What Food I Use, Why & Where to Buy It
In some of the recipes I use items that you might not be able to find in your local grocery store, however as the food becomes more popular it is getting a lot easier to find. Here is a list of food I use, why I use it and where to buy it.
Low Carb Bread and Bread Crumbs
I like having some low carb bread, bagels and bread crumbs in the freezer to pull out when I need it. I love the bread or bagels for Avocado Toast or to make a yummy sandwich. The bread crumbs come in handy when I make the Zucchini Tots or meatballs & meatloaf. Even if you are not eating low carb, cutting back on carbs and calories is a good idea and this is an easy way to do it.
A bagel from Starbucks has 440 calories and (92g carbs -6g fiber) 86g counting carbs and 3g fat. A ThinSlim bagel has 100 calories and (16g carbs -14g fiber) 2 counting carbs and 2g fat. The difference is outstanding!
Low Carb Bread and Breadcrumbs: ThinSlim Foods
Swerve Granulated and Powdered Sugar
I use these in a lot of recipes. You could substitute Stevia or Erythritol but don’t use saccharin or Splenda because they are not healthy alternatives. Swerve has zero net carbs and doesn’t affect blood sugar. It is easy to digest and so doesn’t give you stomach problems like some sugar alcohols do. It measures and tastes pretty much like sugar. It doesn’t add any calories to your desserts or other foods either!
Regular sugar is 14.5 calories per tsp. & 4g carbs. That is 774 Calories and 200g carbs per cup! If you are making desserts that can add up really fast! Swerve is 0 calories per tsp and 4g sugar alcohols carbs (so they don’t count towards carb count because your body doesn’t digest them.) So 0g carbs. That is 0 calories and 0g carbs per cup. It makes dessert sweet without the added carbs or calories!
Swerve Granulated and Powdered Sugar: Amazon
Almond Flour and Coconut Flour
I use almond flour or coconut flour in all the recipes that call for flour. The reason for this is nutrition and carbs. 1/4 cup of Regular flour has 114 calories, (23.85g carbs – .85 fiber) 23g carbs, .3g fat and 3.2g protein. 1/4 Cup of Almond Flour has 170 calories, (5g carbs-3g fiber) 2g carbs, 15g fat and 6g protein. This might not be ideal for you if you aren’t on a low carb diet but is perfect for low carb and health conscious diets.
Almond Flour (I use Anthony’s Organic Almond Flour: Amazon, Costco and sometimes Sams Club (in Store)
I love almond milk! I use it so much that I buy it by the case! My very favorite brand is the Kirkland Signature brand from Costco. I buy the shelf stable kind. It is awesome! I have tried lots of brands including the kind you buy in the refrigerator case and this one is always on the top. I like the shelf stable kind because I can keep it in the pantry until I open it and then it goes in the fridge. There are a lot of reasons why I choose almond milk over cows milk (which would take an article to explain) but for this lets just say because it is healthier than regular cows milk. 1 cup of regular cows milk has 120 calories, 12g carbs, no fiber, and 4.5g fat. 1 cup of Unsweetened Almond milk has 30 calories, (1g carbs – 1g fiber) 0 carbs and 3g fat.
Almond Milk: Costco (also usually in store)
I use Cacao powder instead of Cocoa powder. I feel like it is a healthier option because of the way it is processed. Basically it taste better and you use it the same way. I love the Healthworks Cacao powder.
Cacao Powder: Amazon, Healthworks