Friday, March 31, 2017

Low Carb Loose Bacon Cheeseburger recipe!

I've been living the low carb lifestyle again for the last couple of years. One of the difficulties with this lifestyle is variety. I eat a lot of omelets, a lot of grilled and broiled chicken, lots of leafy and green vegetables (with butter!). Some snacks include: fried pork rinds with ranch for dipping, nuts. I also found a great cereal recipe: (1/2 cup chopped pecans, 1/4 cup full fat cottage cheese, handful of blueberries, and 4 small-medium strawberries sliced up, mix together and enjoy!).

But variety becomes an issue. Meals and snacks get monotonous. Drinking only water, unsweet iced and hot tea, and black coffee (occasionally a small glass of whole milk) get tiresome.

So I came up with my own low carb recipe! And the possibilities are endless due to the great number of toppings you can add. I have to admit I got the idea from a trip I made for business to Fargo, ND. That's right, I said Fargo. In Fargo there is a restaurant called the Spitfire Grill. They have a bacon cheeseburger chips appetizer that is to kill for. And other than the potato chips, it is low carb. So I started my own version without the chips. Here is the recipe:

- 1 lb hamburger (and ground beef will do, I use ground venison however)
-1 or 2 tablespoon Kerrygold grass fed butter
- McCormick Grill Mates Hamburger seasoning (to taste)
- Lawry's Seasoning Salt (to taste)
- Dill pickle chips
- Shredded cheddar cheese
- Cooked bacon (2-4 slices, broken up)
- Mustard

(Optionally: Chopped tomatoes, chopped onions, shredded lettuce)

Directions: Brown hamburger in pan with butter, adding seasoning as it cooks, to taste. Once brown add cheddar cheese while still in pan (to melt it). Transfer to serving bowl. Top with pickles (I like to chop them), bacon, and add mustard (to taste). Use fork to eat and enjoy! (I like to mix mine up, but you can eat it anyway you like.) Feel free add any optional toppings like tomatoes, lettuce and onion!

Low carb, quick and easy, and oh so delicious. Like a bunless loose cheeseburger.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

The Nutrition Bomb: Green Smoothies

So I recently decided to change my morning routine. I used to have the following every morning:

 - 8 oz. skim milk
 - 1 scoop Optimum Nutrition 100% Natural Whey Protein Powder
 - 1/2 cup quick oats

-Add all to shaker cup, shake and drink.

At my most recent doctor's appointment my three month sugar average (A1C) ticked up. I am still in the normal range but right near the top. And with Type 2 Diabetes prevalent in my genealogy I decided it was time to look at ways to cut carbs.

First, all carbs contribute to blood sugar. Since skim milk is 0% fat it has a higher percentage of milk sugar (lactose, etc). I will be doing a full post on skim milk in the future but suffice it to say that the stuff is just not good for you.

Oatmeal, while a whole grain, can contribute as well. And I was eating a lot of oatmeal.

So here is my new morning recipe:

1 cup raw Kale
1 cup raw Spinach
1/2 cup grapefruit juice (squeezed, not from concentrate)
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup blueberries or strawberries
1/2 cup of either what you didn't use above, or substitute 1/2 of a banana
1 tblsp chia seeds
1 tblsp coconut oil (or a quality coconut oil based MCT oil)
1 scoop Optimum Nutrition 100% Natural Whey Protein Powder

Put into a blender and blend into a smooth. (I usually add some water to make it a littel thinner and easier to drink).

A slightly sweeter version is to use 1/2 cup unpasteurized, preservative free apple cider in place of the grapefruit juice.

All of these ingredients are good for you, relatively low in sugar. (Berries are particularly lower in sugar than most fruits.) If you are really watching carbs then cut down on the fruit or stay away from bananas completely.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Blueberries: Nature's Wonder Food!

I am shocked that in the 2 plus years of writing on this blog I have never done a posting on blueberries. Blueberries may be the best thing you can eat!

First they are loaded with anti-oxidants. The free-radical destroying, cancer fighting nutrients that Americans do not get enough of. People ask the question all of the time: why is cancer so prevalent in today's society? Some think it is pollutants, others chemicals. For me the answer is easy: ultra processed foods instead of whole foods.

If more people ate raw blueberries, along with other foods like almonds and bananas, there would be a lot less cancer in our world today. Blueberries anti-oxidant richness has been established for several years now. They've also been shown to boost brain function, and they are an excellent source of fiber.

A new study is now suggesting another health benefit of the humble blueberry: lower cholesterol!

Click here for story:
Okay, it's no news flash that blueberries are nutritious. But here's something you probably didn't know: They may help keep your arteries from clogging.

In an animal study, researchers discovered that blueberries could have the power to cut LDL cholesterol levels almost in half.
The article goes on to state that more research is needed before we can say for sure that blueberries work the same magic in humans, but the common thinking is that it will. The belief is that the blueberries improve liver function. And if they do that in other mammals, why not humans too?

So enjoy blueberries anyway you can. But I suggest a serving or two of raw blueberries a day! Remember, raw (when possible) is the way nature intended for us to eat our whole foods!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Protein Powder Oatmeal Brownie: As Easy As 1-2-3

A friend of mine told me about how every morning he makes a protein powder chocolate oatmeal brownie. So I gave it a shot, and low and behold, it worked!

Here's how:

Take your protein powder scoop and in a bowl combine 1 scoop of protein powder (chocolate recommended) with 1 scoop of quick oats.

Then add just enough water to make the combination into a thick paste.

Microwave for 50 seconds on high.

And out will come a chocolate oatmeal brownie, with a nice helping of protein to start your day!


Thursday, March 17, 2011

Kitchen Fundamentals: How to Make a Whole Roasted Chicken | The Art of Manliness

Kitchen Fundamentals: How to Make a Whole Roasted Chicken | The Art of Manliness

Stumbled across this guy's site. Great stuff here! And I think this recipe sounds really good. I may attempt it over the weekend.

Dieting....To Gain Weight!

I have always dieted to lose weight. Though I have never had a weight problem, I have had the need to shed pounds. As a thin guy, my ideal weight even at 6'1" tall is a svelte 165 lbs. The problem is that I hate the way I look at 165 lbs. My clothes fit better, my waist band isn't tight (at a 34" size). The problem is I am too thin. I look like a refugee from some third world nation.

So after years of dieting and exercising in order to lose weight, trim down, and lose fat around my midsection, I recently decided it was time to gain weight. But not just gain weight, the right kind of weight.

To do that first I needed a good strength and muscle building program. Enter Strong Lifts 5x5!

  • 3 large eggs
  • splash of whole milk
  • 1 tomato (chopped)
  • chopped green pepper (about a 1/4 cup)
  • chopped onion (I use white, also a 1/4 cup)
  • handful of fresh spinach
Beat eggs, add whole milk. Add tomato, green pepper, and onion. Add dash of salt, and pepper. Put into buttered frying pan and let it cook eggs through. Put spinach in middle and fold over. Continue cooking until omelet is cooked through, spinach will wilt slightly. Add some cheddar cheese to top if you that is your preference.


Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Raisins: Super Food!

For years I have thought that raisins were just to darn sweet to be good for you. How could anything with that much sugar be good for you? Right?

Well after doing some research, it turns out that raisins are extremely healthful. Due to that sugar content they have to be eaten in moderation if you are watching your weight. But with that sugar comes a lot of things that are very very good for you.

First off, raisins are a great source of natural energy. They provide complex carbs to burn. So if you are active they are an excellent snack for maintaining your energy levels throughout your activities.

Another benefit of raisins is that they are high in antioxidants. They are thought to be good sources of calcium as well. This means they can help prevent cancer (especially colon). They also have benefits for your eyes, bones, and teeth.

Raisins are great for remaining regular. Because of this they can help promote weight loss if eaten in moderation. Also the fiber content is such that colon health can benefit from a serving (or two!) of raisins a day.

So enjoy raisins as a snack. Add them to cereal and oatmeal. Get them into your diet. After all, most of us could stand to increase our vegetable and fruit intake!