Try It Tuesday

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Here lately, I’ve been trying to follow low-carb/Keto diet during the week and pretty much do whatever on the weekend. Since its the holiday season, I know I’m going to pack on a few pounds with parties and such, so I’m trying to offset any BIG gains by doing this moderation-type diet. (It sounds weird but I definitely think its helping!)

Anywhoo, I’ve been getting a little tired of eating cheese, meat, and almonds 24/7 and a friend of mine (who is also doing the Keto diet) gave me one of her favorite recipes for low-carb biscuits and I was super excited to try them out!

Here’s what you need:

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~2 cups almond flour

~2 tsp baking powder

~1/2 tsp sea salt

~2 eggs (beaten)

~1/3 cup butter (measure it, then melt it)

First, mix all dry ingredients together. Then, stir in the eggs and melted butter and mix well.

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Scoop out with a cookie scoop (made this process soooooo much easier!).

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Flatten the dough balls a wee bit and bake at 350 for about 15 minutes. And bam! they’re done!

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Guys, these were GREAT! Granted, they were small, but that’s totally okay with me! They gave me that “carb” texture I needed AND they didn’t wreck my total carb count for the day! Bonus–they’re gluten free! So my GF peeps out there, y’all need to make these!

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Have you ever tried these? What were your thoughts? Share in the comments below!

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When I was doing the low carb thing, I searched and searched for recipes for things that would taste good and not be just another cheese stick. I had some ricotta cheese leftover from my mini lasagna Try It and wondered if there was something I could use that in. I searched Pinterest and found this:

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A “milkshake” that’s low carb?! Uh, YES PLEASE.

 

Here’s what I used:

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~ 1/4 cup part skim ricotta cheese

~2-3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa

~1 tsp vanilla extract

~2 cups Skim milk (the recipe said you could unsweetened almond milk too, but I already skim milk)

~3-4 tsp Stevia (you could also use Splenda)

~Ice

~Sugar free Cool Whip (to dollop on top)

 

All you do is pour it into a blender and bam! Its done!

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In the original pin’s blog post, the writer said she had enough left for two more milkshakes. Because of this, I halved the recipe…except I used the wrong amount of cocoa. I used twice as much as I should have which made it…not so great.

It was grainy and super bitter. I basically ate the Cool Whip off the top and called it a day. I may try to make this again (and actually get the amounts right) but I consider this Try It a fail. Womp, womp.

 

Have you ever tried this before? Did you have different results?

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Last week, I decided to go “low carb” for the week. My weight loss had been plateau-ing for a while and I was getting frustrated. Plus, I’ve been doing this get fit summer challenge from Buzzfeed and was starting to see the scale creep up (because lifting weights is a hunger-inducing business, y’all).

 

Anyway, I needed to find some way to still have some treats while I was abstaining from carbs. And praise The Lord, I found this!

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They’re low-carb peanut butter cookies! Here’s what you need:

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~1 cup peanut butter (I used Jif Omega-3)

~1 cup Splenda (you could use Stevia if you like but it’s a little bitter for my taste)

~1 egg

 

That’s it! That’s all you need!

 

Preheat your oven to 350*. Then, toss everything into a bowl and combine.

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Scoop out about a tablespoon onto a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet. I used a cookie scoop and it worked wonders! Then, dip a fork in Splenda and press down the dough rolls.

 

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Pop them in the oven for 12 minutes, and then let them cool.

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Then, devour!

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OMG, y’all, these cookies were DELICIOUS! They really helped me get through those cravings when I really wanted something sweet. And, to be honest, the low-carb thing wasn’t that bad. I mean, there was one day I really wanted some waffle fries from Chick-Fil-A, but for the most part, it went well. I think part of that was because I had a cold and it sort of took my appetite away. But it helped! I lost 3lbs and an inch off my waist! Yay!