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!

 

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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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Low Carb Crock Pot Sausages and Marinara Sauce

These low carb crock pot sausages and marinara sauce is a super quick meal.  You can get dinner all done and cooking in just a few minutes.  No precooking or pre-browning is required for the sausages!  Pair this with a nice salad and you have a quick low carb meal.

 

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Ingredients:
6-8 Italian Sausages of your choice (I used the Publix brand – 2 carbs per link)

1 Jar of Marinara Sauce (I used La Famiglia Del Grosso Sunday Marinana – 3 net carbs for 1/4 cup)

Directions:
Mix all of the ingredients and cook on low 6 hours.

If you prefer your sausages grilled – after cooking you could throw them on a grill pan or BBQ for a few minutes to crisp them up.

Carbs per Serving: Approx. 5 net carbs for one sausage link + 1/4 cup of sauce.

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Low Carb Crock Pot Organic Cream of Mushroom Chicken (2 ingredients – 5 Minutes)

Chicken thrown in a crock pot with condensed cream of mushroom soup.  Remember eating that back in the day?  I do.

Over the last few years, I have not only been tracking the carbs in my food, but I have also been focusing of the quality of ingredients in the food we eat.  Specifically, including more organics and not eating genetically modified foods (GMOs) or foods with preservatives or chemicals.  A few years back, I suffered from awful chronic stomach indigestion.  Long story short, I fixed my diet and my stomach healed itself.

If you don’t know a lot about genetically modified foods, here are the basics:

A GMO (genetically modified organism) is an organism (i.e. food product) where DNA from one product is extracted and introduced into the DNA of a completely unrelated plant or animal (this is not a hybrid). For example, GMO sweet corn is genetically engineered to be herbicide resistant (roundup ready) and to produce its own insecticide (Bt Toxin).  It is not like pesticides where they are on the outside of the produce.  The BT Toxin is in every cell of the corn.  The insect takes a bite of the corn and then the BT toxin puts holes in the insect’s gut and it dies from sepsis.  The long term effects of GMOs on humans are not completely known.

Common GMO ingredients come from soybeans (soy, soy flour, soy lecithin), corn and corn products (corn syrup), canola, sugar from sugar beets (food or drinks with sugar that isn’t cane sugar), cotton / cotton seed oil, Hawaiian papaya, and some zucchini squash.  An easy way to avoid GMOs is to eat organic.  Organic food cannot knowingly contain GMOs.  The worst offenders for GMOs is prepackaged food.  The overwhelming majority of food in a box, bag or can contains some form of soy, corn, canola or sugar.  I am not perfect in my eating, but I have greatly improved and like most of us, I am just striving each day to be the best version of myself.

Ok, enough about that.  Back to low carb crock pot cooking : )

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Recently, I was browsing my local Publix grocery store and saw this new item.  Pacific brand organic cream of mushroom condensed soup.

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Regular Campbell’s condensed cream of mushroom soup has these ingredients:

Water, mushrooms, vegetable oil (corn, cottonseed, canola or soybean), modified food starch, wheat flour, salt, MSG , soy protein concentrate, dehydrated cream (cream {milk} soy lecithin) yeast extract, flavoring, dehydrated garlic. The bold ingredients are most likely genetically modified foods.  It also contains MSG.

The Pacific organic cream of mushroom contains this:

Water, Mushrooms, Creme Fraisch, rich starch, rice flour, sea salt, onion powder, garlic powder.

I gave the cream of mushroom soup a try with chicken in my crock pot and it made for a tasty quick meal!  It took less than 5 minutes to prepare and made a great quick lunch with only 5 grams of carbs.

Low Carb Crock Pot Organic Cream of Mushroom Chicken

Ingredients:

2 or 3 organic chicken breasts

1 container of Pacific Cream of Mushroom Condensed Soup

Sour Cream (optional)

Directions:

Add the condensed soup and chicken to your slow cooker.  Do not add any additional  liquid to the condensed soup!!

Cook on high for 3 hours or until the chicken is fully cooked (but not overcooked)!

Serve each chicken breast with 1/4 cup of the sauce.  I like to eat it with a dollop of sour cream.

Carb count:  5 g. of carbs

If you are looking for the Pacific Cream of Mushroom and cannot find it or just want to read the reviews on it, you can find it on Amazon here:

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