Sugar free spiced apple ice tea

Hello my lovelies,

I’m trying to cut sugar free fizzy drinks from my diet and let me tell you it’s really difficult!  Especially since I’ve got my coffee consumption to just one a day.  I mean, I like water but it’s getting really boring and I’ve been craving something a little tastier to drink while at work.

Enter, my recipe for Sugar free spiced apple ice tea!

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It’s low carb, sugar free and deliciously refreshing! What more could you ask for in a Summer drink?

The recipe is basically the same as my ultimate southern sweet ice tea just sugar free.

This recipe will make approximately 1 litre of base tea.   To make up a jug of iced tea, you will need to add 750ml of icy cold water to 250ml of the cold base tea.  If the base has just been made and is still warm but you’d like to make up a batch of iced tea for later, add 750ml of cold water to 250ml of the warm base sweet tea and refrigerate for about 4 hours.  Overnight is better, I’m told.

To make the tea base you will need:

  • 1 litre cold water (more for topping up)
  • 6 Spiced apple teabags
  • 60ml lemon juice
  • 100g of Truvia

Place 1 litre of water on to boil. Once it’s boiling, turn off the heat and dump in your tea bags and let them steep for about 15 minutes.  Add the lemon juice.

Remove the tea bags and discard.  Pour in the Truvia and stir to completely dissolve.

Pour into a bottle and allow to cool for at least 30 minutes before placing in the fridge. Don’t ever put hot stuff straight into your fridge.

I’ve filled my large water bottle and it’s in the fridge ready and waiting to go to work with me.

Can’t wait!

Bright blessings,

Mrs R

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Low carb lifestyle: The rest of the week

Hello my lovelies,

I was completely knackered on day 3 and forgot to blog. Then the rest of the week kind of ran away from me.

Day 3 wasn’t as bad as day 1 and 2.  I was in ketosis although I did feel tired and a bit grumpy.  It was a long day at work and to be honest, I had a hot bath and got into bed before 8 pm.

On Thursday, I ate cheesy scrambled egg for breakfast with Waitrose aromatic pork and herb chipolatas, salami and cheese roll ups (here I used Maasdam cheese slices) and for dinner since I was so tired, I had grilled bratwurst with cherry tomatoes and some homemade chilli mayonnaise.  For the chilli mayonnaise I just used mayo, a dollop of tomato puree and some chilli spice.

I woke up on Friday feeling like I had slept so well!  As a rule, I am not a great sleeper but can honestly say that I’ve slept incredibly well this week. I felt great all day and guzzled water like it was going out of fashion.  Not because I had to because I was on a diet but because I wanted it!  That’s a first for me!

I ate some of the keto quiche lorraine I had made on Wednesday morning and did a kind of mezze packed lunchbox for work.

Before work I needed to run some errands. When I stopped for a break, I had thought that I could no longer have coffee out.  You see, my poison of choice is a caramel or gingerbread latte. Both of which are high in sugar.  For those who don’t know, milk is naturally high in sugar. I didn’t think that coffee shops did pouring cream in their coffee but upon asking at Costa, I learned I was able to have a black coffee with sugar free caramel syrup with pouring cream! It was so good.

For dinner, I made a chicken fajita salad (I made the mix myself using a recipe online) and served it with avocado.

I was so excited by dessert!  It’s a quark and sugar free concoction that came out so yummy!

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Strawberry keto pudding: Makes 4 portions.

Mix 1 sachet of strawberry sugar free jelly with 200ml of boiling water and 85ml cream. Mix to dissolve the jelly crystals.

Mix in 1 scoop Vanilla or strawberry whey powder and a tub of quark. Beat to mix with an electric mixer.

Pour into four glasses and allow to set in the fridge. Top with a dollop of cream and a berry.

I would not suggest blackberry as in the picture as they were too sour to eat!

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Saturday’s breakfast was more quiche Lorraine with a spoon of leftover chicken fajita mixture. Nothing special there but tasty.

I had to go food shopping over lunch time and landed up eating 4 hot pepperoni sticks as I was shopping.  Nothing fancy but it was lunch.

For dinner, we had a bbq with friends and my diner was bbq food at it’s best. Salad with feta cheese, pork belly and a spiced chicken thigh. Oh and a dollop of garlic allioli. Total heaven! Again, I felt great yesterday and got so much done.  I spring cleaned and washed windows. Inside and out. Now, if you know me, you’ll know that I do not wash windows.  But, I had so much energy and felt like washing windows.

I’m not sure if this is cause for concern…. not the energy part but the washing of windows?  Definite cause for concern.

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Today was mothers day and hubby made breakfast for me:

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I weighed in this morning and I was down 4 lbs!  As I explained in the beginning, I had been playing at low carb since January and had dropped and gained the same half stone about 4 times.  Today, that half stone is gone and this time for good!

Since we were spending the day at Legoland I made myself a packed lunch because I didn’t know what would be on offer that I could eat.

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I had half a bag of pork scratchings (the other half I ate last night at the bbq in lieu of crisps), cheese wrapped bacon slices, some leftover feta from the bbq and some salami slices. Simple and yummy.

Dinner, was a mish mash of leftovers.  There were burger patties from the bbq, some creamed spinach and courgettes that was leftover from earlier in the week. I also roasted some radishes, having seen these on a youtube channel. Not impressed.  They weren’t good.

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I made a new quiche for the week and it’s an asparagus, mozzarella and feta cheese quiche. I’ll  post the recipe later in the week.

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My verdict for going on a  keto way of eating?  It’s incredible.  You can eat food with flavour that’s so satisfying. It’s tough at the beginning but if you stick with it you can expect a MASSIVE reduction in cravings, loads of energy and an incredible clarity of thought.

Yes, you read all that correctly.  I am not craving the foods I used to enjoy. I’ll see wine or sweets and go, ‘oh, I love those! But do I want them? No thanks.’  I haven’t missed the things I used to eat and I don’t feel deprived at all.

Win-win I think.

Bright blessings,

Mrs R

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Low Carb lifestyle- Day 2: pushing through

Hello my lovelies,

Day 2 has been a bit better. I found I was able to get up earlier than normal because strangely, I felt like I could. So I got up and made breakfast for the family and whipped up a crust less quiche Lorraine. I added onions too. It was incredibly tasty.

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At work, around 11:30 I was really hungry and landed up eating my packed lunch but not the nuts. I couldn’t believe I was craving food despite the fact that I had drunk so much water.

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When it was my actual lunch time, I ate a chicken breast with some coleslaw and cucumber slices. I was actually hungry…again!

After lunch I got the same slump as yesterday but I pushed through on loads more water (I got through 3 litres today!) and when I got home I had a coffee with cream and the nuts. I felt better after I had rested for a while.

I tested for ketosis with my ketostix and I’m happy to report I’m finally there. I’m hoping the keto flu won’t last much longer and I’ll be full of energy in the next few days.

Dinners was roast chicken with cauliflower rice fried in butter and garlic. Super tasty! I had thought the cauliflower rice would be gross but I was pleasantly surprised.

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Fingers crossed tomorrow goes well!

Bright blessings,

Mrs R
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Low carb lifestyle – day 1: The Keto Flu

Hello my lovelies,

As some of your may know I’ve dabbled with a low carb diet on and off for about a year.  I had some success on it which was short lived because I firstly, followed the concept too loosely and didn’t track what I was eating and secondly because having failed to get into ketosis, I gave into cravings and ate carbs again. I know that eating in a low car way will pay off in the long run it’s just getting over the initial hurdles.

For those who don’t know, ketosis is the state you body enters when you reduce your carbohydrates to 20g of carbs per day or less. It means that your body is using your fat stores as energy instead of the carbs and sugar that you are eating. Using fat as energy is a MUCH more efficient energy source than carbs.  As a result, your body enters into Ketosis, an optimum state for weight loss. Ketosis also keeps your blood sugar levels constant (making this a great diet for diabetics), suppresses your appetite to a certain degree and increases focus and energy.  Some people say that a low carb diet also helps to reduce anxiety.  I’m not 100% sure if that is true but I’m willing to give it a try.

The only downside about following a ketogenic diet is that for the first few days you get what’s know as the keto or low carb flu. It’s not an actual illness but rather a type of withdrawal that your body goes through as you rid it of sugar.  And it really sucks because it makes you feel like hell!

I started with dinner last night so today is essential day 1 for me. While I felt fine this morning, this afternoon I feel headachey, tired, moody and achy in my body.  I could really use a long hot bath and my bed but that’s not going to happen right now.  I know I will feel better in a few days but right now, I’m hating a ketogenic diet. Onwards and upwards though, right?  I’ll just drink enough water to sink a cruise ship, keep at or below 20g of carbs a day and stay busy.  Oh, and take a long hot bath and get into bed early.  I know that once I’m in ketosis, I will feel amazing so it will be worth it.  No, seriously, when I was in ketosis before I felt Wonder Woman amazing.

Besides feeling crappy, I’ve had some really yummy foods since last night. For dinner last night I had bacon and mushroom Meatza with mixed salad leaves and avocado

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This morning I had a chocolate and almond milk protein shake with bacon spinach stacks and garlic allioli

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For lunch I had a cheese and onion crustless quiche which was so lovely I ate it all before I could take a picture!

For dinner tonight, I have another slice of meatza with creamed spinach and steamed courgettes.  I can definitely get used to this!

I’ll check in tomorrow to let you know how it’s going,

bright blessings,

Mrs R

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Bare Naked Noodles

Hey everyone,

I’m back on my low carb lifestyle for the last time, I might add and I’m excited to chat to you today about Bare Naked Noodles!

These babies are zero fat, low in calories and 0.1g carbohydrates making them a dream for those on a low carb eating plan.  I found them in Morrisons for around £2.50 so they are not cheap and not intended for the whole family to eat. Unless of course, they are also on a low carb diet in which case this is gonna cost you big bucks!

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I use regular noodles for the family and these bare naked noodles for myself.  There is a difference in texture compared to regular noodles.  They feel a little ‘squeeky’ on the teeth… kind of like halloumi feels once it’s been pan fried and you bite into it.  They don’t really taste of anything which is where a dinner like Thai chicken curry comes in.

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I separated a portion of the Thai chicken curry for myself and tossed it in a bag of drained bare naked noodles, then heated it through for around 3 minutes.

Please note I have not been paid to write this review but was so excited at the prospect of eating pasta, I needed to share this with you.

To make Low Carb Thai Chicken Curry:

3 chicken breasts, diced

1/2 a leek, sliced

1 red pepper, sliced

1/2 courgette, cut into battons

1 carrot, sliced into ribbons with the vegetable peeler

a handful of mange tout

1/2 jar of Waitrose Thai red curry paste (be aware this contains shellfish!)

1 chicken stock cube

1/2 a can of full fat coconut milk

Fry the diced chicken in a bit of coconut oil until lightly browned on both sides. Add the vegetables and stir fry until just starting to wilt.

Add the stock cube, Thai red curry paste and stir through.  Fry for another minute.  The smell at this point is INCREDIBLE!

Add the coconut milk, stir and cook on a medium heat for about 5 minutes until the sauce has heated through.

Serve with add to wok noodles which you can add to the sauce a couple of minutes before serving or with basmati rice.

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Bare naked also do their own version of rice which is also zero fat, low calories and practically zero carbs.  I’ve yet to try it but it’s on the list to buy soon.

 

As for my healthy eating plan, today I had:

Breakfast: Homemade cheese, sausage, mushroom and spinach fritatta

Lunch: Mixed green salad with red cabbage, pickled onions, feta cheese and salad dressing with some homemade chilli tomato soup

Dinner: thai red curry with bare naked noodles.

I doubt i’ll be hungry later but if I am, I will snack on celery sticks and hummus

As ever, if you try any of my recipes, please let me know if you enjoyed them. For those concerned, I intend to keep the slimming world recipes on my site in case anyone finds them useful.

Bright blessings to all,

Mrs R

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