Easy Low Carb Meals & Low Carb Granola


 
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Keto SnacksI had three good low carb meals yesterday, all super easy, plus my low carb brownies of course. πŸ™‚

This is my food diary for yesterday, along with my MyFitnessPal food diary so you can see how I logged my meals – and how my macros turned out.

I tried something new too that I’ll share with you. I discovered it in my Low Carb Challenge Group and wanted to try it. It looked really good!

In the most perfect timing, right after I heard about this product in a group discussion, Netrition emailed me and asked if they could send me something new to try and share with you. They said my meals are getting WAY too boring lately and I need to mix it up. LOL, I’m kidding. πŸ™‚

I actually got a VERY nice note from Kathy who said they follow us here and around the web and LOVE what we’re doing and achieving together! She also said she enjoys my “low carb cereal” breakfast. πŸ™‚ How cool is that?!

I’m a BIG fan and a long-time customer at Netrition. It’s my go-to source for low carb stuff. I’m also an affiliate, so I can see what other people here order in my commission reports. Here’s a great list of low carb foods at Netrition for example.

All of the products I use & recommend to you here, I’ve ordered myself – but Kathy offered to send me something NEW for free if I would try it out and share it with you. I said SURE! πŸ™‚ And of course I told her I had my eye on the Sugar-Free Nut & Flax Granola by Sensato that I heard someone else raving about.

It comes in 3 different flavors (cherry, cranberry & cinnamon), it’s only 2 net carbs per serving, it’s sugar free and has no sugar alcohols. I told her I would prefer Cranberry or Cinnamon… and she sent me both! πŸ™‚

Sensato Nut & Flax Low Carb Granola

“Sensato Sugar Free Nut and Flax Granola is high in fiber, low in carbs and a good source of protein. It’s perfect for a quick crunchy snack or as a cereal. Try sprinkling it over yogurt. It’s so good you won’t believe it’s sugar free!” –source

Spoiler: I love both flavors! πŸ™‚ But I did NOT love them the way I tried it first…

Friday’s Low Carb Meals

I couldn’t wait to try the low carb granola, so I decided to have it for breakfast Friday morning in my “Low Carb Cereal” in place of my usual 1/2 cup of pecans. A serving is 1/2 cup (42 grams) and only 2 net carbs, so I measured out one serving.

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My “cereal” which usually has pecans had: 1/4 cup Daisy brand cottage cheese, 4 small diced strawberries, 1/8 cup (17.5 grams) of hand-picked blueberries, and 1/2 cup of the new Cinnamon Nut & Flax Granola.

Low Carb Cereal with Nut & Flax Granola

I did not like it that way. πŸ˜› Maybe I just love my pecans in the cereal. Maybe it was because the texture was different. Maybe it’s because the slight sweetness of the granola mix took away from the delicious natural sweetness of the berries.

Whatever the case… I will not be using it in my cereal again, lol.

I do love it by itself though! It will make a great “trail mix” in a bag with almonds, walnuts, pecans, dried blueberries, etc for when I’m hiking or camping – or just want a DELICIOUS healthy low carb snack. πŸ™‚

I’m also going to use it to make a low carb berry cobbler, so stay tuned for that!

For lunch I just made an easy meal of 3 eggs scrambled with colby jack cheese in real butter. That came to 1.2 carbs, because eggs are .4 carbs each. I used real cheese off the block (zero carbs).

Easy Low Carb Meal: Cheesy Eggs, 1.2 carbs for 3 eggs

For dinner I wanted something quick & easy again. That’s typical of me. πŸ™‚ lol…

I had a Kentucky Legend center cut pork chop (they’re pre-cooked and come 2 to a package) and some leftover broccoli in the fridge. I threw them both in a skillet together – with a TBSP of real butter melted in the skillet first.

Cooking Low Carb

The pork chop only takes about 8 minutes to “cook” on both sides. I cooked it a little longer and browned the broccoli up real nice. πŸ™‚ That was a DELICIOUS low carb meal!

Easy Low Carb Dinner : Kentucky Legend Center Cut Pork Chop with Roasted Broccoli

I baked the Low Carb Peanut Butter Pecan Brownies last night too, and had HALF a brownie before I went to bed. That’s serious self control. πŸ™‚ haha.

Low Carb Brownies

The brownies were WAY better than I expected them to be. I ate two for breakfast this morning, and I’ll probably have one or two later tonight. πŸ™‚ Yum! I think the brownie mix is sold out right now, by the way. I can’t wait until she restocks!!

I also had SIX large mugs of coffee with Sugar Free Hazelnut Powdered Creamer…

Here’s My MyFitnessPal Diary for Friday:

MyFitnessPal Low Carb Food Diary with Net Carbs Column

Macronutrients: Simple Explanation Of Low Carb Macros

How To Get A Net Carbs Column in MyFitnessPal

Calories: 1403
Net Carbs: 17
Total Carbs: 40
Protein: 91 Grams
67% Fat, 28% Protein
Water: 48 ounces

 

You’ll notice my carb count was the same for my low carb cereal (6 net carbs) but the calorie count was WAY lower with the granola in place of my usual pecans. That’s great if you’re watching calories too. It also meant it was less filling of a breakfast, and didn’t hold me over as long though.

Have you ever tried the Sugar-Free Nut & Flax Granola by Sensato? Or what are YOUR favorite low carb products from Netrition? The low carb breads & bagels are still my top favorite, with the sugar free bbq sauce pulling a close second for me!

I’m still 139.6 pounds. I’m eating super good this weekend and hoping for a good weigh-in on Monday for our challenge.:) I have worked SO hard to get the weight off and to get in shape this year, and it feels SO good to be this close to my goal!!

I’m off to get in a good workout on my new pull-up bar

How are things going for you?

It’s day 13 of the 90 Day Challenge. πŸ™‚ How are you doing with your low carb meals & macro tracking? Any questions or struggles? I would love to hear your results so far.

Reminder: We weigh in again on Monday morning:)

Leave a comment and let’s talk!

Best,
Lynn Terry,
aka @LowCarbTraveler

 

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22 Responses to Easy Low Carb Meals & Low Carb Granola

  1. Gina says:

    I cannot wait to get my order from Netrition on Monday. I am looking forward to trying the low carb everything bagel. πŸ™‚

  2. Gina says:

    I think i like your low carb cereal with pecans better too
    I WOULD love to try it on my low carb yogurt. Now i bet it would be yummy on vanilla lc greek yogurt…or plain yogurt even

    • Gina says:

      I am talking about the low carb granola. πŸ™‚

    • Lynn Terry says:

      Pecans are awesome. πŸ™‚ It would be GREAT on low carb yogurt or even in low carb ice cream. I think it is going to make a delicious “crumble” for my low carb berry cobbler though. πŸ™‚ I plan to make an almond meal buttery crust on the bottom with the granola crumble on top…

  3. Cate says:

    I noticed in the granola an ingredient I hadn’t seen before; monosaccharide. I looked at a few pages with complicated scientific definitions and then I found this one.
    http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=george&dbid=115
    the long and short is that its a simple sugar that causes a spike in blood sugar and then a drop in blood sugar. Have you heard of it before?

    • Lynn Terry says:

      Hi Cate,

      Thanks for the link! I have NOT heard of it before so I appreciate your research and details. The morning I ate it for breakfast (1 serving only) I didn’t notice a “woozy feeling” like I get now if I eat real sugar. Of course I didn’t get that with the Arctic Zero ice cream either, which has 32 grams of real sugar (in a whole pint, I ate the whole pint, lol). Which is interesting because ONE “real” chocolate chip cookie literally made me light headed and sick for an hour or so.

      I do love the granola plain – eating it straight out of the bag. It has a bit of a “tingle in the mouth” sensation/effect, which I notice with some “sugar free” foods. But it has a really nice texture and flavor (crunch!)…

      • Gina says:

        Lyn. I looked over the ingedients in the low carb granola…..it says low glycemic monosaccharides as the second to last ingredient. The order that the ingredients is listed is important; The first ingredient listed is always the highest measure of the ingredients listed and it goes down the line to the last ingredient being the least amount of this ingredient in the package. With monosaccarides being listed second to last, it must mean that there is very little of this ingredient in the lc granola plus it listed it as LOW GLYCEMIC monosaccarrides. With all the fiber in the lc granola, i am pretty sure it would not spike our blood sugar
        i want to try the cherry flavor. πŸ™‚

        • Gina says:

          Btw. PECANS are listed as the first ingredient
          i wondered if on the days you use the granola in your lc cereal do you add pecans too?
          It would seem like the lc granola could take the place of the pecans since it consists of pecans as well
          i wondered because as much as i love pecans and almonds i can’t help believe that it stalls my weight loss if i eat a lot of nuts in a day. I am thinking of cutting way back on nuts to see if it will help

          • Lynn Terry says:

            Gina – I tried that, as a replacement to the pecans. It was fine, but I do prefer the pecans in my cereal. I might do half of each though!

            I eat pecans almost daily, only 1/2 cup though, and lose weight consistently. But when I ate 3-5 servings a few days in a row (of pecans & almonds both) I got a sick stomach.

            Maybe coincidence, I thought maybe it was the Nyquil, but too many nuts CAN upset your stomach too…

          • Gina says:

            Good idea. Maybe i will use half pecans and half sf granola
            sometimes i eat almonds in addition to my lc cereal with pecans. I think i am eating too many nuts. If it was just the pecans in my lc cereal i would be OK
            and i think almonds are higher in carbs

          • Lynn Terry says:

            You do have to watch the nut labels. My pecans are a store brand (Best Choice) and 1 net carb per serving. My Almonds are Blue Diamond and 2 net carbs per serving. (same serving size for both)

            But some labels show higher carb counts for the same serving size for some reason – on both pecans and almonds.

            I haven’t figured that one out yet. πŸ˜›

            But yes, pecans are the lowest carb / highest fat nut on the list.

        • cate says:

          The issue I have is with the product being labeled sugarfree.

  4. Roye says:

    I’d love to try the Nut & Flax Granola, even though I really enjoy “your cereal” I still miss cereal so I think this would be good with unsweetened Almond milk (1/2 cup, 2g carbs) so that would be a total of 4g carbs for breakfast if I didn’t add anything else.

    Also I want buy Guy’s SF BBQ sauce, what flavor do you have/like?

    Thank you!

    • Lynn Terry says:

      I think it will be great with almond milk! I was thinking of freezing some of the granola in coconut cream – for a frozen treat. πŸ™‚ Maybe with blueberries! Ha, I’m off to try that…

      I got the Original barbecue sauce. You can find it on Netrition here: http://www.netrition.com/cgi/goto.cgi?pid=787-0001&aid=3558 I really like it. There are different flavors/options I think.

      • Roye says:

        My bad, it’s 2g carbs for a whole cup of Almond milk, not 1/2 cup, even better :).

        And yes there are several flavors of the SF BBQ sauce, besides the Original there is Hot, Smokey Bacon (yum), Smokey Garlic and Spicy.

        I ordered the granola and the BBQ sauce :).

        • Lynn Terry says:

          Fun πŸ™‚ Enjoy!! I loved the bbq sauce on baked chicken thighs. And on hamburger steaks. Both were delicious!!

          • Gina says:

            I ordered rhe smoky garlic BBQ sauce. I think i will like it. I love garlic …..hey i am part Italian. Lol.
            I will let you know how it tastes. πŸ™‚

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  6. LEX says:

    Hello!

    I found this picture on IG and decided to look into it since you did hashtag #keto, but as I’m looking through the ingredients it’s not! His has wheat brand, oats, soy, canola oil, and it all depends if you like sugar substitute or not. This is very confusing since I just started he Keto diet 20 days ago and from all my research this is not Keto. i guess my question is, do you do Keto diet or are you just low carb anything goes as long as it’s low carb no Real sugar?

    Ingredients: Pecans, vegetable fiber, flax seed meal, wheat bran, soy protein isolate, almonds, oats, canola oil, spices, flavorings, baking soda, soy lecithin, sea salt, low glycemic monosaccarides, sucralose.

    • Lynn Terry says:

      Hi Lex πŸ™‚

      I think you’ll find a lot of definitions of keto or ketogenic around the web, and everyone has their own variations and limitations. The standard definition of a ketogenic diet is a “low carbohydrate, high fat, moderate protein diet.”

      It’s been around since the 1920’s, when it was originally used to treat seizures in children – effectively.

      What I do is what is referred to as “MAD” or Modified Atkins Diet – basically long term Induction: 20 net carbs max, 70% fat minimum. That (20/70) is what I consider “keto.”

      While I rarely use products, as you’ll find throughout my years worth of food diaries here, they are definitely a nice addition now and then – especially as an alternative to going off track.

      I found this granola in my searches for a good low carb recipe for berry cobbler, after berry picking all season. πŸ™‚ The cinnamon granola will make a nice “crumble” for the topping, with an almond meal / butter crust…

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