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BBQ Cleaning Guide – Great Tips

The How-To Guide for Cleaning Your Barbecue Grill

With summertime just around the corner, our minds turn to warmer weather and fun times outdoors with family and friends. For many of us, a big part of summer fun comes from firing up our BBQ’s and having a family cookout, complete with delicious foods like fresh grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken, steaks, and much more.

However, when the warmer weather hits and we rush to get those first burgers of the summer cooking, we sometimes forget how important it is to thoroughly clean and prepare our barbecues for the new season of grilling. While most of us are diligent in cleaning the actual grills each and every time we cook, the rest of the barbecue needs attention too, and making sure it’s clean and in full working order is a good idea at the start of every grilling season.

In this article, we walk through all the steps you need to know to perform a complete inspection and top-to-bottom cleaning of your barbecue grill and ensure that it’s ready to rock and roll when the time is right. We’ll discuss the essential tools you should have on hand, as well as some things to avoid along the way. Let’s get right to it!

Start with Safety First

We always abide by the credo of ‘safety first’ when it comes to working with a gas grill, so always disconnect the gas line from the grill before you do anything else. Leaving the gas line connected to a fuel source while you’re cleaning it can be extremely dangerous, so always make sure this is the first step you take to stay safe.

Gather the Right Tools

Before you begin, it’s important to gather together the necessary tools and equipment you’ll need to properly clean your grill. You don’t need much, but the right tools can make things much faster and easier, and get the process done with less mess overall. Here’s what you should have close at hand before you begin.

  • Two large buckets – You’ll use one bucket to dump any ashes or dirt that has collected in the bottom of your grill to be disposed of later, and the other bucket will be used to hold clean, soapy water to clean the various parts of the grill.
  • Metal paint scraper – A stiff metal paint scraper is great for removing burnt-on stuff from the insides of the barbecue shell. Pick one that’s no wider than about 1.5” – 2” so it’s easier to maneuver inside the various areas of the barbecue. Note that if your grill is made from stainless steel parts, you will want to avoid using a metal scraper since it will scratch the finish. In these cases, opt for plastic instead.
  • Stiff bristle brush – You’ll need a stiff bristled plastic brush to scrub down the surfaces of the barbecue after you’ve scraped off the loose dirt. You’ll want something with fairly long bristles since it will be easier to get in to the different nooks and crannies on the inside.
  • Metal grill brush or grill cleaning stone – For giving the grills themselves a good scrub, you’ll want to use a good quality grill brush or cleaning stone that is specifically for BBQ grills.
  • Gentle dish soap – You’ll want just a little bit of gentle dish detergent and warm water to clean the majority of the parts of the barbecue. Harsh chemicals should be avoided for the obvious reasons that you don’t want to risk any of that stuff getting near your food. Gentle dish soap will rinse away easily and leave a clean, chemical-free surface.

Disassemble and Check for Replacement Parts

Now that you’re ready to work on the grill, start by removing the main components for easier cleaning. The grills, burners, and heat diffusers are all easily removed, usually without the need for any tools. Take out the grease drip trays and any other removable pieces that you can in order to give yourself more space to work with while you clean.

This will also give you the opportunity to closely inspect all the different parts of your grill and look for any signs of excessive damage, wear, or corrosion. If you spot any parts that appear to have been damaged or are beginning to rust through, they should be replaced with the correct replacement parts from the manufacturer of the grill. Look for signs such as thick areas of rust or thinning and brittle metal that are telltale signs that corrosion has progressed and the parts are no longer safe to use in your grill. Consult the manufacturers website and look through the technical support section for a parts list for your grill or call them for assistance in identifying the correct replacement parts you will need.

Scrape and Scrub

Once you’ve got things disassembled, gently but firmly scrape any burnt-on food and layers of grease or dirt from the parts and dump the scrapings in to one of your buckets. This will keep all the dirt in one place and make it easier to dispose of when you’re done. After the parts have been scraped sufficiently to remove the bulk of the surface dirt, you can begin washing and scrubbing them in the bucket of warm and soapy water. Use the stiff bristle brush to scrub the parts in the soapy water to get them as clean as possible. Also scrub down the inside of the grill casing to remove any loose dirt and grime.

Rinse and Dry

Now that you’ve got everything scrubbed down and looking clean, give everything a good rinse with clean, cold water. Avoid using high pressure hoses, as they can force water in to areas that are difficult to dry and could cause faster corrosion. If you have a gentle spray nozzle on your garden hose, you can use this if you dial down the pressure to a very low setting, otherwise rinse everything by hand with clean water.

After everything has been sufficiently rinsed, place all the parts in a well ventilated or sunny area to accelerate the drying process. You can speed things up by patting with paper towels to absorb any excess water that has collected in the various parts of your grill.

Reassemble and Test

Once you are certain that all the parts are completely dry, you can now reassemble the grill and get it ready for use again. Put everything back in the reverse order that it was removed and be sure to consult the owners’ manual if you are uncertain where some things need to go.

With the grill completely dry and reassembled, it’s time to reconnect the gas line and fire it up. We recommend running the barbecue for several minutes to help remove any additional moisture that may still be present and to ensure that the grill is working correctly.

Finish with a Big Family Dinner

Put that nice, clean barbecue to good use by planning a big family dinner to officially kick off the summer grilling season. If you need help planning a fantastic low carb barbecue, check out our BBQ Grilling Guide for a collection of tips and recipes you can use to cook up something really special.

We Canadians love our barbecues, and since we all know that winter will be back before we know it, let’s plan to get as much out of this summer grilling season as we can. Now, go get that barbecue ready for action, Grill Master!

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Low Carb Hummus – Homemade

Make Gourmet Low Carb Hummus at Home

Of all the different types of dips and spreads that exist in the world, hummus is definitely one of the most widely known and popular. It’s great for dipping almost anything, from veggie sticks to crackers, and can also be used in a lot of other ways. Some people use it as a sandwich spread, as an ingredient in salad dressings, and even in some soup recipes. It’s a very versatile food that has a distinctive taste, and it’s very easy to make.

In this article, we’ll give you the essentials on how to make your own delicious hummus right in your own kitchen. We’ve got some great suggestions on how to season and flavour your hummus to create a few different unusual taste combinations, and we’ve even discovered a fantastic recipe for hummus made from alternative ingredients that brings the carb count down even lower. With these recipes and tips at hand, you’ll be well on your way to becoming an expert in the world of hummus in no time. Let’s dive right in and get started by learning about the origins of hummus and the basic ingredients you’ll need.

What is Hummus?

The origins of hummus stretch back hundreds of years, as far as the 13th century, actually. It’s a common staple of Middle-Eastern cuisine and comes in a wide range of variants that stem from regional differences in ingredients. The primary ingredient in hummus is chickpeas, which belong to the group of foods known as legumes, alongside beans, peas and other similar foods.

While chickpeas on their own do contain carbs, it’s important to note that they are also extremely high in fiber and contain a good amount of protein, in addition to many other vitamins and nutrients. The carbs from the chickpeas are usually offset by the fact that hummus is typically used as an accent for other foods that are either carb-free or extremely low in carbs, such as vegetables and meats.

Chickpeas aren’t the only ingredient needed to make a great hummus, however. Other essential ingredients include tahini, which is a condiment made from ground toasted sesame seeds, as well as olive oil, lemon juice, salt and garlic. Several different ingredients can also be added to hummus to create a wide range of tastes such as red pepper, sun-dried tomato, jalapeno, and many more.

Now that you’ve got an idea of where hummus came from and what you’ll need to make it, let’s take a look at a couple of fantastic recipes that are easy to follow and allow you to make delicious, healthy homemade hummus. First, let’s start with a traditional hummus recipe that covers all the basics.

Classic Hummus Recipe

This simple, but amazing, recipe for classic hummus comes from Ali over at GimmeSomeOven.com. This delicious hummus can be ready in just minutes, and all you really need are the ingredients and a food processor or blender to make it happen. Once you’ve got the basic hummus done, you can easily customize it with a variety of toppings to suit your taste. The chef recommends things like an extra drizzle of olive oil, perhaps some red pepper flakes, a sprinkle of paprika, or even some toasted pine nuts or pesto. Go ahead and get creative and add some personal flair to your hummus.

As you can see, making your own hummus at home is super simple. But what if you want to drop the carb count even lower? Can you still make great hummus from alternative ingredients? You bet you can!

Low Carb Cauliflower Hummus Recipe

We’ve found this incredible recipe from Melissa at IBreatheImHungry.com for a hummus made from cauliflower, and you’ve just got to try it. This creation is a fantastic alternative for low carb dieters who are keeping to a very strict level of carbs, but still want to enjoy a tasty hummus dip with a variety of foods. As a bonus, it’s also paleo-friendly, so many different types of dieters will benefit from this unique method for making tasty hummus.

Ready-Made Hummus Products

Of course, not everyone has the time to make fresh hummus from scratch. For hummus fans who are in a bit more of a hurry, you can find all kinds of delicious prepared hummus in a variety of flavours from Wild Garden, including delicious flavours like roasted red pepper hummus. Browse the full range of Wild Garden hummus here.

Conclusion

Hummus is a great fit for low carb dieters and it works in all kinds of healthy meal plans as a condiment, snack, or ingredient for main dishes or side dishes.

We certainly hope that you’ve found this information helpful, and that the next time you need some hummus for a table full of appetizers, that you consider trying your hand at making your own. It’s a simple food to prepare, and fresh hummus always tastes better. Plus, you’ll be able to customize the flavours to suit your tastes or create exciting new combinations for your guests to try.

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Lilly’s Homestyle Bake Shoppe

All About Lilly’s Bake Shoppe

For low carb dieters, baked goods are often something that get skipped over or avoided because of their commonly higher carb counts and sugar content. It’s understandable, since you’d expect that it would be difficult to make those kinds of foods without some type of sugar or flour. Fortunately for low carb dieters, there are now all kinds of different options for making delicious and healthy baked goods that won’t set your diets off the rails. One brand that proves this exceptionally well is Lilly’s Bake Shoppe.

In this article, we’ll talk about the origins of Lilly’s Bake Shoppe, as well as their approach to producing delicious and healthy sugar-free baked goods that are perfect for low carb dieters. We’ll also take a look at some of their most popular products and make a few recommendations on some hot beverages that pair perfectly with them. Let’s get started with a look at the company, and how they got started.

About Lilly’s Bake Shoppe

The origins of Lilly’s Bake Shoppe start with a small family-owned kitchen in Brooklyn, NY that opened over 70 years ago. Since then, Lilly’s has grown in to one of the leading brands of delicious baked goods in North America. Famous for traditional foods such as babkas, cakes, cookies, breads, biscotti, and macaroons, Lilly’s Bake Shoppe uses only the finest ingredients in all their products, and it shows. Their reputation for quality is second to none.

Currently distributed in specialty grocers and food shops all over North America, Lilly’s Bake Shoppe also offers a wide range of sugar-free products tailored to customers who are on special diets such as the low carb diet and others. Here at The Low Carb Grocery, we carry a broad selection of the most popular products from Lilly’s Bake Shoppe, and the reviews from our customers are consistently  overwhelmingly positive.

Now, let’s take a look at some of the different products that you can find from Lilly’s Bake Shoppe on our shelves and online.

Lilly’s Sugar Free Biscotti

The literal translation of the Italian word ‘biscotti’ is ‘twice baked’. These traditional cookies are crisp and crunchy, thanks to this double-baking process, and are the perfect accompaniment for your morning coffee or afternoon tea. Classic biscotti varieties usually include nuts in them, but many other flavours have been created and each one of them is simply scrumptious.

Lilly’s biscotti is sugar-free and available in many different flavours including orange, chocolate, pecan, cinnamon, and walnut. In addition, Lilly’s biscotti are also lactose free and completely kosher, and with only 1 effective carb per piece, they’re the perfect snack for any low carb dieter.

Lilly’s Sugar Free Macaroons

Not to be confused with the delicate French confections known as macarons, American-style macaroons are dense cookies that use no flour, but instead use ingredients such as coconut, nuts, or nut paste. Since they contain no flour, macaroons are a popular treat to serve at Passover celebrations.

Lilly’s Bake Shoppe makes chocolate and vanilla varieties of macaroons, and they’re all sugar free and 100% delicious. Like their biscotti, Lilly’s macaroons are kosher, as well as free of salt and cholesterol. You can find Lilly’s macaroons in chocolate and vanilla at The Low Carb Grocery.

What to Serve with Lilly’s Biscotti and Macaroons

Now that you’re likely craving a crispy, crunchy biscotti or a soft and chewy macaroon, we’ve got some great suggestions on what you can pair them with for a snack break that’s doubly delightful. While a nice cup of coffee is certainly a great way to enjoy your biscotti or macaroon, here are a couple of suggestions for beverages that you can use to explore some different flavour combinations.

For a true and authentic Italian experience, get yourself a nice fresh cup of cappuccino to accompany your biscotti. This world-famous combination of rich, hot espresso and freshly frothed milk is one of the finest coffee creations ever conceived and is the perfect match for a crunchy biscotti.

If tea is more your style, but you like the idea of steamed milk, then let us introduce you to the London Fog. This drink is a combination of steeped Earl Grey tea and steamed milk, along with a dash of vanilla syrup to produce a cozy and comforting hot drink alternative for tea lovers. Sipping a London Fog is another delicious way to enhance the flavours of your biscotti or macaroons.

Conclusion

For low carb dieters, brands like Lilly’s Bake Shoppe are what makes it so easy to stick to the rules of the diet and avoid temptations that can set progress back. By making delicious low carb and sugar free baked goods like their biscotti and macaroons, Lilly’s has provided great options for low carb dieters to have their favourite treats and indulgences without negatively impacting their diets.

Give Lilly’s Bake Shoppe products a try, and we’re sure you’ll agree with many of our customers that they are some of the best low carb baked goods you can buy. Browse the entire selection of products from Lilly’s Bake Shoppe here at The Low Carb Grocery.

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Great Intro To Miracle Noodles

All About Miracle Noodles

For many people who are considering starting the low carb diet, the thought of having to give up noodles and pasta makes them apprehensive about it. After all, pasta and noodles are commonplace in North American diets, as we tend to eat a variety of different cuisines from around the world in our day to day lives. Italian pasta and Asian noodle dishes are very popular and are some of our favourite foods. Fortunately, low carb dieters need not fear the loss of pasta and noodles from their menus thanks to Miracle Noodles, the low carb noodle alternative that our customers just love.

History of Miracle Noodles

The Miracle Noodles brand was founded by Dr. Jonathan Carp, and was inspired by a trip he took to Japan in 2006 that included a visit to a Buddhist vegetarian restaurant that was serving a unique style of Asian noodle called shirataki noodles. These noodles were different from traditional wheat-based pasta in that they were made from an ingredient called ‘konnyaku’, which is a plant-based soluble fiber also known as ‘glucomannan’. For the full story on the history of the Miracle Noodles brand and more information on Dr. Jonathan Carp, visit the Miracle Noodles website.

What Makes Miracle Noodles Different?

Miracle Noodles are taking the world of low carb dieting by storm, and with good reason. They’re made very differently from traditional wheat-based pasta and noodles, which are generally avoided on the low carb diet due to their high carb counts. Since Miracle Noodles use of glucomannan as their key ingredient, they are extremely low in both carbohydrates and calories. In addition, Miracle Noodles are easy to prepare, and are available in all the most popular styles of noodles.

Varieties of Miracle Noodles

You can find different types of Miracle Noodles shirataki to suit a very wide range of pasta and noodle dishes. Here are some of the most popular styles of Miracle Noodle that our customers love to have as part of their low carb diets.

Angel Hair

Angel Hair is a very thin, long, round noodle similar in style to spaghetti. These noodles are commonly used in meat dishes or dishes with tomato-based sauces.

Fettuccine

Fettuccine noodles are long and flat, and are ideal for dishes that use heavier or thicker sauces, such as cream-based sauces.

Ziti

Similar to macaroni, ziti noodles are shorter, tubular noodles that are very popular in baked noodle dishes or casseroles that call for noodles.

Miracle Rice

As the name suggests, Miracle Rice is a wonderful low carb substitute for traditional rice and can be used in a wide variety of recipes, such as those that call for a bed of rice to accompany a stir fry or stew.

That’s not all, however. There are other styles of Miracle Noodles as well, and new products are always in the world. Check out the complete range of Miracle Noodles here at The Low Carb Grocery.

Recipe Ideas for Miracle Noodles

Now that we’re sure your interest has been piqued, we thought that we’d share some fantastic recipes that include Miracle noodles for you to try. And what better source for delicious shirataki noodle recipes than from Miracle Noodles themselves? Here are some of our favourites, but you can also check out their complete miracle noodle recipe archive.

Dungeness Crab and Rock Shrimp Egg Drop Soup

It’s got a long name, but this soup is definitely worth adding to your weekly meal plan. This deliciously light soup is loaded with seafood and features one of the tastiest broths you’ll ever sip.

Low Carb Cheesy Broccoli & Bacony Rice Casserole

We’re big fans of hearty comfort foods that feature a low carb twist, and this creation definitely fits that description. You simply can’t go wrong with this great combo of cheese, vegetables, bacon and Miracle Rice.

Veggie Stir Fry

This one may seem really simple at first glance, but the taste just can’t be beat. This recipe is packed with healthy veggies and tofu, and features a light but flavourful sauce comprised of lemon pepper, seasoning salt, and gluten free soy sauce.

Conclusion

If you’re a low carb dieter who’s a fan of pasta and noodle dishes, then Miracle Noodles is the product you’ve been waiting for. They’re perfect for all kinds of delicious low carb meals like those we listed above and are also great for experimenting with your own culinary creations. Pick up some today and experience the difference of Miracle Noodles.

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Low Carb Meals for Spicy Food Lovers

5 Fiery Hot Low Carb Meals for Spicy Food Lovers

It’s time to heat things up with some fantastic recipes that are perfect for low carb dieters who are big fans of spicy foods. Hot and spicy foods are very popular with low carb dieters since virtually all of the ingredients used to produce those types of flavours are inherently low in carbs, making them a great fit for all types of healthy meal plans.

While some people simply love hot foods, and crave things that set their tongues ablaze, others aren’t big fans of things that they feel are too hot to handle. For this reason, many people avoid recipes that mention spiciness or heat because they’ve had negative experiences in the past with hot foods. While this is certainly a good reason to be wary, the reality is that virtually any recipe for hot and spicy foods can easily be adjusted to either dial the heat up or down depending on your individual preference.

If you enjoy the flavour of a dish, but don’t necessarily enjoy how hot it is, either because it’s too strong or not strong enough, why not try making it with an adjusted amount of spice to better suit your taste? We recommend playing around with different types and amounts of hot spices to find the right balance that works for your tastes. So, even if you’re not eager to have something super-hot, don’t discount recipes until you’ve tried them with lower levels of heat.

On the other end of the spectrum, people who love things that really cook up their taste buds can ramp up the level of spice in recipes to deliver the kick they are looking for. They may also try substituting the standard spicy ingredients for ones that pack a bigger punch and really heat things up. Either way, the world of spicy foods is yours to play in, so start breaking some rules and get creative! Now, let’s get to these five recipes that we’re sure you’ll love.

Spicy Crock Pot Chili Pepper Chicken

Crock pots and slow cookers are some of the best tools in the kitchen for making delicious spicy dishes, and this recipe certainly echoes that. Lisa from LowCarbYum.com shares this amazing creation that really delivers a big spicy flavour and is incredibly easy to make. The best part is you can throw everything in the slow cooker the night before, and then fire it up the next day to have a hearty and spicy meal ready to go. Serve with a scoop of sour cream to help cool things down if you need it.

Spicy Buffalo Cauliflower Popcorn

Now here’s an unusual snack that spicy food lovers are going to go crazy for! Buffalo sauce is one of those signature tastes that is easily recognizable and works on a wide variety of foods, from chicken wings to burgers, and more. In this case, Amanda over at RawManda.com uses the spicy taste of Buffalo sauce to add some kick to dried cauliflower popcorn and create a snack that definitely won’t last long in the bowl. As an alternative, this recipe indicates you can also prepare it by baking in the oven for a softer snack, if that’s what you’re in the mood for.

Oven Roasted Jerk Chicken Kabobs

The taste of jerk seasonings is one of the most well-known flavours in the world. There’s nothing else quite like it, and it’s one of the reasons Caribbean food is so good. You can easily grill these if you choose, but this recipe makes it so you can easily make delicious jerk chicken in your oven, and not have to fire up the grill if the weather is less than perfect. This makes it perfect for year-round cooking and brings a taste of summer to your dinner table any time.

Spicy Bok Choy

For those of us who are in the mood for an Asian-inspired spicy flavour, this side dish from Georgina at StepAwayFromTheCarbs.com is absolutely perfect. Even though it’s amazingly simple, the taste of the spicy red curry sauce and the unique characteristics of bok choy make for a fantastic combination that works as a nice side dish for any type of Asian cuisine. It’s ready in just a few minutes, and since you can easily prepare the sauce in larger quantities and refrigerate, you’ll probably start using it on other vegetables, too.

Spicy Low Carb Crack Slaw

Now here’s an unusual creation that really captured our attention! This recipe, created by Dixie at LowCarbZen.com, is aptly named because it’s totally addictive, and to quote her own description, is like an ‘egg roll in a bowl’. Well, whatever you call it, it’s definitely delicious. This spicy blend of beef, bacon, garlic, onion, curry, coleslaw, and other spices and seasonings is fast and easy to prepare in just a single skillet, making cleanup a breeze. This recipe has everything that low carb dieters dream of, and brings big, bold flavours to your table.

Conclusion

After going through all those recipes, we’ve got a serious craving for something spicy! We’re sure that you’ll have a lot of fun trying these ideas out, and perhaps you are even feeling inspired to start experimenting with your own unique spicy creations.

In addition, if you’re interested in learning more about spicy foods and the low carb diet, why not give our article on Low Carb Hot Sauces a peek. You’ll find all kinds of good information there, as well as a few popular low carb hot sauces to try.

For our complete selection of low carb hot sauces, check out the entire range of products here. We hope that you’ve found this information helpful!

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Camping Tips and Low Carb S’mores

Handy Camping Tips and Great Low Carb S’mores

Planning a great camping menu takes some strategy and forethought, especially for low carb dieters. You will need to approach foods very differently than what you’d typically do in your own kitchen, with all the modern conveniences and appliances at the ready. In the woods, you won’t find a fully-stocked fridge or outlets to plug in your food processor. Fortunately, we’ve gathered together a few handy tips that you can use to make food storage, preparation, and clean-up easier and faster.

Of course, no campfire would be complete without the warm, gooey deliciousness that is an authentic S’more. Unfortunately, the basic ingredients of these world-famous camping treats aren’t exactly what you’d normally expect to be part of a low carb diet. Typical marshmallows, chocolates, and graham crackers are loaded with sugar and carbs. However, low carb campers will be thrilled to know that this article will detail everything you need to know to make delicious versions of these classic camping snacks without all the unnecessary carbs and sugars.

Before we get to the sweet stuff, we should first cover a few handy tips and tricks that we’ve learned over several camping trips that help make meal planning and preparation much easier when you’re at the campsite.

Easy, Portable and Compact Food Planning for Camping

It’s a fact that camping requires a very different approach to food than what we take for granted in our kitchens. First off, you need to leave your campsite cleaner than when you arrived, so everything you pack in must be packed out. This means you should put an emphasis on foods that produce a minimum of waste and garbage to keep things easy and clean. Aside from making things easier overall, this also means you are working to minimize your impact on the environment whenever you head outdoors, and that’s a very good thing.

Next, you’ll want to consider how well they will keep with minimum refrigeration. If you’re taking a giant camper with a working fridge, it’s not so much of a concern. However, for tent campers, every square inch of space in the cooler is very valuable. Unfortunately, ice packs don’t stay cold forever, and having to buy fresh bags of ice every few days can be a hassle. If you can choose alternative foods or ingredients that don’t need refrigeration, such as dehydrated foods or just-add-water meals, you’ll save on essential cooler space and make things lighter to carry as well.

One thing that is often overlooked is the fragility of certain foods and their packaging, and whether they can stand up to the rigors of camping. For example, we are huge fans of scrambled eggs cooked over an open fire, but they also need special care in their packaging so they stay intact until you need them. You can purchase special egg cartons made from plastic that are more protective than typical egg cartons. Alternatively, you could even pre-crack your eggs in to plastic storage containers and then you don’t need to worry about disposing of egg shells. Other things to avoid are glass containers and thinly-sealed products. You don’t want broken glass or a punctured seal leaking all over your camping gear.

The key to packing food for camping trips is one word: Simplicity. The simpler you can keep things, the easier it will be to transport, and to prepare at your campsite. Think about how you can save time, reduce waste, and maximize your space by choosing different foods, ingredients, or packaging options specifically for your camping trip. The benefits are definitely worth the extra time and planning!

World Famous Low Carb S’mores

Now that you’ve got some tips to help you maximize your cooler space and reduce waste, let’s take a look at the highlight of any camping menu; delicious S’mores! For those of you who’ve never experienced a classic S’more, the basic components include a freshly toasted marshmallow, squished between two graham crackers and a piece of milk chocolate to make the gooiest, tastiest dessert sandwich ever invented. In fact, the name itself comes from the fact that it’s tough to say ‘some more!’ with a mouth full of melty chocolate and marshmallow, and it usually comes out ‘S’more!’.

Now, from a low carb perspective this treat may seem like it’s something you’d want to steer very clear of. However, there are plenty of options for making great low carb S’mores.

First things first, you’ll need a delicious sugar-free chocolate bar that you can use. Some of the best options for chocolate come from Lily’s. Depending on your preference, you can choose from Milk Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, and several others. Check out the full range of Lily’s chocolate bars here.

Next, you’ll need a graham cracker alternative to contain your S’more. Fortunately, this is where you can let creativity take the reins. Pretty much any kind of cookie will work as a graham cracker alternative, including these sugar-free Fudge Striped Shortbread Cookies or Oatmeal Cookies, from Voortman. Ideally, you want a larger diameter cookie so there is lots of space for the marshmallow to squish, and a thinner cookie so that it’s easy to bite through. Of course, when all is said and done, you can simply choose whatever you prefer.

Finally, we come to the marshmallow. There are a few different options for sugar-free marshmallows that you can choose from. For a classic S’more, you’ll want to go with something like these La Nouba Marshmallows, which have the same shape and size of traditional big marshmallows. For a no-heat option, you could always switch things up and use a marshmallow spread instead. This Marshmallow Dip from Walden Farms tastes great and makes it easier than ever to make S’mores any time, even when you don’t have a campfire.

But those aren’t the only options for low carb S’more lovers. In fact, if you’re feeling extra adventurous, here’s one of the best recipes that we’ve found for making a delicious S’more completely from scratch, without the carbs and sugars.

How to Make Amazing Keto Low Carb S’mores

This fantastic recipe from Megha and Matt at KetoConnect.net is totally unique, and produces an incredible tasting S’more that you can make any time, no fire required. The marshmallow filling is a delectable concoction made from Marscapone and whipped cream, the graham crackers are amazingly simple to make. These are low carb and keto friendly, so you’ve definitely got to give these a try!

Conclusion

Camping is a great way to spend some quality time with the family, and reconnect with nature with lots of fun activities. Making S’mores together around the campfire is a guaranteed recipe for laughs and smiles, and with these tips you can be sure that you’re cooking up delicious treats without all the extra sugar.

So, check out your local campsites and book your next outdoor family adventure! Or, keep things closer to home (and to indoor plumbing) and setup the tent in your backyard one weekend for a surprise family camping adventure, complete with an outdoor fire and genuine S’mores. Happy trails, campers!