Ricotta Cheesecake 


For when you need cake and cheesecake at the same time 👌🏼

What you will need:

15oz container ricotta cheese

2 eggs

3 tbsp sweetener (granular or powdered)

1 tbsp vanilla extract

1 packet sugar free cheesecake pudding mix

Directions:

Mix all ingredients in stand mixer until thick and fluffy! Spread into a small baking dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray! Bake at 300 for 60 mins or until brown and set. Mine took an additional 10 mins! Let cool in the dish for 15 mins and then refrigerate for an hour. Flip cake onto a plate and refrigerate for another hour. By all means, you may enjoy this still warm, it’s delicious that way as well, and has sort of a bread pudding texture. But after it was completely chilled it had a nice firm cake texture. Enjoy!

I also made this little snippet video on my Instagram 💕

Egg Fast Round 1

I have been bouncing between the same 5 pounds for about 3 months now.  I lose them, then they come back.  I lose them again, and then they come back.  I’ve been in stalls before but never ones that have been this annoying.  At first it didn’t really bother me because I was sort of at the “im comfortable at this weight stage” and was just kind of maintaining.  Which is fine, I was totally cool with that.  Especially since I was going to the gym every morning before work.  So it wasn’t a big deal.  I was able to cheat a little and splurge on some low carb junk food; which I honestly really need to stop.  But either way, I decided to try an egg fast! and to my surprise, it was not near as bad as I thought it was going to be.  So here is what I ate and here are my results!

Day 1: 156lbs

  • Breakfast: 2 cream cheese pancakes, 1 deviled egg, bullet proof coffee.
  • Lunch: 1 cream cheese pancake, 2 deviled eggs.
  • Dinner: scrambled eggs with cheddar cheese and 1 tbsp cream cheese.

Day 2: 154lbs (2.6lbs lost)

  • Breakfast: 1 cream cheese pancake with 1 tbsp cream cheese w/ cinnamon, vanilla and sweetener mixed in. 2 deviled eggs and bullet proof coffee.
  • Lunch: 2 deviled eggs, 1 cream cheese pancake, 1 tbsp cream cheese and bullet proof coffee.
  • Dinner: 2 sliced and fried boiled eggs, with mayo, mustard and 1 string cheese.
  • Dessert: 1 tbsp cream cheese, 1 tbsp cocoa powder (dark, unsweetened), 2 tbsp sweetener, pinch of cinnamon and a drop of strawberry extract.

Day 3: 153lbs (1lbs lost)

  • Breakfast: 1 hard boiled egg, green tea latte from starbucks (do as I say, not as i do lol)
  • Lunch: 2 hard boiled eggs, 2 mini pickles, 1 tbsp mayo, 1 string cheese and bullet proof coffee. *peed on a ketostix and i’m in super ketosis* AND NO I WASN’T DEHYDRATED, just to make that clear.
  • Dinner: fat head crust pigs in a blanket (desperately needed a normal dinner at this point).

Day 4: 153.2lbs (0.2lbs gained)

  • Breakfast: 2 scrambled egg with mozzarella cheese and hot sauce.
  • Lunch: Salad (was craving veggies like WOAH by this point).
  • Dinner: 1 fried egg, mozzarella and cream cheese flat bread.

Day 5: 154.6lbs (just got my period)

  • Breakfast: bullet proof coffee
  • Second Breakfast: 1 hard boiled egg, 1 tbsp cream cheese.
  • Lunch: 1 hard boiled egg, 2 mini pickles, 1 string cheese.
  • Dinner: 3 cream cheese pancakes.

Ok, so! I obviously did not stick to the plan 100% and I def had some factors against me, including starting my period. I would NOT recommend doing this if you are nearing or on your period. The sweets cravings had me wanting to rob a day care for their milk and snacks. But overall, I feel like it was a success. During the week I felt amazing, and I never once thought about being hungry.  I would literally have to watch the clock and remind myself to eat because the eggs kept me full and satisfied.  I was absolutely no where as bad as I always imagined it would be, although I did have a gag moment at lunch on day 3! but I still love eggs! I do recommend having an “egg fast buddy” to do this with you. It helped SO much having someone doing it at the same time as me so we could talk about what we were eating, diff recipes we were finding and sharing our results and struggles. I am going to be doing egg fast round 2 this coming week; life has been super crazy these last two weeks and my eating habits have been far from perfect due to stress and lack of time to properly plan my meals. So, im really excited to give this another go and stick to it completely this time. I’ll let you know how it goes!!

Fat dogs in a blanket

 
Leave it to me to run out of an ingredient.. When I just went to the store yesterday.  Hi, my name is lazy keto.  Have we met? … Well in good lazy fashion I decided to try coconut flour instead of the normal almond flour that Fat Head pizza crust calls for.  Which is what this is made from!! Go ahead.. Say it; shut up! This turned out to be a beautiful success. Even better than I had anticipated them being because I didn’t know how plyable the fat head crust would be when wrapping the hot dogs.  I do need to mention though that I did have a small amount of almond flour, but the rest was coconut.  It was meant to be! 

What you will need

1 1/2 cup mozzarella 

1/4  cup almond flour 

1/4 cup and 1 tsp coconut flour 

1 egg 

2 tbsp cream cheese, cubed. 

Make the Fat Head dough like you normally would. (Melt the cream cheese and mozzarella together in the microwave for 1 min. Stir well and then heat for another 30 secs.  Stir in egg and flours really well, mixing rapidly. Heat again for 20 seconds and stir again. Spread dough onto a baking sheet with parchment paper with wet hands [you will need to keep rewetting your hands]. Dock the dough with a fork (poke holes) and bake at 425 for 5-8 mins while popping any holes that appear). 

Now! Flaten dough with your fork and then bake for additional 3 mins. Take out and cool for a few mins before cutting the dough. I used a pizza cutter and it worked perfectly. Cut the triangle shaped just like the crescent dough comes for normal pigs in a blanket. Wrap the hot dogs and bake for 10 mins! 

  
I mean, am I dreaming right now? … Please don’t wake me up! Guys these are incredible. Seriously was exactly like eating normal dough. I am so glad I attempted it with coconut flour! 

Fried Parmesan Eggs

  
I have been dabbling with an egg fast the last few days and made this little gem! Saw the idea on pinterest of frying the slices of egg, so I breaded them with grated parm and fried them in coconut oil! They were so amazing and a very welcomed change of pace during my egg fast! I ate one with a little ketchup and for a moment I actually convinced myself that I was eating chicken nuggets haha! Will def be making these again, egg fast or not! 

I will also make a separate blog post of my egg fast meals and results when I’m done! 

Getting Started

Lately I have been getting asked to share some tips about getting started with Keto.  Sometimes its hard to pinpoint exactly what has worked for me, since it has been a lot of trial and error.  I think though that I have come far enough to be able to point you in the right direction! I hope these tips help!

  1. Get rid of non compliant food in your house:  This is the biggest factor that I cannot stress enough; and I know a lot of you are sitting there thinking, “well I can’t do that, I have kids, a husband; that’s a lot of money in food to waste, etc”.. Notice that I did not say throw away.  I gave away so much food when I first started.  I HAD to get it out of my house if I was to succeed.  Now, if you have children, or a spouse who does not want to join you in your lifestyle change, create yourself a separate cabinet for either yourself, or where you will keep all the non-keto foods for everyone else.  If you are constantly looking at what you can’t have, its going to make it that much harder.
  2. Tracking:  Instead of using an app when I first started, I kept a notebook and wrote everything down.  Every single little thing that went into my body.  I was so diligent about it, it was borderline crazy haha but I am so glad that I was because I learned SO much.  I am not against using apps to help you track, but I have found that they aren’t as accurate, and anytime I ever used an app completely, I didn’t see any results.  They are definitely good tools to aid you, but writing it all down yourself is so much more beneficial.
  3. Basic is better:  I actually chuckled as a typed that one… hehe… ok!  When starting out! BASIC. BASIC. BASIC.  I will say it again. BASIC.  You following along?  Stick to basics.  If you dive right in trying to make fancy shit, you are going to overwhelm yourself.  Eggs, coconut oil, bacon, cheese, heavy whipping cream, veggies, bacon, sausage, avocado, bacon, MCT oil, bacon… did I mention bacon? … I used to carry bacon in my purse  at all times. No lie. It would keep me so full with only 2-3 pieces. So, I would have normally, eggs (any style) with cheese or cream cheese for breakfast, and a piece of bacon or two.  Lunch would be pepperoni with cheese, or meat roll ups with cream cheese, hard boiled eggs, etc.  Then dinner would be a meat and veggie.  That was it.  No sugar free treats or something fancy.  Give yourself enough time to get adapted and break the cycle of carb and sugar addiction.  You can do it, I promise you.
  4. Make Lists:  If you think you can go to the grocery store and just randomly pick out what you’re going to eat on keto, you are sadly mistaken (until you get used to what you need to buy).  I can’t tell you how many times I left the grocery store in tears because I was so stressed and saying “I can’t eat ANYTHING!!!!” … LIES.  Total lies.  There is SO much you can eat, its unreal.  Enough so that you never have to feel like you are missing out on something.  Trust me.  So make sure that you plan your shopping trips and write out everything you want to buy, plus the meals you are going to make with them (in case there is two meals that you can make with one item, such as a big pack of ground beef.)  When I make my lists, I write all the items down on one side, and on the other I will write what meals im going to make.  Then I can go back and write amounts.  Its a time and money saver.
  5. Bring food with you:  DO NOT be afraid to bring food with you while running errands, going to work, or even going to a friends house.  This lifestyle change is about YOU and your success depends on YOU.  Plus the look on someones face when you pull a full meal out of your purse is just priceless.
  6. Monitor your ketones:   Sure, optimally a digital ketone tracker is ideal, but they’re expensive, and even more, the strips are hella expensive.  But would I still like to have one?  yeah of course haha It doesn’t get more accurate than blood testing.  BUT, I am a tried and true supporter of ketostix.  I have used them from day one and still use them now.  It gave me a “control” area to where I wanted my body to stay.  Of course getting to that deep red color on the spectrum was a goal, but they would also let me see how different foods were effecting my levels. So go on, go pee on a stick. FOR SCIENCE.
  7. Fats are Friends:  Don’t fear the fats! This is the time where you take everything you have ever learned about food and kick it to the curb.  Keto is going to reteach your brain how to PROPERLY fuel your body.  There is a HUGE difference between fats. The good ones and the bad ones.  There are so many good resources online about what fats are good for you. I could sit here and list them for you, but seriously that would take up too much of our time haha so just search Pinterest for healthy fats.
  8. Water:  Drink as much water as you possibly can.  During the starting phase you need to keep yourself hydrated and your kidneys flushed.  You are going to be losing a lot of salt, so you need to also make sure to add salt to what you’re eating as well. Which leads to our next point…
  9. Keto Flu: The keto flu doesn’t happen to everyone, but at some point you will feel some of the symptoms. Such as headache, feeling light headed, loss of sleep, stomach ache… but seriously, do not be discouraged if you start feeling like crap.  Take it as something GOOD at that you are making progress.  Detoxing your body from carbs and sugar is just like detoxing from a drug.  I see so many people give up because they can’t make it past the flu, but PLEASE, stick it out and I promise you, you will feel better than you have ever felt before.  One way I fought the keto flu was drinking pickle juice.  Whenever I would feel crappy, I would take a few sips of pickle juice and it would feel better almost instantly.  If you aren’t a fan of pickles, then just eat or drink something really salty.  Like chicken broth or something, with butter and salt.
  10. Be patient:  As we have all heard or read, you didn’t gain the weight over night, so you aren’t going to lose the weight over night.  It can take some people up to 3-4 weeks to get their bodies into ketosis.  Some can do it within days.  Me, it took me a good solid 2 weeks before I REALLY saw results.  Which I was totally ok with.  Everyone bodies are different, so please please please do not get discouraged if you don’t lose ten pounds your first week; and if you DO, don’t get discouraged when you don’t lose ten pounds your second week.  The first initial weight is water weight, so you need to give yourself enough time to get rid of that before you will start burning fat.  Just trust the process, stick to nutritional Keto and let your body do the work!

Thank you for asking me to write this post, guys! I really enjoyed it.  I love being able to help you all! Of course I have to say that I AM NOT A DOCTOR lol These tips are from all the research I have done and implemented into my keto lifestyle and what has worked for me. Always make sure to ask your doctor if you have existing ailments before starting keto.  I spoke with my general PCP and my gyno before starting.  Keto has been a savior in my life, and I hope it can be the same for you.

Strawberry Pound Cake 

 Strawberry cream cheese pound cake with strawberry cream cheese icing, to be exact!!! Go ahead and say it.. OH EM GEE!

I am sad to say that I cannot take credit for this amazing pound cake recipe.  The recipe was shown to me by a friend last year and I wrote it down and stuck it in my notebook. So also sadly, I cannot give credit where credit is due.  But whoever you are out in the universe who created this recipe, you are a pound cake princess and we love you for this!

Ok, but what I can take credit for is the strawberry mistake! I have a bottle of wine to blame for this one.  But honestly can I really be mad at it? No. I cannot. Because it made me believe that baking would be a good idea after consuming said entire bottle of wine. So to you wine, I thank thee for giving me the courage to bake while intoxicated and to also grab the wrong bottle of extract!

What you will need: 

1 1/4 almond flour

3/4 cup granular sweetener

1 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

4 eggs

3 1/2 oz cream cheese

4 tbsp softened butter

1 tsp vanilla

And this is where it all took a turn for the best haha instead of grabbing the vanilla, I grabbed the strawberry extract. After I added it in I thought it strange that the vanilla was clear. Only to check the bottle and see what I did. Meh, let’s go with it.

Directions: 

Cream together the eggs and sweetener in your stand mixer.  Soften your cream cheese and butter together in the microwave for about 30 seconds together; stir and then add to mixture. Turn mixer to med/high to whip it all up! Add in your remaining ingredients and let blend for a good five mins while scraping the sides.

Poor into a well buttered baking dish or loaf pan and bake at 350 for 40 mins.  Let cool completely before slicing!

Strawberry Cream Cheese Icing: 

3 tbsp cream cheese

2 tbsp sweetener

2 drops vanilla extract

2 drops strawberry extract

1 tbsp heavy whipping cream

Soften cream cheese in microwave for 30 seconds. Add sweetener, vanilla, strawberry and cream and whip by hand for about 3 mins until thick and glossy. Set in fridge for ten mins to chill.

Slice your cake and spread on some icing and pretend that you’re eating a funfetti cupcake. Actually, you don’t need to pretend, because that’s exactly what it tastes like!!!! 💕<
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Spinach Alfredo Fat Head Pizza

  
Ok, ever since I made my first fat head pizza crust I have been dreaming of all the types of pizza I can make now, and an Alfredo pizza was at the top of the list! This seriously is the most delicious thing I have made since being on keto. Not even joking. Because I do not joke about pizza. Especially pizza this damn good! And super easy I might add…. 

Fat head crust:  (not my recipe)

1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella 

2 tbsp cream cheese (cubed)

3/4 cup almond flour 

1 egg 

  • Melt both cheeses together in the microwave for 1 min. Stir and will probably have to go another 30 secs. Add in almond flour and egg and stir really well. Can put back in micro for another 20-30 secs if you need to. I usually have to. Then spread onto parchment paper on you baking sheet with wet hands making the crust however thick you would like. Bake at 425 for 8 mins. Take out and pop any bubbles. Then put back in for another 5 mins; set aside when done. 

Alfredo Sauce: 

1 cup heavy whipping cream 

1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese (the real kind, not the grated shaker kind) 

1 tbsp butter

  • In a small sauce pan on medium heat, met the cheese with the cream stirring almost constantly until it starts to thicken. Add salt and pepper to taste and then reduce heat to low and allow it to thicken some more. 

Toppings:

In a separate pan cook a handful of sliced mushrooms with 1 tsp minced garlic with 1 tbsp butter. Once cooked, add in a handful of spinach and allow to wilt. 

Top pizza crust with the Alfredo sauce. It was thick enough for me to use all of it without it running over the crust. Add your spinach and mushroom mixture. I then topped with some canned white meat chicken and then sprinkled more mozzarella cheese over the top. Bake at 425 for 8-10 mins! Let cool for a few mins before slicing so the sauce stays in place! Enjoy! And then thank me in your prayers because you are going to love me after you try this haha