Preach not to others what they should eat, but eat as becomes you, and be silent. —-Epictetus

Friday, June 10, 2016

Chia Strawberry Jam

Low Carb Chia Strawberry Jam

This combination of Chia seeds and Strawberries is absolutely delightful. I stumbled across this because my daughter bought us a huge bag of Chia seeds. I didn't really know what to do with them so I tried adding it to strawberry syrup and viola! It became Strawberry Jam! I thought I would share.

I cooked strawberries in a sauce pan until the strawberries were soft then added the Chia seeds. Let that simmer for about five minutes. Then transfer this into a blender so make the syrup. If you want to use this as a syrup at this point, that works very well. You can add the stevia at any time. I didn't because the sweetness from the Strawberries works just fine for me.

1 Cup Strawberries
1/4 Cup Chia seeds
Add Stevia to taste

Carb Count
Strawberries - 10 grams ( 13 carbs subtract 3 grams fiber)
Chia seeds - 2 grams (16 grams carbs subtract 2 grams fiber)

Friday, January 8, 2016

Pepper Jack Crackers w/ Almond Flour and Flax Meal

So... I haven't blogged for a long time. I unwisely took a bit of a break from my low carb lifestyle. Lots of things were going on, weddings, reunions, thanksgiving and Christmas. Anyway, for my new year resolution it is to get back on track with watching my car intake. Trying to stay between 20 to 50 carbs a day. I want to do a mini triathlon in May and then another child is getting married... In France. So Yikes! I need to look good and feel good. 

I tried out a new recipe and I love it. My fifteen year old son thinks they taste like wheat thins. I used a combination of flax meal and almond flour along with the pepper jack cheese. That is a great combination.

Low Carb Pepper Jack Crackers
 1 cup flax meal
1 1/2 cup almond flour
2 eggs
3 T olive oil
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 baking soda
4 ounces pepper jack cheese, shredded

Warm up the flax and the almond flour in the microwave. Shred the pepper jack cheese and mix these together. Add the salt and baking soda. Mix again. Add the two eggs and the oil. Mix this up with a fork until all incorporated. Knead the dough until it make a big lump.

Roll out half the dough at a time. I cut them up in squares and put them onto a pizza pan that has holes in it and baked them for twenty minutes at 350 degrees. Before baking, sprinkle them with a little extra salt and some Parmesan cheese. Set them onto paper towel after they are done, they might be a bit on the oily side.

Let them cool. They taste better after they are completely cooled. Seriously I love these.

There are very few carbs per cracker. The flax meal is only two carbs per cup and the almond flour is  also 2 carbs per cup. So I say, eat to your hearts delight.