So now I’m on a roll with ideas to blog about. Most people ask me for recipes that I’m posting on social media, so I thought that I would curate a lovely collection on my blog site. Going keto is not an easy task. But for many of us, we have been blessed with insight and creativity to take our everyday foods to to next level by making them “ketofied.” I’m sure this word will soon be in Webster’s or wherever people are searching for meaning in the English language. Bastardized or not, I love using words like this because it shows us in print form exactly what it means.
Keto Creamer has been a staple in my home since we first released our whole nature-based Keto line. I love the versatility for using it with my fresh brewed coffee to the savory dinners and even keto desserts. Today, I recreated one of my favorite coffee shop favorites - cappuccino! Super yummy and filled with healthy fats like grass-fed butter and medium chain triglycerides to keep my body burning fat for fuel. Plus some added natural collagen to help build strong hair and nails - keeping me on point with my salon appointments for sure!
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On with the recipe...
Keto Cappuccino - achievewithaimee.com
2 shots of hot espresso
4-6 oz hot water (less liquid for creamier consistency)
1 scoop Keto Creamer
Make your espresso to your desired boldness and strength and add to the bottom of your favorite mug. Add 1 scoop of Keto Creamer to your hot water and whip with a frothing wand (I get mine from Amazon or Target for $6). Pour whipped creamer over espresso and enjoy!
• Substitute unsweetened coconut milk or almond milk instead of hot water as a base of extra healthy fat for the Keto Creamer.
• Add your favorite natural sugar-free sweetener to the espresso. I prefer Monk Fruit, Stevia or erythritol.
• Top with a zero sugar whipped cream for added healthy fat! Super ketofied!
Yes, it’s been awhile since I posted a blog update. A list of excuses run through my mind - I’m working at the hospital a lot, my kids are transitioning to the end of the school year, my business is booming and keeping me busy, I’m doing more live video posts, I’m working out more, etcetera, etcetera. Phoney baloney nincompoop kinda fairy dust....
Today compelled me to reach back to this platform that I ignored for way too long - more than two months! ¡Qué horible! So what gave me that push to write again? Of course, a yummy recipe! How could I resist?
Really, I’m preparing some thank-you gifts for my daughter’s teachers for the end of the school year. The transition to warmer weather inspired these gifts, so I wanted to pull together a beautiful insert with their healthy goodies and sinful treats (yes, no need for balance, just blend). So I whipped up this creamy afternoon keto snack using some of the ingredients I added to each of their gift bags. Each ingredient already on hand in Kusina Adamos.
My goal is not necessarily to balance, but rather to blend.
My simply yummy and healthful recipe includes ingredients that I would use every day from my local grocery store, some ordered through my monthly discounted autoship from my health and wellness company.
Tap the photos above to find links to each product info. Yes, I can hook you up with a discount too.
I used Greens Blend Berry which has matcha green tea blended with 52 alkalizing herbs and superfoods for a gentle detox to rebalance my ph every day. The Keto Creamer has MCT oil and grass-fed butter, the healthy fat I need to keep me in ketosis to burn fat all day long and improve my focus. Plus, I must mention this buttery creamer has added collagen to keep my hair, skin and nails youthful. The unsweetened coconut beverage helps me keep the sugars at bay unlike those found in dairy products. Believe me, I get plenty of dairy from all the cheese and cream I add to my plate. My goal is not necessarily to balance, but rather to blend.
Greens Matcha Keto Latte - achievewithaimee.com
Recipe makes one serving.
1 cup unsweetened coconut beverage
1 packet Greens On The Go Blend Berry
(You can substitute 2 scoops of Original Greens Berry for added probiotic benefits.)
1 scoop Keto Creamer
Add all the ingredients together in a blender bottle, shake vigorously and pour over a glass of ice.
A new friend of mine asked me today if Home Chef was a part of my business. Yes, I have offered it as an add-on while mentoring my friends to reach their health goals and I get to give them a discount on their food too. Why? Because I think people use the excuse that they “don’t have time” to eat healthy as a reason they fail at reaching their health goals.
Dr Hyman reported that Americans spend more time watching cooking shows than actually cooking. I was one of those Americans. I LOVE COOKING, but I suck at meal planning. So, Home Chef helps me cross that off my list of excuses by delivering whole food ingredients to prepare healthy wholesome meals in my own kitchen. I hope that some of my friends will try it and actually start to enjoy time in the kitchen like I do. Why not bring naturally vibrant flavors to our families’ palates without wasting time spent wandering aimlessly at the grocery store, even if only a few nights a week? Shopping with Home Chef takes 1 tap to open the app and 2 more to edit my weekly cart. I’ve even found ways to amp up the nutrition of each bite by adding my own pantry items to dishes, like avocado oil and Keto Creamer. Adding healthy fats to our dishes help us feel fuller faster and still benefit from the essential nutrients our bodies need for long healthful living. I mean, if I have 40-50 more years left in this body, I might as well give it the right fuel so it can operate on more efficient energy (man, I might as well head out and hug a tree or buy a Tesla).
Speaking of trees and other naturally healthy things, some of these essential nutrients are hard to load solely from the food we eat. Maybe healthy life would be easier if we lived on a farm or went fishing every day like they do in healthy Okinawa, but our current urban lifestyle fails to offer these benefits. So, supplements (like It’s Vital Omega-3s and Greens Blend) are vital for a healthy lifestyle. Our bodies thank us for these nutrients that continue to help us survive the flu season this year with less sick days (minus the flu shot that we received in previous years).
But we have to consider what makes our bodies less resilient - hence placing us in positions to seek the recommended immunizations once a year. Thankfully, our physicians did not discourage our choice to opt-out. Of course there are viruses - with two kids in school, tow parents working in hospitals, icky boogies do come home. In previous years, we spent random weeks keeping our kids out of school for days, staying home sick and miserable. But I’m happy to say that our bodies did a great job fighting off any potential predators to our immune systems this season. Maybe spending a day home with fever - a healthy fever that actually proved to fight off the bad bugs. What if we choose more of the wrong foods (like those that are inflammatory or causing sludge in the gut)? We could potentially block our ability to absorb the essential nutrients that we need to fight disease.
Are we really getting better at fighting off diseases? I hope so. Dr Hyman wrote how humans are so adaptable that we can reprogram our cells with the right nutrients and exercise to reduce the risk of inheriting the diseases of our family members before us. Could we even stop the cycle of passing on those diseases to the next generation? Imagine that! Mind blown! Nerd alert!
Time will only tell if all our efforts are worth it. So far this week, I’ve found beauty in a seared mojito pork chop with arugula salad, even surprised that my children loved the chili-lime salmon with all it’s healthy Omega-3 fatty acids, and enjoyed a new way to prepare roasted chayote - my new favorite high fiber veggie.
Can we really treat ourselves guilt-free? I’ll settle for reduced guilt.
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Since I started this ketogenic lifestyle back in October, I’ve been challenged with cultural issues. I’m an American-born Filipina, and our family loves RICE. If anyone has read anything about ketogenics, rice does not fit the bill. It’s straight-up carbs. Yeah it’s gluten-free and all, but it’s still high carb. 1 cup of steamed white rice has 45g total carbs and only 1.2g of fiber. Dang - not keto friendly at all. It ends up converted into sugar and stored as belly fat. Boohoo.
Childhood memories of champorrado...
Then, we have our childhood favorite breakfast at Auntie Baby’s house on a chilly Saturday morning in San Francisco after a Friday night sleepover with my cousins. The smell of sweet sticky rice porridge as it’s stirred lovingly in a pot on the stove with swirls of chocolate Nestle Quick... Dude, never even crossed my mind that this could be made into a keto-friendly dish. Until I read about “noatmeal.” What in the hell is that?
Well, I read this guy’s blog about using chia seeds and flax meal to create a warm morning breakfast “noatmeal” minus the inflammatory carbs like oats and sugar. I tried a version of his recipe with chia and almond flour and voila! It was DELICIOUS! Plus some extra high-fat-low-carb toppings like ghee and stevia (and even a spoonful of unsweetened whipped cream). This soon became a quick grab and go “noatmeal” to take to work when I break my fast around 11am. Plus my daughter likes it too! Until she realizes the powerful “movement” of all the fiber in the chia. It might be wise to split this into 2 servings for the kids.
Not your Auntie’s champorrado...
No disrespect to Auntie Baby. I love that sweet sticky chocolate porridge (yes, I would lick my bowl... and the pot she used to cook it if no one was looking). But unfortunately, if I ate that everyday I would be as big as a campervan, with diabetes, hyperlipidemia and hypertension on the way. 30g carbs, 2g fiber and 19g sugar. Ugh! So I was truly inspired to create a healthier version but keep the same concept of a warm and soothing chocolate porridge for those chilly winter mornings.
So here’s what I did. I reached up into my cupboard and found some chia seeds, coconut flour, and erythritol. I found some unsweetened coconut beverage from Trader Joe’s for the “milk.” Then added even more nutrients: Keto Creamer to pack a healthy energy punch from the MCT oils, grass-fed butter and collagen, plus Greens Chocolate for a mocha-like sweetness and a balancing superfood blast. Stir altogether in a small pot over medium heat and there we have a healthy version of a childhood favorite. Toppings are optional, but in this picture, I shaved 100% cacao on top and sprinkled an extra spoonful of erythritol.
*Disclaimer: 100% cacao is seriously bitter if unsweetened, kinda like chewing on melted coffee grounds. Bleh.
So I hope you try this recipe and love it like I do. Tell Auntie Baby I’ll still eat her champorrado - just because I love it when she cooks for me. Love you Aunt B!
Ingredients: (1 adult serving, two servings for the littles)
3T chia seeds
1T coconut flour
1 cup unsweetened coconut beverage (or any low carb milk of your choice)
*Use less liquid if you prefer a thicker consistency.
1/2 scoop Keto Creamer
1 scoop Greens Chocolate
*Optional High-fat-low-carb toppings
Combine all ingredients except for the toppings in a small pot over medium heat, stirring frequently. It will congeal quickly! Once the chia seeds have plumped up and thickened, remove from heat, serve in a small bowl and add toppings.
Combine all ingredients except for the toppings in a microwaveable container with a lid. Cool in the fridge overnight. When ready to serve, pop in the microwave for 1-2 minutes or until your desired temp. You can eat it cold on the go too. Feel free to loosen it up with a little more liquid as needed.
Shaved cacao, erythritol, stevia, ghee (clarified butter), grass-fed butter, chopped nuts, low-carb chocolate chips, unsweetened whipped cream, coconut flakes, blueberries, extra sprinkle of Keto Creamer, and more if you’re so inspired!
Nutrition facts (without toppings): 19
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