There are a few things that I find very frustrating on the keto lifestyle with epilepsy at present. These are namely:
- Brain fog.
- Tiredness and lethargy.
(Note: for people who don’t have epilepsy reading this, this probably won’t affect you apart from the initial induction / ‘Keto flu’ period. For those of us with epilepsy, this is why it might be prolonged.).
- Watching people eat bread, chips and desserts when I’m out!
But then again there are many things that I’m loving about the experience so far. A few of these are:
- Discovering new things about my body every day.
- A pretty impressive digestive system – the fibre in the keto diet must be working its magic! It only lets me down when I eat too much lactose.
- Reading and learning about a whole new world of diet and nutrition.
- Discovering new foods, recipes and getting creative in the kitchen.
- The knowledge that I’m feeding my body nutritious food.
- Building willpower and the comfort of knowing that I’m capable of creating delicious keto alternatives to bread, chips and desserts (this knowledge keeps me going when I’m out watching others eat carb-loaded foods! I have the good stuff waiting for me back at home in my kitchen).
So you see, there’s a lot to love about lifestyle, and the pros outweigh the costs!
Natures Fat Bombs – Nuts!
Nuts are my snacking staple. They’re high in fiber and numerous micro-nutrients, and there’s so much you can do with them. They’re great as an on-to-go snack, in desserts, and really are natures fat bombs.
Because I find it really hard to hit my fat macros, I find that some nuts in particular are ideal to munch on, namely Pecans and Brazil Nuts. But days when I feel like I’ve had too many calories as well, my go-tos tends to be almonds, pistachios, peanuts or hazelnuts.
Below is some useful nutrition information for various nuts:
The only thing that tops nuts on my snack list is CHOCOLATE! And boy am I glad that Dark Chocolate is legit on the keto diet!
The benefits of dark chocolate and its miraculous properties deserves a whole post to itself so I’ll save that for another day, BUT the reason I’m writing this is because this post is all about chocolate covered nuts – my ultimate keto comfort snack.
My new chocolate discovery – Montezuma’s !!!
As I was working in a coffee shop the other day, I got peckish and unfortunately this popular coffee shop chain largely still does carb-loaded goods. Even the salads in this cafe were “pasta salads”. So I ventured to the supermarket to stock up on sneaky snacks to sustain me whilst I worked.
I was very excited to find this, hidden away in the chocolate aisle:
And I was even more thrilled to discover the nutritional values.
Wait for it…
The nutrition label says that 100g (i.e. the WHOLE BAR) has just 8g of carbs, and 17g of Fibre.
Now on Keto as we’re calculating net carbs (Carbs minus fibre), does this mean this bar of chocolate is actually negligible in terms of net carbs (-9)? Drop me an e-mail with your thoughts on this because I could be wrong, but until I have more clarity – I’M INDULGING!
As can be expected with 100% cocoa dark chocolate – it’s bitter AF. So much so, they’ve put a warning on the back of the package which has almost become a tagline for the brand – “For that dramatic cocoa hit. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!” This is great I think, because a little goes a long way when you’re looking for your cocoa high!
Which brings me to my next point – it’s not cheap. I got this bar for £2.50. However on Amazon you could buy in bulk and save some that way. And I look at it as an investment for all the keto chocolate goodies I could make.
On top of that, you are paying for a top-quality British product. I cannot describe in words how smooth the texture of the chocolate is. It really is incredible and something one needs to touch and taste for oneself.
Low Carb Chocolate Covered Nuts
So I wanted to make my chocolate investment last for a while (and there’s no way I could eat a block of 100% dark chocolate so I would have to sweeten it up Keto style.)
Hence here is a very sweet and simple recipe for chocolate covered nuts! These are great on their own, or as a crunchy topping on something else.
Note: ANY Dark Chocolate will do, just make sure it’s at least 85% dark chocolate so as not to throw you out of ketosis.
13 servings (1 serving = 5 nuts)
You will need:
- Nuts (I used 25 pecans and 40 almonds for this recipe, and the macros reflect the same).
- ¼ tsp Himalayan salt
- 25g Dark Chocolate
- 2-3 drops Vanilla Stevia
- Melt the dark chocolate in the microwave for 30 seconds (or until melted).
- Stir in Vanilla Stevia and adjust sweetness to taste.
- Add nuts and salt to the mixture and stir well ensuring all the nuts are covered with the chocolate.
- Place some parchment paper on a plate, and place the chocolate covered nuts on the parchment paper.
- Place the plate in the fridge to cool and allow time for the chocolate to re-harden around the nuts.
- Once the chocolate has hardened, remove from the parchment, and store in an air-tight container in the fridge.
NOTE: To boost the “Fatbomb” quotient per serving, you could add a tablespoon of MCT Oil to the chocolate mixture.
One serving of 5 nuts (pecans & almonds):
- Energy: 84.7 kcal
- Protein: 1.8 g
- Net Carbs: 0.3 g
- Fat: 8 g