A Few of My Favorite (Keto) Things

~My Favorite Things – Lorrie Morgan~

Since starting my diet, I’ve learned that there are definitely days when I need something that’s going to make my life a little easier.  Other days, I cook.  Sometimes that means cooking in bulk and freezing so that I’ve got some go to meals.  However, there are some products that I’ve come to rely on to keep me on track – ketowise.  I certainly don’t use all of them all the time (except for the water, I love those). 

When you switch up your diet to keto/low carb, one of the first things that you’ll notice is that portions change.  Where once you had a plate full of food, you’re not going to have that anymore.  While what you do have on the plate will fill you up and you will lose a good bit of your appetite, there are going to be times when a little extra something goes a long way – like maybe a few nuts (like I’ve listed in #8) just to give you a little something fun to eat along with your regular meal.

Here’s my list of things that I think make life just a little easier and a lot more enjoyable:

  1.  Hint Water – 0 Carbs

Of all the things that I’m going to put on my blog today, this one is my absolutely favorite.

On past diets, I wasn’t always successful in putting down the soda. Mainly because I just couldn’t find something to replace it with that tasted good. (I’m not a huge fan of diet soda).

But this did the trick.

I found it by accident. The Dane and I were in CVS and these were on sale.

It has become our habit to pick up new things we see and check the carb content.  Zero.  So in the cart it went.  I’m so glad that I saw the promotional that day.

This is a terrific product. No, really. Even if you’re not on a diet and you want to kick the soda habit, this is a great way to do it.

Like the name suggests, there’s just a hint of flavor. And there are SO many flavors – cherry, blackberry, watermelon, peach, pineapple, crisp apple (my personal favorite), peppermint (just in time for the holidays), raspberry, blood orange, strawberry-kiwi, mango-grapefruit, pomegranate, pear, honeydew, lime and cucumber.  (I’ve highlighted the flavors that I’ve tried).

Not all of them are available in my area and I have a hard time finding them in any way other than singles.

Recently, I found a few at The Fresh Market along with something I hadn’t seen previously – Hint Fizz. Currently, Fizz comes in cherry, blackberry, peach, watermelon, grapefruit, and strawberry-kiwi.

I searched the website and found that they also have Hint Kick.  Kick comes in black raspberry, apple pear, and lemon cayenne.  (I haven’t seen these in my area).

2.  Pur Essence Water – 0 carbs

I like Pur Essence Water for the same reason that I like Hint.

To me, these products are very similar.  I find Essence Water at Aldi’s.  The one plus for Pur over Hint is that it’s easy to find packaged in a 6 pack instead of just singles.  Essence comes in Lemon, Passion Fruit, Blackberry and Tangerine (my other favorite).  I’ve tried all of these flavors and like them all.

3. Johnsonville Flame Grilled  – carbs <1 to 7 carbs

This hits the spot for lunch. Just tuck a pouch in the lunchbox, take it out at lunch and pop it in the microwave for about 2 1/2 minutes and you’re good to go.

When I first bought these, I was concerned that they might come out a little rubbery as chicken sometimes will in the microwave. But these are moist and taste like you just made them from scratch.

I also really love that they come in several flavors so that you don’t feel like you’re eating the same thing everyday. Flavors: Garlic & Herb – <1 carb, Teriyaki Glazed – 7 carbs, Pepper & Sea Salt – 0 carbs, Southwestern – 0 carbs, and Honey Mustard – 7 carbs.

I bought these at BiLo.

4. Cello Whisps – 0 carbs

I found a big bag of these at Costco. 

For a while, I tried a bunch of different keto recipes to get something like this.  These are much better than any of the recipes I tried.  They come in Asiago & Pepper Jack, Cheddar and Parmesan. (I’ve only tried the Parmesan). 

I use these in place of crackers. 

5. ParmCrisps – 0 carbs

I found these at The Fresh Market.

There are several flavors:  Original, Basil Pesto, Italian Herb, Jalapeno, Rosemary, Sesame and Everything.

These are fairly interchangeable with the Cello Whisps and I use like crackers as well.  What I like about this brand is that I can find all the flavors fairly easily.

6. Jimmy John’s Unwich

These make a great quick-lunch or light dinner. The best I can tell, here are the carb counts below:

Pepe – 5 carbs
Big John – 2 carbs
Totally Tuna – 6 net carbs
Vito – 7 carbs
Vegetarian – 6 net carbs
Double Smoked Ham – 7 carbs
Billy Club – 5 carbs
Italian Night Club – 9 carbs
Hunters Club – 3 carbs
Country Club – 6 carbs
Beach Club – 7 carbs
Gourmet Veggie Club – 8 carbs
Bootlegger Club – 2 carbs
Club Tuna – 8 carbs
Club Lulu – 3 carbs
Ultimate Porker – 4 carbs
Gargantuan – 10 carbs

7. Jimmy Dean Simple Scrambles

These are great for any meal.

They come in Sausage, Meat Lovers and Bacon.  All of them are good.

8. Southern Grove Chili Lime Cashews – 8 carbs

Sincerely be careful with these as they can be REALLY addictive! 

9.  Lowrey’s Microwave Pork Rinds

I know, pork rinds aren’t for everyone, but I was delighted to find this product at Fred’s.  The Dane and I sometimes have movie night.  In the past, we’d always pop popcorn and cuddle up together as we munched.  We’ve had a few movie nights and I was sad to miss out on the popcorn.  During a recent visit to my sister’s, she said, “Oh, we have to run by Fred’s.  I’ve been meaning to get this for you, but had completely forgotten.”  (Isn’t it cool when even your family is starting to check labels for you?!)

These come in Original and Hot & Spicy.

10.  My last entry is going to be somewhat controversial and it’s going to be a few products instead of just one.

Rubschlager Whole Grain Cocktail Rye Bread

Serving Size is 5 slices.
There are 14 carbs (2 fiber) for Net Carb total of 12.  This means that each slice has about 5 carbs.

Next is Pepperidge Farm Very Thin Sliced Bread (White)

Serving Size is 3 slices.
There are 20 carbs per serving with 1g fiber for a total of 19 net carbs.  This means each slice has about 6 carbs.

Last, Pepperidge Farm Very Thin Sliced Bread (Wheat)

Serving Size is 3 slices.
There are 20 carbs per serving with 3g fiber for a total of 17 net carbs. This means each slice has just a little less than 6 carbs.

I debated on adding these, but ultimately have decided to do so for a couple of reasons, though I’ll also add that if you intend to lose weight on keto, these options should not be go to foods for everyday. 

The reason I have added this entry is because just about every conversation with someone either considering or on keto ends up, at some point, with a discussion on bread.  I’m pretty sure that bread is a huge deal for everyone, no matter where they live, but up until I started keto, I’m pretty sure that I never had a meal where there wasn’t bread or breading. 

Something that huge in a diet doesn’t just go away because you’ve suddenly gone low carb/keto.  It sticks in the back of your mind (even for the most motivated) and even when you’re not hungry for it, you crave a piece of buttered toast or you sincerely just want one sandwich this week. 

In the beginning, it was tough and so I tried a couple of low carb this or that kind of breads.  Folks, I’m here to tell you (and no I haven’t tried them all), but the stuff that I did try was terrible.  After one bite, I’d take that mess off and throw it in the trash.  Low carb tortillas were the absolutely worst!

After that, I was privy to a conversation where a “ketogirl” flatly told another person in our group, “Stop bellyaching about the bread.  Just go ahead and realize you can’t ever have it again.”  I thought that was a bit harsh.  Seriously, just because you’re on a diet doesn’t mean you can never, ever, ever do something different.  You can.

She did have one valid point in this conversation, which was that eating bread will most likely knock you out of ketosis. 

My thought was, so instead of trying to find a good option, we’re just going to leave this poor guy hanging over there and he’ll end up eating the sandwich anyway.

After that, I looked around at recipes and tried a bunch.  I find that I do like cloud bread, but the eggy taste of it might not be for everyone.

So, if you find yourself in a place where you must have the sandwich, I think these are better options than going with two full on pieces of regular bread.  Besides, it works well when you must have a tomato sandwich before the fresh ones are out of season.

Until next time, thanks for stopping by!

~PJ

 

 

 

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