Review of Diabetic Kitchen’s “Cheesey Bread Muffin Mix”

Diabetic Kitchen makes several products to assist folks with issues related to, usually, type 2 diabetes. This review is targeting its “Cheesey Bread Muffin Mix.”

Nutritionally, this mix contains, for keto purposes, 2g of protein, 3.5g of fat, and 10g of carbs minus 7g of fiber, which means it comes in at 3g of carbs. I can live with those numbers any day.

Its composition includes milled sunflower seeds, prebiotic dietary fiber, low glycemic resistant corn starch, gluten-free oat flour, sea salt, and baking powder. Are these ingredients keto friendly?

While corn starch may not be strictly keto, low glycemic resistant corn starch functions like soluble, fermentable fiber, which is great because it goes through the stomach and small intestine undigested. It then goes into the colon, where it feeds friendly gut bacteria. Whereas most foods feed only 10% of your cells, fermentable fibers feed the other 90%. This, in turn, increases the production of short-chain fatty acids, like butyrate. These acids act as levelers for blood sugar.

Gluten-free oat flour is not strictly keto, either, but it contains fiber and healthy fats, lowers cholesterol levels, and is lower in carbs than most other whole grains (hence the use of rolled oats in heart healthy diets).

When preparing the mix you add in a cup of cheese, eggs, and a small amount of milk (or almond milk), so, if you are allergic to any of these items, this mix is not for you-

My conclusion has to be that this”Cheesey Bread Muffin Mix,” while not strictly keto-friendly, would benefit those struggling with prediabetes or type 2 diabetes and could be easily used in weight loss efforts.

At $13.99 a container it is somewhat pricey, but it makes 24 muffins, which works out to about 58 cents each. It is available on Amazon.  https://amzn.to/2GN4qby

 

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Snacking during Keto Living

Frankly put, snacking can be an issue while on any lifestyle. We often snack out of boredom or nervousness. Hopefully, though, we are all snacking to try to keep on blood sugar levels even or to prevent low blood sugar levels from hypoglycemia.

Previous to having braces put on at the age of 65, my “go to” snack was walnuts bought from either Trader Joe’s or Sam’s Club. A serving of about six whole walnuts has 200 calories or so and good fat content. Now that I’m unable to bite down on hard items I’ve gone more to guacamole and a Diabetic Kitchen muffin.

Portion size is an issue with us Americans even when we are snacking. I have found that six bites of anything is enough to satiate. Any more than that is usually lack of self-control, or just a need to keep putting something in our mouths.

Remember to drink water when snacking. We often confuse hunger with thirst.

Here is another thing I like to do. Get a handful of shredded cheese, place on parchment paper and spread it out. Cook on 375 degrees for 8 minutes.  Peel it off and place in a muffin cup and let it set a couple of minutes. Then, put whatever suits you in the cup on top of it and eat it. I put cubed chicken and sour cream in mine-

Fat bombs are good for “targeted snacking,” if you have eaten more protein on a specific day and need to catch up on fat grams.

If you are a “grab and go” type, just stock string cheese in your refrigerator for quick snacks. Or buy cut celery sticks and eat them with almond butter, cream cheese, or another favorite. Or keep boiled eggs handy-

Don’t overthink snacking. It’s not rocket science. And, if you aren’t hungry and are feeling fine, skip it…

 

 

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Review of Keto Products in General

There are beaucoups of keto products on the market right now, and I will begin reviewing them shortly…but before that I want to caution everyone about one thing…a product doesn’t have to be super expensive to work for you. And, spending lots of money on something doesn’t prove your dedication to the “cause” or guarantee you success in your endeavor-

The rule of thumb is that  “pure” is better. Less “processed” is better. An item that has the least number of ingredients in it is “better,” as long as those ingredients are keto friendly. Products you prepare at home are great because you personally know and trust what you’ve put into them, and that’s “better.”

Living in the real world is difficult. Few of us have ideal lives. As I’ve said before, we do the best we can with what we have. We become educated as we research, talk with other people, and test out our own theories in keto living. Blogs are very valuable in helping us learn from the experiences of others. Often they provide practical answers to issues we face.

I readily confess that my journey is not “pure.” Often I depend on products from Diabetic Kitchen to survive wanting to eat muffins, donuts, and pancakes. But, the one thing I don’t mess with is my daily diabetic carb count, which is 20-25 grams. I will celebrate six months on keto tomorrow (February 2019) and I have rarely strayed from my count (even on a New England fall cruise last November). It is vitally important that you stay consistent on this journey. Be accountable to yourself…

So, what are the best keto friendly products I’ve found so far?

As far as supplements go, I take a smattering of them, but strictly aimed at my keto goals I take the following: magnesium, potassium, fish oil, & salt. These are considered the essential “ketone salts.” I do not take any particular brands as yet. And, yes, I take them on a daily basis.

The highest rated combination supplement I have found is one I cannot afford. Its brand is “Approved Science” and is recommended by Sally Harper, who has a B.S. in nutrition and an M.S. in Obesity Science and Management. At about $50 a bottle, or three for $96, this product is too rich for my blood. It does, however, meet rather stringent requirements in its amounts of exogenous ketones, ketone salts, MCT oil, & bioperine. https://amzn.to/2IotsPV

If you are a person who is into supplements, just make sure the product is monitored by a third party, has a 100% money back guarantee, and has a method for external testing. The fact that keto is now a craze brings out scammers willing to put inferior products into the marketplace to take your money with no benefit to your health.

The most practical product I’ve bought and used so far is from the “Spectrum” brand. I use Spectrum coconut oil  in the 54 oz. size for cooking. Spectrum also has coconut oil packets, which are handy if you are wanting to cook elsewhere, but are not excited about lugging a big container around with you.  Both are unrefined and organic. Prices are about $32 and $20, respectively. As of today, I haven’t been able to use my whole 54 oz. bottle in the 3-4 months I’ve had it. https://amzn.to/2Ia2ZW3

I only recommend products I’ve either used or have research to my satisfaction. I am a member of a couple of affiliate programs, so, if you follow any of my links and buy anything, I may make a dime. Needless to say, selling products is not the reason this website exists nor is it a major source of my income.

I will be posting reviews of specific products as I continue my own journey.

Please feel free to comment or leave information on products you have found useful-

Cindy

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