The Ultimate Keto Gift Guide

The Ultimate Keto Gift Guide

If you are looking for the perfect little something for the keto enthusiast in your life (or yourself), you have come to the right place: I created the Ultimate Keto Gift guide with you in mind.

Sometimes it is tough to find the perfect gift for someone following a specific lifestyle, especially if you don’t know where to start, you aren’t familiar with the lifestyle, or you are just busy. I get it. I am here for you and I’ve got you covered with The Ultimate Keto Gift Guide.

The Ultimate Keto Gift Guide is a combination my personal keto wish list and my current favorite keto resources that I already use, love, and recommend to others following the keto lifestyle and members of my Facebook group.

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The Ultimate Keto Gift Guide

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Keto Snacks

     

 

Bullet Proof Coffee and Accessories

Keto Wear

Keto Books

Helpful Subscriptions

Thrive Market- it’s like Whole foods meets Costco online. There are many greats deals on whole foods, toxin-free cleaning products, Keto products, and more!

 

 

 

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Real Plans- a meal planning website that I use to create my customized Keto meal plans! You can read my post about it here if you’d like to get my personal review.

 

Jerky Snob

A monthly jerky membership! Many sizes available. Such a fun idea.

 

 

Accessories for any kitchen, but especially perfect for the keto kitchen!

I hope this keto gift guide has provided you with some helpful ideas for those on your list.

Check out The Ultimate Instant Pot Lover’s Gift Guide if you are looking for gifts for anyone who loves their Instant Pot!

Happy Shopping,

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Keto Desserts: Ten Must Have Ingredients and 15 Bonus Recipes

Keto Desserts: Ten Must Have Ingredients and 15 Bonus Recipes

It’s 8:00 pm on Saturday night. You have followed your keto diet perfectly for the week and are craving something sweet. The GirlScout cookies and ice cream in the freezer are calling your name, but you know that giving in will kick you out of ketosis and set you back. Thankfully, with just a handful of ingredients, you can easily whip up one of the awesome keto desserts from my free resource library!

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10 Products to Have on Hand when Carb Cravings Strike and you Need a Keto Dessert!

If you don’t know this about me already- I hate grocery shopping! I either order online or put together orders online for local pickup. For this reason, I have added online links for your convenience. These are affiliate links, which means if you place an order after clicking one, I will earn a very small percentage at NO expense to you! It’s a win-win, really.

My assumption here is that you have baking powder and vanilla on hand, so I have not included these in the list.

The first ingredients to consider and the foundational ingredients of most keto treats are

Full-Fat Dairy Products:

Heavy cream, cream cheese, sour cream, and of course, BUTTER!  These are a few of the ONLY ingredients I still order from my local grocery store (I add it to my order for pickup).

Secondly, you must look to replace in your gluten free, low carb, keto desserts, and baked goods is wheat flour, so number one on the list is my favorite:

Almond Flour:

You can use almond flour as a wheat flour substitute in almost any baked good recipe! It’s higher in fat, protein, and fiber, but also much higher in nutrient value.

You can buy almond flour in supermarkets (like Bob’s Mills), but I find it easier and less expensive to order online.  For most baked goods, the finer milled products, like Honeyville yield the best results. I highly recommend it.

Coconut Flour:

Coconut flour is very versatile and excellent for those who are looking for a gluten free and nut free flour alternative. It is quite long lasting because the ratios for coconut flour to wheat flour are quite different: you use much less coconut flour! also buy my coconut flour online.  

Coconut Oil:

There are so many uses for coconut oil that I think everyone should have two on hand at all times: One in the kitchen and one for the bathroom. I use coconut oil in cooking and in my daily beauty routine. You can read more about that here. 

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A milk substitute is also very important. You can use almond milk, but I prefer:

Coconut Milk:

Milk is high in carbs but is used in many baked goods. Thankfully, coconut milk can be used as a high fat, low carb substitute. I order in bulk to make sure I never run out!

You will also need to replace refined sugars in your keto desserts.

Sugar Substitutes:

Sugar is obviously high in carbs and a big no-no on a low carb or keto diet so it is essential to have a replacement on hand for your sweet keto treats. I use Stevia drops when a liquid is required, and for a granulated replacement, I like Swerve and Truvia.

Flavored Syrups:

There are so many options available! These are utilized in one of the recipes I have on  My Favorite 15 Keto Desserts: Kill your Carb Cravings- Fast! list.  

This is a link to the caramel flavor: it’s delicious. These are also great for making decadent coffee drinks. Take a look around after you click on the caramel flavor link. You’ll be amazed at the variety!

Almond Butter:

One of my favorite, quick keto desserts recipes you will get when you subscribe to my FREE resource library is made with my favorite sugar-free almond butter: Barney Butter. YUM!! Many recipes call for peanut butter, but I prefer almond.

Sugar-Free Dark Chocolate:

Some of my most intense carb cravings are chocolate cravings! Thankfully there are many chocolate Keto treats recipes out there that utilize sugar-free dark chocolate.  I also keep Special Dark Cocoa on hand for keto desserts that call for cocoa in place of actual chocolate.

Lastly, an ingredient you will happy to have on hand for keto sauces as well,

Xanthan Gum Powder:

The most important piece of advice I can give about xanthan gum is a little goes a very long way. It is a thickening agent and can give smooth, rich textures to sauces and help bind and emulsify. One bag will last ages and is definitely worth the investment.

I hope you will find this list helpful.  I like to be prepared because I never know when the cravings will strike, and now you will be, too!!

This is one of my favorite keto desserts- the recipe takes less than 3 minutes start to finish.  It’s one of the 15 you’ll get when you subscribe to my FREE library!

 

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Instant Pot BBQ Pork Ribs: Paleo and AIP

Instant Pot BBQ Pork Ribs: Paleo and AIP

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Instant Pot BBQ Pork Ribs might be the simplest, yet most pleasing Paleo, AIP recipe I have made to date.

I am a Texan, so I consider myself a BBQ connoisseur (or a snob, depending on your take. HA!). I grew up eating some of the best BBQ in the country and developed a deep love for all things grilled and smokey. MMM . . . grilled and smokey. I might be drooling.

 

Anyway, you may wonder how it’s  possible for a BBQ snob to possibly endorse an Instant Pot rib recipe. I was skeptical as well, my friends, but I am here to tell you- these Instant Pot BBQ Pork Ribs are delish!

The beauty of this recipe lies in its simplicity. Did I mention you only need four ingredients and they cook in 20 minutes?  Plus . . .

You can customize these Instant Pot BBQ Pork Ribs by utilizing any type of sauce you prefer.

I need my ribs to be Paleo (AIP is even better) so I use Tessamae’s BBQ Sauce (also Whole30 approved when I can find it or KC Natural – Mastodon Paleo AIP BBQ Sauce.   

Both of these sauces are delicious and perfect for Instant Pot BBQ Pork Ribs. 

If you are not concerned about adhering to Paleo or AIP, you should try my very favorite rubs and sauces from my favorite bbq place:

The Salt Lick, in Driftwood Texas. We love it so much that we had some shipped to our wedding reception in Cooperstown, NY!

The salt Lick today is not the Salt Lick of my youth, as it has gained national recognition from the many celebrities who feature it on their shows on The Food Network, but it is still just as good as I remember it. They ship anywhere, so if you don’t feel like making your own and want to try some delicious, authentic, Texas BBQ, check them out.

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I do not use a rub in this ultra simple recipe, but it sure can amp up the flavor!

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Instant Pot BBQ Pork Ribs
Servings
Ingredients
  • 1 rack baby back ribs I sometimes make two at a time
  • 1/4 cup of your favorite BBQ sauce see my Paleo/ AIP suggestions above
  • generous sprinkling kosher salt
  • generous sprinkling Ground black pepper omit for AIP
Servings
Ingredients
  • 1 rack baby back ribs I sometimes make two at a time
  • 1/4 cup of your favorite BBQ sauce see my Paleo/ AIP suggestions above
  • generous sprinkling kosher salt
  • generous sprinkling Ground black pepper omit for AIP
Instructions
  1. Remove the membrane from the back of the ribs.
    instant pot BBQ pork ribs
  2. Season the Baby Back Ribs with generous amount of kosher salt and ground black pepper (omit for AIP).
  3. Place 1 cup of cold water and a trivet in the bottom of the pressure cooker insert. Place the baby back ribs on top of the trivet. Close lid and cook at High Pressure for 20-25 minutes. Here's how to cook two at once.
  4. Turn off the heat and use full Natural Release.
  5. preheat the oven to 450F.
  6. Spread the sauce evenly over the baby back ribs (Top and bottom).
  7. Cook the ribs in the oven for 10 – 15 minutes.
  8. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

There is no need to double the time when cooking two racks of ribs. The cooking time is the same.

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Paleo Shrimp Crack Slaw- Keto Friendly

Paleo Shrimp Crack Slaw- Keto Friendly

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Paleo Shrimp Crack Slaw is a keto friendly recipe that came together on one of those, “I need to clean out the fridge” nights.

You know what I am talking about, right? You are digging around, trying to make sense of what is happening in your fridge, and realize you’re going to need to get creative if anyone is going to eat that night. I had some coleslaw mix that was on its “use by” date because I had forgotten about it when it was buried under the spinach and carrots the week before.

I hate throwing away produce, and thankfully I have become much more organized since this desperate evening. You can read my post about how I meal plan here.

I didn’t have any of the typical proteins I would serve with traditional coleslaw, and honestly didn’t feel like eating coleslaw either. So what the heck was I going to do with this coleslaw mix?

I had made an “Egg roll in a Bowl” recipe before using coleslaw mix and had seen several crack slaw recipes floating around, but I didn’t have any ground beef or pork on hand, so that was out.

I did have frozen shrimp on hand as well as a few other necessary ingredients though, so keto friendly, Paleo Shrimp Crack Slaw was born.

While the shrimp thawed I looked for a few of those recipes I had seen. They all called for soy sauce and sugar and didn’t seem to have enough ingredients to yield the flavor I was hoping to achieve, so I made some mental adaptations to “Paleo-fy”  (replacing sugar with stevia and soy sauce with coconut aminos) and went for it.

If Coconut Aminos are unfamiliar to you, it’s a gluten and dairy free, non-GMO, low glycemic alternative to soy sauce. I was skeptical, but the change didn’t even take getting used to. It’s a tasty alternative to that beloved sauce.

Stevia is a Paleo approved sweetener, as it is derived from a nutritive, natural source.I also use pastes in place of fresh garlic and ginger.

Some balk at the idea of buying pre-chopped veggies, but I am not one of those people.

My hands hurt if I do too much chopping, though not as much now that I have started using my handy, dandy new rolling knife, but I am busy and usually running around like a chicken with my head cut off, so I use short cuts regularly.

Herbs in paste form are of my biggest time savers. I use garlic, ginger, and basil pastes often. You can click on the pictures below to read more or purchase.

If you prefer fresh garlic and ginger, by all means, please use it in the same quantities. I am sure your Paleo Shrimp Crack Slaw will be even more delicious as a result.

Paleo Crack Slaw is on the rotation about every two weeks around here. It would be on more often, but because it has Siracha in it, which contains a nightshade (peppers, tomatoes, and white potatoes are the most common) I only have it every once in a while. Tomatoes cause me the most difficulty, so I never eat them, but I can tolerate small amounts of pepper. You can read more about how I manage my rheumatoid arthritis with diet here. And you can read more about diets for autoimmune disease here.

I hope you will enjoy this recipe. Let me know when (notice I didn’t say, “if”) you try it, especially if you add any new ingredients!

 

 

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Paleo Shrimp Crack Slaw
A super fast, tasty Paleo meal you can have ready in minutes.
keto friendly Paleo Shrimp Crack slaw
Course Main Dish
Servings
Ingredients
  • 1 pound shrimp peeled and cleaned
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil
  • 3 teaspoons garlic paste one for the marinade, two for the sauce
  • 5 teaspoons ginger paste one for marinade, two for slaw, two for sauce
  • 5 Tablespoons Coconut Aminos one for marinade, four for sauce
  • 3 green onions sliced (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons hot sauce I use Siracha
  • 2 packets Stevia or other Paleo sweetener
  • 1 14 ounce bag coleslaw mix in produce section/ bagged salads
Course Main Dish
Servings
Ingredients
  • 1 pound shrimp peeled and cleaned
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil
  • 3 teaspoons garlic paste one for the marinade, two for the sauce
  • 5 teaspoons ginger paste one for marinade, two for slaw, two for sauce
  • 5 Tablespoons Coconut Aminos one for marinade, four for sauce
  • 3 green onions sliced (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons hot sauce I use Siracha
  • 2 packets Stevia or other Paleo sweetener
  • 1 14 ounce bag coleslaw mix in produce section/ bagged salads
keto friendly Paleo Shrimp Crack slaw
Instructions
Marinade
  1. Combine shrimp with one Tablespoon of coconut aminos, one teaspoon of ginger paste, and one teaspoon of garlic paste. Toss to coat and set aside.
    Paleo shrimp crack slaw
  2. Add the oil to a medium sauce pan set on medium heat. Add the slaw mix to the pan with 2 teaspoons of garlic paste and the onions(if using) cook until the slaw begins to soften
    Paleo shrimp crack slaw quick entree
Sauce
  1. While this is cooking, make your sauce. Combine the: 4Tbsp Coconut Aminos 2tsp ginger paste 2tsp white vinegar 2tsp hot sauce or chili sauce 2 packets of Stevia mix to combine- adjust to personal taste preference
    Paleo shrimp crack slaw
Put it all together
  1. Add the shrimp with marinade and sauce to the pan and cook until the shrimp is pink.
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  2. Serve with additional siracha for those who like it spicy.

I am all about quick recipes I can throw together in under 20 minutes, and Paleo Shrimp Crack Slaw is up there with the best of them.

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Paleo Instant Pot Kalua Pig

Paleo Instant Pot Kalua Pig

Whether you are new to Paleo or are just looking for new recipes, you this recipe for Paleo Instant Pot Kalua Pig in your life.

I am serious.

This is a killer recipe. It is so simple, yet yields the most succulent pork imaginable. Paleo Instant Pot Kalua Pig popped up on my Paleo meal plan one day and has been in our regular rotation ever since. It is Paleo, Keto, Whole30, and AIP compliant.

You only need a handful of ingredients (two of which are pork and bacon), and because you are making it in the instant pot, it takes care of itself, so how can you go wrong?

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You will end up with a delicious pile of porky goodness so versatile that you will use it in soups, frittatas, and more. Heck, I sneak it cold paleo instant pot kalua pigright out of the fridge!

Sometimes I toss my Instant Pot Kalua Pig on top of a pile of mashed cauliflower, but I also love it in bib lettuce, taco style. It’s delicious topped with my speedy smooth guacamole.

*If you don’t have an instant pot yet (you will if I have anything to do with it) you can easily make this in the slow cooker (she includes directions for both methods).

I made this in the crockpot initially, but when Michelle from Nom Nom Paleo posted the instant pot instructions I switched over immediately (of course). I love my instant pot. The more I use it, the more I love it, too.  you will probably get sick of hearing about it.

Click here for the recipe (I do not use the garlic she recommends).

Why am I only providing a link and not the entire recipe?

  1. Too often I see the same recipes (the exact same, mind you) with a variation on the name, or maybe a different picture- with each author publishing it as their own. Authors should receive credit for their work.
  2. I like to offer reviews of existing recipes for those like me who pin with reckless abandon, yet fear actually making what they have pinned. That fear of the unknown is debilitating.  I want to offer up recipes that I know are good, whether I create them or not.

Tha being said, I know this one is good. Very good. Do yourself a favor and buy Michelle’s book, get her app, sign up for Real Plans so you can add on her recipe package, and make this recipe as soon as possible. You will thank me, I promise.

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My Autoimmune Diet: How to Manage your Symptoms with Food

My Autoimmune Diet: How to Manage your Symptoms with Food

Are you curious about diet and autoimmunity? You’ve probably read or heard that there are no proven connections between diet and autoimmune symptoms, but countless testimonials and personal experience tell me otherwise. I’ll share my autoimmune diet below.

I have tried many dietary approaches over the past four years. I started by eliminating gluten and dairy. When that wasn’t enough to improve my autoimmune symptoms I looked into the Paleo diet, AIP, Whole30, and Primal diets because they kept coming up during my research. Read my post on how to tell the difference and how to choose which one might be best for you.  

UPDATE: I am currently doing a Keto experient. 

I explain my autoimmune diet further there as well.

I avoid gluten, grains, dairy, beans, nightshade vegetables, refined sugars, and processed foods. So essentially, I follow a modified Paleo diet.

Changing my autoimmune diet has made all the difference with my autoimmune symptoms. My disease activity is minimal, I have very little inflammation, and my energy levels are back close to where they were pre-diagnosis: I can actually work out again.

Because of this, I thought it might be helpful to show you what a typical day on my autoimmune diet looks like. You’ll see how easy it is to follow a grain, gluten, refined sugar and low dairy diet without losing your mind in the process.

Through this post and others, I’ll show you how I make following my autoimmune diet for symptom relief is doable. This is real life, after all.

I am busy, a little lazy, frequently exhausted at the end of a long workday, and very human, so I eat many of the same foods repeatedly. I do this to simplify my life and because I have many food sensitivities; on my autoimmune diet I eat what I know will not increase inflammation and other autoimmune symptoms.

Also, I am not a food blogger and my food is shown “as is” on this blog, meaning there is no fancy plating going on around here. Well, sometimes I attempt it- but you will see what I mean. HA!

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BREAKFAST

I KEEP IT SIMPLE AND AM A CREATURE OF HABIT

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This is my weekday breakfast on my autoimmune diet

Almost every weekday for the past two years I’ve started my morning with a shake.

I start with full fat coconut milk and/ or sugar-free almond butter or berries, but I ALWAYS add MCT OIl and collagen powder.

 

Other days I just have Bullet Proof coffee (coffee with MCT oil, and grass fed butter added). It’s delicious and filling.

 

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Some might tire of a breakfast routine like this, but on my autoimmune diet, I have come to rely on simplified menus and routines as a way to better manage my disease activity.

I love starting my day with something so healthy and simple. I never have to think about breakfast, it takes about 30 seconds to whip up in the NutriBullet, and I drink it in the car on my way to work each day. The fact that it’s crazy delicious makes me pretty darn happy, too.

I also always have a cup of organic coffee with coconut or almond creamer or Nutpods when I have it and sometimes a drop of liquid stevia (chocolate is my favorite!). I am an addict, for sure.   


the coffee i drink on my autoimmune diet

On the weekends I eat later and have brunch instead.

Eggs with bacon or quiche made with an almond flour crust are favorites.

I make sure to drink lots of lemon water throughout the day because I never drink enough during the week. This is something I am working on, for sure! Some people’s autoimmune symptoms are aggravated by eggs. I eliminated them while on AIP and am happy I am able to tolerate them and have them as part of my autoimmune diet.

LUNCH

USUALLY LEFTOVERS OR SALAD- SOMETIMES A BIT MORE EXCITING

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Lunch is almost always leftovers, a salad, or leftovers and a salad.

It rarely changes because I am not one to prepare a new meal at lunchtime, and during the school year I pack my lunch every day (actually my husband packs it for me because he’s awesome like that) so it needs to be something quick.

I actually work leftovers into my weekly meal planning for this purpose.

One of my favorite salads is simply two handfuls of baby spinach, a few chopped strawberries, a handful of roasted pumpkin seeds, and a  simple balsamic vinaigrette. I was out of pumpkin seeds, so I just went with the berries and spinach.

Sweet Potatoes (not while on keto, though) and steak are two of the foods we eat often. I usually roast the sweet potatoes and anything we can grill is also a go-to especially in the summer months.

On keto, I just skip sweet potatoes and toss the steak right on my salad!

Voila! A perfect lunch crafted from leftovers. 

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Snack

Because who doesn’t need a few snacks from time to time?

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I love snacks and I have a sweet tooth.

This is tough when trying to avoid refined and artificial sugars.

I love hard boiled eggs, beef jerky, a handful of almonds and almond butter with celery will sometimes work their way into the mix when I am especially hungry.

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DINNER

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Dinner usually consists of a high-quality protein and plenty of vegetables.

The grill and Instant Pot are my best friends.

Cauliflower is a frequent flyer because I could eat mashed cauliflower every day!

I also try to eat as many green vegetables as possible. green beans, zucchini, broccoli, and brussels sprouts (roasted only) are the usual picks.

We use leftover veggies in a frittata. A big slice of frittata with a salad is one of my favorite lunches.

I like to prep more than I need each time to make dinner time easier during the week.

 

A typical dinner for us: grilled steak, sauteed zucchini and mushrooms,  and mashed cauliflower.

DESSERT

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I cannot think of a better dessert than fresh berries topped with coconut whipped cream (I use this). It’s simple and satisfying.  I try to stick to organic for the Dirty Dozen whenever possible, but I don’t obsess about it. I just wash everything really, really well in this solution. We do our best, but we aren’t perfect by any means.

Sometimes, though, I need a serious dessert. I wrote a post about the ingredients I keep on hand for these occasions here. 

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So, as you can see, if you keep it simple, following a Paleo/ Keto friendly diet can be quite doable.

I hope you will give it try if you’ve been thinking about it.

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HI, I’M ASA!

I’m a Paleo enthusiast, Keto newbie, toxin- and cruelty-free beauty addict, and autoimmune wellness advocate on a mission to help others thrive in spite of it all.

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