Dining Out and Keto – Featuring Denny’s

#dennyswherever

Easy Keto Wherever

I think one of the most valuable lessons when learning to adopt a Keto lifestyle is understanding just how simple it is to eat this way in the many restaurants you find. Denny’s is a perfect example. It is not the kind of establishment that you would consider if you were looking for healthy meal options, and yet, with a few strategic choices, you can absolutely have a healthy, keto-friendly meal.

Breakfast on the Run Does Not Have to be Carb-Fueled

Case in point, while on my summer road trip through New England, I stopped here for breakfast. I had a cheese omelet, bacon, sausage, unsweetened tea, and black coffee. It was filling, delicious, relatively inexpensive, and perfectly acceptable for the keto diet.

As you can see, with relatively minor tweaks, keeping to a low carb, high fat keto diet is easy no matter where you are.

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19 Months and A New Life

Miraculous Morning Change Your Life

I finished my journal last night. It is the journal I have been working from since February of 2017. In these 19 months, I have created a new life.

The very first entry was affirmations that I created after reading The Miraculous Morning by Hal Elrod. This post is not about that book, but it is a great read, and it inspired me to accomplish a number of things that I have in the past year and a half.

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Here are the affirmations that I wrote on Feb 6, 2017:

  1. I want to live a lifestyle that allows me the opportunity to secure wealth and stability.
  2. I want to own land and property for both investment and wealth-building.
  3. I want to be healthy and slim to maximize my quality of life.
  4. I want to grow in my study of philosophy, the occult, and esoteric knowledge.
  5. I want to deepen my love and appreciation for my partner to bring us closer together and walking a shared path for as long as we both choose to do so.
  6. I want to write a book and become an author.

Continue reading “19 Months and A New Life”

Caprese Stuffed Garlic Butter Portobellos – Cafe Delites

Caprese Stuffed Garlic Butter Portobellos

Prep Time
5 mins

Cook Time
10 mins

Total Time
15 mins

Caprese Stuffed Garlic Butter Portobellos! Garlic butter portobello mushrooms stuffed and grilled with fresh mozzarella cheese, grape tomato slices and drizzled with a rich balsamic glaze! Low carb, healthy and perfect to enjoy for lunch, dinner or as a filling snack!

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 5 – 6
Calories: 101 kcal
Author: Karina

Ingredients

Garlic butter
2 tablespoons butter
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tablespoon freshly chopped parsley

Mushrooms:
5-6 large Portobello Mushrooms, stem removed, washed and dried thoroughly with a paper towel
5-6 fresh mozzarella cheese balls, sliced thinly
1 cup grape (or cherry) tomatoes, sliced thinly
fresh basil, shredded to garnish

Balsamic Glaze: (or you can use store-bought or this recipe)
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons brown sugar (OPTIONAL)

Instructions

Preheat oven to grill/broil settings on high heat. Arrange oven shelf to the middle of your oven.
Combine all of the Garlic Butter ingredients together in a small saucepan (or microwave safe bowl), and melt until garlic is fragrant. Brush the bottoms of each mushroom and place them, buttered side down, on a baking tray.
Flip and brush any remaining garlic over the insides of each cap. Fill each mushroom with the mozzarella slices and tomatoes, and grill/broil until cheese has melted and golden in colour (about 8 minutes).

To serve, top with the basil, drizzle with the balsamic glaze and sprinkle with salt to taste.

For the Balsamic Glaze:
(If making from scratch, prepare while mushrooms are in the oven.) Combine sugar (if using) and vinegar in a small saucepan over high heat and bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low; allow to simmer for 5-8 minutes or until mixture has thickened and reduced to a glaze. (If not using sugar, allow to reduce for 12-15 minutes on low heat).

Recipe Notes
*To dry portobellos, make sure you use a dry sheet pot paper towel per mushroom, and lightly press sheet into each mushroom to gently squeeze out the excess liquid. If this step is not done thoroughly, the portobellos will release a lot of liquid during cook time.

**NUTRITION FACTS include the balsamic glaze.

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An Expert Says This Is How Many Grams of Carbs You Really Need on the Keto Diet

As a blogger and follower of the keto diet, I try to post relevant articles when I find them. The following is an article that was posted some time back. I have copied the text in case the link expires. Here is the original post: https://www.popsugar.com/fitness/How-Many-Grams-Carbs-Can-You-Eat-Keto-45197027/

By now you’ve more than likely heard of the high-fat, moderate protein, and low-carb ketogenic diet. The keto diet is often followed by those with epilepsy and type 2 diabetes, and most recently it’s been one of the go-to diets for weight loss.

If you’re following the keto diet to lose weight, one of the most important rules to abide by is the macronutrient profile. According to Catherine Metzgar, PhD, RD, and a clinical team member at Virta Health the macronutrient profile should be close to 70 to 80 percent fat, 15 to 20 percent protein, and five to 10 percent carbs. By following this macronutrient profile, you’ll be able to reach nutritional ketosis — the state where the body begins to burn ketones and fat for energy instead of glucose (carbohydrates).

“The target number of total carbs that allows one to achieve and sustain nutritional ketosis varies from one individual to another,” said Stephen Phinney, MD, PhD, chief medical officer at Virta Health. According to Dr. Phinney, if you’re overweight and starting the keto diet, you should aim for 30 to 50 grams of carbohydrates per day in order to achieve nutritional ketosis. In contrast, “a very active athlete might tolerate 50 to 100 grams per day,” Dr. Phinney told POPSUGAR. In both cases, Dr. Phinney advises keeping protein moderate and the carbohydrates low enough to maintain keto adaption.

The best way to know if you’re in ketosisis by checking your blood ketone levels with blood test strips. Ketone levels at or above 0.5 mM (millimolar) indicate you’re in ketosis. Other options include doing a urine test or by using a breath analyzer. The ketones in your blood, breath, and urine vary and can be hard to compare. If your goal is to lose weight, it’s imperative you follow the above macronutrient profile and check your ketone levels.

Ready to give the keto diet a try? Check out this dietitian’s beginner meal planhttps://www.popsugar.com/fitness/How-Many-Grams-Carbs-Can-You-Eat-Keto-45197027/

Caprese Salad with Grilled Halloumi – Keto Recipe

I am always excited to learn about new foods from all over the world. Today, I stumbled across Halloumi cheese! This is a brined goat and sheep’s milk cheese and has a high melting point. It is also rather salty.

I am a huge cheese fan and am often scouring the cheese isles of Trader Joe’s, Earth Fare, Publix, and my local grocery store. I had never run across this particular cheese. You can imagine my excitement when I found it on Amazon!

halloumi cheese

Here you go: Halloumi cheese, 8 oz https://amzn.to/2BDVDqv

A great recipe I found online is this Caprese Salad by Keto Daily. They actually grill the cheese first for flavor. Check it out!

KETO GRILLED HALLOUMI CAPRESE SALAD
Ease of Preparation: Easy

Prep Time: 5 Minutes

Cooking Time: 15 Minutes

Total Time: 20 Minutes

Ingredients:

7 Ounce Package of Halloumi Cheese
1 Medium Tomato
Fresh Basil Leaves
1 TBSP Unrefined Olive Oil
2 TBSP Balsamic Vinegar
1/2 Teaspoon Dried Oregano
Instructions:

  1. If your Haloumi does not come pre-sliced, then slice it into roughly 1-ounce slices.
    Slice your tomato and discards the top and bottom slices.
  2. Warm up your charcoal grill and place Halloumi cheese directly onto the grates of the grill. Give them a little shimmy back and forth right when they touch the grill to help prevent them from sticking. Sometimes a little bit sticks to the grates of the grill anyway, but it’s not the end of the world.
  3. Carefully flip the Halloumi over after the first side if cooked to your liking. Be very careful when cooking the second side, as it cooks WAY faster than the first side from my experience. Keep your eye on it.
  4. When the Halloumi is cooked to your liking, bring it in and assemble your Caprese Salad.
  5. Alternate between Tomato slice, Cheese slice, and Basil until you have assembled your whole Caprese Salad.
  6. Top with a sprinkle of dried Oregano, Olive Oil drizzle, and Balsamic Vinegar.

For full instructions and more information, visit:

http://keto-daily.com/keto-grilled-halloumi-caprese-salad/

Other Keto Recipes:

Bacon Wrapped Bratwursts with Beer Cheese Sauce | Hey Grill, Hey

Keto Pickle Popper Recipe | Keto Daily

Keto & Dining Out – Featuring Longhorn Steakhouse

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