Low Carb Living: Keto Recipes, Restaurant Meals & Simple Snacks


 

Keto SnacksAs we head into the weekend, I wanted to give you a photo tour of my low carb week.

It includes 6 full days of low carb meals, simple snacks and keto friendly restaurant options.

Hopefully this will give you some ideas of how EASY living low carb can be! πŸ˜‰

I shared 8 days of low carb meals & Myfitnesspal logs followed by the next 4 days of meals & macros, and then my Monday Weigh-In here. I had lost 4 pounds in two weeks up to that point.

I’ll weigh in again on Monday.;)

Here’s what I’ve been eating since that last food diary I shared with you…

My Low Carb Meals on Saturday

I kicked off the day with a late breakfast of cheesy eggs: 4 eggs scrambled in butter with colby jack cheese.

A Week In My Keto Life - Food Diaries and Low Carb Meals

For lunch I had a keto bar (they don’t make this particular bar anymore) topped with Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Almond Butter – because that stuff is addictively delicious! πŸ˜‰

Jazz up boring Keto Bars with Nut Butters

That night I made the Egg Loaf recipe and I had one piece of it before putting away the rest to make french toast the next morning.

Low Carb Egg Loaf

Later that night I felt slightly hungry and grabbed the “FatFit.Go Tropical Margarita” fat pack that came in this month’s Keto Krate box.

It’s basically a delicious nut butter in a portable packet. I had another one on my hike mid-week so I’ll show you the package & ingredients in a second…

This is what the July Keto Krate box looked like – there were 10 other products too, plus the FatFit.Go packet.

July 2018 Keto Krate Box with new Low Carb Snacks

NOTE: If you got this box and had a question about the Meringues, see this update & warning! πŸ˜‰

I also had 5 coffees on Saturday, which added 5 more carbs to my day. I use sugar free Coffee-Mate powdered hazelnut creamer.

1693 Calories
17 Net Carbs
Protein: 67 grams
80% Fat, 16% Protein
Water: 48 ounces

My Low Carb Meals on Sunday

Breakfast was closer to lunchtime, so we’ll just call it brunch. πŸ™‚

I made the Low Carb French Toast Sticks Recipe I shared with you the other day and topped those with raspberries & blueberries. Delicious! πŸ™‚

Low Carb Breakfast Ideas

I only had two meals on Sunday. That late breakfast, and then a big early dinner…

I’d been craving ribs, so I went out to Cheddar’s (now called Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen) which always has GREAT food and really good portions.

I ordered a full rack of ribs (no sauce, please) with double broccoli.

Keto Dinner at Cheddar's Restaurant

There’s no way I could eat all of that in one meal of course, so I brought half of it home with me to eat for lunch the next day.

Keto Friendly Restaurants - Low Carb Take-out from Cheddars Scratch Kitchen

1583 Calories
18 Net Carbs
Protein: 88 grams
73% Fat, 23% Protein
Water: 40 ounces

My Low Carb Meals on Monday

Monday was a super busy work day so I just grabbed a quick snack I could eat at my desk. I had one of the original KetoBrownie keto bars with 1/2 cup of pecan halves.

Keto Snacking - LCHF Foods

They don’t make these bars anymore, but their new Keto Brownies & Blondies are awesome!

For lunch I grabbed my leftovers from Cheddar’s, took the ribs off the bone, and warmed them up with pats of butter – for flavor, and just to make them yummier. πŸ™‚

LCHF Keto Meal Ideas

That made for a VERY filling and delicious lunch!

Simple Keto Dinners

I wasn’t hungry again until later that night, and ate the last two French Toast Sticks that were leftover from Sunday’s fun brunch.

I just ate them plain – and they were delicious without any berries or syrup or anything!

Low Carb French Toast Sticks

2056 Calories
22 Net Carbs
Protein: 94 grams
77% Fat, 19% Protein
Water: 40 ounces

My Low Carb Meals on Tuesday

I had a Buy One Get One Free coupon for McDonald’s that was about to expire, so I grabbed that for breakfast on Tuesday while I was out running errands.

The coupon was “buy one McMuffin, get one free” and I tried to order them both with no cheese and no bread, but the poor guy taking my order must have been new -lol. πŸ˜›

I ended up with cheese on one, which fortunately mostly peeled off with the bread I ditched. (Their cheese is 2 carbs per slice!!)

McDonald's Low Carb Options

That afternoon I made another batch of the Egg Loaf but this time made Blueberry French Toast Sticks out of it. DELICIOUS. πŸ™‚

Keto Breakfast Ideas - Egg Loaf made into Blueberry Low Carb French Toast Sticks

I topped those with raspberries (just 18 grams) and drizzled it with a TBSP of the Vanilla ChocZero syrup. Such a ridiculously good combination to be so low carb!!

I only really had those two big meals, but that was a lot of food (to me). I did have a Chocolate Ketologie Shake in the late afternoon / early evening, which I stuck in the freezer for a bit to make it more like a milkshake. Great afternoon pick-me-up!

Chocolate Keto Shake

Later that night I had a serving of pecan pieces while wrapping up some work. I just needed a quick bite is all.

Of course in usual fashion, I portioned them out on my Ozeri Kitchen Scale to get exactly 30 grams (one serving). πŸ˜‰

Healthy Fats - Keto Snacking

This is the scale I have:

Do you do that too – weigh/measure out ALL of your portions??

1673 Calories
15 Net Carbs
Protein: 55 grams
83% Fat, 13% Protein
Water: 40 ounces

My Low Carb Meals on Wednesday

I ate the last 4 Low Carb Blueberry French Toast Sticks that I made the day before for breakfast, and just ate them plain this time – warmed up a little, that made a perfect quick & delicious breakfast!

Low Carb French Toast Sticks

I worked that morning, then headed out after lunch to get in a quick hike – and grabbed a low carb burger on the way.

I got a 1/3 pound lettuce-wrapped Thickburger from Hardee’s, and I ordered it plain w/cheese to avoid “dripping & driving.” πŸ˜‰

Low Carb on the road - Hardee's Lettuce Wrapped Thickburger

I headed back up the mountain to do the cable trail again. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

Nature's Gym - Outdoor Fitness!

What an amazing workout!!

I got a new compact float and carried that in my daypack into the hole with me and floated between the two waterfalls for awhile. πŸ™‚

You can watch this video to see what an amazing afternoon it was!

I had a waterproof phone case of course. πŸ˜‰ You can see the float & case, and what I carried in my pack here.

I brought a few snacks with me since I wasn’t sure how long I’d say out, or how long that burger would hold me over on such a strenuous climb. I actually WAS famished by the time I climbed back out!

I had two of the FatFit.GO fat packs, one in each of their flavors, so I sat down by the river (that flows over Rockhouse Falls into the hole) and ate both of those to fuel back up for the hike out.

FatFit.Go Fat Packs - Keto Hiking

I really love these little nut butter “fat packs” for compact hiking snacks, or just to keep in your bag to fuel up on the go. πŸ™‚

Keto Fat Packs - Fat Bomb on the go!

I have lots of different brands/flavors of these types of fat packs. I need to take one entire day to just do a taste-testing comparison between them all.

That will make for a delicious day! πŸ™‚ lol

I was wiped out by the time I hiked out and drove the hour home. I should have stopped and picked up dinner, but I didn’t – so I just grabbed one of the keto bars and called it a night.

Keto Brownie - Original Bars

These ^ are the bars they don’t make anymore, so I need to slow down on my stash!;)

1788 Calories
16 Net Carbs
Protein: 61 grams
82% Fat, 14% Protein
Water: 80 ounces

My Low Carb Meals on Thursday

My breakfast on Thursday was FREE. πŸ™‚

I had 3 sausage patties and 3 round eggs from McDonald’s:

McDonald's Keto Breakfast

Lately there have been coupons for a free McMuffin sandwich on the McCafe coffee I buy, so I’ve been saving those up. You just enter the code online and it emails you a code to scan.

I cashed in three of them and just ordered them “no bread, no cheese, all 3 on a platter please!” πŸ™‚

Low Carb on a Budget

I had lunch plans that day but they fell through, and I ended up having to get back to work pretty quick… so I just grabbed two of the new NUSH cakes and called that lunch.

Gluten Free Cakes - Low Carb Muffin Replacements

Dinner was a very simple plate of 4 cheesy eggs…

I was wiped out after my big hike the day before!

1894 Calories
17 Net Carbs
Protein: 92 grams
77% Fat, 20% Protein
Water: 48 ounces

My Low Carb Meals on Friday

This is today, which is not done yet. πŸ™‚

For breakfast I had my usual “pecans, cottage cheese & strawberries” bowl but this time I chopped up a Keto Blondie in it TOO which made for a nice change!

LCHF Breakfast Options

I was actually JUST going to eat the Keto Blondie – and figured I better add in some healthy foods with it too, lol.

For lunch I made chicken sausage & cauliflower rice, which was a super quick one-skillet meal – with leftovers to enjoy later.

I’m still learning all the ins & outs of ketone levels and best times to test those with my new meter, etc. My reading this morning was on the low end, but I’ll test it again this evening before dinner…

Keto Mojo - Low Ketone Reading

 

That’s actually been the case for the last couple of months. The urine strips show I’m at higher ketone level, but they’re historically unreliable – and blood testing is WAY more accurate, for a lot of reasons.

I’ll get more into the technical side of that in another post, along with things I plan to test and all the good things I’m learning about what your level SHOULD be, when/why it fluctuates, etc etc etc.

Stay tuned. πŸ˜‰

The IMPORTANT thing is that I’m consistently exercising again, getting out for my FUN hikes again, finally have my appetite back AND I’m dropping weight again. All good things!

How are things going for you this week?

Leave a comment and let’s chat!:)

Best,
Lynn Terry,
aka @LowCarbTraveler

p.s. I got us a 15% discount on the Keto Mojo Blood Glucose & Ketone Meter. The discount is coded into that link, so you’ll get 15% off on the site automatically. πŸ™‚

It’s already the most affordable and most accurate ketone/glucose testing kit available for the keto community, so another 15% off is a sweet deal!

Blood Glucose and Ketone Testing Meter

 

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8 Responses to Low Carb Living: Keto Recipes, Restaurant Meals & Simple Snacks

  1. Amanda says:

    So glad to hear you are on a better track…sure wish I could do the same! I’m stuck and the scale isn’t moving down like I want. What are you down to now? Your loses always motivate me to stick with it

    • Lynn Terry says:

      Hi Amanda πŸ™‚

      My weight fluctuated up quite a bit when I got so sick a few months ago. I talked about that in my last weigh-in post at: https://www.travelinglowcarb.com/22244/happiness-is-a-macronutrient/

      In that post I had just lost 4 pounds in two weeks (of the weight gained), but there were only TWO times in those 14+ days that the scales actually moved – with days of the same weight holding in between. That’s totally normal for me though. πŸ˜‰

      Weight 7/08/2018: 149.4 lbs
      Weight 7/22/2018: 145.4 lbs
      (there’s a chart and more in that post too)

      So my last weigh in was 145.4 pounds – which is a full 10 pounds above my lowest weight a year and a half ago, but only 5 or 6 pounds up from my “happy weight” (where I feel best).

      Right now I’m less concerned with the number on the scale, and more focused on my overall health & well being. Being so down and being so sick is the PITS, so my focus is on FEELING GOOD and letting the scales follow suit!

      • Amanda says:

        I am feeling the same way…it’s more about how you feel than the number on the scale! I am about 10 lbs heavier now too and feel so much better around 138 lbs but I am trying not to panic and just do the things I know have worked before and hoepfully it will all fall into place. Even though you haven’t been feeling the best earlier in the year you always look great!

        • Lynn Terry says:

          Thank you so much, Amanda. πŸ™‚ I have been a bit hard on myself for letting my arms get so out of shape and other things.

          I make it a point to redirect my thoughts the MINUTE that I feel that way – and stop and do 20 tricep dips instead. No regrets, just action! πŸ˜‰

          We both know what it takes to get where we want to be, and how GREAT that feels – both the getting there and the BEing there, but even just working toward it feels great!

          So… let’s make this happen. πŸ™‚ *cheers* Thank you for the encouragement & kind words today!!

  2. Patricia C says:

    I absolutely love the food scale you recommend as well as the bathroom scale…. IF anyone needs/wants something different, these are 2 of the most reliable scales I’ve ever owned!!! You can weigh yourself 5 times and get the same result.

  3. Cyndy says:

    Hi Lynn,
    Glad to hear you doing better:) I haven’t seen anything lately in your reviews about the Know products. I love the cookies and was wondering if you still recommend them or eat them? Or do you have any news about any new products from them? I tried the pancake mix and love it too. Luckily I purchase the pancake mix at whole foods close to where I live but haven’t found a retail outlet for the cookies. Shipping is the biggest cost wish they would run a deal. Loved it when you would share their promo codes. Well, just wanted so Hi and am glad your doing better. I am in maintenance with my weight and feel great. I fluctuate a few pounds but staying stable.
    Hugs to you:)

    • Lynn Terry says:

      Hi Cyndy! Thank you πŸ™‚ and congrats on reaching your goal weight! I haven’t heard of any specials lately, but I’ll have to keep my eyes peeled. Try: https://www.travelinglowcarb.com/know with coupon code: IKNOWBETTER – that used to work for 20% off anything on the site. If it doesn’t work, sign up by email there to get the current discount code and see if they have any specials. πŸ˜‰

      They came out with a few new things I believe, so I look forward to reviewing those soon!

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