The Super Elusive Triple Digit Weight Loss Diet
Cheating On Your Low Carb Way of Life
So you think life is going to be difficult without burgers? Well, in my best “Fire Marshall Bill” voice - Let me tell you something! (Am I showing my age?)
First of all... Before we even get into the nitty gritty - which is you being able to eat more stuff you like than you think - there are great bun-less burger options to be had these days.
Wait a minute. Have you ever been to a BurgerFi? How about a Five Guys? Shake Shack? There are so many of these new burgers joints that’ll make you forget about the bun. Go ahead and order your cheeseburger “protein style” at Shake Shack. “Green Style” at BurgerFi. Five Guys will do the same - though they don’t have a name for it.
These places and more, whichever specialty burger joint is near you, they’ll wrap your burger in lettuce. Now I know what you’re thinking. You’re imagining a big burger with a piece of lettuce on top and bottom. That’s just not the way it works. You get a big lettuce wrap that holds the whole burger and it’s contents (or double burger if you’re like me) - and it’s awesome! You just might forget about the bun...
When I first started my low carb lifestyle it wasn’t so simple. Back in the old’n days people would look at you like you had two heads when you ordered a burger with no bun at fast food restaurants. Now it’s commonplace. And they’ve become really good at it.
Believe me, you’re going to be surprised at how the bread isn’t what actually attracts you to the meal. It’s what’s inside the bread. I thought my life was over when I couldn’t eat pizza anymore. Then I realized I could order extra cheese and pepperoni, pull it off the bread and eat it. I realized that I liked it just as much without the dough.
But pizza?! Oh, forget about it! Wait a minute! One more time - Let me tell you something! You’re not going to have to give up pizza! Okay, hold on. One step at a time. Let me jump back to burgers real quick before I get into the holy grail - pizza...
If you absolutely must have a bun for your burger - no problem. Click here!
I’ll list a bunch of links where you can find the version of your low carb favorites at the very end... Otherwise, you’ll probably find options at your local grocery store as well - especially if you have a Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s near you.
As you might have guessed, there are tons of options for low carb cakes, muffins, cereal, milk, protein bars, pancakes, sandwich bread, buns, donuts, bagels, wraps, crackers, chips, chocolate.. You’re going to see that this new way or eating isn’t nearly as difficult as you thought it would be.
Now let’s get to that holy grail... Pizza... There are two options I’m going to discuss with you - but as always - “search is your friend”. There’s something called Fat Head Pizza.
There are only four ingredients to what people are calling “Fat Head Pizza”. Here’s the version made with coconut flour. It’s low carb keto, gluten free, and nut free:
Servings: 8 slices, Preparation time: 10 minutes, Cook time: 10 minutes
1 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees fahrenheit and line a baking sheet or pizza pan with parchment paper.
2. Combine the shredded mozzarella and cubed cream cheese into a large bowl. Microwave it for 45 seconds and then stir it up. Then microwave it for another 45 seconds. Stir it up again.
3. Now stir in the beaten eggs and coconut flour. Knead it with your hands until a dough forms. If the dough becomes hard before fully mixed, you can microwave it for another 10-15 seconds to soften it up.
4. Spread the dough onto a lined baking pan to 1/4" or 1/3" thickness. Use your hands or a rolling pin (preferred) over a piece of parchment paper. Use a fork or toothpick to poke lots of holes throughout the crust to prevent it from bubbling.
5. Bake the dough for 6 minutes. Poke more holes in any spots you see bubbles forming. Bake for 3-7 more minutes or until it’s golden brown.
6. Now you want to add your toppings. Sauce (Pesto is my personal favorite), Mozzarella cheese, Pepperoni, etcetera. Then place it all in the oven for about another 10 minutes, until it’s heated through. Once finished, you have yourself an amazing pizza with 2 net carbs per slice.
Nutrition Facts (Amount Per Serving) with % Daily Value based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Now here’s a version of the same pizza using Almond flour. It’s got one more net
carbohydrate per slice. It’s also got only four ingredients, is low carb, keto, and gluten free. Servings: 8 slices, Preparation time: 5 minutes, Cook time: 15 minutes
2 cups of almond flour
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 2. Mix all the ingredients together by hand or with a blender until a dough forms.
3. Compact the dough into a ball and place it between two pieces of parchment paper and roll it out to 1/4" thick.
4. Remove the top piece of parchment paper and transfer the crust that’s left sitting on the bottom piece of parchment paper into a pizza pan. Use a fork or toothpick to poke lots of holes throughout the crust to prevent it from bubbling.
5. Bake it for 15-20 minutes or until it’s golden brown.
6. Now you want to add your toppings. Sauce (Pesto is my favorite), Mozzarella cheese, Pepperoni, etcetera. Then place it all in the oven for about another 10 or 15 minutes, until it’s heated through.
Once finished, you have yourself an amazing pizza with 3 net carbs per slice.
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