Vegetarian Low Carb Recipes: Induction Friendly French Vanilla Coffee Creamer

Low Carb French Vanilla Coffee Creamer

Low Carb French Vanilla Coffee Creamer

I LOVE coffee! I think it is obvious, since this is my second post about it and I’m only starting my 6th day of the diet and this is the second time I’ve written about it.

As I confessed in the first post, I love the Sugar Free French Vanilla Non – Dairy Creamer.  I know it seems insane to pour that into a lovely, perfect cup of crafted French Press French Roast Coffee, but it has to do with a childhood comfort, reminding me of my grandmother..  and I didn’t have a lot of comfort as a child, sadly.

The first day of induction, I tried to use coconut oil as a substitute. It was OK, but didn’t give me the happy, giddy, joy that I am used feeling when I drink my coffee, so I decided to make my own version of what I was missing.

French Vanilla Coffee Creamer

  • 1 cup refrigerated Blue Diamond Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • pinch salt
  • liquid french vanilla stevia to taste

Mix everything together in a glass jar, shaking well.  Shake well before serving and you will get a lovely foam on top!

Yield: 32 tbsp (16 servings .5 net carbs per 2 tbsp serving)

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Vegetarian Low Carb Induction Day 5 VLOG

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Vegetarian Low Carb: Ice Cream For Breakfast!

strawberryicecreamSo, I am getting bored with the food I’ve been eating during this induction.  About a month ago, The Boyfriend bought a super duper fancy ice cream maker.  It has a compressor, it’s not necessary to chill the bowl for 24 hours  You can make batch after batch.  This is a both a good and bad thing, I’m sure you can figure out why!

So, the other day, when I was making my protein shake, I realized that it reminded me a bit of ice cream base.  I use 2 cups almond milk, 2 t scoops protein powder (50 grams of protein and NO CARBS), 2 tbsp golden flax meal, coconut oil, french vanilla stevia drops and ice and blend in my vita-mix.  This morning, I made it into ice cream! I ate about 1/3 of it for breakfast.  The coconut oil is what makes it ice cream like.

I’m looking forward to trying it with the chocolate and vanilla and playing around with flavors.

 

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Vegetarian Low Carb Induction Day 3 Roundup

day3inductionFor meal explanations, please click HERE.

Yesterday was a little challenging.  I woke up really hungry, but also kind of sick to my stomach.  I was up a lot the night before because of pain in my foot, so I was really tired as well as in pain.  Even though my stomach was really hungry, nothing sounded good for breakfast except a big bowl of Steel Cut Oats.  Obviously, that was out of the question, so I made myself a protein shake with coconut oil and flax meal.  I definitely felt more stable after drinking it.  My lunch salad was satisfying, but I’m REALLY missing a variety of vegetables and once these two weeks are over, I plan on introducing non – starchy veggies back into my daily routine.  I can’t wait! I am definitely missing beans and grains, but not as much as a variety of veggies. I can’t wait to eat a big salad with tahini – garlic dressing! A salad with cucumbers, mint, parsley, tomatoes, cabbage, kale, onions and carrots! Oh yeah! I think once the induction is over, I will be more satisfied, but I am happy I’m doing this.  I feel like I have some control over my food intake.

Before I started this, every day felt like a battle. I was stress eating and never felt satisfied. I wanted more and more food, no matter what how much I ate.  I was testing recipes for an E-book and everything in my life revolved around food.  My e-book was basically a whole foods, lower fat/calorie plant based book, but it just became this nightmare of me preparing and eating food all day long.  I’m in a jam.  I promised the e-book to people, and I desperately need the money, but I just can’t be tasting food all day long and retesting the recipes.

Right now, all I need to do is get through the day eating very few foods.  Since I am recovering from foot surgery, I am not able to stand and cook anyway. At this point, the foods I’m making myself are ready in around 15 minutes or less.  It’s a relief in many ways to just take the whole FOOD thing out of the daily occasion, if that makes sense.

I am definitely able to control cravings this way… both physical and psychological.

One day at a time.. and today, I am eating 20 net carbs and forgetting about the rest of the food world.

I need to figure out how to get some strength back in my right leg.  It has started to waste and it really freaks me out.  I start physical therapy on Sept. 23, so that should help a lot.

 

 

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Low – Carb Vegetararian: Vegan Spicy Collards and Tofu for dinner! Induction Day 2

Spicy Ginger Collards and Tofu. Net Carbs = 14

Spicy Ginger Collards and Tofu. Net Carbs = 14

I managed to only have 7 carbs for lunch and dinner today.  I had Vanilla Chia Pudding for breakfast.  Lunch was an omelette with mushrooms, spinach and cheddar.

Spinach-Cremini-Cheddar Omelette with Hot Sauce

Spinach-Cremini-Cheddar Omelette with Hot Sauce

I was craving something super spicy and full of veggies, so I plugged the ingredients into Fitday (down to the 5 spice) and made this delicious dish in 20 minutes.  I sauteed scallions and ginger in a tiny bit of 5 spice powder and coconut oil, then added the tofu, collards, a bit  of soy sauce and a splash of water , then covered it and cooked over high heat for 15 minutes. I finished it off with some chili – garlic sauce and some spicy sesame oil.

Verdict, DELICIOUS!

I didn’t even miss the brown rice I usually have.

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Vegetarian – Low – Carb Induction VLOG about Day 1

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Vegetarian Low Carb Recipe: Vanilla Chia Pudding (vegan, gluten free, soy free)

Vegan Vanilla Chia Pudding

Vegan Vanilla Chia Pudding

As someone who is used to eating a large amount of fiber, I am so glad that chia seeds fit into my daily diet during this induction.  Now, I should point out, I am not following any “program”.  I have taken bits and pieces from many low – carb schools of thought and am basing my diet on them.  It may or may not work.  That’s why this is an experiment! That being said, I am counting NET CARBS, so the carb count of my recipes reflect that.

This Chia Pudding is so simple to make and really good for you. I used Blue Diamond Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk that is found in the refrigerated section.  The shelf stable product has more carbs per oz.

Vanilla Chia Pudding : serves 1

  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 4 tbsp. chia seeds
  • pinch Kal Stevia
  • pinch cinnamon
  • 2 drops vanilla extract

Mix everything together, allow mixture to chill for 30 minutes in the fridge and enjoy!

Total Net Carbs: 2

Protein: 13 grams

Fat :15 greams

Fiber: 21 grams

Carbs: 21 grams

Calories: 272

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