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2017 Black Friday sale is live

OK, it’s been live since I enabled it at midnight but here’s a handy reminder just in case you forgot. Whether you’re stocking up your own supplies, getting something for that crazy person doing keto, or getting ready for your New Year resolution to lose weight – this sale is for you.

  • November 20 – 26  we are having a “flavor of the week” 10% off sale on Vanilla weeks, that sale ends Monday morning…
  • Starting on “Cyber Monday” we will have a “flavor of the week” 10% off sale on Salted Caramel weeks.

Here’s what we got going on – Black Friday, November 24 – Cyber Monday, November 27:

  • The first 100 orders over $100 get a free Keto Chow “food pyramid” T-shirt (while size supplies last, we have limited numbers of the various sizes).
  • Sold Out! The first 50 orders of 4 weeks get a free Keto Chow HydroFlask insulated bottle
  • “Free” USPS Shipping. You just need to enter the coupon code SHIP17. USPS Priority Mail (usually 2-day) shipping within the United States is free with a coupon. We aren’t doing free FedEx shipping, nor are we doing free international shipping; but you still get the same $17.50 discount on shipping: just add the coupon code. Note that you’ll want to order 4 or fewer weeks at a time to get the discount (if you order 8 then it puts it in 2 boxes and you’ll only get the discount on the first box). You can use the discount code more than once so feel free to get a bunch!
     There are 2 places to enter the coupon code, either on the shopping cart page, or on the checkout page. You HAVE to enter the code to get the discount.
  • 5% off ALL week bags of Keto Chow.
  • $10 off “Sample all the Things!” a sample of every flavor (except Peanut Butter, we should get those in a few more weeks) – comes with a Keto Chow branded Blender Bottle.
  • $5 off the “Base Powder” week size – handy for customizing Keto Chow with your own protein powder/flavor/sweetener – plus it’s WAY cheaper to ship internationally – I can fit 5 “weeks” in the same flat rate envelope I use for a single full week.

Head on over to the Keto Chow store now!

By | 2017-11-24T11:29:21+00:00 November 24th, 2017|Categories: Site or Store Stuff|Tags: |0 Comments

2017 Black Friday, Cyber Monday (plus Saturday and Sunday) sale

It’s time for our annual after Thanksgiving sale! Whether you’re stocking up your own supplies, getting something for that crazy person doing keto, or getting ready for your New Year resolution to lose weight – this sale is for you.

  • November 20 – 26  we are having a “flavor of the week” 10% off sale on Vanilla weeks, that sale ends Monday morning…
  • Starting on “Cyber Monday” we will have a “flavor of the week” 10% off sale on Salted Caramel weeks.

Here’s what we got going on – Black Friday, November 24 – Cyber Monday, November 27:

  • The first 100 orders over $100 get a free Keto Chow “food pyramid” T-shirt (while size supplies last, we have limited numbers of the various sizes).
  • Sold Out! The first 50 orders of 4 weeks get a free Keto Chow HydroFlask insulated bottle
  • “Free” USPS Shipping. You just need to enter the coupon code SHIP17. USPS Priority Mail (usually 2-day) shipping within the United States is free with a coupon. We aren’t doing free FedEx shipping, nor are we doing free international shipping; but you still get the same $17.50 discount on shipping: just add the coupon code. Note that you’ll want to order 4 or fewer weeks at a time to get the discount (if you order 8 then it puts it in 2 boxes and you’ll only get the discount on the first box). You can use the discount code more than once so feel free to get a bunch!
     There are 2 places to enter the coupon code, either on the shopping cart page, or on the checkout page. You HAVE to enter the code to get the discount.
  • 5% off ALL week bags of Keto Chow.
  • $10 off “Sample all the Things!” a sample of every flavor (except Peanut Butter, we should get those in a few more weeks) – comes with a Keto Chow branded Blender Bottle.
  • $5 off the “Base Powder” week size – handy for customizing Keto Chow with your own protein powder/flavor/sweetener – plus it’s WAY cheaper to ship internationally – I can fit 5 “weeks” in the same flat rate envelope I use for a single full week.

Head on over to the Keto Chow store now!

By | 2017-11-24T11:29:03+00:00 November 20th, 2017|Categories: Keto Chow, Site or Store Stuff|Tags: , |0 Comments

Chicken Coconut Curry

Low carb dieting becomes dreadfully discouraging when all you’re craving is chicken curry over basmati rice and naan bread… Fortunately, we found a solution! Creamy coconut curry, low carb naan, and roasted garlic cauliflower rice. These recipes may look intimidating and time-consuming, but I made all three of these dishes in a little over an hour! 

 

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Chicken Coconut Curry
Tender chicken breast smothered with a creamy coconut curry sauce and sautéed peppers will bring the flavor of India to your table in this simple, keto-friendly dish. The thing I love most about making curry is that there is so much room to improvise! If you are a recipe follower then this recipe was made for you, if you are an innovator (like myself), this recipe is also for you!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Begin by heating a large skillet and adding the coconut oil. Chop your 2 chicken breasts, and place them in the skillet on medium heat.
  2. Season chicken with salt, turmeric, cayenne, ginger and garlic powder.
  3. Wash and roughly chop the bell pepper. This is where the innovation comes in, I chose to use a red and orange bell pepper, I cut them into strips rather than a traditional chop. Immediately place peppers into skillet with chicken.
  4. Once peppers are tender (after about 7 minutes), add coconut milk, peanut butter and curry paste. I used a red thai curry paste.
  5. This curry has a smoky, paprika-like flavor because it is made from roasted red peppers. Feel free to experiment with your curries! A green paste, or even a yellow powder will work great in this recipe too, it all is dependent on personal preference.
  6. After chicken is cooked through, turn off heat and stir in xantham gum. The xantham gum will thicken your sauce like a roux would. Serve curry over riced cauliflower and with naan bread!
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Information:
Calories: 307
Fat: 23g
Carbs: 10.6g
Fiber: 5.5g
Net Carbs: 5.1g

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By | 2017-11-24T01:16:56+00:00 November 19th, 2017|Categories: Recipes|Tags: |0 Comments

Keto Naan Bread

Original recipe found on Keto Connect, a food blog by couple Matt and Megha who are passionate about sharing their love for their healthy lifestyle.

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Keto Naan Bread
Naan is traditionally a leavened, oven-baked flatbread, found in the cuisines of Central Asia and South Asia. This recipe brings the authentic taste of India to your table in less than 30 minutes! Conveniently, this low-carb bread is cooked in a frying pan to cut down in cooking time.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Passive Time 15 minutes
Servings
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Ingredients
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Passive Time 15 minutes
Servings
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Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Combine the coconut flour, psyillium husk powder, baking powder, salt and coconut oil. When you first mix the coconut oil into the flour mixture it will be lumpy; but don’t fret! By adding the hot water, the clumps of oil dissolve.
  2. Add 1 to 1.5 cups of hot water to start and combine. Add more hot water if needed (I ended up using about 1 ¼ cups). If the consistency is too wet add more psyllium husk powder.
  3. Knead with your hands for a minute and let it sit in a bowl for 15 minutes (while the dough is resting, the husk powder activates, thickening and setting the dough).
  4. Pull apart the dough into as big or as little balls as you'd like and roll out using some parchment paper and a rolling pin. I molded balls about the size of my palm, and this was the perfect portion size.
  5. Spray the parchment paper with cooking spray before rolling the dough. If you do not, you will end up will an uneven glob of dough stuck to the paper (sadly, I speak from experience).
  6. Heat a skillet to medium heat and add a naan to the heated skillet. Flip after a couple minutes (it will be brown on the other side), and cook until browned on both sides (I would recommend cooking the naan on a low/medium heat; this allows the bread to be crispy on the outside and cooked in the middle. Mine took anywhere from 1-3 minutes per side).Tip: If the naan starts to puff up, you know it’s done! Complete until all the naan is cooked and enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Nutrition:

Calories: 271
Fat: 17.5g
Protein: 4g
Carbs: 25g
Fiber: 19g
Net Carbs: 6g

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By | 2017-11-11T17:30:41+00:00 November 17th, 2017|Categories: Recipes|Tags: |0 Comments

Sous-Vide Smoked Brisket

This has nothing to do with Keto Chow but it’s a fantastic, easy, and delicious way to prepare brisket. The traditional methods for cooking brisket involve a crazy amount of prep work and smoking the meat for 15-18 hours, I’m too lazy for all that and they tell you to cut off the fat – that’s crazy man!

TL;DR: Cut up a brisket into manageable pieces, season it, sous-vide it for a long time, smoke it straight out of the water bath or you can refrigerate it for a few days if necessary. Impress your neighbors.

To cook brisket this way you’ll need a Sous-Vide cooker and a smoker (you could finish it with an oven or regular grill too but smokers taste better). These should be considered “Medical Devices” – since they are helping you eat healthy and preventing the complications of diabetes. For the Sous-Vide, personally, I have the older Bluetooth Anova Precision Cooker. If I was buying one today I’d just get the Monoprice Strata. It doesn’t have all the fancy internet connectivity and stuff but it’s $70 and it works – especially since once it gets cooking you just let it cook, you’re not *doing* anything. The Monoprice one also is the same size as the Anova so it fits in the same hole if you convert a cooler into a cooking container – which allows you to cook more at the same time and it uses less power (if you’re in Utah and want to come use my hole saw, I have one just for this). This particular brisket was for a neighborhood game night, had a lady that grew up in Texas say it was one of the better briskets she has had.

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Sous-Vide Smoked Brisket
Simple and easy brisket using a sous-vide and finished with a smoker.
Course Main Dish
Cuisine US
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 hours
Passive Time 30 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine US
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 hours
Passive Time 30 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. OK, so you got a whole brisket, looks good. Dry it off using paper towels.
  2. The bags I use for my sous-vide aren't big enough for a whole brisket. I have to cut mine into quarters.
  3. Add seasoning. This will mostly be salt and pepper. I had a big bottle of "McCormick Grill Mates Montreal Steak Seasoning" so I used that too.
  4. Season all the sides. It's not even close to necessary to apply this evenly: when it's cooking in the bag the juices will get al over the place and distribute it for you.
  5. Put the meat into bags. I'm using a vaccum sealer, you can also just use zip loc bags that you get (most) of the air out.
  6. Put the meat into the pre-heated water bath. There are a variety of different temperatures and durations you can use. longer time at lower temps, shorter time at higher temps. The water from my tap comes out at 140° F (60° C) so I just use that temperature.
  7. Done cooking. At 140 this should be completed well before 36 hours but I get busy and tend to just let it keep going. With sous-vide more time = more better. I left this one in about 72 hours by the time I took it out. This particular brisket wasn't going to be finished in the smoker for nearly a week so I just put the sealed bags in the fridge until I returned from my trip to California.
  8. Smoking the Brisket. If you put the brisket in the fridge you may need to smoke it longer to bring the internal temperature up to serving temp, use a thermometer. I did this one for about 3 hours while I was smoking other meats.
  9. After smoking you're supposed to let it rest for a while to let the juices redistribute or something. Then you cut against the grain into slices and serve.
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By | 2017-11-16T07:23:25+00:00 November 16th, 2017|Categories: Recipes|Tags: |0 Comments

Going all-in – quitting my “day job”

Well, it’s been a long time coming, and likely should have happened quite some time ago. January 19th, 2018, will be my final day at my soon-to-be-former “day” job as a SalesForce admin for a non-profit. I’ve held off this long for a number of reasons (insanely good health insurance, I like the team I’m working with, I’m helping people) but it’s gotten to a stage where I really have no other choice and it’s time to move forward.

This should alleviate much of the work my awesome wife has been taking on, and I should be able to move stuff forward with Keto Chow better. It should also mean our fantastic customer service will be even better AND the warehouse in South Jordan will be open for longer hours. Same-day shipping cut-off will be later too, so you may be able to order as late as 1 or 2 pm (mountain) and still get your order shipped out that same day.

Exciting times!

By | 2017-11-15T11:30:40+00:00 November 15th, 2017|Categories: Keto Chow, Site or Store Stuff|Tags: , , |2 Comments

N=me experiment: 4 weeks of *ONLY* Keto Chow – 3rd week tests back

I have the second-to-last test results from my experiment back. To quickly recap: I’m doing a test where I’m only eating Keto Chow and only drinking water. Nothing else. No snacks, no diet soda, no gum, no nothing. I am taking the Keto Chow fish oil pills as they are required to get the right EPA and DHA Ω3 fatty acids, and I was taking a magnesium malate supplement (I need more than normal) but I recently stopped that because the version of Keto Chow that I’m testing (v2.1rc2) has additional magnesium malate in it and the supplement I was taking had a gram of dextrose (which sucks). Here’s my complete food log and information from Cron-o-meter for the experiment so far, and here are my blood tests, updated with the results of my latest blood test.

The week proceeding this test was interesting. The short version is: I was at a tech conference with no refrigeration so I was using avocado oil instead of heavy cream. Because of this, I was getting around 2g of net carbs (or lower) A DAY. On the test, my insulin was low, my glucose showed in the red because it’s so low, my LDL-P is below 1000 and my triglycerides are higher. It’s almost like my body is using lipoproteins to transport energy (adding another data point to Dave Feldman’s hypothesis).

The last 5 days since this blood draw, my ketones have come down from the 4.5-5.5 range to the 3.0-3.5 range and my weight loss has slowed a bit too. I’m guessing this is due to using heavy cream as the fat source. Starting today through the end of the experiment, I’m switching from all heavy cream to half heavy cream, half avocado oil. Avocado oil is OK but not nearly as yummy as heavy cream, so I’m hoping that by splitting it I can get the good taste plus lower net carbs. Even with 100% heavy cream, I was still under 10g net carbs though. Protip: heavy cream has half the calories as oil for the same volume. If you’re replacing heavy cream for oil you use 1/2 as much (roughly).

A few days ago a post showed up on the Keto Chow Subreddit: Full month on KetoChow – 13 lbs lost and loving it and this showed up last night: Week 1 with Keto Chow and not much else . . .– looks like I’m not the only one doing this, N=3 then =)

 

On a final note, I’d like to illustrate one of the interesting challenges with this experiment. The evening after I got this blood draw, I was in charge of preparing the food for a neighborhood game night (I was also in charge of bringing the Raspberry Pi with the 4 player arcade version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles). I had previously prepared a brisket with my sous-vide (recipe and more coming =) so I just needed to smoke it, along with the chicken legs and the bratwurst. I also made pulled pork using the InstantPot. It was a truly glorious sight to behold once it was all done.

I didn’t eat any of it.

I had thought about eating some before, but I decided that there were too many variables shifting around (coming back from a trip, switching back from avocado oil to heavy cream, etc…) plus I wanted to keep the inputs clean. I fully intend to do a press release after all this is done announcing that I lived for 4 weeks on JUST Keto Chow and I didn’t want to have to add a little asterisk footnote: “*except that one meal where I pigged out on brisket” (on an aside, anybody know how to do a press release? =) Really, it was just like cooking any other meal I didn’t eat these last 3 weeks (like the CavemanKeto chili I made Sunday). Once committed to this course of action, I just keep going. It’s a little like fasting in some respects. I’m not the only one cooking though, my awesome wife has been feeding the kids some really great keto meals too.

Don’t worry: I put a bunch of the meat in the freezer for lunch on Friday after my final blood draw =)

Garlic Riced Cauliflower

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Garlic Riced Cauliflower
Riced Cauliflower creates the perfect base for any dish. As a perfect, low-carb, supplement for rice, it's the perfect quick side-dish for any home cooked meal.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
cups
Ingredients
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
cups
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Cut away the leaves of the cauliflower. Break the cauliflower into chunks and place in a food processor (I food-processed mine in two batches because of the large quantity, chopping the cauliflower in smaller quantities prevents large chucks).
  2. Add salt and garlic to the food processor. Chop the cauliflower in a food processor until it resembles the appearance of rice.
  3. Heat a large pan and add coconut oil. Pour cauliflower mixture into pan, cover and cook on low heat, stirring occasionally for 6-10 minutes (I always lean closer to 10 minutes of cooking time because I prefer a softer texture).
  4. Once “rice” has met desired consistency, remove from heat and serve!
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Information:

Calories 68
Fat 3.8g
Carb 8g
Fiber 3.5g
Net Carb 4.5g

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By | 2017-11-11T17:28:13+00:00 November 14th, 2017|Categories: Recipes|Tags: |0 Comments

Flavor of the Week November 13-November 19: 10% off sale on Chocolate Peanut Butter 2.0 Week Packs

Pop quiz: Anybody know what my favorite flavor of Keto Chow is? Here’s a hint. But hey, you don’t have to take my word for it, check out the flavor reviews of 2.0 Chocolate Peanut Butter!  For the next week, you can get 10% off the 21 meal “week” size of Chocolate Peanut Butter 2.0. We unfortunately still haven’t received the sample size of Chocolate Peanut Butter yet. It’s all ready to go at the packaging place, they apparently have a backlog of jobs and are trying to fit ours in – it may still be 1-2 more weeks before we have the Peanut Butter samples ready.

Speaking of reviews, you should check out our reviews on Google, and the reviews of Keto Chow. Here’s a “taste”:

Not only is the product top notch and helping me lose extra lbs but the website is very helpful and full of info that details the product and the keto diet.

Here’s another, should be noted that I publish all of the reviews that come in – bad or good – as they are, typos intact. The only ones I remove are spam posts from people wanting you to buy pills to “enhance performance” and such:

We are in our second ketochow chocolate. It has become the morning man for my two daughters. We prepare at night with a little bit of milk and they love a glass in the morning with eggs and bacon. They gone through lunch well and they come home hungry but not starving. Though it’s pricey, we believe they like it enough to continue purchasing. Thanks

 

By | 2017-11-13T04:26:55+00:00 November 13th, 2017|Categories: Keto Chow, Ketogenic, Site or Store Stuff, Soylent|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Keto Pepper Nachos

Nachos are a go-to American comfort food, typically loaded with carbs. I found this Keto friendly Naco recipe originally from A Sweet Life , an online diabetes magazine. Many of their recipes are low carb and great for the Keto Diet. Thanks to this tasty, simple recipe I can guiltlessly eat Nachos!

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Keto Pepper Nachos
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Measure the spices and mix in a small bowl. The recipe calls for ½ tsp of table salt, but I used Pink Himalayan salt to enhance the meat’s flavor. I also used ground cayenne instead of red pepper flakes because I prefer a smooth texture.
  2. Then add one pound of ground beef to a frying pan on medium heat. I don’t like big chunks of meat so I used a potato-masher to break the meat into smaller pieces. After 7-10 minutes, mix in the spices.
  3. Rinse the pound of mini bell peppers while the beef is cooking. I bought mine from walmart in a one pound bag (yay! Less measuring). After rinsing cut of the stem of each pepper and then cut pepper in half lengthwise.
  4. Place them on a pan with a nonstick surface (silpat mat, aluminum foil or wax paper). This step is crucial! If you forget to line the pan… you’ll be left with a cheesy mess! As you line the peppers on the pan, place them as close together as possible-so the toppings end up on the nachos and not the pan. Then season each pepper with salt. The first time I made these, I bit into a nacho with the expectation of a salty chip flavor, but was thrown off when all I could taste was an unseasoned pepper topped with cheese. So please, take the time to sprinkle each pepper with salt.
  5. Cover the peppers with your cooked meat, and top with cheese. Place in the 400 degree oven for 5-10 minutes. If you like them golden brown like I do, cook them for up to 15 minutes.
  6. Dice tomatoes, avocados, cilantro...etc. Take your nachos out of the oven. Serve and garnish. Voilà, keto friendly nachos!
Recipe Notes

Calories: 351 kcal
Total fat: 21.97g
Calories from fat: 197
Carbohydrate: 6.58g
Protein per serving: 28.41g
Total dietary fiber: 2.39g
Net Carbohydrate: 4.19g
Cholesterol: 96mg

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By | 2017-11-11T17:21:35+00:00 November 11th, 2017|Categories: Recipes|Tags: |0 Comments
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