I don’t really like drinking water – it seems too flavorless to me. Before this diet, I would drink plenty of soda, vitamin waters, powerades, teas, and coffees. Well, all of the diet drinks are out because they have artificial sweeteners, (which cause similar insulin effects as real sugar) and I’m trying to cut down on caffeine as my stomach doctor tells me that caffeine can cause heartburn. So, I’m not left with very much sadly. Caffeine free iced tea has become my consolation. It’s really easy to make, and you can use just about any kind of tea, from black teas to green teas to herbal teas. There’s a lot of interesting tea flavors out there so there’s plenty of variety to keep me from getting bored with one taste. I just bought the Rishi Blueberry Red, which is a blend of rooibos, hibiscus, licorice root, and blueberries.
How to make iced tea:
To make it look even prettier, you can add some freshly crushed blueberries into the tea after it’s been refrigerated. Another favorite tea of mine is barley tea (they serve it in many korean restaurants). You can buy the Marubishi barley tea online at amazon.com or you can probably find it at your local oriental supermarket. Of course, you don’t have to make cold iced tea. You can also drink all of these teas hot!
I hate prix fixe menus now because it forces me to get a dessert course that I can’t eat! I’m usually forced to eat a few berries while watching everyone else at the table gorge themselves on chocolate fondant or strawberry cheesecake, or some other tempting dessert. I miss desserts. Sigh!
I’ve searched through many of the low carb dessert recipes out there (and I try lots of the pre-made low carb desserts too), but it just seems wrong to replace sugar with Splenda or some other fake substance. (Fake sugars have similar insulin effects as eating real sugar, so it really shouldn’t be part of a low carb diet – I know, there’s disagreement there!) Anyway, my solution is the chocolate almond dessert (yummy and low carb!)
What you will need:
There are some simple inventions that I wish I could have thought of! Toilet seat covers is one of them (I never understand why people laugh at me when I tell them that!) and the slow cooker is another. I’ve always hated cooking meat. I usually either undercook the meat or burn it until it disintegrates into bits of black soot. The slow cooker is simple. It’s pretty hard to undercook it or overcook it! No matter what you do – the meat always comes out tender and full of flavor! So, here’s my recipe (modifications you can make to the basic recipe are at the end):
What you will need:
Wasn’t that simple?? I like the 8 hours cook time because if your slow cooker doesn’t have a timer (like mine), then you can put the meat in just before bed and then voila it’s all cooked when you get up in the morning. You can then take it out of the slow cooker, place it on a plate to cool for a bit and then stick it into the fridge.
You can eat the meat just by itself or with some extra soy sauce or chili sauce for more flavor. I like to put the meat in the fridge so that it hardens a bit and then to cut it into thin slices. I then dip it in soy sauce or chili sauce.
You don’t have to be a body-builder to drink protein shakes. They’re great-tasting and nutritious and can make a great breakfast or snack. What I love about them is just how fast and simple they are to make. Breakfast takes less than 5 minutes with these! Click on the links below for more information – there are recipes and more info on protein shakes.
1. Which protein powder is best?
2. Which “milk” (water, coconut milk, regular milk, or almond milk) should you use?
3. Why drink protein shakes?
4. How to make your shakes thicker?
5. Which blender is best?