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100 Days of Keto (Chow) Day 83

This entry is part 89 of 107 in the series 100 Days of Keto Chow

Yesterday I mixed up the 12 meals of Keto Chow that will finish off the Avocado Oil + MCT Oil portion of the experiment, that’ll take me through to Thursday evening, then I start the butter segment! As part of that, yesterday we tried an experiment: We melted 3 meals worth of butter (1/2 stick per meal in this case) and got some warm water, added the butter to the warm water, added 3 scoops of Chocolate Mint Keto Chow, mixed it all up with a blender, put it into some Blender Bottles, and put those into the fridge. I wanted to see if the butter would separate out or not, my experience with the avocado oil and the immersion blender is that the blender and the acacia gum emulsifies the mixture really well so it might stay integrated. This morning Miriam checked the bottles and all of them were still completely mixed, no floating layer of solidified butter! Looks like mixing up ahead of time is a viable option, sweet!

This morning we have a “fitness challenge” starting here at the office. It’ll go for a month, half of which will be during the final phase of my 100 days. Looks like there is a max of 10 points a day for doing things like: No soda, Drink 64oz of water, 8000 steps, No desserts, 7+ hours of sleep, vegetable serving each day (I’m totally counting acacia gum!), track everything in an app like cron-o-meter, with a bonus 10 pts if you lose 3% of your weight. This will be interesting!

By |2019-03-25T09:50:46-06:00March 25th, 2019|Categories: 100 Days of Keto Chow, Weight Loss|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Flavor of the week: Get 10% off the Orange Cream 21 meal packs between March 25 – March 31

Until March 31 you can get 10% off the 21 meal “week” size of the Orange Cream 2.1.  Check out the flavor reviews of Orange Cream.

We sometimes get asked: “what can I do with Keto Chow besides make shakes?” The best place to start is our Keto Chow Recipes page. You should check out our store reviews on Google, and the reviews of Keto Chow. We also get a lot of reviews on our Facebook page and on our SubReddit. Here’s a “taste”:

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Here’s another review, it 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.

I can’t begin to explain how delicious all of these products are. Banana, chocolate, and vanilla are my favorite so far. Add a teaspoon or 2 of peanut butter and WOWWWW. Definitely worth the $3/meal.

By |2019-03-25T06:37:42-06:00March 25th, 2019|Categories: Keto Chow, Site or Store Stuff|Tags: , |0 Comments

100 Days of Keto (Chow) Day 82

This entry is part 88 of 107 in the series 100 Days of Keto Chow

Last night I ate an entire bag of Nacho Cheese Doritos… then I woke up and realized it was a dream. I hate those dreams. Usually, instead of actually eating them, I’m just realizing that it’s already DONE andI’m just dealing with the sucky repercussions. Anyhow! We’re having a family dinner today, lasagna for everyone but me =) Miriam made some keto lasagna for her and the girls, I’ll be having Keto Chow.

I donned my zozosuit again and took measurements, still losing lots of inches, that’s cool.

By |2019-03-24T09:15:59-06:00March 24th, 2019|Categories: 100 Days of Keto Chow, Weight Loss|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

100 Days of Keto (Chow) Day 81

This entry is part 87 of 107 in the series 100 Days of Keto Chow

It’s a bit of a lazy Saturday today, we got up late (which isn’t to say I actually slept in – my brain started running at the normal time). The 100 days is still going great, yesterday I went to dinner with my wife and our friends, I had Coke Zero while they had some wings and Prime Rib. I also did an “all day of eating” video just for fun, I eat a lot of Keto Chow every day =)

 

By |2019-03-23T10:53:24-06:00March 23rd, 2019|Categories: 100 Days of Keto Chow, Weight Loss|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Keto Chow Electrolyte Gummies

Keto Chow Electrolyte Gummies

A fun and convenient way to replenish your electrolytes. Brew extra coffee or tea and sweeten to your liking; or use your favorite low carb drink. Equipment: Silicone candy molds or ice cube trays
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time6 mins
Course: Snacks
Keyword: Electrolytes, Keto Chow
Servings: 16 1/2 ounce gummies
Author: Taffiny Elrod

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Place the cold liquid (including the electrolytes) in a small saucepan and sprinkle the gelatin over the surface.
  • Allow the gelatin to soften for a minute or two
  • Place the pan over medium-low heat and heat while stirring until all the gelatin has dissolved and the mixture is hot but not boiling, about 190-200 degrees.
  • Pour or ladle the mixture into the molds or ice cube trays.
  • Refrigerate overnight.
  • Remove the gummies from the molds and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Notes

Taffiny Elrod March 2019

By |2019-09-17T09:32:41-06:00March 22nd, 2019|Categories: Keto Chow Recipes|Tags: , , |2 Comments

100 Days of Keto (Chow) Day 80

This entry is part 86 of 107 in the series 100 Days of Keto Chow

Welcome everyone to day 80 of my 100 day experiment/challenge! I’m now 4/5 of the way through and going strong! I’m going to be heading in for a blood test this morning. I’m doing them at a new location that’s in a hospital. I was WAY early last week but took 15 minutes to find the office, so I ended up on-time after all. I did get last week’s blood tests back yesterday and I’ve updated the spreadsheet: https://bit.ly/2HMIMUo

Yesterday evening I actually felt hungry for the first time in probably a month or longer. I think I was likely just thirsty. Often the signal for “you need to drink” comes through as “you should eat.” Still, it was interesting in that I hadn’t noticed the absence until it showed up suddenly. I’m wearing my Ketofest 2017 “coNfounder” t-shirt today, just wanted to remind everyone that the Kickstarter for Ketofest 2019 is going on right now – if you’re going to be around New England in July of 2019, you should really consider signing up. Last year was fantastic!

https://youtu.be/PhEPD_NSAT4

By |2019-03-22T11:59:32-06:00March 22nd, 2019|Categories: 100 Days of Keto Chow, Weight Loss|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

100 Days of Keto (Chow) Day 79

This entry is part 85 of 107 in the series 100 Days of Keto Chow

I’ve been informed that I need to highlight the positive aspects of doing the 100 days, which is funny because I thought I did that frequently. So here goes. So I’m on day 79 of 100 where I’m only eating Keto Chow for all of my meals. Every day people ask how many meals of Keto Chow I’m eating during the experiment, I blink at them a few times and say “3?” – Don’t know if they don’t believe me when I say “for all my meals” or what =) Sometimes they ask what I do between meals, “I don’t eat?” Not snacking between meals is one of the best parts, for me, about this whole thing. It’s a bit liberating to not be snacking on anything but diet soda (for the “keto police” that get all hot-and-bothered that I’m drinking diet soda: my average blood ketones for the last 30 days is 3.0, what’s yours? =). The sheer convenience of mixing up a bunch of Keto Chow once or twice a week and having all of my meals covered for the next several days is absolutely fantastic and one of the best parts of all of this. Last night, we were running a little late for a performance and I was able to just grab an Orange Cream Keto Chow I made previously and drank it while driving to the school. It’s also been very handy to have a liquid diet since getting a molar crowned – I gave up even trying to chew gum a few days ago because that just makes it sore. I did notice last night a return of an interesting phenomenon. In 2017 I did an experiment where I ONLY had Keto Chow for 4 weeks. No diet soda, no sugar-free gum, none of that. Near the end of it, the lack of chewing anything was starting to get old and there was the “film” that I kept feeling in my mouth – dunno if it was real or imagined but if I hadn’t had anything to drink for a while, my mouth felt like I just woke up and had a sort of film on my tongue and teeth. I’d brush or take a drink of water and it went away, a few hours later and it would be back. When I did my 42 days of Keto Chow in 2018 and was chewing sugar-free gum, I had no such experience. Not having had gum for several days, it kinda feels like that again. Interesting stuff, I figure my tooth will be fine in a few days and I’ll be back chewing gum when I feel like it.

https://youtu.be/xO4P7xgCkZk

Oh, and the weight loss these 79 days has been great too. That 1.1lbs I gained yesterday? Totally came back off this morning. I guess it’s probably time for me to don the zozo suit again and take some measurements, maybe I’ll do that Saturday morning.

By |2019-03-21T09:49:11-06:00March 21st, 2019|Categories: 100 Days of Keto Chow, Weight Loss|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Chocolate Dipped Banana Keto Chow and Peanut Butter Pops by Chef Taffiny

You can get banana molds from here!

Chocolate Dipped Banana Keto Chow and Peanut Butter Pops

When I was a kid peanut butter and bananas was one of my favorite snacks. Well I don’t eat bananas these days but I still love the flavor combination and when you add chocolate you’ve got an incredibly delicious treat that won’t throw you off your keto game. These pops are fun and delicious especially if you find yourself some banana shaped popsicle molds (https://amzn.to/2Yaqh1P) to freeze them in. But if you don’t feel like taking the time to freeze them, the mixture also happens to make the most delicious banana-peanut butter smoothie you can imagine.Special equipment: popsicle molds or small paper cups and popsicle sticks
Prep Time20 mins
Total Time21 mins
Course: Desserts
Keyword: Banana, Chef Taffiny Elrod, Keto Chow
Servings: 8 2-ounce popsicles

Video

Author: Taffiny Elrod

Ingredients

  • 1 cup nut milk or coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup Heavy Cream
  • 1/4 cup creamy unsweetened peanut butter
  • 1 serving Banana Keto Chow
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sweetener optional
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 4 ounces chopped dark chocolate sugar free or at least 80% cocoa solids
  • 1/4 cup crushed roasted peanuts

Instructions

  • Combine milk, heavy cream, peanut butter, banana keto chow, and sweetener if you are using in a blender and blend until everything is fully combined and creamy.
  • Pour into popsicle molds and freeze overnight
  • When your popsicles are completely frozen prepare the chocolate coating.
  • Melt the coconut oil in the top of a double boiler or in the microwave in a microwave safe container.
  • Add the chocolate and stir gently continuing to heat until all the chocolate is melted.
  • Be careful not to stir it too much and keep the heat low or the chocolate may seize and get grainy and stiff. Allow the mixture to cool down somewhat so it is still flowing but isn’t so hot that it will melt the popsicles.
  • Loosen the popsicles from their mold but do not unmold.
  • Working quickly, one popsicle at a time unmold a frozen popsicle dip it in the melted chocolate or pour the chocolate over with a spoon. Sprinkle the chocolate coating with crushed peanuts while it is still soft.
  • Place the popsicle handle down in a cup or bowl that will hold it upright while the chocolate sets.
  • Repeat with the rest of the popsicles until they are all coated.
  • Once the chocolate has set you can serve them immediately or wrap them and return them to the freezer to serve one at a time.

Notes

Taffiny Elrod March 2019
By |2019-09-17T09:24:28-06:00March 20th, 2019|Categories: Keto Chow Recipes|Tags: , |0 Comments

Facebook Live recording from March 19, 2019

It’s our weekly Facebook LIVE video. Each week we answer questions, talk about stuff that’s going on, and more! We had an absolutely fantastic time on our Facebook live with our special guest Caitlyn of Cayt’s Meats and Meals

Here is the high-quality UHD4K recording straight from the camera:

Here is the original Facebook live recording, complete with the user comments

Keto Chow weekly Facebook LIVE

Our weekly live broadcast, this week we have Cayt's Meats and Meals as our special guest! * Welcome to Special guest Caitlyn! * Caitlyn wants to know what everyone's favorite things to cook on the grill or outside are * Caitlyn shares her bacon compound butter recipe * Caitlyn teaches how to smoke cheese * Chris is sad that he isn't eating smoked meat right now * 10 year old Caitlyn makes beef jerky under her bed * Women did the smoking since ancient times * Caitlyn shares her keto journey * Talking about the (not) necessity of eating vegetables * Chris explains why he isn't eating smoked meat, the 100 days of Keto Chow experimentCaitlyn teaches cooking classes in collaboration with Camp Chef, shares her philosophy on practical cooking * * Miriam asks: are you disappointed in restaurant steaks now? * Temperature, thermometers, and more. Cooking pork to 145 and what a "Reverse Sear" is. * Smoke your meat cold * Searing techniques * Seasonings and wood * Texas Crutch vs better bark, sauce vs no sauce * Online learning resources * Cooking Bacon on a pellet grill/smoker, talking about candied bacon. Cooking everything on a pellet grill. * Caitlyn talks about cutting a corned beef brisket in her bathrobe being her most popular video to date. * Tips on starting, don't get discouraged * Dates of Caitlyn's Utah classes * Keto Chow announcements: Pumpkin Spice is 20% off * Use your hand to gauge how done a steak is

Posted by Keto Chow on Tuesday, March 19, 2019

By |2019-03-20T15:55:15-06:00March 20th, 2019|Categories: Keto Chow|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Beverly’s Week 11 (Week 5 of Science)

This entry is part 12 of 16 in the series 100 Days of Keto Chow - Beverly's Experience

My 100-day experiment of eating “only Keto Chow” continues with today being Day 78!!  We are well into the final quarter of the challenge.  When hearing Chris say in today’s video that there are 22 days remaining, I felt like “only 22 days”?  Wow, this is really almost finished.  Three weeks is nothing compared to 14!  At this point, I feel I could continue indefinitely.  This has once again become a comfortable habit and routine for me (I have done this before and for longer than this!).  However, I am certainly looking forward to incorporating a few of my favorite keto meals into each week.  My neglected husband probably can’t remember the last time we ate out together, and I know we will both be looking forward to that.  I honestly can’t remember the last time we ate out either.  We went out to eat a few times during the first month (well, he ate and I drank a beverage) but we have not been out recently.  I find myself contemplating which meal (or meals) I will enjoy that first weekend… sausage and cheese omelet, pizza toppings, buffalo wings, chef salad, cheeseburger, taco toppings, grilled chicken caesar salad?

This week was the first week of the science phase using MCT oil.  This ingredient has posed no problems or challengers for me.  I notice absolutely no difference between using avocado oil and now using avocado oil and MCT oil.  For each 3 shakes, I use 6 tablespoons of oil to get the right amount of calories for me.  So for this phase of the experiment, I am replacing 1 tablespoon of those 6 with MCT oil.  I have not noticed any change in energy level nor any digestion concerns (I am still taking a probiotic).  There is no flavor difference.  The only thing I have noticed is my daily ketone level has increased significantly.  This number is not necessarily important to me but I do find it interesting.  I have never seen readings in the 3s before.

AVERAGE DAILY KETONE LEVEL
Week 1 of science with cream: 2.5
Week 2 of science with cream: 2.7
Week 1 of science with avocado oil: 2.5
Week 2 of science with avocado oil: 2.8
Week 1 of science with avocado oil & MCT oil: 3.2



So what will the average be next week?
What will the average be while on butter?
I am curious.

My personal dietary journey this week has not varied.  I am a creature of habit (aren’t we all?).   I eat the majority of my 1200 calories between 4:00-8:00 p.m.  I do allow myself one 16 oz. coffee with 1 tablespoon heavy cream (50 calories) in the morning, and I drink bouillon pretty much any time I want to (5 calories per cube).  I drink lots of diet soda and sparkling water.  I go to yoga 3 or 4 times each week.

My weight loss remains at exactly -15 pounds as of Tuesday morning (same as last week) but I did see -16.8 pounds a day or two ago so I continue to be hopeful to keep going in that direction but I am not holding my breath.  It is very likely that my body is finding the final weight where it wants to stop losing.  I have heard that can happen.  Or maybe it is just “pausing” again before the next stretch.  Time will tell.

My dear husband is traveling on business this week so I have enjoyed a few quiet evenings alone at home watching movies he might not want to watch.  As always, I enjoy my mug of warmed Keto Chow as my last meal of every day.  I call it my daily “dessert”.  It is thick and rich – I slowly eat it with a spoon, savoring every bit.  This week, I have been loving on the Snickerdoodle flavor.  I have found that cinnamon does not mix in well if I add it right before drinking my shake so, instead, I add an extra amount of cinnamon while the shake mixture is in the blender and it’s perfect!

My husband and I have a weekend away planned for March 29.  I had been thinking in my mind all along that I would still be on oil as my fat source so I would just have my pre-mixed shakes ready to go the night before to put in my lunch box like last time we traveled.  But… uh, oh… March 29 will be Day 1 of using BUTTER as my fat source.  This will not be as easy as I thought – I can’t pre-mix shakes with butter!  So I called the hotel to inquire if a refrigerator and microwave were provided in each room.  Good thing I called because those items were NOT already included.  (Really?!)  For a fee of $20 each, they can be reserved and added to the room.  So, whatever.  I will pay another $40 per night since both items will be necessary as I will be making my shakes on-site at meal times.  I am looking forward to the two-week butter phase though.  Not only will it signal the closing of this experiment, but I think it will be delicious!