I don’t know about you, but one of the hardest things about ‘losing weight’ and ‘going on a diet’ is the GOING ON A DIET stuff. Images immediately pop up of bland meals, gritty shakes, endless plates of salad (which I happen to love but that is beside the point), and NO MORE SWEETS! If this isn’t your first time visiting the ramblings of the Hobbit, you should know by now that last point is bullshit :). You can be on a low-carb way of eating or way of life without having to give up everything. It just takes a little creativity and changing how you approach making stuff.
For myself, since I get bored easy, I cannot fathom the typical ‘diet’ lifestyle. There’s no way I could eat salad every day for weeks, with the occasional broiled and unseasoned chicken breast. Nope. I need flavors. I need variety. I need to be able to satisfy that little beast in the back of the head that says ‘hey, you know what would really make you HAPPY right now? COOKIES!’ Since Oreos and Soft Batch are out of the question, and the completely AMAZING cookies (and cake, pie, and other pastries I will NOT subject you to thinking about but they are AWESOME) from the bakery\country store up the road go beyond ‘out of the question’ to ‘the world will end if you even smell one!’ Do you have any idea how many hours (or days) I’d have to spend on this thing to burn off a couple of cookies?
In my opinion, most people ‘fail’ at a diet not because they don’t get it or because they are lazy (and god knows, I’m frigging lazy), it’s because it gets boring or too hard to continue the bleak way of eating most ‘diets’ preach. I understand not everyone is like me – different goals, different thought patterns, different weaknesses, and different approaches to changing and maintaining a new lifestyle. I see often on some of the Keto groups comments along the line of ‘don’t try ketofying regular foods, just stay the course’ or ‘having sweet stuff will only make it harder on you.’
I’m sure there a plenty of people where that is true.
I am not one of them.
NOT AT ALL.
The less I have to give up to be healthy, the happier I am and the more likely I am to stay on the path I’m on. I look at it this way – if I can lose weight and build muscle while still enjoying food, then damnit, that is what I’m going to do! Actually, that is exactly what I’m doing. I’ve been keto for 6 months. I’ve been consistently exercising for 3 months. No, I don’t spend hours at the gym or on the treadmill. I work out with free weights in the privacy of the House of Hobbit every other day, less than 30 minutes a day. Yes, that’s it. You’ve already gotten a small sampling of what we eat, does it seem like we are stuck in boredom or bland food? I hope not. They say pictures speak a thousand calories…errr…words, so here you go. This is me when I decided to stop being fat and start thinking about living healthier and longer:
This is me now, 6 months in.
The takeaway I hope you get from this is if you do the right plan, you can make changes that will benefit your life in a positive way without having to kill yourself or suffer.
It happens to be the season that is rapidly approaching is one of the hardest to get through for a lot of people. Halloween. Thanksgiving. The holidays in December. New Years. Then BANG. Valentine’s. Easter. ALL THAT GLORIOUS FOOD! As these get closer, I hope you will continue to visit because I have a lot of tricks up my sleeve to help making these food-centered months go maybe a little less painful. Wait until you see what I have planned for turkey day :).
The Lady last night made something that was supposed to be a test of a ‘pop tart’ crust. It didn’t quite come out, but after tasting it, it sparked something in me. The flavor was just like a sugar cookie but had NO sugar in it.
So, I took her ‘failed’ recipe and tweaked it. Guess what? We have sugar cookies. Not some cardboard tasting things that are full of chemicals, wheat-byproducts, and SUGAR that came out of a plastic wrapper. NOPE.
Look at this! Look at that texture and crumbs!
Healthy “sugar” cookies that are so low carb, depending on how you make them they can be ZERO carb to less than one carb each. You read that right. Potentially ZERO CARBS! Got your attention now? Good. The key to this is protein powder. I’m going to give you a couple of options in making these so hopefully they can fit around what you might already have in the kitchen. If not, pick up a tub of protein powder (read the label and make sure it is low carb), we have lots of ways to use it that don’t involve a drink shaker and water (but that does work for a quick, on the run, hit of protein) like my Hot Dog rolls.
1/4 cup coconut oil (refined will not have a coconut taste if that turns you off) or 1/4 cup butter – MELTED
1/2 cup vanilla whey protein (I used Dymatize Elite Whey Isolate which has 2 carbs per 1/4 cup and 1g fiber in this recipe)
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp coconut milk (or almond, you pick)
1/4 cup coconut oil or butter – MELTED
1/2 cup unflavored whey protein powder (zero carbs)
1/4 cup granulated sweetener (Stevia or Swerve is my recommendation)
1.5 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp coconut milk (again, feel free to use almond if you want)
Preheat oven to 350F
You know I like simple and I’m lazy, this recipe hits both those points :).
Melt the oil\butter in the microwave, add extract if using the unflavored whey recipe. Mix the dry together, then mix into the wet until all combined. Should have a nice dough that you can form into balls – these are not drop cookies. If the dough is a little dry, add a little water and remix. Again, you want something you can roll, not spoon out. Once combined, take about a tablespoon of dough at a time, roll into a ball, then put it on a cookie sheet lined with parchment or silicon baking mat. Flatten out on the sheet, this is forgiving dough so don’t be afraid to shape and round the edges as needed to form the cookies. Should make about 12 cookies. Pop in the oven for 5-8 minutes or until the edges start to brown. These cook up rather quickly so watch them. Remove from oven, let cool to touch before moving to rack to completely cool. DONE!!
Nutritional information (per cookie using flavored powder) : Calories: 65, Fat: 5, Protein: 4, Carbs: 0.2, Fiber: 0, Net carbs: 0.2
Nutritional information (per cookie using unflavored powder) : Calories: 65, Fat: 5, Protein: 4, Carbs: 0, Fiber: 0, Net carbs: 0
Hey, if you read this and like it, feel free to give me some feedback in the comments. I’d love to hear from everyone on what they think of my ‘creations.’ If you have questions, ask! If you hate them, tell me :). If you do your own tweaks, let me know, I love to learn new things!! Also, follow me on Pinterest so you can easily save these to your boards! The link to my account is at the bottom of the page. Thanks!