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Recipe: Cream Dessert

Low Carb: Desserts

A low-carb diet does not mean you can’t enjoy a sweet dessert. This one is easy after you make it a few times. Soon, you can just eye the measurements and enjoy.

The ingredients might sound a little weird, and they won’t be cheap in the store. But it’s good.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tbsp Lala Sour Cream
  • 2 tbsp Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 tsp Lemon Juice
  • 2 drops stevia drops

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Mix ingredients.
  2. OPTIONAL: Top with Lily’s Dark Chocolate Chips (low-carb with stevia).

Low-Carb Diet Tips

Considering Low-Carb

Low-carb, Paleo, or Keto. Call it what you want. Believe it or don’t. If you’re getting started in this diet, here are a some tips … in totally random order.

  1. It ain’t cheap. Eating this way will cost you more money. So adjust your budget accordingly. But keep perspective about the increased food costs. Going to the doctor for chronic health conditions related to carb-heavy eating will also cost you (a lot) money.
  2. Eating at restaurants will be challenging. Everything is wrapped in bread or tortillas. Friggin’ everything!¬†Avoid it by ordering a salad. Or a meat plate with a low-carb side. Or the chicken wings. Or even the sandwich without the bread. Yeah, you’ll get an odd look, but everyone will get over it.
  3. Brace yourself for eating more fat. Yep. After being indoctrinated about low-fat diets since forever, you’re going to doing a one-eighty degree turn. Don’t underestimate the impact of that, but stick to your guns. And remember if you go low-carb and maintain low-fat eating, you’re gonna starve.
  4. No, you can’t stuff yourself. You’ll see low-carb diet guidance that says you can eat until you’re full. They didn’t say “stuffed”! You can’t shove 20 pieces of bacon into yourself and become leaner or feel better. Remember, moderation is your friend.
  5. Don’t mix low-carb eating with common carb eating. That’s a recipe (no pun intended) for obesity and health problems.
  6. Don’t argue about low-carb eating. If someone starts to argue that your diet is “not smart” or “dangerous” and that some carbs are “healthy,” then stop. Stop before you lose a friend. The low-fat diet is beyond guidance, it’s a religion for most people. You are not going to change blind faith. Your comeuppance will be when they see you becoming leaner and feeling better.
  7. Get accustomed to new flavors. The low-carb sweet replacements won’t taste like the high-carb versions you enjoyed before. They’re different, not bad. Examples include Zevia sodas, fat-bombs, and almond flour muffins.
  8. You’re gonna be making more food at home. If you don’t love spending time in the kitchen, start with some simpler recipes. Look them up online.
  9. Leverage the web and social media. There are many social groups and recipe websites out there. Find a group with a dedication level similar to yours. Most low-carb dieters are kind and supportive, but some can belittle you if you don’t follow the diet as strictly as they do.
  10. Remember that obesity is a sign of malnourishment. That’s right. If the body is taking in fuels it can’t use efficiently (i.e., carbs), then the body will suffer. Since the widespread adoption of low-fat diets, obesity has skyrocketed.

Low-Carb at Starbucks

Low Carb at Starbucks

If you like plain black coffee, then low-carb at Starbucks shouldn’t be too difficult. But if you’re cursed with a sweet tooth, it isn’t so easy to skip the sugar on your way out. But you can use Splenda at the condiment bar. And you can ask the barista to add Stevia. Yep, they have that.

If you prefer handcrafted drinks with 40+ grams of carbs, try this:

  1. Cold brew coffee (this is generally less bitter than brewed iced coffee)
  2. Heavy cream (a creamy texture can make up a bit for sweetness)
  3. Sugar-free syrup, such as Cinnamon Dolce or Vanilla (be warned that the sugar-free vanilla syrup has an ingredient that can cause a bit of an insulin response)

And this is less expensive than the high-sugar handcrafted beverages.

If you like to grab a bite to eat at Starbucks, then here are a couple of ideas:

  1. Try the Egg and Cheese Protein Pack. Just skip the little piece of bread. If you feel small servings of fruit will exceed your daily carb allowance, then you should probably skip this menu item.
  2. Try the Sous Vide Egg Bites. They’re quite satisfying.

While these menu items are relatively low-carb, they’re not super low. But they fit fine in my diet.