Low Carb Chocolate Almond Smoothie

Low Carb Chocolate Almond Smoothie

I created this smoothie recipe specially for all you low carb fans. Its a challenge to make a low carb smoothie and have it taste great. I “cheated” for this one and used stevia. Are you concerned about stevia? Please don’t be.

I met a caveman in Chicago who lost over 200 lbs. He is a stevia enthusiast.

Stevia is completely fine while on a Primal Blueprint eating plan. I’ll have awesome recipes in the future that are low carb without stevia. This one has it. It features almond milk and almond butter along with chocolate. Enjoy!

The Recipe

What makes this smoothie low carb?

About 17% of the calorie count is from carbs. But 9 out of 20 of the grams of carbs come from fiber. Your body does not digest fiber. It instead passes right through. When that carb percentage is in the 10-15% range I will look at the fiber content and then decide if it is low carb or not. I think this one qualifies.

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Is Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) Less Healthy Than Taco Bell?!

KFC

No. It’s not healthier either. It truly can not get any worse than Taco Bell.

Someone told me that the same company that owns Taco Bell owns KFC. This then does not surprise me that KFC is just as bad as Taco Bell. I just looked through all of KFC’s food items via this PDF and did not find anything that I would eat.

I found 10 different menu items at Wendy’s that I would eat. I found nothing at Taco Bell or KFC. This is sad. Very sad. I am not even being strict. Both fast food chains simply do not serve real food. Nothing is real. Everything has something added to it that I have no idea what it is. I want to know what I am eating.

Do you want a graphic as to what is in KFC’s food? Click here to see other “foods” like the two I quote below.

Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken Stock, Potatoes (With Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate To Protect Color), Carrots, Peas, Heavy Cream, Modified Food Starch, Contains 2% Or Less Of Wheat Flour, Salt, Chicken Fat, Dried Dairy Blend (Whey, Calcium Caseinate), Butter (Cream, Salt), Natural Chicken Flavor With Other Natural Flavors (Salt, Natural Flavoring, Maltodextrin, Whey Powder, Nonfat Dry Milk, Chicken Fat, Ascorbic Acid [To Help Protect Flavor], Sesame Oil, Chicken Broth Powder), Monosodium Glutamate, Liquid Margarine (Vegetable Oil Blend [Liquid Soybean, Hydrogenated Cottonseed, Hydrogenated Soybean], Water, Vegetable Mono And Diglycerides, Beta Carotene [Color]), Roasted Garlic Juice Flavor (Garlic Juice, Salt, Natural Flavors), Gelatin, Roasted Onion Juice Flavor (Onion Juice, Salt, Natural Flavors), Chicken Pot Pie Flavor (Hydrolyzed Corn, Soy And Wheat Gluten Protein, Salt, Vegetable Stock [Carrot, Onion, Celery], Maltodextrin, Flavors, Dextrose, Chicken Broth), Sugar, Mono and Diglycerides, Spice, Seasoning (Soybean Oil, Oleoresin Turmeric, Spice Extractives), Parsley, Citric Acid, Caramel Color, Yellow 5. Enriched Flour Bleached (Wheat Flour, Niacin, Ferrous Sulfate, Thiamin Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Oil, Water, Nonfat Milk, Maltodextrin, Salt, Dextrose, Sugar, Whey, Natural Flavor, Butter, Citric Acid, Dough Conditioner, L-Cysteine Hydrochloride, Potassium Sorbate and Sodium Benzoate (Preservatives), Colored With Yellow 5 & Red 40.  Fresh Chicken Marinated With: Salt, Sodium Phosphate and Monosodium Glutamate. Breaded With: Wheat Flour, Salt, Spices, Monosodium Glutamate, Leavening (Sodium Bicarbonate), Garlic Powder, Natural Flavorings, Citric Acid, Maltodextrin, Sugar, Corn Syrup Solids, With Not More Than 2% Calcium Silicate Added as an Anti Caking Agent OR Fresh Chicken Marinated With: Salt, Sodium Phosphate and Monosodium Glutamate. Breaded With: Wheat Flour, Salt, Spices, Monosodium Glutamate, Corn Starch, Leavening (Sodium Bicarbonate), Garlic Powder, Modified Corn Starch, Spice Extractives, Citric Acid, and 2% Calcium Silicate added as Anticaking Agent OR Fresh Chicken Marinated With: Salt, Sodium Phosphate and Monosodium Glutamate. Breaded With: Wheat Flour, Sodium Chloride and Anticaking Agent (Tricalcium Phosphate), Nonfat Milk, Egg Whites, Colonel’s Secret Original Recipe Seasoning OR Potato Starch, Sodium Phosphate, Salt, Breaded With: Wheat Flour, Sodium Chloride and Anti-caking agent (Tricalcium Phosphate), Nonfat Milk, Egg Whites, Colonel’s Secret Original Recipe Seasoning OR Potato Starch, Sodium Phosphate, Salt, Breaded With: Wheat Flour, Salt, Spices, Monosodium Glutamate, Leavening (Sodium Bicarbonate), Garlic Powder, Natural Flavorings, Citric Acid, Maltodextrin, Sugar, Corn Syrup Solids, With Not More Than 2% Calcium Silicate Added as an Anti Caking Agent OR Potato Starch, Sodium Phosphate, Salt, Breaded With: Wheat Flour, Salt, Spices, Monosodium Glutamate, Corn Starch, Leavening (Sodium Bicarbonate), Garlic Powder, Modified Corn Starch, Spice Extractives, Citric Acid, and 2% Calcium Silicate Added As Anticaking Agent ORSeasoning (Salt, Monosodium Glutamate, Garlic Powder, Spice Extractives, Onion Powder), Soy Protein Concentrate, Rice Starch and Sodium Phosphates. Battered With: Water, Wheat Flour, Leavening (Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate, Monocalcium Phosphate), Salt, Dextrose, Monosodium Glutamate, Spice and Onion Powder. Predusted With: Wheat Flour, Wheat Gluten, Salt, Dried Egg Whites, Leavening (Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate), Monosodium Glutamate, Spice and Onion Powder. Breaded With: Wheat Flour, Salt, Soy Flour, Leavening (Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate), Monosodium Glutamate, Spice, Nonfat Dry Milk, Onion Powder, Dextrose, Extractives of Turmeric and Extractives of Annatto. Breading Set in Vegetable oil.Contains Egg, Milk, Wheat and Soy.*Will contain one of the Ingredient statements above, depending upon regional supplier

Ok if you already eat a paleo diet then you probably were never going to consume that anyways. So what about the Double Down that is grilled? I would personally pass due to what is in their grilled chicken.

KFC Grilled Chicken

Fresh Chicken Marinated With Salt, Sodium Phosphate, and Monosodium Glutamate. Seasoned With:  Maltodextrin, Salt, Bleached Wheat Flour, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean and Cottonseed Oil, Monosodium Glutamate, Spice, Palm Oil, Natural Flavor, GarlicPowder, Soy Sauce (Soybean, Wheat, Salt), Chicken Fat, Chicken Broth, Autolyzed Yeast Extract, Extractives of Turmeric, Dehydrated Carrot, Onion Powder, and Not More Than 2% Each of Calcium Silicate and Silicon Dioxide Added As Anticaking Agents.Contains Wheat and Soy.

If it was between eating KFC or dieing I honestly might choose to die. Let’s hope I am never in that situation…

What do I recommend?

I recommend you go to Moes Southwest Grill, Chipotle Mexican Grill or Wendys if you are on the road, are shaking because you are so hungry and if you do not have other food on hand. There are plenty of other awesome options but I have yet to dissect any. I will be doing this over the next several weeks and months.

The next 2 fast food chains that I will disect are McDonalds and then Burger King. If there is any fast food restaurant in particular that you want me to disect then please let me know. It’s a lot of fun! McDonalds will take a while as they have countless items on their menu. Most are not safe to eat while some are OK.

KFC and Taco Bell disgust me. They don’t serve food. I encourage you to stay away!

Did you have a chance to look at the PDF? What do you think? Did you find anything that you would eat? Maybe I skipped over a menu item that is OK. Let me know in the comment section. And, if you have a restaurant you want me to dissect then just let me know!

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Ditch Grains for Perfect Sleep & Significant Muscle Gain

Tyler Peters

Hello everyone! Today is Sunday. A day of inspiration. A day to relax and be grateful for all that you have. Read this success story and then contact me if you have one to submit yourself. All comments, questions and concerns are greatly appreciated and can be left below. Grok on!

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My name is Tyler Peeters and I’m 23 years old. Much like the one and only Primal Toad, I received my nickname (Lunchbox) at a young age. I was a short, fat kid. As time passed I grew to be a tall fat kid. At one point I was 6’1” and about 265 lbs. I put myself on a pretty rigorous workout program that dropped me down to a skinny 175 lbs in about a year.

Despite my massive weight loss and my new fitness regime, I didn’t have the energy that I had when I was younger (and less “in shape”). I started going low carb while performing the p90x workout program and found it surprisingly easy and energizing to not eat grains. Conventional wisdom always dictated that grains are where we get our energy from.

It was 8 months, 13 days ago that I decided to go Primal.

A friend of mine introduced me to Mark Sisson’s blog, Marks Daily Apple. I found the concept of living primal to be very interesting and bought his book, The Primal Blueprint. Since the day I bought the book, the main thing that I have noticed about my new diet is my energy levels.

I sleep a full night now, often without waking up at all. Going from waking up 6 or 7 times per night to sleeping through a full night not only improves my energy levels throughout the day but improves my mood, my daily routine is more regular (now that I’m not hitting the snooze button 3 or 4 times), and my health in general.

When I wake up in the morning, I no longer require a sugar-laden Nitrous Oxide supplement in order to function at the gym. I just scarf down a banana and I’m on my way. Going primal is truly the best decision I’ve ever made.

How do grains mess with our sleeping patterns?

I’m not sure the exact mechanism by which this works but I do have a degree in Chemistry and Biology and have a rough idea of how eating grains ruins our sleep. I suspect that it has something to do with the way grains affect your blood glucose levels.

When a grain is introduced, your blood glucose spikes and remains elevated for a long period of time as the different sugars are broken down by your insulin. This causes your body to keep releasing energy for hours after you eat grains (that’s why your mom always told you to eat spaghetti before sports). This means that if you eat a lot of grains throughout the day, when you go to sleep, your body is still breaking your blood sugars down and this keeps you from entering a very deep sleep. Eliminating the grains and processed sugars eliminates your blood sugar spikes, leading to an amazing sleep.

That’s my (not so) short story about how going primal has changed my life. By the way, for those of you who care, I’m now sitting at a muscular 215 lbs.

Thanks to Toad for providing me with the opportunity to share my story.

Grok on!

Tyler