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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.

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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.

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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!

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Low Carb Bread – Where To Buy?

Low Carb Bread: Where to Buy in Canada?

Low carb bread has become something of a white whale for people who are doing their best to remove as many carbs as possible from their diet. Bread is such an essential part of people’s daily life, often a key component of breakfast, lunch, dinner and even snack time. Because of our reliance on bread, it’s tough to simply say goodbye or settle for subpar substitutes like rice cakes. Making matters worse is that many grocery stores only carry a limited inventory or nothing at all.

After searching most grocery or big box stores for low carb bread, you might be shocked to discover how few carry even one brand for you to buy. It’s frustrating and might make you feel like giving up is the only choice. Don’t fret, we can help narrow your search and let you know where in Canada (and online) you can purchase low carb breads. This way, you can keep making some of your favourite meals or enjoy a crunchy piece of toast in the morning.

Let’s start by reviewing the best low carb breads you should try and then look at where you can buy it in Canada. Additionally, we’ll explore the health risks associated with white bread and why low carb is such a healthier alternative regardless of the diet you’re on (or not on).

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Popular Brands

Before learning what stores carry low carb breads you need to discover which brands are worth checking out. These brands are popular, even beloved, by people on strict low carb diets.

Here are some brands that we recommend for regular staples such as toast, croutons, for your favourite grilled cheese sandwich recipes, or with fried or poached eggs.

  • Bakers Deluxe Dream Bread
    • Bakers Deluxe Dream Bread tastes like your favourite regular bread, and toasts well. You can enjoy a variety of flavours, including plain, pumpernickel and rye with caraway seeds. The carb intake varies per type of bread. For instance, the plain variety contains 18g total carbs per two slices. Best of all, each is delicious, complete with that signature crunch while providing a good source of protein and fibre.
  • Chompie’s Bread
    • Chompie’s is a newer brand on the market and so far, people are loving it’s taste and nutritional value. It contains only 3g total carbs, which breaks down as 2g of fibre and 1g net carbs per slice. Try either multigrain or sesame.
  • Dimpflmeier – Power Slice Bread
    • Formerly named Carb Smart Bread, Dimpflmeier is baked using artesian water giving customers the best flavour that nature can provide. It contains 15g of protein and only 4g total carbs (3g fibre and only 1 net carb) per slice.
  • 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. Only 7g total carbs (3g net carbs) per two slices so you can enjoy it guilt-free as part of a healthy, balanced diet. It is also available in cinnamon raisin.

We recommend trying each to decide which one you like the best. You might be surprised to find that you like more than one brand, which is fine as bread freezes well, so go ahead and order several loaves of your favourites.

The Downside to “Regular” Bread

Pretty much everyone loves bread. Whether it’s part of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich or a crostini on top of a French onion soup, it’s become ingrained into most people’s diets, for better or worse. The most popular type of bread is white bread, which is unfortunate because it has several very unhealthy properties.

First of all, white bread contains next to nothing with respect to nutritional value. It’s primarily made with refined white flour. During the refining process, layers are removed, which strips away much of the fibre and protein leaving behind starch as a primary ingredient.

Some white breads contain enriched flour. This is a positive in the sense that vitamin B and iron have been added back into the bread but it still pales in comparison to the nutrition of other breads, including most low carb bread options.

A lack of fibre and protein makes white bread rapidly absorbed during digestion. This can spike blood sugar levels and lead to sudden crashes. A side effect of this is irritability and digestive issues.

There are some severe health risks associated with white bread, mainly that it can increase someone’s odds of developing type-2 diabetes. This is due to white bread’s ability to increase blood sugar levels. When this happens, excess insulin is released, pushing sugar into the cells. If this happens regularly, cells can grow a resistance to insulin, which potentially make it more difficult for the body to control blood sugar levels.

White bread should be avoided and replaced with brands who 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 bread consumers. The next time you’re shopping for groceries go through the bread section and try to find low carb bread. We’ve visited them all recently and couldn’t find a single low carb bread brand at any of the most popular grocery or big box stores in Ontario.

Every store has their own unique inventory, so you should call or check out individual stores to see if they carry low carb bread. If you live in a rural area that only has one or two grocery stores, your options are to order your low carb bread online, or ask the store manager if ordering low carb bread is a possibility.

When all else fails, it’s time to start browsing virtual shelves.

The Low Carb Grocery Inventory

At the Low Carb Grocery, we carry many of the low carb breads including Bakers Deluxe, Chompie’s, Dimpflmeier Bakery and Slice of Life. And if you’re looking for bagels or buns, there’s UnBun (Keto Buns), Smart Bun. There’s also Mama Lupe’s, Joseph’s, Flatout and Nuco (Coconut wraps) for wrap lovers. These bread products allow people on low carb diets to enjoy tacos, burritos or their favourite flatbread concoctions.

People love these low carb brands not only because they fit seamlessly into their diets but because they taste great and offer other nutritional value like fibre and protein. Often, people choose them over regular bread because the difference in taste is minimal, while the health benefits are huge. Additionally, many of these breads are gluten free.

We also carry an extensive stock of crispbreads, pitas, and tortilla chips. The goal is to make it easy for you to find and enjoy bread products without the guilt and unhealthy properties of carbs.

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If you are new to low carb eating or a seasoned pro, you should be provided with bread options that won’t make you miss carbs.  The Low Carb Grocery helps close the gap in the market created by grocery or big box stores that don’t offer low carb bread products.

Browse our great selection of low carb bread, bagels and wraps. We’re sure you’ll find something that you’ll fall in love with!

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Getting Started With The Keto Diet

How to Get Started on Keto?

A keto diet is essentially a low carb diet that allows followers to enjoy high-caloric meals, proteins and many sweet treats. While it has been wildly popular for years, many people are still wary about trying it because they don’t know where to start, including what products to buy and which to avoid. Information is key to developing a meal plan and fitness routine that will help you achieve your health goals.

That’s why we’re here to help. As low carb experts, we can point you in the right direction and set you on the proper path to ensure your keto diet works for you. So, let’s explore the keto basics and some proven tips to get you started. Then, we’ll introduce you to ten of the best low carb products we carry so you can start making delicious meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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Keto Diet: A Beginner’s Guide

There’s no big difference between a keto diet and your standard low carb diet. Keto is short for ketogenic, which refers to the liver producing ketones to be used as energy instead of glucose and insulin. By using this type of energy, your body must change how fat is stored.

Eating less carbs results in your body entering a state of ketosis, forcing it into a metabolic state where it burns fat more efficiently.

Get Started

Starting a keto diet is easier than you think. Here are the initial steps you should take and you can use this keto calculator to tailor a plan to your specific body and goals.

  • Restrict your carbs to the appropriate amount.
    • Here is a handy per day guideline to build your diet around:
      • 100-150 grams for weight maintenance.
      • 50-100 grams for steady weight loss
      • Under 50 grams for fast weight loss (for this level you must restrict fruit intake in addition to other dietary requirements).
    • Restrict your protein intake.
      • This might sound counter intuitive since you might have chosen a keto diet because it allows you to indulge in protein guilt-free. While keto is protein-friendly, you still need to be conscious of your daily intake. If your goal is weight loss, most recommend eating between 0.6g and 0.8g of protein per pound of lean body mass.
    • Stop stressing about fat
      • Your body needs fat as a main energy source so don’t avoid it. Starvation will undermine your efforts on this diet.
    • Drink water
      • Do your best to drink a gallon of water a day. A bonus is that by drinking enough water you can control your hunger levels.
    • Stop snacking
      • Sorry, but snacking is never good because it leads to insulin spikes. Enjoy your meals and try to eliminate snacking.
    • Start exercising 20-30 minutes a day
      • Regular exercise will help you experience more positive results as soon as possible. The type of exercise can be as low impact as a long walk every day.

Keto-friendly Products

While there are thousands of keto-friendly products, we want to offer a sampling of ten that our customers love and that we regularly stock.

Mama Lupe’s Tortilla 10 pack

These tortillas will help you keep Mexican night alive in your new low carb household. Mama Lupe’s come in a resealable pack that keeps them fresh for a long time. Perfect for tacos, burritos or tostados. Be sure to use low carb vegetables and we recommend enjoying with this delicious salsa verde.

UnBun Paleo Bread

To get started on a keto diet, you will need to find a bun to replace those high in carbs. Made with almonds, coconut, flax, psyllium, egg white, salt, apple cider vinegar and paleo-friendly baking soda/powder. Trust us when we say that it tastes like your favourite fluffy bread even though it’s low carb, gluten-free and grain-free.

Bayer – Ketostix – Reagent Strips for Urinalysis

This product is often overlooked by those beginning a keto diet. These strips test your urine for ketones. They’re easy to use. All you must do is dip a strip into your sample. The colour changes if ketones are detected.

Kalifornia Keto – Peanut Butter Cookie Mix

This wonderful peanut butter mix will let you stick to your keto diet while you indulge in soft and gooey cookies. In only 20 minutes you will be enjoying simple and delicious baked goods.  This is one that your family will also love!

Kalifornia Keto – Pumpkin Spice Cookie Mix

Like a Pavlovian response, when October arrives we suddenly crave pumpkin spice. This pumpkin spice cookie mix bakes your favourite fall flavour into chewy cookies. It only takes 15 minutes to whip up a batch.

ChocZero Keto Bark Chocolates

Sweetened with monk fruit, this chocolate bar is low carb and high in fiber. The cacao is stone ground to bring out all its amazing natural flavours. Each salty bite makes stopping next to impossible but don’t worry about stopping. There’s no guilt with this healthy treat.

Frito Lay Canada – Baken-Ets Pork Rinds

Frito-Lay isn’t usually associated with low carb snacks but they offer some delightful treats that will replace salty, greasy potato chips while you watch the big game. With a satisfying crunch and notes of smoky bacon, you’ll definitely want to add these pork rinds to your keto diet.

The Low Carb Chef –  Paleo, Keto, Pasture Chicken Quiche

Fans of quiches will love this low carb version made with Portobello mushrooms and maca root. It’s perfect for brunches where you want to impress guests. The entire quiche only has 5 net carbs and contains 28g of protein.

Miracle Noodles

Miracle Noodles are truly a miracle not only because they taste like regular high-carb pasta but because they reduce the glycemic index of your meal to help you feel full faster. You can eat less carbs and control portions at the same time. Pretty good, right?

Choose from ziti noodles, spinach angel hair, fettuccine, organic spaghetti, garlic and herb fettuccine, angel hair, capellini and rice substitute.

Smartbun Zero carb buns

These buns will help you get started on your keto diet by letting you enjoy hamburgers and hearty breakfast sandwiches. With a minute 72 calories per bun and 10 grams of protein, these buns can help you meet your daily fiber and Omega-3 fatty acids requirements.

Tips to Stay on Track

Starting a keto diet is tough but so is making it a part of your life. Here are a few tips to help you stay on track.

  • Substitute cooking oils with coconut oil because it contains fats that helps your body get into ketosis.
  • Exercise weekly. Physical activity can also stimulate ketosis and make your diet more efficient and effective.
  • Try a short fast from time to time. Since some people go into ketosis in between meals, safely fasting for a short period can induce ketosis. Be sure to consult your doctor about any fast to make sure you do it in a healthy manner.

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At the Low Carb Grocery, we offer a wide selection of products so you can experience the benefits of a keto diet and enjoy a healthy lifestyle. We carry the best brands and you’ll find a ton of options to fill your fridge and pantry so you can make amazing meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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Carbquik – Low Carb Biscuits & Baking Mix

What is Carbquik?

When you commit to a low carb diet, the belief is that you must throw out your baking mixes and say goodbye to comfort food like pancakes, biscuits, pizza and any food that involves dough. Therefore, Carbquik is a low carb game changer. It’s a baking mix that doesn’t sacrifice nutrition for quality and allows you to make some of the best baked treats around.

Let’s explore what makes Carbquik a worthy new staple to your pantry and look at some amazing recipes that you, your family, friends and any dinner guests will love.

What Makes Carbquik Nutritious?

Carbquik contains only 16g of carbs per 32g of dry mix in addition to 6g of fat, 110 calories, 1g of saturated fat and a whopping 14g of fibre. It’s tailor-made for the keto or Atkins diet and even helps people stick to their diet by offering delicious alternative to traditional low carb food.

It is the perfect pantry addition allowing you to create delicious comfort food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We would recommend keeping a box or two on hand as it opens a ton of possibilities when you’re running late and need to get food on the table.

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Here are some delicious recipes featuring Carbquik that you should include as part of your low carb meal planning. Remember to combine with other low carb ingredients with Carbquik so that you don’t undermine the overall number of carbs per meal. This means choosing the right vegetables and meats.


Carbquik helps you make fluffy pancakes without any additional cooking time. To make the batter, combine 2 cups of Carbquik mix, ¾ cup of half-and-half, 1 stick of melted butter, 1 beaten egg and 2 tbsp of water. You can add more water if the batter is too dense and be careful not to overmix.

Next, ladle equal portions onto an oiled griddle or pan and cook at medium high heat. When bubbles form and the edges are cooked, flip the pancake over and cook for a bit longer until the batter solidifies.

Add maple syrup, chocolate chips, whipped cream or your favourite berries or fruit and then dig in. 

McGriddle-style Pancake Sandwich

Most people don’t equate McDonald’s with any kind of diet, and they’re right. With Carbquik you can create your very own McGriddle sandwich which rivals what any fast food chain sells.

To create, mix the Carbquik ingredients to make pancakes.  The one difference is you will add some maple syrup to the mix to sweeten the batter. Using the pancakes as the bun, layer an omelette, ham and American cheese and then broil to melt the cheese. Before placing a pancake on top, drizzle a small amount of maple syrup. It’s the perfect combination of sweet and savoury.

Southern-style Biscuits and Sausage Gravy

This classic dish is the ultimate comfort food featuring salty and soft biscuits covered in a thick gravy with the perfect amount of heat.

With the right ingredients and recipe in hand you can enjoy low carb southern cooking. To make the gravy, crumble sausage in a hot pan until it browns. Sprinkle Carbquik into the pan and stir, cooking the sausage a bit longer. Add a cream and water mixture (1 cup of cream and ½ cup water) and season everything with salt and pepper. The gravy is now ready and waiting to smother homemade biscuits.

For the biscuits, mix 1 ½ cups of Carbquik, 1 tsp baking powder, 1 egg, ¼ cup of heavy cream, ¼ cup of water and a pinch of salt. Place the dough in a buttered pan and flatten with a spoon so they are closer to the circular shape of a biscuit. Bake for 10 minutes at 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove from oven and brush with melted butter.

Pour as much of the sausage gravy as you like over the fresh biscuits and find a corner to indulge in one of the best meals ever. Oh, did we mention that this entire dish is low carb thanks to Carbquik?


You can make mouth-watering low carb pizza with Carbquik. There are a few ways to make Carbquik pizza dough but we prefer the simple method of combining the baking mix with salt and Italian seasoning. Then you stir water into the mixture and work it until it becomes dough. You know it’s done when the dough sticks together but not to your hands.

Now that your pizza dough is ready to go, let’s toss some amazing ideas into the air!

Double Crust Stuffed Pizza

Follow this recipe to enjoy a low carb version of Chicago style pizza.

Combine 8 oz. of crushed tomatoes, 1 tbsp brown sugar, ½ tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp olive oil and a pinch of salt into a saucepan and cover. Let it simmer until the tomatoes begin to break down, which talks half an hour.

Divide the dough into two equal pieces. Roll one piece into a 12-inch circle. Roll the other into a thicker 9-inch circle. Place the 12-inch dough into an ungreased springform pan. Add 1 cup of low carb cheese. Crumble sausage on top and then layer pepperoni, mushrooms, green pepper, red pepper and then another thin layer of cheese. Top with the 9-inch circle of dough and pinch all around the edges to seal. Slice some of the top to vent and spread the sauce evenly around the crust.

Bake for 40-45 minutes at 450 degrees Fahrenheit until the crust firms and the cheese melts. Let rest for 15 minutes before serving.

White Pizza

A white pizza is a pizza made without tomato sauce. It can be sauceless or feature a white sauce like alfredo. Carbquik makes the perfect crust for your favourite white pizza.

To make a delicious topping, whisk together eggs and crème fraîche (you can substitute sour cream if you prefer). To the mix add ¾ cup of shredded cheese, 1 oz. of parmesan cheese, 1 tsp of fresh rosemary and some black pepper. You should let this mixture sit for 5-10 minutes.

Bake the dough until the crust turn light brown. Once it has cooled spread the mixture on top and then add grated cheese. Sprinkle with more rosemary and pepper. Bake for another 10 minutes or until the edges are a colour that looks good to you.

White Pizza with Mushrooms and Pesto

Another white pizza you can make is one with mushrooms and pesto. This is like the white pizza described earlier but you sauté button or cremini mushrooms and add them to a homemade pesto sauce. To make a quick pesto, use a food processor to combine fresh basil, pine nuts, garlic, salt and pepper—feel free to eyeball the measurement. While the machine is on, slowly add olive oil to emulsify.

All you need to do is stir the mushrooms into the pesto and then dollop over the top. Bake for a few minutes to warm the sauce and you’re good to go.

What are you Going to Make Today?

Carbquik is a wonderful biscuit and baking mix that makes a strict low carb diet that much easier to adhere to. We hope you try these delicious recipes or discover others to add to your regular meal rotation. The more options available to eat your favourite foods like pancakes, biscuits and pizza, the more likely you are to see results from your low carb diet.

While you’re here, browse our selection of ingredients to get everything you need to make amazing meals using Carbquik.

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best keto friendly snacks

Great Keto Friendly Snacks

Keto Snack Foods – What’s Keto Friendly?

People adhering to a keto diet are often on the hunt for satisfying snacks that don’t contain a ton of carbs and sugar. They must be careful, though, as most snacks undermine the keto diet despite the packaging claiming otherwise. At the Low Carb Grocery, we carry a wide variety of keto-friendly snacks that you can enjoy without feeling even the smallest ounce of guilt. You can even introduce them to party guests without feeling sheepish.

Diets are tough to commit to but knowing you can still indulge in tasty snacks can help you stay the course. To help you out, let’s review 10 of the best keto-friendly snacks that you should try right away. The aim is to make sure you don’t undermine your diet when that late night sweet or salty craving hits you like a ton of bricks.

Whether you’re leaving the gym or coming home late from a fun night out, you need to have the right snacks in your bag or in your pantry!

What is the Keto Diet?

The ketogenic diet is a low carb and high fat diet that has been popular for decades. Like Atkins, it is a proven way to lose weight, improve health and increase daily energy. Some studies even suggest that the keto diet can help prevent the onset of diabetes, cancer, epilepsy and Alzheimer’s disease.

The idea is that by lowering your carb intake your body will enter ketosis, a metabolic state that efficiently burns fat and supplies energy to the brain. Additionally, you can enjoy delicious foods and snacks that are high in fat and calories without sacrificing your commitment to your diet and healthy living.

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Reviews of the Best Keto Snacks

Let’s review 10 snacks that keto fans love so much that it’s hard for us to keep on our shelves.

Sugarless Mini Halva Snack

Halva is a sweet treat that hails from the Middle East and North Africa. It is a creamy desert that is made from sesame and is kosher certified. It comes in vanilla sesame, vanilla sesame with fibers and walnuts, marble sesame, sesame or you can purchase a gift pack to enjoy a variety of flavours. While it is delicious, halva has a particular texture and mouth feel so it doesn’t appeal to every palette.

We recommend cutting the entire block of halva into pieces and refrigerating it. This way you can enjoy a cool treat when you need that fix. 

Caramel Chocolate Peanut Nougat Snack

These bars are perfect for people who can’t ignore their sweet tooth. They are a gooey combination of caramel, chocolate, peanut and nougat and are a good fit for that mid-afternoon sugar craving.

This brand comes in a variety of flavours, including peanut butter fudge, cranberry almond, chocolate chip, white chocolate macadamia nut, chocolate hazelnut, caramel chocolate nut, coconut almond, dark chocolate almond coconut, triple chocolate, cashew trail mix, dark chocolate decadence and caramel double chocolate.

Crispy Lemon Flavour Snack Bar

For fans of lemon, this Atkins snack bar is the prefect treat. Each bar is packed with protein (13g) and fiber (9g) and is low in sugar (1g). You can toss one in your bag to enjoy at work or after hitting the gym. Made with real almond butter, this product is filling, crispy and can satisfy even the most intense hunger.

Since it’s Atkins, it’s nutritious, delicious and contains only 4g of carbs. If you are on this diet, remember that it is only recommended to eat two products (bars or shakes) a day as to not exceed the daily carb intake.

Extend Bar – Anytime Bar (Apple Cinnamon)

A snack originally created for diabetics, an Extend Bar can stabilize blood sugar, help control your hunger and provide you with ample energy. It’s not just for people battling diabetes, though, it’s also a great snack to enjoy after working out or playing a sport.

Extend bar features ingredients with a low glycemic index meaning they don’t convert glucose at a rate that causes blood sugar and insulin levels to rise to dangerous levels. They naturally breakdown in a way that deliver energy for up to 9 hours. You can eat one in the morning and be good for the day!

We love apple cinnamon flavour but you can try peanut butter chocolate, peanut, peanut butter, chocolate and mixed berry.

Doctor Kracker’s Snacker Kracker

If you crave something delightfully crunchy then try this snack inspired by artisan flatbreads. Made with organic ingredients and baked to crispness, this is the perfect accompaniment for your favourite toppings like peanut butter or low carb cheeses like brie and goat cheese. You can also break up a couple to add to salads, eat with savoury dips or use as a cracker replacement for soup.

Healthsmart Foods

Healthsmart offers a versatile line of low carb snacks ranging from peanut butter cups to cookies and cream protein bars. We love the ChocoRite Snack in chocolate crispy caramel flavour.  This product is a perfect mix of soft and chewy but with a layer of crispiness. In addition to being keto-friendly, it fits nicely into the Weight Watchers and South Beach diets.

For those who drink protein shakes after an intense workout, Healthsmart has the CarbThin Zero Carb Whey Shake Mix-Chocolate. It tastes great, contains a whopping 26g of protein and comes in simple flavours like chocolate and vanilla so you can mix with frozen fruits or berries to create a combination unique to your liking.

Kay’s Naturals Protein Chips

Why not get your protein from eating crunchy and flavourful chips? Kay’s Naturals are made from non-GMO soy protein and whole grains, fiber, calcium and folic acid. This is an alternative to traditional chips that is high in saturated fats and often fried and heavily salted.

Each chip is bursting with flavour. The most popular is sweet BBQ but you will want to also try the crispy parmesan.

Moon Cheese Natural Crunchy Cheese Snack

Moon Cheese makes crunchy snacks that are super addictive. Their hard exterior compliments the lighter inside that is brimming with cheese flavour. You can choose cheddar, pepper jack or, our favourite, gouda.

They are a bit more expensive than other brands of crunchy snacks but the satisfying crunch is truly worth it. We guarantee that if you put a bowl of Moon Crunch out for guests, it’ll be gone while the bowl of Pringles remains untouched.

Rawnata – Goji Berry Hemp Snackers

This one is a little funkier than the other snacks but it’s worth a try for those on low carb diets. These Canadian produced flax crackers are delicious and come in fun flavours like goji berry, sunflower sesame, Mexican Fiesta and cinnamon.

Rawnata uses a specialized soaking process to make their flax seeds softer, which allows you to access the Omega 3’s for ingestion. These hemp snackers crackle with Himalayan salt and help satisfy your hunger in between meals. They are also the perfect midnight snack if you want to avoid heavy carbs.

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Peruse our extensive selection of snacks so you can have something satisfying and healthy the next time you get a craving for something salty or sweet. We hope you give these snacks a try and find some that you love!

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