Our Foodcourt Low Carb Choices

Our weekends include a family lunch out once every fortnight. When we started changing out eating habits we became more mindful of what to eat. We would go around the foodcourt checking out the menu.

Our choices would basically be meat and vegetables – grilled meat/chicken w/ stir fried vegetables hold the noodles/rice, pho soup w/o the noodles, burger w/o the bun, vegetable salad (from grocery).

We try not to count carbs while we eat as most of them will have added sugar or starch. We just enjoy the moment. The time spent with our kids, their laughter, their joy. Anyway it’s one meal, we have 20 meals still left for the week.

What do you eat when you go out? I would love to try your suggestions.

Beef Broth with Mushrooms & Egg

It was late at night and I suddenly felt hungry. Because it was cold, I wanted something warm and nourishing to eat. Rummaging in our cupboard I found 2-minute beef noodles. Yas! When I was young, we would eat instant ramen noodles with scrambled egg to make it healthy and more filling. (We also eat it with rice, wierd but true.)

But since I can’t eat the noodles now, I thought of how to make it more hearthy. So instead of the noodles, I replaced it with mushrooms.

The result is a light but flavourful soup that would warm your body but won’t leave you with a heavy feeling.

Ingredients:

1 beef broth packet from 2 min noodles
2 cups water
4 – 5 pieces button mushroom, sliced thinly
1 large egg
1/4 teaspoon sesame oil

Procedure

Boil 2 cups water in a saucepot. Add in sliced mushrooms and a packet of beef broth. Lower temperature and simmer for around 5 minutes or until mushrooms are cooked.

While waiting for the mushrooms to cook, crack egg into a bowl, lightly stir to break the yolk.

Bring soup back up into a boil. Slowly pour in egg into the pot while stirring the soup lightly with fork to form thread-like texture of the egg.

Add sesame oil for added flavour.

Serve hot.

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Butter in my coffee?

Do I add butter in my coffee?

Matter of fact, I do.

Just a heaping teaspoon plus a mighty big splash of cream, too.

I tried it out of curiosity

They said bulletproof coffee provides heaps of energy

But I didn’t want their recipe

Too much butter & oil for me.

A teaspoon of butter, a big splash of cream

Gave my instant coffee extra zing

Extra creamy, slightly thick

Reminds me of Flat Whites I used to drink.

Try the right way or my way

Or make your own too.

No one can tell you what’s good enough for you.

Grocery Haul & Meal Planning

Bought the basics – eggs, butter, yoghurt, meat and mostly green vegetables – for our weekly shop and topped up on some bread ingredients plus coffee & pickles.

For this week, I plan to cook, make or bake the following (not in particular order):

Snacks
Cheese & chili savory muffins
Spinach & mushroom egg muffins
Pork Cracklings (chicharon)
Peanuts

NOTE: Both muffins are a success! Stored half of them in freezer so they’ll last longer. The chicharon will be made by husband.

Main Meals
Beef Tacos (in lettuce wrap)
Thai Chicken Curry
Beef kare kare (beef w/peanut sauce)
Shrimp cooked in butter

Sides
Salad Greens
Cauliflower Rice (plain & w/masala)
Chopsuey
Coleslaw
Sauteed beansprouts

Desserts
Sugar free Jellies
Berry cream cheese bars

I’ll keep an update of what I have made and if you like I’ll post the recipe as well.

What low carb/keto ingredients do you buy regularly?

Day 6: Weigh In Day / What I ate in a day

162 lbs. That will be 1lb less from last week. Slowly getting there. Honestly, I was expecting at least 2lbs loss but yeah better than none at all. I can still say weight loss goal is still on the roll.

I have set my total carbohydrate intake to 30-40 grams per day. Enough to lose weight slowly but not considered as ketogenic. My reason for this is because I want to include some carrots, pumpkins, kumara, chickpeas and dairy products. I also prepare food for my kids so I need to taste their meals & snacks, ahem! So a bite of this, a nibble of that adds up.

The banana bread I bake is a lifesaver especially during breakfast or tea. Texture wise it is still denser and a bit sticky than the soft bread I use to eat. BUT! It’s the best alternative for bread I found and I’m not complaining at all. According to where I got the recipe from “What the Fat!”, each slice is around 4 grams. Not bad. So eat slowly, savour the sweetness or otherwise it’s gone in a sec.

I’m also looking at using carrot or pumpkin instead of the banana. It will lower the total carb per slice even more but still retain the sweetness of the bread I am after. What do you think?

Breakfast

Banana Bread and Cream Cheese

Butter&Cream Coffee

Morning Tea

Chia Seed Porridge with Yoghurt

Lunch & Dinner

Tikka Masala Chicken with Steamed Broccoli

Beef Nilaga (beef broth on the side not shown)

Nibbles

Strawberry Cream Cheese Bars / Peanuts

Day 5: Trying to stay low carb / What I ate in a day

Tomorrow is my weigh in day. I hope I did well this week. I hadn’t been calculating my carb intake excactly but just trying to keep it as low as possible (below 35g total carbs).

Breakfast

Cup of Coffee & Chicken Kransky

Morning Tea

Banana Bread & Bacon/ Yoghurt/ Creamy Coffee

Lunch

Fried Chicken/ Coleslaw with Mayo & Cottage Cheese

Dinner

Oven-Baked Buffalo Chicken/ Coleslaw/ Cauliflower Rice

Late Night Snack

Beef Broth with Mushrooms and Egg

Day 4: Eating Leftovers / What I eat in a day

My hunger/satiety meter varies from day to day or meal to meal. Today I feel full after a few bites, so leftovers were eaten the next mealtime. I am now alright eating leftovers, as long as it’s kept properly.

You may notice the chicken kransky keep on popping up every meal, it’s just because I can’t finish all of it in a sitting or I bring my kids’ leftover bits. The kransky below I wasn’t able to eat so it’s left in the lunchbox for the next meal again.

The banana bread is made from coconut flour. I used the recipe from “What the Fat” modified it so I can use coconut flour (cheaper) instead of almond flour. It said around 4g carb per slice. Divine!

Breakfast

Bacon & Egg / Yoghurt / Creamy Coffee  (I didn’t eat the bread)

Morning Tea

Toasted Banana Bread (coconut flour)/ Cream Cheese/ Bacon/ Creamy Coffee
(I ate the bread at morning tea)

Lunch

Half a Burger Patty with Salad Greens

Dinner

(No Photo)

Roasted Chicken Leg with Crunchy Coleslaw

Day 3: Sweet Temptations / What I eat in a day

What would you do if plate after plate of food is handed to you? I work in a food environment so temptation is everywhere. Just imagine – pasta, rice, roti, cakes, muffins, burgers – all my favorite stuff… Last week, I would have a bite or two (or even a small piece, ahem!) just to be polite. It was alright until weekly weigh in arrived. Boom! Barely 1lb of weight loss. Thankfully, I did not gain any.

Since Day 1, I was offered Raspberry Lamington, Chicken & Potato Gnocchi, Roti, Egg Muffin and a giant Baked Potato. This time, I have been very diligent and politely refused those yummy food. Sooo hard! But I made a promise and I intend to keep it. fingers crossed!

Breakfast

Scrambled Egg
Garlic Mushrooms
Leftover Chicken Kransky & Spam (I don’t like throwing away food)

Lunch

Buffalo Fried Chicken
Steamed Broccoli & Cauli-rice
Creamy Coffee

Snack

Mini Lamb Kebabs (free from work)

Dinner

Lettuce wrapped beef burger
Glass of Pepsi Max

Day 2: Vegetables are my new bestfriends / What I eat in a day

Honestly, I am not a big fan of vegetables. Growing up, I mostly eat rice and fried meat or burgers and chips. The closest thing I have for vegetables is potatoes and that doesn’t even count.

Since starting this diet, I have never eaten so much vegetables in my whole life. I never thought I would ever like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbages and leeks. But now those are my staples and I feel healthier already. Cauli-rice, Yum!

Day 2

Breakfast

Chicken Kransky
Cauliflower Rice
Yogurt

Lunch

Thai Fried Chicken
Leftover Chicken Kransky from breakfast
Steamed Broccoli
Cauliflower Rice
Creamy Coffee

Dinner

Pan-grilled Chicken Barbeque
Cauliflower Rice
Mixed Salad Greens with Mayo and Cottage Cheese

Day 1: Embracing the LCHF Lifestyle / What I eat in a day

Already in my fourth week of LCHF eating and I’m still struggling on some days. This is why I decided to start this blog so I can have a way of keeping track of my eating habits.

On my first two weeks of changing my diet, I have lost 10 lbs but I know it’s basically water weight. Still I feel really good! Come third week, 1lb weight loss! Mainly due to eating bits of “carby” food here and there.

I’ll be posting daily on what I eat in a day. Hopefully once I get a hang of this I’ll include some recipes I use and carb count of every meal.

Here goes…. Wish me luck!

Day 1

Breakfast

Chia Seed “oatmeal” with Yoghurt
Creamy Coffee

Lunch

Chicken Kransky
Salad Greens & Cucumber with Mayo & Cottage Cheese
Creamy Coffee

Dinner

Meatball Stroganoff
Thin Slice of Spam
Steamed Broccoli
Cauliflower Rice