Attack of the Carbohydrates

I.  Miss.  Baking.

Seriously, if you know me, you know that it was always like 9:30 at night when I would get this sudden urge to make ooey gooey chocolate chip cookies.  Truth be told, I love to cook, but I really love to bake.  I mean, they don’t call me ‘Cupcake’ for nothing!

When I look back on things, I realize that I was (and still am) 100% addicted to carbohydrates.  In my journey, this year, I have found all sorts of things to fill the void of some of my favorite carbs: pasta, and rice, and I have steered clear of baking anything because, well… it’s dangerous for me.

This was until I found Carbquick.  Stay with me.  Carbquick baking mix is a magical flour that has so much fiber in it, that the net carbs come down to almost nothing.  I don’t even care whats in it… if I can bake (AND EAT) baked goods, I’M IN!

Since I purchased it (off of Amazon; yes, it was expensive, and yes it’s worth it), I have made regular biscuits, pumpkin spice biscuits, and tonight I made apple cinnamon muffins.  I have about 3,000 apples left from apple picking, and I have been creative in using them up, and this was one of those recipes.

I’m not going to bother writing the recipe, because you need the Carbquick product.  If you buy it, follow the muffin recipe, and then I added two apples cut up, and cinnamon.  All of this talk brings me to the most important part.  The nutrition facts.  The batch makes 12 muffins.

Each muffin:

  • Calories- 63
  • Fat- 3.4
  • Net Carbs- 3 (ARE YOU KIDDING ME???)
  • Fiber- 7.3
  • Sugar- 2
  • Protein- 4.2

So, this isn’t the most exciting post, but I had to share that I’m baking again, and I;m so excited.  Who knew there was a whole world of alternative products!?!



I’m All About The Numbers

Ok, so, some people reading this blog have known me for a very long time, and could probably attest to the fact that I am NOT good at math.  I never picked up anything in math class very easily, and when I couldn’t understand something, I usually just let my brain do its thing… and wander some where else.  Like, ‘oh, you can’t do this? Ok. Let’s go on a swirly whirly ride into a daydream’.  This is why I failed at all my math classes.

So, now knowing this about me, I bet you’d be surprised to know that I have become focused- err… obsessed with numbers.  ‘What numbers could she possibly be talking about?’ you may ask.  That would be a very good question!  Nutrition Facts.

I’m not here to bore you with how I carefully read each label, which I do.  I’m also not here to tell you about how I surprise myself with learning how bad the foods are that I previously thought were healthy, which I also do.  No, I’m here to tell you how I sit, sometimes for hours, adding nutrition labels, measuring portions, and analyzing meals that I make at home.

This all started with Turkey Chili.  I made a huge batch.  Enough to feed me probably 10 meals.  While I cooked, I kept a notebook to the side, and jotted down the N.F.’s (this is how we will refer to Nutrition Facts, from here on out) for each and every ingredient.  If I used the whole can of tomatoes, I figured out the facts for the whole can, and wrote that down.  Calories, Fat, Carbohydrates, Sugar, Protein.  Once I had the entire list of ingredients and their N.T.’s, I added them all up.  This gave me the total numbers for my massive batch of Turkey Chili.  When the chili was done cooking, I carefully measured it out by serving size, and then divided those totals by the number of servings that it made.

Since then, I have done this for every single meal I make.  Turkey Chili, Turkey Meatballs,  Bean Salad, Chocolate Protein Balls, Cloud Bread, Cauliflower Pizza, Cauliflower ‘Fried Rice’, Overnight Oats, etc. etc.

Here’s where the obsession begins.  When I figure out the N.F.’s, I immediately start thinking about how I can cut down the calories/fat/carbohydrates… or whatever, by using different ingredients.  That’s when research happens.  My  best example is Overnight Oats.

I thought Overnight Oats would be a good breakfast for me to have, and would be a nice change of pace from a protein shake or eggs.  I used a recipe, adjusted certain things (like not using sugar, and instead, using Truvia), and made the stuff.  When I was finished, I added up the N.P.’s, and realized that it was an INSANE amount of carbohydrates and calories for a 4oz. portion.  Like I didn’t want to waste my time eating this!  Thus began two hours of researching how I could adjust the recipe.  I was adding, scribbling, and crossing things out in my notebook, and ultimately purchasing new food products off of Amazon.

Two days later (what up, Amazon Prime!), I was making my Overnight Oats again.  This time, however, I had managed to cut the calories by half, and the carbohydrates by a third.  Proud of myself doesn’t do this justice.  I was like a kid in a tasty oatmeal shop!

Since then, after I have perfected my recipes, I write down ingredients, brand names of products, and then finally- N.F.’s for each serving on a small index card.  I store these in a little box, tucked away, and I can pull them out anytime, and make the meal, without worrying about doing my math.  Perfection.

So, I’d like to take a moment to give a big shout out to all my math teachers- from Kindergarten to Senior Year.  You did it.  I like my math…  just don’t ask me to start doing any algebra.


This was my latest creation.  My take on Texas Caviar.  This is one of the neatest written logs I have EVER done.  And yes, that’s one of three, of my handy dandy notebooks.