Non-Alcoholic Drinks for Kids

The holidays are a time for get togethers with friends and family. If you have kids, getting a sitter and going out for New Year’s Eve doesn’t always happen. My husband and I have spent the majority of our New Year’s Eve at home with the kids. Besides playing board games and eating a lot of yummy finger foods, the kids look forward to the delicious, non-alcoholic drinks they get to drink in “fancy” glasses. This kid friendly drink recipe is perfect for the kids this holiday season!

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Merry Berry Delight Non-Alcoholic Drinks

Ingredients

  • Black Raspberry Cascade Ice
  • Wild Berry Cascade Ice
  • Pomegranate Berry Cascade Ice
  • Muddled Raspberries, Blackberries and Blueberries
  • Mint Leaves

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Directions

  1. Start by mixing a few mint leaves with a handful of muddled raspberries, blueberries and blackberries.
  2. Next add 1 part Black Raspberry Cascade Ice, 1 part Wild Berry Cascade Ice and 1 part Pomegranate Berry Cascade Ice.
  3. Gently stir everything together, pour over ice and add a fancy paper straw!

Enjoy!! Trust me when I say, your kids will enjoy these fancy drinks. Especially if you order the paper strawsnon-alcoholic drinks. I don’t know what it is about those paper straws, but they always make a drink seem a little fancier to kids! Plus, who am I kidding, I love them too! Pair the delicious, non-alcoholic drinks with this yummy bacon wrapped smokies appetizer. My kids devour those little smokies! Bacon makes everything a whole lot better!

Whatever you decide to do this holiday season or for New Year’s Eve, I hope you have fun, safe and happy New Year!


Keto Thanksgiving: Eat This, Not That

As you know, I have been following the Keto lifestyle for almost two years now. I’ve been through Christmas, Thanksgiving, birthdays, summer BBQ’s and other get togethers where food is the center of everything, and I’ve survived and never felt deprived at all. I know when you start looking at this lifestyle, it can be overwhelming. There is a lot of information and the idea of not eating sugar, is a scary one. I get it. However, I am here to tell you, it doesn’t have to be scary and you can have a very yummy Keto Thanksgiving!

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First things first, the turkey. One of our favorite ways to make the Thanksgiving turkey is beer-can style. While I don’t think the carbs from the beer really get on the turkey, I don’t know that for sure, so I don’t want to steer you the wrong way. The way I make my turkey for my Keto Thanksgiving is to use my favorite seasonings (garlic for sure) and butter. I take the butter and put little pats of it under the skin of the turkey. Putting stuffing in the turkey is not something I am a fan of. Instead I take onions, other vegetables I have on hand, and sometimes a lemon and put it in the cavity of the turkey, making sure to tie the legs together to keep them inside.

 

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 When you think of Thanksgiving, you think of stuffing. While traditional stuffing is not Keto friendly, my delicious, grain-free alternative to stuffing is perfect. In fact, I served it a couple years ago when I hosted Thanksgiving and it was a favorite among everyone there. I had zero leftovers of my Keto friendly alternative and half a bowl of the traditional stuffing I made. Just look at it…doesn’t it look delicious?

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Since the Detroit Lions are playing on Thanksgiving day, my family will be coming over early to watch the game before we eat dinner. So having Keto friendly appetizers are a must. Besides a veggie platter, a couple other ideas that are totally quick and easy to make are:

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers

#Ad Bacon Wrapped Smokies Recipe

Keto Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Not everyone that attends your Thanksgiving dinner will be following the Keto lifestyle. Since you are the one hosting, you can make everything Keto friendly and ask others to bring the non-Keto staples (like stuffing and mashed potatoes)…or just have the Keto friendly dishes and call it a day. Some Keto Thanksgiving side dishes you could make are:

Garlic Mashed Cauliflower Recipe

Roasted Pecan Green Beans

Creamed Spinach

Au Gratin Brussels Sprouts

Lemon Roasted Spicy Broccoli

When it comes to dessert, typically someone offers to bring a pie. I’m not a huge pie person so Thanksgiving dessert is not something I care too much about. However, here are a few Keto friendly desserts that will surely make your mouth water on Thanksgiving day!

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Fat Bombs

Keto Chocolate Peanut Butter Bites

No Bake Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake

Caramel Pots de Crème

Did I miss anything? If you have any questions about what to eat on Thanksgiving, please don’t hesitate to contact me or leave a comment below. I am happy to help! Happy Thanksgiving!


Keto Chocolate Peanut Butter Bites

When people hear that I am on the Keto diet, they have so many thoughts and opinions. Usually I am told that I am going to end up with a heart attack because I am eating fat; or I’m told that I’ll never be able to stick with it. Well, sure…I could have a heart attack, but not because I’m eating fat. I get blood work done a couple times a year and my numbers are just fine. As for sticking with it, I’m almost to the 2 year mark and I haven’t gained a single pound back. So I think I’m good in that area too! But, what if I told you that you can be on the Keto diet AND eat Keto chocolate peanut butter bites? Sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? Well it’s not!

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Halloween is coming up. One of my favorite candies, before I stopped eating sugar, was Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. I used to confiscated all of them from my kids trick or treating stash and hide them in the freezer. The first Halloween, since being on the Keto diet, was a tad rough. It seemed like my kids got more peanut butter cups than they ever did, but I never ate one. Not a single one. This year, while my kids are eating their peanut butter cups, I will be enjoying my Keto chocolate peanut butter bites. The perfect Keto treat!

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Keto Chocolate Peanut Butter Bites

Ingredients

  • 4 TBS Coconut Oil, divided
  • 8 TBS Sunbutter, divided
  • 4 TBS Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract, divided
  • 1/2 tsp Stevia, divided
  • Silicone mold

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Directions

  1. For the chocolate layer, combine 2 TBSP of melted coconut oil, 4 TBSP of Sunbutter, 4 TBSP unsweetened cocoa powder, 1/4 tsp of vanilla extract and 1/4 tsp of Stevia and mix well.
  2. Using a spoon, fill each of the pumpkin molds half full. Place in the freezer for 10 minutes to set.
  3. For the peanut butter layer, combine 2 TBSP of melted coconut oil, 4 TBSP of Sunbutter, 1/4 tsp of vanilla extract and 1/4 tsp Stevia. Mix well.
  4. Using a spoon, fill each pumpkin mold the rest of the way up. Place back in the freezer and allow to fully set for about 1-2 hours.

If you are following the Keto diet and using My Fitness Pal, you will want to put all of your ingredients into My Fitness Pal to create a recipe to get the appropriate macros for this recipe. Things may be different depending on the mold you use, ingredients, etc. With the molds I used, I got 25 Keto chocolate peanut butter bites. The nice thing about this recipe is that you can use any silicone mold you want!

 

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So, the next time someone tells you they can’t do Keto because they can’t give up chocolate, tell them they don’t have to!

Other Keto Recipes You May Enjoy:

Homemade Gummy Bears

Fuzzy Navel Gummy Bears <—seriously so good!

Cheesecake Fat Bombs


Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Fat Bombs

I’m not going to lie…one of my favorite things EVER is cookie dough. Before Keto, I used to make cookie dough, not because I cared about baking the cookies in the oven (though, these Rolo stuffed cookies are my kids favorite), but because I wanted to eat insane amounts of raw cookie dough. Now that I have been successfully following the Keto diet for almost two years now, I no longer eat cookie dough or have the urge to. However, there are times when I need to get some extra fat in at the end of the day (or I just want a little treat) so I make these delicious peanut butter cookie dough fat bombs!

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Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Fat Bombs

Ingredients

  • 8 oz Cream Cheese
  • 1/2 Cup Salted Butter
  • 1/2 Cup Sunbutter or Peanut Butter (I prefer Sunbutter)
  • 1/3 Cup Swerve Sweetener or Stevia
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract

Directions

  1. Set your cream cheese and butter out and allow it to come to room temperature (trust me…don’t skip this step).
  2. Combine all of your ingredients into a bowl and mix thoroughly with your hand mixer (I like this mixer and it’s on sale!).
  3. Once your peanut butter cookie dough is mixed up, spoon it into your favorite silicone mold.
  4. Place in your freezer for at least 1 hour to allow it to set. You can keep them in the mold and take them out as you need one or store them in a small container in your freezer.

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Starting the Keto lifestyle was one of the best decisions of my life. If you are thinking about starting your own Keto journey, then you need to check out these posts:

How to Start the Keto Diet

Top 10 Keto Diet Must Haves

A few of my must try recipes (besides these yummy peanut butter cookie dough fat bombs) to get you started on your Keto journey are:

Chicken Cordon Bleu

Creamed Spinach

Chorizo Chicken Soup

Bacon Wrapped Smokies

Homemade Gummy Bears

As always, if you ever have any questions about the Keto lifestyle, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me! Click on the contact me up above and send me an email. I am happy to help you out! Good luck!


Sparkling Sangria with Cascade Ice

The kids are finally in school and it looks like summer is hanging on. For the next ten days, our temperatures, here in Michigan, are in the mid 80’s! That’s crazy! Though, being Michigan, it could totally snow tomorrow! Not even joking. Our weather is crazy here sometimes! While we are having these amazing temperatures, take advantage of it and continue grilling out (again, who am I kidding…we grill in the dead of winter too) with friends and family. This sparkling sangria recipe is perfect for any occasion. Especially while we enjoy these final moments of summer that are hanging on.

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Sparkling Sangria

Ingredients

  • White Wine of choice
  • 2 cups Club Soda
  • 1-2 bottles of Pink Grapefruit Cascade Ice
  • Slices of grapefruit and strawberries

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Directions

  1. Pour the white wine and club soda into your punch bowl or glass pitcher.
  2. Start by pouring one bottle of the Pink Grapefruit Cascade ice. Taste a little and see if you need the second bottle.
  3. Add slices of grapefruit and strawberries. Save a little to garnish each glass, if you choose.
  4. Chill in the fridge for a few hours and enjoy!

If you have trouble finding the pink grapefruit Cascade Ice for your sparkling sangria, play around with the other flavors that Cascade Ice has to offer. The peach mango flavor would be really good with slices of peaches and strawberries! This sparkling sangria recipe is one of those that you can change depending on your mood, produce that is available, etc!


Having friends and family over for a brunch, serve this orange mango mimosa! I know when we have my mom over for Christmas morning, orange mango mimosa’s will be on the menu! Who doesn’t love a delicious mimosa?!?

What’s the weather like where you are? Are you getting an extended summer like we are?