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Ketofest was a blast

This entry is part 178 of 179 in the series Ketogenic Soylent

We returned from Ketofest yesterday morning, very early yesterday morning, from Connecticut by way of New York City. There were the usual multiple hour delays, both coming and going – at least my traveling companion was enjoyable to be with =). We attended Ketofest just as regular people, rather than trying to be a vendor – which was a good thing as it let us learn from others. That said, it was impossible to miss us: the Keto Chow t-shirts were a bit obvious

The “Keto Food Pyramid” was something I put together a few months ago, planning to put it on the back of a shirt – but the project kinda died with all the problems we had with Keto Chow 2.0 production. Last week I decided it would be a good idea to have them for Ketofest, so I ordered 6 (3 for each of us) from Vistaprint and had them before the end of the week; though at $18 each (delivered) they’re not really viable for selling – we are working on having a couple hundred made with on a dark gray shirt instead of white. We got a lot of compliments on the pyramid and the shirts, it was a good conversation starter though I’m not sure how many people noticed that the base of the pyramid was Keto Chow =)

We did bring a bunch of chocolate Keto Chow samples – they were handy to have when we talked to people about what we do: “here’s my business card, and here’s a sample of Keto Chow – you mix it with heavy cream and it makes a complete meal.”

 

Anyhow – Ketofest. Friday we flew from Salt Lake to JFK (2 hour delay) and then drove to New London, CT. New London was right in the middle between New York and Boston, there were more flight at better times at JFK so we went with that. Fun fact about New London: even on a Friday night, EVERYTHING shuts down at 10 PM – this was a problem because we planned on grabbing some heavy cream on the way. Turns out there was a 24 hour Super Walmart just outside New London but we didn’t find that until Saturday morning. I mixed up some Keto Chow with water, stuck it in the fridge and we went to sleep. Next morning we grabbed some heavy cream, added it to the previously mixed Keto Chow and headed off to Ketofest.

There were some issues with the registration bags (they were sorted by first name – oops!) but we got to meet a bunch of great people and it was surreal having everyone around already know what keto is!

 

Ketofest consisted of 2 days: “Social Saturday” and “Science Sunday”. The majority of Saturday was cooking classes, eating fatty meat (a 250lb pig brought in and roasted by a local pig farm – I can imagine Carl calling the place: “yeah we want the fattest pig you have and when it’s cut up we want ALL the fat left on it, can you bring extra fat?”), and hanging out.

The cooking classes were in a “Maker Space” where you have a commercial kitchen, a wood shop, 3d printers, laser cutters and more (I would have LIVED in a place like that as a kid), it was REALLY hot in there until I plugged in the big fan and got a cross-breeze going. Richard was helping Brenda make her famous pork rind waffles:

We hadn’t signed up to taste the waffles and it was standing room only, but I’ve made them myself so no big loss. They did have left over Smoked Salmon Asparagus Frittata that we got to try (my wife made more last night for dinner!). Fiorella’s Polenta Poppers were good enough that my wife made those last night for dinner too. We left before Richard started his “Pulled Beef 6-ways” where he was doing a speed-run of 6 different uses of frozen pulled beef:

We headed off to the plaza to eat some roast pig

While there we bought some keto bagels and then it was back to the cooking classes, they had some left over beef that was really good, and then we watched how to make some lemon cake (which was fantastic):

Following that, we went on a Segway tour of New London, ate at Hot Rod’s (Cajun dry rub wings for me, prime rib for my wife and a pint jar of bacon for an appetizer). Then it was time for the movie at the Garde Theater:

Ivor Cummings had secured permission for us to watch “The Widowmaker” – he’s been helping David Bobbett (the guy who funded the movie) get the word out. Powerful movie. After the movie I was walking behind a bunch of people who were talking about the science behind the coronary calcification test, they joined up with a bunch of people in the lobby talking science. I saw Dave Feldman so I went to say “Hi” but I didn’t want to interrupt the conversation. I’m glad I didn’t, I was standing in a circle comprised of a veritable cornucopia of doctors, scientists, and nutrition geeks – some of the biggest names in LCHF: Ivor Cummings, Jeffry Gerber, Dave Feldman, and some others that I don’t have the face matched up to the name =)

I’m actually a bit sad that I didn’t record the conversation. It’s the sort of thing that should have been a panel discussion with everyone on stage.

The next morning we headed back to the Garde to bask in science. We got to talk to Dave Feldman again, he even posed for a “Keto Chow Group Shot” with his own blender bottle of Keto Chow =)

The speakers were awesome, my wife got to meet Megan Ramos and I got to talk to her husband Angel (who was standing off to the side, eclipsed by the notoriety of Megan, but he’s doing some cool stuff in nutrition too!). There was some excellent food to be had and I would have loved to stay and see all the presentations but we had to drive back to New York and Google was saying it was a 2-3.5 hour drive (that’s a pretty large window!) ended up being about 2.75 – but don’t worry: the plane sat at the gate for an extra hour waiting for a fuel form!

I had 2 samples of Keto Chow left in my cargo pockets. The driver of the parking shuttle saw our Keto Chow shirts and asked us what that was about, said he was always having a hard time finding keto food he could eat that was easy and portable (ha, seriously?!). He got those last two samples =)

By | 2017-07-18T21:47:17+00:00 July 18th, 2017|Categories: Keto Chow, Ketogenic, On Tour|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

Camping, Podcasts, Ketofest, and Flavor Poll

This entry is part 176 of 179 in the series Ketogenic Soylent

My awesome wife reminded me that I hadn’t posted any “cool stuff” in a while – there’s a reason for that =) I blew through 8 days of vacation in a single pay period, it was fun (I should have grown a beard!).

Last week I spent 4 days at various “forest activities”: 3 days at 11 year-old boy scout camp with my oldest boy, then 1 day with both my boys at the annual “Father and Son’s” campout, both had no cellular signal – meaning no Internet, no NOTHING. Keto-wise the campouts were fairly easy: I just brought along Keto Chow for breakfast and lunch in a cooler, on Tuesday I actually had 5 meals packed in the cooler because we were going to be staying the night. When it was meal time, everybody would have to dig out the stoves and clean up after – I just grabbed a blender bottle and drank it. Cleanup involved rinsing the bottle out (and later running it through the dishwasher when I got home). Easy-peasy, nailed my macros effortlessly. Here’s a sperical photo of pitching tents (drag around the photo for fun):

The week before that was spent with my wife’s family at Yellowstone National Park. We try to do a trip with them every year, even if it’s just for a day or so, and none of her family had ever been to Yellowstone. Instead of getting a bunch of hotel rooms in West Yellowstone, we opted to rent a house in Island Park and split the cost – ended up like $165 per person for the entire week. We had (really slow) Internet when we were at the house but nothing in the park. Again, I had Keto Chow, but I was using Hydroflask bottles so I wouldn’t need a big cooler, it worked exceptionally well!  The photo below was taken at “Norris Geyser Basin” when we were eating lunch, everybody else had sandwiches – I had Chocolate Peanut Butter Keto Chow =)

So let’s talk about some cool stuff: Some of the podcasts I’ve been listening to. The one I just finished was the “Salt Fix” episode by 2 Keto Dudes. Really interesting stuff about salt – I’m going to grab the book  and I already ordered some Redmond salt (which is coincidentally from Utah, but way South of where I live) – I got the coarse stuff because I want to use that with a salt grinder and for the “salt on the tongue” thing while fasting that Carl talked about in the episode. The mineral analysis for Redmond salt can be found here.

Fun anecdote about Redmond Salt. My dad knew a guy when he was in Texas/Arkansas who was from Redmond Utah, when people would ask the guy about his history he would report that he had saved up money by “working in the salt mine” – said it with a straight face too. The working conditions, even back then were actually descent but it sounded pretty ominous =)

I also have been catching up on the KetoVangelist Podcast – the “Low Carb Cruise” episode was pretty interesting, especially the story of the lady apologizing. I’ve seen that sort of thing myself and it’s frustrating to know I could help but don’t want to push people, it’s really something they need to WANT to change for themselves. How do you let people know you have a fix without being pushy? There’s the key I guess. Anyway, I don’t think I would need to work very hard to convince my wife to go on the May 2018 Low Carb cruise – except our kids would still be in school for another 2 weeks, that’d make it a little difficult =(

Anyway, the penultimate item is regarding KetoFest in July (not to be confused with Keto Con – which is in September). The “upper management” (myself and my wife) will be attending KetoFest – we’re not going as vendors or anything, just as regular people. If you’re going you should give us a fist-bump or something =) While we’re out of town, the same excellent people who kept everything running whilst we were in Yellowstone will be making sure orders go out and everything is dandy.

And finally, I’m playing around with a bunch of flavors for Keto Chow 2.1 – what flavors do YOU think would be best to bring out first? (you can vote for 2)

Flavors we should try for v2.1 (vote for 2)

  • Chocolate Mint (9%, 27 Votes)
  • Key Lime Pie (9%, 27 Votes)
  • Smores (8%, 26 Votes)
  • Rootbeer Float (8%, 25 Votes)
  • Cinnamon bun (7%, 22 Votes)
  • Chocolate Toffee (Heath) (7%, 21 Votes)
  • Raspberry Cheesecake (7%, 20 Votes)
  • Lemon Bars/Pie (7%, 20 Votes)
  • Orange Cream (6%, 19 Votes)
  • Blueberry Cheesecake (6%, 18 Votes)
  • Maple Waffle (5%, 16 Votes)
  • Pumpkin Spice Caramel (5%, 14 Votes)
  • Butterscotch (4%, 13 Votes)
  • Eggnog (4%, 11 Votes)
  • White Chocolate (3%, 9 Votes)
  • Snickerdoodle (2%, 7 Votes)
  • Caramel Apple (2%, 6 Votes)
  • Black Licorice (1%, 3 Votes)
  • Cherry (1%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 157

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By | 2017-06-20T15:48:02+00:00 June 20th, 2017|Categories: Keto Chow, Ketogenic, On Tour|0 Comments

Sometimes it’s just easiest to fast!

This entry is part 155 of 179 in the series Ketogenic Soylent

It’s February… again. That must mean it’s time for the #rootstech conference. Like last year, the last several days we’ve been setting up computers and the rest of the week (through Saturday) we’re running computer labs. Every year I’m always faced with the decision of what to do for food since there’s not any food at the conference that’s not carbs, carbs, carbs, with a little protein and fat. I can either bring Keto Chow in HydroFlasks, or I can just not worry about eating and Intermittent Fast instead – eating all my food when I get home. Today I’m opting for the fasting approach because sometimes it’s easier to not eat anything. I’ll be drinking water throughout the day and I have a bunch of Keto Chow at home for when I get done… at whatever time that is. I might drink 3 shakes or I might drink one and then melt a bunch of cheese and eat it with a fork.

By | 2017-02-08T09:22:04+00:00 February 8th, 2017|Categories: Keto Chow, Ketogenic, On Tour|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Keto Chow branded Blender Bottles now available in 10 colors

This entry is part 150 of 179 in the series Ketogenic Soylent

I’m happy (my wife is even happier!) to announce that we now have 10 colors of Keto Chow branded 28 oz. Blender Bottles (actual, genuine, Blender Bottles – not cheap knock offs) in stock and available. This comes after about 2 weeks of delays due to holidays and snowstorms. They all look pretty awesome with the Keto Chow logo. We’ve had black ones with the logo for a while but reserved those for the “Sample all the things” flavor sampler, now anyone can get them in a wide variety of colors:

We still have around 20 of the regular Pink Blender Bottles without the Keto Chow logo. We don’t have to observe the “minimum advertised price” rules with the ones that have our logo on them, but the plain ones can’t be advertised for any less than $7.79 – but if you order some and add coupon code PINKBB you might see that price drop $2.

By | 2017-01-05T13:26:49+00:00 January 5th, 2017|Categories: Keto Chow, On Tour, Preparation, Site or Store Stuff|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Keto at a Conference, round 2

This entry is part 143 of 179 in the series Ketogenic Soylent

A year ago I detailed how I used HydroFlask insulated containers to keep my Keto Chow nice and cold while I was attending classes at the DreamForce Conference in San Francisco. I did it again a few months ago when I used a similar tactic on a trip to DisneyLand. Well, last week was DreamForce again – but this time, I had a new trick in my arsenal: Keto Chow muffins. I used the “brownie” recipe since it makes nice, substantial, muffins that stood up quite well to being in a backpack for a few days. I cooked 12 meals worth a day before I left and froze them so they would last longer out of the fridge. When we reached the AirBNB (that was half way to San Jose, it was nuts) I put my bags of muffins in the fridge along with the Trader Joe’s shelf-stable whipping cream.

For liquid Keto Chow, I brought along 4 days worth of Cookies & Cream in day packs – made for easy transport and since I was mixing up 3 blender bottles at a time, I used a carton of cream and a day pack of Keto Chow in their entirety each time. The blender bottles would go in the fridge for overnight chilling and most of the time I just kept it in the blender bottle and had that for breakfast with 2 meals worth of the muffins in ziploc bags in my backpack (along with keto snacks). Here’s my backpack ready for a day of class:

Ready for Class

The muffins were nice and flexible since they should last unrefrigerated for at least 3 days. If I ended up having something keto at a restaurant, the muffins would go back into the fridge when I got home for the next days’ meals. In all, it worked out great: I stayed in ketosis, didn’t gain any weight on the trip, and didn’t have to worry about meals. This last point was really important as our AirBNB sucked for finding a place to eat. One of the guys I was traveling with ended up having several of my muffins on several occasions rather than going out for food after a long day walking around.

I ate Keto Chow in class, in line, walking down the street, I even ate two of the muffins on Alcatraz island (in the area where food is permitted, naturally).

By | 2016-10-14T07:17:50+00:00 October 12th, 2016|Categories: Keto Chow, Ketogenic, On Tour|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Never fear, I’m packing my own food =)

Attending a class this morning, it lasts 3 days. As expected, the “breakfast” consisted of pastries, juice and other stuff I will not eat. Good thing I have Keto Chow in my backpack (plus a bunch of snacks and stuff)

Ready for Class

I have breakfast and lunch in Hydro Flask insulated containers and dinner is a bag of Keto Chow brownie muffins. I mixed up the liquid Keto Chow last night before going to bed and made the muffins back on Thursday night when I froze them for better travel.

By | 2016-10-14T07:17:50+00:00 October 1st, 2016|Categories: Keto Chow, Ketogenic, On Tour, Soylent|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Random Photos and Fun (plus an update on KC2.0)

This entry is part 136 of 179 in the series Ketogenic Soylent

We went camping over the weekend. As usual, we ate a lot of bacon, sausage, and eggs (with hash browns for the kids, who aren’t doing keto). We were at Willard Bay, a freshwater reservoir that was built adjacent to the Great Salt Lake by erecting a dike – essentially a dam around the entire area. The water is relatively warm and it’s not very busy. The main thing is: it’s close to us and since we were taking a camp trailer PLUS wave runners (super awesome 1996 Polaris ones I got for cheap on Craig’s list – hey, they work) I didn’t want to go very far. I had Keto Chow for lunch at the water (which was far more tasty than the sandwiches the kids were eating), as did my wife (see photo above).
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Last night my wife pointed out a box one of my kids has drawn on. Apparently, he thinks we need to introduce a new flavor. I especially like the logo and the QR code.

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This morning my “daily movie quote” calendar was full of awesome. Soylent Green is people; Keto Chow is ground-up low-carb hippies.

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Finally an update on Keto Chow 2.0: Yesterday I went to visit the co-packing place to pick up a new batch of flavor tests. Overall they’re excellent. Vanilla, Strawberry, and Chocolate are awesome (strawberry needs some more pink color which is unrelated to taste but whatever). The Cookie and Cream flavor was buttery tasting with not enough “oreo” aspect, maybe needs some chocolate? It’s still good though, more like a butter cookie. The Chocolate Peanut Butter is interesting.

The Chocolate Peanut Butter is interesting. The facility has an employee that’s allergic to peanuts. This means that using actual peanut flour at that location isn’t an option. The first solution is to have a different facility do the packaging of the Chocolate Peanut Butter, we’re looking at that. The second solution is to use a peanut butter flavor that doesn’t contain any of the problematic proteins. We tried some of that and there was a slight hint of peanut taste but nothing like what we currently get with the chocolate peanut butter flavor using real peanut flour. With this being my #1 favorite flavor you can be assured that I will not compromise on anything less than “this is yummy enough to drink for a month straight, I want MOAR!”. He also gave me a mocha (I think coffee anything smells like burnt toast so I got a guy testing it for me). The Snickerdoodle flavor wasn’t ready yet, I’m thinking about adding a Salted Carmel and maybe a Banana flavor – dunno. In all, it’s a definitive step in the right direction!

By | 2016-10-14T07:17:51+00:00 August 16th, 2016|Categories: Keto Chow, On Tour, Site or Store Stuff|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment

Keto Chow Bars/Brownies (REVISED)

Personally I think Keto Chow is pretty awesome and works great for most situations. The major drawback I see is that it requires refrigeration and also a sealed container to transport it if you’re doing something like running around a conference or Disneyland – in which case you need to use an insulated container (which honestly works extremely well). But what do you do if you want to save space, reduce weight and (from what I can tell so far) not have to keep it refrigerated for the day?

Make some Keto Chow Bars/Brownies/Muffins.

The basics are: you’re adding eggs and baking soda to make it more substantial; and for the calories you’re using butter and peanut butter since both store well (and taste yummy). For my test I made 6 meals worth (2 days) so the pictures are double the recipe shown here (1 stick of butter instead of a half stick). I also used Rich Chocolate though you can easily use any of the other flavors – next time I’m doing it with snickerdoodle!

The one caveat with the bars: they are pretty dry – you’re going to want something to drink while you’re eating but water is easy to store, transport and locate on the fly.

This recipe has been updated with suggestions from the comments.

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Keto Chow Bars/Brownies (REVISED)
Portable, solid Keto Chow
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
meals
Ingredients
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
meals
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Add the liquid ingredients to a mixing bowl
  2. Add dry ingredients and start mixing. I recommend using a mixer.
  3. Spoon into a pan and smooth it out. For best results use a cupcake pan.
  4. I baked it at 350 degrees F for 15 minutes
  5. For maximum freshness, put each "meal" worth into a bag and refrigerate the bag. My guess is that it will keep just like the brownies you are familiar with. Out of the fridge they should be good for 1-3 days.
Recipe Notes

According to my calculations, each serving/meal should be:

  • 522 calories
  • 34.3g protein
  • 5.9g net carbs
  • 37.7g fat
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By | 2016-10-14T07:17:51+00:00 August 1st, 2016|Categories: Keto Chow, Ketogenic, On Tour|Tags: , , , , |10 Comments

Staying keto at Disneyland

This entry is part 134 of 179 in the series Ketogenic Soylent

Phineas and Ferb taught me to be careful about what I post online (they carved it into a meteor or something so it was really important) so I usually don’t post anything about going on vacation until after I get back. I’m back.

We finally took our kids to Disneyland. Some of the stuff was too immature for the older kids and some was too intense for the youngest. That didn’t deter us at all though. I also wasn’t deterred about staying keto while I was in Disneyland, also known as land of carbs.

I didn’t have very high hopes of finding foods I could eat there so I bought a few extra insulated flasks and brought along enough Keto Chow for myself and my wife. I was also prepared to do intermittent fasting (eat at night, drink during the day), ended up never doing it though. Following my previously established pattern from the last time I did Keto Chow in a hotel I brought:

  • Two bags of Chocolate Peanut Butter
  • a carton of heavy whipping cream
  • 4 blender bottles for mixing and chilling
  • MCT oil
  • Fish oil pills
  • Scale
  • Measuring cup
  • Bottle brush
  • Soap
  • Vacuum insulated flasks

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Happily it all fit into an Amazon box for easy packing:

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The Vacuum flasks do an excellent job of keeping Keto Chow cold all day in a backpack- provided it’s cold when you put it in there. Hence the need for the blender bottles. I would mix up enough to replace the ones used that day, stick them in the fridge overnight and in the morning pour the Keto Chow into the HydroFlasks. Wash out the now empty blender bottles (with soap and the brush) and leave them to dry. While we were there I had a GoPro strapped to my chest that took a photo every 30 seconds. I ended up with a bunch of fun photos of me eating keto chow (and other keto friendly foods):

Should be noted that if you’re willing to pay the $37/plate at Ariel’s Grotto for breakfast they will do a surprisingly good job adapting the meal for a low-carb diet. The server was fine removing the hash browns and toast and adding more bacon, then she asked if I wanted more sausage and some avocado slices. I also ate 3 of the smoked turkey legs – Allegedly they’re soaked in a brine solution with no carbs, I can’t find reliable information though.

On a side note, on our way to California we stopped in Mesquite Nevada for a night, we caught the buffet and I was surprised at the crab legs, I kinda ate a lot of them (did 3 plates like this):

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By | 2016-10-14T07:17:52+00:00 July 18th, 2016|Categories: Keto Chow, On Tour|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

A Keto Vacation

Got back yesterday from vacation at Bear lake (because we’re the BAIR’s! get it?! …sorry, “dad” joke) My parents came along which made meals interesting – 4 adults eating (mostly) keto and 6 kids eating regular food. We only cooked 5lbs of the bacon we brought but we did power through an awful lot of rotisserie chicken, mayo and boiled eggs for chicken salad. It was a fun time. My wife said:

You should make a post with the big bacon pictures in Minnetonka Cave. Then you can geekily talk about the minerals and stuff

Well, I’m not going to geek out about minerals and stuff – our guide did that enough for everyone. =) The “Cave Bacon” was pretty cool though, here’s another picture of the surrounding area

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I did set up a time lapse both times we went down to the “beach” (which consisted of tiny shells that got into your shoes and was the equivalent of walking barefoot across a floor of legos) – the kids still had fun.

 

By | 2016-10-14T07:17:52+00:00 June 24th, 2016|Categories: Keto Chow, Ketogenic, On Tour|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments