October 18, 2017

Farewell Zucchini

Roasted Zucchini, Steamed Broccoli,
and Tuna Salad

If you garden, live next to an avid gardener or attend your local farmer's market, you are familiar with giant summer zucchinis. Often mistaken for a vegetable, they are actually a fruit, ready for harvest in August. They are so copious that I have sometimes been relieved to see them go, and not for lack of zucchini recipes. It just seems like overkill.

In fact, August 8th was NATIONAL SNEAK SOME ZUCCHINI INTO YOUR NEIGHBOR’S PORCH DAY! This seems like a practical celebration. I like to imagine desperate neighbors — unwilling to trash their hard work — slinking over to the nearest front porch.

I marvel at how long zucchinis last. On this fine October day, I roasted one that was purchased 2 months ago. It had been sitting on my kitchen table and was still moist and fresh. I tossed 3-inch, sliced zucchini sticks with butter and herbs, then sprinkled them with a mixture of crushed pork skins and Parmesan cheese.

Share your "COMMENTS" below↓

October 8, 2017

High Satiety


satiety [suh-tahy-i-tee] noun
1. the state of being satiated

I once spent a season exploring my relationship with food. I had done some binge eating in my teens, so I read books that helped me to differentiate between real hunger and emotional eating. My eyes were opened, but the "eat to live, not live to eat" mentality put a damper on eating. I had no interest in just surviving. Food adventures were far too alluring.

The word "satiety" truly captures what a meal should achieve. It means to the full, sated, enough, to satisfy a desire or appetite. Although the word can sometimes mean excessive, it is most often used in a positive sense. 

Low-carb eating, with its moderate meat and high-fat, is perfect for creating "the scrumptious art of high satiety". The creativity is inexhaustible and when a meal fills-to-the-full for hours, satiety is at its highest.

Share your "COMMENTS" below↓

October 6, 2017

Bunless Double Bacon Crave

Bunless Double Bacon Crave | Burnt Lemon

I used to frequent Burnt Lemon Grill, here in Idaho, especially for their specialty lemonade which is juiced from roasted lemons. Unfortunately, there is no sugarless version. Still, the burgers are varietal and my favorite burger, the Double Bacon Crave, is scrumptious without the buns. I usually request a leafy green salad in place of the fries.

Share your "COMMENTS" below↓

October 4, 2017

Pumpkin!


With fall festooned around me, I have pumpkin on the brain! I whipped up my first Low-Carb Pumpkin Bread by Melissa Sevigny at I Breathe, I'm Hungry. Barry and I adore pumpkin and this loaf did not disappoint. It has a wonderfully soft texture, almost on the verge of being pumpkin pie. I might add a bit more stevia next time; nevertheless, whipped cream was quite complimentary.

Low-Carb Pumpkin Bread

{Click the links for the recipe.}

Share your "COMMENTS" below↓

October 2, 2017

Pumpkin Sausage Soup


Idaho temps are dipping into the 30's at night. Winter is always biting at fall's heels. Consequently, I feel such urgency to savor every autumnal pleasure.

HOORAY FOR SOUP WEATHER! One of my fall favorites is Pumpkin Sausage Soup! I had my first bowl here in Idaho and it has been a staple ever since. Versions of this soup can be found all over the web. As long as the portions are modest, this soup is a natural for low-carbers.

PUMPKIN SAUSAGE SOUP

Time: 30 minutes
Serves: 6

Ingredients 
  • 1/2 lb breakfast sausage (pork, chicken, or turkey) 
  • 1/2 c minced onion 
  • 1 clove garlic, minced 
  • 1 c mushrooms, finely chopped 
  • 1 tbs Italian seasoning 
  • 15 oz canned pumpkin 
  • 4 c chicken broth 
  • 1/2 c water AND 1/2 c half and half 
Directions
  1. Brown sausage, drain and then add the onion, garlic, mushrooms and Italian seasonings. 
  2. When the onions and mushrooms have begun to soften, stir in the pumpkin. Stir in the broth and mix well. 
  3. Simmer 20 minutes. 
  4. Stir in the half and half and water (OR the milk) and simmer on low another 10-15 min. 
  5. Taste and add salt and pepper as needed.
Smiles,

Share your "COMMENTS" below↓

Butterly Love


September 27, 2017

Fat Head Pizza


After 2 years of LCHF, I finally tried one of the most popular fast-food hacks in the low-carb sphere: Fat Head Pizza! This grainless crust is made with mozzarella cheese, cream cheese, egg, and almond flour. The toppings can be anything traditional or imaginative. I opted for mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, sliced onions, and sugar-free pizza sauce. 

The cheesy crust is obviously different than what I am used to, but I enjoyed it! After 3 small slices, I was full. Considering that I had not consumed pizza in over 2 years, this recipe earns big points for flavor and satiation.


As usual, I consulted the Brock-ometer (my 17-year-old, non-low-carb son). He raved about it and had to be stopped from devouring the entire pizza! My husband, Barry, who is dabbling with low-carb, called it a home run! I agree.

For the Fat Head Recipe, click HERE.

Share your "COMMENTS" below↓

September 17, 2017

From Modeling to Dawdling

Café Zupas | Nampa, Idaho

My modeling debut was a blast yesterday! Those who know me will not be surprised that my inner ham emerged, especially as I mimicked a supermodel runway strut. I can never pass up laughter. I left the store with 2 more pieces — at 40% off — to add to my transitional wardrobe.

My sweet friend, Kathy, showed up to support my modeling effort. Afterward, we lunched at Café Zupa where I ordered soup and salad with dollops of guacamole adorning each bowl. Kathy and I had a wonderful time of fellowship!

Autumnal Toes

It was then time for a pedicure! One of the first blessings of going low-carb was being able to see my feet without bending over. My toes have been partying ever since! For the first time in decades, I had them painted. I chose aquamarine just before my cruise to the Bahamas in June. With fall knocking on the door, it was now time for autumnal hues. This shade is nocturnal as it becomes russet at night.

Share your "COMMENTS" below↓

And the winner is...


THANK-YOU to everyone who participated in my Cookie Giveaway! The winner was drawn the old fashion way. I took all entries from Instagram's @kajumi and @everlovinlowcarb, as well as here on this blog. I was diligent in giving credit for double entries. 

My husband had the honor of drawing from the folded slips of paper. Lynne Behrns, from Southern California, was selected! Congrats to the soon-to-be cookie-munching Lynne!

"That's the way it crumbles...cookie-wise."
~The Apartment

Share your "COMMENTS" below↓

September 13, 2017

If the pants fit...

This Saturday will mark another first for me. I will be modeling two seasonal outfits at the Nampa, Idaho, Christopher & Banks locationI would have been a reluctant model forty-one-pounds ago. Now, as a 59-year-old realizing the gradual reemergence of a figure, I am jazzed!

Even my mother has lamented the challenge of buying clothes for me. My torso is long and I have an ample rear end. My shoulders and thighs are fuller, while my limbs are an average length. I do not look disproportional, but finding styles that fit and flatter is an undertaking. 

You know the deal. Pants will fit in the hips and derrière, but the legs are too long or wide, or the pants are the perfect length, but the waistline requires a vacuum seal to suck it in. I try on so many styles and sizes that my fitting room resembles a wear-house. Thankfully, Christopher & Banks understands the rest of us.

I learned my fashion sense from my mother's classy style. She has never dressed old. She adores color, design, and accessories. She orchestrates harmony! Regardless of our dissimilar body types, I admire her finesse. There is no shame in dressing like Mom! 

I was eager to attend my fashion show fitting! The mirror revealed ensembles that accentuated the positive and made me look good. I wanted to move — soak up some life!

Weight loss is not the magic wand that turns us into something or someone special. I believe we are already those things and that we need to recognize and love what's inside the package first. I dream thin, so the mirror is beginning to align with how I already see myself. 

Share your "COMMENTS" below↓

September 2, 2017

It is Time for a Giveaway!


THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED.
[To see the WINNER, scroll up
to my September 17th post.] 

LET'S CELEBRATE!
  • My 1-year Blog-iversary! 
  • My 2-year anniversary of Low-Carbing! 
  • 12,500 hits on this blog! 
  • 115 published posts!

THE WINNER WILL RECEIVE
A 12-PACK OF FAT SNAX COOKIES!
We craft our cookies to bring optimal joy to our keto and paleo friends. Fat Snax Cookies are high in healthy MCT fats, low in carbohydrates, and sugar-free, gluten-free, and grain-free. For first timers, we recommend the variety pack!
 -Fat Snax Cookies
The recipient may select a 12-pack of 1 individual cookie flavor or they can try the variety pack, as Fat Snax recommends.

HOW TO ENTER
  • CLICK "COMMENTS" BELOW
  • SHARE YOUR NAME AND STATE
  • PUBLISH YOUR COMMENT
  • YOU MAY ENTER ONCE PER DAY
  • ENTER ON INSTAGRAM, TOO: @everlovinlowcarb

DEADLINE TO ENTER: Friday, September 15, 2017, at 11:59 P.M. PST. The winner will be selected on the following day through a random drawing.

NOTE: This is being sponsored by me. I will be purchasing the gift and having it sent to the winner.

Click on "COMMENTS" below↓

August 31, 2017

Low-Carb Earthquake Cake



For at least 2 decades, friends counted on me to bake my rich, sugary Earthquake Cake for special gatherings. It was a hit and I usually returned home with an empty cake pan. I figured that my low-carb lifestyle would put the kibosh on that tradition. Certainly, any low-carb version would be an inferior substitute — or so I thought.

I happened upon the All Day I Dream About Food blog and found a promising LCHF replacement. The revised recipe uses almond flour, whey protein, eggs, butter, Swerve, cream cheese, pecans, cold coffee, cocoa, and unsweetened coconut. It is high in fat and protein, low in carbs, and it even supplies healthy fiber.

An average sized piece was perfect for me. Having eliminated sugar, the sweetness of the stevia was not overpowering. I favored the sections where the embedded cream cheese frosting was plentiful. Was it exactly like the original? No. Nevertheless, my husband and teenage son (neither is a low-carber) raved about it!

Click HERE for the recipe.



Share your comments below↓

August 26, 2017

Bite-Seeing

Meat Lover's Omelette with Bacon | The Griddle

My husband finds it amusing to watch me photograph a meal. I explain that once I get the food framed in my lens, I see all of the things that do not belong. You know, the soiled napkin, the straw's paper wrapper, lipstick on my coffee cup, spills, and so on. Sometimes, when the cook converts a burger to a wrap, the presentation needs some TLC. Then there are the dishes that require no primping at all.

Ultimate Porker Unwich | Jimmy John's

My go-to fast food eatery is Jimmy John's. I often ask for extra lettuce (which is shredded) and more mayonnaise. I am full faster.

Tri-Tip Elk, Bacon and Veggies

I am not shy when it comes to leftovers. We had a guest last weekend. We had bacon and eggs breakfast. We served tri-tip elk steaks and vegetable kebabs for dinner. I created this goulash using tri-tip elk and bacon pieces; sauteed zucchini, onion, bell pepper, and riced cauliflower; Coconut Aminos, Bragg Nutritional Yeast Seasoning, and Bragg Organic Sprinkle. My son and I devoured it. There were no leftovers.
Share your comments below↓

[Click on the photos to enlarge.]

Yes, I Eat Carbs



COMMON SCENARIO

PERSON: Oh, that's right. You don't eat carbs.

ME: Of course, I do. They just look like vegetables.


Share your comments below↓

August 24, 2017

Christopher & Banks

Christopher & Banks
Fall is my favorite season and I finally have them here in Idaho. For some reason, falling leaves inspire me. They make me want to purge! As Halloween stores are preparing to open, I become goal-ish, not ghoulish.

I put my family on alert regarding purging the garage in 2 weeks. Silly me, but I would actually like to park my car in our garage this winter. Anyone not present to help or defend their stuff will forfeit the task to me.

Just as important are my low-carb goals. I began this lifestyle on September 1st of 2015. As my anniversary approaches, I am even more motivated to get rid of some excess.

I visited the Karcher Mall in Nampa tonight. The mall itself has seen better days. Many stores are gated up. Yet, there are some big names like Big 5 Sporting Goods, Ross Dress for Less, and Burlington Coat Factory. I never venture past those stores, but I was distracted by a clothing display. Not expecting much, I decided to get a look-see. 

Hello, Christopher & Banks! I was previously unaware of this women's line of clothing. Immediately, I was attracted to the apparel and accessories. The lovely assistant manager informed me that I could model in their fall fashion show and receive substantial discounts. My interest was sparked.

I NEED new clothes. I just want to lose additional weight before I invest. Shedding 40 pounds enabled me to arrive at 193. My next goal is to leap the hurdle of 190 and head south to 180. This will definitely place me in a smaller size of clothing.

I became excited and motivated. I signed up for Christopher & Banks' mailing list and received my reward card.

I do a lot of online shopping, but I do not want to see clothing stores disappear. Even at my thinnest, I needed to try on clothes. I have a long torso and average limbs, so I spend a lot of time in fitting rooms.

Please share your own weight loss victories and goals with me. 

Let us inspire one another.

Share your comments below↓

August 22, 2017

Join Me!


Here in Idaho, leaves began changing in early August. It was subtle . . . almost unnoticeable. Yet, branches will soon be wearing shades of autumn. Warm breezes, here on the high desert, will cause dry leaves to scrape and escape. Having grown up in Southern California without much of a fall, I love it!

Ah, but I digress... I want to invite you to join me on my other social media platforms. All of these accounts are bridges to this blog and will keep you in the know.

FACEBOOK | @EverlovinLowCarb

INSTAGRAM | @everlovinlowcarb

TWITTER | @EverlovinLCHF

Thanks for spending time with me,

Share your comments below↓

August 21, 2017

Thriving, Not Just Surviving

Thrive Market Order

I am concluding one of the best summers of my life! It began with an incredible cruise to the Bahamas — a gracious gift. I enjoyed weeks of field trips (to places on my neglected To-Do list) while working with amazing children at the Boise Rescue Mission. We visited our daughter, son-in-love, and grandkids in Oregon and found time to explore Idaho.

I bought 3 dozen donuts for the BRM kids on my last day of summer work. I did not partake. This pretty much describes my behavior for the last 3 months. I had ample opportunity to walk and climb stairs. I stayed hydrated. There were eating hurdles to jump and I cleared them. I did not lose weight, nor did I gain. I just maintained.

I am not disappointed in myself, but, after losing 40 pounds, it is time to conquer the rest of my excess weight. I became a subscriber to Thrive Market in order to pay less for healthier options. The yearly membership fee of $59.95 is similar to Costco. It breaks down to about $5.00 per month. Orders over $49.00 receive free shipping. I am just finishing my 30-day free trial. I have already saved $142.42 on items I would normally need to pick up at pricey natural food stores.

I believe in thriving, not just surviving. This plays into my physical and spiritual life. So, aside from the tremendous benefits of being a Thrive Market member, even the name resonates.

Here is my lastest order (pictured above). The invoice included a personal, handwritten message that read "Enjoy". I saved $91.81 and received 12 items for $78.45!


LIST OF ITEMS
- Nutritional Yeast Seasoning
- Organic Creamy Almond Butter
- Fermented Turmeric Booster Powder
- Nutritional Yeast Powder
- Organic Turmeric Coconut Wraps
- Swerve Granular Sugar Replacement
- Salami Point Loma (Rosemary & Garlic)
- Caesar Avocado Oil Dressing & Marinade
- Organic Cacao Powder
- Chili Lime Elite Wild Tuna
- Tandoori Elite Wild Tuna
- Grass Fed White Truffle Salt Ghee

Share your comments below↓

August 14, 2017

Jicama

Jicama

Jicama [hee-kuh-muh, hik-uh-muh] is one of my favorite root vegetables. Not known for its beauty, jicama can be intimidating, hence, most shoppers bypass it. Yet, 1 medium jicama yields high amounts of vitamin C (221%), iron (22%), vitamin B-6 (15%), and magnesium (19%). It contains 4.7g of protein and a whopping 32g of fiber! 

It is referred to as a Mexican yam or a Mexican turnip. One medium jicama has 58g of carbohydrates along with 12g of sugar. An average serving will be about 1/4 or 1/5 of the jicama. The fiber helps to offset the carbs, but the addition of sauces and dips will make a small portion go a long way. 
jicama — noun 
1. the large, edible, tuberous root of a tropical American plant, Pachyrhizus erosus, of the legume family, eaten as a vegetable eitherraw or boiled.  (Dictionary.com)
I watched enough YouTube jicama videos to earn a girl scout badge! Videos demonstrate cutting techniques, food styling, and easy recipes. One gal began her vegetarian video by pronouncing jicama with an English "j" as in Joyce. In some cases, I knew more than the presenter.

Jicama is 86% to 90% water which makes it a great addition to one's diet. It contributes to healthy brain function, weight management, digestion, blood pressure and circulation, strong bones, and the immune system.

Typically, I julienne cut the jicama and pair it with a variety of dips. I have also stir fried it, made jicama fries, and used it in salads. 

A Mexican tradition is sprinkling cut jicama with lime juice, chili powder, and salt. This is simple to put together. Even easier is using Trader Joe's Chile Lime Seasoning Blend. This seasoning on top of chilled jicama is quite refreshing and provides an easy appetizer for entertaining guests.

Share your comments below↓

August 2, 2017

Coming Soon!



My 1-year Blog-iversary was on June, 26, 2017. September 1, 2017 marks my second year of practicing the low-carb/keto lifestyle. With almost 12,000 hits on my blog and over 100 posts, I have much to celebrate! Stay tuned!

Jubilantly,

Creamed Bai-Bai

It was 102° today in the Treasure Valley of Idaho. Happily, our temps will begin to descend into the mid-to-high 90's. I am not alone. Many of you are coping with harsh heat, along with humidity!

Refreshment is more than AC, an ocean, lake, or swimming pool. Icy beverages provide a speedy path to relief. Of course, water is a mainstay, but who wants to nix sweetness and flavor?

In years past, lemonade, sugared tea, Italian sodas, and Dr. Pepper were my summer go-to's. Now, I favor unsweetened Tejava; loose leaf refrigerator tea; iced coffee; Starbuck's iced unsweetened passion tea; and Bai Antioxidant Infusion. 

Costco carries this Bai® Sunrise Variety Pack™ which contains 15 18-fluid-ounce bottles of Antioxidant Infusions, with only 6g of carbs per 8-ounce serving! The sweetener is a blend of stevia and erythritol. It hits the spot and my family loves it!

I pour about an inch of heavy cream into a medium sized glass, followed by 8 ounces of a Bai flavor, and then add ice. It is a welcome imitation of an Italian soda — without the sugar and carbs.

Stay cool,
Share your comments below↓