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Low Carb Chocolate Fudge for Valentines

Low Carb Chocolate Fudge for Valentines!

Low Carb Chocolate FudgeValentines Day is one of those times when candy and in particular chocolate, reigns supreme!  As followers of Keto and/or low carb, we have it pretty easy because we can use natural fats like butter and coconut oil.  As far as making yummy desserts, to me it is much easier to make a low carb chocolate than a low fat chocolate.  Both can be done, but the low carb tastes better to me!

Wilton 6-Cavity Silicone Heart Mold PanWilton 6-Cavity Silicone Heart Mold Pan

I made them in a full size silicone heart shaped muffin pan and then cut them up after. I am going to find some mini heart silicone pans, that would be way cute!

I only use Silicone pans for a project like this because you can so easily pop out the fudge. These are the greatest invention ever!

I only ever use the Wilton pans, they are my favorite. They are only about a dollar or two more than the no name brands but boy, they sure last a heck of a lot longer!

This fudge works out to 2 grams of carbs per serving (as made here).

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A note about the sweetness level.  With the recipe as given below, it ends up tasting somewhere between bittersweet and semi-sweet, which is what I prefer.  If you like your chocolate fudge to be sweet, either start with semi-sweet chocolate or use more sweetener than I did.

Also, if you are counting carbs, then be aware that the powdered sweeteners like Splenda do have a higher carb count than the liquids like Sweet n Low.  I use the zero carb SweetLeaf Stevia myself, its just my preference.  If you don’t care at all about carb counts, and are just looking for a diabetic friendly fudge, then try the diabetic friendly Agave syrup or go ahead and use Splenda or Truvia Baking Blend .  I don’t use a lot of sweeteners as a general rule, but it is nice to have a treat like this once in awhile.

Low Carb Chocolate Fudge Recipe

I made it with walnuts because I like chocolate walnut anything!

  • ½ c butter
  • ½ c coconut oil
  • 6 pieces of Hersheys Unsweetened chocolate
  • ½ c heavy cream
  • Sweetener of choice to equal ½ cup.(be sure to read above re the sweetness level)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ c chopped walnuts (optional)

Directions

  1. In a heavy pot on very low heat (or a double boiler) melt butter, coconut oil and chocolate.  Once melted add cream, sweetener and vanilla.  If using walnuts, stir them in.
  2. Spoon mixture into 12 heart shaped silicone muffin cups.
  3. Each heart will be 250 calories and only 2 carbs if you use either liquid Sweet N Low or the zero carb Stevia.

And well, it is Valentine’s Day and what could be tastier than some guilt free chocolate fudge!  Enjoy it!

No time to bake?!  You can still be sugar free!

The Hamptons Diet

the Hamptons DietThe Hamptons Diet

When I think of the Hamptons, I think of the rich and wealthy lounging in their summer beach homes.  This diet book written by Fred Pescatore, MD is a little bit like that actually!

It is basically a low carb version of the Mediterranean Diet.  The book differentiates itself from other low carb diets in it’s high use of Macadamia nut oil.  Dr. Pescatore recommends this oil over the olive oil that is common in the Mediterranean due  to it’s perfect 1:1 ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3 fatty acids.  Fair enough.  Monounsaturated oils have been shown to raise HDLs (good cholesterol) and lower tryglycerides.

So for those who love the Mediterranean Diet and the fact that the medical community also loves it, but are carbohydrate sensitive, then The Hamptons Diet could have something to offer you.

Where it falls down a little bit for me, is that the recipes that are shared in this book are really high end and somewhat too gourmet for me.  As a working girl, I ain’t got time for that!

Pros and Cons of The Hamptons Diet

Pros

  • The plan eliminates all the junk and bad for you carbs
  • Monounsaturated fats are a mainstay of this diet
  • Your doctor would very likely support this diet

Cons

  • This is not a very budget friendly diet
  • Dr. Pescatore seems overly obsessed with macadamia nut oil

But, if you are looking for a healthier way to do a low carb program, this may the book for you.

Comment below with your experiences with low carb or macadamia nut oil. Or what are you doing to stay healthy?

 

The Hamptons Diet: Lose Weight Quickly and Safely with the Doctor’s Delicious Meal Plans

 

Organic Macadamia Oil Pure – 16 oz,(Now Foods)

 

The Hamptons Diet Cookbook: Enjoying the Hamptons Lifestyle Wherever You Live

Dr. Bernstein Diet

Dr. Bernstein DietDr. Bernstein  Diet

This diet is a long time ‘weigh and pay’ program, having been around for 35 years.  It is a very low calorie, medically supervised plan that promises (and delivers) rapid weight loss.

Exercise is not required and they indicate you will lose about ¾ lb a day of only fat. That averages about 20 pounds plus per month!  Those results are astounding, but you do pay for them.  I spoke to a friend of mine who is currently doing this plan and she is paying over $1000 a month.

I honestly do not know how you can maintain muscle mass without exercise but this is their claim. I suspect that because it is so low calorie (about 800 calories a day) they may want to protect you from passing out!

Pros and Cons of Dr. Bernstein Diet

Pros

Rapid weight loss

Medical supervision and coaching

Use of real foods

Cons

Cost is prohibitive for most people

Very low calorie and no exercise does not seem like you would learn how to do this long term

You have to live near a Dr. Bernstein clinic

 

I would love to hear people’s experience with this one.  Did you go through this program and successfully keep the weight off?

The books below are written by a different Dr. Bernstein, however it occurred to me that they would be more useful and affordable for most people and they have excellent reviews!


Dr. Bernstein’s Diabetes Solution: The Complete Guide to Achieving Normal Blood Sugars

The Diabetes Diet: Dr. Bernstein’s Low-Carbohydrate Solution

The Blood Sugar Solution Cookbook: More than 175 Ultra-Tasty Recipes for Total Health and Weight Loss


Review of The Dukan Diet

dukan diet reviewThe Dukan Diet

The Dukan Diet has been all the rage in France for a number of years. It was developed by French doctor, Dr. Pierre Dukan and has become a cult favorite, party due to it’s connections to members of the Royal Family following this plan.

I tried it myself and lost 10 lbs in one week!  The downside was I became very constipated and stopped the diet.  I would like to try it again, but I would have to first overcome the issues I had before.  This would mean not following it to the letter and increasing the daily oat bran that is allowed on the diet..

It is a very low carb diet and overcomes one of the big criticisms of low carb diets, which is that low carb diets are also typically high in fat.  This is not the case with the Dukan program.  It is very low in fat as well as carbs.

There are four phases to The Dukan Diet:

Attack Phase

The Attack phase lasts from 2 to 7 days, depending on how you answer the questionaire (follow the link at the end of this article), most people end up with 5 days on Attack.  This phase is ‘pure protein’ meaning you eat only lean proteins, eggs, fat free dairy and 1 1/2 tablespoons of oat bran per day.

Cruise Phase

In the Cruise phase you alternate between Protein Days and Protein and Vegetable days, increasing your oat bran to 2 tbsp per day.

Consolidation Phase

This phase is where more carbs are added as well as a weekly Celebration meal.  This phase lasts 1 week for every pound lost during Attack and Cruise.

Permanent Stabilization

This phase is where you are back out in the real world with a few rules.  Once a week you have one ‘pure protein’ day, eat 3 tbsp oat bran every day and daily exercise.

Pros and Cons of The Dukan Diet

Pros

Rapid weight loss

Easy to follow, eat until full

Consolidation phase, if followed is a great idea to ‘lock in’ your weight loss

Cons

Very low carb can cause issues such as constipation (Trust me I know!)

It is hard to stick with long term, so it is important to get onto the easier part of the diet as soon as possible.

Still, this is a very effective program and because it works so fast, if you follow it and just ‘get it done’, you can get onto the more relaxed part of the diet which is easier to follow.   Look forward to your comments!

 

The Dukan Diet: 2 Steps to Lose the Weight, 2 Steps to Keep It Off Forever Dukan Diet Oat Bran Muffin Mix, Vanilla, 9.7 Ounce Complete Dukan Cookbook

The General Motors Diet

general motors dietThe General Motors (or GM) Diet.

There is a popular belief that GM came up with this diet to help their employees lose weight.  I have not been able to find any concrete evidence of that!  None the less, it is a very popular diet and I did give it a try.

The diet itself is very specific, you eat certain things on certain days, and therefore not a long term diet.  It is designed to be followed for 7 days.  For all your hard work you are rewarded with a 10 to 17 lb weight loss.

Day 1:  All the fruit you want (no bananas or starchy or dried fruit)

Day 2: All the vegetables you want, raw or cooked.  Breakfast includes 1 large baked potato with a pat of butter.

Day 3: All the fruits and vegetables you want (still no bananas!)

Day 4: bananas, skim milk and the ‘GM Wonder Soup’

Day 5: Each meal must consist of beef and tomatoes.  The only other food you can consume is as much of the GM Wonder Soup as you like.

Day 6: Beef and any kinds of vegetables and Wonder Soup, in whatever quantities needed.

Day 7: Brown rice, fruit and vegetables, quantities as needed.

The GM Wonder Soup

I found a couple different variations of this.  Basically it is a vegetable soup made primarily with cabbage, onions, celery and green peppers. I basically made the same soup as The Cabbage Soup Diet and used that.

If you made it through this, you are at least 10 lbs lighter!

Pros and Cons of The GM Diet

Pros

Large rapid weight loss

No measuring foods

Its free!

Cons

Restrictive and boring

Not a balanced diet

All in all, the GM Diet does deliver as long as you commit 100% to it.  Good luck and report your results below in the comments!

 

The Zone Diet

The Zone Diet

The Zone Diet

Many A-list celebrities have ‘entered’ The Zone to keep their famous figures! What exactly is The Zone Diet?

The Zone Diet works by closely regulating blood sugar levels, keeping our blood sugar in a tight ‘zone’ that helps to burn fat efficiently.  To achieve this, you need to maintain a certain ratio of carbs to proteins to fats every time you eat a meal.  On the surface, it appears to be very similar to any other low carb diet, but having tried it for a few weeks, there is a difference.

For me that difference is simplicity!  I was a science major and I had trouble with this one.  You get ‘Zone Food Blocks’ where each block contains a standard amount of protein, carb and fat.  You get a certain number of blocks to use up for meals and snacks.

First you need to figure out how many blocks you get based on a few factors, then you need to plan out meals that contain those blocks.  You really need the book.  Or if money is no object, you can get Zone meals delivered to your door!

Pros and Cons of The Zone Diet

Pros

You will lose weight

Healthy balanced meals are the norm

There are a lot of recipes and groups online that can help you

It’s free (other than you really need the book!)

Cons

I found it very complicated

To maintain the blocks and stay in the ‘zone’ you really need to weigh and measure everything

 

If you still want to try it out, get the book! And please come and comment with your experience, maybe it was just me?


Enter The Zone: A Dietary Road map Zone Meals in Seconds: 150 Fast and Delicious Recipes for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner (Zone (Regan)) Zone-Perfect Meals in Minutes

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