Low Carb Almond Meal Muffins

Low Carb Almond Meal Muffins

Low Carb Almond Meal Muffins

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Everyone loves muffins. Well, at least I do, however, they don’t all fit in a low carb diet. I personally, keep my carb intake pretty low, most of the time anyway. Today I want to share with you a new recipe that I tried. Low Carb Almond Meal Muffins are super easy and quick to make and they taste great.

Not all almond flour/meal is the same. Almond flour is blanched almonds that are ground, then sifted into a fine powdery flour, it is very different from almond meal. Almond meal is ground almonds that have NOT been blanched, meaning the skin is left on. It is much more coarse. You can use either one however, I prefer the almond flour. I have had the muffins made with both and while they are both good, the almond flour was my preference.

The recipe calls for 1/3 cup of water. I used a 50/50 water and milk combination to equal the 1/3 cup. You can use almond milk or 2 % milk, whichever you prefer. Also, the original recipe that I tried did not include any spices. I did add cinnamon and nutmeg. Feel free to mix it up and come up with your own spice combo.

Low Carb Almond Meal Muffins

Yields 12 muffins

Ingredients

  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/3 cup water (or half water half milk)
  • 1/3 cup artificial sweetener of choice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 and grease a muffin tin.
  2. Mix dry ingredients together well.
  3. Add wet ingredients and mix well.
  4. Fill muffin tins 1/2 to 2/3 full.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes.

 

Please note that you should grease your muffin tin very well or better yet, use cupcake liners. I just used spray on one batch and they stuck to the pan. I hope you enjoy these as much as we did ūüôā

Low Carb Tuna Avocado Pita

Low Carb Tuna Avocado Pita

Low Carb Tuna Avocado Pita

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I am always looking for a new recipe or idea for an easy, quick, and healthy lunch option. My inspiration for this Low Carb Tuna Avocado Pita came to me after finding a low carb pita bread made by Joesph’s. This pita has flax, oat bran and whole wheat. They are only 50 calories, 4 net carbs and 5 grams of protein each and they taste awesome!

This Tuna Avocado Pita has a lot of healthy things in them. It includes not only the tuna but also bell peppers, jalapenos, and avocados. Avocado is a super food and has healthy fats which keep you feeling full. You can modify the recipe to add or subtract anything that you like to suit your taste. The recipe that I’m sharing is for a single serving however, you could easily make them for a group. You could even mix the filling and use it with a whole low carb tortilla and make pinwheels for a snack or party appetizer. Served with a side of fruit or bell peppers and you have quite the satisfying lunch. These are the actual ingredients that I used. I am also in love with this Opadipity Greek Yogurt Dip. It tastes as good if not better than any ranch dip I’ve ever had.

Low Carb Tuna Avocado Pita

  • 1 Single Serving Pack of Tuna
  • 1 Joseph’s Low Carb Pita Bread
  • 1/4 Bell Pepper Chopped-any color
  • 1/4 Diced Avocado
  • 4-6 Jalapeno Slices-fresh or jarred
  • Few Sprigs of Cilantro
  • 1 Tbs. Opadipity Ranch Greek Yogurt Dip
  1. Take your pita bread and cut in half. Set aside.
  2. In a medium size bowl mix tuna packet, and greek yogurt dip. Stir in peppers, avocado, jalapenos and cilantro.
  3. Fill both halves of the pita. Garnish with additional cilantro if desired.
  4. Enjoy!

This recipe is delicious and super easy! Let me know what you think of that awesome pita bread.

 

 

 

Orange Creamsicle Protein Shake

I love this Orange Creamsicle Protein Shake recipe. It reminds me of my youth. Occasionally when my Dad came back from the store he’d have a box of Mayfield Orange Creamsicles. Those things are so awesome however, they are not very healthy.

This recipe is a low-calorie protein shake that can be used as a meal replacement or as a snack. Either way, it packs the protein that you need to keep your metabolism going and it also satisfies that sweet tooth that we all get from time to time. Rest assured you can enjoy this tasty treat and you won’t have to feel guilty about it when you’re finished. You can use any brand of orange soda just as long as it’s calorie free. We will be using ice cubes to achieve the slushy part. You can even fill an ice tray with the diet orange drink and use it instead of regular ice cubes. You get a better result that way but either one will work.

There are many different protein powders out there and any of them will work. If you haven’t experimented¬†with them before here are a few suggestions.¬†Isopure Zero Carb is a good choice if you’re watching your carb intake like I am. It provides 25 grams of protein per scoop with only 105 calories and as the name indicates, it has zero carbs. It is lactose-free and comes in various size and flavor combinations from Amazon. Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard is also available on Amazon. It provides 24 grams of protein, 3 grams of carbs, and 120 calories per serving. If you’re looking to go organic, Orgain Organic Plant Based Protein Powder seems to be a popular choice. It’s 150 calories, 21 grams of protein, and 10 net carbs per serving. There are no wrong choices with protein powder. We all have our favorites.

Orange Creamsicle Protein Shake

1 Serving

  • 12 oz. Orange Diet Soda
  • 2 Scoops Vanilla Protein Powder
  • 4-6 Ice Cubes

Pour diet soda into a blender then add the protein powder. Blend well. Add ice cubes and blend until you reach the desired consistency.

Variations:

  • Add 1/2-1 whole peeled orange or clementine
  • Add 2-3 oz. plain greek yogurt for a thicker shake

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Classic Hummus

Classic hummus is a great healthy snack paired with pita bread or veggies. There are some tasty store bought brands but none better than homemade in my opinion. I used to be intimidated¬†by the thought of making my own at home…until I got up the nerve to try it. I make it often now. It’s sooo¬†good! This is my favorite recipe so far. If you aren’t into making a batch yourself and want to try a store bought brand, I’d recommend Publix brand. It is my favorite store premade brand. Also, Sabra is a good choice. At any rate, you should give hummus a try!

Some people think that the chickpeas should be peeled first in order to achieve a perfectly smooth hummus. It does make the finished product super smooth like the store bought versions but, personally I never peel them. It takes too long in my opinion and the hummus still turns out plenty smooth for me. To peel them you can hold each chickpea between two fingers and pinch them. The skin will pop right off. Again, this takes some time.

Another method is to¬†drain and pat dry the chickpeas, then stir in 1¬Ĺ teaspoons for every 2 cups of chickpeas. Then warm them in the microwave or on the stove in a large skillet over medium heat for 3 minutes, then rinse them with water in a large bowl three times. With each rinse, rub the chickpeas between your hands, and the skins will fall off and you can rinse them away.

Classic Hummus

  • 15 oz. can chickpeas
  • 1/3 cup Tahini Paste
  • Juice from 12 lemon
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1/4 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3 or 4 tbs. reserved chickpea liquid
  1. Drain the chickpeas and reserve the liquid. Peel the chickpeas if you wish. Then place all ingredients except for the chickpea liquid into the food processor. Process until very smooth for at least 1 minute. Then add the reserved liquid 1 tablespoon at a time until you achieve the desired consistency.
  2. Give it a taste and add any addition salt or cumin.
  3. Transfer the Hummus to a bowl and drizzle some additional olive oil on top for garnish. You can also add a few sprinkles of paprika (I like smoked paprika) and parsley if you so desire.
  4. Enjoy! Hummus should be kept refrigerated.

 

Iced Coffee Protein Shake

Here is a recipe for an iced coffee protein shake. This is a good option to combine breakfast with your morning cup of Joe. This is roughly 257 calories. If you want a lower calorie version, you could omit the banana. I also like to freeze leftover coffee so that I can use the cubes in smoothies or iced coffee. It just gives it more flavor that using ice alone.

Iced Coffee Protein Shake

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3/4 c. unsweetened almond milk

1 frozen banana

1 scoop protein powder-vanilla or chocolate

1 c. cold brewed coffee

2 c. ice or frozen coffee cubes

Mix all ingredients in the blender. I find that it blends better to add the liquid first, then the protein powder and the frozen components last.