My journey with Keto so far

Have you heard of the ketogenic diet? Basically it’s my dream diet. You eat high fat food, like cheese, bacon and avocados and avoid sugars and carbohydrates (<20 grams per day). It’s not new knowledge that processed foods and sugar have been a major cause in the rise of obesity in Western culture (and quickly spreading around the world). But here’s the proof. As I explained it to my friend, what I’m eating now has always been around, whereas the rise in obesity seems to coincide with the rise of processed food and sugar. For example, the French eat a ton of cheese and are usually stick thin. Although that could be caused by the cigarettes. Anyways, just because something is high in fat and calories does not mean it’s bad for you. We need to change our views about fats. I won’t go into a spiel about it, but if you are interested you can read more about it here. I know it sounds crazy, but I’ve been eating bacon and eggs for breakfast almost every morning for two weeks now, and I have lost seven pounds. Sure, it’s probably water weight, but I’m slowly losing more and I’m going to keep at it. I never feel hungry an hour after eating anymore and I have learned to stop eating when I’m full. I’m consuming about 1400 calories a day because I can’t eat anymore. Also, I don’t feel exhausted all day. Anyways, I’m no nutritionist and I’m not here to lecture you on what to eat. Here’s a recipe for keto’ers and anyone who just appreciates a delicious breakfast!

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Bacon and eggs with crème d’oka

2 eggs
2 slices bacon
mushrooms, sliced
green onions, chopped
spoonful of crème d’oka

This is a super simple one pan meal. Fry up your bacon. Unless you are an egg cracking ninja, crack your eggs separately in a bowl. Once the bacon is a little crispy, add the mushrooms (not too many, make sure there is still room in the pan). Once the bacon is pretty much to your crispy standard, add your eggs. Let them fry up to your liking, I usually put a pan lid on top to help cook the top but keep the yolks runny. In the last 30 seconds of cooking add a dollop of crème d’oka (my new favourite cheese) so it melts. Put it on a plate. Put some green onions on it. Put it in your mouth. Enjoy!

Just back from Italy…….. three of my favourite things!

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This is the way to eat biscotti! Dip it in your dessert wine and then drink the wine!

 

 

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It was truffle season!

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Eating fresh figs and fresh mulberries in Tuscany.

 

Banana-blueberry breakfast smoothie

I cannot understand why some people don’t like to eat breakfast. I LOVE breakfast. My favourite meal to eat out is breakfast. 1000-calorie eggs benedict in your first meal of the day? Count me in. I used to have fried eggs with sriracha every day before school. This year I’ve been trying to eat a little healthier and more frugally. I save my eggs for dinner (usually scrambled with some Pico de Gallo) and have been having a smoothie every morning. “But Emma!” you may cry out to me in anger, “smoothies are unsatisfying and do not keep me full.” Well here’s a solution: hemp hearts! I buy a large package of these at Costco (along with my 2kg bag of frozen blueberries) and they are the perfect addition to smoothies. They are packed full of vitamins and also iron which is important for a prone-to-anemia girl like me.

This smoothie had its beginnings in a coffee shop that I worked at. There was a girl there who was a crazy dirty hippie who could read my chakra (actually, apparently mine was difficult to read) and was also, of course, a vegan. I say this with much love to all you crazy dirty hippies out there. WE NEED YOU GUYS. Anyways, one day she made a smoothie at work consisting of a banana, soy milk, ice and cinnamon. “It tastes like liquid banana bread!” she exclaimed with her usual squeal of glee. It sure sounded disgusting, but I’m willing to try anything once. And I did and of course I was hooked. I brought a banana to work every day until the end of summer. I came back to school in September with the will and determination to recreate this smoothie. But alas! We had no ice cube trays! Frozen blueberries made a perfect substitute and hemp hearts were added for lack of ideas to do anything else with them. And thus, my perfect smoothie was brought into this world.

Recipe:

1 cup unsweetened almond milk (30 calories)
1 banana (100 calories)
2 tablespoons hemp hearts (113 calories)
3/4 cup frozen blueberries (80 calories)
pinch of cinnamon (I use a lot)

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Delicious and only 323 calories. I will not always be posting calorie counts on my recipes. Enjoy!

 

A bowl of borscht

In my mind, there is no food more beautiful than a bowl of borscht.

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Nothing hits me so hard in the foodie feels as a warm cup of this magical beet soup. Ever since I was a little girl, every summer my mom and I (okay, she did most of it) would go to the farmer’s market to pick up the best beets, cabbage, dill, beans, and any vegetable that was fresh that week. My first year in university and my first year away from home, my mother made and jarred an enormous amount of borscht to take to Kelowna, BC for those harsh winter months (brr?). Now that I’m studying in Edmonton, AB, she still makes me a pot to take up every year. And every single time I warm up some borscht on the stove, I think fondly of her.

I am one of the lucky ones to have an amazing mother who is my best friend. She was there through all my anxiety attacks, piano exams, work troubles, dance recitals, auditions, tears caused by boys, friendships gained and lost. She taught me how to cook and we continue to teach each other new things every day. Even when we are in opposite ends of the world, we manage to find a way to talk and update each other on our lives almost every day. We send each other photos of our suppers we made and share new recipes. We share secrets, laugh, fight, and cry. Without her, I wouldn’t be the beautiful, confident woman I am today.

So when mom texted me this morning with the desire to start a food blog, I was in. Why not? Since we are always sharing recipes and ideas with each other, it only makes sense to share with family, friends, and anyone else who is interested. Besides, I think you can accomplish anything when you’ve got a bowl of hot borscht in front of you.

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