Banting Friendly Dinner Ideas: Salmon, Spinach & Mushrooms

Banting Dinner Idea Salmon Steak Spinach Mushrooms

After our recent trip to Borneo (where the slabs of Cadbury's chocolate gave me a shove right off the Banting bandwagon) I am back on track again thanks to meals like this one that Farmboy put together. It's quick and simple to prepare and doesn't require anything too fancy (you could substitute the salmon steaks for any fish and sub the blue cheese for whatever you have in your fridge) but the flavors would then change.

These flavours blended together perfectly and made for a very yummy meal.

Directions

1. Place a pot of water on the boil and steam your spinach.

2. Fry the fish in a blob of butter and roughly chopped garlic until cooked through.

While your fish is frying in the pan, heat up your oven & place button mushrooms onto a tray with chunks of cheese on top of each mushroom. Place into the oven for 10 - 15 minutes, or until the cheese has melted 

Serve your salmon with a slice of lemon &  topped with the spinach (and don't forget to drizzle the garlic butter sauce from the frying pan over your spinach).

Zucchini Noodles: Low Carb Banting Pasta Recipe

Banting Pasta Zucchini Noodles

One thing I really miss since I started Banting is PASTA! I used to eat a lot of pasta, mostly because it was an easy meal to put together no matter how domestically challenged I may be in the kitchen. My friend and fellow blogger, Komodoness, made these noodles for me one night and I was shocked at just how 'pasta' like they tasted. I mean, they don't taste exactly like pasta, but with zero calories they are as good to your hips as your taste buds and will most certainly satisfy those carb cravings.

You could use these noodles with any pasta sauce (they would taste just as good with the lasagna and cream cheese mince from my Banting Lasagna recipe). 

Banting Zucchini Noodles

This recipe is super easy and can be modified in so many ways. Once you have your zucchini noodles (or zoodles!) you can chop and change with whatever toppings you have available in your fridge or pantry. For this particular recipe I made a white sauce (adapted from The Keto Diet Blog), added bacon and some chopped up dried garlic and onion flakes.

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How to make Zucchini Noodles

You need:

2-3 large zucchini's

Peeler/Grater (you can either use a regular cheese grate and hold the zucchini on it's side to create longer noodles, or you can use a Julienne peeler. I use the Verimark Shogun Peeler which I brought over with my from South Africa)

Directions

Simply peel your zucchinis, placing the 'noodles' in a large bowl. Depending on how crunchy you like your noodles you can either add them as they are now to your sauce, or if you want them softer you can steam/microwave them for a few minutes. Keep in mind that Zucchinis hold a lot of water which will be released when cooking/steaming. 

How to make zucchini noodles

Banting White Cream Sauce

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup heavy whipping cream 
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • ¼ cup cream cheese or soft goat cheese 
  • ½ cup grated cheddar or hard goat cheese
  • 1-2 tbsp water or more cream if you need to thin it down

Directions

  1. Place the cream and butter into a small sauce pan and gently heat up. Grate the cheddar cheese and keep aside
  2. Once heated, add the cream cheese into the sauce pan
  3. Stir until melted and bring to a simmer. Once you see bubbles, take off the heat
  4. Add grated cheddar cheese and mix until smooth and creamy. If you prefer a thicker sauce, cook for 3-5 more minutes while stirring. If too thick, add a splash of water or cream.
  5. The sauce should be eaten immediately or kept at room temperature before serving. Once refrigerated and reheated, the butter separates and the cheese clumps which you want to avoid.
Banting Pasta Bacon White Cream Sauce Zucchini Noodles

Bacon & Cream Sauce Zucchini Noodles

  1. Prepare your Zucchini noodles following the recipe above
  2. Fry your bacon in a large pan big enough to hold all your noodles
  3. With the bacon fat, prepare your sauce with the cooked bacon, stirring to ensure the bacon doesn't burn
  4. Add noodles and stir on high hight for a few minutes until your noodles are coated in sauce. For crunchier noodles serve right away with a sprinkle of parmesan, salt & pepper. If you want softer noodles, leave noodles on the heat and keep stirring for a few more minutes before serving.

Happy cooking!

Low Carb Banting Crackers

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After Banting for a while, I have to be honest and say that I still get carb cravings. It's usually in the afternoon when I feel like I could devour a pizza/muffin/whole loaf of bread. If this sounds like you, then these crackers will be your new best friend. They are salty, crunchy and full of anti-oxidants thanks to all the seeds they contain plus they are super easy to whip together. There really is no reason to reach for that packet of chips anymore!

You can customise these crackers is so many different ways...add more or less seeds/parmesan, cheddar/onion/garlic or spices and adjust according to taste. I am also constantly changing this recipe depending on how I feel on the day; it's that easy to omit things that you don't like. I have included images of different batches of crackers that I have made so far to show you that you really can go wild with different ingredients until you create the perfect cracker.

Serve with a Banting friendly dip, home made pesto or just as they are. These crackers rarely last longer than 3 days in my house because I just can't.get.enough!

Low Carb Banting Crackers

Base Ingredients 

  • 1 medium onion, grated (or 1 TBS onion powder)
  • 1 TBS psyllium husk (you can order psyllium husk here in Korea through Iherb...click here)
  • 1/2 cup flax meal (you can make your own flax meal by grinding flax seeds in a blender...you can buy flax seeds on Gmarket or through Iherb here in Korea). You can also try substituting flax seed flour for almond flour.
  • 1 tsp garlic powder (or fresh garlic finely chopped)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 TBS water

Extra goodies that will make these crackers even better:

  • 2 TBS grated parmesan
  • 1/3 cup roasted pumpkin seeds (you can buy pumpkin seeds on Gmarket)
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds (you can buy sunflower seeds on Gmarket)
  • Sprinkles of your favourite Herbs & Spices (I usually use rosemary, roasted paprika & basil)
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Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 300C (you will lower the temperature when your crackers are ready to bake).
  2. In a large bowl combine all your ingredients.
  3. Set aside for 5 minutes.
  4. Prepare a baking sheet /non stick mat & grease with coconut oil or use baking wax paper.
  5. Spread out the mixture onto your tray as thin as possible. A helpful trick is to lay a piece of wax paper over your crackers and then use a rolling pin to roll out the crackers. Roll the mixture out as thin as possible. The thinner the mixture, the crunchier your crackers will be.
  6. Lower the temperature of the oven and pop the crackers into for for 25 - 50 minutes (keep checking on them to make sure they don't burn). The reason I put such a large time gap is that my oven here in Korea is like a dragon and heats up so fast that most baked goods are done in 15 minutes, including bread. Turn then around to bake evenly at around the 15 minute mark. You may need to leave them in for as long as an hour, hour and a half depending on your oven. You want them to dehydrate and go as crunchy as possible without burning.
  7. Remove from the oven and slice into squares/rectangles/other cool shapes and serve. Store in an airtight container. 
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If your mixture is too gooey/wet, try adding in more pysillium husk. The psyllium is what binds the mixture and holds everything together. If you don't have any psyllium on hand you can add more flax meal or even ground chia seeds. If you are really in a pinch and your mixture is really wet try adding in a tablespoon of almond flour. 

Have you ever made low carb crackers before? Did you like them? I'd love to hear from you in the comments below!

Banting Low Carb Coconut Flour Pancakes Recipe #BantingInKorea

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The weekend is the time to break away from the quick and easy but boring weekday breakfasts and treat yourself to some spoiling. These Banting friendly pancakes (click here to read more about the Banting High Fat Low Carb lifestyle) are light and fluffy while being incredibly filling, satisfying those carb cravings in seconds. Top with your favourite fruit or a smidgen of honey (remember your 1 TBS a day honey allowance when Banting).

These pancakes are wheat, grain & refined sugar free meaning they are as kind to your hips as they are to your tastebuds....enjoy!

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Ingredients

  • 2 Whole eggs and 2 egg whites
  • 3 TBSs melted coconut oil (or melted butter)
  • 3 TBS coconut milk (or full cream milk)
  • 1 TBS xylitol (can be purchased on Gmarket)
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 3 TBS coconut flour (can be purchased here in Korea through >>> iHerb)
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp all spice
  • 1/3 cup flax meal (flax seeds can be purchased here in Korea through >>> Iherb...simply grind the seeds in a blender to make your own flax meal)
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence (also purchased through >>> Iherb if here in Korea)

**Iherb has a flat $4 delivery rate to Korea for orders up to 7kg...use this code on checkout LCP131 to get $5 off your first iHerb order, or $10 if your order is over $40

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Directions

  • Using a whisk, mix together eggs, coconut oil (or melted butter), milk, honey and sea salt.
  • Continuing to whisk, add the baking powder and coconut flour until thoroughly mixed. Add the cinnamon, all spice, flax and vanilla. Stir to combine. Coconut flour is incredibly absorbent so you might find the batter gets stiff too quickly. Simply add some milk, a little at a time to get the batter back to a smooth consistency.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon of butter (or coconut oil) in a pan on medium flame heat. Then wipe down the pan with a paper towel and put aside. This keeps the oil and heat consistent so your pancakes cook through evenly (re-use the paper towel, adding more coconut oil when needed).
  • Spoon 2-3 tablespoons of batter onto a pan and leave for a couple of minutes (making sure to keep an eye on it so it doesn't burn)
  • Turn over to make sure each side is thoroughly cooked.

Enjoy!

Orange Chocolate Cheesecake Fat Bombs #BantingInKorea

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Welcome to my latest sweet treat recipe for those following the Banting eating lifestyle (click here to read more about this Low Carb High Fat lifestyle).

With Banting, your main source of energy should come from fat. I'm not talking about the bad kind, I'm talking about the good kind (What? You didn't know that certain fats are actually good for your body and will help you to loose weight while combating your cravings for all those sugary carbs?? Click the link above to read more about good fat). Good fats are things like butter, bacon & animal fat, olive oil, almonds, coconut oil, cream cheese, full cream milk & yogurt....the list goes on! But while your energy should come from fat, you need to remember that eating lots of vegetables is just as important to keep that body of yours lean and clean.

A lot of people, myself included, go through dips as soon as the afternoon arrives, when the craving for something sweet and sugary is often the hardest to resist. This is your body's way of saying it needs more energy, and for Banters, this means fat. A great way to quickly satisfy those cravings is with fat bombs. Fat bombs are just that, bombs of fat that fill you up fast, while delivering your body exactly what it wants when it wants it. There are loads of different fat bomb recipes, but this one is my absolute favourite so far. Chocolate and cheesecake, what's not to like? And another great thing about this recipe is that there is no oven required. As long as you have a fridge/freezer you are on your way to one happy tummy.

Happy eating!

x

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Ingredients

For the Chocolate

  • 6 TBSP Coconut Oil 
  • 6 TBSP Butter
  • 1/4 cup Cocoa Powder
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp orange extract or use the juice of fresh orange
  • 1/2 -1 tsp sweetener of choice (I used Xylitol which you can buy in Korea here)

For the Cheesecake Centre

  • 1/4 Cup Butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 Cup Cream Cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 tsp orange zest 
  • 1-2 TBSP juice from zested orange
  • dash sea salt
  • optional sweetener to taste (I used a small amount of sweetener as the slight sweetness of the orange juice was enough for me)
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Directions

  • Set up an ice tray or silicone candy mold/mini paper cups. 
  • Use a double boiler or a heavy bottomed saucepan to melt your coconut oil and butter for your chocolate.
  • Once melted remove from the heat and whisk in cocoa powder and sea salt. Add orange juice and sweetener to taste (you need to taste here to make sure you aren't going overboard with the sweetness).
  • In a separate bowl, use an electric mixer to whip together your cheesecake filling; butter, cream cheese, zest, orange juice and salt. Make it as fluffy as possible.
  • Pour a thin layer of your chocolate mix into the bottom of your ice tray/ silicone mould/paper cups. You can put the chocolate bottoms into the freezer to firm up so there is no chance of cheesecake peeking through or you could just start adding your dollops of cheesecake.
  • Add the cheesecake filling to shape and place on top of the chocolate.
  • Once done, pour the rest of the chocolate on top of your moulds.
  • Place your chocolates in the freezer and in 30-60 minutes they will be ready to munch! Place in a a reusable container for to store (if you have any left!).

This recipe filled a regular 12 cube ice tray.

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Banting Low Carb Cheese Cake Recipe #BantingInKorea

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I've been on the hunt for a cheesecake recipe that I can eat while still following the Banting lifestyle (click here for more info on Banting which is a form of Low Carb High Fat diet). When I came across this Low Carb Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake Bars recipe by All Day I Dream about Food I though there had to be a way to adapt it to some kind of cheesecake recipe. I am super happy to report that it worked! Be warned though, this cheesecake won't last very long at all, because if you're anything like me you'll eat it all in just a few days!

Just a note, after taking it out of the oven I was very upset by how 'uncooked' it looked. I was rather disappointed and felt totally despondent, shoved it in the fridge and forgot about it until the next morning. I'm not sure what kind of magic happens to this cheesecake when it's in the fridge, but the next day it was amazing. So much better than the day I made it. So if you're also disappointed with how yours turns out, have no fear and pop it in the fridge over night.

If you've never baked anything Banting before, you need to keep in mind that you aren't baking traditional sweet treats. As you're not using regular wheat flour and processed sugar, what you make isn't going to taste like what you are used to. I've gotten used to the taste of Banting baked goods and have been just happy to be able to eat treats while still maintaining my figure. I just wanted to mention that as some people get all antsy about Banting baked good because they don't taste like the real thing. Of course they don't silly, but they also have none of the carbs that regular baked goods have and they still taste great and will satisfy your cravings! What's not to like?!

Also, I added some white baking chocolate & dried cranberries to my cheesecake. These are not Banting friendly, so you might want to omit them if you are being very strict with your Banting (go you!).

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Ingredients

Crust:

  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup butter/coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup Xylitol sweetener 
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • Optional extras (1/3 cup of cranberries & 1/3 cup baking chocolate)

Cheesecake Filling:

  • 2 tubs cream cheese (I used the standard 220g round tubs of Philadelphia)
  • Optional & depending on your tastebuds: 1/4 cup powdered Xylitol (you can make it powdered by blitzing it in a blender)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

This recipe made an awful lot of cookie crust as per the original recipe which was formulated for a base and a layer of cookie dough crumbled over the cheesecake layer. I liked how thick this base was, but you might prefer a thinner base so you could try halving the crust layer ingredients above or use half of your mixture to create a cream cheesecake sandwich by grating the dough on top after your cheesecake layer.

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Directions

Crust:

  • Preheat oven to 180C and grease your dish/pan well.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together almond flour, shredded coconut, baking powder and salt.
  • In a large bowl, beat coconut oil/butter with Xylitol until well-combined and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla extract.
  • Beat together almond flour mixture & butter mixture until the dough comes together, then stir in chocolate and cranberries if using. Press the dough into the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake 10 to 12 minutes, then remove from oven and let cool (it will not be fully baked at this point).

Filling:

  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese with sweetener until combined. Beat in egg and vanilla extract until smooth and creamy.
  • Pour filling over the cooled crust.
  • Bake 25 minutes or until crust is golden and filling is just a little jiggly in the centre.
  • Remove from oven and let cool, then refrigerate until set, ideally over night

And there you go.

Remember that your cheese cake WILL taste better the next day, the wait will be worth it, I promise. Please let me know if you do give this a try as I would love to know how it works out for you. Happy baking!

x

Adapted from LowCarb Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake Bars by All Day I Dream About Food

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The Banting Diet...What can you eat?

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I have been following the Banting Diet (a form of low carb high fat eating lifestyle...click here for more info on the basics of Banting) for the past 3 months now, and have lost a total of 5kg's. I wasn't planning on losing any weight when I started, but I had been hearing so many great things about the Banting lifestyle that I thought I'd try it for myself. And I must say I was incredibly intrigued by the claims that I could eat cream cheese and still lose weight! 

My body has adjusted and gotten used to this way of eating (this doesn't mean I don't fall off the bandwagon every now and again) but as there are still loads of delicious things you can can eat and make it's pretty easy to stay on the right track (click the following for two yummy recipes; Broccoli & Cheese burgers and Cream Cheese Pancakes). Following the Banting lifestyle does require more thought and effort than eating regular meals, but is is possible to do, even right here in South Korea. Farmboy and I have actually found that we spend less money now on groceries, even though we are buying things like bacon and cream cheese on a regular basis.

Please do bear in mind that everyone's body is different. Banting doesn't work for some people who are very sensitive to dairy, which then can lead to weight  (this is where you can try the Paleo diet which follows similar principles to Banting but without the dairy). But for me the results have been incredible. For the past year I have been exercising consistently 5 times a week and eating healthy meals and had yet to loose any weight. With Banting I am trimmer than I have ever been and I am doing less exercise than before. Granted I am not as toned or strong as I was before and some of the weight will be muscle, but my body looks and feels so different. 

Here are the food lists of what you can and can't eat as set out by Tim Noakes, the author of the book The Real Meal Revolution. You can find out more about the book and get yourself a copy by clicking here. If you want to see results you have to start off being very strict with yourself. Not cheating. Trust me, once you start seeing results that bagel is going to look less and less appealing. And the great thing is, you can still bake! I bake all the time and am still able to satisfy my sweet tooth without sacrificing my hips. Some people will say that the gluten free, sugar free baked goods aren't as good as the real thing. Well, of course they're not, but they come pretty close and eating them isn't harmful to your body like the original recipes.

Also, my favourite Banters, The Banting Blondes have just launched a brand new Ebook full of all of their delicious recipes. Click here to get yourself a copy. By buying their book you are supporting the 'Breadline Africa' Charity Fund which does work to help impoverished communities become self-sustainable . 

Green List

Green is an all-you-can-eat list. You choose anything you like without worrying about the carbohydrate content as all the foods will be between 0 to 5g/100g.

ANIMAL PROTEIN (unless these have a rating, they are all 0g/100g)

  • All eggs
  • All meats, poultry and game
  • All natural and cured meats (pancetta, parma ham, coppa etc)
  • All natural and cured sausages (salami, chorizo etc)
  • All offal
  • All seafood (except swordfish and tilefish - high mercury content)
  • Broths

DAIRY (Please refer to "What is the deal with dairy?" on FAQ page)

  • Cottage cheese
  • Cream
  • Cream cheese
  • Full-cream Greek yoghurt
  • Full-cream milk
  • Hard cheeses
  • Soft cheeses

FATS

  • Any rendered animal fat
  • Avocado oil
  • Butter
  • Cheese - firm, natural, full-fat, aged cheeses (not processed)
  • Coconut oil
  • Duck fat
  • Ghee
  • Lard
  • Macadamia oil
  • Mayonnaise, full fat only (not from seeds oils)
  • Olive oil

FLAVOURINGS AND CONDIMENTS

All flavourings and condiments are okay, provided they do not contain sugars and preservatives or vegetable (seed) oils.

NUTS AND SEEDS

  • Almonds
  • Flaxseeds (watch out for pre-ground flaxseeds, they go rancid quickly and become toxic)
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Pecan nuts
  • Pine nuts
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Walnuts

SWEETENERS

  • Erythritol granules
  • Stevia powder
  • Xylitol granules

VEGETABLES

  • All green leafy vegetables (spinach, cabbage, lettuces etc)
  • Any other vegetables grown above the ground (not butternut though)
  • Artichoke hearts
  • Asparagus
  • Aubergines
  • Avocados
  • Broccoli
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Courgettes
  • Leeks
  • Mushrooms
  • Olives
  • Onions
  • Peppers
  • Pumpkin
  • Radishes
  • Sauerkraut
  • Spring onions
  • Tomatoes

Orange List

Orange is made up of ingredients containing between 6g and 25g of carbs per 100g (6% - 25%). 

Chart your carbohydrates without getting obsessive and still obtain an excellent outcome. If you are endeavoring to go into ketosis, this list will assist you to stay under a total of 50g carbs for the day. These are all net carbs and they are all 23 to 25g per indicated amount. Ingredients are all fresh unless otherwise indicated.

KEY

C = cups per day
T = tablespoons per day
t = teaspoons per day
g = grams per day
For example: 1.5 apples are all the carbs you can have off the orange list for the day (if you want to go into ketosis and make sure you are under 50g total carbs for the day).

FRUITS

  • Apples 1.5
  • Bananas 1 small
  • Blackberries 3.5 C
  • Blueberries 1.5 C
  • Cherries (sweet) 1 C
  • Clementines 3
  • Figs 3 small
  • Gooseberries 1.5 C
  • Grapes (green) under 1 C
  • Guavas 2
  • Kiwi fruits 3
  • Litchis 18
  • Mangos, sliced, under 1 C
  • Nectarines 2
  • Oranges 2
  • Pawpaw 1
  • Peaches 2
  • Pears (Bartlett)
  • Pineapple, sliced, 1 C
  • Plums 4
  • Pomegranate ½
  • Prickly pears 4
  • Quinces 2
  • Raspberries 2 C
  • Strawberries 25
  • Watermelon 2 C

NUTS

  • Cashews, raw, 6 T
  • Chestnuts, raw, 1 C

SWEETENERS

  • Honey 1 t

VEGETABLES

  • Butternut 1.5 C
  • Carrots 5

Red List

Red will contain all the foods to avoid as they will be either toxic (e.g. seed oils, soya) or high-carbohydrate foods (e.g. potatoes, rice). We strongly suggest you avoid all the items on this list, or, at best, eat them very occasionally and restrict the amount when you do. They will do nothing to help you in your attempt to reach your goal.

BAKED GOODS

  • All flours from grains - wheat flour, cornflour, rye flour, barley flour, pea flour, rice flour etc
  • All forms of bread
  • All grains - wheat, oats, barley, rye, amaranth, quinoa, teff etc
  • Beans (dried)
  • "Breaded" or battered foods
  • Brans
  • Breakfast cereals, muesli, granola of any kind
  • Buckwheat
  • Cakes, biscuits, confectionary
  • Corn products - popcorn, polenta, corn thins, maize
  • Couscous
  • Crackers, cracker breads
  • Millet
  • Pastas, noodles
  • Rice
  • Rice cakes
  • Sorghum
  • Spelt
  • Thickening agents such as gravy powder, maize starch or stock cubes

BEVERAGES

  • Beer, cider
  • Fizzy drinks (sodas) of any description other than carbonated water
  • Lite, zero, diet drinks of any description

DAIRY / DAIRY-RELATED

  • Cheese spreads, commercial spreads
  • Coffee creamers
  • Commercial almond milk
  • Condensed milk
  • Fat-free anything
  • Ice cream
  • Puddings
  • Reduced-fat cow's milk
  • Rice milk
  • Soy milk

FATS

  • All seed oils (safflower, sunflower, canola, grapeseed, cottonseed, corn)
  • Chocolate
  • Commercial sauces, marinades and salad dressings
  • Hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils including margarine, vegetable oils, vegetable fats

FRUITS AND VEGETABLES

  • Fruit juice of any kind
  • Vegetable juices (other than home-made with Green list vegetables)

GENERAL

  • All fast food
  • All processed food
  • Any food with added sugar such as glucose, dextrose etc

MEAT

  • All unfermented soya (vegetarian "protein")
  • Meats cured with excessive sugar
  • Vienna sausages, luncheon meats

STARCHY VEGETABLES

  • Beetroots
  • Legumes
  • Parsnips
  • Peanuts
  • Peas
  • Potatoes (regular)

SWEETENERS

  • Agave anything
  • Artificial sweeteners (aspartame, acusulfame K, saccharin, sucralose, splenda)
  • Cordials
  • Dried fruit
  • Fructose
  • Honey (except for 1 t on orange list)
  • Malt
  • Sugar
  • Sugared or commercially pickled foods with sugar
  • Sweets
  • Syrups of any kind

Banting Broccoli Burgers #BantingInKorea

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These broccoli burgers are one of my absolute favourite meals to make for dinner .  They are quick and easy to make, filling, delicious and packed full of goodness for your body. These burgers are the second Banting recipe I've posted here on the blog (click here to read more about the Banting diet & lifestyle plan) and as with all Banting recipes are Low Carb High Fat. Click here to see the other #BantingInKorea recipes I've posted here on the blog.

Some people wouldn't go so far as to call them burgers, as technically there's no bun or toppings, but trust me when I say you won't need to have anything to accompany these (except for your favourite sauce). Both Farmboy and I are completely stuffed every time I make them and there are always a few left over for lunch the next day.

If you do try these let me know what you think of them in the comments below!

Ingredients

2 heads of broccoli (pulsed until fine in a blender or food processor)

1 pack of bacon

1 onion

2 or 3 cloves of garlic (depending on how much you like garlic)

ginger (optional...I used a small thumb sized amount)

tablespoon coconut oil (optional, depending on whether you like to cook in bacon fat or not)

1/2 cup almond/coconut flour (we have tried both and they work equally as well, the almond flour makes the patties a little more dense)

2 eggs

salt & pepper

1/3 cup grated cheese

makes 12 patties

Directions

Heat your oven to 180C. Fry your bacon. Then finely chop the onions and garlic and fry them in your bacon fat (or coconut oil) until brown. Leave to cool.

In a large bowl combine the rest of the dry ingredients (broccoli, almond/coconut flour, cheese, salt and pepper). Add the garlic and onion mixture and finally add the eggs. 

Oil a baking tray (with coconut oil) and spoon balls of the mixture onto the tray. I used foil in the pictures below but it was an absolute nightmare removing the foil from the burgers.  Bake in the oven for 15-25 minutes, keep checking on them to make sure they don't burn.

Remove when they are slightly golden on top.

Serve with your choice of sauce (or even salad) and enjoy!

3 Ingredient Carb-Free Banting Pancakes #BantingInKorea

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I have been on the Banting diet (along with the rest of South Africa it seems!) for the past 5 weeks and nothing I have ever done, exercise or diet wise, has done for my body what this eating plan has done for me. I can't believe how my body has changed and responded to it. BUT as with any eating plan, it may not be right for you so please don't feel like this is the only way to loose a little bot of jiggle around your middle. Also I would like to note that I have been exercising very little so far, and my now confirmed 4kg loss has been all due to this eating plan and not from going crazy at the gym. If you want to find out more about  Banting, click here to read an interview I did with The Banting Blondes.

3 Ingredient Pancakes (especially for the Banting Diet)

Here is one of my favourite Banting breakfasts. It's super quick and easy and tastes heavenly (even better than the 'real' flour filled pancakes). Today Farmboy changed things up and added a flaxseeds to our mixture which helped them hold together better, as they tend to be quite fragile in the pan. But that's up to you.

Also, cream cheese is quite expensive not only here in Korea but all over the world. But once you try these you won't want to eat anything else.

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Ingredients

Makes 4 medium sized pancakes

-1/2 tub of standard cream cheese

-3 eggs

-dash of cinnamon

optional: teaspoon of Xylitol sweetner (I found mine online through iHerb...$11 for 450g)

Directions

Simply mix all your ingredient together in a blender (or by hand if you have the muscle power). One everything is well mixed, grease up a pan with coconut oil and start cooking!

I find my mixture can be very hard to work with as it is very fragile in the pan. Make sure to use lots of coconut oil (I ordered mine off iHerb) to make your life easier when it comes to flipping your pancakes.

Top with a sprinkle of cocoa powder if you need something chocolatey, or with a teeny bit of honey (remember your honey allowance for the day is only 1 teaspoon).

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Introducing the Banting Blondes...What is the Banting Diet and why should you be following it too.

For the past few months I have been following this seemingly odd diet/eating program called the Banting Diet. The bottom line is high fat, Low carbs.  This way of thinking isn't new, with past diet trends like the Atkins and the Paleo Diet.

I am guilty of the 'eat all the fat' mindset that most people enter into when they first hear about this eating plan. I went cream cheese crazy for the first week, but have since been trying to increase my veggie intake so that I can keep the 4kg's I have lost so far. And I am happy to report that I have had no problems keeping the weight off, even when I slip off track every now and again. 

I am not working out as nearly as hard as I used to (it's  terribly cold and dark here in Korea) but I am amazed at the changes in my body that have come about from this eating plan. I have never been one to diet, and in the past have simply upped my exercise to combat flabbier areas, but the changes I have seen and felt so far in my body have been so dramatic that I am going to be 'Banting' for a long time to come! 

So for those of you who have yet to hear about the latest diet craze to hit South Africa, let me introduce to you two ladies (one of them being my sister) who are taking South Africa by storm. Don't they make Banting look sexy?!

1. Who are the Banting Blondes?

We are! Two girls who have been friends since high school and have always been a massive part of each others lives while still pursuing our individual goals and dreams - together every step of the way! Roxane Hayward is a proudly South African actress, model and singer working in South Africa and London, and Julia Pietersma is a passionate pilates instructor currently working in London - both physically demanding careers where being in shape and healthy is a top priority! This Banting journey of ours started when we both moved to London in May 2014 - inspired by the incredible Tim Noakes book 'Real Meal Revolution' and all the success stories we had heard. We became super creative with our meals and treats in order to make this lifestyle change a bit of an easier transition, and through doing this, created some incredibly delicious recipes that we thought we just HAD to share with other banters out there! Pancakes, Nutella, cinnamon buns, low carb bread, but to name a few. It started as an Instagram page and then grew to a Facebook page with nearly 5000 followers in just over a month! It's growing everyday and we are loving the journey.

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2. What exactly is Banting/The Banting diet?

We like to look at Banting as a change in lifestyle rather then a 'diet' - ewww, we hate that word! Banting is known to be a Low Carbohydrate, High Fat eating plan - but we stress wherever we can that it is, in fact, a 'No Sugar, Low Carbohydrate, Moderate Protein, High Fat and SUPER High Vegetable' eating regime. Yip! You heard right! NO sugar. Sounds impossible, but it is not! There are so many delicious meals and treats you can make using healthier, lower carbohydrate substitutes - and that is what we share with you on our Facebook and Instagram pages. Banting also cancels out any processed, synthetic or refined foods from your diet, leaving you healthy and glowing from the inside out!

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3. What makes it different from Paleo?

They are actually very similar in theory and both extremely healthy ways of eating. Differences would be that Paleo says absolutely no dairy, whereas Banting you are allowed dairy in moderation. Paleo doesn't limit you on your daily fruit intake, but Banting does. Other differences would be that with Paleo you are still allowed sweeteners such as agave, coconut sap, honey and maple syrup - all sweeteners which are not allowed while Banting (honey in moderation). Reason being, these foods are still relatively high in carbs and therefore going to spike up your sugar levels, causing your pancreas to release insulin - insulin being the fat producing hormone; no thanks! Banting is also safe for diabetics whereas we wouldn't recommend Paleo if your sugar levels are already high.

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4. What can I eat? What can’t I eat?

That is quite an extensive question, haha. Simple answer and without going into too much detail would be that you have to avoid anything and everything that is toxic to your body (processed, refined or synthetic) which includes sugar, margarine, artificial sweeteners, soya etc. You'll also have to cut out anything that is high in carbohydrates which includes all grains, legumes, fruit juices and starchy vegetables like potatoes, peanuts and peas. Instead, you would want to fill your plate with food that nourishes your beautiful body. This includes green leafy vegetables and other vegetables grown above the ground. You can also eat 80g of protein with each meal. And lets not forget the fat! Mmmm...nuts, seeds, animal fats, coconut oil, butter and olive oil are all things that will help keep your body, tummy and mind fully and satisfied. Sweet tooth? You are allowed fruit in moderation as well as natural sweeteners such as xylitol, stivia and erythritol. If you want the full list, we recommend going to www.realmealrevolution.com/real-food-lists

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5. Why is it good for me?

Where do we begin! Firstly, lets not forget that your body is a machine and in order for it to run smoothly, you need to give it the correct fuel. i.e. don't fill your diesel 4X4 with petrol and wonder why it breaks. Blondes talking cars hey? Yip, we're that cool. But seriously, with Banting you are only filling your body with nutritious basic foods that our bodies were designed to process. You are eating actual FOOD, no more 'food like products' and the benefits that go with doing that are insane! Hold onto your seats cause here is a list of just a FEW of those benefits (if you want to find out the rest, you'll have to start Banting!) - increased energy levels, clear skin, healthy nails and hair, stronger immune system, no carb or sugar cravings, and of course (the one everyone wants to hear about) weight loss!

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6. So what you’re saying is I can stuff myself silly with cream cheese and still loose weight?

Haha, well not exactly. That is where a lot of people go wrong with banting. They read 'Low Carb, High Fat' but all they see is 'HIGH FAT! HIGH FAT! HIGH FAT!'. They forget that this eating plan includes tons of vegetables and moderate protein. The fat is permitted and included in order to keep you satisfied and sustained for longer until your next meal. So yes, eat your cream cheese, but have some steamed spinach or broccoli with it. Don't overeat, don't snack, only eat when hungry and focus on the nutrition that is going into your body.

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7. And eggs? I see that you're allowed to eat as many as you like. Wouldn't that increase my cholesterol?

This is actually a really interesting question, which calls for a super interesting answer. Time to put our brunette wigs on... haha. Firstly, cholesterol isn't all bad. Our bodies naturally produce it, because without cholesterol, we would die - gasp! There are two types of cholesterol in your body - the bad kind known as LDL (which can clog your arteries and lead to heart attacks and strokes) and the good kind known as HDL (which actually removes LDL and sends to back to the liver to be processed). BUT, there are two subtypes of LDL:Small, Dense LDL (ewww) and Large LDL (yay). 

Recent studies have shown that it is the Small, Dense LDL that you want to watch out for and try lower. Saturated fats (such as eggs, coconut oil, animal fats and butter - all which are 100% from nature and 100% yay while banting) increase the Large LDL and HDL cholesterol and decrease the Small, Dense LDL. So eat your eggs, make sure they are free range and organic, but also don't get stuck in a pattern of eating the same thing every day (seperate from the cholesterol issue).

You're body is designed to be a hunter gatherer and graze on different food types that it can find for that season. So mix things up a little and give your body a change up every now and then. This is a very concise answer on quite a detailed subject, so if you'd like some more info and would like to do your own research, make sure you do this by searching 'Small Dence LDL Cholesterol, Saturated Fats'.

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8. Isn’t it expensive? What if I live somewhere that I can’t get hold of the ‘good’ foods easily? Are there things I can substitute?

You'll definitely be able to get hold of the correct food easily. That's because they are all food types that are in their most basic form - no processing and no specific commercial products. So no need to stress about that! It can be expensive if you are eating tons of the expensive fats such as avocados, nuts, cheeses and coconut oil, but you shouldn't be eating TONS of these in any case - only enough to satisfy you. Another tip is when you go to your local butcher to buy your grass-fed meat, ask for the fattier off-cuts - these will be cheaper and are perfect for your high fat banting meals! Also, don't forget the most important ingredient - vegetables! If you are banting correctly, this should be a large part of your eating plan; something which is relatively inexpensive. As you body goes into ketosis you will find that you don't need to eat as much as you used too. The fat helps you body feel sustained for long periods of time, so we find that we're only having to eat two meals a day - another factor that saves on money (and time) big time!

8. Do I need to exercise too?

Definitely! Exercise is a must if you are trying to adopt a healthier lifestyle. It starts in the kitchen, but it ends in your sweat pants! And you'll want to show off your sexy new banting bum in those yoga tights you've been hiding at the back of your cupboard. Exercise is the cheapest, most underused anti-depressant, so get moving! Find something you enjoy like yoga, pilates, kickboxing, surfing, dancing, or even ping-pong!

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9.  Where can I find recipes and inspiration so I don’t get bored?

You came to the right place! Follow us on our Instagram page @thebantingblondes and our Facebook page 'The Banting Blondes'. We post tasty and delicious Banting friendly recipes, meal ideas, health tips and motivational quotes. We also answer any questions you might have whenever we know the answer! 

***TheBantingBlondes have recently launched an incredible E-Book packed full of all their recipes posted on their Facebook page, as well as loads more! Click here to order one for yourself!

10. What is your favourite thing about Banting?

Oooo, we have so many favourite things! But if we had to pick just one it would be this - because you are having to cook your meals, treats and yummy eats from scratch, rather than just buy already-made, store-bought products, it forces you to become more creative and experiment cooking with ingredients that you would never normally look twice at, like coconut flour and flaxseeds for example. Therefore, you create and try out recipes that are delicious, guilt-free and packed with nutrients and goodness. So come and join us on this Banting journey! We have a cheesecake in the oven and it serves 8 people - who's joining us for tea? ;)

You can find The BantingBlondes at the following places:

Facebook

Instagram 

Buy their E-Book

And for those of you here in South Korea, I am going to be using the #BantingInKorea hashtag when I post recipes that I have made right here in Korea, using local ingredients that I have been able to find here. I hope you'll join me in this journey to a healthier you!