I always struggled to eat vegetables as a child. I just didn’t like the taste or the texture. I just about managed a few peas but I picked onion out of anything. It was a struggle.
Fast forward to my Keto years as I think I shall call them and I now love recipes with leek, courgette and broccoli and even more with the delicious creamy cheesy sauces. Sprouts are now my favourite vegetable. These ones were harvested from my garden. Boiled for 5 mins, coated in oil, squished on a baking sheet. Salt, pepper and parmisan and baking for 20 mins made them super tasty. I saw the recipe on tiktok of all places.
When I started out I’d use the recipes from Keto Fitness Club like Cauliflower and Broccoli bake and Savoy Carbonara from the WTF cookbook. It doesn’t stand for what you think, it’s Where’s The Fat! You can get your own books from the website here https://www.ketofitnessclub.com/?ref=AloeAly or look there for the free recipe library.
I now have the confidence though to make certain substitutions for recipes otherwise you might end up with lots of half pots in the fridge. I don’t like waste and with keto I mostly only eat twice a day and could end up with so many half pots of cheese and similar products in the fridge.
Soured cream can be swapped with greek yoghurt. I prefer having Greek yoghurt spare as I add a few flavour drops and some nutty Granola from the WTF book and I have a great dessert too to use up a tub.
Cream cheese (make sure you get the full fat but own label brands are fine) is used in lots of different recipes. And when a recipe calls for mascarpone then cream cheese will do just as well. Also another lovely dessert is cream cheese with flavour drops and some granola. Do you spot a theme here?????
So tonight for dinner I had some beef meatballs which needed to be eaten and I wasn’t sure what to have. I also had some courgette peelings and left over cauliflower which I’d cooked and frozen. So I used the basic idea from the cauliflower and broccoli bake but added the courgette peelings in with the leeks, plenty of garlic and fresh broccoli with the defrosted cauliflower. I part cooked the meatballs in my Ninja Foodie and then used cream cheese and cream to make the sauce as I had a pot to use up. Mixing it all together and putting in an ovenproof dish, covered in cheddar and baked for half an hour made a tasty dinner all the family enjoyed.
I hope my little tips help you to experiment more with your food whether you are keto or not. It’s all great food cooked from scratch and totally delicious.
Those who follow we on social media obviously know how I love cooking my own food and sharing pictures on my Facebook page and on Instagram as I just love sharing the fabulous recipes from Keto Fitness Club. But when it comes to Birthday time, Mother’s Day or Christmas family and friends want to be able to buy you something nice – and most commercial chocolates are just not Keto friendly. And also as I am also a Forever Living business owner so I don’t want skincare of bath products as I like to use the Aloe products as they just suit me. I am such a nightmare to buy for.
So I noticed on my Insta Account a like by a company based in Cambridge called Deliciously Guilt Free so I thought it was only right if I ordered some treats from them to taste test so if I like them I can subtly pass the details on to friends and family for future celebrations.
So I asked my friend Stuart, otherwise known as The Rambling Alchemist, if he would like to go halves on an order with me so we could sample a variety of flavours and qualify for free postage. These cakes are not the cheapest as each box costs around £10 for 6 or 8 cakes, but the ingredients used fit perfectly with my Keto lifestyle and the bonus are they are gluten free too.
The flavours we chose to sample were Blueberry and Lemon Drizzle, Pecan Butterscotch Blondie, Salted Caramel Blondie and Strawberries and Cream Blondies and as it was my first order I got 10% off by signing up for their mailing list.
I placed the order on Friday 19th March and the process was quite easy using my phone on their website. I did miss how to get the 10% discount at first but sent them a quick email and got a very quick response from Dan, thanks so much. It says on the website currently 1-5 days to dispatch the order – so I was really pleased to receive mine on the morning of Tuesday 23rd so it was only 4 days – quicker than I expected. Earlier in lockdown I ordered from a different company who took 2 months to send food I didn’t actually like!
The packaging was great, each flavour comes in a box which would fit through the postbox if it was ordered on it’s own – as we ordered 4 boxes they were well packed together. I couldn’t resist opening up the Strawberry and Cream Blondies to start as they were my first choice.
Now I struggle with Erythritol as I get a really bad cooling effect when I cook with it, so I tend to bake using a stevia/erythritol mix when I bake my own cakes, but these were so tasty I could tell it was Erythritol but the cooling effect didn’t bother me. You have to be careful not to eat too many sweet things at once with these sweeteners as they can have a laxative effect, but I could not resist through the day yesterday trying all 4 flavours. I experienced no side effects !
My favourites in order of preference are Pecan Butterscotch, closely followed by Blueberry and Lemon then Strawberries and Cream. The Salted Caramel was my least favourite and I probably wouldn’t order that one again, I think the others were just to full of nuts and fruit that these seemed boring in comparison. All the rest I would definitely order again. I will now freeze the ones I haven’t eaten yet to stop me eating them too quickly.
So I will definitely be recommending Deliciously Guilty Free to others – and I look forward to trying more flavours. If you place your own order use discount AMead10 for 10% off your order here https://deliciouslyguiltfree.com/
When I was first introduced to Keto it was by Mark from Keto Fitness Club bringing food for us to try to business networking meetings. He chose popular foods like chocolate brownies, pancakes and pizza just to show that Keto food can be delicious and quite normal too. I’d always go back for a 2nd slice of pizza if I possibly could.
I’d thought Keto Pizza would have to have a cauliflower base, and I’ve never liked cauliflower. It really was not something I wanted to try. But Mark showed us a recipe called Fathead Dough which only has 4 ingredients. Grated mozzarella, cream cheese, an egg and almond flour.
The first time I tried to make the recipe it was really messy and not that easy. It felt difficult but did make a great pizza. I found though that each time I made it, it got easier and now I can make it without even thinking about it. Practice makes perfect.
Also a suggestion was made that the dough doesn’t really need an egg added, and that was the messiest part, so now I just make it without the egg. In fact I have even converted my non Keto husband to preferring this pizza to a shop bought one, although I don’t like wasting them on him!
One batch of dough makes enough for 2 people, and you can either cook the base and freeze it untopped for another day, or make 2 x full pizzas and freeze to reheat. I like to have a pizza base in the freezer for those can’t be bothered days and I even took a base on holiday with me so I could easily make a pizza when the rest of the family got take out.
But fathead dough is not the only pizza base I have tried whilst on Keto. In the Keto Fitness Club there is Meatza which is a base of minced meat like turkey mince, but this was not a favourite of mine so I’ve only tried it once. But I did love the Megga Bread dough rolled out as a pizza base. One batch of Megga Loaf dough can make half a dozen bread rolls and a pizza base easily.
Another favourite base is a chicken breast butterfly cut and flattened with a rolling pin. And I was really pleased when I went to a Pizza chain in the UK and found they had an option on the menu which had the chicken breast base so I could keep to keto when out with friends.
I choose to top my pizza with passata, but I only need part of the jar as I’m not a huge tomato fan, so I freeze the unused portion in ice cube trays so I can defrost however little of much I need another day. Then I had ham or chicken and bacon, a cheeky bit of sweetcorn which you shouldn’t eat too much of and sometimes a little Leek or broccoli then smother in cheddar cheese.
And the best thing about the fathead dough without the egg is it’s really versatile, we call it Michele’s Keto Dough or MKD in the club as Michele has created recipes for all sorts of options like pasties, splats, and there’s sausage rolls too.
I have always had a totally unhealthy relationship with food. I was so ill as a child I got away with being really fussy, I was the girl who had gravy pie as I didn’t like the meat, I didn’t eat any vegetables, and my favourite food was sausages.
And when I grew up I didn’t get much better. I don’t think I even tried a pizza until my best friend at University made me try one and I couldn’t stand salad. I ate a small range of foods and the only vegetable I touched was peas.
When I was married and became a Mum I put quite a lot of weight on with each child and moved from being 10 to 11 stone to, after two children, over 14 stone. Also my arthritis flared up regularly and in my mid 30s I had a hip replacement as I couldn’t keep up with my 2 kids. I did improve a little as I didn’t want my children to have the same issues with food I did and I hid vegetables from myself in the Shepherds Pie!
When I discovered Forever Living and Aloe Vera Gel my health started to improve. I was also diagnosed with Sleep Apnoea and the Cpap machine helped too, and finally I started to lose weight and my tastes began to change. I had great success with the Clean 9 and used the Forever Living shakes to help me make healthier choices.
Except if I stopped calorie counting and ate ‘normal food’ the weight would pile on. If I calorie counted, was really careful, and exercised I lost weight but I felt like I was denying myself. I would keep getting stalls on weight loss even though my diet had improved and if I even looked at a biscuit I would put weight on. I was able to get a lot fitter and exercise more and my shape improved but I just felt stuck and miserable a lot of the time.
Then 3 years ago through business networking I met Mark Brereton from Keto fitness club and tried some of his low carb and no sugar recipe alternatives, and heard about a different way of eating. Avoiding beige carbs (bread, rice and pasta , and potatoes) cooking without sugar but using plant based natural sweetener alternatives to bake too.
In 7 months I lost a stone and was doing really well and really enjoying the new recipes. I even started to quite like cauliflower mash. Fathead dough was the most delicious pizza base and I made pancakes and Berry bakes with cream cheese and almond flour and loved them all.
Then I went on the holiday of a lifetime to New York with my husband, and had a real carb fest, and when I returned home I just couldn’t get back on the keto wagon. Every single week I meant to go back to my Keto habits, and apart from still cooking some of my recipes I didn’t cut the carbs and sugar and I really piled on the lbs and nearly snuck back to my original 14 stone weight. Something had to change.
So almost 2 years ago I took the decisions to return to the Keto way of eating, but this time my mindset was different. It wasn’t a diet in order to get to a weight goal, it was a new way of eating with the focus on picking foods which wouldn’t trigger inflammation (my arthritis could return at any time).
Keto Fitness Club with Mark was also developing as a business and there were cooking classes, new recipes to try including a bread recipe which was new since my first Keto foray, and lots of support on the mindset and practical help with the recipes.
A year later lockdown came along and it could go one of two ways, and at first I was at risk of going the wrong way and putting weight on. But staying home and not going out meant I could take control and the Keto Fitness Club started regular online cooking classes, zoom coffee mornings, mindset chats and support. We shared favourite recipes, kitchen gadgets (we all love Ninja Foodie) and other kitchen accessories to make cooking easier.
In December 2020 I had a milestone birthday, I hit 50. The week of my birthday I hit my target weight of 11 stone and the bigger target of finally after almost 30 years of being together I weighed less than my husband. I had always weighed a significant amount more than him, always. And now we are the same weight. That was a HUGE milestone.
But the best thing is I eat delicious food every day. I don’t feel like I am denying myself anything. I have cake and pizza and meat and cream and cheese. The only downside is that I have to cook everything myself from scratch. It’s fine most of the time but every now and again it would be nice to find a keto convenience food. But that’s changing gradually as more people come to understand the Keto way.
I have to admit I am a little concerned about keeping to keto once the world opens up and I can go out and eat socially again. But there is no way I am compromising my new way of eating. Eating sugar laden foods is no longer a treat so my ploy will be to take my own breads or treats when eating out and just being a bit more organised while waiting for the world to catch on that sugar is the enemy and not fat.
If you would like the help and support of Keto Fitness Club then you can get access to their recipes for free here https://www.ketofitnessclub.com/pages/free-recipe-library/?ref=AloeAly. There is a public Facebook group you can join for free, linked to from the web link. Also if you are new to Keto the Kick-start session is a great way to learn all about what you need and will help you understand where to start. From there then there is a members group with fabulous cooking classes and fitness classes and lots more support. Getting involved with Keto Fitness Club has made my journey 100% easier and I know I would have got stuck in a rut with foods and got bored without it.
So if regular diets aren’t working for you, or you always put on the weight or get stuck on calorie restricted diets then why not try something different. You might just find you get unexpected results.