calorie free sweetener powdered erythritol or swerve
  • 1/2 cup water

Glaze

  • 1/2 ounce cream cheese softened
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • calorie free sweetener

Instructions

  • Mix all ingredients in a bowl.
    Mixing the ingredients
  • Only fill molds half way, they will rise quite a lot.
    Mixed-up
  • Microwave for 8 minutes (or less if you want them more moist).
  • Glaze and enjoy!
    Keto Chow Donuts
Nutrition Facts
Keto Chow Donuts
Serving Size
 
41 g
Amount per Serving
Calories
102.7
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
6.89
g
11
%
Saturated Fat
 
3.82
g
24
%
Trans Fat
 
0.14
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.4
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
1.99
g
Cholesterol
 
79.15
mg
26
%
Sodium
 
252.33
mg
11
%
Potassium
 
233.09
mg
7
%
Carbohydrates
 
4.66
g
2
%
Fiber
 
1.58
g
7
%
Sugar
 
0.62
g
1
%
Sugar Alcohol
 
1.67
g
Net Carbs
 
1.4
g
Protein
 
7.63
g
15
%
Iron
 
0.64
mg
4
%
Calcium
 
172.44
mg
17
%
Vitamin C
 
15.19
mg
18
%
Vitamin A
 
342.57
IU
7
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutrition

Serving: 41g | Potassium: 233.09mg | Sugar Alcohol: 1.67g | Iron: 0.64mg | Calcium: 172.44mg | Vitamin C: 15.19mg | Vitamin A: 342.57IU | Sugar: 0.62g | Fiber: 1.58g | Sodium: 252.33mg | Calories: 102.7kcal | Cholesterol: 79.15mg | Trans Fat: 0.14g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1.99g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Saturated Fat: 3.82g | Fat: 6.89g | Protein: 7.63g | Carbohydrates: 4.66g | Net Carbs: 1.4g

Photos by Sarah DeYoung Photography 

Photos by Photography by Lindsay

 

By |2019-11-15T19:57:36-07:00September 12th, 2018|Categories: Keto Chow, Keto Chow Recipes|Tags: , , , , |6 Comments

Orange Cream Keto Chow (and other flavors) Creamsicles

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Keto Chow is designed to be simple and convenient, but some times you might get bored with drinking it as a shake. Here’s how to freeze it into a creamsicle! We used a set of stainless steel forms because the reviews were excellent and they look like they’ll last forever.

Orange Cream Keto Chow (and other flavors) Orange Creamsicles

A fun way to prepare and serve Keto Chow frozen
Prep Time2 mins
Total Time2 hrs 2 mins
Course: Desserts, Snacks
Keyword: Orange Cream
Keto Chow Flavor: Orange Cream
Servings: 4 creamsicles
Calories: 82.1kcal
Author: Chris

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Mix up your Keto Chow as normal, you may want to use less water than normal. My popsicle molds each hold 4 oz so I made mine to be around 16 oz to make 4 creamsicles per serving.
    Ready-to-fill
  • Pour into form, add the popsicle sticks.
    Filled-and-sticked
  • Freeze!
    in-the-freezer
  • Dip the frozen forms in warm water to loosen, if you're not eating them immediately, put them in a bag and return to the freezer to store.
    Finished-and-bagged
  • Enjoy!
    Breakfast-of-champions

Notes

Orange Cream Popsicles
Nutrition Facts
Orange Cream Keto Chow (and other flavors) Orange Creamsicles
Serving Size
 
26 g
Amount per Serving
Calories
82.1
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
5.52
g
8
%
Saturated Fat
 
3.43
g
21
%
Trans Fat
 
0.18
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.23
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
1.35
g
Cholesterol
 
19.81
mg
7
%
Sodium
 
219.52
mg
10
%
Potassium
 
399.63
mg
11
%
Carbohydrates
 
2.33
g
1
%
Fiber
 
1.79
g
7
%
Sugar
 
0.57
g
1
%
Sugar Alcohol
 
0.01
g
Net Carbs
 
0.54
g
Protein
 
6.89
g
14
%
Iron
 
0.59
mg
3
%
Calcium
 
195.57
mg
20
%
Vitamin C
 
30.09
mg
36
%
Vitamin A
 
268.91
IU
5
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutrition

Serving: 26g | Potassium: 399.63mg | Sugar Alcohol: 0.01g | Iron: 0.59mg | Calcium: 195.57mg | Vitamin C: 30.09mg | Vitamin A: 268.91IU | Sugar: 0.57g | Fiber: 1.79g | Sodium: 219.52mg | Calories: 82.1kcal | Cholesterol: 19.81mg | Trans Fat: 0.18g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1.35g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.23g | Saturated Fat: 3.43g | Fat: 5.52g | Protein: 6.89g | Carbohydrates: 2.33g | Net Carbs: 0.54g

Photos by Sara Dearden

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By |2021-02-02T15:30:00-07:00July 2nd, 2018|Categories: Keto Chow Recipes|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

42 Days of Keto Chow – Day 21, Running on (almost) empty

This entry is part 21 of 44 in the series 42 days of Keto Chow Experiment

Yesterday afternoon I went to San Francisco. I was running a little late, made it to the gate just in time for boarding (I actually ran a lot of the way with a big backpack and roll display)… and just as I got there, my phone buzzed to let me know that the plane was delayed due to weather. Instead of leaving at 3, we left at 4:30. So I relaxed for a bit… and was nearly an hour late for the event I was going to SF for. That sucked.

I was able to mix up a 4 meal pitcher of Vanilla, Salted, Caramel, and Chocolate with heavy cream (that I brought in my bags) plus another pitcher with avocado oil. I got to talk to a few people, it might have been worth it, dunno yet. Funnily, the people that tried the samples the most and that I talked to the most were the other vendors. I kept getting “Wow, this actually tastes really good!” Shouldn’t be so surprised but I’ll accept it as a compliment =) I packed everything back up and took BART back to the airport, where I proceeded to wait from 10 pm to 4 am so I could check my bags and get to the gate for my 6 am flight.

I’m really quite tired. I slept for about 30 minutes around 11 pm and for about 2 hours between 2 and 4. Got back home at 10 am, took a shower and checked my ketones. As I mentioned yesterday, instead of dealing with bringing food I just ate all 3 meals before I left and fasted until I got home. When I checked my levels I was at 3.5 mmol/dL – that’s pretty high for doing heavy cream!

Anyway, I’m here at work, just like I was 24 hours ago, waiting for the USPS truck to come and pick up the mail, wishing I was asleep but I have too much to do and my brain is on so I wouldn’t be able to anyway (plus our bedroom is getting holes in the drywall sanded right now and everything is covered by sheets so I couldn’t sleep there if I wanted to (which I do).

By |2018-01-25T12:27:59-07:00January 25th, 2018|Categories: 42 days of Keto Chow Experiment|Tags: , , |1 Comment