Keto/Low Carb Chili

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I made this up myself so feel free to experiment as you wish and substitute as you desire.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon, butter
  • 1 tablespoon, olive oil
  • 16 ounces, Angus Ground Beef Sirloin 90% Lean/10% Fat
  • 1.75 cup (1 can), Black Soy Beans
  • 1.75 Cup (1 can), Peeled Petite Diced Tomatoes
  • 6 slice, Oscar Mayer Turkey Bacon
  • 120 grams, Onion (about 1 medium onion)

I never measure seasoning but this is what I added:

  • Cajun seasoning (I didn’t have chili powder)
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Cumin
  • Mustard powder
  • Onion powder
  • Smoked salt
  • Pepper
  • Garlic
  • And then I have this habanero/garlic mix that I added

Frankly you could probably season it as you wish, just avoid things with sweeteners (like taco seasoning)

Optional:

  • I added 1 oz of Queso Quesadilla Part Skim Milk Cheese and mixed it in
  • Topped the chili with Mexican crema
  • avocado
  • picante salsa

The whole pot is 1787 calories, 105 g of fat, 56 g carbs, 30 g fiber (26 g net carbs) and 147 g protein. I personally ate half of this, as my one meal that day, but it could be divided up to 4 people. The optional toppings add 364 calories. Eating half of the chili with the optional toppings like I did would give you a total of 1257 calories and 18 net carbs.

Directions:

1) Saute onions with the butter and oil. Add the bacon (chopped) when the onions are soft.

2) When the bacon is cooked, add the black soy beans.

3) Add the meat, add seasoning.

4) When the meat is basically cooked, add can of tomatoes. Put a lid on it and let it simmer/low boil for awhile. I think I cooked it down for 20 minutes, so that it became more liquidy. Cook until desired.

5) Serve with desired toppings/garnishes. Enjoy!

Keto Snack Review

I’ve been low carbing it for the last few weeks. I think it’s a rite of passage to purchase a bunch of “healthy” junk food when you start dieting. So I’ve gotten tons lately. My diet is pretty simple. 1200 calories +/- 100 calories, low carb at about 30 net grams, although I try to aim for less. I don’t eat any gluten products anymore, or anything super carby (no fruit atm, no breads, rice, or most processed foods). I’ve done keto before where my goal was 20 net carbs a day, and it mostly consisted of me eating a lot of meat and cheese. That seemed super unhealthy to me, and I had a lot of stomach issues with the diet. So when I started up this new diet I wanted to stick to mostly vegetables, therefore my carbs are higher than probably the average keto-er, but pretty exclusively under 30 net grams and usually less than that. Anyway! I thought it would be a good idea for myself personally to throw down some opinions on some of the low carb food I’ve been indulging in (generally gluten free too). So I will update this perodically I guess as I eat more low carb junk! Enjoy! (if there is anything you want me to buy and try, let me know!)

This is a review of all the most recent low carb snacks I’ve been enjoying.

First I wanna review the Adkins shakes I’ve been drinking. I will often have 1 of these a day, I LOVE them. I’ve tried three flavors, Mocha, Dark Chocolate, and Milk Chocolate. I will only be continuing to get the Mocha and Dark Chocolate. The Milk Chocolate is way too milky and not chocolately enough for my bitter tongue.

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What makes these drinks so awesome? 2-3 net carbs in each bottle, 15g of protein and only 160 calories. It’s delicious, sweet, and rich. I don’t really have a sweet tooth to speak of, but these satiate what sweet tooth I do have. SHAKE WELL. Overall, probably one of my favorite low-carb guiltless snack. Half of my entire second shelf in my fridge is just Adkins shakes.

Continuing with a chocolate theme, one of the BEST things I have ever discovered. ChocZero’s Keto Bark. What a remarkable discovery. I love dark chocolate, and before my diet I would eat a bar of dark chocolate probably once a week or every other week. This is the closest and most satisfying chocolate bar I’ve ever tried, low carb or not, it’s unbelievably good.

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2g of net carbs per ounce, 120 calories and chocolate chocolate chocolate. It’s not hard like most dark chocolate, it’s softer and so sweet, but not artificially sweet. I cannot describe accurately how fantastic these are. They are my favorite find of all time, and I dare someone to produce something more satisfying. The only real issue with them is that you will want to eat more. I’ve read in reviews that this HAS spiked blood sugar levels in some people, so if that’s why you’re low carbing it, might wanna pass. For me, it’s all about just meeting and not exceeding a quota so it totally works for me.

Which brings me to the disappointing chocolate source of happiness. The Chocolate Brownie Quest Bar. No thanks. While the numbers are all good (Gluten free and 20g protein with under 200 calories and 6g fat) it’s just not tasty.

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The Brownie bar is just way too dense. The chocolate flavor is there, but not the sweetness associated with chocolate. Eating this feels like you’re cheating yourself and eating something healthy. Your palate knows you’re trying to lie to it. I couldn’t even eat the whole thing thats how unappetizing it was, however my husband did fully seem to enjoy it (although I think he would enjoy anything that resembled a brownie). For me it’s a hard no, and I will probably avoid Quest Bars in the future.

 

That’s all I’ve got right now, I will update another blog post later when I get the time to review some other treats I’ve had (some nacho replacements and other crunchy goodness). What’s your favorite low-carb junk food?

 

 

 

 

Where have I been?!

So, apparently smelling 2-4 and sometimes even up to 6 or 8 perfumes a day is not a nice thing to do to your nose. I had stopped reviewing perfumes, because I had stopped sampling them, because I had stopped being able to smell them any longer. Thankfully, it’s been a moment and my sense of smell has begun to return to me. However, my immense passion for perfume hasn’t yet returned. I have a bad habit of falling in love and quickly out of it. I will still be sampling perfumes and reviewing them, for yours or my pleasure, but I think since I’ve bought this website, I will now begin to use it more frequently for the sake of having a diary, I suppose. Back when LiveJournal and Myspace were fashionable (when I was in my teens), I kept a pretty diligent blog, even if everything I wrote about was morbidly boring and extremely self involved. I wonder if it helped the creative process though -something which I’ve been struggling with sometime now but didn’t seem to struggle with back then…

 

I think I will just use the website now for whatever purposes I see fit, rather than obsessing about a return to perfume reviews and history. After all, I’m not a one dimensional creature.

Sensory Questionnaire

Located this interesting survey on scent here and determined that this was a good way to introduce myself to this new blog. So enjoy, and consider please that I am merely a novice perfume enthusiast.

1. What does your sense of smell mean to you?

For me, my sense of smell is my vehicle to a different time and place. What motivates me to keep trying fragrance is that each one is capable of telling an entirely unique story. Smells are intended to remind us of all the extremes in our life, our greatest pleasures in sex and food, and some of our greatest dangers which our nose can warn us against before any other sense. But then there is everything in between those extremes. The smell of bread, of metal, of rubber and hot asphalt, of dirt, fresh cut grass, the boastful hyacinth, mildew on wet clothes, the smell of a cat’s tongue licked fur. The plethora of colors that paint our olfactory experience in life. These are what tie us to our sense of self, our sense of time and place, they move us emotionally and guide us instinctively.

2. What are some of your strongest scent memories?

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