Keto Meal Ideas: Low Carb Life Made Easy :)


 

If you’re participating in the Summer Low Carb Challenge it’s time for the Week 7 Weigh-In in our private Facebook group, or leave a comment here on this post with your total pounds lost since June 25th.

Keto SnacksI had a very relaxed weekend with my low carb meals, but my food diaries – my macros and carb counts – still came out pretty good.

For some reason I was craving “junk food” so I just ate whatever I was craving, that was low carb of course. πŸ˜‰

Below are four full days of MyFitnessPal Logs and a photo tour of all my meals each day. As you’ll see it was all super easy meals and delicious comfort foods the last few days!

You’ll notice there’s a Net Carbs column in my MFP logs. See:
How I Get Net Carbs in MyFitnessPal

You can browse through past keto food diaries here. Here’s what I’ve been eating since Friday…

My Low Carb Meals on Friday

I got up on Friday morning and made another Blueberry Egg Loaf. I had a NUSH Foods low carb peanut butter snack cake with coffee earlier that morning.

I fried two pieces of the Egg Loaf in butter, and drizzled ChocZero Vanilla Syrup over them for breakfast. DELICIOUS. πŸ™‚

Blueberry Egg Loaf - Keto Breakfast Ideas

I had a third piece of the Blueberry Egg Loaf later in the afternoon, which I just ate plain because I was busy but hungry. πŸ˜‰

Then for dinner I made the Keto Pepperoni Pizza that I mentioned in my last post, with the Outer Aisle Gourmet Cauliflower Crust and the Pepperoni Pizza Jerky.

Keto Pepperoni Pizza on a Low Carb Crust

I ate the entire pizza, dipped in ranch – which was SO good! πŸ™‚

My MyFitnessPal Log for Friday

MyFitnessPal Low Carb Food Diary with LCHF Keto Macros and Net Carbs

1938 Calories
25 Net Carbs
Protein: 78 grams
78% Fat, 17% Protein
Water: 32 ounces

 

My Low Carb Meals on Saturday

I finished the last serving of Blueberry Egg Loaf for breakfast, just plain with coffee. It’s better fried in butter, but it’s nice to have something to just grab & eat first thing in the morning!

Egg Loaf Texture

By late morning I made some cheesy eggs: 3 eggs scrambled with colby jack cheese.

Keto Food Diary with MyFitnessPal LCHF Macros

I went to the river for the afternoon, and has two of the FBOMB Salted Chocolate Macadamia fat packs for lunch. Those are AMAZING. 😯

FBOMB Keto Nut Butter LCHF Fat Packs

I have several “fat packs” of different brands and different flavors but the FBOMB is the absolute best so far. I’m still comparing them, so I’ll keep you posted – but I’m hooked on these! πŸ˜‰

For dinner I ordered delivery from a local bistro, my favorite meal:

A huge half pound hamburger steak with roasted vegetables. I dipped the meat & veggies in ranch too. Yum!

Keto Dinner Ideas - Hamburger Steak and Roasted Veggies

Later that night I had one of the FatFit.Go Tropical Margarita nut butter fat packs too. The “lime nut butter” is odd but strangely addictive lol.

FatFit.Go Fat Packs - Keto Hiking

My MyFitnessPal Log for Saturday

MyFitnessPal Low Carb Food Diary with LCHF Keto Macros and Net Carbs

2127 Calories
17 Net Carbs
Protein: 101 grams
77% Fat, 20% Protein
Water: 48 ounces

My Low Carb Meals on Sunday

The delivery I got on Saturday night was actually two meals.

That’s my idea of low carb grocery shopping. πŸ™‚

Low Carb Take-Out - Keto Restaurant Ideas

There was a side salad that came with my meal, which is just fresh romaine & mozzarella – a side caesar with no croutons, and ranch on the side instead of caesar dressing (just preference).

Romaine and Mozzarella - Low Carb Foods

I also ordered a Turkey Spinach Wrap – without the wrap. It’s a lot more food than it might look like: a full 3.5 ounces of roasted turkey. They always hook me up. πŸ™‚

Keto Turkey Spinach Wrap - No Wrap

Anyway, for breakfast on Sunday I combined both into a BIG salad. This is a serving bowl – not a cereal bowl, lol.

There was lots of romaine, spinach, all the turkey, mozzarella and just a bit of tomato. I had the ranch, grabbed the Sea Salt Pecans that came in my Keto Krate this month, and sliced some colby jack cheese off the block.

Keto Meal Ideas - Low Carb Life Made Easy!

The salad was VERY filling so I ended up having the cheese & Front Porch Pecans for lunch – along with another Tropical Margarita FatFit.GO nut butter packet.

Lime Nut Butter - Keto Fat Packs

I made another Pepperoni Keto Pizza on Sunday night, and dipped it in ranch again. πŸ™‚

Keto Pepperoni Pizza on a Low Carb Crust

I think I was up until like 3am so it was a LONG day. I had two more fat packs late that night, and ended up with almost 30 net carbs for the day… but it was literally a 20+ hour day. πŸ˜‰

FatFit.Go Fat Packs - Keto Hiking

My MyFitnessPal Log for Sunday

MyFitnessPal Low Carb Food Diary with LCHF Keto Macros and Net Carbs

2282 Calories
29 Net Carbs
Protein: 91 grams
78% Fat, 17% Protein
Water: 48 ounces

My Low Carb Meals on Monday

I got up and made a BIG plate of eggs, scrambling FIVE eggs because I knew it was going to be a super busy work day and that would get me through two meals.

Keto Life Made Easy - Low Carb Food Diary

I scrambled them in real butter with colby jack cheese as usual, and ate about 3 eggs for breakfast then finished the rest later.

Low Carb Lifestyle - Keto Meals Made Easy

In the afternoon I snacked on the rest of the Front Porch Pecans that came in the August Keto Krate box, and had two more of the FatFit.GO fat packs. Those are addictive – obviously. πŸ˜›

Keto Snacks for Easy Low Carb Daily Life

For dinner last night: Keto Cheese Sticks. πŸ™‚

I made them using the Outer Aisle Gourmet Sandwich Thins. Delicious!

Keto Cheese Sticks on Low Carb Cauliflower Crust

My MyFitnessPal Log for Monday

MyFitnessPal Low Carb Food Diary with LCHF Keto Macros and Net Carbs

2228 Calories
16 Net Carbs
Protein: 81 grams
82% Fat, 15% Protein
Water: 24 ounces

 

Slim is my great dane, and he’s really getting up in years. He’s had a few rough days recently so I’ve been sticking close to home and keeping an eye on him. It’s just age and inflammation, but I’ve doubled his anti-inflammatory chew and he has finally perked back up to his usual silly self! πŸ™‚

Slim - Lynn's Great Dane

 

Like I said, I wasn’t even really watching my macros that much over the weekend or for the last few days. And for some reason I was just craving “junk food” like pizza and chocolate and cheese sticks.

Fortunately I could have all that and still “keep it keto.” πŸ˜‰

I’m surprised my net carb counts and macros still came out so reasonable, because I had a very relaxed weekend of simply eating what I wanted when I wanted. Surprised, but pleased!

How are things going with you?

Leave a comment and let’s chat!

Best,
Lynn Terry,
aka @LowCarbTraveler

p.s. Don’t forget to weigh in. πŸ™‚

 

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20 Responses to Keto Meal Ideas: Low Carb Life Made Easy :)

  1. Aaron says:

    Trying to figure out this Keto thing so I actually see some weight loss. Is there a mistake in the Friday net carbs? I keep adding up to 29 net carbs for the day and MFP is showing 25.

    • Lynn Terry says:

      Hi Aaron,

      Some of the products, like that NUSH cake, don’t calculate net carbs right in the entry itself – but it you take Total Carbs minus Fiber, you’ll see the bottom number is correct in the daily totals. πŸ˜‰

      • Aaron says:

        That’s it. Thank you. Now back to reading about “not losing weight on LCHF”. I might have to follow your 3 ingredient meal.

        • Lynn Terry says:

          Hey Aaron πŸ™‚ Start here: http://www.travelinglowcarb.com/7006/macronutrients/ That is a really simple illustration & explanation of what I do.

          I keep it really simple: 20 net carbs max, 70% fat minimum. How & what are you tracking, and how long have you been doing that consistently?

          Happy to help!

          • Aaron says:

            Thank you for all the help. I have been looking at that and have been tracking since July 5th and limiting carbs a few days before that.

            I lost a lot of weight on Atkins 10+ years ago and was not focused on the fat percentage then. I just ate lots of protein with fat added on (mayo, cheese, etc).

            This time I have been focused on the 70% fat that you have been mentioning. I seemed to have stalled at that level and just gaining/losing the same 3 pounds for the last two weeks.

            It most likely is my body taking longer to adjust since I am older and also readjusting itself to the new intake versus the “see food” diet I have been on for a while.

            I think I was not getting enough protein and finally busted through that level this morning after 8 days of meeting my “protein” needs according to the “calculators”.

            A new low this morning I have not seen in a few years. Hopefully it continues.

          • Lynn Terry says:

            Hi Aaron,

            That’s actually totally NORMAL during week 2 and/or week 3. πŸ™‚ It happens to all of us!

            It’s just your body adjusting to the initial weight loss the first week or so.

            You want to do 25% of your total daily calories in protein – max. But you can still get WAY more than the daily recommended amount of protein by doing that – which is why you have to go by ratios instead of grams. πŸ˜‰

  2. madeleine says:

    Hi Lynn, I just came back to low carb after having tried it 2 years ago and walking away after a few months. I followed you then and came right back this time πŸ™‚ I notice all of your calorie counts are over the 1200 calories I hear so many say I need to stick to with the 20 net carbs for decent weight loss. My macros are dead on, I stay between 20 and 22 net carbs but my calories are anywhere from 1100 to 1800…thoughts on whether I would lose more if I stuck to 1200 calories??? I am an almost 46 year old, 12 year post hysterectomy, woman who does not weigh, just go by measurents, clothes and photos.

    • Lynn Terry says:

      Hi Madeleine,

      I am 45 and post hysterectomy as well. πŸ™‚ I have never counted calories, and I would STARVE on 1200’ish calories a day. πŸ˜› It’s not a calorie deficit diet though, there’s a science to way ketosis works to burn body fat.

      I lost all of my weight keeping it super simple: 20 net carbs max, 70% fat minimum.

      My weight dropped a pound in that span of a few days too, so no – calories aren’t something I worry over.

  3. Beverly Mighells says:

    I’m confused. The net carb goal listed in your diaries above state 150?? Have i missed something?

    • Lynn Terry says:

      Hi Beverly,

      I’m not sure what you’re looking at? The Net Carbs for each day are different, but none of them say 150. The goal is 20 net carbs max and 70% fat minimum – per day.

      Sometimes I go a little over, but rarely. And even then it’s not by much – and not by enough to knock me out of ketosis.

      Where are you seeing the 150?

  4. Vivian says:

    I’m going to do a way behind update. Basically, because I haven’t had weight loss in weeks due to constant stress. (still 172.4 started at 174.2) The stress I cannot walk away from so I am happy to be maintaining but I continue to look for a way to reduce the cortisol nutritionally or naturally. I was diagnosed with low thyroid in the spring…the I had the shingles this summer. A new collegiate year is beginning this week. I will be retiring Jan 1 so I can spend time with my husband. He is doing better and is definitely recovering after the sepsis he had last summer. It has taken him 10 months to gain 20 lbs after losing 50. We are quietly waiting for the shoe to drop putting him on dialysis. Which also means things to do to get ready. I said all of that just to let you know of what is going on.

    I am eating low carb and that handles the physical discomfort I have when I am not eating properly. It is just that the weight loves me so much it wont leave. And I know that cortisol is 95% of the cause.

    We are good and we are blessed. So I am happy with no weight gain πŸ™‚ Everyone keep on keeping on!

    • Lynn Terry says:

      Hi Vivian,

      I feel you. My weight just fluctuates a bit lately, but at least I’m not gaining weight and at least the fluctuations are downward (long term). Like you I also FEEL better, and it’s one point of control or grounding in my life when everything else feels up in the air or “in progress.” πŸ˜‰

      I found that being sick this past year really put my weight loss on hold, so that may be the case for you too. Just let your body recover, but stay mindful of what it needs or any way you can feel better – including feeling less stressed.

      Stress has been a trigger for my weight loss stalls over the years as well. The thing that made a difference recently was exercise. First because it is a natural stress reliever, and also because it releases feel-good chemicals in the body.

      That’s what finally got me losing again, I think as much because I had an outlet to release tension and anxiety. But also because I was more focused on the FUN that I had and the sense of accomplishment – vs the other things weighing me down.

      It was a fun hike that broke me back into exercising. That was a good kick start, because now I’m back to my daily strength building home workouts, which feels GREAT. πŸ™‚

      One thing you said really stood out to me: “the weight loves me so much it wont leave.” I don’t meditate, or even know how πŸ™‚ but when I catch myself saying things like that, I turn them around. I’ll do breathing exercises, and say “you’re free to go” or “I release you” or whatever. It sounds hokey but it’s very relaxing, and your brain and body communicate constantly.

      Anyway, that statement reminded me of an ex I couldn’t get rid of. I moved three times even, lol. πŸ˜› He finally found someone else to harass (whew!). Maybe you can “release your weight” and free it up to someone who struggles to GAIN weight.

      There are lots of people out there like that, btw – and they are plagued by “skinny shaming” which is so sad. My son was that way, just very lean and constantly teased about it.

      I’m rambling… it was great to hear from you. πŸ™‚ Wishing you wonderful things!!

      • Vivian says:

        Just a quick note. Hubby is back in the hospital with a nasty bacterial infection that is antibiotic resistant for an iv antibiotics…may be there 7-10 days. He went on the 15th. A day after I wrote this note. I live in south Alabama so exercise is difficult. Besides working full time in a hectic office and being a caregiver. But is OK. I’ll be retiring in December so another big change. Besides getting ready to put hubby on home dialysis. Stepped off the wagon for a couple of days as I try to juggle work and the hospital plus supporting hubby. He feels good but has to stay in the hospital. Bummer πŸ™‚

        Thanks for your feedback. I posted because cortisol is so influential in our weight loss life.

        • Lynn Terry says:

          I agree Vivian, it plays a huge role. Glad to hear back from you, but sorry it’s with tough news! Hopefully he will be home soon and things will get back to your current norm – before that shifts again, at least. πŸ˜‰

          I’ve often said, the only consistent thing in life is change itself. Irony at it’s best! *cheers*

  5. Doris Bailey says:

    I am so excited!!! I only have a half pound till I have gotten rid of 80 pounds!!! I do not want to say I “lost it” because I NEVER want to find it again. but to be honest it hasn’t been 100% because of Keto. at first I went to my doctor who put me on phentermine and I also joined WW it was still hard to lose that first 30 pounds then found out I needed thyroid meds. that helped me with the next 10 then my new doctor increased my thyroid meds and another 20 pounds went baby. but this last 20 was all kept and in a shorter period of time. it’s been a 2 year journey, but this last 20 has only taken 7 weeks. I still have about 30 to goal till I hit my goal, but with Keto it’s been so easy to turn away foods that I know aren’t a good choice for me. when you can make the BEST TASTING blueberry muffins with coconut flour. what go back to wheat? and just 1 muffin satisfies. now that’s amazing!!! I TRUELY LOVE THE LCHF way of eating!!! Thanks for your wonderful advice, recipes, and introducing me to KETO KRATE BOXES!!

    Sincerely yours,
    Doris Bailey

    p.s. I think it was the diet soda that was causing most of my pain.
    quit drinking it and pain dropped considerably, with-in 3 days.

  6. Doris Bailey says:

    and maybe it’s my spelling, LOL OMGoodness!!!

    • Lynn Terry says:

      lol Doris that’s okay, I can read typo language pretty well. πŸ˜‰ haha

      I agree that Keto / LCHF is the easiest way to lose weight, and the easiest healthy lifestyle to maintain of all the options out there. It really helps that it’s a natural appetite suppressant and all but kills your cravings. πŸ˜‰

      Congrats on your weight loss, and your dedication to seeing it through to your goal!! πŸ™‚

  7. Cathy Stanley says:

    I wish you could post more recipes using ingredients found in supermarkets instead of items that have to be specially ordered. Some of the items are expensive. I’m beginning to feel like you’re pushing for these companies. Just my thoughts. Thanks!

    • Lynn Terry says:

      Hi Cathy – thank you for your input. πŸ™‚

      This particular food diary I prefaced with the fact that it was a weekend I felt like having junk food. What I didn’t share was that it was also following my senior dog being very ill – I thought for sure I was going to lose him. And a very tough breakup on top of that. I was depressed, tired, sad, and just ate whatever I had on hand.

      It’s actually nice to be able to have things like pizza and french toast and chocolate when you feel like the sky is falling… yet still stay low carb and in ketosis. πŸ™‚

      That said, I did make the egg loaf and french toast sticks from simple store bought ingredients: eggs, butter & cream cheese. You can use any sugar free syrup you prefer. Usually I don’t even put syrup on mine at all.

      I otherwise had eggs, hamburger steak, roasted vegetables, romaine salad, turkey & spinach, cheese & pecans, etc – all foods you can get at the grocery store and/or make at home.

      I do review a lot of foods (by request) so those end up in my food diaries – because leaving them out would be deceptive, if I didn’t include them in my macros.

      But I never pressure anyone into buying anything, I suggest alternatives – like skillet pizza instead of cauliflower crust, or regular almond butter and your own blueberries instead of the blueberry almond/cashew butter you can order, etc. It’s simply options, and I like to share what I do like as well as what I do NOT like, and really enjoy the feedback & discussions from others on both (likes/dislikes) as well.

      Anyway, I hope my simple meals give you some ideas for meals you can make, or restaurant meals you can order – or grab on the way home on busy days. Most of those can easily be made at home too of course.

      I’ll add too I get tired of reviewing foods sometimes, mostly because of the way it affects me personally – like testing a food to see if it knocks me out of ketosis or spikes blood sugar. Which is NOT fun for me when it does. πŸ˜›

      But someone has to check this stuff out and see! Otherwise, as you pointed out, it could get expensive to find out for yourself. That was the case for me when I first started, so I like helping people avoid that.

      As for recipes, I have a few here – but I rarely cook. I’m mostly eating super simple or on the go / on the road. There are some GREAT recipe sites though, and some really good cookbooks. I partnered up with Kyndra Holley to provide a discount on her meal plans, since I don’t meal plan or cook myself. I do my best to give everyone some options, considering we all have different lifestyles. πŸ˜‰ *cheers*

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