Sugar Free Red Velvet Cake

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Nutritional Info

Calories 194

Carbs 4.5 grams

Fat 17.7 grams

Protein 4.9 grams

Ingredients

1/4 cup butter

1/2 cup Swerve Granulated

4 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2/3 cup almond flour

1/3 cup coconut flour

2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup sour cream

Red food coloring

Frosting

8 ounces cream cheese softened

1/4 cup butter softened

3/4 cup Swerve Confectioner’s

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

Grease 9 inch cake pan and dust with cocoa.

Beat sweetener into butter til light and fluffy.

Add eggs one at a time and mix in vanilla.

In separate bowl, combine dry ingredients and beat in half the dry ingredients into wet mixture.

Beat in half of the sour cream and the rest of the dry mixture, then the rest of the sour cream.

Mix in red food coloring, 1/4 teaspoon of gel coloring works well.

Pour into pan and bake at 350F for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Remove from pan and cool.

For frosting beat cream cheese and butter til well combined.

Beat in sweetener til fluffy and mix in vanilla.

Spread onto cake.

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Winter Skin Care

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Winter comes with unique challenges for our skin. The low humidity and indoor heat combine to create challenges where skin care is concerned. Nutrition  aimed at giving us healthy skin can make a difference  in these cool, arid conditions.

1-Fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel  and herring are rich sources of omega-3 fatty acids which help to maintain skin health. They help keep the skin thicker, more supple and moisturized. Omega-3’s also decrease  inflammation which can cause redness and acne. There is some evidence that they also help protect the skin from UV light and help with psoriasis.

Fish is also a source of good protein which helps increase the strength and integrity  of the skin. The zinc in fish helps with production  of new skin cells and overall skin health.

2-Avocados are also a source of healthy fat that is essential to keep skin flexible and moisturized. This fat is also thought to help with protection  from UV light which can cause wrinkles and other forms of sun damage. Avocados are also a good source of vitamin  E which helps protect  the skin from oxidative  damage.

Vitamin E is believed  to be more effective  when combined with vitamin C and 1 avocado contains about 20% of the RDI for vitamin E and 34% of the RDI for vitamin  C.

3-Walnuts are a good source of essential fatty acids which your body cannot make itself. They are rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. While omega-6 is thought to produce inflammation, since the ratio of these fats in walnuts is good, walnuts are thought to fight the inflammatory response. Walnuts also contain significant zinc and small amounts  of vitamin  E, vitamin C and selenium.

4-Sunflower seeds  are an excellent source of vitamin E and selenium, zinc and protein. Nuts and seeds are good sources of good-for-your-skin nutrition.

5-Sweet potatoes are an excellent  source of beta-carotene which acts as a natural  sunblock. This is not to say that you can leave off the chemical sunblock but beta-carotene definitely helps it do it’s  job. This may help prevent wrinkles, cell death and sunburn. The beta-carotene also gives your skin a warm glow which adds to a healthy skin appearance.

6-Red and yellow bell peppers have huge amounts  of vitamin  A and are a great source of vitamin C which creates collagen in the skin to help it stay firm and strong. This can help decrease wrinkles and dry skin as we age.

7-Broccoli is a good source  of vitamins A and C and beta-carotene and sulforaphane. Sulphoraphane is a powerful protector from the sun. Winter sun can be intense when it is reflected off of snow and we tend to use less protection in the cold so nutrition  that assists in protection is an excellent  idea for Winter months.

8-Tomatoes contain all of the major carotenoids and vitamin  C along with lutein and lycopene. Lutein and lycopene also help to protect  your skin from the sun. Pair carotenoid foods with a fat like olive oil to boost absorption  of carotenoids.

9-Soy contains isoflavones which have been shown to improve skin elasticity and moisture and help protect from the sun. Since soy has estrogen-like properties it’s  better suited to women’s  needs.

10-Dark cocoa has been shown to decrease scaliness and roughness of the skin after 6-12 weeks of consumption. While we don’t  advocate eating chocolate with sugar in it, we have chocolate recipes that do not contain sugar. Just search for Lava Cake or Brownies on our Home Page!

11-Green tea has been shown to decrease roughness and improve skin thickness and elasticity. A cup of hot tea on a cold Winter day can do more than warm you.

Use a serum for more supple skin on your face and neck and moisturize with a rich body moisturizer immediately  after bathing and again 12 hours later. This will help to keep your skin soft and supple through the dry Winter months. Never go to bed with make-up on your face because it’s  drying and promotes wrinkles. The already dry Winter air will compound this effect so take it off, Ladies!

You are not destined to rough, red scaly Winter skin. With a little foresight and planning you can emerge in the Spring soft and supple.

Sugar Free Apple Cream Cheese Cake

This is a pretty awesome sugar free cake recipe my life long, good friend Wendy shared with me. It is a great time of year for recipes that include apples, I hope you enjoy this one.

Serves: 12

Calories: 309

Carbs: 9.1g

Fat: 27g

Protein: 7.4g

Ingredients:

  • 1 box Swerve Vanilla Cake mix
  • 1/3 cup oil (coconut or vegetable, I love solid coconut oil for baking)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 box neufchatel cream cheese, softened
  • 1 can, no sugar added, apple pie filling
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 13×9 baking dish.
  2. Using a mixer, mix together cake mix, oil, water, and eggs. Add in vanilla extract and cream cheese, mix until well blended. Add in pie filling and mix long enough to make sure it is well incorporated into the batter. Pour batter into prepared baking dish.
  3. Bake for 30 to 45 minutes (depending on your pan) or until toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the center of the cake. Remove cake from oven and let cool. Cut into squares and serve.

Note: I swapped out the sugar free vanilla cake mix for the Swerve brand vanilla cake mix in order to bring down the total carbohydrates while increasing the fiber and protein content. By using the sugar free cake mix, the carbs came in at about 22 grams per serving, Our intent is to always try to keep our dessert recipes diabetic friendly.

New Mexican Pumpkin Seed Dip

This thick southwest inspired pumpkin seed dip is a unique, delicious and healthy alternative to guacamole if you desire something a little different for your family and friends. The toasted pumpkin seeds give it a smokey flavor. Try it out with raw bell pepper chunks or sliced jicama for scooping this dip. It’s pretty darn good too when rolled up in an Ole high fiber, low carb tortilla.

Makes 10 servings at 2 tablespoons

Calories: 79

Carbohydrates: 9g

Fat: 4g

Protein: 3g

Fiber: 2g

  • 1 tbsp + 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 3/4 cups cooked chickpeas, or 1 can (15 1/2 ounces) rinsed and drained
  • 3/4 cup chicken or vegetable broth, divided
  • 1 tsp minced, fresh red chili pepper
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp pumpkin seed kernals, coarsely chopped (add more to taste)
  1. In a skillet, combine 1 tsp oil, garlic, and cumin. Cover over low heat for 1 minute, or until sizzling and fragrant. Do not brown the garlic. Add the chickpeas, 1/2 cup broth, and 1 tsp chili pepper. Cook, smashing the chickpeas occasionally with a fork, for about 8 minutes, or until scant liquid remains.
  2. Transfer the mixture to the bowl of a food processor or into a blender. Add the lime juice, salt and remaining 1 tbsp oil. Process for about 30 seconds, scraping down the sides as needed, until the mixture is the consistency of peanut butter. Add up to 1/4 cup more broth and process to make a moist, but not runny consistency. Taste, and add more chili pepper if desired.
  3. Transfer to a serving dish and spread to smooth. Scatter the seeds evenly across the top, then cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour (or as long as 1 day) to allow the flavors to develop.

Makes a great party dip for game days too! Enjoy

Thanks to one of our kind readers, I went back and edited the opening to clear up some wording I had missed when transcribing this recipe a dear friend had shared with me to share with you.

 

Sugar Free Sweet and Spicy Bacon Chicken Bites

Nutritional Info

Servings 8, 4 ounces each

Calories 170

Net Carbs 1 gram

Fat 6 grams

Protein 29 grams

Ingredients

2 pounds chicken tenderloins, boneless, cut into 1 inch cube

16 ounces bacon cut into fourths

1/2 cup Brown Sugar Swerve Sweetener

1 teaspoon chili powder

1-2 teaspoons (according to your taste) coarse ground black pepper

1-2 teaspoons (according to your taste) cayenne pepper

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400F

Wrap chicken pieces with bacon.

Line two baking sheets with aluminum foil or use a cooling rack over the baking pan.

Whisk spices together and roll each chicken bite into the mixture.

Place chicken bites on pans and bake for 25-30 minutes.

Hyperinsulinemia and Your Heart

In the same light as our children can drive us crazy with less than intelligent life decisions and defiance, I bet our doctors must go stark raving mad with many of their patients. Think about this; every doctors office across this vast country gets inundated every day with waiting rooms packed full of patients who are ill with self induced maladies that can be prevented through proper nutrition and a little bit of regular exercise.

Joey Bagofdonuts visits his physician’s office on a regular basis with obesity related health issues, and no matter how much his doctor tries to explain how a healthier lifestyle will help Mr. Bagofdonuts, poor Joey continues on with his poor lifestyle choices, hoping his doctor will always be able to fix his health mistakes for him with medicines. Mr. Bagofdonuts, despite being an adult, is little different than a petulant child who always demands that his mother pick up his broken pieces when the game goes bad for him. Mommy then rewards Little Joey with a sweet treat instead of holding him accountable and he has learned nothing, he will go on making poor choices regarding his health. As long as there is a pill to make him feel better, Joey will never be accountable to himself. Folks, if your doctor informs you with information to straighten out your health, it is incumbent that you take the advice to heart instead of being like that petulant child. Medicines and medical procedures are not sweet treats to make you feel good in the moment only to go on about your normal business. No, they are about getting you better so you can go on with a healthier life.once you get better. As what happens to millions of adults every day, Mr. Bagofdonuts eventually ends up with life threatening heart issues or any of many other ailments tied to poor nutrition. It is a damn shame that with all the information in the world available to us in the palm of our hands, as a nation we are the fattest and least healthy of any of our preceding generations. And this, all despite our advances in medical technology.

What is Hyperinsulinemia?

Hyperinsulinemia, is a condition tied to obesity in which there are excess levels of insulin  circulating in the blood relative to the level of glucose. While it is often mistaken for diabetes, hyperinsulinemia can result from a variety of metabolic diseases and conditions. Hyperinsulinemia is also associated with hypertension, glucose intolerance and dyslipidemia. Collectively, these conditions are   known as Metabolic Syndrome. Treatment is typically achieved via diet and exercise, if only the patient will actually do it. Metformin, a diabetes drug, may be used to reduce insulin  levels in some obese patients (typically where obesity is present). However, a healthy diet that is low in simple sugars and processed carbohydrates, high in fiber, and protein is often recommended. Again, as with exercise, this treatment is only good if the patient is compliant.

Hyperinsulinemia and Heart Disease

There are two different diseases which get called “heart disease”. One is Coronary Artery Disease which involves damage to your arteries which lead out of the chambers of your heart, and that feed the muscle of the walls of your heart. The other condition is Coronary Heart Disease which involves damage to the heart itself. It is also known as Ischemic Heart Disease.

Most of the time, Coronary Artery Disease will occur before Coronary Heart disease. The good news is that Coronary Artery Disease can be halted and reversed before your heart itself becomes diseased.

Coronary Artery Disease 

From Mayoclinic.org

Coronary artery disease develops when the major blood vessels that supply your heart with blood, oxygen and nutrients (coronary arteries) become damaged or diseased. Cholesterol-containing deposits (plaque) in your arteries and inflammation are usually to blame for coronary artery disease.

When plaque builds up, it narrows your coronary arteries, decreasing blood flow to your heart. Eventually, the decreased blood flow may cause chest pain (angina), shortness of breath, or other coronary artery disease signs and symptoms. A complete blockage can cause a heart attack.

Because coronary artery disease often develops over decades, you might not notice a problem until you have a significant blockage or a heart attack. 

There are methods you can do for yourself to prevent yourself from getting Coronary Artery Disease in the first place. Each of these methods are in your hands at zero cost if only you choose to make the commitment to yourself:

Quit smoking.

Eat healthy foods.

Exercise regularly.

Lose excess weight.

Reduce stress.

If you need to, but choose not to make healthy lifestyle decisions, Coronary Artery Disease will involve three critical changes.

“Change 1” will be the thickening and narrowing of your arteries. Arteriosclerosis will begin when fatty streaks begin to appear on the walls of your arteries. As the artery walls thicken, the inside diameter of your arteries will become reduced which will have a direct impact on the flow of your blood. This thickening of your arteries is a result of an accumulation of cholesterol and other fats that form plaque.

If you believe that because you are not diabetic, therefore you have no worries about insulin, guess again.

Insulin signals the arterial walls to absorb cholesterol from your blood. When you eat a bunch of sugar laden crap that spikes your insulin and keeps it high all day, every day, you suffer great risk of heart disease and or heart attack. When your blood sugar and insulin levels are out of whack, your body has a more difficult time in healing itself. Sometimes, arteries narrow as a result of your body’s attempt to repair tiny blood vessel injuries. Sometimes, small spontaneous hemorrhages can occur as a result of high insulin. As a result, small fibrous plaques may begin to form. If these become calcified, you then have Hardening of the Arteries, or Arteriosclerosis. To compound this problem, insulin will stimulate cell growth. When your insulin levels are high, the walls of your blood vessels are continually bathed with this excess, the resultant cell growth reduces the inside diameter of your blood vessels where your blood flows through your body. Think of the difference in how well a skinny straw works as opposed to a big straw when trying to drink a thick milkshake. Do you want this happening inside of your blood vessels?

“Change 2” happens when your liver produces more cholesterol as a result of high levels of insulin. Many people do not realize his, but 75% of the cholesterol in your blood is produced by your liver (endogenous cholesterol) and only 25% comes from the foods in your diet (exogenous cholesterol). The type produced by your own liver is much more dangerous to your health than the cholesterol you pick up from eating eggs and such. As insulin prompts your liver to produce an excess of cholesterol extra material for plaque formation within your blood vessels is provided. As this cholesterol produced plaque grows, your arteries continue to become more and more choked off.

“Change 3” The third change which occurs from hyperinsulinemia, or high levels of insulin production, is your body reduces its ability to destroy a cement like substance called fibrin which holds the arterial plaque together in much the same way Portland Cement bonds sand and gravel together to create concrete. When you exercise and consume a healthy diet, your body naturally destroys fibrin. With little to no fibrin, your blood will flow freely throughout your body.

When you eat a nutritionally poor diet and are sedentary, the high levels of insulin present in your body will help create greater levels of fibrin. The result is you will have an increased risk now of your blood forming a clot that will not be able to pass through your narrowed and plaque choked blood vessels. As blood flow becomes reduced to your heart, it will not receive the nourishment and oxygen it requires in order to thrive. At this point, you have now entered into Coronary Heart Disease. Sadly you could have prevented this from ever occurring in the first place if you had only made smarter decisions regarding your dietary habits and made it a point to exercise at least a little bit on a regular basis. Once you have reached this “point of no return” the damage is done and no one is going to be able to pick up the broken pieces for you.

Face it, when we eat a poor diet of calorie dense, low nutrition foods every day, we are doing ourselves harm. Indirectly, we are also causing harm to all of our loved ones too. When we choose to be lazy and to eat foods that are laden with added sugar, simple carbohydrates, preservatives, high levels of sodium and unhealthy fats, we are living in the moment like a child who cannot see past the end of their nose, much less twenty to thirty years into their future, if even that long. When see and hear commercials for this gluttonous lifestyle where portions are constantly growing with our mid sections, we never see the end results often until it is far too late. You can prevent the occurrence of Coronary Artery Disease and even reverse the effects through making a personal choice to be healthy. Once this disease has progressed to Coronary Heart Disease, you are living on borrowed time, where a heart attack can  be likely to occur at an given time. We all know that when a heart attack happens, their will be no need for seeing into tomorrow. There will no longer be a need for medicines or medical procedures. While your family is feeling the pain of grieving and making your funeral plans, you will never have a bad day again to worry about.

Make wise decisions with your health and turn your ship around before it is too late.

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Vein Health

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Not Just Vanity

Most people never consider vein health as being anything more than a vanity issue. While varicose veins are not pretty, the aesthetics involved here is a lesser issue. Your veins are the way that your blood gets back to your heart after it is pumped throughout your body. When the veins are not healthy you can develop health problems that can be fatal. Deep vein thrombosis is a medical word for blood clot. When the veins fail, blood clots are more likely to occur because the blood pools. A blood clot that travels throughout your body can be a very dangerous situation. Pulmonary embolism, or a blood clot in your lung can cause sudden death.

Overweight and Obese, Again

Overweight and obesity can contribute to your likelihood of developing vein disease. Eat a healthy diet that includes foods rich in vitamin E that helps prevent the platelets from sticking together in your blood. Nuts, seeds, avocados, olive oil, pumpkin, mangos, dark leafy greens and fish are good vitamin E sources. Include foods that contain significant amounts of vitamin C. It helps keep the collagen in your veins healthy and plentiful. Broccoli, strawberries, cauliflower, pineapple, dark, leafy greens, brussels sprouts, oranges and bell peppers are all high in vitamin C. Count your calories to insure that you are not overeating and shed those extra pounds. You can use the Calorie Counter Pro to determine your caloric needs

Get Active!

Exercise regularly with your doctor’s permission. Mix up your daily activity and divide your time between sitting and standing as much as possible. If you drive long distances, stop as often as possible and walk around. You want to keep the blood flowing. Wear clothing that does not constrict your circulation, especially around your waist and thighs. Avoid wearing high heels for long periods of time. Eat plenty of fiber with foods like popcorn, oatmeal, brown rice, leafy greens, broccoli, avocado, chia and lentils. Avoid excess sodium because it will cause fluid retention which will make it harder for your blood to flow through your veins.

Drink Up

Hydrate well to keep your fluid level healthy. An optimum fluid balance will help keep your veins performing properly. Sip on water throughout the day to encourage vein health. Our veins are affected by our capillary exchange, the fluid balancing system in our bodies. Most health authorities advise the 8×8 rule for fluid balance, which is, “Drink 8, 8 ounce glasses of water per day.” There are extenuating circumstances here. You may have different advice from your doctor, follow it. Common sense must also prevail. If you are working out hard in a hot environment, you certainly may require more.

Plan Your Work, Work Your Plan

With a little planning and minimal effort, you can help keep your veins performing better. If you have signs and symptoms of vein disease, such as varicose veins, swelling or discoloration in your legs, pain in your legs, warmth in your legs or restless leg syndrome, see your physician.The implications of vein disease are serious, possibly life-threatening. At the very least, the pain and discomfort from vein disease can be debilitating. Take care of yourself and enjoy being active for your entire life

Sugar Free Blueberry Pie

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Nutritional Info

Calories 325

Net Carbs 3.4

Fat 36 grams

Protein 6 grams

Crust

1 cup unsalted, melted butter, cooled

4 large  eggs

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cups coconut flour

1/4 teaspoon baking  powder

1 Tablespoon water

Filling

1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries

2 Tablespoons Swerve Granulated

18 oz package room temperature cream  cheese

Instructions

Crust

Mix all ingredients til dough forms.

Divide in half.

Roll out between two sheets parchment  paper.

Put one crust into pie pan.

After filling add top crust.

Pie

Preheat oven to 350F

Put one crust into bottom of pie pan and spread cream cheese into bottom.

Add berries that have been mixed with  sweetener.

Top pie with other crust.

Bake for 25 minutes til top is lightly brown.

Allow to cool before slicing.

Store in refrigerator.

 

10 Ways to Help Manage Our Hormones, Ladies!

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1-Get some light.

Natural light is better but if it’s  dark where you are, turn on  ALL the lights. It’s  proven to improve mood.

2-Get active.

Whatever you do, don’t  sit and vegetate! Exercise changes all of our neurotransmitters for the better.

3- Eat whole, healthy foods.

Whole foods supply the best nutrition and satisfy hunger to curtail mindless eating.

4-Embrace the positive.

Fill your mind with good things and avoid negative input. This is critical to improving our state of mind. It’s  an obvious truth but so often we neglect this vital piece of the puzzle.

5-Get enough sleep.

Again, this will improve neurotransmitter function. Rest is essential to good mood.

6-Do what is necessary.

Accomplish important tasks quickly and get that off of your mind.

7-Do what you love.

All work and no play makes Jill a dull girl. Have some fun!

8-Do it well.

Go for that sense of pride in a job well done.

9-Say “No!”

Avoid overtasking yourself with other people’s requests.

10-Make your health your number 1 priority.

When you’re  in good health, everything is better! Learn how here at David’s Way. We’re FREE and we’re always open . 😎

 

Sugar Free Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls

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Ingredients

Dough

2 cups blanched almond flour

1 cup arrowroot starch

1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum

1/2 teaspoon  salt

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 cup milk

1 Tablespoon butter, melted

1 egg

1/2 teaspoon  vanilla extract

2 Tablespoons  Swerve Granular

Filling

1/4 cup butter, melted

1 Tablespoon  cinnamon

1/4 cup Brown Swerve

1 Granny Smith apple, diced

Caramel

1/3 cup butter

3 Tablespoons Brown  Swerve

2/3 cup heavy cream

1 teaspoon  vanilla extract

Instructions

Preheat  oven to 350F and grease a 10 inch skillet  or 8×8 baking dish with butter.

Mix all  dough ingredients til large ball forms, knead 3-4 times til smooth.

Lay dough on a large piece of parchment paper and cover with another piece of parchment paper and roll the dough using a rolling pin til it forms a large rectangle about 10×15 and about 1/4 inch thick.

Filling

Remove the top piece of parchment paper and brush with the 1/4 cup of butter. Sprinkle with cinnamon, Brown Swerve  and top with the apple.

Use the parchment paper to help you roll the dough into a log, starting at the widest side of the rectangle.  Once rolled, cut into 14 equal pieces and arrange in a 10 inch skillet or 8×8 baking dish.

Transfer to oven and bake 25-30 minutes until golden.

Caramel

While the rolls are baking make the caramel by combining the butter and Brown Swerve in a small pot over medium low heat. Bring to a boil and cook 2-3 minutes just until it starts to darken. Whisk in the heavy cream and vanilla,  bring back to a boil for 1 minute then reduce the heat to maintain a simmer. Simmer for 5-10 minutes until thick and glossy. Transfer to a jar.

To serve, top the cinnamon rolls with the caramel sauce.

Store refrigerated up to 5 days. To reheat simply microwave  for 15 seconds.