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Dairy-Free Keto Berry Slush

So I was out picking weeds and watering flowers (July in the Midwest, aka 90+ degrees) when a fierce thirst came over me. With the keto way of eating, dairy is allowed, but it’s not a requirement. Dairy doesn’t bother me, but I do see sense in cutting back, which is what I have been trying to do of late. It was at this moment that the dairy-free keto berry slush was born.

Dairy-Free Keto Berry Slush Recipe

In a blender (I used the single serving blender component of my Ninja Blender), combine the following ingredients, blend, admire, sip and savor!

Ninja Blender with 2 Single Serving Blending Cups
Ninja Blender with 2 Single Serving Blending Cups

2 ounces Spindrift lemon flavored carbonated water

1/4 cup Thai Kitchen coconut milk1/2 to 1 T Pyure Keto friendly sweetener

Pinch of salt

3 medium strawberries (or the berry of your choice)

1 C ice

Maybe a splash of water if it’s too thick, or more Spindrift

Reminder to Read Labels

One might assume the carb count in these innocent-looking unsweetened cans of carbonated water would be the same. One would be wrong. The grapefruit has 4 carbs per can, so if you’d like to make a Keto Berry Slush with that flavor, 2 ounces would equal 1 carb. The raspberry lime flavor has 2 carb per can. The lemon…1 carb per can, and y’all, I’m gonna call that ZERO carbs in this recipe, because I ain’t counting 1/4 of a carb! :-)I suppose this could be considered a fat bomb. If you’ve heard that term and need more explanation, read this post. If you wanted to be festive and turn this into a libation, I think a little rum would do nicely. Here is more about alcohol and keto.

Final Macro Count: 5g net carbs | 12g fat | 0 protein | 135 calories

If you’re new to keto, you might find the following links helpful.

Daily Meal Plans By Leanne Vogel

Keto Beginners: Keep It Simple!

Fathead Homemade Pizza Crust- AMAZING!

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Can You Drink Alcohol On Keto?

Keto Cocktails. Red Wine Sangria

Can you drink, imbibe, partake of a cocktail on the keto diet? Probably one of the more common questions. The answer to all questions is: you can do anything you want. But what are the consequences? Will it throw you out of ketosis? That, like all things, depends on your total carb count, your activity level, and your own unique body and biochemistry. But you know what? It’s cocktail-thirty, so let’s start with a Keto cocktail recipe!

Keto Sangria Recipe

Get out your blender, or make yours on the rocks!

Option #1: Blend 4 oz. red wine with ice, lime squeeze, 2 medium strawberries, 2-4 ounces of coconut milk and Pyure, a Keto friendly sweetener.

Note: The coconut milk I use has water, but it keeps it light and low carb. The brand is called “So Delicious.” I get mine at Costco, but it’s online as well. Pyure is a blend of stevia and erythritol, and it is my favorite sweetener.

Option #2: Use white wine instead.  It has slightly fewer carbs than red wine, depending on the brand, but I prefer the taste of red.  Also, vary your berry! Hmmm, how about blueberries or raspberries?

Option #3: For fizz, add in unsweetened, carbonated flavored water. I found a combo pack at Costco. The flavors are lemon, grapefruit, and raspberry lime. This does have a few carbs, maybe 2 per can, but you only need a splash to get that fizz that tickles your nose. And it’s cheap! Fifty cents a can. This is the brand.

Alcohol and the Keto Diet

Now, back to the questions about alcohol on keto. For you beer drinkers is, yep, beer is too high in carbs to be a consistent part of a strict keto diet. Wines are lower, but it will cost you 4-5 carbs per 5 ounce glass, depending on the type and brand. And hard alcohol is the lowest at 0 net carbs if it is unflavored, despite being made from fruits and grains, because fermentation and distillation converts that sugar to ethyl alcohol.

Cauliflower rice garnished with green onions
Keto Cocktail vodka in hibiscus tea

So while a vodka cranberry would be out because of the cranberry juice, you can do a lovely Vodka-Hibiscus Tea with a squeeze of lime, as pictured. Here is more info on Hibiscus Tea, which is super high in vitamin C. But beware that alcohol will affect you differently if you are fat adapted on the keto diet, meaning that your body is burning stored fat for fuel as opposed to carbohydrates. It’s a more complicated process than I am qualified to speak on, so for more on the science of  alcohol and ketosis as well as a fantastic reference for carb counts on alcohol, I refer you to a source I trust: Ruled.Me

If you’re new to keto, please poke around the blog. I do things simply ’round here, from explanations to recipes. Need a meal plan or book recommendation? Click here. Want a virgin drink? I promise you that you cannot beat these 90-second keto shakes. I am pretty much a newbie, so I cook simply and explain the basics so as not to overwhelm. I am THRILLED with how much better I feel on keto: so much energy, reduced depression, drastically reduced body aches and pains, and a slightly smaller butt.

Cheers to Keto Cocktails!

img_4617Can you drink, imbibe, partake of a cocktail on the keto diet? Probably one of the more common questions. The answer to all questions is: you can do anything you want. But what are the consequences? Will it throw you out of ketosis? That, like all things, depends on your total carb count, your activity level, and your own unique body and biochemistry.

The bad news right up from for you beer drinkers is, yep, beer is too high in carbs to be a consistent part of a strict keto diet. Wines are lower, but it will cost you 4-5 carbs per 5 ounce glass, depending on the type and brand. And hard alcohol is the lowest at 0 net carbs if it is unflavored, despite being made from fruits and grains, because fermentation and distillation converts that sugar to ethyl alcohol.

So while a vodka cranberry would be out because of the cranberry juice, you can do a lovely Vodka-Hibiscus Tea with a squeeze of lime, as pictured. Here is more info on Hibiscus Tea, which is super high in vitamin C. But beware that alcohol will affect you differently if you are fat adapted on the keto diet, meaning that your body is burning stored fat for fuel as opposed to carbohydrates. It’s a more complicated process than I am qualified to speak on, so for more on the science of  alcohol and ketosis as well as a fantastic reference for carb counts on alcohol, I refer you to a source I trust: Ruled.Me

Here is a lovely sangria or daiquiri type sumpin-sumpin. Get out your blender, or just stir it all up. Use 4 oz. red wine with 2-3 strawberries, a couple ounces of unsweetened coconut milk, Pyure sweetener, lime squeeze and ice.

If you’re new to keto, please poke around the blog. I am pretty much a newbie, so I cook simply and explain the basics so as not to overwhelm. I am THRILLED with how much better I feel on keto: so much energy, reduced depression, drastically reduced body aches and pains, and a slightly smaller butt.

Click the following links for some basics:

Stock Your Keto Kitchen

Make Ice Cream Shakes in 90 Seconds

Get your crunch on with a 1-Minute Keto Cracker

Check out the One Keto Book I Bought

If you don’t know Fathead Keto Pizza, You Must!