Sunday, May 20, 2012

Low Carb Chocolate Chip Cookies

I love chocolate chip cookies! However, over the last three years, as I have followed a low carbohydrate diet I have not been able to indulge my chocolate chip cookie craving -- until recently.  
My gorgeous and very ingeniousness wife has perfected her chocolate chip cookie recipe and - Oh, Wow! - are they good. 
Warm tasty chocolate chip cookies that are actually good for you served up by a beautiful blond in a very cute apron. . . I think this is what heaven is like. 

I have been promising my patients this recipe for quite a few months, but have neglected to write it down and post it. I would forget to take a picture of the cookies before my family had eaten them all.  So, this morning I took a snapshot and I had a few moments while eating the cookies on the plate above.  Here is the recipe:

Low Carbohydrate Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
2 sticks (1 cup) of butter, softened
1/2 cup Splenda
1/4 cup Sweet Perfection
1/4 cup erythritol 
1/4 cup Just Like Sugar (chicory root sweetener)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 cup almond flour
1 cup coconut flour
1/2 cup Carbalose flour
2 ChocoPerfection Milk Chocolate bars chopped 

Mix the vanilla, eggs, butter and sweeteners until creamy or fluffy. Add in all dry ingredients and mix. Add chocolate and mix. Place dough on parchment paper covered cookie sheets in 2 tsp sized scoops.
Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes. 
Makes 45-50 cookies

(~ 2 net carbohydrates per cookie)


Monday, May 14, 2012

Mom's Cream Cheese Waffles

Mother's Day is a great event in our home, and traditionally it is a chance to make breakfast for Mom.
In our home, Mom loves waffles.  But changing to a low carbohydrate diet put a damper on the waffles for a while, until my sweet wife found and perfected the following recipe. (She adapted this recipe from Jennifer Eloff's Cream Cheese Bran Waffle recipe found in her book, Splendid Low Carbing for Life Vol 1.) These waffles are amazing! They are now lovingly referred to in our home as "Mom's Cream Cheese Waffles."
Breakfast for Mother's Day in our home consisted of Mom's Cream Cheese Waffles, freshly grilled thick slice bacon and strawberry flavored whipped cream to top off the waffles and was easily prepared by my 11 year old daughter.  A perfect low carb Mother's Day meal. Enjoy!
Mom's Cream Cheese Waffles

Mom's Cream Cheese Waffles:
16 oz regular cream cheese (softened)
6 eggs
1 cup wheat germ
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup water
1/3 cup Splenda Granular
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking  powder
1/4 tsp salt

In a food processor or electric mixer, blend the cream cheese until smooth.  Add the eggs and continue to blend.  Add the Carbalose flour, wheat germ, cream, water , Splenda, baking soda, baking power and salt.  Continue to blend. 

Pour 1/4-1/2 cup onto hot greased waffle iron. Close and cook for approximately 3 minutes.  

Yeild: 12-16 "plate sized" waffles
1 Waffle: approx. 7g protein, 9g fat, 3g carbs

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Mid-Meal Protein Shake. . .

A number of my patients have asked what I use personally as a protein supplement and whether I use protein shakes.  I've struggled to find a great tasting protein shake that does not contain any artificial sweeteners (see my article The Skinny On Sweeteners) that raise the insulin levels.  Most of the pre-prepared shakes (including the Adkins, EAS, Muscle Milk, and many others) will significantly slow weight loss and knock you out of ketosis due to an insulin response stimulated by drinking them.

My sweet wife just perfected our family's favorite high fat, low carbohydrate protein shake.  Oh, it's good and  it's filling.  You'll love it and you won't be hungry for at least 3-4 hours after savoring this sweet taste-bud sensation. 

This is a great shake for a mid-meal snack or a quick meal on the go.

Tiffini's Low Carb High Fat Protein Shake:
[One serving (~ 2 cups) is 4.5 grams of carbohydrate]

Blend to preferred texture. . . (may add more heavy whipping cream if it is still too thick).