So, now that I’m back on track (more or less), I’m continuing the quest for yummy, hopefully somewhat healthier, low carb options. Enter Simple Mills and their line of gluten-free bake mixes.
I ordered the 3-count set, which came with Chocolate Muffin, Artisan Bread, and Chocolate Chip Cookie mixes. Of course, I made the Chocolate Muffins…
They weren’t bad and still warm it was like eating a brownie (which according to the directions you can actually make brownies with this mix so double yay!!). Not super-sweet – more of a dark chocolate flavor, but all-in-all pretty tasty. And at 110 calories* and 14 carbs, it definitely fits into my diet (with a little protein and fiber thrown in as well).
Can’t wait to try the other mixes!! Yum!!
* to make sure that each muffin was as close to the suggested serving as possible I used a one tablespoon scoop and evenly distributed the batter. Each muffin cup took about 3 tablespoons… making a total of 12 muffins.
So… in my (current) never-ending quest to find low-carb foods that I can eat, I came across a few winners today. At the top of that list… Halo Top ice cream. It’s very low calorie, and best of all low-carb. The normal (1/2 cup) serving size only has about 14g carbs, and if you cut that in half to a 1/4 cup, then it’s only 7g carbs. Plus, I also found Mrs Thinster’s Waffle Crisps, which are these little pieces of waffle cone – yum!!! But, the best part is that a normal serving size is like 15 crisps (120 calories / 22g carbs), which is great if I ever have a serious craving, but for average consumption, I can cut that into thirds to pair it with the ice cream and it makes for a nice treat that fits well within my food budget (71 calories/14 carbs/3g protein – there’s a bit of fiber in there too, so net carbs are even less) .
Another keeper… Special K Crustless Quiche. Great for a quick meal or snack – 140 calories, 7 carbs, 2g fiber and 11g protein.
In my desperate search for things to eat, and to find ways to replace the yummy things I miss (like pizza), I will occasionally post recipes and ideas here that I want to try. This week – I’m going for some sort of low-carb version of pizza (or a pizza-like substance)…
Things I Need To Buy
- Toufayan Bakeries Low Carb Pita Bread – 100 calories per pita / 3.5g fat / 125mg sodium / 16g carbs / 7g fiber / 8g protein
- Sargento Shredded 6 Cheese Italian – 90 calories per 1/4 cup / 7g fat / 200mg sodium / 2g carbs / 0 fiber / 7g protein
- Hunt’s Tomato Sauce w/Basil, Garlic & Oregano – 20 calories per 1/4 cup / 0 fat / 360mg sodium / 4g carbs / 1g fiber / 0 protein (only need a spoonful or so though so even less of an impact on the actual recipe)
Note (if making something like a quesadilla instead) – the 4 Cheese Mexican blend has 110 calories per 1/4 cup / 9g fat / 170mg sodium / 2g carbs / 0 fiber / 6g protein. Also look for low-carb tortillas.
So just slap sauce and cheese on the pita and bake for a bit. Then YUM!!! Could also add some spinach (which is negligible in terms of calories and carbs) for a little something extra.