Mint Chocolate Keto Coffee

Yum! One of my all time favorite flavor combinations is mint chocolate. A year ago I started using keto to manage my lipedema and lymphedema and I thought I would have to say goodbye to it forever. Chocolate collagen powder and peppermint extract to the rescue!

A few weeks ago I found myself in the baking aisle of my grocery store for the first time in months and there, on a pre-holiday display, was peppermint extract. That’s keto! I excitedly dropped several bottles in my basket and left them on my kitchen counter for inspiration. It didn’t take long to strike, sturdy women. In fact, all I had to do was reach for my french press the next morning.

I started taking collagen to give my skin a little extra help responding to my keto weight loss. I’m not sure if my skin would be any saggier without it, but I can say I’ve had massive hair regrowth and my skin and nails look fantastic. That’s enough to make me a collagen fan! My favorite is Perfect Keto chocolate collagen with MCT oil (use my link to get $15 off your order). It easily and completely dissolves in my coffee and the pinch of stevia makes it taste like dessert. It may seem a little pricey but Perfect Keto offers deep discounts around most holidays so I just make sure to stock up. They also do occasional flash sales on Amazon – so watch for those!

The other key ingredient – besides coffee – is heavy cream. If possible, find one without carrageenan in it. Carraageenan is commonly added to milk to keep it creamy, but it can also irritate our sensitive guts and cause more inflammation. Locally I buy it at Whole Foods. If you don’t have one near you, look at any higher end grocer. Yes, it costs more, but I eat less on keto so it balances out in the end.

Have you gathered your ingredients? What are we waiting for?! Pull out your favorite mug and treat yourself to a decadent cup of mint chocolate keto coffee.

Total Time: 15 minutes

Servings: One

Ingredients:

  • Fresh brewed coffee, chocolate flavor if you have it
  • 1 serving chocolate collagen powder
  • Heavy cream to taste
  • 3-4 drops peppermint extract, or to taste
  • Whipped cream
    • Make your own if you have time, but I usually ‘cheat’ and use a can of Reddi Wip extra creamy

Regular readers know I don’t count macros, calories, or anything but the length of my ponytail, but if you are curious pop the ingredients into your favorite app and I’m sure you’ll be pleased with the low carb results.

How did it turn out? What’s your favorite way to dress up keto coffee? Write me a note below.

Spicy Asparagus and Sausage

Juggling a busy life with staying in ketosis? This spicy asparagus and sausage is one of my favorite go-to keto recipes, whether it’s a busy week night or a weekend feast. It works equally well as a main dish or a hearty side. A savory mix of creamy and crunchy, it’s sure to find its way into your regular rotation.

My mom made a variation of this recipe when I was growing up, from a Minnesota heritage cookbook, and I’ve improved on it with bacon grease. This is usually a dinner meal for me, which means I have a greasy pan left over from breakfast or lunch. Why, dear reader, would you throw away such keto goodness? I like to just heat up the greasy pan and throw in the onions with a big pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper. Once they start to soften (about five minutes) you’re ready to add your sausage, breaking it into pieces if needed. Throw in more salt and pepper along with a few dashes of red pepper flakes, being sure to balance the flavor if you’re using spicy sausage.

While the onions and sausage are cooking, prep your asparagus. At my supermarket it tends to come in one pound bunches and I usually cook about half if I’m eating alone, more with friends! Look for thin bright green spears and cook as soon as possible after purchase. My favorite tip – learned watching Food Network – is to hold one tip of each spear in each hand and gently bend. It should naturally snap in half where it starts getting tough and woody. Throw out the bottom part (usually about half) and keep the top part for your dinner. Prep this while the onions and sausage are sauteing.

Around the ten minute mark your sausage should be mostly browned and your onions should be starting to caramelize a bit. Throw in your asparagus spears along with more salt and pepper to taste then stir to coat with the bacon grease. Continue to cook until the asparagus in tender, but still bright green, about ten more minutes.

I find this is about the same amount of time it takes me to broil a ribeye. Coincidence?!

When the asparagus is tender, plate your concoction, top with a generous handful of full-fat feta, and kick up your feet. You deserve some delicious me time, gorgeous!

Total Time: 20 Minutes

Servings: One

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 tbsps bacon grease
  • 1/2 of a small onion, about 1/4 cup thinly sliced
  • 1/2 pound fresh asparagus
  • 2-3 sausage patties or about 1/4 pound ground sausage (hot if you like!)
  • Several generous pinches of salt, about 1/4 – 1/2 tsp
  • Ground black pepper to taste
  • Red pepper flakes to taste
  • Handful of full fat feta cheese

Regular readers know I don’t count macros, calories, or anything but my toenail growth, but if you are curious pop the ingredients into your favorite app and I’m sure you’ll be pleased with the low carb results.

Leave a comment below to let me know how it turned out and if you did anything differently!