Unsweetened chocolate is pure chocolate liquor, also known as bitter or baking chocolate. It is unadulterated chocolate: the pure, ground, roasted chocolate beans impart a strong, deep chocolate flavor. It is typically used in baking or other products to which sugar and other ingredients are added. Raw chocolate, often referred to as raw cacao, is always dark and a minimum of 75% cacao.
I love this recipe! As time has gone on, I modified it to my preferences. I just multiply the recipe by 5 and add 6 ounces of chopped chocolate instead of 10. It makes them more milk chocolatey. You do have to freeze them to get them out since they are softer. I make them in to fun little shapes (gingerbread men right now) and then I dip them in natural peanut butter. Yummm! This is one of my all-time favorite recipes. Chocolate without the guilt!

Carolyn – what other things will make it seize? I have tried making frostings with unsweetened chocolate and found that “Just Like Sugar” made it a goopy, thick mess, I was wondering about cream or milk powder, would that make it seize? Maybe it would make it smooth out a little and allay the graininess? I also have sunflower lecithin since I do not do soy. Perhaps that would help a little.

Unfortunately Ghirardelli has a facility with potential for cross contamination with nuts. (Chocolate is one of the trickiest foods for a nut allergy! So many cross contamination labels!) Guittard isn’t safe either. Thanks for the Scharffenberger recommendation- I emailed them to see. I’m hoping that since they’re a part of the Hershey company, that no warning label will mean good news. Hershey’s is fabulous about putting warnings on labels. (The only size Hershey bar that is safe is the regular size not jumbo or mini! But that’s not Keto and thus I’m learning to make chocolate from you!!) Thanks Carolyn! I’ll report back in!
I used your recipe yesterday. I organic unsweetened chocolate, but threw away the package so I can’t say what brand. I also used equal exchange organic baking cocoa. I found food-grade cocoa butter by NOW in the baking section of my local health food store. I decided to give it a go. The substitution I made was to use xylitol. It wasn’t powdered, however, it was granulated. I thought it would melt in the chocolate. NOT the case. So, my first batch I made I used all the same measurements and the xylitol made the chocolate grainy. I had enough ingredients to make it again. But the second time around I added only one tablespoon of xylitol. It melted just fine. But the chocolate wasn’t quite sweet enough. So, I added another tablespoon. But then I ended up with grainy-ness again. And the second batch is now closer to a semi-sweet or 70% dark chocolate sweetness (which I prefer). I expect that the grainy-ness will be present in the chips if I bake them. Ultimately, these have great flavor and will satisfy my occasional cravings. Wondering if I found a powdered xylitol, if that would solve the melting issue.

Drink lots of water. This is especially crucial on a low carb or keto diet. Why? When you eat carbohydrates, your body stores the extra as glycogen in the liver, where they are bound to water molecules. Eating low carb depletes this glycogen, which allows you to burn fat – but it also means you are storing less water, making it easier to get dehydrated. Instead of the traditional recommendation of 8 cups of water per day, aim for 16 cups when following a low carb lifestyle.
As of 2016 it was unclear whether low-carbohydrate dieting had any beneficial effect on cardiovascular health, though such diets can cause high LDL cholesterol levels, which carry a risk of atherosclerosis in the long term.[9] Potential favorable changes in triglyceride and HDL cholesterol values should be weighed against potential unfavorable changes in LDL and total cholesterol values.[31]
Dukan Diet This option also includes four phases: two weight loss and two maintenance. For instance, the first phase of the Dukan diet focuses on high-protein foods, the second adds vegetables back in, the third allows two “celebration” meals per week, and the fourth is about keeping your weight stable. Because you can follow the diet from the book, it also appeals to people who need a planned approach.
Chocolate and cocoa contain moderate to high amounts of oxalate,[79][80] which may increase someone's risk for kidney stones.[81] During cultivation and production, chocolate may absorb the heavy metal lead from the environment,[82] but the total amounts typically eaten are less than the tolerable daily limit for lead consumption, according to a World Health Organization report from 2010.[83] However, reports from 2014 indicate that "chocolate might be a significant source" of lead ingestion for children if consumption is high,[84][85] and "one 10 g cube of dark chocolate may contain as much as 20% of the daily lead oral limit."[84]
I know this post is old, but in the interest of helping others who may be reading this line of commentary I was wondering if your powdered erythritol was a Swerve brand or another brand? Swerve has oligosaccharides in it; so if it was another brand without the oligosaccharides, it could affect the end result. It would have been interesting to troubleshoot why your two batches ended up so different from each other back then too.
Ketogenic diets have been used by doctors to treat patients with epilepsy and metabolic conditions since the 1920s! They have well-documented benefits, including helping to treat epilepsy, promoting rapid weight loss and reducing diabetes risk. Not only have studies over the past century shown that the keto diet can reduce the amount of seizures patients suffer from, but it can also have positive effects on body fat, blood sugar, cholesterol levels, hunger levels and neurological health. (1)
Update: The old version of the chocolate pudding layer is back by popular demand! I've posted both options above, so you can decide which one you want. The older version takes longer and sometimes people have issues with thickening, but tastes more like pudding when you get it right. The newer version is faster but more like a chocolate whipped cream layer.
Low-carb diets usually begin with an “induction” phase that eliminates nearly every source of carbohydrate. Often, you’ll consume as few as 20 grams of carbohydrate a day. That’s less than 100 calories’ worth—about what’s in a small dinner roll. On a 1,200-calorie diet, that’s only about 8 percent of your daily calories. By contrast, health experts recommend that we get between 45 and 65 percent of our calories from carbs.
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These easy low carb pumpkin muffins are made with almond butter and require no flour whatsoever.  They are also completely dairy free and sugar free, sweetened with some stevia powder. These flourless pumpkin muffins and keto and paleo friendly!Easy Flourless Pumpkin Muffins to make I go … [Read more...] about Flourless Keto Low Carb Pumpkin Muffins
At Asher’s Chocolate we want everyone to be able to enjoy a chocolate covered treat every once in a while. That’s why we’ve created one of the country's largest lines of sugar free chocolate covered confections. You won’t even be able to tell the difference! Our line of sugar free chocolates are highly recommended for those on a sugar restricted diet and include everything from Sugar Free Pretzel Bites to Sugar Free Dark Chocolate Bars!

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.


The chocolate industry is a steadily growing, $50 billion-a-year worldwide business centered on the sale and consumption of chocolate. It is prevalent throughout most of the world.[102] Europe accounts for 45% of the world's chocolate revenue[103] and the US$20 billion.[104] Big Chocolate is the grouping of major international chocolate companies in Europe and the U.S. The U.S. companies, such as Mars and Hershey's alone, generate $13 billion a year in chocolate sales and account for two-thirds of U.S. production.[105] Despite the expanding reach of the chocolate industry internationally, cocoa farmers and labourers in the Ivory Coast are unaware of the uses of the beans. The high cost of chocolate in the Ivory Coast also means that it is inaccessible to the majority of the population, who are unaware of what it tastes like.[106]

A low carb diet plan is a way of eating that is high in fat, moderate in protein and low in carbohydrates. There are different variations of low carb, and the keto diet is a special type of low carb with added characteristics. The number of carbohydrates will vary depending on your insulin tolerance and activity level, but on average, these are the common numbers of carbs:
Then don’t give up the fruit! Go for it. You sound like a fit and active person within the normal weight range. Generally the advice is to stay off excessive fruit, and high sugar fruit especially if people are overweight or have other health issues, then in that case fruit is not your friend. But with everything, eat within your personal carb limitations and eat to what is appropriate to you. Whole fruit is somewhat self limiting due to the fibre and water anyhow. You obviously have worked out a fabulous routine and it is working, so why change, stick with it Tom and enjoy 🙂

A low-carbohydrate diet gives slightly better control of glucose metabolism than a low-fat diet in type 2 diabetes.[12][34] A 2018 report on type 2 diabetes by the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) found that a low-carbohydrate diet may not be as good as a Mediterranean diet at improving glycemic control, and that although having a healthy body weight is important, "there is no single ratio of carbohydrate, proteins, and fat intake that is optimal for every person with type 2 diabetes".[35]
I know you posted a few months ago, but I thought I would reply just incase its still relevant. After having a daughter who LOVES veges, I then had my son who at a year old suddenly refused veges. It was getting so bad he would make himself throw it up if we forced him. But we kept on going trying everything we could while getting extremely frustrated (While also being told by everyone he was too small and sickly (Which he always was but got worse when he stopped eating the veges)
Great questions Melissa. I think the gentle sweet is an erythritol and stevia blend and is granulated, correct? I would try using just a little less of the super sweet blend and taste after all of the ingredients have been added. If you need to, add as many doonks of powdered sweetener as you need. If you have the regular GS, use the same amount as specified in the recipe and then add 2-3 doonks, tasting as you go. 

Hi I’m only new to LCHF and you’re information has been amazing, thank you! I have one question though I’m doing well cutting out sugar, breads etc but just wondering do I need to portion control my meals? Typically I have a 2 egg one letter with cheese, spinach and mushrooms for breakfast. Then warm chicken salad with rocket, cucumber, tomatoes, Persia fetta and a poaxhed egg. Dinner yellow curry with brocoli, carrot on cauliflower rice. Snack a low carb cheesecake, nuts maybe a smoothie.
Hi! Love this post and concept. I am currently in the midst of a refined grains/sugar-free December. While it was a little bit difficult at first to not indulge in all the holiday treats, I am feeling really good + loving the REAL food + down several pounds. Feeling so good that I think I’m going to continue into January + look forward to following along your journey/getting more yummy recipes! 🙂
Asher’s milk chocolate is so lush and creamy that, with just one taste, you’ll never be able to turn down another piece of Asher’s chocolate!  All of our best selling chocolates, including Chocolate Covered Pretzels, Sea Salt Caramels, and Almond Bark, are drenched in thick milk chocolate – the same chocolate recipe that has been your favorite for over 100 years. We carefully place these and other specially-crafted milk chocolate treats in our handsome gourmet gift baskets, perfect for presentation to your favorite loved ones. 
It will take a while to trust and adjust to your new appetite. I personally found when I was low fat and on Weight Watchers, I was ravenous all day long, so to be told eat what you like was difficult to understand. By eating more healthy fats especially, will keep you fuller for longer. And depending on how long you have been dieting for, and how insulin resistant you are, will depend on how long it takes for you to adjust appetite and weight. The odd person gains weight when they start because they don’t listen to their body. Remember to eat until 80% full (it takes a while for your stomach to register you have eaten your meal) and only eat when hungry. Don’t snack if you don’t have to. Are you really hungry or thirsty (similar feelings).
Hi I’m new to Keto. I have been reading about it, and understanding what to eat and what not to eat. My problem is I’m not sure if I’m doing it correctly. I’m constantly hungry whereas information reads that I will never be hungry. I use fats as required along with topping up with vegetables in my meals yet this does not fill me up. I haven’t experienced the Keto flu and I’ve even put on weight! I have been doing this for about 3 weeks now. Any ideas where I am going wrong.
Asher’s milk chocolate is so lush and creamy that, with just one taste, you’ll never be able to turn down another piece of Asher’s chocolate!  All of our best selling chocolates, including Chocolate Covered Pretzels, Sea Salt Caramels, and Almond Bark, are drenched in thick milk chocolate – the same chocolate recipe that has been your favorite for over 100 years. We carefully place these and other specially-crafted milk chocolate treats in our handsome gourmet gift baskets, perfect for presentation to your favorite loved ones. 
Cacao, pronounced by the Olmecs as kakawa,[1] dates to 1000 BC or earlier.[1] The word "chocolate" entered the English language from Spanish in about 1600.[30] The word entered Spanish from the word chocolātl in Nahuatl, the language of the Aztecs. The origin of the Nahuatl word is uncertain, as it does not appear in any early Nahuatl source, where the word for chocolate drink is cacahuatl, "cacao water". It is possible that the Spaniards coined the word (perhaps in order to avoid caca, a vulgar Spanish word for "faeces") by combining the Yucatec Mayan word chocol, "hot", with the Nahuatl word atl, "water".[31] Another proposed etymology derives it from the word chicolatl, meaning "beaten drink", which may derive from the word for the frothing stick, chicoli.[32] The term "chocolatier", for a chocolate confection maker, is attested from 1888.[33]
Just made this, and they are really good. I was going to offer the same suggestion– taste it while it’s in the pot- only the consistency will change, not the taste. If you don’t like it, add more sweetener. I ended up adding a bit more. I like xylitol, so I had some liquid stevia drops, swelter packets, and added more xylitol at the end. I used ghee and coconut oil. I did make a mistake at the end, and after it was melted and half poured, tried to add a little more (cold) cashew milk, and it seized a bit (but still good- just grainier) so I would recommend putting all ingredients in to melt, tasting frequently, and not adding liquid to the melted mixture.

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.
Chocolate is a usually sweet, brown food preparation of roasted and ground cacao seeds. It is made in the form of a liquid, paste, or in a block, or used as a flavoring ingredient in other foods. The earliest evidence of use traces to the Olmecs (Mexico), with evidence of chocolate beverages dating to 1900 BC.[1][2] The majority of Mesoamerican people made chocolate beverages, including the Maya and Aztecs.[3] Indeed, the word "chocolate" is derived from the Classical Nahuatl word chocolātl.[4]

I’m so excited about this recipe! It is hard to find gluten and sugar free in the same recipe sometimes. My only question is: Is there a way to make this dairy free as well? I’m trying to think of what would be a good dairy free substitute for Greek yogurt. I’ve seen some dairy free yogurts at the store, but they aren’t sugar free. I’m following a gluten/sugar free diet, but both my daughter and my son need dairy free, and if I made a cake, they would want to have some. As often as I make cakes and sweets for the rest of the family and I don’t get to eat them, it would just not work to make a cake that some of them couldn’t eat. I thank you and applaude you for your recipes and your enthusiasm for finding recipes for everyone!
This amazing sugar free pumpkin pie is made with a dairy free paleo pumpkin pie puree and low carb almond flour pie crust.  Sugar Free Pumpkin Pie to Die For Whether it's Halloween, Thanksgiving or Christmas, pumpkin pie a traditional North American dessert that most households love to bake. … [Read more...] about Paleo Low Carb Sugar Free Pumpkin Pie
I made this for my dad’s birthday last night! He is diabetic, and I’m trying to watch my sugar intake, so I wanted to find a recipe that would be healthier without sacrificing flavor. THIS. I’m a little wary of sweeteners and was originally going to use coconut sugar, but when I compared sugar levels, I had to go with the Swerve. I warned people ahead of time, just in case they didn’t want to intake a sweetener. My sister is breastfeeding too, so I wasn’t too sure how she felt. Anyway, it was a hit! I use half pecans and half raisins, completely forgot about the coconut, and messed up the frosting recipe, but it still came out great! I’m currently eating a slice of breakfast… Thanks for a wonderful recipe!

Once you are eating the right amount of carbohydrate for you, your appetite should reset and you won't be as hungry. You should eat when you're hungry and until you are satisfied, dining on foods that are allowed on plan you select. But remember: Just because a food is "allowed" doesn't mean it's a good idea to overeat it. Cheese is a good example.
Hi I’m new to Keto. I have been reading about it, and understanding what to eat and what not to eat. My problem is I’m not sure if I’m doing it correctly. I’m constantly hungry whereas information reads that I will never be hungry. I use fats as required along with topping up with vegetables in my meals yet this does not fill me up. I haven’t experienced the Keto flu and I’ve even put on weight! I have been doing this for about 3 weeks now. Any ideas where I am going wrong.
Low-carb diets may help prevent or improve serious health conditions, such as metabolic syndrome, diabetes, high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease. In fact, almost any diet that helps you shed excess weight can reduce or even reverse risk factors for cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Most weight-loss diets — not just low-carb diets — may improve blood cholesterol or blood sugar levels, at least temporarily.
^ Davies MJ, D'Alessio DA, Fradkin J, Kernan WN, Mathieu C, Mingrone G, et al. (2018). "Management of Hyperglycemia in Type 2 Diabetes, 2018. A Consensus Report by the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD)". Diabetes Care. 41 (12): 2669–2701. doi:10.2337/dci18-0033. PMC 6245208. PMID 30291106. Low-carbohydrate, low glycemic index, and high-protein diets, and the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet all improve glycemic control, but the effect of the Mediterranean eating pattern appears to be the greatest
Dukan Diet This option also includes four phases: two weight loss and two maintenance. For instance, the first phase of the Dukan diet focuses on high-protein foods, the second adds vegetables back in, the third allows two “celebration” meals per week, and the fourth is about keeping your weight stable. Because you can follow the diet from the book, it also appeals to people who need a planned approach.
Hi, just found your site, and it seems very helpful so far, so Thank you! I quit smoking a year and a half ago, and have subsequently gained 35 pounds, although I needed to lose a bit before that. (Too much wine, sugar and carbs)! I also have entered peri-menopause, which has wreaked havoc on my energy level and sleep. I am targeting a 55 pound weight loss, and luckily my husband has jumped on board so I don’t have to be purchasing/cooking different things for him.
Sugar is addictive and has dramatic effects on the brain, especially when it comes to increasing cravings, anxiety and fatigue. On the other hand, certain kinds of healthy fats, including cholesterol, act like antioxidants and precursors to some important brain-supporting molecules and neurotransmitters that control learning, memory, mood and energy. Your brain is largely made up of fatty acids and requires a steady stream of fats from your diet in order to perform optimally.

Carbohydrates are a type of nutrient made up of simple sugars (monosaccharides) that bind together to form complex molecules. Depending on how the sugars are combined, they might create disaccharides (double sugars like lactose and sucrose), oligosaccharides (short chain sugars called glycoproteins and glycolipids), and polysaccharides (long chain sugars, like starch and cellulose). 

A 20-year prospective study of 82,802 women looked at the relationship between lower carbohydrate diets and heart disease; a subsequent study looked at lower carbohydrate diets and risk of diabetes. Women who ate low-carbohydrate diets that were high in vegetable sources of fat or protein had a 30 percent lower risk of heart disease (4) and about a 20 percent lower risk of type 2 diabetes, (34) compared to women who ate high-carbohydrate, low-fat diets. But women who ate low-carbohydrate diets that were high in animal fats or proteins did not see any such benefits. (4,34)
It will take a while to trust and adjust to your new appetite. I personally found when I was low fat and on Weight Watchers, I was ravenous all day long, so to be told eat what you like was difficult to understand. By eating more healthy fats especially, will keep you fuller for longer. And depending on how long you have been dieting for, and how insulin resistant you are, will depend on how long it takes for you to adjust appetite and weight. The odd person gains weight when they start because they don’t listen to their body. Remember to eat until 80% full (it takes a while for your stomach to register you have eaten your meal) and only eat when hungry. Don’t snack if you don’t have to. Are you really hungry or thirsty (similar feelings).
Sugar is addictive and has dramatic effects on the brain, especially when it comes to increasing cravings, anxiety and fatigue. On the other hand, certain kinds of healthy fats, including cholesterol, act like antioxidants and precursors to some important brain-supporting molecules and neurotransmitters that control learning, memory, mood and energy. Your brain is largely made up of fatty acids and requires a steady stream of fats from your diet in order to perform optimally.
Hi Jason. It depends on what your definition of healthy is. If it needs to be under 200 calories per serving then you will need to cut this dessert into smaller pieces. It is very rich and very filling so if you are serving it to kids, you could easily cut it into 24 pieces. My definition of “Healthy” is sugar-free and made from scratch with wholesome ingredients and little added chemicals. If your definition of healthy is low calorie and low fat, then this dessert is not for you. There are many recipes for Chocolate Lasagna or Chocolate Layered Dessert on-line which would meet your needs. You could make it very cheaply buy buying low fat cookies, cream cheese, low fat pudding and low fat coolwhip. As far as costing the dessert… I calculated the nutritional data in a recipe program but I did not cost it out. You will have to do that yourself depending on how you want to make the recipe. If you have any more questions, let me know. Have a great day! -Kim
These delicious Cheddar Jalapeno Low Carb Biscuits are buttery, crumbly and have a nice spicy kick to them!Jalapeno Cheddar Biscuits everyone will love! I decided to make these low carb biscuits because I wanted to have some kind of bread for the Eggs Benedict that I made for breakfast.  It … [Read more...] about Low Carb Biscuits with Cheddar and Jalapeno
When carbohydrate consumption falls below 100 grams, the body usually responds by burning muscle tissue for the glycogen (stored glucose) it contains. When those glycogen stores start to run out, the body resorts to burning body fat. But that’s a very inefficient, complicated way to produce blood sugar. The body tries to do it only when it absolutely has to (such as when it’s starving)—and for good reason. Turning fat into blood sugar comes at a price in the form of by-products called ketones. They make your breath smell funny. They can also make you tired, lightheaded, headachy, and nauseated. Feeling lousy is certainly one way to dampen the appetite, but not one that most people would choose.

Carbohydrate-restricted diets can be as effective, or marginally more effective, than low-fat diets in helping achieve weight loss in the short term.[6] In the long term, effective weight maintenance depends on calorie restriction, not the ratio of macronutrients in a diet.[7] The hypothesis proposed by diet advocates that carbohydrate causes undue fat accumulation via the medium of insulin, and that low-carbohydrate diets have a "metabolic advantage", has been falsified by experiment.[8][6]
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.
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 

Research from a 2008 study published in the Journal of the American Gastroenterological Association showed that patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) report symptom improvements after initiating a very low-carbohydrate diet (VLCD). When participants with moderate to severe IBS were provided a two-week standard diet, then four weeks of a VLCD (20 grams of carbohydrates a day), the majority reported improvements in abdominal pain, stool habits and quality of life. (15)
Carolyn – what other things will make it seize? I have tried making frostings with unsweetened chocolate and found that “Just Like Sugar” made it a goopy, thick mess, I was wondering about cream or milk powder, would that make it seize? Maybe it would make it smooth out a little and allay the graininess? I also have sunflower lecithin since I do not do soy. Perhaps that would help a little.
Did you taste the mixture before you let it harden in the mold? If it was bitter to you before letting it harden, you needed more sweetener. For some getting used to stevia is a big transition. I use the vanilla liquid stevia by the brand Sweetleaf. I have tried Trader Joe’s vanilla stevia but I didn’t like it as much as Sweetleaf. Also different brands of liquid stevia are made differently and the way they are processed to form the liquid will produce different levels of sweetness. NuNaturals vanilla stevia is much sweeter than Sweetleaf. Don’t dump out your bottle but try other recipes with it and hopefully you can use it up and not feel you wasted your money on it. I’m sorry you didn’t like the recipe.
"We found that the type of diet people ate had a major impact on their metabolism. Those on the low-carbohydrate diet burned about 250 calories a day more than those on the high-carbohydrate diet, even though all the groups were the same weight," said Dr. David Ludwig, principal investigator of the study and co-director of the New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center at Boston Children's Hospital.

Super low carb or Carb free are the only diet that worked me and it was HARD…I became a raging beast during the 1st 2 weeks. But for 3 months straight, I lost about 30lbs. Unfortunately my weight all came back and then some when I started going back to school and eating carbs again due to stress and lack of prepping ahead of time. Now I definitely want to go back and stay low carb as much as possible. Reading this is helping to motivate me 🙂 thank you.

Hi Mel, Assuming that your ranch dressing doesn’t have sugar added, you don’t need to worry too much about limiting it, but within reason. This is my homemade ranch dressing recipe, which has 0.9g net carbs per 2-tbsp serving. It would be hard to find a store bought one with much less than that, even though some round anything less than 1g down to 0g, which isn’t truly accurate. Also, keep in mind that if weight loss is your goal, some people find that too much dairy can cause a stall. Finally, make sure you aren’t using all your “available” carbs on ranch dressing – have it with some low carb veggies!


By now we know that most of the world consumes way too much sugar. But it’s not like our sweet tooth cares—when a dessert craving hits, it hits bad. Many turn to alternative ways to satisfy it, using less-refined sugars like agave, honey, and coconut sugar, but we’re going a step further this time, with treats that use no added sweeteners whatsoever. From tarts to mousse, these sugar-free recipes still manage to make dessert even sweeter. 

In the 2000s, some chocolate producers began to engage in fair trade initiatives, to address concerns about the marginalization of cocoa laborers in developing countries. Traditionally, Africa and other developing countries received low prices for their exported commodities such as cocoa, which caused poverty to abound. Fair trade seeks to establish a system of direct trade from developing countries to counteract this unfair system.[121] One solution for fair labor practices is for farmers to become part of an Agricultural cooperative. Cooperatives pay farmers a fair price for their cocoa so farmers have enough money for food, clothes, and school fees.[122] One of the main tenets of fair trade is that farmers receive a fair price, but this does not mean that the larger amount of money paid for fair trade cocoa goes directly to the farmers. The effectiveness of fair trade has been questioned. In a 2014 article, The Economist stated that workers on fair trade farms have a lower standard of living than on similar farms outside the fair trade system.[123]


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 did it! No sugar/flour for the WHOLE month, the only thing I allowed myself was dried fruit (raisins mostly, because that filled my need for a sweet something after a meal). It was incredibly rewarding (down 7 lbs) and my skin improved too! Yesterday I said “hmmm, what am I going to eat to reintroduce sugar,” and couldn’t come up with one thing in my house that was worth splurging on. I am resolved to be very choosy in sweet indulgences going forward.
Roughly two-thirds of the entire world's cocoa is produced in West Africa, with 43% sourced from Côte d'Ivoire,[38] where, as of 2007, child labor is a common practice to obtain the product.[39][40] According to the World Cocoa Foundation, in 2007 some 50 million people around the world depended on cocoa as a source of livelihood.[41] As of 2007 in the UK, most chocolatiers purchase their chocolate from them, to melt, mold and package to their own design.[42] According to the WCF's 2012 report, the Ivory Coast is the largest producer of cocoa in the world.[43] The two main jobs associated with creating chocolate candy are chocolate makers and chocolatiers. Chocolate makers use harvested cacao beans and other ingredients to produce couverture chocolate (covering). Chocolatiers use the finished couverture to make chocolate candies (bars, truffles, etc.).[44]

Low-carbohydrate diets or carbohydrate-restricted diets (CRDs) are diets that restrict carbohydrate consumption. Foods high in carbohydrates (e.g., sugar, bread, pasta) are limited or replaced with foods containing a higher percentage of fats and moderate protein (e.g., meat, poultry, fish, shellfish, eggs, cheese, nuts, and seeds) and other foods low in carbohydrates (e.g., most salad vegetables such as spinach, kale, chard and collards), although other vegetables and fruits (especially berries) are often allowed.

Harvard researchers examined the eating habits of 120,000 people for 20 years and found that yogurt was the single best food for shedding pounds: Over time, people who downed more of the protein-packed stuff lost pounds without trying. Meanwhile, a Nestlé Nutrition Institute study review found that consuming dairy proteins increases satiety, reduces food intake and keeps blood sugar steady. "Greek yogurt, which is strained to remove liquid whey, contains double the protein and less sugar than regular yogurt," Dubost says.

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)


Hi Gigi, Low carb and keto is about the balance of macronutrients eaten (fat, protein and carbs), not specifically meat or lack thereof. Most people on keto do eat meat, though some people do vegetarian keto. Fat is actually necessary for many body processes. There is no issue for the kidneys with a high fat diet, but if you eat too much protein that isn’t great for the kidneys. It’s a common misconception that keto is high protein (it isn’t). Keto is great for diabetics as it naturally helps stabilize insulin. All of this being said, please know I’m not a doctor and you should consult your doctor on any medical questions or before starting any diet. If you have more questions that aren’t medical questions, I recommend our low carb & keto support group here.

“This study confirms that, remarkably, diets higher in starch and sugar change the body’s burn rate after weight loss, lowering metabolism,” said Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, the dean of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, who was not involved in the research. “The observed metabolic difference was large, more than enough to explain the yo-yo effect so often experienced by people trying to lose weight.”
I just made this however I did not use any sweetner. My mixture was quite thick and it was difficult to figure out how much in grams a cup of cocoa powder is for mine it was 90 grams. Is there any way to make it more of milk chocolate bar? I also only have Erythritol Powder for my Sweetner would this work in the recipe? If so how much of it would i need.
A one-tablespoon (5 grams) serving of dry unsweetened cocoa powder has 12.1 mg of caffeine[89] and a 25-g single serving of dark chocolate has 22.4 mg of caffeine.[90] Although a single 7 oz. serving of coffee may contain 80–175 mg,[91] studies have shown psychoactive effects in caffeine doses as low as 9 mg,[92] and a dose as low as 12.5 mg was shown to have effects on cognitive performance.[93]
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