Makes 2 Servings (50g x 2)
One Serving: 7g Carb. Kcals 82. Protein: 2.5g. Fat 5g. Fibre 1.5g
- Small 110g Banana (skin-on), 66g (without skin) , peeled, sliced and frozen
- 15g, 2 teaspoons of almond or peanut butter
- 35 ml, 3 tablespoons coconut or almond milk, unsweetened
5g Cacao Powder (chocolate flavour) 8g Carb, 91 kcals. Protein 3g. Fat 5g Fibre 2g
Lemon Extract (Neilsen Massey) or Vanilla Extract
2g cacao nibs 0g Carb, 12 kcal. 0g protein 1g Fat 0g Fibre
Bananas are an excellent source of potassium (fluid balance & BP), B6 (hormone balance, stress and sleep) and Vitamin C. They are a high sugar fruit with good pectin fibre and deliver valuable nutrients like B2, Magnesium and Biotin.
I used almond butter and unsweetened almond milk as they are good for cholesterol management. The Cacao powder adds additional magnesium and copper and flavonoids that protect blood vessels.
You could top your breakfast grain-free nutty granola with this.
Slice and freeze your banana the day before.
In a small food processor or blender, whizz up the banana, and nut butter with 2 tablespoons of milk. I gradually added the milk and it blended down to a smooth ice-cream looking texture.
Add your choice of flavours or eat it as it is with a distinctive banana flavour.
A breakfast or Snack on the move
Strawberry: 7g Carb Kcal230 Protein 28g Fat 10g Fibre 3g
Banana: 17g Carb kcal 266 Protein 28g Fat 10g Fibre 1g
Ingredients: 30g Whey, 250ml coconut or almond milk, unsweetened, 80g strawberries or 75g skin-less banana, ice and filtered water.
You can take this in the car with you. Whey is a great source of glutamine, a protein that helps gut cells to heal and white blood cells to protect. Try to buy a whey that is not full of ingredients you don’t understand, so the least ingredients added the better. I try to avoid sweeteners as well which is almost impossible!
Something sweet for after a Meal
Sorbet one serving 20g: 21 kcals
The ‘posh’ restaurants use sorbet to clean the palate. I frequently hear clients saying they want and need something sweet after a meal. This is the perfect choice for Summer months. Suited to both my weight loss programmes. Reduce the portion to 10g if you do not have the spare carb in your target.
Carrot Oat Bran Muffin
1 muffin: 156 kcals
If you slip-up when visiting a coffee shop, you need a low-carb yet tasty replacement treat. This is the healthiest muffin I have made so far. Feel free to experiment with different seeds, berries and flavouring. I keep them in the fridge and warm them up before eating.
Tomato, Basil Pesto & Mozzarella
2 pieces: 84 Calories (Keto roll not included)
1 medium tomato sliced into 4 slices – each slice is approx 25g
10g slice of mozzarella
2g, small piece of basil pesto (in the fridge is hardens)
Prepare and leave on a plate at room temperature.
You can enjoy as a tapas side with a Keto lunch roll.
Hummus & Crudities
50g low-fat hummus (2 teaspoons) & 2 rice cakes (thicker ones)
70g Hummus POT with raw vegetables
A healthy plant-based snack, very filling and you can add any herbs or spices to create new flavours. Beans & Veg are a great sources of fibre and hummus is made using non-heated vegetable oils (omega 6) or olive oil (omega 9).
Low Sugar Fruit
The APP has all the nutritional details to help you choose.
Fruit contains vitamins, is water-rich and is sweet. It is the ideal snack. On a Low Carb food plan choose the low sugar fruit. You can stew it and add yoghurt or cream.
43g 1 passionfruit – 2g Carb
1 fresh fig- 3g Carb
80g Blackberries/raspberries – 4g Carb
80g 1 small clementine – 5g Carb
80g Strawberries – 5g Carb
80g Melon honeydew – 5g Carb
Celery Stick with Nut Butter or Cream Cheese
Nut Butter : Carb 2g Kcals 133
Cream Cheese: Carbs 3g Kcals 116
Tzatziki : 124kcals
Celery is an excellent source of potassium to help fluid balance and pH.
45g, 1 stick of celery
20g Almond Butter OR 50g Cream cheese OR 50g Tzatziki
Check your packet of Tzatziki for Carb level.
Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Mousse
1 serving: 6.3g Carb Kcals 229 Protein 8.7g Fat 21.3g Fibre 5.6g
Sweet or Savoury Pancakes
A) Berries & Yoghurt Option: Carb 12g Kcals 243 Protein 11g Fat 16g Fibre 4g
B) Goats Cheese & Rocket : Carb 9g Kcals 263 Protein 14g. Fat 19g Fibre 3g
C) Ham & Cheddar Cheese & Rocket : Carb 9g Kcals 331 Protein 23g Fat 22g. Fibre 3g
On a hungry day, this breakfast could become a snack.
Pancake Ingredients: 1.5 tablespoons (15g) Oat Bran, (30g) full fat Greek Yoghurt or cream cheese1 medium egg, 1 teaspoon (6g) flax seeds (whole), (4g) 2 x 2g butter
Method: Crack an egg into the bowel. Add 15g of Oat Bran Add 30g of yoghurt, which is about a dessert spoon full. Using a hand whisk, mix it all together until you see a few bubbles. Grease a small non-stick pan with a little butter (2g x 2g if cooking 2 pancakes). You can make 2 small pancakes or 1 big one. Pour in the mixture at gas mark 7, and allow to sit and cook for 1 min at least before moving. Shake the pan lightly to ensure the mixture does not stick. Lightly lift the pancake at the side of the pan to see if it is ready for flipping. Repeat for the second pancake. Smaller pancakes cook faster and look like more food on a plate.
When you flip it, top the cooked side with your topping of cheese, berry or ham to slightly warm them too.
A) 40g berries (blueberries, raspberries, strawberries) with 30g yoghurt
B) 20g Goats Cheese with 12g Rocket and lemon juice
C) 35g, sliced ham with 20g grated cheese & 20g rocket (cheddar used in this recipe)
Cheese stuffed Pepper
80g , 1 washed and de-seeded sweet red pointed pepper stuffed with 40g cream cheese, 4 black olives and 20g iceberg crunchy lettuce. This is incredibly tasty if you roast it and add a little chilli…..
Turkey or Chicken Pate
Makes 4 servings (50g x 4)
One Serving: Carb 1.5g Kcal 153 (crackers or crudities not included)
This is an alternative to a fish pate. Turkey is a great source of tryptophan, a protein used to make serotonin which controls our mood, sleep appetite and sex drive. I like to enjoy it not just as a Christmas food.
Ingredients: 200g raw turkey/chicken mince, 30g onion, finely chopped, 2 sprigs of rosemary,
(23ml) 1.5 tablespoon olive oil, 50g cream cheese and lemon juice
Add 1 tablespoon (15ml) of the olive oil to the frying pan and add the chopped herb of your choice (I used rosemary) and the onion. Allow to soften. Add the mince and cook it through, then leave to cool. Blitz the cooked meat in a food processor, adding the cream cheese, remaining 8ml of virgin olive oil and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper. You can add additional fresh herb, like parsley. Enjoy with low-carb crackers or crudities.
Smoked Mackerel Pate
Calories: 176 1 ramekin of pate (crackers not included)
This recipe delivers a hit of omega 3 & protein.
Mix the following ingredients together in a blender –
75g, 1 smoked mackerel fillet, skin removed, 50g, soft cheese low-fat, pinch nutmeg,, pinch nutmeg – taste then add more by taste preference, 2 teaspoons lemon juice, black pepper
Divide into 2 ramekins. Refrigerate. Serve with a pinch cayenne chilli pepper on top.
Serve with sides of celery sticks, watercress leaves and rice cakes. Sides not included in calorie count.
Alternatively you can buy Salmon Mousse. William Carr do a range – 50g = 170 kcal, Carb 0.7g, Protein 3.15g, Fat 2g, Fibre 0g
Chilli Avocado lemony Spread
Thanks to Catherine for this recipe!. She enjoys it Friday evening on a Keto Cracker.
70g, half avocado, skin removed and roughly mashed with a fork
half lemon, squeezed
A red chilli, chopped very finely with the seeds removed
Method: Mash the 3 ingredients together. Refridgerate.
One Serving: 10g square of 70%. 57 Calories
Personally I love Lindt. You decide your %. Start at 70% and move up overtime. Your palate will change. If you persist, you will eventually prefer dark to milk chocolate.
Homemade Chocolate Nut & Seed Sweets
Makes 32 sweets. One Sweet: 0.75g Carb Kcal 58
I make these in my ice cube trays and store them in the freezer.
Ingredients: 80g of 90% dark chocolate, 120g Linwood Milled Flaxseed, Sunflower & Pumpkin seed Mix, 30g, 2 heaped teaspoons Tahini Sesame Seed Spread, 60g, 4 heaped teaspoons of Smooth Almond Butter, 20g 4 teaspoons Cacao Nibs
Method: Melt the dark chocolate in a broiler (bowl over boiling water), add the nut butter, tahini and mix well. Remove from the heat and add the rest of the ingredients. Then using a hot spoon/s, laden the mixture into the ice cube tray and freeze.
A small knife inserted into the edge of the tray, pops a sweet easily out when you want a snack.
Dark Chocolate & Blanched Hazelnuts
One Serving: Carb 2g. Kcals 123
This is like the bars of nut chocolate
10 blanched crunchy Hazelnuts (selling in Dunnes & Supervalu)
10g, 1 square 85% dark chocolate
Cheese, Nuts, Olives
One Serving: Carb 0g. Kcals 115
The ideal Friday Night Nibble
40g large olives in Brine with 10g chunk of Vintage Cheddar and 5g of crunchy Hazelnuts (5)
If you have spare carb left over from your day, add a few grapes to alkalise this snack.
Chocolate has good nutrients as long as you choose one with low sugar and high cocoa content. Egg whites are a great protein and they are used in mousse. There is sugar in cointreau but we are using very little 10ml. You can buy a miniature in O’Briens.
Use a really nice glass to serve it and decorate with a strawberry. Full Recipe HERE
Total Recipe: Carb 19g Kcal 523 Protein 17g Fat 34g Fibre 0g
1/3 of the recipe is one serving
Nairn Oatcakes with Nut Butter
One Serving: Carb 8g Kcal 143
Oats are a great source of soluble fibre for cholesterol management. If you don’t like porridge, this is a great way to enjoy oats. Unfortunately they tend to packed in portions of 4 to 5 oatcakes together so be careful to take your portion out and put the pack away.
One Serving: 2 Oatcakes and 10g of Almond Butter
Toast Crackers with Cheese
One Serving: Carb 5g Kcal 148
The Foods of Athenry do a range of Toasts (crackers) that are lovely with cheese, pate, savoury mousse and other toppings.I chose them as they are trans-fat free. For this snack I used the Honeyed Almond and Rosemary cracker with Dubliner Vintage Cheddar cheese. I added a fresh fig but that is optional. You may wish to add other fruit such as 2 to 3 grapes.
One Serving: 4 crackers, 25g cheese
‘KIND’ Snack Bar
30g Sea Salt & dark Chocolate Carb 7.2g. Kcals 157. Protein: 5.1g Fat:11g. Fibre 3.9g
30g Caramel Almond & Sea Salt. Carb 5.7g. Kcals 158. Protein: 4.8g Fat:12g. Fibre 5.4g
In 2020 they adjusted the carb content down in some of these snack bars from 17g to 10g in the 50g bars. More recently I found a box set of 3 x 30g bars in SuperValu. These are ideal if you are travelling or caught having a healthy option in a coffee shop. Keep some in your car and bag/briefcase.
One Serving: 13g carb Kcal 157
I did not particurlary enjoy these! I found them in Holland and Barrett. However they have good fibres in them for cholesterol management. They can cause wind as the little pack supplies a whopping 17g of fibre so avoid if you have IBS or digestive disorder.
However I am included them in this list as they are a useful snack to have if you frequent coffee shops and need a small bite.
A boiled Egg
One Serving: 64g medium egg. 84 Kcal
Eggs are a complete protein (the gold standard of all protein foods). They are filling as they have protein and fat content.
I add my egg to cold water, bring to the boil quickly, boil for 1 minute then simmer very gently for 4 minutes and then leave in the water off the hob for another 2 minutes. I like my egg solid but not too hard. Run under a cold tap and store them for 4 to 5 days in a cool place.
Homemade Keto Crackers
Makes 10 servings (160g)
One serving 16g : Carb 1.8g Calories: 90
Stewed Apple & Berries with Nutty Yoghurt
One Serving: Carb 11g Kcals 220
A healthy but creamy dessert with cold yoghurt, warm fruit and toasted cinnamon almond bites.
Note, when Rhubarb is in season, use it with the apple.
200g peeled cooking apple
30g x 4, Berries of your choice, including Passionfruit
100g x 4, Thick Green natural Live Yoghurt
10g x 4, almond bites
3g x 4, a drizzle of Chicory Syrup
Stew the Apple and add the berries briefly to soften them. Toast the nuts on a dry frying pan, sprinkling with cinnamon. Watch them carefully as they burn easily. Drizzle the chicory on top of the finished serving.