Keto Choc Chip Toffee Bombs
A delicious keto-friendly fat bomb (without any oil!)
- 1 cup macadamia nuts
- 2/3 cup walnuts
- 3 Tbsp ground flax seeds
- 3 Tbsp Amazonia Slim + Tone Toffee Truffle protein powder
- 2 Tbsp cacao nibs
- Place the macadamia nuts and walnuts into a food processor and process until the texture resembles cookie dough.
- Add the ground flax seeds and protein powder and process until mixed well.
- Add the cacao nibs and mix through.
- Roll into 10 balls and refrigerate.
Change up the flavour by using a different flavoured protein powder (like Amazonia Fermented Paleo Salted Caramel or Amazonia Isolate Cacao Coconut). Alternatively, add cinnamon or ginger to add extra flavour.
Please note: The nutrition label shows 4 grams of total carbs per serving. On a Ketogenic diet, this only accounts for 1g of net carbs after the fibre has been subtracted.
A word from The Raw Food Girl
I never thought I would go there... but here I am on Day 5 of a Ketogenic Diet. I've always thought it to be one of the most unhealthy diets on the planet - the Standard Keto Diet (SKG) recommends macros of 5% carbs, 20% protein and 75% fat, to get the body into ketosis.
The ketogenic diet is a high-fat, moderate-protein, low-carbohydrate diet that forces the body to burn fats rather than carbohydrates, as it's primary source of fuel. The theory is, when the body runs on ketones (fats), blood sugar levels are much more stable, cravings go away and they body drops excess fat.
The food choices most people opt for on this diet are highly acidic animal foods - bacon, eggs and sausages, just to name a few.
Now I'm a carb burner though and through. My regular diet consists of heap of fruits and vegetables, a small amount of nuts and seeds and a small amount of quality grains (like quinoa). In other words, a high carb / low fat diet.... which is the exact opposite to the Keto diet.
So why the heck would I try this?? Well, in every single Real Food Workshop I run, there are people attending who are on a Ketogenic diet and LOVE it. They've lost weight, their energy levels are great and they don't crave sweet foods.
Which sounds all well and good, for the here and now. But what about the long term affects of consuming a highly acidic diet filled with hard to digest meats and cheeses? What happens when, inevitably, you binge out on carbs?
Not too long after eating a high sugar food (like cake), your pancreas kicks into overdrive and sends out a flood of insulin to try to soak up all the excess glucose that’s now floating around in your bloodstream. Your muscles will try to store some, but there will be way more than they can handle. If there’s no more room in the muscles, the excess goes into fat cells, where it's stored as fat.
Your body then valiantly tries to maintain homeostasis by releasing both adrenaline and cortisol from your adrenals. And apart from feeling really rank, cortisol is the hormone that stores fat - so there's now plenty of that going on too. And that's from just a few slices of cake!
So if you're on a Ketogenic diet, be careful. If you want to binge on carbs, prepare for it and gently come out of ketosis by taking a good few days to lower your fat intake and bump up the good carbs, like fruits and sweet potato. It will be less of a shock to the body when you go out on that binge.
I wanted to try this experiment to see firstly, what it actually felt like to be in ketosis, and secondly, to help inspire those who are on such a diet to choose plant based, alkaline fats (like avocados, hemp seeds and coconut oil) rather than 3 meals a day of meat.
By Day 3 I felt terrible. No energy, massive brain fog, moody, depressed... This continued on to Day 4, when I upped my carbs (only slightly, on green veggies!)
Here I am on Day 5 feeling a whole lot better and almost back to my usual energy levels. I did a CrossFit sesh, played running games with my daughter, built a Lego tower and babysat 3 extra kids after school in addition to my 4.
And I've got enough brain powder left to write this blog after dinner, cleaning, bed time routine for all kids etc etc. So I'm doing ok :)
I'm really missing fruit, but I'll continue on for at least 2 weeks to see how my body changes and how I feel on the Keto Diet. Check back in to see my progress!