Low-Carb Chocolate Lava Cake

Low-Carb Chocolate Lava Cake - Clean Fingers Laynie
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Spoon and Ramekin of Low-Carb Chcocolate Lava Cake

Do you want know how many times I have made this low-carb chocolate lava cake? Well, I can’t tell you because I stopped counting… I make this single-serving dessert whenever I have a chocolate craving (whether or not I am eating low-carb). It is so rich and delicious you would never know you were eating something with around 2 grams of carbohydrates. Plus, you can make this ooey-gooey chocolate lava cake with less than 7 ingredients in less than 7 minutes!

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Copycat Johnny Carino’s Italian Nachos

Close Up of Italian Nachos
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Close up of a plate of Copycat Johnny Carino's Italian Nachos
Photos are missing olives. Don’t forget to add them like I did!

These Italian Nachos, developed by my dad, are a copycat for the appetizer found at the Italian restaurant, Johnny Carino’s. They would make a stunning appetizer for your Super Bowl party, but they are also amazing eaten as full meal. Since, the Carino’s in Utah closed, we can still enjoy these whenever we have the craving for them.

The yummy nachos are made with homemade tortilla chips topped with:

  • melty pepper-jack cheese
  • a combination of Italian-flavored sausage and chicken
  • juicy fresh tomatoes
  • briny black olives and banana peppers
  • a spicy crunch of fresh jalapenos
  • all topped with a creamy garlicky Alfredo sauce
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Low-Carb Broccoli Soup

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Cropped Low Carb Broccoli Soup with Keto Garlic Butter Bread

My History with Broccoli Soup

Due to an unfortunate event when I was about 13 years old, I avoided broccoli soup for a long time. My dad made broccoli cheddar soup for dinner, and I kept finding little black “things” in my soup. Rather than eat the soup, I kept moving it around in my bowl inspecting the black things until I found one that had long legs… Ugh!!! By the time I made my “discovery”, my brother and my dad had already devoured their bowls of soup. My dad had not properly washed the broccoli while preparing the soup, and there were lots of little black bugs living in the florets of the broccoli. My whole family was thoroughly disgusted, and we threw away the uneaten soup. So, the moral of the story when using fresh broccoli is to wash your broccoli well!

A few years ago, I got the “bug” to try broccoli soup again. I have so many favorite recipes for other vegetable soups including potato soup, carrot soup, and cauliflower soup, and I wanted to give broccoli soup one more chance.

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Jonny’s 7-Layer Bean Dip

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Growing up, my family ate 7-Layer Bean Dip on almost a weekly basis, and I always enjoyed it. When I first met my husband Jonny, he introduced me to his version of 7-Layer Bean Dip. Consequently, I will never go back to the way my family used to make it!

My favorite 7-layer bean dip! Jonny's 7-Layer Bean Dip.
Jonny’s 7-Layer Bean Dip has been carefully refined over the years! It’s the perfect mix of fresh pantry ingredients. Give the best 7-Layer Bean Dip a try!

Compared to Jonny’s version, my family’s version is boring and bland (and remember, I used to eat it weekly). Jonny’s version of 7-Layer Bean Dip is the perfect mix of fresh ingredients and pantry ingredients.

This bean dip elevates beyond the every day generic bean dip by very simple additions! The refried beans are flavorful and seasoned, the black beans are sweet and add soft texture, the sour cream adds a tangy, acidic richness, the cheese adds a smooth sharpness, the tomato adds a fresh crisp texture, and the creamy avocado brings everything together. It is so delicious, and I could eat this every day of the week!

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Avoiding “Keto Flu” on a Low-Carb Diet

Avoiding Keto Flu on the Low-Carb Diet -- Clean Fingers Laynie

When you are on a low-carb diet, “keto flu” symptoms can strike any time–not just during the first week or two! But, you may not have to suffer! Avoiding “keto flu” on a low-carb diet is easy when you learn what foods and supplements to add to your diet to alleviate electrolyte deficiency symptoms.

What is the “Keto Flu”?

Overall, I love the low-carb diet! It doesn’t involve buying specialty products or prepackaged food. When eating a low-carb diet, my appetite dramatically decreases, I no longer have intense sugar cravings, and my afternoon energy slumps are practically non-existent. Additionally, this is the healthiest and most consistent way I’ve found to lose weight without feeling deprived.

If you have started a low-carb diet, you know how rough the first several days can be while your body is adjusting from being a sugar-burner to being a fat-burner!

Dog Wrapped in a blanket with "keto flu" or "electrolyte imbalance"
Avoid “Keto flu” symptoms! Balance your electrolytes through your diet!

“Keto flu” is a term used to describe flu-like symptoms associated with beginning, or during, a very low-carb ketogenic diet. However, it is not a “flu” at all; the “keto flu” should really be called electrolyte imbalance.

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Peachy Oat Cups | Meal Prep

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Meal Prepped Peachy Oat Cups with Low Carb Strawberry Yogurt on a Blue Plate and Side Spoon

Peachy oat cups are one of my favorite breakfasts to meal prep. They come together in less than 10 minutes with only 20 minutes of cook time. Although, you don’t only have to eat these for breakfast. Peachy oat cups make a great snack or dessert too!

My favorite way to eat them is warm right out of the oven or reheated in the microwave for 1 minute.

I love pairing this with different flavors of a low-carb yogurt I find at my local Kroger store (Smith’s in Utah). The image above shows the peachy oat cups paired with CarbMaster strawberry yogurt.

Pairing the yogurt and the peachy oat cups provides such amazing differences in texture. From the soft peaches, crunchy sweet oats, and tangy and creamy yogurt, your taste buds will be dancing.

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Egg, Ham and Cheese Sandwich on a Green Chili Pepper Cheddar Bagel

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The key to any mouth-watering bagel sandwich starts with the bagel. My local Kroger store (Smith’s in Utah) freshly bakes several varieties of bagels every morning; these bagels are soft, full of flavor, and very inexpensive (~$0.60 per bagel). The convenience of a nearby delicious bagel that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg–makes these bagels hard to beat!

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