Recipe Roundup: Low-Carb Recipes with Immune-Boosting Ingredients

With all that is going on in the world regarding COVID-19, we are all looking to practice physical distancing to avoid catching this deadly virus. We are all searching for answers and looking for tips on how we can stay healthy. Making sure our immune systems are in tip-top shape is vital in not only avoiding catching the coronavirus but to our long term health as well.

Since we are all stuck at home, this is a perfect time to try a few new recipes. Bond with your family and try making one or all of these delicious concoctions, all containing immune-boosting ingredients. Enjoy great food while getting healthy!

Lemon Meringue Cupcakes

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Keto Lemon Meringue Cupcakes 

Vitamin C plays an essential role in bodily functions and also is vital to maintaining good health. Vitamin C also increases the production of white blood cells, which help fight infection. Since all citrus fruits contain it, it’s easy to find one you like. This delicious Keto Lemon Meringue Cupcake has easy to follow directions and is sure not to disappoint!

Keto Broccoli Tots

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Keto Brocolli Tots

Broccoli is packed with vitamins and minerals. It contains Vitamins A, C, and E, as well as many antioxidants and fiber, making broccoli a great choice for your vegetable. It can be served steamed, roasted, or like in this recipe, turned into a creation that even your children will love!

Easy Lemon Honey Martini 2

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Immune Boosting Quarantini

Being stuck at home can drive you mad… or to drink. What better choice for an adult beverage than something that contains vitamin C and will help you kick back and relax in the evening? Vitamin C has many health benefits, it not only will boost your immune system, but it can also help lower your blood pressure and your risk of heart disease. Cheers!

Blueberry Breakfast Bar Tall

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Blueberry Keto Breakfast Bar

Blueberries are an excellent source of nutrients. They are low in calories, but high in fiber and vitamins C and K. This high in antioxidants superfruit may also help to lower blood pressure, reduce heart disease, and improve our brain function and memory. Blueberries are great on their own (freeze for longer shelf life), delicious in smoothies, or can be used in recipes like this one. Enjoy!

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Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing

While we are stuck at home and less active than we usually are, we are likely all watching what we eat. This simple salad won’t take long to throw together and will give you a healthy dose of folate, vitamin A, vitamin C, fiber, and iron. Dark leafy greens like spinach can be a great source of magnesium, which can help boost your immune system and is also known to improve blood glucose control. A win-win!

While we are stuck home, it is an excellent time to focus on staying healthy. Eating nutritious foods and staying active is our best defense!

Low-Carb Recipes with Immune-Boosting Ingredients

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Cauliflower Spanish Rice

This content originally appeared on TCOYD: Taking Control of Your Diabetes. Republished with permission.

By Robyn Perez

If you’re like me, the taste of cauliflower can be overwhelming, and sometimes you want to not care about the extra carbs in rice! But, after much trial and error, I’ve finally accomplished a cauliflower rice dish that hardly tastes like cauli. Husband-approved!

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Cauliflower Spanish Rice

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A delicious complement to your favorite Mexican dish or the perfect base for a burrito bowl, this variation of Spanish rice is packed with nutrients and is naturally low-carb.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Spanish
Keyword Cauliflower, Low-Carb
Servings 3 servings
Calories 67kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/3 red onion diced
  • 4-6 cherry tomatoes diced
  • 1 package cauliflower rice I use the Earthy Choice kind from Costco; 8.5 oz bags
  • 1/2 can El Pato hot tomato sauce key ingredient, 7.75 oz can
  • 2 tsp avocado oil or olive oil
  • cilantro optional
  • Cotija cheese optional
  • canned green chilies optional

Instructions

  • Sauté and season the red onion with salt and pepper in olive or avocado oil until translucent.
  • Add in the bag of cauliflower rice.
  • Add in the half can of El Pato.
  • Cover and simmer for about four minutes.
  • Open that baby up, throw in those diced tomatoes and stir and cook for an additional three to four minutes.

Notes

You can throw in some cilantro and green chilis for extra flavor and top with Cotija cheese for an almost authentic Spanish style rice.

For a delicious burrito bowl, you can add cooked chicken chunks, roasted veggies, and guacamole.

Nutrition

Calories: 67kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 1.5g | Fat: 3g | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4.5g


Please note that the nutritional information may vary depending
on the specific brands of products used. We encourage everyone to check specific
product labels in calculating the exact nutritional information.

Cauliflower Spanish Rice Recipe

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Sun-Dried Tomato Marinara

This content originally appeared on ForGoodMeasure. Republished with permission.

Raw food followers believe heat kills food’s nutrients & natural enzymes. For those of us who like high temperatures, cooking changes a lot of things, most significantly … flavor. This sauce is no exception. A classic marinara with the combination of tomatoes, onion, garlic, and herbs, however, the addition of sun-dried tomatoes and lack of heat, elevate the intensity to something altogether unexpected.

Sun-Dried Tomato Marinara

This recipe works great as sauce for your homemade pizza, poured over zucchini linguini or as an accompaniment to your morning fried eggs.

  • 4 cups tomatoes (chopped)
  • 1 cup sun-dried tomatoes (drained if in oil)
  • 1 cup basil
  • ½ cup parsley (chopped)
  • ¼ cup red onion (chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons garlic (minced)
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon chili flakes
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  1. Using the processor, combine tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, basil, parsley, onion, olive oil, garlic, vinegar, chili flakes, syrup, oregano, salt and pepper, until thick and creamy.

Naturally low-carb and gluten-free.

Net carbs: 6g

Sun-Dried Tomato Marinara Recipe

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Keto Mock “Little Debbie Be My Valentine Snack Cakes”

This content originally appeared on Caroline’s Keto Kitchen. Republished with permission.

I don’t know what it is about these little cakes that scream Valentine’s Day to me. They must have been at eye level at every store I went to with my mom as a kid or something, because seriously, these are the first things I picture when I think of Valentine’s Day. So when it was time to create a Valentine’s Day dessert, you bet I was going to recreate the Little Debbie Be My Valentine Snack Cakes!

For those of you who don’t know what these are, they’re basically a 2-layer vanilla cake with frosting between the layers and a pink white chocolate coating with a white chocolate drizzle. It does take a bit of work considering there’s a cake step, an icing step, and a white chocolate coating step, but I promise, it’s worth it, and none of the steps are hard.

Keto Mock "Little Debbie Be My Valentine Snack Cakes"

Share the love this Valentine's Day with this heart-shaped vanilla cake. Coated with white chocolate, this dessert is low-carb, filling, and delicious.

Cake

  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup granular Swerve
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 cup psyllium husk powder
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 stick salted butter (melted)
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp monk fruit juice concentrate
  • 1/2 cup sour cream

Icing

  • 1 stick salted butter (softened)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup powdered Swerve

White Chocolate Coating

  • 7 oz cocoa butter
  • 1/3 cup solid coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream powder (I used the Nekstella brand)
  • 1/2 cup powdered Swerve
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • food coloring
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix together all dry cake ingredients (almond flour, coconut flour, Swerve, baking powder, baking soda, psyllium husk powder).
  3. Add in all wet ingredients (eggs, melted butter, vanilla, monk fruit, sour cream), and stir well.
  4. Line a cookie sheet that has edges with parchment paper. (Mine was roughly 13″ x 18″).
  5. Spread the cake batter evenly on the parchment paper. (You can wet your hands with a bit of water to help spread it more easily.)
  6. Bake for around 16 minutes or until cooked. (The edges may start turning a little bit golden at this point).
  7. While the cake is in the oven, begin making your icing by mixing the softened butter with the vanilla and powdered Swerve until smooth.
  8. Remove cake from oven, and let cool completely.
  9. Using a heart cookie cutter, cut as many hearts as you can out of the cake. (I had a big heart cookie cutter (~3.5″), so mine only made 18 hearts.)
  10. Put icing between the hearts to make 2-layer heart “sandwiches.”
  11. Now it’s time for the white chocolate coating. In a large saucepan, melt the cocoa butter and coconut oil on a very low heat.
  12. Remove from heat and add the heavy whipping cream powder, powdered Swerve, vanilla and salt. Stir until smooth.
  13. Spoon some of the mixture into an icing bag (this will be the white drizzle, so you need to put some aside before you turn the rest of the white chocolate coating pink).
  14. Add pink food coloring to the white chocolate coating mixture and stir until smooth.
  15. Dunk each cake into the pink white chocolate coating. Place on wax paper after dunk and allow coat to settle (you can speed this up by refrigerating it). Once settled, repeat, dipping each cake 2-3 times total.
  16. Once final pink layer is solidified, cut the tip of the icing bag and drizzle the white chocolate on top of each cake.

The nutrition facts depend on your specific ingredients and how big your cookie cutter is. My cookie cutter was quite large (~3.5″), so each cake was 2 servings at least (very filling!).

Keto Mock “Little Debbie Be My Valentine Snack Cakes” Recipe

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Recipe Roundup: To Someone’s Heart Through Chocolates

It has long been a custom for people to give sweets to celebrate the month of love. Stats support this thoughtful gesture: People spent $1.7 billion on chocolates and candy alone in February 2017, according to the National Retail Federation.

This year, why not make your Valentine’s present extra special by preparing it yourself? If you’re up for this kitchen challenge, here are some diabetes-friendly recipes that will satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth.

Photo credit: Brenda Bennett

Sugar-Free White Chocolate Bars

These white chocolate bars are sugar-free, low-carb, and quick to prepare. You can load them with dried cranberries or chopped nuts for more flavor. Brenda of Sugar-Free Mom notes that though this healthy alternative isn’t like the typical white chocolate in the market, it doesn’t mean it tastes any less delicious.

Photo credit: Jennifer Shun

Chocolate Pistachio Bark

Without a doubt, this nutritious chocolate pistachio bark will satisfy your sweet palate. For this recipe, Jennifer of For Good Measure uses dark chocolate, which is a good source of fiber, minerals, and antioxidants. The use of hemp seeds gives you a nutty texture as well as a protein boost.

Photo credit: Caroline Levens

Chocolate Low-Carb Muffins

Can you make something tasty with just three ingredients? Yes, Caroline of Caroline’s Keto Kitchen proves that with her moist muffins. All you need is a chocolate cake mix, some canned pumpkin, and egg white, and you have a fabulous treat for your loved ones. If the taste seems too simple, you can add chocolate chips on top.

Photo credit: Lisa Marcaurele

No-Bake Keto Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

If you plan to give some treats to someone who loves peanut butter, then look no further. These bars were inspired by a recipe Lisa of Low-Carb Yum learned how to make in middle school Home Economics class. “It’s great to be able to enjoy the same taste in a much healthier version of the no-bake peanut butter bars,” she said.

Photo credit: Lisa Marshall

Abuelita’s Chocolate Truffles

Compared to the recipes above, preparing these truffles take a longer process, but in the end, it is all worth it. Lisa of 24/7 Low-Carb Diner used cinnamon, coffee, and roasted peanuts for a distinctive bite. After making the flavorful mixture, you can roll them into balls and then wrap them up as a gift for someone who loves chocolate but does not need sugar overload. If rolling is too messy for you, you can use it as a pie filling.

Which chocolate recipes do you like baking for yourself, family or friends? We’d love to read them in the comments.

Recipe Roundup_ To Someone’s Heart Through Chocolates

Source: diabetesdaily.com

Recipe Roundup: Peanut Butter and Chocolate Combos

Peanut butter is a favorite spread for many reasons. It’s not only creamy, crunchy, and tasty, but it’s also rich in protein, unsaturated fat, and iron, among other nutrients. For many people with diabetes, they include peanut butter in their diet because it’s low glycemic — it doesn’t raise blood sugar abruptly.  Versatility is another […]
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