I’m supposed to be out dancing the night away at a Willie Nelson all-star tribute concert (and mainly because one of my favorite bands was performing there!) but I ended up staying in (and out of the cold rain) tonight… so I thought I’d write and share my FUN update with you instead. 🙂
I think it helps to see what other people eat, and also how they log it.
I got some GREAT new keto meal ideas myself yesterday, and can’t wait to get in the kitchen and try them out.
I know that sounds crazy coming from me, but yes: I’m inspired to do some cooking! 🙂
I went to Nashville last night for the Southern Keto Cookbook Tour event to support my friend Natasha on her first of four talks about her cookbook & keto journey.
This is Natasha’s book: Southern Keto: 100+ Traditional Food Favorites for a Low-Carb Lifestyle and I was seriously moved by her kind words in my copy! ❤
So much weight lost, so many personal battles won, so many new friends made… that’s what the keto community is all about! ❤
I’ll tell you more about the event and what I’m inspired to cook first from her new cookbook in a second. Let me back up and share how my day went in proper order, though. 😉
I had a busy morning of work before I headed to Nashville yesterday, so I whipped up 5 eggs scrambled with cheese – which I made two smaller meals out of.
I knew I was going out to eat for dinner, and on those days I try to eat super low carb and clean otherwise, to account for any hidden carbs in restaurant meals.
I had to wrap up work and head out early so I just snacked on some FatSnax keto cookies while I was doing that later in the afternoon – just so I could get by until what I knew would be a fabulous dinner!
I hosted a Keto Dinner Meetup before the book signing event, and met up with three other ladies in the Middle Tennessee area for a meal at Outback Steakhouse.
We all know each other from Instagram, but this was our first time meeting in person – and it was great fun! 🙂
I had a beautiful 12oz fatty ribeye with grilled asparagus…
Most of us had the steak & asparagus, with a caesar side salad as the second side. Gina had a salad entree that looked delicious!
Note: Outback adds a “vegetable butter” to their broccoli that makes it FOURTEEN carbs! You could get the broccoli without that, but you’d have to special request it. see nutrition facts
I brought treats to share with everyone too. 🙂
First I passed out FBOMBS, because you’ve probably noticed those are practically a staple in my own keto diet – and I love letting people get to try them.
I also like teaching people the best ways to enjoy them: drizzled over things when you’re at home, or when you’re on the go – using your body heat to make them super yummy!
I also brought my favorite Keto Cookie Clusters to share, which was sent courtesy of Lolli’s Cookie Clusters for us to all enjoy. 🙂
So I had the waiter leave our “bread plates” on the table to use for dessert…
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Dessert was DEFINITELY the highlight of our keto dinner meetup! 😍
Everyone LOVED it!! 😉
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The Cinnamon Pecan Crunch is only 1 net carb per serving. That and the Peanut Butter Macadamia (2 net carbs per serving) are MY two favorites.
All of her cookie cluster flavors/recipes passed my blood glucose & ketone testing with flying colors too. ✔
Such a great snack and nice treat, and makes delicious cereal. I really love the texture, and she totally nailed the flavors. The Peanut Butter Macadamia is like fresh baked cookies straight out of the oven with a nice nutty crunch! ❤
Although I will say the cookie clusters were a close tie for me next to that thick, fatty ribeye steak… 😉
You really want the fatty meats on a keto diet – chicken wings and thighs with the skin on instead of chicken breast, ribeye instead of sirloin steak, salmon instead of white fish, etc.
The goal is to keep protein at 25% max of your total daily calories, and get at least 70% of your daily calories in healthy real-food fats.
You can see an example of that in my MyFitnessPal log for yesterday, and also see how I logged my keto meals for the day:
As you can see in my food diary above, I had 134 grams of protein (way more than the recommended daily amount) yet still kept it right around 25% of my total daily calories. This is key. 😉
So it’s not LOW protein, or HIGH protein – but rather you go by ratios or percentages since some proteins are also fats, like eggs and salmon and dairy and ribeye steak.
After our dinner we all headed over to Barnes & Noble for Natasha’s keto talk and book signing.
While I was waiting for it to start and catching up with my friend Ginger, I was browsing through it and saw KETO BISCUITS & GRAVY recipes!! 😍
And all of her recipes are so EASY with super simple ingredients.
I’m actually excited to dig in and do some cooking 😳 lol. ✔
I had so much fun going to see Natasha talk on her new Southern Keto Cookbook last night. Getting to see other local keto friends in person, and make new friends too… made it a fabulous night! 🙂
It’s an amazing cookbook and a GREAT contribution to the keto world. You can find her new book in both print & digital formats on Amazon now at: https://amzn.to/2ChHIDw
I didn’t finish my cookie clusters at dinner last night, so I had the rest of it for breakfast this morning. I didn’t finish that HUGE steak either, but I did eat the rest of it on the drive home later. 😉
The Lolli’s Cookie Clusters was a HUGE hit at dinner last night. Everyone I share it with has LOVED it, and is totally blown away by how fresh it tastes and how delicious it is. 🙂
Gina posted this in her Instagram stories after dinner:
I hope you enjoyed my story, my meals & pictures, and that the way I logged those meals proved helpful to you. If you have any questions just let me know…
How are things going with you?
Leave a comment and let’s chat!:)
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