Today I want to talk about how I make this low carb bacon cheeseburger soup. All the flavors you love about bacon cheeseburgers in a soup. You’ll need a half a pound of bacon. I’m using an American style streaky bacon, but you can use whatever you like. Two pounds of ground chuck is what the the recipe calls for, but you can just use ground beef or minced beef anything will work. One quarter cup of onion that’s already chopped. Then you need 32 ounces, which is almost a liter, of beef broth. I’m just going to make my own using this beef powder, but you can use regular beef stock or broth if you have that on hand. I will need one can of diced tomatoes and two dill pickle spears, which is chopped finely. Three tablespoons of mustard, three tablespoons of sugar free ketchup, I’m using a reduced sugar that’s just what I happen to have on hand today, but to keep the carbs as low as possible use the no sugar ketchup. One teaspoon of liquid smoke, then we need xanthan gum and that’s just a 1/2 teaspoon just to help the soup to thickness. It’s optional though if you don’t have that on hand this will still work fine. Eight ounces of American cheese slices and four ounces of cream cheese
What you’ll need is a large frying pan and I’ve got that preheating over medium high heat and I start cooking the bacon. Once the bacon is crispy I remove it from the pan and place it on some paper towels in a plate to remove the excess grease. Keep the heat on the pan of grease because we’re just going to put the onions and the beef right in there and start browning them. I’m not even going to drain the grease because I actually want that bacon flavor in the soup. You can’t you want. Then I add the beef and the onion. I cook the beef until it’s mostly brown with a little tiny bit of pink here and there but it’s going to cook for another half hour. Transfer that mixture to a super hot pot or you could use a Dutch oven or whatever you’ve got. To that we’re going to add the tomatoes and mustard and that’s all.
It just says to cook that over low heat for 30 minutes and doesn’t say whether to cover it or not. I’m going to. It’s looking really good and I didn’t take off the lid. Take off the lid for the last half an hour and let it could down that liquid to thicken the soup. I then add the cheese. Stir it in and wait until it melts. Now we’re going to add the cream cheese in small chunks so it can melt faster and more evenly. The cheese is all melted and nicely stirred through so I remove the pot from the heat. So there you have it bacon cheeseburger soup. It’s pretty darn good so give it a try.
If you’ve got those nighttime munchies you’ll be excited to read about the very best snacks for late night snacking. My job here on this earth is to make eating healthy easy for you. I want to make healthy eating your reality so I know that nighttime snacking is a really big problem for a lot of people and I really want to help you find some solutions that work for you. Today I’m offering three of the best lean approved, super low calorie, healthy nighttime snacks that will not destroy your progress with your weight loss.
Alright so let’s get right into it late night snack number one is going to be a cup of hot tea with a tablespoon of nut butter. You can use any type of nyt butter, it could be peanut butter, macadamia nut butter, or Brazil nut butter. It doesn’t matter the nutrition information is relatively similar for all of them and by adding this to your late night hot tea you’re adding about 100 calories about 9 grams of fat and about 3 grams of protein maybe 4 grams of carbs so it is not going to blow your days worth of numbers. It’s relatively low, but you do want to be careful about the portion size because two of these are getting 200 calories, three are 300 calories so it can really add up fast so stop yourself at 1 tablespoon, but it’s really going to help solve that craving for creamy or salty foods. Plus the hot tea is very soothing and it’s going to help you get a good night’s sleep. I really recommend you go with an herbal tea some of my favorites are like the peppermint or you can try chamomile tea. it’s one of my all time favorites. Have a cup of hot tea almost every night before bed. It really helps me after dinner making me feel full, satisfied and at ease. Now if you don’t feel like this snack is enough to fill you up I want you to add one green apple. So about one medium apple is going to add about another 100 calories another 25 grams of carbs, but still in general it’s a relatively low calorie snack. You want to keep all your nighttime snacks definitely under 200 calories. one tablespoon of nut butter and one apple is going to be right around there and I know you’re going to love it.
Alright moving on to snack option number two. if your craving is for something salty is spicy and crunchy this is your great go to very low calorie option. Now since we consider salsa and veggies to be free foods this is pretty much a 0 calorie snack. I’ve got some celery slices here and then I sliced up some zucchini you can eat raw zucchini and use it as chips to dip into the salsa. It’s actually very delicious so don’t judge until you try it, but if you don’t like zucchini try other green watery vegetables. Cucumbers is one of my all time favorites but I love these zucchini chips. Celery is just so cleansing for you it’s a great detox food if you eat this at night you’re going to wake up feeling slimmer. This is a snack you can totally go to town with. You can eat an unlimited portion of raw veggies and salsa.
Snack number three is going to be a protein shake with water, ice, and whey protein. it’s as simple as that you don’t have to add anything else to your protein shake than water and ice and it still comes out creamy and delicious. This is a great snack for you especially if your workout has just been done late at night and you need that protein to refuel. It’s a great snack because it’s high in protein, it’s essentially 0 carbs and 0 fat so it’s the easiest way possible to get that extra boost of protein without adding anything else. Simply use your blender and throw in the ice and then the water and put the protein powder in last. Put that lid on and go. Now if you put enough ice in there you can make it almost like an ice cream consistency. It’s chunky and you can eat it with a spoon. That’s what I used to love to do and then to add a little bit extra fat blasting power you can use a little bit of cinnamon, which has been known to help control your insulin levels and really assist with weight loss. Cinnamon is an amazing spice and you should include it as often as possible. So put a little dash of cinnamon in your night time smoothie and blend it up. it tastes like a vanilla, cinnamon, cupcake and it’s nothing but protein in there. By including this as your nighttime snack you’re adding about 100 calories about 25 grams of protein and nothing else.
Alright so there you go we have our hot tea with nut butter, maybe the apple combo and then we have our very low calorie veggie and salsa and then our protein cinnamon shake. Those are the best of the three healthy eating night time snacks. if you just try all of these snacks and alternate them one night after the next you’re going to feel slimmer. Give them a try it let me know how it goes.
I wanted to take a look at the low carb diet so see how it can benefit your weight loss goals, but also have its disadvantages if it’s not followed correctly. Let’s get started with what the low carb diet is.
The low carb diet is where you drastically reduce or even cut out all carbohydrates. These are going to be foods like oatmeal, rice and pasta, potatoes, and even fruit. Especially dried fruit which is high in fructose which gets broken down into sugar and gets stored as body fat. Now people drastically cut down or eliminate carbohydrates in the hope that if they’re not ingested sugar, there body is not going to have any sugar to store as body fat, therefore it’s going to be use existing body fat to burn as a fuel source. Now technically this is correct, however, if you cut down your carbohydrates or even cut them out you’re often reducing your calorie intake too much as well. When you do this your metabolism slows down. Your metabolism is your body’s internal furnace that regulates your food converted into energy, just to enable us to survive and be well. Your metabolism needs to be higher if you frequently work out to maintain a lean physique. So chances are if you drop your carbohydrates too low and not effectively replace them with enough calories from proteins and fats, your weight loss, or fat loss are going to come to a halt.
So how do you get around that? Well you need to adjust your protein and fat levels as you reduce your carbohydrates. An average person RDA (recommended daily allowance) is 2000 calories per day. You have to be careful that you spread these calories out throughout the day. If you’re one of those people that misses breakfast or misses meals it’s not ok to consume all of your calories at the end of the day before you go to bed. You’re not going to be helping your fat loss goals.
If you find that you don’t have enough time to cook healthy meals every night you can look at a meal replacement solution. There are lots of meal replacement powders out there that have lots of protein, fatty acids, and can even include some carbohydrates. One serving of these powders can give you around 600 calories which is around a third of your daily intake. The important thing is that these calories aren’t really coming from carbohydrates, their coming from proteins and essential fatty acids that your body needs for proper brain function, organ function, and fuel. I wouldn’t recommend cutting out carbohydrates completely, just reducing them. I would recommend that 15-20% of your daily calorie intake come from carbohydrates. Some people don’t want to go that low so there are other powders that have more carbohydrates. It all depends on what your goals are. All these are based on a 2000 calorie RDA so if you want a little bit more carbohydrates or are more active then make the right adjustments for you.
Let me tell you how I incorporate these BPI Sports ISO-HD powders into my daily routine and workout schedule. The simplest way to ingest the powder is to mix a serving size with a bottle of water and consume. This makes it easy if you’re traveling or on the go. I personally like to blend everything. I put about 12 ounces of water in a blender. It comes out silky smooth and well blended that way. The final way I like to incorporate the food into my diet is by making a protein powder pancake. I mix egg whites with the protein power and stir it up until it’s combined. I spray some non-stick spray into a frying pan and pour in the batter. After a minute or so flip it over and cook on both sides. Sometimes I cook this when I want something more than just a protein shake.
So there you have it, the low carb diet is a great way to get your calories from protein and essentially fatty acids and reduce your intake of carbohydrates that can be stored in the body and converted into body fat. If you liked this article leave me a comment and let me know how else you like to incorporate powders into your diet. Until next time.