Low Carb Magazine | Spring 2021 Edition

For the past couple of years, many have enjoyed our occasional low carb magazine. Therefore, it is exciting to announce that the first spring edition of SIMPLE low carb magazine has been released. This 40 page edition will bring some springtime sunshine into your day and kitchen. It is filled with lots of fun keto low carb food facts, nuggets of low carb health education, and tips to help you stay on a healthy keto, low carb or diabetic diet. Being on a low carb and keto diet has gotten easier and easier in recent years.

This edition includes some simple, but fun and delicious springtime recipes. One is a delightful keto calzone recipe. But many of the recipe ingredients start with some keto low carb pantry staples with ingredients that overlap. It also contains some resources about the latest low carb/keto foods and drinks that are available to kickstart your spring. And, this edition also answers some of the most common questions people starting a low carb diet or keto diet may ask. And, lastly it addresses and provide resources for how to manage diabetes using a low carb or keto diet.

SIMPLE LOW CARB MAGAZINE | SPRING 2021 EDITION

This bright and colorful edition can lighten your mood and brighten your day. You can find out how to get a digital copy of this first low carb magazine spring edition here.

What To Expect?

Since this is a digital low carb magazine, you can expect a lot of convenience. As you peruse the magazine, you will discover “learn more” buttons place throughout the magazine. So, when you see something you like, you can click on the button to learn more and if needed or wanted make a purchase. At times, some of the learn more buttons will direct you back to more detailed content on the website.

If possible, save the magazine to your iBooks for iPhones or download the Kindle App on your device to save it there. In this way, you will have a page turning experience and can easily return to the magazine after you have taken time to learn more about something.

With that said, I hope you enjoy this edition of SIMPLE Low Carb Magazine by purchasing your copy of the magazine here.

Homemade Sugar-Free Skittles Gummy Bears

All of the skittles fans may really enjoy these homemade sugar-free skittles gummy bears! They are the perfect treat for kids with diabetes and grown-ups as well. They are perfect for the keto, low carb or diabetic diet.

The homemade sugar-free skittles gummy bears can currently be made into four delicious flavors – strawberry, orange, green apple, and grape. So, the gummy bears turn out to be a nice colorful combination of deep red, orange, light green, and dark purple.

 If you are new here, you may be wondering why we are posting homemade gummy bears recipes. Well, besides these homemade sugar-free skittles gummy bears being a delicious and fun snack for the young and old alike, they have many health benefits.

First, homemade gummy bears are relatively filling. So they do a nice job of cutting your appetite. Second, they are keto/low carb and low sodium which is a more difficult combination to find. Then, they are made with collagen. So, you can easily capture the many of the health benefits of collagen. In addition, I typically add Vitamin C powder to all of the recipes, so these skittles gummy bears are a nice boost to your immune system that can enhance the gummy bear health benefits. And last, but not least, these sugar-free skittles gummy bears to not cause gastrointestinal upset.

So, with all that said, let us get to this simple, but delicious, sugar-free skittles gummy bears recipe.

Skittles Gummy Bears

Homemade Sugar-Free Skittles Gummy Bears

These homemade sugar-free Skittles gummy bears are a must try for all of you Skittles fans!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Refrigerate 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 2 people
Calories 5 kcal

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • You will need 2 small microwave safe bowls or cups. A small tea or coffee cup works well.
  • Pour the gelatin of your choice along with the Skittles drink mix packets (same flavor) and Vitamin c powder to one of the cups. Gently stir the powdered mixture together.
  • Next, prepare your gummy bear molds for pouring these homemade sugar free Skittles gummy bears and have your squeezer ready to use.
  • Now, add at least half the water to the opposite cup and microwave for 20-30 seconds until the water is hot. Carefully remove the water from microwave.
  • Add the remaining half of the room temperature water to the powdered mixture and stir quickly as the mixture will start to set quickly.
  • Once the mixture is blended evenly into a paste-like mixture, pour the hot water over the paste and stir until a thin syrup-like mixture has formed. If needed, microwave for another 10 seconds to thin it and remove any clumps.
  • Now use your squeezer to fill the gummy bear molds. Refrigerate for 15-20 minutes.
  • After the gummy bears set, unmold the bears and repeat with a different color as needed or wanted.
  • You can store the extra gummy bears in the refrigerator for a few days.

Notes

The time needed for these homemade skittles gummy bears to set will depend on how hot the mixture is before squeezing it into the mold and the temperature of your room when doing so. However, the sugar-free skittles gummy bears will set quickly once they have been refrigerated.

Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 5kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 1gSodium: 3mgPotassium: 2mgVitamin C: 500mg
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Conclusion

I hope you enjoy making these sugar-free skittles gummy bears for you and your family! Please be sure to like, share, and subscribe below. They were all really good, but I think my favor flavor is the strawberry skittles flavor. Let me know which sugar-free skittles gummy bears flavor you like best!

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White Garlic Chicken Pizza Recipe

This comforting low carb white garlic chicken pizza recipe was inspired primarily by  a “substituted” item received from the grocery store. The secondary and likely better inspiration is the white garlic chicken pizza recipe from Grimaldi’s Pizza – absolutely delicious! Years ago, it was one of my favorite pizzas to order. The fresh roasted garlic shavings really added a nice punch to the thin layer of white sauce. Since I do not eat flour anymore, I made this keto low carb white garlic chicken pizza recipe with a chicken crust.

You can make this recipe using any cooked white chicken. The Shrimp Alfredo Chicken Pizza and Alfredo Broccoli Chicken Pizza recipes are made with leftover pre-cooked rotisserie chicken. This recipe was started with leftover cooked chicken breast. Both methods are basically the same – chop the cooked chicken into really small pieces. Then, add your seasonings to readjust the flavor. And lastly, add an egg to help bind everything together.

White Garlic Chicken Pizza Recipe

white garlic chicken pizza recipe

Once the crust is cooked for this pizza, you can add the alfredo sauce, minced garlic and shredded cheese to the top. Return it to the oven for a few more minutes and voila – you have a delicious low carb white garlic chicken pizza!


white garlic chicken pizza recipe

White Garlic Chicken Pizza

What is yummier than a garlicky white chicken pizza?!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine Italian
Servings 2 people
Calories 472 kcal

Ingredients
  

Pizza Crust

Pizza Toppings

  • 2-3 tbsp. Alfredo Sauce
  • 1/2 cup Shredded Mozzarella (or Pizza Cheese Blend)
  • 1 tsp. Garlic Minced
  • 1 tsp. Parsley Chopped, Fresh

Instructions
 

Pizza Crust

  • Preheat Oven: 350 degrees
  • Start by chopping the cooked chicken breast into small pieces.
  • Next, add alfredo sauce, Italian seasoning, and garlic powder to the small chicken pieces.
  • Stir until everything is well blended and then add the eggs.
  • Place a piece of parchment paper on a small cookie sheet and then form the pizza crust mixture into a rectangular shape.
  • Now place the cookie sheet in the oven and bake for about 20 minutes.
  • Once cooked, remove the chicken pizza crust from the oven.

Pizza Toppings

  • Preheat Oven: 400 degrees
  • Stir the minced garlic into the Alfredo sauce.
  • Next, carefully spread the Alfredo Sauce as the first layer to this white garlic chicken pizza recipe.
  • Then, sprinkle with the shredded pizza cheese blend and top with some freshly chopped parsley.

Notes

The increased oven temperature is what gives this white chicken pizza recipe the slightly golden brown look. So, if you turned the oven up to 400 degrees, the cheese will melt, bubble, and cook a little.

Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 472kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 61gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 349mgSodium: 701mgPotassium: 984mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 744IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 225mgIron: 3mg
Keyword chicken crust pizza, chicken pizza, pizza, white chicken pizza
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There is another more traditional low carb white garlic chicken pizza recipe in the Fall 2020 SIMPLE Magazine. It is made with a delicious more traditional keto pizza crust.

white garlic chicken pizza recipe

Conclusion

Once you remove it from the oven, it is ready to eat! I ate this pizza with a side of fresh diced tomatoes. As mentioned earlier, this white garlic chicken pizza recipe was the result of my receiving a substituted item from the grocery store. I ordered a large tray of boneless chicken thighs and ended up with tray of huge chicken breast. So, the next time I make this recipe, it may be with cooked boneless chicken thighs. Thanks for visiting our blog – please like, share, and subscribe below. Enjoy eating this white garlic chicken pizza recipe!

Keto Mexican Chicken Soup

Well, it is a cold and rainy day, so I decided to skip the low carb Mexican bowl and head straight for a warm keto Mexican chicken soup recipe instead. This is a very authentic tasting keto Mexican chicken soup recipe. So, if you are missing your favorite authentic Mexican food restaurant, this flavorful keto Mexican chicken soup might be what you are looking for!

keto mexican chicken soup

When living in Houston, there were many good authentic Mexican food restaurants everywhere. Then, I also had the privilege of working with a lady whose family owned an authentic Mexican restaurant. With that said, our office periodically scored some really nice tasting authentic Mexican food dishes. And I got to pick her brain about some of the ingredients used for preparation.

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I started cooking this keto Mexican Chicken soup by seasoning the chicken thighs really well with onion powder, garlic powder, cumin, cayenne pepper, and sea salt. When adding cooked chicken to a soup, it is better to over season the meat a little instead of under seasoning it. In this way, the chicken will continue to have its own delicious and savory taste after it has been added to the soup. While the chicken cooked, the vegetables were sauteed in a skillet to prepare for bringing this keto Mexican chicken soup together. Once the vegetables are finished cooking, the soup base can be prepared with a few basic seasonings. And lastly,  this low carb chicken soup is served in a medium-sized bowl and topped with diced avocados, diced tomatoes, jalapenos, shredded cheddar cheese, and some fresh squeezed lime juice. So, let’s get started.

keto mexican chicken soup

Keto Mexican Chicken Soup

This delicious and flavor-filled keto Mexican chicken soup is a great way to warm up and fight the winter blues.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 4 people
Calories 394 kcal

Ingredients
  

Chicken:

Saute:

  • 1 tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 1/2 c. Yellow Onions (Chopped)
  • 1/2 c. Celery (Chopped)
  • 2 tsp. Garlic (Minced)
  • 1 tbsp. Jalapeno Pepper (Fresh, Finely Chopped)

Boil:

Toppings:

  • 1 tbsp. Cilantro (Chopped)
  • 1/2 cup Avocado (Diced)
  • 1/4 cup Tomato (Diced)
  • 1/4 tsp. Jalapenos
  • 1/4 cup Cheddar Cheese (Shredded)
  • 1-2 tsp Lime Juice (Fresh Squeezed)

Instructions
 

  • CHICKEN: Season the 4 large boneless chicken thighs and place them in a skillet over medium-high heat setting. Add about half a cup of water and then cover it with a lid.
  • SAUTE: Next, place the chopped yellow onions, chopped celery, and olive oil in another skillet or a medium pot. Saute the vegetables until they start getting tender and then add the minced garlic and fresh cut jalapenos.
  • BOIL: Once the vegetables are cooked, add the water, canned diced tomatoes, cumin, powdered black pepper, cayenne pepper powder, and pink Himalayan sea salt to a medium pot. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat.
  • TOPPINGS: Prepare your toppings to serve with this delicious keto Mexican chicken soup recipe.
  • Once the chicken has cooked and the soup base has been prepared, add the cooked chicken to the soup base. You can shred, chop or add whole pieces of chicken to the soup. Let simmer on low heat for 5 – 10 minutes.
  • Finally, serve the soup in a bowl and add the toppings!

Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 394kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 23gFat: 28gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 118mgSodium: 412mgPotassium: 743mgFiber: 4gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 1968IUVitamin C: 23mgCalcium: 119mgIron: 2mg
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Conclusion

I hope you enjoy this authentic tasting low carb mexican chicken soup recipe as much as I did. If so, you may also enjoy some of our other keto low carb Mexican food recipes. Please let me know how you enjoyed this keto mexican chicken soup recipe.

Health Benefits of Collagen

As the most abundant protein in the body, there are many health benefits of collagen. Collagen is in all of our body’s connective tissues including tendons, ligaments, skin, muscles, bones, nails, and hair. With so many connective tissue roles in the body, an adequate collagen intake is very important for reducing joint pain, improving skin structure and  strengthening the bones, nails, and hair (to highlight just a few).

As we get older, our bodies become less efficient at making collagen. This is why we develop pain and swelling in our joints and wrinkly looking skin as we get older. Many individual that go on diets that do not meet their daily calorie needs experience hair loss. For these reasons and more, it is a good idea to supplement the diet with a little extra collagen and vitamin C as we get older or dieting. It is no wonder that keto collagen supplements have become so popular. So, let’s get to some more health benefits of collagen.

Health Benefits of Collagen

1. Strengthens Hair, Nails & Teeth

A lack of collagen can significantly damage your hair, nails, and teeth. Losing hair during weight loss should not be a factor at all during your weight loss journey. However, it is very common for people that do not consume enough calories to experience hair loss after weight loss. With that said, however, one of the noteworthy health benefits of collagen include its ability to reverse signs of hair loss. And, what is more, type I collagen supplements can help your skin look firmer and smoother while decreasing cellulite and stretch marks. One study’s results showed significant improvements in skin elasticity and health after taking 2.5-5 grams of collagen over 8 weeks[1]. Before running off to load up on collagen, keep in mind that collagen works in the presence of Vitamin C. So, it is highly beneficial to take a collagen supplement that contains Vitamin C or along with a Vitamin C supplement as well.

2. Reduces Joint Pain & Degeneration

Having stiff, achy or swollen joints is a result of decreased collagen production and/or supply. Therefore, taking a keto collagen supplement can be likened to adding a lubricant to a squeaky hinge on the door. A type II cartilage collagen supplement not only improves osteoarthritis, it can also improve the pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis. So, this is one of the health benefits of collagen that everyone can benefit from.

3. Protects Cardiovascular System & Health

Low collagen consumption and production is associated with atherosclerosis (hardening of the artery walls). Proline is an amino acid component of collagen [2]. Proline helps the blood vessel wall release plaque build up and move it into the bloodstream. Therefore, it is helping to prevent and/or reverse signs of atherosclerosis and reducing blood pressure. Proline is also used for tissue repair and can help control blood sugar levels. Arginine is another amino acid that is a component of collagen[3]. Arginine helps with the production of nitric oxide which is a vasodilator – a substance that opens the blood vessels for improved blood flow. Therefore, one of the health benefits of collagen is improved blood circulation and cardiovascular system health. The type III collagen supplement is used for blood vessel health.

4. Boost Metabolism & Muscle Growth

Research suggests that taking a collagen supplement can promote the synthesis of muscle proteins and stimulate muscle growth after exercising[4]. Glycine is an amino acid that plays an important role in the formation of muscle tissue. It does so by converting glucose into a usable form of energy. Research shows that the amount of glycine in circulation is associated with a lower incidence of myocardial infarction (heart attack) and type 2 diabetes. [5] Glycine can also help the digestive system and the nervous system.

5. Heals Leaky Gut Syndrome

One of the health benefits of collagen is that it can help heal and seal a damaged leaky gut. So, this is great news for anyone suffering with leaky gut syndrome. Increased collagen consumption accomplishes this by repairing the stomach and intestinal lining, preventing intestinal inflammation, providing needed structural support, improving nutrient absorption, and boosting amino acid production[6]. Many illnesses can be traced back to inflammation associated with having a damaged cell wall in your gastrointestinal system.  Collagen is what forms connective tissues that many studies have shown to be able to treat gastrointestinal problems like irritable bowel syndrome, acid reflux, Crohn’s disease, and ulcerative colitis.

6. Improves Liver Function & Health

The liver is the most important detoxifying organ in the body. Glycine is an amino acid found in collagen that can help the liver absorb toxins from medications and alcohols. Therefore, one of the health benefits of collagen is that it can help support your liver, repair liver damage, and detoxify your body[7].

7. Brain Health & Protection

Scientists have discovered that a certain type of collagen can protect brain cells against amyloid-beta proteins. Amyloid beta protein clumps together forming plaques in the brain which are widely thought to cause Alzheimer’s disease. Collagen type IV protects the body from amyloid beta protein formation. So, one of the health benefits of collagen supplements is that it can help combat the build up of this plaque that is known for attacking the neurons associated with this disease.

Conclusion

I hope you have enjoyed reading and learning about the health benefits of collagen. You can learn more about what is collagen and what does it do? Please like, share, and subscribe below. You can visit our online keto store to discover some of our recommended keto collagen powders, collagen pills, collagen waters, and collagen latte mixes. that may work well for you. Please leave a comment below with any questions. You can also let everyone know how you intend to capture the health benefits of collagen.

Low Carb Mexican Bowl w/Cilantro Lime Cauli-Rice

I ended up making this yummy low carb mexican bowl to satisfy my taste for a salad. It is currently getting cold here, so arranging this low carb Mexican bowl over a nice warm bed of cilantro lime cauli-rice was a really nice compromise for eating a cold salad. Plus it is a very flavorful and filling low carb meal to keep things interesting. So, let’s get to making this low carb Mexican bowl.

This bowl is made is three main steps: (1) cooked ground beef, (2) microwaved cauliflower rice, and (3) salad toppings.

low carb mexican bowl

The cooked ground beef can be seasoned simply with a taco seasoning mix. yellow onion, and garlic. Then, add a small can of diced tomatoes or plain ole’ salsa. Once the meat is cooked and drained of excess fat you can start preparing the salad toppings while the cauliflower is cooking in the microwave. The salad toppings include cilantro, lime, jalapeno, lettuce, avocado, tomato, cheddar cheese and sour cream. Once the cauliflower is cooked, merely toss it with a little cilantro, fresh lime juice, and a dash of sea salt. It is easy to make this tasty low carb Mexican bowl so let’s get to the recipe.

 

mexican chicken salad

Low Carb Mexican Bowl With Cilantro Lime Cauli-Rice

This delicious warm salad is such a satisfying delight!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 3 people
Calories 618 kcal

Ingredients
  

Cilantro Cauli-Rice

  • 1 -10 oz. Cauliflower (Bag, Riced)
  • 1/4 c. Cilantro (Chopped)
  • 1/2 Lime Juice (Fresh Squeezed)
  • Sea Salt (Optional, To Taste)

Salad Toppings

  • 1 tbsp. Cilantro (Chopped)
  • 1 c. Lettuce
  • 1/2 Roma Tomato (Fresh, Diced)
  • 1/4 c Avocado (Half)
  • 1/2 Jalapeno (Sliced, Optional)
  • 1/2 c. Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 tbsp. Sour Cream (Optional)
  • Lime Juice + Sea Salt (Optional dressing)

Instructions
 

  • Start by placing the bag of cauliflower rice in the microwave according to the directions on the package.
  • While the cauliflower rice is cooking, start slicing or chopping the cilantro, lettuce, tomatoes, jalapenos, avocado and lime in preparation for making the low carb Mexican bowl. Set this aside, away from the raw ground beef.
  • Now, cook the ground beef with a packet of taco seasoning mix, chopped yellow onions, minced garlic, and cayenne powder. Once the ground beef has cooked, turn off the burner, drain the excess grease from the skillet, and then add the optional diced tomatoes or salsa. Cover the skillet with a lid to help keep it warm.
  • You can quickly re-warm the cauliflower rice for a minute if needed. Then, carefully open the top of the bag to add the chopped cilantro, fresh squeezed lime juice and sea salt. Use a spoon to stir this all together.
  • Pour the cilantro lime cauliflower rice into one medium-sized bowl or two smaller sized bowls and then start making your low carb Mexican bowl with meat, cheese, and other salad toppings.
  • You can mix all of this taste of goodness together and enjoy it with a spoon or fork.

Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 618kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 39gFat: 47gSaturated Fat: 21gTrans Fat: 2gCholesterol: 151mgSodium: 403mgPotassium: 1012mgFiber: 4gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 3305IUVitamin C: 29mgCalcium: 367mgIron: 4mg
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Conclusion

This low carb Mexican bowl can definitely be eaten with your favorite low carb salad dressing. However, once I stirred everything together, I ended up not even thinking about adding salad dressing. As you can tell, I thoroughly enjoyed eating this low carb Mexican bowl. It was a semi-warm salad with a tangy lime flavor, so it was a great way to mix up all of the fall flavored foods that I have enjoyed.

Please like, share, and subscribe below. Be sure to check out our new online keto store to see what’s new in eating keto or low carb. You may also be interested in our low carb nacho soup, low carb Mexican Salad, Mexican cheesy chicken soup. or the low carb Mexican chicken salad. If you have any questions or comments about this low carb Mexican bowl, please leave them below.

Low Carb Pumpkin Pie

This delicious low carb pumpkin pie smells and tastes just like fall. I would say that fall is my favorite time of year with all of the pumpkin spiced goods typically landing on the shelves. However, I really think I am excited about the fall because I know winter is on the way! So, I enjoy low carb pumpkin spice everything as I patiently wait for winter to arrive.

If you know about the health benefits of pumpkin spice, you know that this low carb pumpkin pie can get your blood flowing and help keep you warmer in cooler weather. Plus, the different aromas actually make you feel good by providing you with a sense of well-being. Who knew that eating healthy low carb pumpkin pie could taste so good and make you feel good too?!

So, let’s get to the ingredients used for this delicious low carb pumpkin pie. The keto pie crust recipe is made with almond flour. The crust contains an “optional” cinnamon ingredient that I swapped for pumpkin pie spice instead. And that really takes this low carb pumpkin pie recipe up a notch.

Low Carb Pumpkin Pie

The pie filling is a mixture of 100% pure pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, unflavored gelatin, monk fruit in the raw, sugar-free vanilla coffee creamer, sugar-free pancake syrup, and eggs. The unflavored gelatin is used as an excuse to capture the health benefits of collagen and to help hold the low carb pumpkin pie together. Monk fruit in the raw is my sweetener of choice. Therefore, I started with monk fruit and then added sugar-free vanilla coffee creamer instead of a vanilla extract and unsweetened almond milk. To me, this give it an added depth of vanilla goodness. And lastly, a basic sugar-free pancake syrup is added to finalize the sweet taste. It is actually sticky and not watery, so it works out really well. The eggs are added to help hold this low carb pumpkin pie together. So, let’s get to the recipe…

Low Carb Pumpkin Pie

Low Carb Pumpkin Pie

Are you a fan of pumpkin spiced everything? You will love this!
4 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8 people
Calories 42 kcal

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • THE CRUST: Start with a pre-baked keto pie crust (recipe). Remember to swap the optional powdered cinnamon for pumpkin pie spice in the pie crust recipe.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • To make the filling, add pure pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, monk fruit in the raw, and unflavored gelatin in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Stir until the ingredients are evenly dispersed and blended well.
  • Use a seperate bowl to gently whisk the eggs and then add the sugar-free vanilla coffee creamer and sugar-free pancake syrup. Stir the mixture until blended well and then add it to the pumpkin mixture. Stir the liquid mixture into the pumpkin mixture until it is smooth and ready for the pie crust.
  • Pour the pumpkin pie filling into the pre-cooked pie crust. Use the back of a spoon to spread the pumpkin pie filling into the pie crust evenly.
  • Place the pie in the oven to bake at 350 degrees for about 50-60 minutes until the center is cooked.
  • Let the low carb pumpkin pie cool completely before serving – the hardest part.

Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 42kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 2gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 29mgPotassium: 57mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 695IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 25mgIron: 1mg
Keyword diabetic pie, keto pumpkin, low carb pumpkin
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Conclusion

To me, this low carb pumpkin pie is absolutely delicious (especially with the pumpkin spiced crust). So, I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I did. Please be sure to check out our online keto store for some of the latest keto, low carb, and diabetic diet snack ideas. Otherwise, you may enjoy more low carb pumpkin recipes. Please like, share, and subscribe below to receive more recipes like this low carb pumpkin pie recipe.

Keto Pie Crust Recipe

I have been making keto cobbler recipes this year so I finally decided to make a keto pie crust recipe. This is an easy recipe that you can make with some of your favorite keto-friendly fruits like this keto blackberry cobbler. Making a pie crust sounds a little intimidating to someone new in the kitchen. Or, perhaps, making a pie crust may sound like a lot of work for someone with experience in the kitchen. However, this keto pie crust recipe is not like that at all. This is a really easy pie crust to make once you get all of the ingredients. There is no kneading, rolling, or fighting your dough required.

Traditionally speaking, a pie crust is made of flour, salt, cold unsalted butter or shortening, and iced cold water. So, with cold butter and cold water, you can imagine how hard it can be to get all that blended together with flour to make a pie crust. Then, after all that hard work you have to wrap the dough and wait on it to relax in the refrigerator for a couple of hours before you can use it. On a positive note, at least you get to take a break after all that work. So, now that you have a frame of reference for comparison, let’s talk about this easy keto pie crust recipe.

Keto Pie Crust Recipe

This almond flour keto pie crust recipe is sweetened with monk fruit in the raw and sugar-free pancake syrup. Then, instead of using just butter, it is blended with a ketogenic virgin coconut oil and salted butter.  And lastly, vanilla extract and optional cinnamon powder are added. If you are on a keto diet to reverse type 2 diabetes, cinnamon can help lower your blood sugar (will add an information link below). So, this keto pie crust recipe has a pretty good taste before you add any filling.

There is a keto pie crust recipe for the bottom and a second keto pie crust cover in the event you need it to make things like a low carb apple pie recipe.

Keto Pie Crust Recipe

Keto Pie Crust Recipe (The Bottom)

Delicious keto, low carb & diabetic-friendly pie crust!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 422 kcal

Ingredients
  

The Bottom:

Instructions
 

  • Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Now add almond flour, monk fruit, and cinnamon (optional) to a medium-sized mixing bowl. Then, stir all of the dry ingredients until they are blended well.
  • Next, add the coconut oil, melted butter, and sugar-free pancake syrup to the dry ingredients.
  • Stir until a cookie dough type mixture has formed before scooping it into the pie pan.
  • Start from the center of the pan and work your way to the edge of the pie crust pan. Flatten the crust and edges evenly in order for the pie crust to bake evenly.
  • At this step, you can follow the instructions in the slideshow below or use clean hands and fingers to simply press the pie crust dough into the pie pan.
  • Place the keto pie crust in the oven to bake for 10-15 minutes.
  • Remove the cooked pie from the oven and let it cool completely before adding the pie filling.

Notes

The crust shown in the main picture and graphic was pressed by hand. So, both methods will give you similar results.

Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 422kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 13gFat: 39gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 40mgPotassium: 5mgFiber: 7gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 140IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 132mgIron: 2mg
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Keto Pie Crust Recipe (The Top)

The top of this keto pie crust recipe is delicious & easy!
0 from 0 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 204 kcal

Ingredients
  

The Cover:

Instructions
 

  • Once you are ready to add the filling to your keto pie crust it is time to add the pie crust cover. First, simply repeat the mixing instructions above.
  • Then, once the mixture has been completed, pick it up with your clean hands and roll it into a ball.
  • Next, place the ball in the middle of one sheet of wax paper and cover it with another sheet of wax paper. (see slide show above)
  • Use a rolling pin to flatten the keto pie crust cover out into a circle until it is the needed size. Use one of the empty pie pans to measure the needed circumference. Keep in mind that a slightly larger pie crust cover is better that a slightly undersized pie crust cover because you can easily trim the excess off a larger crust.
  • Carefully flip the wax paper over the pie filling and merge the edges (see slide show below).
  • Place the pie in the oven for about 10 – 15 minutes at 350 degrees.

Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 204kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 6gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 19mgPotassium: 2mgFiber: 3gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 55IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 66mgIron: 1mg
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Conclusion

That is all there is to this keto pie crust recipe! For those of you that may be interested, you can read about the health benefits of cinnamon and the health benefits of eating coconut oil to learn more. Be sure to visit our online keto store for some of the latest keto snacks. Thanks for reading and using our blog! Please like, share, and subscribe below. If you have any questions or comments about this keto pie crust recipe, please leave a comment below.

Pumpkin Cabbage Soup

This semi-sweet and earthy low carb pumpkin cabbage soup is for the adventurous palate! While it looks simple, this delightful low carb pumpkin cabbage soup has depth. If you have ever been street food vendor hopping in Thailand or Vietnam, you know how much depth a simple looking dish may have once you try it. Well, to me – with turmeric, nutmeg and cinnamon – this soup has a nice fall food flavor flair with a Middle Eastern twist. If this pumpkin soup recipe is too adventurous for your palate, you might prefer this simple low carb pumpkin soup recipe instead.

So, without further ado, let’s get to what is used in this low carb pumpkin cabbage soup.

Pumpkin Cabbage Soup

To begin with, the soup is prepared in two parts – in a small pot and a skillet. The pot is used to get the soup base prepared. The soup base includes a chicken broth, pumpkin puree, chopped yellow onions, garlic, nutmeg, and gelatin. I used a chicken bouillon cube that I had on hand to make the broth before adding the pumpkin puree. Be sure to use 100% pumpkin puree with no sugar added, not the pumpkin pie filling (they can be easily confused). Onion and nutmeg are both flavorful natural sedatives while garlic can keep the germs away. The gelatin is primarily used to thicken the soup, however there are many health benefits of collagen

While the soup base comes together, the cabbage, yellow onions, garlic, turmeric, cinnamon, black pepper, and sea salt are sauteed in a skillet until tender. This is a flavor combination that you will just have to experience for yourself as it is merged with the soup base.  So, let’s get to the pumpkin and cabbage soup recipe.

Pumpkin Cabbage Soup

Pumpkin Cabbage Soup

A simple & delicious way to warm up!
4 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish, Soup
Cuisine American
Servings 3 people
Calories 131 kcal

Ingredients
  

Ingredients for the Pot

Ingredients for The Skillet:

Instructions
 

  • Place a small to medium-sized pot and skillet on the stove.
  • Then, place the chopped cabbage and yellow onions in the skillet with extra virgin olive oil. Gently toss or stir the cabbage until it is coated with the oil.
  • Next, add minced garlic, turmeric, cinnamon, black pepper and pink Himalayan sea salt. Stir until the cabbage is coated with the herbs and spices. Cover and let sit for a moment.
  • Now add the chicken broth into the pot with the onion and garlic. Let this come to a boil.
  • While the water is coming to a boil, start sauteeing the cabbage over medium-high heat.
  • Once the pot of chicken broth starts boiling, add the pumpkin and nutmeg. Allow the mixture to return to a boil.
  • Lastly, slowing pour in the gelatin while stirring with a spoon to avoid any clumping.
  • Finally, add the sauteed cabbage to the pot of pumpkin soup and you are ready to serve.

Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 131kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 5gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 980mgPotassium: 614mgFiber: 6gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 6301IUVitamin C: 79mgCalcium: 106mgIron: 2mg
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Conclusion

The cabbage can be cooked to your preferred tenderness in the skillet before adding it to the pumpkin soup mixture. In this way, the cabbage can remain a little more al dente (semi-crunchy) if you prefer it this way. I liked mine with a little crunch the first day. However, the leftovers were even better the following day as the flavors had time to merge. So, keep this in mind if you decide to prepare it for guests.

If you are into the health benefits provided by this low carb pumpkin cabbage soup, you may be interested in learning more about the health benefits of nutmeg, cinnamon, black pepper, turmeric, and gelatin (collagen).

That is all for now. Be sure to check out our resources page and online keto store for some of the latest low carb , keto, and diabetic-friendly foods. Please like, share, and subscribe below. I hope you enjoy warming up with this feel good, low carb pumpkin cabbage soup.

Gummy Bear Health Benefits

You may be thinking that gummy bears are for kids until you discover some of the impressive gummy bear health benefits. If you have been following the blog for a while, I have shared quite a few sugar-free gummy bear recipes with you. So, I figured it was time to add an official – health benefits of gummy bears – page to our ongoing health benefits series.  You may be surprised by some of these gummy bear health benefits. So, let’s get started.

Gummy Bear Health Benefits

1. Curb Your Appetite

One of the first thing I noticed when I started eating homemade sugar free gummy bears is that they somehow curbed my appetite during the day. After eating a small batch, they made me want to snack less and made me feel full for a relatively long period of time. With that said, some of the gummy bear health benefits may be a combination of the collagen and other miscellaneous gummy bear health benefits.

2. Reduce Sugar & Fruit Cravings

I generally make sugar free gummy bears with vitamin c powder. So between the satiating collagen protein and the added vitamin C, these sugar free gummy bears reduced my sugar cravings. A stricter low carb diet often requires a person to eat a lot less fruit. However, fruit is were we get a lot of vitamin C. So, we sometimes crave fruit when in actuality we are just craving our daily dose of vitamin C.

3. Tighten Loose Skin

Gummy bear health benefits include tightening loose skin. Collagen can be likened to the glue that holds our body together. Therefore, consuming sugar free gummy bears can help reduce some of your fine lines and wrinkles. And if you are losing a significant amount of weight, they can help reduce the saggy or loose skin that may appear.

4. Strengthen Hair, Skin, & Nails

As mentioned, the collagen used to make gummy bears is a type of protein. Therefore, it is needed and used to keep our hair, skin, nails, and teeth strong. So, the gummy bear health benefits can really add up quickly for a person on a diet to lose weight. Some inexperienced dieters will often start losing hair due to their not eating enough calories and/or protein. So, sugar free gummy bears are the first thing that I recommend for a new dieter. It is a good idea to incorporate them in their diet plan when they are trying to find their own way.

5. Reduce Achy Joints

Besides making us look better, sugar free gummy bears can also help reduce stiff and achy joints. The ends of our bones meet up with other bones to form our joints. The ends of our bones are lined with a shock absorbent padding to keep our bones from hurting and rubbing against each other. This padding is a type of collagen. Therefore, over time, the padding can wear away if we do not consume enough of the right combination of foods like collagen and vitamin C for our joints to stay strong and healthy. So, if you are a little deficient in this area, a daily dose of sugar free gummy bears may help alleviate your stiff and achy joints.

6. Improve Gut Health

Many people suffer from gut health issues. Well, collagen can also help heal and seal a leaky gut or other intestinal damage caused by any number of chronic ailments. In this case, the health benefits of gummy bears can be taken a step further when probiotics are added.

7. Miscellaneous

Besides all of these gummy bear health benefits, you can also add a variety of additional supplements to the mix to maximize their health benefits according to your needs. In addition to adding vitamin C, you can make magnesium gummy bears, apple cider vinegar gummy bears, or probiotic gummy bears.

Conclusion

So, what do you need to make gummy bears? You can read about the basics of how to make homemade sugar free gummy bears and peruse our online keto store for homemade sugar free gummy bears ingredients and supplies.  I hope you enjoy capturing some of the gummy bear health benefits listed here.

What Do You Need to Make Gummy Bears?

So, what do you need to make gummy bears? When you started kicking sugar out of your diet, you probably thought that you had to give up any and everything chewy and fruity. Well, surprise! You can eat a variety of delicious and healthy homemade sugar free gummy bears! And they are so much fun to make! So, if you have kids, you may have gummy bears for days. And, as you may have already read about under the gummy bear health benefits, sugar free gummy bears are actually beneficial for you to eat. While the kids will love them, eating gummy bears are a little bit more “adult” than you may think?!

We have several homemade sugar free gummy bear recipes available for you to try. Therefore, this post will focus more on answering the general question that some people have – what do you need to make gummy bears?

1. Gummy Bear Molds & Droppers

You will definitely need a gummy bear mold and a dropper to make gummy bears. I prefer a medium-sized gummy bear mold versus a small gummy bear mold. The first mold I purchased was a tiny gummy bear mold, so I ended up ordering another larger gummy bear mold.  However, there are a lot of nice gummy candy molds that can be used besides a bear mold.  The dropper or squeezer is needed  to neatly fill  the gummy candy molds.homemade sugar free gummy bears

2. Gummy Bear Flavoring

The gummy bear flavor options are seemingly endless! With the right recipe, just about any flavor that you like can be made into a homemade sugar free gummy bear. I have used fresh squeezed grapefruit juice to make low carb grapefruit gummy bears as well as fresh watermelon juice to make low carb watermelon gummy bears. While they are both healthy gummy bears, they both contain some natural sugars. So, they will not be for everyone on a low carb diet.  Therefore, I prefer to use either a sugar-free jello flavor or a sugar-free drink mix flavor so people on a diet to reverse type 2 diabetes or the stricter keto low carb diet can enjoy them without any stress.

As you can see, the latter is my favorite way to make homemade sugar free gummy bears. You can make sugar-free starburst flavored gummy bears, sugar-free skittles flavored gummy bears, and sugar-free jolly rancher flavored gummy bears just to name a few. So, if you are on a keto diet or if you are reversing type 2 diabetes, you have a lot of really nice sugar-free flavor options!

3. Unflavored Gelatin

Unflavored gelatin is used to make the gummy bears chewy. Otherwise, your gummy bears will turn out to be watery or like a miniature piece of jello. There are basically two kinds of unflavored gelatins that can be used. One is a basic unflavored gelatin or you can use a collagen protein supplement. They both will get the job done well.

4. Miscellaneous Ingredients

Many of our homemade sugar free gummy bears recipes include added vitamins, minerals and other supplements. So, if you have a particular home remedy that works well for you, you may be able to incorporate this into your homemade sugar-free gummy bears recipe. For example, we have magnesium gummy bears, apple cider vinegar gummy bears, and of course a variety of vitamin c gummy bears.

5. Measuring Cup & H2O

You will also need to heat and add a little water to the mixture. So, you can easily use bottled water to make your homemade sugar free gummy bears healthier. A small glass measuring cup or coffee cup works really well if you are making a single batch.

Conclusion

You can peruse our online keto store to see a selection of homemade sugar-free gummy bear supplies and ingredients in one place. I hope this post helps you. This concludes – what do you need to make gummy bears.