Taste fine, but forgettable.
The latest Meat stick in a long line of Meat sticks that I have consumed is by Vermont Smoke & Cure. I tried their Black Pepper Meat Stick. It's important to know that this stick is a blend of Pork and Beef both. It's probably not the highest quality of meat cuts and is maybe a step up from a Slim Jim. Its tasted fine as was very moist and not dry at all, but it didn’t really leave me with any other thoughts to stand out in the crowd of meat sticks. If you are going to be Black pepper, then really do it! Make it spicy and make the pepper prevalent. This wasn’t the case.
Taste fine, but forgettable.
Atkins just recently came out with a newer line of bars that are gear towards replacing some of the more natural trail bars you have seen on the market. They are made up of nuts and sometimes fruit and are meant to be more of a raw bar to fill in those that like the trail mix kind. I have yet to try them all, but what I have tried I have enjoyed. These bars are great for a mid-day snack and work wonderful to help get through those hunger pains mid-day.
I most recently tried the Harvest Trail Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Bars. I am a big fan of anything that mixes sweet and salty so usually things that use sea salt are a win in my book. This was no exception. Good taste of chocolate mixed with the saltiness of the nuts. The bars have a great crunch too. Not a soft chewy bar like some others. This bar is basically nuts and chocolate. They are not very big so I would say that they work best as a snack and not really a meal substitute. If I just had these during a meal I would be pretty hungry afterward but keeping a box of these at your desk during the day would be a great idea to help with any rough post breakfast cravings that come up.
I look forward to trying some of the other flavors that they have of these. Anyone else tried these?
I love chocolate! It could almost be a problem. Luckily I like being thin also. So my self control has gotten much better than it used to be. But I do often miss it. Luckily there are more and more options for low carb chocolate snacks appearing on the market. Most recently I received a new snack in my Oct Keto Kate that was a real winner.
ChocoRite by Health Smarts Foods Peanut Butter Cup Patties is a great substitute for a candy bar that you used to eat. I thought at first that this was going to be closer to that of a Peanut Butter cup, however the peanut filling inside has a crispiness to it and a sweetness that gives it a Butterfinger taste. This wasn’t really a bad thing at all. The last time I had a Butterfinger was years ago so I was super pleased to have this taste in my mouth. It's got a nice chocolate taste, think more American milk chocolate and not cocoa. I really enjoyed this and would love to have these around to curb any sugar cravings that come up. And the carb count is super low so you really don’t have much to complain about. Very yummy!
Anyone else tried these?
If you read this blog you know that I am constantly on the look-out for Low Carb products that meet my lifestyle and help to make my life a bit easier. Saving time on cooking, and having a variety of snacks available help to make the diet a bit easier on myself so I don’t get bored with the same old things. So when I discovered that there was a new subscription service that sends you products that fit within the low carb lifestyle I was on board.
Keto Krate is a new subscription box that is available in the long list of to your door monthly box subscriptions that is specifically geared towards the Keto and low carb lifestyle. They guarantee that all items in the box will be less than 5 carbs per serving and that the value of the collected items products will always exceed the cost of the box.
My desire to find some new snacks that were low carb is really what made me decide to give it a try, that plus who doesn’t like a surprise now and then.
My review's for the individual products in this box will be cut short here. I will be doing more in-depth reviews on each product and share links to those reviews here as I complete them. Right now I just want to talk about this month's box and what I got as a whole.
So every box has a nice little welcome card that explains all the items you received and then usually has some promo codes in case you need more of something. I have already found myself using this for a snack I receive in my last box that no one carried in the stores near me. I had to have some more so having a little discount was great to give me the incentive to get some shipped to me.
Lots of great items this month and a couple that I was pretty excited to try out. So what was in my box this month?
A couple months ago I tried pumpkin seeds for the first time and was pleasantly surprised. After trying that particular brand of pumpkin seeds I was introduced to another kind today.
Skout Backcountry Pumpkins Seeds have a few different flavors but today I tried Jalapeno Salsa. I like that these have a little kick to them but are not too spicy. It's not like my nose is running or anything like that, but they had good flavor and taste. I'm definitely a fan of this pumpkin seed trend that's coming about and the flavors that people are incorporating are really a lot of fun. If you haven't tried them yet I highly suggest it. They have great fiber and great taste perfect for snacking.
If you're not eating salads while you're on a low-carb diet then somehow you managed to avoid the inevitable. Salads are pretty much going to be a big part of your diet. Do you load them up with all the good stuff too? You have got to get creative so it doesn’t get boring. Salads work great as a side for any meal that you're having. Little something extra to help fill you up and get some nutrients in. Salads are a must.
I was recently sent a new dressing to try out which is an a Greek vinaigrette.
Primal Kitchen Greek Vinaigrette was pretty good. But not great. I don't know, it just kind of felt bland to me. And salad by itself can be bland without the right dressing. You got have a dressing that really stands out. This particular dressing didn't taste bad it just didn't have a ton of flavor. I honestly can't even think of anything to say about it. I just thought it was kind of boring. You know sometimes you eat things and they don't register as bad and they didn't register as good. They just kind of exist. I thought this was that experience. Maybe I have just written too many reviews now and I'm running out of words to use. Hopefully that's not the case.
I give this dressing a "meh".
I have read lots of articles about Miracle rice and Noodles. Products like this that are made from a particular plan that imitate noodles with hardly any of the cost of carbs.
This stuff is weird. And I don’t really know if it works or not, you just have to trust the makers of the product.
You can read about it here...https://miraclenoodle.com/
The process to make this stuff is kind of crazy. First you have to drain the rice, then rinse it off in cold water. Then you have to boil it for about 2 minutes. After boiling you drain it again and put it in a pan to dry off over medium to high heat. It's not hard. It's just a lot of steps.
How does it taste? Fine really. Not a real strong flavor. The thing about this stuff is that it does a great job of absorbing any of the flavors that you are cooking with. It's great for Asians dishes. If it wasn’t so hard to find I might use it more often. Goof for a filler though.
I was sent a bag of Biltrong Season Dried Beef in my last Keto Krate. While the package was a bit undescriptive the snack was pretty good. So this is beef jerky at its most simplest form. No added sugars, starches , or sweeteners, and limited spices. The ingredients on the bag says Beef, Salt, Vinegar, Black Pepper, Coriander. Simple and easy. I like that.
Its hung dried and not done by traditional dehydration. The taste of vinegar was kind of strong in this meat at first but after a few bites it really grew on me. Its good, and if you want something that spare the unnecessary ingredients then this is probably a safe bet.
We have pancakes pretty regularly in our house. It’s a great standby and my 2 year old loves them. When we do we are usually doing Almond pancakes to keep the carbs low. That means I am usually using a sugar free syrup. Some of these syrups are pretty good. Some not so much.
The most recent Syrup I tried was that of Nature Hallow Sugar Free Syrup. Its maple taste was kind of light. Not very strong. Its sweet tasting but not a lot of additional flavor. I found it kind of boring and not very authentic tasting. Has a lot of sucralose taste. Meh. Not very impressed with this stuff. I actually think I prefer the name brand versions available in most stores for this.