Saturday, July 28, 2012

peanut butter cups {keto style}

I've been on the hunt for some good snack recipes that will work at school.  I've seen a few that involved chocolate, but I have been quick to dismiss them because he was never a fan of chocolate before the keto diet. (shocking, I know!)

So I decided to try these peanut butter cups.  I don't remember where I found the recipe, but they are a HUGE hit!  It's a perfect 3.5:1 ratio and each one has 74 calories (this is slightly over his specific allowance, but still within a good range).

I love how simple this recipe is to make...simply melt the butter and stir in the peanut butter.  Then stir in the truvia and cocoa.  Then just pop them in the freezer for a few minutes!

I multiplied the recipe by 12 to create a larger batch.

They have to be kept frozen (or at least refrigerated) because it is mostly a pat of butter and melts quickly.  But Ben loves to eat them on a toothpick.

When I told him that he could have some candy, he just started giggling.  It was fun to watch him get so excited for something. 

Yeah for an easy and well loved snack!

Friday, July 27, 2012

it's the little things...

I just went to call the neurologist about something and realized that I have forgotten the number.

I used to have it memorized because I called on a daily basis...but it's been so long since I've had to call, that I actually have to look it up.

I'm so thankful for this little realization that has HUGE meaning attached to it.

Thank you Lord, for your numerous blessings...

Monday, July 23, 2012

a visual understanding of the keto diet

I found this visual on wikipedia.

I know wikipedia is not always the most reliable of resources, but I thought this gives a really good visual for what the ketogenic diet is all about.

Ben is on the classic ketogenic diet.  I've read about others adding the MCT oil, but I didn't realize that it changed the amount of carbs quite so much or that the dietary fat was different as well.  Since he had an adverse reaction to the coconut oil, I am hesitant to ask about the MCT oil. 

Interesting info for sure!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

taking keto on the road

We went on an overnight trip with some friends and had a wonderful time.  It took me a little bit of time to get the meals measured out, but with the new pizza and the peanut butter sandwich, I knew he would enjoy the food.
During breakfast, his friend offered him a bite of a donut.  I wasn't there, but his response was, "no, not until God heals me."  This is a big deal since donuts are one of his favorites!  He encouraged his friend to eat the donut and then offered to throw the donut bag away while smelling the aroma.  :)

After spending the morning at a children's museum, we all decided it was time for lunch.  I had the peanut butter sandwich in my purse because I was afraid that the butter/peanut butter would melt in the car.

We decided to go to a favorite spot, Chipolte.  Ben was very interested in what we were eating, but he was so hungry he wanted to eat his own food just as badly.

It was our first time to eat out as a family since November 14th, when we ate Chick-fil-A in the hospital lobby before the diet initiation.  And it was a success!

I still have a lot of guilt when I eat food in front of him, but I have to remember that this diet is his medicine.  I think he enjoyed the normalcy of eating out as a family with friends again too.  I'm not sure he would have been ready for this even a few months ago, but I'm glad that we are all becoming a bit more comfortable with the ins and outs of making the diet work.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

a heavy heart...

When we first got the Doose diagnosis, I found a blog of another "doosie" living in our general region.  They have a doctor in the same practice and go to the same hospital as us.  When I read through her blog, it kinda gave me comfort knowing that we really weren't alone.

I especially loved reading about this little guy because he was doing so well and had been seizure free for months. 

I just read on the support group last evening that after 18 months, the seizures have returned.

18 months. 

So devastating when we are often told that once you reach 24 months, the chances of the seizures returning are much less.

I can only imagine what they are feeling and the uncertainty surrounding them. 

My heart just aches for this precious family.  I've been praying for them and their little guy all day.  I hesitate to share their names because I'm not sure how much the mom would like to have announced into cyberspace...but God knows their names.  Please join me in prayer for a complete healing, wisdom for the doctors, and for peace to reign in their home.

Pray also for my's amazing how easily the fear grips my heart and mind.  Ben's health is a miracle and we try to never take that for granted.  I am going back to listen to these messages on being fearless and remind myself of my focus for this month...

I don't understand why, but I know that our lives are in His hands. 

He is trustworthy.
He is faithful.

peanut butter sandwhich {keto style}

I made these 'cinnamon rolls' back in February.  They were a hit, but Ben has refused them for the past few months.

I decided to try to use the oopsie rolls (as they are really called) as bread.  It is soft and the texture is similar to regular bread. 

With the success of the peanut butter crackers, I decided to try the butter/peanut butter mixture again.  Unfortunately, this time I knew I would have to use twice as much butter as peanut butter and I was a little concerned.  We had tried this in the hospital and he didn't like it.  But it's been a really long time since he's had peanut butter by itself so I gave it a try.

They came out so good!

It's a huge portion, it doesn't need cream, he gobbled it up and announced,
"Dad, bread is back on my list!"

Since the first time I made it, I decided to take some of the butter out and add macadamia nuts on the side.  This makes the filling much more manageable as the first time he ate it, it was dripping out of the middle and made a HUGE mess.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

keto cuisine pizza

I got a free sample of this new product called ketocuisine!

It boasts that it does not have the same medical smell or taste as the ketocal.  I plan to use this product mainly as the crust for Ben's pizza.  I like using these products because the ratios are so high it helps him to have a really delicious sauce for a pizza topping. 

Check out the difference in the ingredient lists:

Ketocal: tons of ingredients, most with names that I can't pronounce or only recognize as some sort of chemical compound of sorts

Ketocuisine:  just a handful of ingredients, although they are still mostly unrecognizable

I used the same recipe but just replaced the ketocal with ketocuisine.  It looked fluffier, more like pizza.  It smelled better too.  When he picked it up to eat it like pizza, it held it's shape much better. 

But ironically, the ratio worked out so that he can only have the pizza.  When I make the pizza with the ketocal, he's able to have a few grams of fruit with it.  So that was a bit disappointing to him when he discovered that he could only have the pizza.  But I think he enjoys the taste more so in time he'll forget that he used to get a few extra carbs or a bit of protein with it.

Overall, I'm very impressed with the ketocuisine, except there aren't very many recipes listed online.  I'm more of a recipe follower vs. a recipe creator so it's intimidating to me.  It's also time consuming to enter recipes into the ketocalculator, but I'm going to try.  I'd love to be able to make him some bread or a cookie.  If anyone has suggestions, please pass them my way!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

diet soda and ketones

Ben is allowed to drink diet soda, but we normally only let him have the decaffeinated ones. 

The other day, I handed him the last sip of my diet coke the other day and told him that he could finish it off.

He threw his hands up in the air and exasperated,

"What if my ketones get 'yow' (low)?" 

I laughed and then reassured him that it was OK for him to drink and he enjoyed the last little drop.

But I'm proud of him because it shows that he has definately started to internalize the importance of the diet and is understanding how it works. 

Friday, July 13, 2012

peanut butter crackers {keto style}

I was so excited at the idea of making peanut butter crackers!

The recipe is for almond crackers.

I use 30 grams of almond flour, 20 grams of ground macadamia nuts, 15 grams of olive oil, and 15 grams of egg whites.  Mix together and then flatten on parchment paper.  I used a spatula to create squares about 1 inch big.

Then I weigh out 40 grams worth of the cooked crackers.

To make the peanut butter spread, I melted 2.5 grams of european butter and mixed it in with 5 grams of simply jiff peanut butter. 

Then I put the mixture between two crackers becuase there just really isn't enough to spread on all the crackers. 

I served this meal with 20 grams of whipping cream and it was a success!

He loved it!  Of course, he wanted more peanut butter spread, but overall he loved it! 

I'm hoping this will make a great school lunch.  I have to experiment though to make sure the peanut butter doesn't just get absorbed in the cracker.  I don't think he'd be able to spread the mixture on himself because the crackers are pretty delicate.

I love finding a meal he loves!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

I love bacon!

I had to buy this shirt from target for my little keto kid...

He told me that it should say, "I yove pancakes!"

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

grilled cheese {keto style}

I was so excited to find a carb free bread! 

I thought it was going to really be an answer to our prayers.  When I got home and tried to play around in the ketocalculator, I only became frustrated. 

And then I tasted it. 

wow.  interesting.  My friend, Angie and I both agreed that it tasted a bit like a wet brown paper bag. 

So, since Ben wants to eat pancakes for every meal, I thought maybe I could use the pancake base and create something different. 

I thought it might work well as a grilled cheese sandwhich. 

It looked ok, smelled ok, and Ben ate it, but he requested that I "never make that again".

So we'll add this to the fail category and move on.  :)

Sunday, July 8, 2012

pizza and corn {keto style}

Ben has been asking for corn on the cob, but since it can't be weighed accurately, he will have to settle for kernels. 

Here's a look at how much corn he gets to eat with his pizza meal. 

Just a bite, but enough to satisfy the craving.  :)

Thursday, July 5, 2012

my focus for this month...

Isn't that amazing?

We were known even before our parents knew we were on our way. 

Psalms 139:16 expands on this idea and says,

Your eyes saw me when I was only a fetus.
Every day of my life was recorded in your book
before one of them had taken place.

"Every day was recorded before one of them had taken place"...even July 5, 2011.

You can read about that day here, but in short, this seizure stands out in our mind as different from all previous seizures.  And the days and months that followed proved to be different as well. 

But that day was written in God's book as part of Ben's life. 
We didn't know it was coming, but it came. 
And as unbearable as some of the days that followed were, God was with us.
The hardship did not catch Him off guard.

I'm not sure I will ever forget that date, but that's not the only one that was recorded either.

January 6, 2012 is the date of Ben's last seizure. 

This month is interesting...we remember life one year ago and the uncertainty surrounding it. 
But we also get to celebrate
6 whole months of seizure freedom
and 8 months of successful diet therapy.


I'm not sure what other dates will become important in my mind in the future, but I'm so thankful that God has seen them all and recorded each one. 

He is aware.
He sees the beginning and end of your storm.
He knows how it's all going to work out, so we have no need to worry.

Monday, July 2, 2012

clutter free living

My friend, Brandy over at Inpsired Ideas is doing a series on living clutter free. 

I'm very excited about learning more about this because the keto lifestyle has definately taken over my kitchen!  The scale, the tools, the special foods, the meds - it's just so much stuff!  I'm hoping to learn a few tips on how to be more organized in my efforts.

If you want to read more about it, you can click here.

Maybe if I get things better organized, I won't feel so much like this all the time:

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Happy organizing!