Category Archives: Low Carb/Diabetes

Cigarettes and Melted Chocolate

This is a strange name for a low carb blog but I have to say this is the blog that I want to suggest to you today. I was looking through the blog and was able to find several recipes that I was able to put into my Evernote cookbook to try at a later time. She lives in Great Britain and several of the items I have never heard of here but I plan to look for them. She sometimes calls things a different name but I was able to figure out what she was talking about. The recipes look beautiful and sound very healthy and tasty. Enjoy!

Cigarettes and Melted Chocolates

These are the recipes that I found interesting.

Lemon and Vanilla and Chocolate and Hazelnut Cheesecake

Spicy Sausage and Mozzarella Meatballs

Sweet and Nutty Bread

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Food I Make My Soldier

While surfing Pinterest I stumbled upon a low carb blog that I really admire. Not only are her recipes low carb but she takes beautiful photography of her meals and does an excellent job with providing the carb count for each recipe. I am making one of her recipes this evening for dinner and another one tomorrow night. Check her out.

Food I Make My Soldier

Her name is Nicole and she is married to a soldier in the Army and is currently stationed in Germany with him. She has 2 small children and her recipes appear to be very family friendly. The recipes that I can’t wait to try are:

Cauliflower Buffalo Chicken Pizza

Involtini

Tilapia with Shrimp Beurre Blanc

Coconut Flour Shrimp with Apricot Dipping Sauce

Broccoli Fritters, Turkey Burgers with Avocado Slow

Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s

While we were in Virginia Samantha took us to both Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s to shop for organic items. I loved being able to search labels and I found a few items that I really liked. I would be so happy if we had either of these stores in WV. I was able to stock up on Marinara Sauce that is only 5 carbs per serving. I will be sharing new recipes over the next couple of weeks that will focus on many of the new items that we found.

One of the items that we found at Whole Foods were Doctor Kitchen Flackers. These are flax seed crackers that come in many different flavors. I bought the savory flavor and these were very spicy but good. They are not low in calories but they are only 1 net carb per cracker. These would be very good used with a cheesy dip. The possibilities are endless.

Another snack cracker that we bought at Whole Foods were Go Raw Flax Snax. We bought 3 different flavors but I have only tasted the pizza flavor so far. I did enjoy them. These are 22 crackers for only 5 net carbs.

Trader Joe’s was an absolute dream to shop at. We actually went there on Friday and stopped at it again on Sunday on our way home. Their vegetables are all organic and are priced very well. We found Almond Meal there at only $3.99 a pound. We really stocked up on this. It freezes very well so I will be enjoying this for quite some time. I haven’t tried it yet so I can’t compare the taste to Honeyville yet. My mom made me a bunch of muffins of different flavors but I don’t know which almond flour that she used. I need to ask her. They were so good. See? My mom loves me!!

 

There will be more recipes to come using all of the wonderful organic low carb foods that we were able to find in Virginia. I am excited.

Carbohydrate Chart

When counting carbs sometimes it is easier if you have a chart that you can refer  to when you need it. I highly recommend this one.

Carbohydrate chart including calories and fiber content.

To figure the Net Carbs in an item simply subtract the fiber content from the carbohydrate.

Example- Asparagus- 3.8 carbs subtract 1.4 fiber to get 2.4 net carbs per serving.

Any questions?

Foldits

I told you a few months ago about Flatouts and I used them to make pizza and wraps. They are flatbread that are very large and will easily make 2 servings. Last week I found Foldit. They are made by the same company that make Flatouts.

They are shaped like a big number 8. They can fold over in the middle to give you a bun effect. I used them to enjoy a hamburger.

They are made from 5 grain flax and are only 90 calories so they appeal to the people who count calories as well as carbohydrates.  Their nutritional information break down like this.

  • Calories-90
  • Fat 2.5
  • Cholesterol- 0
  • Sodium- 360 mg
  • Carbohydrates- 15
  • Fiber- 7
  • Sugar- <1
  • Protein 7

Net grams of carbohydrates comes to only 8. I did take it work once this past week and had a sandwich made from it and it will take some getting used to but it wasn’t bad. The texture is a bit different for me and I am all about texture. I do recommend these. For a hamburger bun it was very good.  I can see me using these to make BLT’s and possibly smaller pizza’s.

If you try them let me know what you think. Be careful which package you get. Not all are this high in fiber lowering the net carb value.

A1C

Have you ever wondered what the A1C level number means?

I found the following chart here!

What Your A1C Result Means

My A1C Result My Average Blood Glucose
6% 135
7% 170
8% 205
9% 240
10% 275
11% 310
12% 345

Now while that site does provide some excellent information the glucose numbers they suggest striving for are still quite a bit higher than I am comfortable with.

I highly suggest reading  Dr. Bernstein’s Complete Diabetic Diet. With his suggestions most can keep their glucose levels below 100. That is what I am for. 🙂

Lose It!

When Samantha was here over Thanksgiving she installed Google Chrome on my computer and said it would do backflips for me. I have to admit that I am impressed with it and what I am able to do.  Don’t tell her though! 🙂 I never would have known how to set it up on my own. I am sure that I would have walked away.

She showed me some applications that I could choose from and when I say some I really mean thousands of applications. One of them that I have started using is “Lose It!” which tracks what you have eaten and how many carbs you have eaten. You can also put in your exercise and it will tally up how many calories you have burned for the day too.

It is new for me but I really like  it so far. It says that people can be friends with each other and offer support but I haven’t figured that out yet.  Do any of you use a program to track your carbohydrate intake and exercise? If you have a droid or iphone  the Lose It! application works on it as well.