As I’ve been experimenting with different recipes for low-carb foods, and reading more articles on what is helpful and what doesn’t work so great for following a keto-friendly diet, I’ve really learned a lot! After almost three weeks, some days feeling more energetic than others, I was drinking water only. Nothing else. Which wasn’t a big change for me because I’ve never been one to drink soda pop very often (I think because we never had it as I was growing up, so it has just never been something I think to buy when I’m grocery shopping). But I will say I miss orange and grape juice, but they are both very high-carb juices. So water it is! For this week’s theme of beverages for Home Matters Linky Party #197 , I thought it would be fun to share with you some of the quick and easy keto-friendly summer drinks I came up with. #Beverages #Drinks #HomeMattersParty
The other day I read an article that explained that with minimizing carbs in your diet, you will naturally lose water weight, so you need to make sure to stay hydrated. That was a good thing to know, because I’ve been struggling a bit this summer with water retention around my ankles – haven’t had a problem with that since the last time I was pregnant! – so now I’m finding that this low-carb thing is really helping with that problem. But it also meant that I was always needing something to drink, and I was just getting bored with water, water, water. I discovered a couple of ways to make lemonade and lemon cream smoothies that really helped with that problem.
But, since I’m not doing the keto-thing exactly, just working on minimizing carbs or a daily basis, some of my concoctions might not be right for someone who is counting carbs and strictly following the carb count to achieve and maintain ketosis. Check out the recipes below for the exact carb, calorie, and other nutritional information. I’ll just tell you how I’ve been doing it, and let you know that most days I am really feeling a difference in my energy level, my skin tone, and the decreasing water retention. As soon as I get around to it, I’ll tell you if I’ve lost any weight. But I will tell you this . . . . most of the summer tops and slacks I have now seem a little bit loose around the waist, arms, tummy, and upper legs. I’ll let you know!
Here are a few summer beverages that I’ve tried with my own twist on low-carb. Let me know what you think!
This recipe for a Lemon Cream Smoothie is from I Breathe I’m Hungry, and it looks really yummy! Be sure to visit their blog for the recipe. I just used a few ingredients and it worked great! 1/2 c heavy whipping cream, 4 TBSP lemon juice (sometimes I cut up a whole lemon, peeled and quartered and toss it, too), 1/2 TBSP stevia sweetener, and a cup of ice cubes. Mix it all in the blender and blend for a minute or two until the ice cubes are completely pulverized and you will have a thick, cold, frosty, lemony smoothie. Super simple.
I did the same thing, almost, to make the chocolate peanut butter smoothie. This one was a mixture of heavy whipping cream, stevia, a couple teaspoons of cocoa powder, and ice all blended together. Then I added 1 TBSP of unsweetened peanut butter. Really yummy! You can find this recipe at Low Carb Yum.
I found this recipe on Pinterest, but I made mine using the same basic ingredients: heavy whipping cream (you can also use part unsweetened almond milk), stevia, and ice cubes. Then I added a tsp of vanilla and a tsp of cinnamon, whipped it all together in the blender, and you will have a thick, creamy, smoothie. Each one of these smoothies will have between 4 – 7 net carbs, but if you need to count carefully, be sure to measure exactly and count the carbs in each of the ingredients.
There are (apparently) lots of different ways to make eggnog, so you will want to find some specific recipes that will work for you . . . . but I made mine rather quickly using heavy cream, stevia, one raw egg (I realize there are ways to sterilize raw eggs to avoid any contamination, but that is for another post), cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. You can also substitute part of the cream for the unsweetened almond milk. Whip it all together in the blender, toss in a few ice cubes to make it thick like a milk shake, and there you have a yummy keto-friendly Eggnog Cream Smoothie. Visit the Keto Diet App website for the complete recipe as well as more information about using raw eggs in your keto-friendly recipes.
The day that I decided to find some ways to drink my water and add a little pizzazz, it suddenly dawned on me that I could actually make my own lemonade . . . . why did it take me so long to figure that out??? This one is super simple and it really hit the spot on a hot afternoon when I was really needing a drink of something – other than water. I added about a cup of filtered water to my blender, poured in around 1/4 cup of lemon juice (today I ran out of lemon juice so I used lime juice to the little bit of lemon juice I had left), and added about 2 tsp. of stevia. Whirred it around in the blender for a few seconds, and it got kind of foamy and frosty. You can adjust the amount of lemon / lime juice and stevia to taste, and you can even toss in a few ice cubes to make it more like a slushy. Perfect on a hot summer afternoon. If you want to follow the recipe exactly on the website, go to The Busy Baker for their “healthy 3-ingredient lemonade.” I think their recipe calls for honey as a sweetener, and I didn’t want to do that so I replaced it with stevia. Experiment until you find what works for you!
And my final, favorite summer keto-friendly beverage is the plain ol’ fashioned Chocolate Cream Smoothie. I found the recipe at the Keto Diet App, but I also found one at Low Carb Joy, so check them out and see if either one might work for you. Of course, still being me and still not wanting to spend a lot of time messing around in the kitchen, I came up with my own version, using pretty much the same ingredients as the other smoothies: heavy whipping cream / unsweetened almond milk, stevia, cocoa powder, and ice cubes. Whip it all together until it is the consistency of a milk shake and adjust the sweetness and the cocoa powder to taste. One thing I discovered that was fun is that if I just use the heavy whipping cream, stevia, and cocoa powder and whip it all together in the blender, it actually turns into a yummy chocolate mousse. It is thick like soft serve ice cream, and of course it is very rich with all that straight whipping cream, but it was nice for a little treat. You can’t eat too much of it though because it is SO heavy and rich. Just fun for once in a while!
I would love to hear about your adventures in the keto lifestyle. Share your recipes with me, and if they are super simple, I might try them too! In the meantime, please join us this week for the Home Matters Linky Party #197. Hope to see you there!
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