Crock Pot Hot Dogs (with no added water)

Whether fixing a simple family dinner or cooking for a crowd, feel free to throw your hot dogs in your crock pot!  You can fit up to 60 hot dogs in a 6-quart slow cooker.  And please, don’t add any “hot dog water”….that is not necessary.  Without water, the hot dogs will cook in their own juices and crisp up just like convenience store dogs.
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Directions:
For a small amount:  just lay the hot dogs on the bottom of the crock pot
For a crowd:  stand hot dogs on their ends to fit the max amount.  You can fit up to 60 hot dogs in a 6-quart slow cooker.

There is no need to add water.  The hot dogs will release moisture all on their own and if the hot dogs are in hot water for too long they will split split.

Cook approx. 3 hours on low or on high for about 2 hours.  After the dogs are fully heated, you can just keep them on the warm setting until needed so they are hot and ready for you at anytime.

I like to eat my hot dogs on the low carb side with no bun and slathered with Skyline no-bean chili and mustard!

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Bulletproof Style Latte Recipe

Coffee that promotes weight loss and increased energy? Could it be true?

Bulletproof® coffee is a brand founded by Dave Asprey.  Based on long standing Tibetan traditions, he advocates packing coffee with healthy fats to promote weight loss and energy.  His recipe has really taken off.  It has gained many followers and complementary personalized versions.

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You can find the original Bulletproof Coffee recipe here and read more about it.  It is basically hot coffee blended with grass-fed butter and MCT oil.  He also sells the components to make the coffee.

I have recently made my own version of the coffee.  Since I use the coffee as a morning meal replacement / pre-workout drink, I prefer to add chocolate protein powder to it.  Not only does adding the chocolate protein powder make it similar to a coffee house latte,  the added protein helps to keep my hunger meanies at bay.   I also (for now) replace the MCT oil with coconut oil just because it is widely and cheaply available.

MCT oil is medium-chain triglyceride oil.  MCT oil is purified from coconut and palm kernel oils.  It can be quite expensive, so for now I am using coconut oil instead of pure MCT to make a version of Bulletproof®-style coffee.  It is a good way to test out the recipe without investing too much into it to see if an investment in bulletproof coffee may be for you.

I have been drinking this before my morning exercise.  So far (3 times) I have noticed increased energy and a faster pace to my exercise. I have found the bullet proof latte version to be the perfect pre-workout drink.  It is just enough to get you going.  Many report that a bullet proof coffee helps with weight loss.  It is reported not to disrupt the night-time fasting cycle in the body, but that it gives you lots of energy to start your day while you continue to burn.  I am going to continue on with it and will report back with results.

Bulletproof Latte Recipe

Ingredients:

2 cups of hot coffee
2 tablespoons of grass fed butter
1 tablespoon of coconut oil
1 scoop of protein powder (I used About Time Chocolate Powder)
1 pinch of cinnamon

Directions: 

Add all of the ingredients to a blender and blend until everything is combined and frothy.
This tastes DELICIOUS and not oily at all; just velvety and smooth!
The recipe as written here contains 423 calories, 24 grams of protein and 1 g. of carbohydrates.
You can also try it in its original form without the protein powder for 323 calories and 1 g. of carbohydrates.

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Low Carb Green Smoothie Recipe

This is the best low carb green smoothie recipe.  Ok, well… in my world anyways.  I have tried so many different combos, but this by far is my favorite.  It does all the right things for me and I feel like a superhero when I drink it!

I borrowed this recipe from blendercooking.com

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This low carb green smoothie recipe makes 1 large meal sized serving and comes out to 195 calories and less than 3 g. of net carbs.

If you or your loved ones are not following a strict low carb lifestyle, you can add in a small banana and it will come out to about 285 calories and 23 g. net carbs.

Ingredients:
1 cup unsweetened almond milk  [30 cal., less that 1 g. carb]
2 small handfuls organic spinach (this is about 3/4 c. packed)
1 tablespoon chia seeds [60 cal., 0 net carbs]
1 tablespoon all natural no sugar added almond or peanut butter [105 cal., 2 g. net carb]
dash of cinnamon
5 ice cubes

Directions:
Add all of the ingredients to a blender except the ice and blend very well until smooth.  Add ice cubes and blend until desired.

Not familiar with chia seeds?  HERE is some more info on them.

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