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Low Carb Drinks & Snacks

Après Ski Drinks & Snacks to Warm You Up 

Winter brings with it this innate desire to stay indoors to avoid the frigid cold. You need to fight that urge because the winter is a great time to get outdoors and participate in some fun activities that can keep you in shape and let you spend time with your friends and family.

Part of the experience comes when the activity ends and you get to relax indoors. Whether it’s inside a chalet or at someone’s house, it’s time to warm up with some food or drinks. For those on a low carb diet, you need to find ways to make classic après ski treats that won’t undermine the great workout you just had in the snow.

Let’s gear up for the last leg of winter by looking at the best activities to enjoy with other people. We’ll also explore some popular drinks and snacks with a low carb twist that are delicious and warming.

Fun Winter Activities

There are a lot of reasons to turn off Netflix, throw on a snowsuit (they can be fashionable, don’t worry) and head outdoors. The winter offers a ton of exciting activities that are fun and can get your heart rate up.

Here are some activities that make short winter days more tolerable. Most of these are also a lot of fun for kids.

  • Skating either inside an arena or on an outdoor rink or pond.
  • Downhill or cross-country skiing
  • Tobogganing or sledding
  • Snowshoeing, a fine replacement for people who like to hike in warm weather
  • Ice fishing (only if the ice is safe obviously, March can be hit or miss)
  • Fat-Tyre bike riding
  • Making snowmen or snow forts
  • Football is a great game to play in the snow

These activities aren’t just a reason to have an Irish coffee. They really help pass the time and make sure you stave off cabin fever and atrophy.

Post-Activity Low Carb Snacks and Drinks

Once you’re done hitting the slopes or are tired from skating laps around the pond, it’s time to kick back and warm up. These are some low carb takes on popular winter treats.


Hot Chocolate

Hot chocolate is the go-to for most people after spending time in the cold. This low carb recipe is our favourite as it maintains the sweetness and cocoa flavour while being more nutritious than traditional recipes. The trick is finding the right milk alternative.

To make, combine in a saucepan 1 cup of low carb milk (your choice but we recommend almond milk), 1 tbsp. of cacao or cocoa powder, 1 tbsp erythritol as a sweetener, ¼ tsp. of vanilla extract, and a pinch each of salt and cinnamon.

Stir often as the ingredients melt and mix. Once it’s ready, pour into the desired number of mugs and serve. To add more sweetness or richness, top with a dollop of whipped cream or some shaved chocolate.

Be careful because the additional toppings could increase the carb count.

Slow Cooker Mulled Wine

Warm spices in a slowly cooked red wine is one of winter’s truly great pleasures. With this recipe, you don’t need to slave over a hot stove for an hour. Just pop everything into a slow cooker, turn it on and go enjoy the snow.

Mulled wine is wine cooked with mulling spices like cinnamon, cloves, allspice, nutmeg and sometimes star anise. Think of it as an alcoholic apple cider with more kick to it. You can also make a non-alcoholic version that is still warm and satisfying.

Making low carb mulled wine is simple. Pour a bottle of dry red wine into a slow cooker. Add a whole orange or blood orange with your choice of mulling spices. You can add a low carb sweetener like stevia if you want. Otherwise, give it a good stir. Cook on low for 1 hour, which is long enough for the spices to infuse the wine.

Try using a dry wine as they tend to be lower in carbs. One glass is roughly 1-4g of carbs so it’s okay as long as you don’t indulge too much.

Irish Coffee

Irish coffee is coffee mixed with some Irish whiskey and served with a dollop of cream. You could just make a cup of coffee and splash a shot of whiskey in to but we prefer a more methodical approach to integrate the flavours. Plus, it’s the winter, you have a little time to kill.

In a small saucepan, warm 9 fl. oz. whiskey over medium-low heat, making sure that it doesn’t reach a boil. Stir in your 3 tsp. of sweetener or sugar substitute. Add the mixture to brewed coffee.



Now that your belly is full of a nice warm liquid, it’s time to make some snacks.

Poutine isn’t typically regarded as a healthy snack but here’s keto bacon poutine recipe that’s low carb, hot, gooey and satisfying. This recipe can get a bit complicated so we created a simpler version that takes less time to make. To whip up a hearty batch of Keto Bacon Poutine, do the following:

Over medium-low heat, cook bacon in a skillet for 4-5 minutes. Remove it before it’s crispy and roughly chop. Don’t throw the grease away.

Here’s how you make the gravy. Over low heat, melt butter and simmer until it’s brown and nutty about 3 minutes (make sure you swirl the butter so it doesn’t burn). Add a clove of diced garlic and cook for no longer than 2 minutes. Finely chop some white button mushrooms and add them along with the reserved bacon grease, to the pan with the butter and garlic. Whisk in 1 cup of beef broth and 1 tbsp. of coconut flour and stir until fully incorporated.  Simmer for 5-10 minutes on low heat. Then, remove from the heat and add 1 tsp. of Dijon mustard, 1 tsp. of sea salt and a couple sprigs of thyme. Pour through a strainer so that it’s nice and smooth.

Time to make the wax beans that will act as French fries in the dish. We recommend frying them to mimic the crunch and texture of fries. If you don’t have a deep-fryer, then melt either duck fat or coconut oil in a large skillet depending on how nutritious you want the dish to be. Fry the beans for 4-5 minutes.

Reheat the gravy and start building your dish. Wax beans are the base. Top with cheese curds (or pieces of mozzarella if you want), bacon and, lastly, the gravy. You can garnish with green onions or parsley.  Yum – enjoy!


The last recipe we’re going to look at is nachos—a classic Mexican dish that is guaranteed to please a group of people. This recipe lets you up the cheese factor by using cheddar or parmesan crisps instead of tortilla chips.

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, sprinkle the cheddar cheese in a thin layer in a rectangular shape. Evenly sprinkle some parmesan cheese on top of the cheddar. In a mixing bowl, combine the cumin, garlic powder and chili powder and then dust the cheese with it.

Bake the cheese for 8-10 minutes and then let cool for 10 minutes. With a spatula, remove the cheese from the baking sheet and first cut into strips and then diagonally into triangles. You can broil the triangles for another minute to get them nice and crispy.

Let the chips cool for half an hour and then transfer to a plate. The last step is the best step: completely cover with your favourite toppings like tomatoes, jalapenos, black olives, guacamole, sour cream and chopped green onions.

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Don’t just sit around waiting for spring to arrive. Get outdoors and enjoy the snow while it lasts, and the wonderful activities it offers. Once you’re ready to call it a day, we hope these recipes offer a warm respite from the cold and lets you enjoy your friends and family by a roaring fire.

Before you go, check out our inventory of low carb items. We have tons of products that we’re sure will become new staples in your pantry!

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Sugar Free Zevia Soda

Zevia Soda – Where to Buy in Canada and the Best Flavours

In 2019, there are bountiful options to make adhering to a strict low carb diet easier. People can choose from a variety of delicious bread options and enjoy an array of high calorie and protein-rich meats. Now with Zevia, people can also add soda to the list of safe and satisfying low carb items.

Zevia is a refreshing natural diet soda that has become a popular staple for low carb dieters who don’t want to give up carbonated beverages. Zevia not only helps people stick to a low carb diet by allowing them to enjoy soda, it can also become a key ingredient in some mouth-watering recipes.

Let’s start by introducing you to Zevia and what has made it such an integral part of a healthy low carb lifestyle. We’ll explore where you can buy it and the flavours they offer, including those we stock on a regular basis. Lastly, we’ll share some amazing Zevia-inspired recipes that will spruce up dinner time and any social gathering.

Part of a Low Carb Diet

A proper low carb diet has a high success rate if the person exhibits the right commitment level and knows what they’re doing. The foundation of the diet is an assortment of protein-rich foods, like eggs and beef, while avoiding sugars and starches, which can spike your blood sugar.

Typically, soda is a big no-no when your on a low carb diet as it poses several health risks. For starters, there is a proven correlation between soda consumption and weight gain and obesity. One study suggests that participants who drank regular sodas on top of their current diet consumed significantly more calories and gained more weight than those who did not.

As part of a low carb diet, Zevia’s total carbs range from 0 to 4g depending on the flavour. It is sugar-free, calorie-free and a non-GMO product certified soda that’s made with real ingredients like ginger. It allows people to continue to enjoy that fizzy taste that makes traditional sodas so satisfying.

In addition, Zevia is sugar-free, relying on being naturally sweetened by stevia, which allows it to retain that classic soda taste and to deliver that hit of carbonated sweetness that many crave mid-day, minus the sugar of course!

Zevia is a sparkling and delicious drink that can give you that extra pep before a workout or help get you through the afternoon doldrums (cola flavor contains 45mg of caffeine, all other flavours contain 0mg).

Family of Flavours

Zevia is available in eight different flavors, each one tasting like the classic sodas you grew up with:

Zevia can be purchased at many popular food retailers in Canada, including of course the Low Carb Grocery, where you can find all the flavours. In addition, our online store makes shopping and ordering easy so be sure to browse our inventory of Zevia products.

Recipes Featuring Zevia

Many don’t realize what a great ingredient soda is. It’s frequently used as an ingredient in chicken wings, bbq spareribs, and even mixed in with hamburger to make sweet and moist burgers. The wonderful flavours and real ingredients of Zevia can help enhance your favourite cocktails and some classic meals.

Here are some of our favourite recipes for you to try out and enjoy with your friends and family. Remember, some of these recipes might be high carb but by substituting traditional soda with Zevia and by making some minor tweaks you can ensure it fits into your low carb diet.

For Lunch or Dinner

Cola Burgers

This is a great burger recipe that features cola. Don’t worry that it contains 8.9g of total carbs.  You can easily reduce the carbs while enhancing the flavour by using Zevia, low carb buns like Bakers Deluxe–Dream Hamburger Bun and low carb crackers, or Dixie Diner low carb seasoned breadcrumbs.

Once you have your ingredients, combine 1 egg, ¼ cup of Zevia Cola, a handful of crackers, 6 tbsp. of French dressing, 2 tsp. of parmesan cheese and ¼ tsp. of salt and then mix and shape into six patties. In a separate bowl, combine 4 tbsp. of French dressing with ¼ cup of cola.

Grill the patties for 3 minutes per side. Brush generously with cola mixture and then grill for 8-10 minutes. Serve on a low carb bun and enjoy!

Lemon-Lime Chicken Breast

Here’s a great low carb recipe that takes no time to make and lets you use Zevia Lemon Lime Twist.

In a large Ziploc bag, combine 2 cups of soda, 1 cup of soy sauce, ½ cup of olive oil, ½ tsp. of garlic powder and ½ tsp. of horseradish. Add 6 boneless skinless chicken breasts and mix it around, making sure each is evenly coated. We recommend refrigerating the marinated chicken overnight if possible.

Then, all you must do is grill the chicken over medium-heat for 7-8 minutes per side.

Ginger Ale Baked Ham

With only three ingredients, including Zevia Diet Ginger Ale, you can make a succulent ham dish.

Place a 6-8 lbs. boneless ham in a roasting pan. Next, score it diagonally both ways with a sharp knife creating a diamond pattern on the surface. Pour an entire can of diet ginger ale over the ham and then sprinkle ½ cup of brown sugar ensuring you cover the entire ham. Give it a rub for good measure.

Bake the ham per the package instructions and we recommend serving with a side of low carb vegetables.

Root Beer Float

Root beer floats have been considered a diner classic since the 1950s. A float is a chilled beverage where vanilla ice cream is placed in a soft drink. By using Zevia Root Beer, you can finally include a root beer float in your low carb diet.

To make a float, add as many scoops of vanilla ice cream you want into a tall glass. Pour root beer until the contents reach the glass’ rim. Some recipes like this one from Bobby Flay call for a splash of bourbon but we’ll let you make that call.

Soda Cocktails

Cuba Libre

This classic combination of rum, lime and cola is always a hit at parties!

Mix 2 oz. of rum with 0.5 oz. of lime juice and as much Zevia Cola as you would like depending on how hard you want the drink to be. Stir with a bar spoon and toss a lime wedge in for good measure.


This simple scotch-based cocktail is perfect to enjoy with colleagues after a long day at work.

To make a Presbyterian, add ice cubes to a highball glass. Pour 1-2 shots of scotch and top with Zevia Ginger Ale. Incorporate all the ingredients with a bar spoon. Some like to add a splash of club soda for a different flavour profile.

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Zevia is a refreshing and wonderful alternative to traditional high sugar/carb sodas. Its nutritional value makes it a perfect addition to a low carb diet and carbonated beverage fans will fall in love with Zevia’s flavour.

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Explore Walden Farms Family of Low Carb Products

Walden Farms Canada – Low Carb Products

Despite the rewards of a low carb diet, there’s a school of thought that sacrificing carbs means having to eat unsatisfying meals. Sure, you can enjoy high-caloric foods but you must be careful about what dressing you add to your salad or what fruit spread you choose for your toast. This might not sound like a big deal but shouldn’t you be able to love the food you eat while living a healthier life?

Thanks to Walden Farms Canada people have a wide variety of low carb dressings, sauces and spread options that are sweet, savoury and delicious! Walden Farms even lets you enjoy mayo on your sandwiches, syrup on your pancakes or caramel on your sundaes.

Let’s review this wonderful family of low carb, no calorie and fat free products. For those who have never heard of Walden Farms, we’ll introduce you to this company and their mission. Then, we’ll explore the best sauces, dressings and spreads that we regularly carry and that our customers love. Finally, we’ll share some recipes that feature a Walden Farm product that you’ll definitely want to try!

Who is Walden Farms?

Since 1972, Walden Farms health foods have been one of the most popular brands, due in part to their high standard of quality and innovative recipes that puts health first without sacrificing taste. They were one of the first health food manufacturers to bring salad dressings with no fat or calories to the market. Overall, it’s been their mission to help people control their calorie, carbs and fat intake that has made them such a success.

Popular Sauces

Walden Farms has so many amazing products that we could write a novel gushing about each one. Instead, here are our favourites and judging by stock levels, the ones that are most popular with our customers!

Barbecue Sauce

Barbecue sauce is a condiment staple and anyone who loves ribs, brisket or pulled pork knows how essential it is, and no making your own homemade BBQ sauce won’t solve the carb conundrum. Luckily, Walden Farms has a low carb barbecue sauce made with natural flavours, fresh herbs and spices and triple filtered purified water. Best of all, you can enjoy without feeling any guilt since they’re free of calories, sugar, fat, cholesterol and, of course, carbs.

Enjoy with a variety of protein and it’s a perfect sauce for slow cooking things like ribs and pork belly. Available in original flavour, thick and spicy, honey barbecue and hickory smoked.


Let’s end the eternal debate about ketchup. It doesn’t belong on eggs! Besides that, ketchup is an essential condiment beloved by people of all ages. No hot dog or hamburger is complete without it, which is why Walden Farms has a ketchup perfect for your low carb diet.

And remember when we mentioned homemade barbecue sauces? If you want to go the DIY route, be sure to use this ketchup as the base to keep the carbs in check.

Pasta Sauces

Walden Farms offers three kinds of pasta sauces: alfredo, tomato basil and garlic and herb. Each is bursting with flavour and tastes authentically Italian.

The Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce was developed from an old-world recipe and made with ripe tomatoes, minced garlic, chopped onion, sea salt and ground herbs like oregano, parsley, rosemary and fresh basil.

The Classic Alfredo is made with parmesan cheese, romano cheese and sour cream flavours in addition to a melange of fresh herbs and spices. It’s creamy and peppery and perfect with fettucine or penne.

Garlic and Herb offers a balance of sharp garlic and sweet chopped onion. Perfect for your favourite shrimp scampi recipe or to add to your chicken stir fry. We also recommend it on lightly baked asparagus.

Salad Dressings

Here are two wonderful dressings to compliment your favourite salads.

Asian Dressing

Aged vinegar make this Asian dressing chockful of umami. You can add it to a garden salad or kick up your side vegetables a notch by mixing them with a tablespoon of this Walden Farms favourite.

Also available in convenient single serving packets so you can take it to work with you.

Bacon Ranch Dressing

Grab some baby carrots and crisp celery and dunk them into a bowl of this cool, creamy ranch dressing with smoky bacon flavour. It’s perfect for people on low carb diets who want to enjoy a healthy midday or late night snack.

Low Carb Spreads

Whether for breakfast, brunch or as a snack, these spreads will elevate any piece of toast or fruit.

Apple Butter Spread

Apple butter is a wonderful flavour to add to your favourite low carb bread or muffin. It has a touch of sweetness and a bit of tartness just like a ripe apple. A popular way to prepare this product is to heat it for a few seconds in the microwave. You can then pour it into a hot cereal or oatmeal.

Apricot Fruit Spread

This simple spread tastes like apricots and should replace all your sugary preserves. It’s smooth and delicious without containing any gluten. It’s also kosher.

We recommend heating it for a few seconds and creating a fruit dip or a warm sauce to pour over your omelette.

Chocolate Peanut Spread

Forget Nutella with its 37g of fat, 200 calories and high amount of carbs per two tablespoons. This chocolate peanut spread doesn’t contain hazelnuts but it has a distinct Reese’s Pieces feel to it. It’s a savoury spread for toast and is also sweet enough to add to fruit for a nice dessert.

Walden Farms Low Carb Inspired Recipes

Here are some interesting recipes to try that incorporate Walden Farm ingredients.

Keto Peanut Butter Chocolate Muffins

These keto friendly muffins are easy to make and can be even more keto-friendly by substituting peanut butter and chocolate chips with Walden Farms Chocolate Peanut Spread.

You can make six fluffy muffins by combining almond flour, ½ cup of monk fruit, 1 tsp of baking powder and a pinch of salt. Add ½ cup of the spread and 1/3 cup of almond milk to the mixture. Fully incorporate 2 large eggs individually.

Oil a muffin tin and add the batter. Bake for 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. You want to start watching the muffins around the 20-minute mark as all ovens are different. Once they are a golden colour you can test by placing a wooden toothpick in the middle. When it comes out clean, they are ready to go.

Slow Cooker Ribs

To make a perfect rack of ribs, we recommend using a slow cooker and Walden Farms’ Barbecue Sauce for taste and to reduce the carbs.

Mix the barbecue sauce with Worcestershire sauce, garlic, brown sugar and some cayenne to add a little heat. Remove the silver skin from the back of the ribs with a knife or fork and then brush them with the mixture until they are smothered. Pour the remaining sauce over the ribs once they are in the slow cooker.

For ribs that are so tender they fall off the bone, cook for nine hours on low or four to five hours on high.

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If your looking to order delectable, low carb Walden Farms items, and prefer to order from a Canadian company, then browse our selection of Walden Farms products today!

Now that you know about Walden Farms be sure to check out all their wonderful sauces, dressings and spreads. Additionally, we hope you’ll try one of the recipes offered in this article!

Keto Friendly Low Carb Recipes

New Year, New Recipes – 10 Unbelievable Low Carb, Keto Friendly Recipes

The start of a new year is a great time to cut carbs from your diet and to adopt healthier eating habits. If the goal is to lose weight and achieve that amazing summer body, then don’t put it off.

The first step is to replace old recipes with new low carb ones. To make sure this new lifestyle sticks, you need meals that are delicious, protein-rich and don’t skimp on the calories. But just grilling a steak to pair with baked asparagus won’t do the trick. You need meals that are unique and intriguing, ones that you’ll want to make every week.

Let’s start by introducing you to ten low carb and keto-friendly recipes that we know you’ll love. They are easy to make (we promise) and many use ingredients that we regularly stock.

Low Carb Recipes

Bacon-Wrapped Halloumi

You probably stopped reading after bacon-wrapped but that would be a mistake. Halloumi is salty Greek cheese that is low in fat so it can be nicely fried without melting. To make this meal—which is great for lunch or dinner—simply cut a brick of Halloumi into eight pieces. Wrap a slice of bacon around each piece and place on a baking sheet. Bake for 10-15 minutes.

You can heat some Walden Farms Bacon Dip to drizzle on top.

Flank Steak with Mushroom Salad and Sesame Mayo

Flank steak is an inexpensive cut of beef that when cooked right is tender and flavourful. Fans of flank steak or those curious to try will love this recipe.

To start, mix soy sauce, sambal and vinegar. Slice a red onion and a handful of your favourite mushrooms as thin as possible, and slice a cabbage slightly thicker. Add the vegetables to the dressing and let it marinade.

Place the steak in a Ziploc bag with 2 tbsp of olive oil and mix so that the steak gets covered. Remove it from the bag, sprinkle salt and pepper on both sides, and grill or sauté until it reaches your preferred doneness.

Make a sesame mayo by combining in a small bowl, ¾ cup of mayo, finely chopped chives, 1 tbsp of sesame seeds, 1 tbsp of sesame oil and then salt and pepper to taste.

Grilled Lobster Tail with Tarragon Butter

We know this recipe is too decadent and costly to eat every week but there’s no harm in treating yourself when the mood strikes.

To make this you’ll need fresh tarragon, two garlic cloves, ½ tsp of tabasco, sea salt, pepper, 1 tsp of olive oil, two lobster tails and 1 oz. of parmesan or pecorino. Don’t worry if you’ve never made lobster before. While you need to be careful with any expensive shellfish, it’s not complicated to cook.

Start by making the butter. To do this, combine butter, tarragon, garlic and tabasco and then sprinkle with sea salt to taste.

To prepare the lobster, separate each tail lengthwise and remove the intestines and stomach. Gently spread some tarragon button on the meat and place it on a grill flesh-side down. Grill for 2-3 minutes but remember that the cook time is based on the size of the lobster. Serve with parmesan and the rest of the tarragon butter on the side.

Broccoli Cheddar Soup

In only a few steps, you can have a hearty and cheesy soup to enjoy!

Take 20 oz. of broccoli and remove the florets from the stalk and chop both parts. Heat 1 tbsp of olive oil with 1/3 butter in a large pot. Once the butter is melted, add roughly chopped onion and the broccoli stalks. Cook on medium until they turn golden brown. Add 3 chopped garlic cloves and season with ½ tsp of salt, ¼ tsp of ground pepper, ½ tsp of paprika and a pinch of cayenne. Stir and cook for one minute.

The next step is to add the 2 cups of chicken broth and cover and cook for another five minutes. Place the cooked vegetables in a food processor and pulse. Slowly add the broth, allowing it to emulsify. Eventually, it will reach a creamy consistency.

Heat more butter and the broccoli florets in the same pot. Add the soup into the pot using a colander. This will make it silky smooth. Allow it to come to a boil and simmer. Finally, add 2/3 cup of heavy whipping cream and 3 oz. of cheddar cheese.

Once the cheese is melted, it’s ready to be enjoyed.

Taco Tomatoes

This recipe is quick, easy and yummy.

Heat oil in a skillet over medium. Cook onion for 5 minutes until it’s soft. Add ground beef and taco seasoning. Cook for 8 minutes and then drain the fat. Next, slice tomatoes into 6 wedges without cutting all the way through and fan the tomatoes to create an opening.

Spoon the meat evenly into the tomatoes and then top with your favourite taco add-ons like sour cream, guacamole and cheese.

Keto Specific Recipes

Here are some recipes designed specifically for those on a keto diet.

Caprese Zoodles

This is a fun recipe for vegetarians looking to eat less carbs. Gather the following: 4 large zucchinis, 2 tbsp of olive oil, kosher salt, ground pepper, 2 cups of cherry tomatoes, 1 cup of mozzarella, ¼ cup of fresh basil and 2 tbsp of balsamic vinegar.

Cut the zucchini into thin strips or use a spiralizer if you have one. Toss the zucchini with the olive oil and salt and pepper and let sit for 15-20 minutes. Add tomatoes, quartered mozzarella and basil and then mix. Splash with some balsamic and serve!

Basic Keto Cheese Crisps

This recipe makes a perfect snack to put out for guests. All you need is 1 cup of cheddar cheese.

Separate the cheddar cheese in 24 small piles on a prepared baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 6-7 minutes and then let cool for up to 10 minutes before plating.

Sheet Pan Ratatouille

Whether you’re a vegetarian or looking for a French-inspired side dish, this ratatouille is perfect. You can use whatever vegetables you like but we recommend: 1 large eggplant, 2 zucchinis, 2 heirloom tomatoes, 1 red onion, 1 bell pepper and 4 cloves of garlic.

To begin, line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the vegetables and garlic in a single layer. Drizzle with olive oil, rosemary, salt, pepper and toss until the vegetables are well coated. Roast at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes. Lastly, mix and roast for another 12 minutes at 300 degrees.

Pour some balsamic vinegar on top for tartness and serve!

Crème Brulee

This elegant crème brulee is a wonderful ending to any keto-friendly meal.

Whisk together 4 egg yolks with 1 tsp of vanilla extract. In a saucepan, add 2 cups of heavy cream and 1 tbsp of sweetener (use a low-calorie brand like Swerve). Whisk as it simmers and then remove from heat. Add the yolk slowly, whisking the entire time.

Divide the mixture into four ramekins and place in a glass baking dish that’s filled with enough water so that 1 inch of the ramekins are submerged. Bake at 325 degrees Fahrenheit on the middle rack for 30 minutes.

Finally, place 1 tbsp of sweetener over each crème brulee. Then use a kitchen torch to melt the sweetener until it’s a gorgeous golden brown.

Low Carb Spaghetti/Pasta Sauce

Enjoy this easy and flavourful tomato sauce that’s perfect with any low carb pasta or pasta substitute like zucchini ribbons.

How simple is this recipe? All you must do is blend one can of peeled plum tomatoes with olive oil until smooth. Add garlic, basil, oregano and pepper and mix until well combined. Simmer until it’s hot and the ingredients have combined and the flavours have mingled.

We recommend making a big batch and freezing it in individual packets.

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These recipes are sure to wow your taste buds and those of your family, friends and guests. By finding low carb and keto-inspired recipes that you enjoy, you stand a better chance of reaping the benefits that come with these healthy lifestyles.

Browse all the low carb products, or check out our new keto products. You can also browse all the great low carb recipes we’ve covered in the past.

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Replace Sugar With Swerve Sweetener

Bring Sweetness Back to Your Low Carb or Keto Diet with the Great Taste of Swerve Artificial Sweetener

One of the first things you learn on the low carb diet is just how widespread sugar is in the lifestyle of the average Canadian. Once you start looking a bit more closely at the ingredients in many of the common products we buy every day at grocery stores, you start to discover all kinds of hidden sugars that you may never have known were there.

Cooking and baking can also be a challenge for many low carb and keto dieters when you need to start using alternative sweeteners in place of sugar. Often, we will find that the sugar substitutes that are available require different measurements than regular sugar due to their stronger sweetening ability, making recipe conversions a bit tricky. After all, you don’t want things too sweet, or not sweet enough, so this can be a source of frustration.

In addition, many sugar substitutes can have a slightly different flavour than normal sugar, which has the effect of altering the taste of recipes in ways you may not have anticipated. We know that you want your recipes to taste the way you expect, or even better of course, so the search for the perfect sugar alternative is of utmost importance for low carb and keto dieters. Fortunately, Swerve is a sugar replacement that helps to solve both of those common situations.

What is Swerve made of?

For starters, it’s important to know that Swerve isn’t some artificial concoction of chemicals. Its ingredients are all natural and come from a selection of fruits and starchy root vegetables. There are no artificial flavours or preservatives to be found in the Swerve ingredient list, which is definitely a plus.

How do they make Swerve?

The process to making Swerve is actually quite simple. It begins with raw, non-GMO materials from which natural sugar, in this case glucose, are extracted. From there, the raw sugars are fermented with a natural microorganism in special tanks which creates erythritol, one of the most well-known low-calorie sweeteners.

It doesn’t stop there, however. The next step in making Swerve is to add special enzymes to the starchy root vegetables which begins a process to create oligosaccharides. These are created as the starch is broken down by the enzymes. Finally, the erythritol and oligosaccharides are blended together and a touch of natural citrus flavour is added to complete the process.

What are the advantages of Swerve over other alternative sweeteners?

In addition to being all-natural, Swerve has the added benefits of being a perfect one-to-one substitute for regular sugar. You won’t need to break out the calculator if you’re cooking with Swerve. 1 cup is still 1 cup, each and every time.

Swerve’s unique set of ingredients also means that it doesn’t have the bitter aftertaste that many people notice with some other alternative sweeteners. Swerve has a very natural sweetness to it. In addition, it’s got the added benefit of being able to brown and caramelize, just like regular sugar. Not all sugar alternatives have that ability, so it’s certainly nice to know that you won’t need to keep multiple different sweeteners on hand just for different kinds of cooking.

Speaking of cooking with Swerve, we think it’s about time that we showed you just how versatile this excellent low carb sweetener is, don’t you?

Delicious Low Carb Recipes that use Swerve Sweetener

We’ve gathered up a selection of delectable low carb recipes that are right from the makers of Swerve. We’re sure that once you’ve given these dishes a try, you’ll be a true Swerve believer!

Brown Swerve and Mustard Glazed Ham

This wonderful way to prepare ham puts a low carb spin on a classic method. The saltiness of the ham goes wonderfully well with a sweet glaze, and with Swerve you can get all the same great taste without all the unnecessary carbs. Combined with the bold taste of prepared mustard, this is a delicious meal that’s easy to prepare and will always be a hit with the whole family.

Almond Joy Chia Seed Pudding

You simply have to try this incredible sweet creation! Bringing together flavours of coconut, almonds, chocolate, and vanilla, Swerve makes this a totally guilt-free way to enjoy a decadent dessert or indulgent snack. Plus, it’s got the added boost of Chia seeds for extra nutrition. Yum!

Classic Margarita

What would any list of recipes be without a tasty beverage to enjoy? And there are few drinks that are as easy to enjoy as a margarita! This refreshing cocktail is famous for its incredible combination of flavours, and now you can make it perfectly suitable for the low carb lifestyle by using Swerve as a sweetener instead of regular sugar. Time to start cutting up some limes!

Where can I get Swerve sweetener products?

If you’re interested in trying Swerve for yourself, you can get yours today right here at The Low Carb Grocery. Swerve Sweetener products come in granular by the bag, or in convenient single-serve packets, as well as icing sugar format for baking and confections.

Finding a great-tasting sweetener that works with the low carb diet and the keto diet, and has the added benefit of measuring 1-1 with regular sugar used to be a challenge. But with Swerve, those days are long gone. Give it a try today, and we’re confident that you’ll agree!

low carb breads where to buy

Low Carb Bread – Where To Buy?

The #1 place to buy low carb bread in Canada!

In recent years, low carb bread has become nothing less than desirable for everyone – regardless of diet. As a new study shows, low carb bread is so healthy, it can even diminish some risks of diabetes by helping to manage sugar levels! See this 2020 report from Diabetes Canada, to learn more about the proven benefits of a low carb diet.

Whether you’re ready to give it a try, or you’re a veteran, you’re in the right place. Bread is such an essential part of our daily lives, often a key component of all meals from breakfast to dinner, so then why is it so hard to find? Well, not anymore! The Low Carb Grocery has Canada’s widest selection of low carb bread, all in one place! Keep reading this article for a full breakdown of the best low carb breads in Canada, or click here for our complete catalogue of low carb breads pitas and wraps, and here for our wide selection of low carb bagels, buns and rolls!

Best Selling Low Carb Bread

The general rule of thumb with low carb bread is that most loaves will carry approximately 1g net carb per slice. This means, even if the nutritional label states 3g carb per slice with 2g fibre, you may subtract the 2g fibre (if you’re carb counting) because dietary fibre is not digested by the body – and therefore not stored in your body, which means it does not need to be burned with exercise. This is why fibre is notoriously known for helping with digestive aid.

Below is a list of our favourite low carb breads. Reminder, also these make for awesome low carb bread crumbs!

  • Bakers Deluxe
    • Bakers Deluxe bread tastes like your favourite regular bread, and toasts well. You can enjoy a variety of flavours, including plain, pumpernickelrye with caraway seeds, super flax and more!. The carb intake may vary per flavour, but in almost every scenario, you will find that for 1 slice of bread or for 1 bagel, each will consist of only 1g net carbs per slice (with a ton of dietary fibre)! Bakers Deluxe breads reach this low carb threshold by eliminating traditional low-quality wheat and replacing it with high-quality flaxseed meal, wheat protein isolate and other high-quality ingredients blended together to form the best quality breads, buns and rolls.

  • Chompie’s
    • One of the fastest-growing low carb breads to hit the market, Chompie’s story begins at a full-serve deli restaurant in Arizona, where their tasteful low carb bread success had no choice but to transition to the grocery market!
    • Today, Chompie’s is known as a fan favourite with great taste and only 1g net carb per slice. Try Chompie’s sesame bread today!

  • Dimpflmeier – Power Slice Bread
    • Formerly called Carb Smart Bread, Dimpflmeier is baked using artesian water, giving it the best flavour that nature can provide. Each slice boasts a huge 15g of protein, yet only a small 1g net carb per slice (with 3g fibre).

  • Slice of Life
    • This low cab bread is high in fibre and protein, gluten-free and jam-packed with crushed walnuts, flax and tasty pumpkin seeds! With all the benefits of nuts & seeds and fibre, slice of life bread is still delivering a very low 1.5g net carb sper slice! So, you get all the healthy benefits of good fats mixed right inside your guilt-free bread. That’s a win-win scenario!
    • Slice of Life is also available in cinnamon raisin.
    • Gluten-Free choice.

Again, these are only our top picks! Be sure to see our complete catalogue of low carb breads, pitas and wraps, and our complete catalogue of bagels, buns & rolls. Since each bread is baked with some alteration to the next, we strongly recommend trying a few brands to find your favourite – even if you love your first choice!

Why Buy Low Carb Instead of “Regular” Bread?

Everyone loves bread. We had to say it! Whether it’s a simple peanut butter and jelly sandwich or a complex crostini on top of a French onion soup, bread always finds a way into our western daily lives. The fact is, the most popular bread in many homes is your traditional white bread (and you probably know which brand we’re talking about, too)! The issue is that this bread is completely loaded with sugar and in many cases can contain over 20g net carbs per slice!!! Not only does regular bread work against your weight loss goals, but it also spikes blood sugar, which is not good for sustainable energy levels throughout the day.

See this 2015 article from Everyday Health to learn about 5 reasons to skip white bread for good!

In some cases, white bread manufacturers are aware of their stripped nutrients and will opt-in for an enriched flour. This helps diminish a portion of their bad reputation in the sense that vitamin B and iron have been added back to the bread, but it still pales in comparison to the nutritional benefits of the highest quality ingredients blended together to form our recommendations above. Plus, brands like Slice of Life, who use almond flour get the best of both worlds; being flavourful & healthy and gluten-free!

Plus, the lack of fibre and protein in white bread also makes it rapidly absorbed by your body during digestion. Don’t be surprised if you feel fuller for longer if you choose from our bread options! White bread should be avoided and replaced with brands that use nutritious oats, grains, seeds or a blend of all three.

Where to Buy Low Carb Bread

Large grocery and big box stores are not doing enough to meet the health needs of consumers. The next time you’re shopping for groceries, try going through the bread section to find a low carb bread option. In most cases, it’s either not there, or it’s tucked away in a corner or in an area where you wouldn’t normally look for bread.

Even if you luck out and find a loaf in your local store, it may have been sitting around for a while, or may not be a reputable brand. We know it may feel a little weird at first, but for your health, we strongly suggest taking a look at our online inventory if none of our store locations are near you. If you have any questions, we do our best to respond quickly on Facebook and Instagram, as well by email at [email protected]. Our shipping is Canada-wide!

The Low Carb Grocery Inventory

At the Low Carb Grocery, we carry Canada’s widest selection of low carb and sugar-free foods. Here, we touched on low carb breads, but please visit our entire low carb lifestyle catalogue of blogs to learn about all the best and up-to-date health food trends. A honourable mention to our recommendations above is UnBun Foods. They offer a low carb and gluten-free variety of buns, baguettes and pizza crusts. They also have a plant-based keto bun for strict vegan dieters! A few more honourable mentions are Mama Lupe’s Tortillas, Joseph’s pitas and wraps, Flatout flatbreads, and Nuco coconut wraps. All of these products allow people on a low carb diet to enjoy tacos, burritos, pizzas, flatbreads, hamburgers, hot dogs and all of the best meals we love to eat!

Shop our Store Today!

Whether you’re new to low carb eating or a seasoned pro, you should always have the option to eat healthy breads that avoid sugar and carbs. The Low Carb Grocery is ready and knowledgeable to help you make that transition!

We also carry an extensive stock of crispbreads, pitas, and tortilla chips. Our mission is to make it easy for you to find and enjoy the best low carb products without any sacrifices. We follow a very strict procedure before bringing anything into our stores and online catalogue.

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