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I got up early this morning and made sausage & eggs for breakfast, and realized that today is Day 55 of the Fall Low Carb Challenge. WOW! 🙂
How are things going for you?
I would love to hear how you’re doing, how much weight you’ve lost, what you’re struggling with, etc. Let’s talk!
I’m still recovering from my last hike of the summer. That was a doozy! lol…
What’s in store for Fall? I don’t know yet. More hiking for sure, because Fall is such a beautiful time of year – and much cooler, lol.
I’m seriously thinking about joining the Tennessee State Running Tour too. There’s a 5-Miler coming up in a few weeks, but I’m not sure I can train in time to do it.
Although… if I’m feeling ambitious – maybe! 🙂 I’m going to do some research on training for races & marathons this weekend and feel it out.
I’m all for trying new things, getting more active, and finding FUN new fitness adventures to get in amazing shape this year!
My last low carb food diary had two days of EASY meal ideas, and I’ve been eating super easy meals the last four days too. I thought I’d share those with you so you’ll have some tips & ideas to mix things up a little.:)
Easy Low Carb Meal Ideas
My favorite low carb breakfast is super healthy and so easy to make (no cooking required!). It’s 1/2 cup of pecan pieces, 1/4 cup of Daisy Brand cottage cheese, 4 small diced strawberries & 17.5 grams of blueberries.
It comes to 6 net carbs and 85% healthy fat:
If you haven’t switched to Daisy Brand cottage cheese yet, compare the label to any other brand on the shelf the next time you’re at the store. You’ll be shocked too! 😉
Berries are not technically a fruit, by the way. You can enjoy berries in moderation as part of your healthy low carb lifestyle. They’re full of vitamins and nutrients! Blueberries even have powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties.
Eggs are also a staple in my low carb diet, because they’re easy and versatile.
The other morning I went to whip up a quick egg breakfast though, and I was out of butter! 😯
I used a TBSP of organic virgin coconut oil in the skillet instead, and scrambled up 3 eggs with 1.5 ounces of colby jack cheese (off the block). It was surprisingly good! I definitely tasted the coconut oil, and it had a different flavor than cooking with butter, but… I liked it!
On Tuesday I made a big veggie casserole to eat through the week. I love having something ready to “grab & eat” anytime, without having to fuss in the kitchen. 🙂
This low carb casserole is creamy, cheese, delicious and EASY.
It’s a bag of Pictsweet frozen broccoli florets, a bag of cauliflower, an 8 ounce bag of shredded colby jack cheese, salt of course, and a cup of unsweetened coconut milk… all tossed in a baking dish at 350° until bubbly.
That was easy, and my favorite dish of the week! 🙂
I made baked chicken thighs to go with it. Those are very easy too. I get bone-in chicken thighs with the skin on. I like to line a pan (like a big cake pan) with foil so it’s less messy. I put olive oil on the foil, rinse & pat dry then salt the chicken thighs and lay them in the pan, then add a pat of butter on each one. Bake covered at 350° for 45 minutes, then uncovered for 20 minutes to let the thighs crisp up.
While you’re cooking, you might as well make up plenty of chicken. That way you can enjoy leftovers, or make chicken salad for more easy low carb meals.
On Thursday I had my favorite low carb salad from Applebee’s.
I got it as take-out, because they have a great carside-to-go service. 🙂 It’s the Caesar Salad with grilled salmon instead of chicken (totally worth the upcharge!) then I added two different kinds of pumpkin seeds to it:
This past week was my first time trying pumpkin seeds or pepitas (the spanish term). It turns out they are incredibly nutrient-dense and FULL of vitamins and minerals! They’re a great (tasty) source of potassium for example, plus magnesium and zinc and iron just to name a few.
Here are the two kinds I tried (and I added a mix of both to my salad above):
1/4 cup of the italian herb seasoned pepitas is only 2 net carbs, and they made a great snack last night with a mix of cheeses. 🙂
I got those in the produce section at Wal-Mart recently. The Scout Backcountry pumpkin seeds (those had a little kick!) came in my last Keto Krate box.
I took several other low carb foods I got in that same box on my hiking trip this week, which made for a great low carb picnic!
Hopefully that gives you a few ideas or easy meals to try this week. If you haven’t tried pumpkin seeds in a salad or as a snack yet, I highly recommend them. I had no idea they were so healthy! 🙂
I really liked the coconut milk to make my casserole creamy too. I used a whole cup in that dish. You could also use Heavy Whipping Cream. The coconut milk/cream is 6 carbs per cup, and HWC is 7 carbs per cup, so they’re about the same.
Speaking of “about the same” lol, so is my weight. I still weigh 139.4 pounds. I’m actually happy with that for now, and really want to focus more on toning and muscle building – than seeing the scales move.
I wish I had started exercising much earlier in my low carb journey.
I lost all of my weight just eating low carb, and only started exercising in the past year – and not even consistently. I say that because… what was underneath all that body fat I lost, was NOT pretty at all. 😛
So that’s my mission right now: get more serious about toning up!
My new Fitbit came in this week so I’m off to unbox it & set it up, then I’m going to watch the Keto Cooking Class video from the Free Keto Summit…
How are things going for you?
How are you doing with your low carb meals & macro tracking? Any questions or struggles with your own weight loss journey? Leave a comment and let’s talk!
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