How To: Reading Labels

I used to see people reading labels in grocery stores and I would wonder what they were using that information for. I was perfectly happy continuing to live in happy ignorance of what I was putting in my body. I did not take my health seriously at all. When I started doing keto I had to train myself to READ EVERYTHING. No more blindly trusting that if a product had a heart health symbol on it, or it said "diabetic friendly" (the biggest lie you can find on packaging in South Africa), "sugar free" (when the contents list maltodextrin), "wholegrain", "all-natural", "organic", "gluten free", "low calorie",  oh and my favourite "superfood". I quickly figured out that the only person I could trust regarding my nutrition, was myself. Which meant I had to educate myself.

In the first few months I did a lot of reading and watched all the food related documentaries I could get my hands on, regardless of their point of view. I wanted all the information. Then I started filtering the information based on what I felt was working for my body. As I'm sure you've all figured out by now, I do keto, which means I severely limit my carbohydrate intake to less than 25g a day. I had to teach myself how to make sense of what food labels said so that I knew what I was eating each day.

Cheese & Garlic Savoury Muffins

Bread substitutes are something that every low carber seems to be on the hunt for. I've tried a few myself, they always just end up tasting like bird food. So I stopped trying. And then I had another accidentally genius baking moment. These muffins are not a bread replacement BUT they have a pretty good bread-like texture. They are great by themselves, or with butter, cheese or avocado. I've made these as large muffins, and in smaller moulds to make mini muffins, my next experiment will be mini bread moulds to see if they slice well. I hope you guys love this recipe as much as I do. 

Cold Brew Coffee

I am a caffeine junkie. Before keto, I had a '4 to 5 cups a day' tea habit, but black tea holds zero appeal for me so I found myself switching to coffee. I have always loved coffee but now it borders on obsession. We have about 4 different coffee machines and are planning to buy a Nespresso machine next month. I started experimenting with different brewing methods and cold brew was my first exploration away from "regular coffee". I was in love the minute I tasted it. I make cold brew about once a week. It makes 3 litres each time and lasts me about 5 days.

Keto Lava Cake

This recipe is amazing, like mindblowingly chocolatey gooey amazing. It's technically a flourless brownie recipe (included in this post) that I accidentally undercooked. Best accident ever.