Low Carb Coffee Sweeteners

Of all the things I had to give up over the years, coffee was one I could never, ever get rid of. I’ve quit smoking, completely changed my diet, stopped drinking soda or any sugary drinks, etc. You get the picture. Coffee is the one vice I cling to, and I cling to it fervently, with all of my might. I’ll probably be buried with my favorite coffee cup because no one could pry it out of my hands.

So when I had to figure out a way to enjoy coffee while keeping it low carb, it took a lot of trial and error to come up with something that didn’t taste like a compromise. Here are the low carb coffee sweeteners I’ve tried. Some fell by the wayside and a couple of them remained staples in our cupboards. I hope you find one that works for you! Continue reading “Low Carb Coffee Sweeteners”


Hippeas Low Carb Puffs Snack Review

I stumbled across these Hippeas puffs at our grocery store the other day.  The package looked interesting so I took a second look.  At just 18 carbs for 20 pieces, I thought it was worth a try.  That they were on sale for $.99 made the temptation pretty much irresistible.  I thought I’d do a Hippeas review, so I picked up two varieties there: Far Out Fajita and Sriracha Sunshine.

I was hungry when we got home from the grocery store (try shopping with four hungry kids sometime, it’s really fun), so I decided there was no time like the present to give them a try.  Here are my impressions of both flavors.

Hippeas Organic Chickpea Puffs, Far Out Fajita

This is the first package I tried.  The package size is four ounces, with a serving size of one ounce.  The ingredients list is pretty small and full of goodness: Continue reading “Hippeas Low Carb Puffs Snack Review”


List of Carbs in Fruit

fruit bowl photoThis is an exhaustive list of carbs in fruit with data compiled from the USDA nutrition database, including many fruits I’d never even heard of! I went through and removed duplicates and processed fruits, leaving only the raw or, in the cases of no other listings, some cooked options.

The serving is determined by the USDA’s average household serving and the amount of carbs and fiber in each fruit are based on that serving size. The weight in grams is included too to help you better define the serving amount.
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List of Carbs in Vegetables, with Fiber Counts

vegetables photoThis is meant to be a comprehensive list of all readily available vegetables, along with the total grams of carbs and fiber in a typical serving size, which is noted for each vegetable.

You can sort the contents of each table, which can be helpful if you’re looking for a particular carb count or vegetable.  Each table can be searched to pull up a vegetable by name.

The list was manually pared down and categorize from 788 results in the USDA food composition database.  Unless otherwise noted, the information is for the vegetables in their raw state.

Any entry with a “–” is where data wasn’t available.  Feel free to email me or leave a comment if you want something included here that isn’t already!

Carbs in Leafy Greens and Sprouts

Leafy vegetables, while admittedly not that great on their own (sorry, rabbits), pack a lot of nutrition in their dainty frames.  Something we began experimenting with this last summer is fermenting greens like lambsquarter and spinach.  I was blown away by the taste and found myself looking forward to including them in meals.
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Taco Flavored Hummus Recipe

Every time I go to Grocery Outlet, I’m amazed at the cool stuff we find to try. The other day, it was taco inspired hummus with some salsa on the side for a mere $1.50! I couldn’t believe my taste buds. Around here, we’re big fans of hummus since it dresses up just about any vegetable and offers a big protein punch. We made short work of the stuff, and I vowed to come up with a hummus recipe so we could keep eating it.

Hummus is traditionally made with chickpeas, but you can use other beans to create a wider variety of flavors. In this case, we used some pintos I had on hand from my perpetual habit of soaking wayyy too many beans for one meal. I always make those extras into some form of hummus-y goodness and cook them in a second crockpot:
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Basic Low Carb Breakfast Burritos

As a mom with four young children and a small farm, cooking is not high on my list of Things I Want to Waste Time Doing.  As a result, most of our fare is basic and, with so many individual tastes, hopefully tasty.

These burritos are a big hit with everyone (and the dogs, too!), take very little time to make, cost very little and, even better, are low carb too.
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Common Sense Low Carb Breakfast Ideas

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Photo by congerdesign (Pixabay)

Breakfast is probably the hardest meal of the day to stick to low carb options.  In our traditional Western diet, carbs and breakfast seem to be inseparable.  Biscuits and gravy, cereal, oatmeal, even toast; they all have too many carbs for typical low carb parameters.

How Many Carbs for a Low Carb Breakfast?

If you’re diabetic, your doctor will have made a specific carb plan for you.  When I had gestational diabetes, my doctor’s goal was for me to stay under 20 carbs for breakfast.  This can be a challenging number to hit, but our bodies process sugars differently earlier in the day and in terms of all day blood sugar control, breakfast is definitely the most important meal.
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Low Carb Curry Vegetable Beef Soup

2014-01-21_17-20-52_637Lentils are a staple in our house. Though by themselves they are high in carbs, they make an excellent filler in a hearty winter soup. One cup of this vegetable soup has 26 grams of carbs. If you are aiming for 45 or less for dinner, you can even enjoy a nice slice of buttered bread to dip in the broth.
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