We just got in a new batch of Chocolate Keto Chow. This particular shipment comes with a change: the scoop is bigger. To get the absolute most accurate measurement of your Keto Chow, it’s best to use a scale to weigh it; that’s actually what happens to the samples of Keto Chow, each one is weighed and must be within 3% of the target. Scales are far more accurate than trying to cram the powder in just right to get the correct mass. When I did a test of the v2.1 chocolate to the new 2.5 chocolate to check for differences in the taste, the biggest takeaway was that the 90cc scoops we had been using were only yielding an average 45g compared to the 48.96g it should give – to handle that change we’re now using 100cc scoops in the chocolate.
You keep hearing how amazing Keto Chow is, the reviews are fantastic… but you mixed it up and it’s super thick and it’s WAY too salty – what’s going on? Was everyone lying? No, you just need to add more water!
On the Keto Chow instructions, it says to add 14 ounces (or more) of water, sometimes that gets interpreted to “mix to 14 ounces total” and if you do that it’s going to be WAY too thick and unbearably salty. It’s going to be GROSS. What you need to do is add more water, most people like the taste and thickness when the total mixture is around 20 ounces, or a nearly full Blender Bottle. If your Keto Chow is already mixed up and not the way you like it, just add more water!
In version 2.1.1 of Keto Chow, we changed the protein powder to one that tastes a little better but does not have lecithin in it. Lecithin slows down how quickly the protein absorbs water making it more forgiving to mix. In version 2.5.0 we are/will be going back to a lecithninated/instantized protein powder. If you have v2.1.1 or 2.1.2 and are having problems with clumping, here are some tips to help you mix easier.
- The most effective way to handle the problem is to go straight for using butter as the fat source.
Because you are using warm water and melted butter, all of the issues with clumping simply go away. On top of that, you get all of the additional benefits of butter:
- Butter costs less than Heavy Cream or Avocado Oil. Using pricing from my local grocery store I get $1.229 per 1000 calories for HWC, $0.981 for AO, and $0.796 per 1000 calories for butter. That same 1000 calories of butter have 0.08g of total carbs compared to 8.35g for the HWC.
- Butter does not contain any controversial carrageenan or other emulsifiers you find in Heavy Whipping Cream. Personally, I don’t care about them but some people get quite “excited” about them.
- Butter has a better impact on my blood markers.
- Butter is easier to store, it freezes exceptionally well and is compact.
- Butter is easier to transport. The salted variant is quite stable without refrigeration for a good amount of time, it won’t spill (unless you get it too warm =), it’s not in a glass bottle that will shatter. Should also be noted that TSA currently doesn’t care about butter, unlike a bottle of oil.
- Butter tastes amazing. Personally, I prefer the salted butter because of the additional sodium and salty taste, especially in the chocolate flavors of Keto Chow (Chocolate, Mint, Toffee, Peanut butter, etc…
- Avocado Oil tends to be more difficult to mix than Heavy Cream, if you want to use Avocado Oil you’ll likely want/need to use either a blender or an immersion blender
- When you go to mix Keto Chow, if you’re using a blender bottle, you need to have the water nearby so you can immediately mix it. You need to add the water and begin vigorous mixing within 2-3 seconds of adding the powder to the bottle. This is covered in rather exhaustive detail on the “How to Prepare Keto Chow” page and the accompanying video.
We finished up the Keto Salt Lake show on Saturday. That was a lot of work but insanely awesome, I have a bunch of pictures I need to post when I get the time. Lately, I’ve been swamped with a few things:
- Editing the recordings of the Keto Salt Lake presentations.
- Answering the (thousands) of questions on the Facebook advertisement with the new video.
- Doing experiments with different ways of mixing Keto Chow.
At Keto Salt Lake we had two different cameras running that were recording the presentations in UHD4K (3840×email@example.com), I also had an audio recorder plugged directly into the microphone feed so I could get a clean recording of the presentations. In all, approximately 34 hours of video (17 on each camera) were recorded. It ended up being 1.07 TeraBytes of data! I had to put it on my spinning hard drive because the SSD is only 953GB, it’s like living in the past! =)
I have the editing for Friday completely finished and I’m rolling right along with getting at least 2 presentations done and uploaded to YouTube each day. All of them go into the 2019 Low Carb Salt Lake Recordings playlist so they are easy to find and watch.
The commercial has been an astounding success. It’s been pretty frantic around here shipping out orders and answering questions. I see every question from someone as an opportunity: it means they want to know more and put forth the effort to ask. Even if they have the same question that I’ve answered a few dozen times, that means they want to know (and I can use my answer templates for a bunch of them =). The coolest thing is: for every “keto is dumb, you suck, die in a fire” or “sucralose will make your hair turn blue and isn’t as good as eating twigs and bark” comment, we get several dozen comments from people that think the ad is funny, are interested in trying it, and are excited that there’s something that can help them on their keto journey. We are also getting a lot of our customers that answer people’s questions for us. Seriously: that’s super cool! One person asked how many bots we have on there making it look like people like the product. I replied that you only have to do stuff like that when you’re trying to trick people because the product sucks. We don’t “astroturf” (no need) and the product is awesome.
I also had a conversation with a certain person that’s noted for their work treating Alzheimer’s patients with keto, coconut oil, MCT oil, and exogenous ketones. I asked if they see a marked improvement with people supplementing coconut oil – she said they do indeed see a substantial improvement in most cases. I decided to try applying the technique for mixing Keto Chow with butter and use it to mix regular Costco coconut oil (which was quite solid in my cupboard). I used 50g coconut oil (melted) and mixed it up with Keto Chow and warm water. Let it chill in the fridge and there is no separation (see the image at the top of this post, the bottle on the left with the grey lid was refrigerated overnight). It does have a pronounced coconut flavor that I think goes well with regular chocolate.
I also tried mixing up a full meal of Keto Chow with unsalted butter with a LOT less water than typical – the finished volume was 14oz (about 380ml). It was quite thick but still very pleasant – makes it possible to fit in a far smaller container if necessary. That’s the bottle on the right side with the blue lid.
We’re super happy to announce a new addition to our site. We were super impressed with the recipes being made by Taffiny Elrod of KetoCookingSchool.com and asked her if she could come up with some recipes that use Keto Chow. Taffiny is a chef and cooking instructor who specializes in food for health and traditional culinary techniques. She owns and operates a restaurant with her husband in New York’s Hudson Valley.
So far she’s made two recipes for us:
Watch for more in the future! You can see more of Taffiny’s work at
We used a 9 donut mold to make these and it’s been fantastic with any flavor of Keto Chow that we’ve tried. To get the nutrition info I made a recipe in cron-o-meter, which is what we prefer for tracking your food. Recipe originally by Cristy Davis from the Sofa King Facebook group (I think Kristina Wells helped too).
Keto Chow Donuts
- 1/2 ounce cream cheese softened
- 2 tablespoons Heavy Cream
- calorie free sweetener
Photos by Sarah DeYoung Photography
Photos by Photography by Lindsay
Keto Chow is designed to be simple and convenient, but some times you might get bored with drinking it as a shake. Here’s how to freeze it into a creamsicle! We used a set of stainless steel forms because the reviews were excellent and they look like they’ll last forever.
Orange Cream Keto Chow (and other flavors) Orange Creamsicles
- 1 scoop Keto Chow powder Any flavor
- 4 fl oz Heavy Cream
- 12 fl oz cold water
- Mix up your Keto Chow as normal, you may want to use less water than normal. My creamsicles forms each hold 4 oz so I made mine to be around 16 oz to make 4 creamsicles per serving
- Pour into form, add the sticks
- dip the frozen forms in warm water to loosen, if you're not eating them immediately, put them in a bag and freeze again
Photos by Sara Dearden
Yesterday afternoon I went to San Francisco. I was running a little late, made it to the gate just in time for boarding (I actually ran a lot of the way with a big backpack and roll display)… and just as I got there, my phone buzzed to let me know that the plane was delayed due to weather. Instead of leaving at 3, we left at 4:30. So I relaxed for a bit… and was nearly an hour late for the event I was going to SF for. That sucked.
I was able to mix up a 4 meal pitcher of Vanilla, Salted, Caramel, and Chocolate with heavy cream (that I brought in my bags) plus another pitcher with avocado oil. I got to talk to a few people, it might have been worth it, dunno yet. Funnily, the people that tried the samples the most and that I talked to the most were the other vendors. I kept getting “Wow, this actually tastes really good!” Shouldn’t be so surprised but I’ll accept it as a compliment =) I packed everything back up and took BART back to the airport, where I proceeded to wait from 10 pm to 4 am so I could check my bags and get to the gate for my 6 am flight.
I’m really quite tired. I slept for about 30 minutes around 11 pm and for about 2 hours between 2 and 4. Got back home at 10 am, took a shower and checked my ketones. As I mentioned yesterday, instead of dealing with bringing food I just ate all 3 meals before I left and fasted until I got home. When I checked my levels I was at 3.5 mmol/dL – that’s pretty high for doing heavy cream!
Anyway, I’m here at work, just like I was 24 hours ago, waiting for the USPS truck to come and pick up the mail, wishing I was asleep but I have too much to do and my brain is on so I wouldn’t be able to anyway (plus our bedroom is getting holes in the drywall sanded right now and everything is covered by sheets so I couldn’t sleep there if I wanted to (which I do).
Every year there’s a really large (over 170,000 attendees) tech conference called DreamForce that’s put on by SalesForce in San Francisco. I’ve been attending since 2014, in fact, it was DreamForce 2014 that catalyzed my resolve to do a Ketogenic Diet. This year I didn’t just stay keto, I stayed 100% Keto Chow. I’m in the middle of an experiment where I’m only eating Keto Chow and only drinking water for all my meals. At first, I thought it was a terrible idea to do that during DreamForce, then I decided it was an awesome idea. Here’s how I did it.
In the past, I’ve stayed at hotels with refrigerators, this time that simply wasn’t an option. Most of the hotels near the conference were all booked up and the remaining ones fell into 2 categories: over $1000/night super swanky, under $75/night hostels with shared bathrooms. I went for the latter, luckily I got my own room without a bunk bed – but there wasn’t a fridge. I had to come up with a plan for preparing Keto Chow using only shelf stable ingredients. I’ve used Trader Joe’s shelf-stable whipping cream but I wanted to give Avocado Oil a shot, but before that – I wanted to give butter a shot!
I’m testing out a new version of Keto Chow, it’s very close to the current 2.0.2, just with some slightly different ingredients and with new flavors. One of these flavors is Savory Chicken Soup – it’s meant to be consumed while hot. If it’s hot, then I can use butter, which has the added bonus of not being liquid so I can make it easily through airport security without problems. I did the math and for my calorie target, I needed either a 1/2 cup of heavy cream, 1/4 cup of Avocado Oil, or a half stick of butter in each meal. So I put a bag of chicken Keto Chow and a half stick of butter into a HydroFlask. After going through security I found a coffee shop and the nice lady filled up my HydroFlask with crazy hot water (for free!). I dropped in the butter and Keto Chow powder and waited for my flight. I finally drank it around lunch time and it was still hot enough to slightly burn my tongue.
I did learn a very valuable lesson for dinner that night: don’t put the powder in with the oil until it’s time to add the water too. If you do, the powder and the oil will not ever fully mix with the water and you get floating crunchy powder blobs. It wasn’t fun, I only drank about 3/4 of it.
The rest of my meals were made in my HydroFlasks or Blender Bottle using Avocado Oil. I got a great tip in a comment that I should use a large syringe to measure the oil. That worked exceptionally well with a 60 cc/ml syringe. I would pour the oil into a disposable plastic cup and then fill up the syringe, squirt it into the container and repeat for all 3 containers. The only clean-up was wiping off the syringe tip with a tissue. I would have sandwich bags with the powder pre-measured in my backpack; and as soon as I got to a place with either ice water (regular Keto Chow) or hot water (the chicken soup one) I would prepare 2-3 of the bottles.
How is Avocado Oil? Well, if I hadn’t ever tried Keto Chow with heavy cream, I would think it’s awesome, but I have – so I still think it tastes far better with heavy cream and that’s what I’m using now that I’m back home. For shelf stable purposes, for people with issues digesting the heavy cream, for those that are lactose intolerant, or for people that want insanely low net carbs, avocado oil is an amazing option. I’m planning on putting a bunch in my basement for emergency food storage. Coupled with Keto Chow powder and water, I’m set!
Most of my Cron-O-Meter entries for the last week look something like this:
Yeah, that’s 1.4g of net carbs for the whole day! That’s insane. We’re talking 100% of my daily nutrition: with all my fat, all my electrolytes, protein, and more – with 1.4g of net carbs. Along with the low net carbs, my blood ketones were consistently in the 4-5.5 range.
Staying Keto Chow only at the conference really wasn’t that hard. When everyone else was standing in line for a lunch box, I was on-time for my next class. When everyone else was trying to find dinner accommodations, I drank mine (and often headed back to the hostel to sleep!). At the “DreamFest” concert, while all the people were scrambling to get hotdogs or the other food available (yeah like any of it would be keto friendly!) I just went and grabbed a seat – no fuss, no muss. The grand total cost of all my food for 5 days was $55.71 – that’s a screaming deal at just over $11 a day.
The picture collection at the top of this post is the “headshot” photos they offer for free in the “Admin” zone at DreamForce. I’ve gotten one each year I went. The first one was taken about 2 weeks before I started Keto. That year during DreamForce I gained 4lbs. The next 2 years I was, and stayed, keto – but I still gained 2-3 lbs during the conference. This year? I lost 2.2 lbs the 5 days I was gone.
I have the second round of 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 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 in it (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 last blood test.
Insulin is up a bit though still quite low, my cholesterol is much the same as before other than my LDL-P count continues to drop. At this rate, it’ll be under 1000 around the time the experiment ends. CRP is higher but still in a good range. Still not dead from living on fat.
As discussed in my initial post about doing this experiment, I don’t have refrigeration available so I’ve been coming up with ways to adapt. Primarily I’ve been using avocado oil. I’ll be posting more about this when I’m actually back from the trip, but I’ll say right now that I absolutely prefer heavy cream. Avocado oil isn’t bad, and if I hadn’t ever tried Keto Chow with heavy cream I’d probably think it’s super awesome. For people with dairy or digestive issues, or people wanting something shelf stable it’s an amazing option that works very well. Avocado oil also has 0 carbs, which means my net carb totals for the days I ate only keto chow with avocado oil are a CRAZY low 1.4g – for the ENTIRE DAY. That’s insane, as is the 5.3 mmol/L of blood ketones I’m currently registering, I actually hit 5.5 a few days ago. Weird that the only ongoing biometric I have right now is blood ketones since I don’t have a scale or anything else. It’s going to be interesting Friday morning after I get home to see what happened to my weight this week =)