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.

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August 2, 2017

Coming Soon!


THE 1-YEAR BLOGIVERSARY 
OF "EVERLOVIN' LOW-CARB" IS COMING!

With almost 12,000 hits on my blog and over 100 posts, I have much to celebrate! You won't want to miss the FUN!
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,
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July 29, 2017

Happy Bite-Seeing

Mr. V's Family Restaurant for Brunch!

Native Grill & Wings | Nampa, Idaho

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Fit Donuts | Meridian, Idaho

A Selection of Donuts from "Fit Donut"
Meridian, Idaho

I was a fully committed, high-carb, SoCal gal when I moved to Idaho. I immediately noticed how few donut shops there were. The ones I tried were average and I missed the specialty places I left behind. Although the donut landscape has greatly improved, my lifestyle has changed.

I discovered "Fit Donut" on Instagram. I had never imagined "fit" and "donut" being used side-by-side. I checked out their website and liked what I saw. So, I chose this sunny Saturday morning to drive over to Meridian, Idaho.

I was not expecting a perfect, low-carb food, but these donuts come pretty darn close! The owners emphasize "high protein, low fat, low carb, [and] low sugar", whereas LCHF majors on low-carb, high-fat, and moderate meat. Still, with only 3-9 carbs per donut, I can enjoy these as an occasional treat.

We cut the donuts into smaller pieces so that I could sample my 7 selections. While no substitute sweetener completely mimics table sugar, my sugar-eating husband and son approved of these donuts. As for me, I thought the sweetness was perfect and not overwhelming. 

Most of my readers live nowhere near Meridian, but I am listing what is shown on their site. This way you can compare the similarities. 

Selling Points

  • High protein, Low fat, Low carb, Low sugar!
  • A healthy alternative to processed pre-packaged snacks!
  • Made with fresh "clean" ingredients.


Main Ingredients

  • Almond milk
  • Cashew milk
  • Almond Flour
  • Spelt Flour
  • Coconut Flour
  • Whey Protein (which contains milk products and soy products)
  • Gluten Free Oats
  • Stevia
  • Honey
  • Powdered Peanut Butter
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Sprinkles
  • Sea Salt

Always exploring, never boring...

July 28, 2017

Are you more geeky or nerdy?


Let's be playful for a moment. Have you ever labeled yourself as a geek or a nerd? Generally, we like to name our passions, if for no other reason, just to feel normal about having them. Yet, are geek and nerd interchangeable and which one do we use?

I have freely employed both words until I discovered that some people have strong feelings about their use. This graph helped make sense of it. Although I relate to a few things on the right side and do not identify with some items on the left, I clearly find myself in the realm of geekiness. I am outgoing, happiest around people and whatever connects me to them.

For me, low-carbing certainly qualifies. So would blogging and writing poetry. I also steer toward social media, culture, items handcrafted from nature, Apple products, Etsy, eBay, vintage, and so on. Anything that captures my enthusiasm could be listed.

Where do you find yourself? Feel free to share with me under COMMENTS.
SOURCE: slackprop.wordpress.com/2013/06/03/on-geek-versus-nerd/

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July 13, 2017

2 Low-Carb Summer Tips

Welcome to my 100th post here at Everlovin' Low-Carb!

Tip #1


Summer salads are an excellent way to cool off. I love the organic spring and herb salad selections available at the market. They pack a noteworthy amount of nutrition. I do not like, however, how these salads become limp and flat once the dressing is added. To solve this problem, I mix in freshly chopped iceberg lettuce. The salad is crisper, has more crunch, and fills me up faster.

Tip #2


Do not allow your favorite low-carb foods to become mundane. Always be looking for ways to liven them up. For instance, I made the 90-Second Microwave Paleo Bread yesterday. I revamped the original recipe by using duck fat, Salish Alderwood Smoked Sea Salt, and Bragg Organic Sprinkle. These were simple changes, but they provided a real treat at mealtime.

Smiles,
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July 11, 2017

How does Oprah's new cookbook speak to me?

Weight Watchers stock surged by 300% in 2016 when Oprah Winfrey took a high-profile role in their company. Having purchased 10% of their stock, Oprah became the company's second-biggest shareholder. She captured the world's attention with her premiere commercial, asking the question, "If not now, when?" This was followed by a rapturous video tweet where she says repeatedly, "I LOVE BREAD!"

Kevin Fallon, from Daily Beast, is indicative of those who adulate Oprah Winfrey. On February 11, 2016, he wrote:
"And here is Oprah Winfrey, our most trusted confidante, telling us that not only is eating bread OK, but that, with the help of Weight Watchers, she managed to lose weight without sacrificing it. Glory be to God. Glory be to O."
Kevin is not alone. Oprah's following clamored to hear more, feeling as if a revelatory word had loosed the shackles of poundage. Oprah was giving people a mandate by basically saying, "Are you with me or not?" And the bread thing? It was a prod at the paleo and low-carb community.

Oprah Winfrey and I have 3 significant things in common: we share the same birthday, we love bread, and we have battled weight gain for most of our lives. I'm sure she, like me, desires a satisfying relationship with food without deprivation. I have watched her score incredible weight loss victories, often through arduous means, only to plummet backward. I can certainly relate.

Oprah has published a cookbook titled, Food, Health and Happiness. The website, Prima, wrote an article highlighting the book's "10 best weight-loss cooking tips". So, I was curious. What new cutting edge information does Oprah's cookbook have to offer?

THE 10-TIP HIGHLIGHTS
  • Her cookbook features a soup recipe with "white wine, bay leaves, and cashew cream". 
  • She carries truffle zest in her purse.
  • Oprah is not enamored with mashed cauliflower, so she adds "two boiled Yukon gold potatoes".
  • She loves turkey and pulses whole white or dark turkey pieces in a food processor.
  • Fatty salmon has been replaced with lower calorie monkfish.
  • Butter lettuce is used instead of tortillas.
  • She recommends quinoa, using mango chutney for flavor, and disses cheese sauce.
MY TAKEAWAYS
  • I will definitely be checking out her soup recipe (which might be low-carb) and experimenting with truffle zest. 
  • We just had mashed cauliflower with lemon butter and herbs. It was amazing! If I was to add high carb potatoes, I might as well skip the cauliflower.
  • I do prefer whole, shredded turkey over ground turkey.
  • Butter lettuce is nothing new. Low-carbers and dieters alike have been replacing bread and tortillas with lettuce leaves for decades.
  • Oprah counts calories or points, not carbs. So, fat — something that adds much flavor to food — is naturally omitted. Salmon does not need to be sacrificed on a low-carb diet.
  • Quinoa is very high in carbs and I have never found it filling.
  • Mango chutney is flavorful but can add substantial carbs.
  • Cheese sauce is quite beneficial in a low-carb lifestyle — as long as it does not contain grains or unhealthy additives.
  • As for bread... I have explored many low-carb bread recipes that are incredibly satisfying, contain the texture I love, and have a healthy fat content that fills me up.
Overall, the cookbook is not written for low-carb individuals, although I'm sure there are recipes that can be adapted. I wish Oprah the best, but I am sticking with my Everlovin' Low-Carb.

To watch Oprah's "I Love Bread" Video, click HERE.

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July 10, 2017

"From Fat to F.I.T." — with a new meaning...

Grilled Shrimp Chile Lime Salad | Baja Fresh

I was looking back at a 2007 post on my former blog, eye-dyllic. The piece is titled "From Fat to F.A.T." It was the beginning of something  . . . just not the right something.  My acronym for F.A.T. stands for "Fit And Trim". I simply gave "fat" a more positive image.

I had begun exploring a Mediterranean diet. Yes, I was consuming healthy fat, protein, nuts, and low-carb veggies. However, the grains, sugar, beans, and higher carb vegetables were working against me.

The LCHF lifestyle has unequivocally changed my perspective. By incorporating more healthy fat and cutting out the carbage, I am finally experiencing real F.A.T. results. 

I hope the following article is an encouragement to you. Much of what I wrote still holds true. All of us started somewhere. The important thing is where we are now.


FROM FAT TO F.A.T.
by Karen June Miller @ eye-dyllic.blogspot.com
April 23, 2009
A little transparency here... I have contended with weight ups and downs since I was a toddler. I was a chunky chica in an era that considered baby fat to be part of a healthy upbringing. Unfortunately, this established a preset for the years ahead. Throughout my adolescence, I was never huge, but I was usually dealing with at least 10 to 20 extra pounds. Before marriage, I became very slim while singing and dancing in a vocal band. After getting married and having 3 children, my weight began to gradually climb until "mental pause" brought my metabolism to a screeching HALT!
I dream thin. I always have. And, my outer reality is not in alignment. Up until a week ago, I weighed more than I have ever weighed. I don't dislike me, I'm just miserable living in this body. I have less energy and I am noticing unfavorable changes. 
At 51, it would be easy to think that looking good again is futile since I no longer have a youthful body hiding beneath this upholstery. The thought of drapes, flagging upper arms, and jowls is far from appealing, but I do believe that by placing the emphasis on health, I could easily surprise myself. 
I love turning negatives into positives. (I have often seen God use negative circumstances to birth something new or simply upgrade my life.) F.A.T. = Fit and Trim. I gave up calorie and carb counters many moons ago. I refuse to interrupt the sensual pleasures of eating with statistics. 
My plan is based on something I have always loved: the Mediterranean diet. Not long ago, while shopping at a business closure, I picked up a fabulous book written by a female Italian chef. I will divulge the title and details in my next post. Let's just say that I have already lost 4 pounds! Woo woo!
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July 1, 2017

Cello Whisps to the Rescue!

I have written much about my potato love. If there were any way to blame it on living in the potato state, I would. After all, my entire driving experience is spent behind cars with suggestive license plates. Unfortunately, I brought this affection with me from California. It was deeply rooted.

I do allow myself mini servings of potatoes now and then. My main downfall is potato chips. Those . . . I cannot trust myself with. So, I look for crunchy alternatives to stave off my urges.

One noteworthy substitute is called Whisps. The name is not easy to say. I am fine with "Whisp", but "Whisps" becomes a lisp. I have to whisper it, which only makes eating them more alluring. 

Say CHEESE baby, because that is all you will get. Cello Whisps are tasty by themselves or covered with avocado dip or used as croutons on a salad. Erin at My Fling with Food has a recipe called Best Buttermilk Fried Chicken that uses Cello Whisps in place of panko breading. I will surely be recreating her recipe.

In the meantime, I was only able to find these elusive cheese crisps at Costco. Even with the discount, they were not inexpensive, but I will be getting my money's worth.

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Flavorful Low-Carb

Flavorful Low-Carb [Click to Enlarge.]

The low-carb/keto lifestyle keeps our taste buds twirling with seductive adjectives!

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June 30, 2017

SaltWorks - Delish Salish

While cruising the Caribbean on the Allure of the Seas, I had the spectacular privilege of dining in Michael Schwartz's restaurant, 150 Central Park. I feasted on the Mahogany Black Cod which was accompanied by a gourmet salt sampler. As a true enthusiast of salt and seasoning, I was immediately smitten.

The meal was exquisite, as was the highly attentive waitstaff. Our personal waiter provided me with a descriptive card of the salt selections. All of them were intriguing. I ordered the Salish Alderwood Smoked Sea Salt when I returned to Idaho. 

The restaurant's atmosphere was dimly lit, so I did my best to capture the meal without using the intrusive flash. I scanned the description card for your perusal. I have also provided a photo, link, and information pertaining to the salt that I ordered from SaltWorks.

Mahogany Black Cod | 150 Central Park

Gourmet Sea Salt Sampler | 150 Central Park

Scanned Image | 150 Central Park


Description from the SaltWorks site: 
The delicious versatility of our all-natural Salish® Alderwood Smoked Sea Salt by SaltWorks® makes it one of the most popular selections of smoked sea salts. Our very first smoked salt, Salish set the bar for our other varieties with the perfected 48-hour cold-smoking process and versatile range of grain sizes. The intense smoke of natural, red alder wood is a traditionally Pacific Northwestern pair for salmon and other creamier, richer seafood, but the adaptable flavor profile of the smoke enhances just about any type of meat or poultry, and even vegetables. A completely natural way to add authentic smoked flavor to a wide range of recipes, this salt is an ideal partner for the grill or BBQ, but ventures beyond red meat. Add depth to soups and sauces, finish salads and sautéed vegetables with just a sprinkle, blend with other spices for a custom seasoning blend, or add either to a brine for smoky, salty flavor throughout your favorite pork chops. On the grill or off, enjoy all-natural, smoked flavor year round with Salish Alderwood. 
Grinder: Our revolutionary salt grinder is unlike any other on the market — it is easily refillable for reuse with our coarse grain salts or even whole spices, and it is infinitely adjustable so you can grind with precision to any grain size you desire. The completely ceramic grinding mechanism will never dull, rust or break. 
Salt-utations, 
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June 22, 2017

Moon Cheese

Moon Cheese

The low-carb, keto community on Instagram is a wonderful resource for discovering new products. Any item that is trending will begin to appear in individual posts. One such product is Moon Cheese. The ingredients read "JUST CHEESE". Think about it. We are not only used to multiple ingredients in products, but there is usually a list of harmful additives. 

Unfortunately, when it comes to new products or popular businesses, Idaho is not the quickest gun in the west. I have lived here for 6.5 years. In this time period, we have introduced only 1 Trader Joes and 1 Whole Foods to Boise. Granted, I do not shop much at Whole Foods (mostly because of cost), especially since I am a member of the Boise Co-Op. 

One Instagram gal mentioned that she found Moon Cheese at Target. I checked my local store and struck out. (I will be investigating Walmart tomorrow.) In the meantime, I just received a 3-pack of Moon Cheese directly from their website. The bags are only 2 ounces, but the contents are most delicious! They feature the flavor and crunch that we are used to in empty snacks, but without the carbage and garbage!

Say CHEEEEEEEESE!
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So, how did I do?

Allure of the Seas | A typical cruise breakfast.

With my Caribbean cruise over, I have paused to evaluate my eating and energy expenditures. I stated in a previous post that my cruise goal was to eat low-carb and still lose weight. I know, vacations and weight-loss do not often occur together unless there is an illness. I was perfectly healthy. So, how did I do?

Shrimp Cocktail | I ordered this each night.

SUCCESSES
  • I passed on grains, alcohol, sugary beverages, and dessert.
  • Every meal consisted mostly of low-carb veggies and meat.
  • With 17 floors on the ship, I chose to use the stairways on many occasions.
  • I danced to top hits and Caribbean music.
  • I did a great deal of brisk walking.
  • My clothes fit loosely throughout the cruise.
  • I did not experience bloat until after I flew from Florida to Idaho — which was mostly due to the flight and extra water consumption.

ALLOWANCES AND CHALLENGES
  • Our evening meal in the dining room was pre-scheduled for 8:00 PM. We were eating the main course at 9:00 PM. For best weight-loss results, I need to eat earlier.
  • Small amounts of potatoes were allowed from time to time.
  • I drank occasional Starbucks breves.
  • There was so much meat to choose from! I admit to consuming a little more than usual.
  • I got less that 8 hours sleep for the duration of the cruise. We had early morning island tours and I enjoyed being in the jazz lounge until at least 12:45 AM.

END RESULT

I gained 3 pounds which are quickly disappearing as I return to a normal schedule and lifestyle. I am quite pleased with myself. I was never deprived, my energy was great, and I did not miss the things I chose not to eat.

Allure of the Seas | Mahogany Black Cod
(whipped parsnip, baby bok choy,
and mustard sauce)

Allure of the Seas | Final breakfast...
Happily,
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June 19, 2017

The Party's Over

Nassau, New Providence

My high seas adventures have concluded. Our cruise was a floating family reunion, along with a celebration of my parent's 60th wedding anniversary and mom's 80th birthday. I have an amazing family!

St. Pete Beach, Florida

I was resisting a return to responsibility because I spent one week meandering from one happy moment to another. I followed musicians from venue to venue, listening to Broadway, Jazz, Dixieland, Ragtime, and decades of top hits. I danced to Caribbean music, saw top notch acts on stage, ice, and water; toured 3 islands; and was up-close-and-personal with a vervet monkey. I lounged, daydreamed, and made new friends. I also enjoyed more low-carb choices than I dared to imagine and made excellent use of stairs.

Jazz Lounge on the Allure of the Seas

Ragtime on the Allure of the Seas

I enjoy meeting people with different cultural backgrounds and cruising hits the jackpot. The cruise staff and entertainers represented countries worldwide. Likewise, I met passengers from an assortment of places. A Persian family and I became fast friends. We spent evenings in the jazz lounge with a Greek quartet, listening to spectacular sets and artist tributes. Our paths intersected on every level.

I told Barry that we need to start saving for a cruise of our own. He's already on board!

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June 6, 2017

Cruisin' and Losin'

 

I reached a 40 pound weight loss marker before leaving on my cruise to the Bahamas. "You'll want to cheat on the ship," my dad advised me. I confidently responded, "I have no desire to cheat." 

Ah, what a feeling! My goal is to eat scrumptious, satisfying low-carb food and arrive home slimmer!

I am presently sipping a St. Arbucks iced latte on the 15th level pool deck. I pushed my shaded lounge chair up against an observation window. The pool is crammed with soggy guests. I am content to bask in the balmy breeze and admire the vast Atlantic.

It has not been difficult sticking to a low-carb regime. There is no temptation or "special-treat" reasoning. The low-carb cuisine is so delicious and plentiful that any feelings of deprivation have been quelled. 

Again, my goal is to slim down while maintaining my lifestyle and using the ship's stairs. I believe!

May 23, 2017

Jicama, Avocado, and Cucumber Salad

Jicama, Avocado, and Cucumber Salad

I was looking for jicama at my Walmart Neighborhood Market. I asked 3 ladies if they had spotted jicama and none of them knew what one was. This surprised me, especially since 2 of the women were Mexican and Mexico is jicama's original home. I finally found jicama blending in with the coconuts.

I returned home to Spiralize™the jicama and placed it atop spring salad greens. I added avocado, cucumber, a sprinkling of herbs, and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar and olive oil. I love how jicama absorbs the vinegar!

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May 21, 2017

"The Plant Paradox" by Steven R. Gundry, MD

Unlike diets with set meal plans, my low-carb lifestyle gives me leeway to experiment and make connections between various foods and their effect on my body. When my weight loss slows down, it is often a signal that something is not beneficial. 

I have been allowing small amounts of peanut butter into my diet. I have no known food allergy and it seemed harmless. Yet, I am observing that my intestinal happiness is compromised after consumption.

I was listening to The Livin' La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore. In Episode 1254, Jimmy interviewed Dr. Steven Gundry, MD, a heart surgeon, about the effect some plants are having on our health. Their conversation introduced me to the danger of lectins and the importance of polyphenols. 
Definition of lectin: of a group of proteins especially of plants that are not antibodies and do not originate in an immune system but bind specifically to carbohydrate-containing receptors on cell surfaces (as of red blood cells) 
Lectins are the part of a plant's protective system that was never supposed to be eaten by humans, let alone animals. In fact, they are meant to dissuade consumption.

Unfortunately, once lectins are consumed, they wreck havoc on our bodies. Modern diets have steered us away from leafy greens, nuts, moderate meat consumption, and berries. Instead, we favor grains, starchy vegetables, and sugar. Many of the plants we eat consistently are the culprits behind our weight gain, lack of energy, and chronic health issues.

I groaned when I heard some of the offenders. No surprise, peanuts are big problems, which explains my own issues with them. When I heard some of the other lectin-loaded foods, I was thinking, what's left? My low-carb lifestyle has already removed a lot of items. Nevertheless, my overall goal is to lose weight while regaining health and vitality. My ears are open.

Dr. Gundry has a lengthy video that spells everything out for us. He does offer supplements at the end. Whether you are interested in those or not, there is much to learn from his presentation.

Click on => Suffering From Low Energy? 

If you are interested in Dr. Gundry's book, simply click HERE.

Also, check out the doctor's "Brand New Food Pyramid" HERE.

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National Strawberries and Cream Day


Strawberries symbolize a sweet passage into spring. Amid flood warnings here in Idaho, we have finally pushed away from our record-breaking winter, nippy nights, and relentless rain. Children's voices are again resonating through our neighborhoods, along with the antiquated music of ice cream vendors. 

WELCOME STRAWBERRIES!
1 cup, 5.5 oz = 12 carbs
6 medium/3 large, 2 oz = 4 carbs
Chocolate Dipped, 1 large = 6 carbs

Sweetly,
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