This review is in very in-depth because I’m not really an expert on pumpkin seeds so if you are please chime in.
I don’t know, there’s not much I can say about these Skout Pumpkin seeds. They taste boring to me. I mean they’re really nice and salty which is a plus for a snack. But I don’t know if I’m a fan of pumpkin seeds without additional flavoring. That’s just a personal thing. If you’re a fan of pumpkin seeds these are probably just fine. And the Himalayan salt is wonderful. But again I’m not a big fan of just plain pumpkin seeds so these may not be something I come back to. That’s me.
This review is in very in-depth because I’m not really an expert on pumpkin seeds so if you are please chime in.
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.
The October box is a nice well rounded box of snacks that cover both savory and sweet for low carb fans. I first off want to say that I personally prefer to have the tissue paper over the paper stings for packaging. Way less clean up and far easier to handle. Alway has a protein bar to try which is good. The Raw Rev company seems to be decent enough and I liked tis bar before. I like the looks of this Sweetwood Beef bar thats in the box. Looks really meaty and flavorful so I can't wait to try it. A chip substitute is always fun. Protein chips haven't been my jam in the past, but I like the idea of toasted coconut. More beef jerky is ok. It's a nice big bag so there is definitely a value there. A banana Nush Cake! I love Nush Cakes!!! Yum! More cake!!! Good Dees Chocolate snack cake! Cake everywhere! Wonderful! Almonds to try. Heavy on the flavor which I love! I would be happy with some Almonds in every box if I could have it. Lastly a jar of BBQ sauce. I use BBQ sauce all the time to spice things up so this is great to have some to reduce the guilt.
I thought this box was a great selection. Nothing disappointing to me at all. Not real big surprises either. Still a solid lot of snack and items to get me through the month. I can wait to try them all.
Keto Krate Fans, What do you think of this months box?
Raw Rev Creamy Peanut Butter & Sea Salt
Sweetwood Cattle Co. Bully Bar
Protes Protein Chips
Big Johns Original Beef Jerky
Nush Banana Nut Cake
Good Dee's Chocolate Snack Cake
Legendary Foods Buffalo Blue Wing Almonds
Guys BBQ Sauce
My wife and I discovered a wonderful new low-carb crêpe recipe several days ago. It makes a nice thin crêpe and they work wonderful for a casual Saturday or Sunday brunch. But one of the things missing from mine was a nice hazelnut spread. So I couldn't of been more excited to get one in the mail recently. Created with no sugar added Cleaneating NougatCreme Hazelnut Spead is a bit smoother than some of the others I've tried. It doesn't feel as waxy and itself is a little bit more oily. It's actually closer to that of the consistency of Nutella. Very yummy with hardly any carbs in it. So far this is my favorite of the hazelnut spread with no sugar and low carbs.
this company seems to do really well when I comes to chocolate. Give them a try and see what you think.
Guys stop what you're doing. I have reviewed a few different low-carb cookies on this site. Some good, some bad. Guys this is the one. This is it! Somebody did it no joke. Sweet mother of Mercy this is the cookie you have been waiting for.
I don't know what the Know Better Cookie company does that makes it work so well but it works very well. An awesome blend of ingredients that creates the perfect soft chewy sweet cookie that you've been missing.
Let me mention something to put it in perspective. At the time I was eating my cookie my wife was enjoying some actual sugary candy. I offered her a bite. She took a piece and indulged. The thing she noticed was that usually when she goes from real candy to something that I eat there's a distinguishable difference. It's usually found in the sweeteners and it usually makes the thing I'm eating not taste very good. That was not the case with this cookie. You should also know that my wife doesn't like coconut very much. This cookie has some coconut in it but it's not overwhelming and my wife was able to enjoy it just fine.
I'm a fan guys. I'll definitely try some of their other cookies in the future.
and Man these things are huge!
Keto Carne brand beef jerky always does a great job. The few times I've tried it the thing that stands out about them is that the flavor is strong. That definitely stands true for the flavor in their spicy beef jerky. The meat has some kick to it and the more you chew the more that flavor comes out. I shared some of this with my wife and she definitely got a little bit of a kick in the back of her throat. She couldn't eat very much because of the heat. But she was not born for struggle.
Anyway I like these guys. Any Jerky fan you should look them up.
I can honestly say that Rawxie's Crunch has grown on me. Very first time I tried this I thought it was kind of weird. Collection of seeds and seasonings mix together. He wasn't quite a trail mix and it wasn't quite granola. And it wasn't a cracker replacement either. I couldn't really figure out what it was. But when you come to except that it's at something it's actually quite marvelous. Rawxie's does a great job by putting a lot of seasoning in the bag. So there's no shortage of flavor here. I try to couple different kinds and they all stand out in their own way. Smoked paprika has a nice Pepper taste to it that isn't too overwhelming or spicy. The smokiness comes through and dwells for a few seconds.The big Takeaway for me here is that it doesn't feel like you're just eating a bunch of seeds. I actually have good flavor in here that makes for worth while snack.
I actually like to keep a bag of this at my desk. Great for curbing those little cravings you have throughout the day.
Holy buckets these are some spicy olives. I love olives as a snack. They are great to have with a cheese plate, some dried meats, or with some wine. Awesome to put out for some appetizers before a big meal. And let's be honest as a snack with a low-carb diet they were great. OLOVE brand olives come individually packed for that very purpose.
The chili and oregano blend is fantastic. If you're not a fan of spice you're not gonna like these as it does have a kick to it and it's a little oily because of the chili. But there is no lack of flavor here. I haven't really seen a lot of olives that I've had different flavor in like this in the past. Most olives just kind of rely on the flavor of the natural olive. But I don't see why they can't. Why not take something good and make it even better by adding some new unique flavors in with it.
***Guest Post: by Mr. SkinnyPants***
Learn how to order low carb Whataburger and get full for less than $10. Get a custom 64 item Whataburger low carb menu created by the author of this post. It’s a great resource for anyone who wants to eat low carb, low sugar, Atkins, keto, or diabetic friendly at Whataburger.
Today’s post is from Ryan Luedecke who shares practical tips for low carb living on his blog → Mr. SkinnyPants. Ryan is on a mission to eat low carb keto at the top 30 fast food chains in the United States. His latest stop was at Whataburger. ### Howdy! Ryan here. This is stop #23 on my low carb fast food challenge. For each fast food chain I evaluate:
Whataburger headquarters are just down the road from me about 60 miles in San Antonio. They have 800+ restaurants spread across the southern United States. I'm lucky to have a location about 2 miles from my house in Austin. Famous for their large beef patties and signature A-framed restaurant roofs, they are a source of local pride for many Texans including me. I haven't eaten there much since transitioning to low carb so I'm excited to return for this fast food challenge.
What to order?
I made two separate trips to Whataburger for this challenge -- one for breakfast and one for lunch. The low carb Whataburger entrees I sampled are classified by meal occasion and then sorted in order of my preferences.
Whataburger serves breakfast from 11p to 11a and has several breakfast sandwiches, breakfast burritos (called "taquitos"), and ala carte items that can be ordered with out carb-heavy buns, biscuits or tortillas and made into a keto Whataburger breakfast.
1. Sausage Egg and Cheese Sandwich (No Bun)
This has become my standard low carb breakfast order -- "sausage, egg, and cheese breakfast sandwich, no bun please." The sausage patty is a must have because it's high calorie and low carb, so it's very filling. The cheese, egg patty, and sausage are stacked like a sandwich which presents well and makes it easy to eat with your hands (though for some reason I felt compelled to put a fork in the photo).
Taquito means small taco in Spanish. So this is Whataburger's version of a small breakfast taco. I order it without the tortilla to keep it low carb -- "sausage, egg, and cheese taquito with no tortilla please." The scrambled eggs, pork crumbles, and melted cheese are all mixed together so it's best to eat this one with a fork.
Can't go wrong with this classic low carb breakfast order -- "I'd just like a plate of scrambled eggs and bacon please, no hash browns, no biscuit or anything like that."
Lunch and Dinner
Low carb lunch options are plentiful at Whataburger. You can get burgers or grilled chicken sandwiches without the bun. Chicken fajita tacos without the tortilla. Or, even salads with grilled or fried chicken (moderately low carb) on top. Here are the low carb Whataburger entrees I ordered for lunch & dinner in order of preference.
1. Whataburger Patty Melt (No Bun)
Two beef patties, grilled onions, two slices of Monterey Jack cheese and a creamy pepper sauce make this bunless burger a formidable, and slightly more spicy competitor to the McDonald's low carb Big Mac. Ordering the low carb Whataburger Patty Melt is simple, "I'd like a Whataburger Patty Melt, sandwich-only, no combo, and no Texas Toast please, and can you put in a plastic container like the ones you serve salads in?
This my go-to low carb fast food lunch order. It really gives you a sampling of everything a burger joint has to offer - their meat patties, bacon, cheese, veggies, and jalapenos. To get this at Whataburger ask for the "Double Meat Whataburger with Double Cheese, add Bacon & Jalapenos please, no combo, and no bun please. Can you serve it in a plastic container like the ones you serve salads in?" I also got an extra side of their Jalapeno Ranch dressing just for fun.
I like to order something a little eccentric each time I visit a new place like this on the low carb challenge. At Whataburger, I went with their Grilled Chicken Melt which has chicken breast with Monterey Jack Cheese, grilled poblano peppers, onions, red peppers along with an additional side of lettuce.
Whataburger is one of the few places where the breading on their chicken breast filet is light enough such that you can still eat it for a moderately low carb meal. I wanted to test the quality of their fried chicken breast filet so I ordered their house salad with their Whatachik'n breast on top. I'd only recommend this order if you have plenty of carbs to spare for the day.
Unlike my recent stops at places like Chipotle and Arby's. Getting full at Whataburger for less than $10 is pretty easy. To get full for less than $10 order the following:
What else can you order?
I've covered several of the possible Whataburger keto options, but there are several more low carb options that you can experiment with yourself (some only offered in certain regions):
Review my Whataburger Low Carb Menu one-pager if you want to see full macros for these entrees. It's also great if you're looking for the full Whataburger keto menu.
My personal low carb menu is derived from this much longer and more complicated Whataburger nutrition menu.What you should avoidIn case you're new to low carb eating, I'll point out that you can't eat any of the Whataburger buns, fries, onion rings, milkshakes, biscuits, buns, pancakes, hash browns, and tortillas. All are off the limits. There are some less obvious entrees and sides to avoid that I’ve listed below. They seem like they might be low carb, but aren’t. Tempting chicken entrees to avoid:
Whataburger is low carb friendly because they have several different lunch and breakfast items that can be easily modified to fit a low carb diet. They even have a few salads that are low carb / keto friendly as is.
Whataburger ranks in my top 5 low carb fast food places. It's right up there with Chipotle, McDonald's, and Jimmy John's. The food is delicious, the prices seem fair, and the sides of Jalapeno Creamy Ranch and Creamy Pepper Dressing add a flavorful touch that isn't available at most fast food places. I could very easily see myself doing the all Whataburger Atkins diet if needed :). Hope you find my low carb ordering advice useful the next time you go! Cheers, Ryan aka “Mr. SkinnyPants”
Pork rinds are not for everybody. They're a bit more of an acquired taste. However if you're eating low-carb like me and you've discovered that you like this taste then you can't go wrong with a brand of high-quality pork rinds like Pork Clouds.
This brand always does great seasoning and flavors on their pork rinds which really help to for fill the need of something crunchy and salty in your diet. Especially if you're someone who used to frequent the chip section this is a great alternative.
The rosemary and sea salt taste works fantastic here. It's not too bold or overwhelming but has a nice taste to it. With just the right amount of seasoning.
I am a fan of this brand. And would love to see it in more stores near me. Most of the pork rind snacks on my store shelves are locally made and not the highest quality. This company seems to really take pride in making high quality prok rinds.
My wife and I are big fans of raced cauliflower. We use it all the time. And awesome substitute for regular rice when you're making stirfry or in our house chicken curry. I love that more brands are coming out with options and alternatives. When I receive the package of rice broccoli I was excited to try it. It seem like a nice substitute for something we're already using that could change up our recipes a little bit.
Keto and Co Riced Broccoli is just that rice broccoli. It's like a shave off the florettes of broccoli stocks dry it out and put in the bag. So what I think. Well I wasn't a big fan of the stuff. There's a couple reasons.
The first thing that didn't sit well with me it's just the fact that broccoli is a lot wetter and absorbent then cauliflower. Also when riced the pieces are much smaller. When I put my chicken curry on top of rice broccoli it essentially became overwhelmed with the taste of broccoli. The broccoli absorbs a lot of the liquid and disperses throughout the entire mix of vegetables and chicken. This could be something someone else might love but for me it took away from the actual curry taste.
The next reason I wasn't crazy about it was the smell. I think from it being dried out if produce a unnatural smell that regular broccoli doesn't seem to have. And maybe I was being oversensitive and maybe I am even dreaming some of this up, but my nose could not handle the smell.
My wife seem to eat the stuff pretty well. She didn't seem that concerned about any of the things I'm talking about so I do believe that this stuff would be great for anyone else. My personal taste is if I'm going to do something as a rice substitute, I want it to taste pretty close to rice. Cauliflower seems to do that much better than broccoli does.
Low Carb Food Ideas.