Hey guys, happy Saturday! Very rarely do I post on Saturdays but today I’m feeling super productive. I’ve already gone to the gym & grocery shopping. After I edit this post I’m going to meet up with a few friends for brunch!
So as many of you all know I started a Ketogenic diet a few weeks ago. I’m still going strong! So far I’ve lost 12 pounds in about 2 and a half weeks and every day I’m learning more about my relationship with food. I grew up in a family that ate a lot of food that came in boxes and frozen packages. We also always had sweet “treats” in the house to eat. Soda, candy, cookies, and all the terrible for you (but delicious) frozen foods you could dream of.
Obviously I now realize this is not a healthy diet! Normally I tend to eat more whole foods, which I believe is the healthiest way to eat. However, while in school my last few months me and my fiance Elliott fell heavily into a packaged food habit. It was just cheap and easy and something we didn’t have to plan or think about.. because I really didn’t have the time.
Now with the Keto diet I’ve lost a lot of the weight I put on but am also still looking to continue for awhile. The Keto diet is eating a high amount of healthy fat’s and proteins and very low carbs. No added sugar or bread, and not a lot of fruit/sweeter veggies either.
What I’ve learned:
- I love coffee, but am SO not the kind of girl who can drink it black
- I also like tea, which I’m ok with drinking without anything added
- I get bored of food VERY easily
- Breakfast is the key to happiness
- Snacks need to be planned in advance
- Veggies need to be fun or I won’t eat them
- Condiments are your friend
- Sleep should be a priority
Here’s what I got from the supermarket today:
Fruits & Veggies
So this diet doesn’t allow for a ton of fruits since they are high in sugar. I tend to get a lot of citrus fruits for flavoring. I’ll add them to a meal or sauce, cook my protein in them for flavor, or add a squeeze to seltzer or tea. I grabbed a bunch of hearty veggies to eat in salads, stews, and frittatas. I’ll usually wash and prep them all in advance and then add to whatever I want throughout the week.
Frozen Fruit & Veggies
I used to be a total frozen veggie snob. I think I used to associate anything quick and easy as unhealthy just from my upbringing. But frozen fruits and vegetables are often MORE healthy than fresh since they’re flash frozen at their nutritional peak. I have learned on this diet veggies need to be “fun” or I won’t eat them. I love salted edamame as a snack and am SO excited for the mashed cauliflower.. you don’t realize how much you love potatoes until you can’t have them!
I also picked up some frozen raspberries as they’re low in sugar and I can add them to smoothies or eat with a bit of whipped cream as a dessert. I highly recommend getting a bag of chopped onions like above since you can use them in literally everything and don’t have to worry about teary eyes.
I usually pick up what’s on sale and work from there. I got this package of chicken to grill up for salads & I plan to toss with pesto, mozzarella, and cherry tomatoes for an easy dinner. The whole chicken was a total steal and I’m excited to roast on Sunday and use left overs in my breakfast and maybe even make chicken salad with it. I’m a huge fan of using meals to their full potential so this will go far for us.
I also got some ground beef and haddock to take a break from all the chicken. I can make bunless burgers with the beef and fish tacos with the haddock! Proof that eating low carb does NOT have to be boring
I love frittatas! I’ll make a big one Sunday night as meal prep and it will last us all week! I’ll also usually hard boil some eggs for snacks. We’ll make deviled eggs and also add them to salads throughout the week. I cook up all of the bacon to add as bits to salads, sauces, burgers, veggies, ect.
I always pick up some odds and ends to make food fun. Some people can eat plain roasted chicken and veggies every day. I can’t! I picked up some super flavorful seasonings and additions to spice up any dish. I also love having a few cans of beans/chick peas for filling fiber.
I;d like to give a special shout out to these three seasonings which I add to every single thing. Hot sauce and cayenne go in my breakfast daily, I also will add to my tuna and chicken. The pumpkin pie spice comes in great when I’m looking for flavor in my morning coffee! It’s great to add to berries also!
I love organic unsweetened coconut milk! I’ll add it to shakes and coffee and it’s very low carb. It is mildly sweet so it is perfect, plus it doesn’t expire nearly as quick as regular milk. I also stock up on sugar free creamer for days I’m looking for a little extra sweetness. I love getting feta cheese with herbs to add to salads and breakfast and having cheddar and mozzarella never fails me.
Snacks are SO important for when the vending machine is calling your name. I love adding laughing cow cheese to some cut up veggies like cucumber or peppers. Walnuts and almonds are super filling and surprisingly low carb. They’re also incredibly good for you (just make sure to stay with the serving size).
I also picked up some tuna to add to salads and to just eat alone with veggies as a kind of dip. This kind here is the only kind I’ll eat. It’s a little more expensive but it’s great quality. Nothing is less appealing to me as a can of tuna that’s all mushy looking. This one has solid chunks, which I feel like is way better.
These wraps are a MIRACLE to me. Sometimes you just want something bread-like. I continue to look everywhere for low carb options and this one comes in at only 5 grams net carb! If you have ever been on a low carb diet I think you’ll understand how special this is. I literally can’t wait to try them!
I can’t speak highly enough about these teas listed above! The orange one is cinnamon and sweet clove which literally tastes like big red gum. I look forward to it daily because it tastes sweet naturally. The blue one is blueberry green tea which smells so lovely, it smells like a blueberry farm. I also stocked up on quite a few flavors of La Croix as they’re naturally flavored and zero carb. I love the cucumber blackberry one! I got orange, lemon, pineapple strawberry, cherry lime, and blackberry cucumber.
That’s all for now my loves<3