You mentioned ketone strips. If they are the urine strips they are useful to see if you are in ketosis, fat burning mode, but be aware they are not completely accurate but are a good guide to how you are doing. The blood strips are way too expensive but more accurate. I have a blood glucose monitor and went through a phase of testing to see how I react to dairy, protein, cream, coffee etc. I rarely do it now as I want this way of eating to be as simple as possible, but again, a useful tool starting out.

I’ve never used Kal sweetener for stevia and not sure how sweet or not sweet it is. I truly has seen just in using NuNaturals and Sweetleaf a big difference in sweetness. The bitterness would not be because too much was used, it is often that not enough is used. I’m sorry with all that happened but happy you could still salvage it. I’ve made the recipe twice since I’ve posted it and had no problems, but I like the taste of a dark chocolate. I will try it with a different brand of powdered stevia, I have one form Trader Joes I can try and will post the update.


No disrespect to Mary Poppins, but a spoonful of sugar is the last thing we need. In the age of the paleo, keto, and low-carb diets, refined sugars are a big no-no. There are tons of amazing sugar-free desserts out there that won’t make you miss the sweetener one bit. Check out these delectable dessert recipes that will have you saying buh-bye to sugar, and hello to flavor instead.
The widespread use of children in cocoa production is controversial, not only for the concerns about child labor and exploitation, but also because up to 12,000 of the 200,000 children working in Côte d'Ivoire, the world's biggest producer of cocoa,[109] may be victims of trafficking or slavery.[110] Most attention on this subject has focused on West Africa, which collectively supplies 69 percent of the world's cocoa,[111] and Côte d'Ivoire in particular, which supplies 35 percent of the world's cocoa.[111] Thirty percent of children under age 15 in sub-Saharan Africa are child laborers, mostly in agricultural activities including cocoa farming.[112] Major chocolate producers, such as Nestlé, buy cocoa at commodities exchanges where Ivorian cocoa is mixed with other cocoa.[113]
As for if you’re dealing with health issues, you really have to defer to your doctor. For instance, if you have kidney disease, you also want to talk to your doctor about appropriate protein intake. If you have heart disease, you can still go low carb, but you may be better off opting for monounsaturated fats (avocados, nuts, and olive oil) over saturated fats (butter and red meat). Everyone’s cholesterol levels respond differently on a low-carb diet, so if yours are going up, switch to unsaturated sources of fats, Spritzler recommends. “In general, this is a diet most people can do. If you have a chronic condition, work with a doctor who understands low-carbohydrate diets to monitor you,” she adds.
But what’s really in it? 1 package of Oreo cookies, cream cheese, sugar, and Cool Whip. Just for the cookie layer it’s 24 carbs per serving. (That’s 36 cookies at 10.5 carbs each, divided by 16) But, I’m not going to break down the carbs in each layer of this tasty dessert. I just want to think about all of the weird stuff in the cookies, instant pudding and non-dairy whipped topping. Yuck! I shudder.
I used option 2 that does not call for the xanthan gum. The recipe called for “heavy cream” which I used. Should I have used “heavy whipping cream?” “Pecan meal” I used was “pecan chips” made by “Fisher”. Finally, the parchment paper seemed to disintegrate into the bottom layer of the dessert 🙁 please help! We love this dessert and want to nail it!

These delicious tilapia fillets are topped with an easy herb and mushroom sauce and can be on your table in just 30 minutes. If you have an extra 15 minutes, try our Caramelized Onion Risotto (see associated recipe) which beautifully rounds out this meal. When shopping for fresh tilapia or other fish fillets, look for moist, cleanly cut fillets with a sweet, not fishy, aroma.
Jeni, I am SO SORRY! I had one other comment in the last month about the same thing. Two things that may have affected the dessert. 1. I got so much flack about the original pudding recipe having 1 Tbsp of cornstarch (or arrowroot) in it that I reduced the amount a few months ago. I have recently changed it back to the original quantity. 2. If the pudding isn’t cooked enough, it won’t set properly. So, unfortunately, you were a victim of one or both.
These low carb pumpkin spice cupcakes are the softest and crumbliest cupcakes you'll ever have. Made egg free, sugar free and gluten free,  they're also topped with some decadent sugar free cream cheese frosting.  They can also easily be made dairy free.  I'm warning you, you may not be able to stop … [Read more...] about Keto Low Carb Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes Recipe
Hi, I buy my raw, grain free cat food from http://www.naturalpetstore.com.au. Their dehydrated raw food (with all the yucky bits that they need) literally saved my kitty’s life after we accidentally poisoned her with a Yucca plant. 4 vets were useless (wanted to operate or change her diet to their grain filled products). She had never had grains so I wasn’t about to start. I also gave her digestive enzymes which I think Deb at natural pet foods now stocks.
Oh, Karen. I feel your pain! It hit me early at 40 (seven years ago). I had kept the weight off with low carb until I started the blog. Now I’m struggling. I’m around food all day and grazing all day – and let’s face it, not exercising like I should. This is a wonderful recipe. It freezes well if you opt to make the two smaller sizes. It is pretty heavy on calories and fat, and very filling so I have smaller pieces myself. It’s a crowd pleaser! Enjoy. -Kim
These delicious low carb keto cinnamon rolls are made with psyllium husk powder and can easily be made dairy free.  Thanks to the psyllium, the dough is easy to roll, doesn't break apart, and turns out extremely soft and fluffy, just like the real deal.Low Carb Cinnamon Rolls using Psyllium … [Read more...] about Sugar Free Low Carb Keto Cinnamon Rolls (Dairy Free Option)
As low-carb dietitian Franziska Spritzler, RD, CDE, who’s based in Orange County, California, points out, when you cut back on carbs, blood sugar and insulin levels generally go down, which can be a good thing for some people. “Carbs are broken down into glucose, which raises your blood sugar and prompts your pancreas to produce insulin to drive sugar into your cells,” says Spritzler. “When you’re overweight or obese, your blood sugar goes up and your pancreas sends out insulin, but your cells may not be responsive, leading your pancreas to overproduce insulin,” she says. High insulin increases hunger and prompts fat storage, she explains.
Brenda Bennett is the cookbook author, homeschool mom, writer, photographer, cook and blogger behind Sugar-Free Mom. Sugar-Free Mom is a woman on a mission to reduce and eliminate added, processed sugars in her family’s life. She focuses on using natural sugars and sugar free substitutes to create healthier versions of popular and beloved recipes. Since 2011, her blog has become the most popular sugar-free source on the web today. Her cookbook, Sugar-Free Mom, Naturally Sweet & Sugar-Free Recipes for the Whole Family, is available now for order.
For example, if you enjoy half a sugar-free Yamate Chocolatier milk chocolate bar, you’ll be getting 200 calories, 17 grams of fat, and 10 grams of saturated fat. On the upside, though, you’ll get 4 grams of fiber and 0 grams of sugars (15 grams of maltitol). Five pieces of Russell Stover Sugar Free Chocolate Candy Miniatures add up to 190 calories, 14 grams of total fat, 9 grams of saturated fat, 2 grams of fiber, and 0 grams sugar (20 grams sugar alcohol).
Producers of high-quality, small-batch chocolate argue that mass production produces bad-quality chocolate.[49] Some mass-produced chocolate contains much less cocoa (as low as 7% in many cases), and fats other than cocoa butter. Vegetable oils and artificial vanilla flavor are often used in cheaper chocolate to mask poorly fermented and/or roasted beans.[49] 

That approach provides the benefits of a drastically low-carb diet with none of the hazards. You’ll get the blood sugar advantages, including lower insulin levels. By eating plenty of lean protein, you’ll feel satisfied and less hungry. And by choosing “good” fats and limiting “bad” ones, you’ll keep LDL cholesterol from rising and protect your heart in the process. You’ll also discover a way of eating that you can enjoy—rather than endure—for the rest of your life.
Yes, it will work and you should store them in an airtight container (probably a ziploc bag) in your freezer. Try to get as much air out as possible. The vanilla is liquid and chocolate does have a tendency to seize with added liquid. It can depend on the quality of the chocolate and the vanilla. Can you find vanilla bean paste or powdered vanilla? That might help. If not, try adding the vanilla in with the cocoa butter so it’s in the recipe earlier. Or leave it out altogether although I really like the flavour better with vanilla. 

A little cream would absolutely make it seize as unsweetened chocolate doesn’t like liquid. You can rescue seized chocolate with a little heat (on low) and the addition of even more liquid, 1 tbsp at a time, stirring constantly. But then it’s quite soft so it wouldn’t work for chocolate bars or chocolate chips. And hey, where do you get sunflower lecithin…I’d really like to try that!!!


In March 2007, the Chocolate Manufacturers Association, whose members include Hershey's, Nestlé, and Archer Daniels Midland, began lobbying the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to change the legal definition of chocolate to allow the substitution of "safe and suitable vegetable fats and oils" (including partially hydrogenated vegetable oils) for cocoa butter in addition to using "any sweetening agent" (including artificial sweeteners) and milk substitutes.[13] Currently, the FDA does not allow a product to be referred to as "chocolate" if the product contains any of these ingredients.[14] To work around this restriction, products with cocoa substitutes are often branded or labeled as "chocolatey" or "made with chocolate".
Hi Tara. You are not missing anything, as I subtract erythritol. I don’t subtract all sugar alcohols because some do affect blood sugar. But erythritol is well studied and found typically not to. Most people do subtract erythritol because of this but since your son has such a specific issue, I honestly cannot give you advice with this, it’s too serious. That said, I do have another reader who’s sone suffers seizures and they do follow the keto diet and I know she makes him things with erythritol (Swerve). From the sounds of it, you ARE already following a keto diet if he’s that low in carbs. But again, I do not feel comfortable giving you any advice with regards to this except perhaps to say that you should investigate the reasoning behind NOT subtracting the erythritol on the diet your son is on. good luck and I am so sorry. I wish I could help more.
Hi, I am Carine! I am a French mum living in Auckland, NZ. I am the sweet tooth creator of this place. I have been sugar free and low carb for 5 years, I love to share with you my sugar free ( and refined sugar free) nourishing recipes to make you feel energized, lighter and happier. I also love to encourage you to eat more greens in a fun and simple way. Enjoy what you see. XOXO Carine. Read More…
Chocolat, a 1999 novel by Joanne Harris, tells the story of Vianne Rocher, a young mother, whose confections change the lives of the townspeople. The 2000 film adaptation, Chocolat, also proved successful, grossing over US$150,000,000 worldwide,[127] and receiving Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for Best Picture, Best Actress, and Best Original Score.[128][129]

I was so excited about this recipe after the Simply Lite brand at Trader Joe’s added milk powder to their sugar free chocolate bar. 🙁 So I tried this recipe last night, and it didn’t turn out well at all. It was not pourable and it tasted really bitter. I do like dark chocolate so I’m used to less sweetness, but this was really bad. That liquid vanilla stevia was over $11.00 for a tiny bottle, and I hate wasting it. What do you suggest?
A powdered sweetener works best. Granular would be the next best thing – everything would still come together the same way, but you might taste the granules if they don’t fully dissolve, so it wouldn’t be as smooth. I don’t think liquid sweeteners like honey, agave, or maple syrup would work, because they’d add extra liquid and would require consistency adjustments for the other ingredients. (You can try, I’m just not sure about the results.)
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Cacao pods are harvested by cutting them from the tree using a machete, or by knocking them off the tree using a stick. The beans with their surrounding pulp are removed from the pods and placed in piles or bins, allowing access to micro-organisms so fermentation of the pectin-containing material can begin. Yeasts produce ethanol, lactic acid bacteria produce lactic acid, and acetic acid bacteria produce acetic acid. The fermentation process, which takes up to seven days, also produces several flavor precursors, eventually resulting in the familiar chocolate taste.[53]
Oh, by the way : We are prematurely killing our beloved pets with carbs. Dogs and especially cats need to eat meat, but commercial pet food is mostly corn & wheat, which was bad enough before being poisoned by weed killer (“Round-Up” which is soaked into all American grain today) …. Huge numbers of cats and dogs now suffer & die from kidney failure, and the only explanation is what we are feeding them. My kitties now get chicken and tuna, which is a lot cheaper than any ‘gourmet’ canned food. Cooking for them is kinda fun, for that matter.
An extreme form of low-carbohydrate diet – the ketogenic diet – is established as a medical diet for treating epilepsy.[14] Through celebrity endorsement it has become a popular weight-loss fad diet, but there is no evidence of any distinctive benefit for this purpose, and it risks causing a number of side effects.[14] The British Dietetic Association named it one of the "top 5 worst celeb diets to avoid in 2018".[14]
Jennifer Ventrelle, a registered dietitian and a lifestyle-program director for the Rush University Prevention Center, said rapid weight loss because of low-carb dieting isn't the loss of fat mass. "The number on the scale is lower, and admittedly you look thinner because your belly also tends to retain more water when you eat carbohydrates," she said.
On the diet, you can get frozen and ready-to-eat South Beach Diet meals, along with some meals you make on your own. They also encourage you to buy South Beach Diet–branded snacks. The upside is that they’ll tell you what to eat all day and there’s little cooking involved (great if you hate your kitchen); the downside is that you have to buy your food through them, and the choices can become limiting. Plus, when you’re buying packaged foods, you’re not getting the full nutritional benefit you would from eating whole foods.

Asher’s is proud to be able to provide top-notch chocolate covered treats that are kosher. Our Kosher chocolates are made from the freshest ingredients to insure you are receiving the highest quality product you would expect from us. You’ll find that many of our products are kosher but some of our favorites include, Vanilla Caramels and Dark Chocolate Nonpareils.


Eat fat only until full. Don’t eat any more than you can handle. Sometimes people think they have to eat lots of fat whereas it is really eating the fat that naturally comes with a meal (i.e:not trimming a fatty steak) and adding as much fat as feels right to your meals through sauces and cheese for example. I don’t go our of my way to eat extra fat. If you are still hungry though but don’t feel like the heavy feeling some fat brings, add some coconut cream to your smoothies.
New processes that sped the production of chocolate emerged early in the Industrial Revolution. In 1815, Dutch chemist Coenraad van Houten introduced alkaline salts to chocolate, which reduced its bitterness.[14] A few years thereafter, in 1828, he created a press to remove about half the natural fat (cocoa butter or cacao butter) from chocolate liquor, which made chocolate both cheaper to produce and more consistent in quality. This innovation introduced the modern era of chocolate.[20]

Cacao pods are harvested by cutting them from the tree using a machete, or by knocking them off the tree using a stick. The beans with their surrounding pulp are removed from the pods and placed in piles or bins, allowing access to micro-organisms so fermentation of the pectin-containing material can begin. Yeasts produce ethanol, lactic acid bacteria produce lactic acid, and acetic acid bacteria produce acetic acid. The fermentation process, which takes up to seven days, also produces several flavor precursors, eventually resulting in the familiar chocolate taste.[53]
However, data from certain clinical trials has shown that low-carb diets, even very low-carb ketogenic diets, can actually help improve mood and reduce fatigue and hunger. A 2007 study conducted by the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University Medical Center found that participants experienced significant improvements in a broad range of negative symptoms when following a very low-carb diet, even more so than participants following a low-fat diet. Those on the very low-carb reported less fatigue, cognitive symptoms, physical effects of hunger, insomnia and stomach problems than the low-fat diet group. (4)

The penultimate process is called conching. A conche is a container filled with metal beads, which act as grinders. The refined and blended chocolate mass is kept in a liquid state by frictional heat. Chocolate prior to conching has an uneven and gritty texture. The conching process produces cocoa and sugar particles smaller than the tongue can detect, hence the smooth feel in the mouth. The length of the conching process determines the final smoothness and quality of the chocolate. High-quality chocolate is conched for about 72 hours, and lesser grades about four to six hours. After the process is complete, the chocolate mass is stored in tanks heated to about 45 to 50 °C (113 to 122 °F) until final processing.[62]
Yay, another kiwi has discovered my website xxx I tend to shop mainly at New World and buy seeds, nuts, almond meal etc when they are discounted. The bulk bins are fine, but check the price per 100g, sometimes they are not as good value as regular packets that are “on special”. I also buy my veggies form the fruit and veg shops when I am near them, I find the supermarkets to be incredibly overpriced generally. Good luck and enjoy all the new recipes here. 🙂
The most extreme kind of low-carb diet was pioneered by the late Robert Atkins, M.D., whose first book, Dr. Atkins’ Diet Revolution, came out in 1972. It promised quick and long-lasting weight loss and prevention of chronic disease, all while allowing high-fat steak and ice cream. Since then, other, more moderate low-carb diets have allowed small amounts of carbohydrate-rich foods, but they still cut out most grains as well as starchy vegetables and even fruit.
Obviously, reductions in the desire to be physical active, experiencing brain fog and being cranky are pretty counterproductive for people looking to feel healthier and lose weight, so these effects are something to monitor yourself for. If you’re feeling very sluggish, moody, or like you have “brain fog” and can’t think clearly while after drastically reducing your carbs over the course of several weeks — especially if you changed your diet rapidly and reduced carbs to very low ketogenic levels — try reintroducing some carbs several days a week until you feel better. Experiencing the benefits of low-carb diets can take some trial and error, plus some patience.
If you look around the web, you’ll see that many people have taken on the challenge of a zero-carb diet, which involves eating only meat and fat. The downside of this diet is that it can be exceptionally high in saturated fat and contains no fiber, something that helps digestion, and no vegetables or fruit, which provide critical vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Considering that experts recommend talking to your doctor even before going on a ketogenic diet — and this is a much more severe form — you need to consult a medical professional before attempting the zero-carb diet!

In one study, which lasted six months, the low-carb diet seemed to win hands down. The people on it lost nearly 13 pounds (6 kg); the low-fat dieters shed just 4 pounds (2 kg). But the second study lasted six months longer, revealing a truth about low-carb diets: The results don’t last. This study too found that the low-carb dieters lost more weight in the first six months, but in the second half of the year, the weight came roaring back. By the end of a year, there was no significant difference in weight loss between the two groups. This weight “snapback” may be one reason that extremely low-carb diets have fallen out of favor.
Sounds like perhaps your chocolate seized? Can’t say for sure but a few tips for next time: 1. Use good quality chocolate like Ghirardelli…don’t use Baker’s, as it tends to seize more easily. 2. Melt it double-boiler style, especially if you are using an electric range (it’s harder to control the heat with electric). Set a bowl over a pot with some barely simmering water. This takes longer but melts the ingredients more gently.
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