I discovered Vivica's blog quite recently through a post on Foodgawker: It was her fabulously looking Low-carb Zabaglione With Meringues which also happens to be a great option for fat fast. Vivica is a food photographer with interest in nutrition and follows a healthy keto / paleo diet like me! I'm sure you'll love her Keto Mexican Chocolate Shake. Make sure you visit Vivica's blog for even more amazing recipes!
I am very pleased to have Vivica guest-posting for my blog and it has also helped me with my time management. This week has been really busy for me, as I've been working on the next big release of KetoDiet Apps. If everything goes well, we should be able to submit a new update within the next 2-3 weeks. Now, back to Vivica's recipe!
Are you feeling like your morning needs a little spicing up? If you are like me and can not deal with coffee, this chocolate shake might just be the thing!
This delicious shake will provide you with 85% fat and the great health benefits of spices like cayenne and cinnamon and cocoa. I hope this works for you . Let me know what you think!
Health benefits of Cayenne pepper:
- Anti fungal
- Anti irritant
- Digestive Aid
- Promotes Detox
- Supports Weight loss
- Supports heart health
Health Benefits of Cinnamon:
- Combats insulin Resistance by making our body more Insulin sensitive
- Natural remedy for headaches
- Helps lower LDL cholesterol
- Anti Inflammatory
- Improves cognitive function
Health benefits of Cocoa (pure unsweetened cocoa powder):
- High in flavonoids that help Cholesterol levels
- Helps reduce insulin resistance
- Anti depressant
- Has cardio-protective effects
- Mood Booster
- Rich in Minerals (Iron (3.9 mg), Magnesium (140 mg), Phosphorus (206 mg), Potassium (427 mg), Zinc (1.9 mg), Copper (1.1 mg), and Manganese (1.1 mg)
What about caffeine?
Ok Cocoa powder still contains caffeine, about 68 mg per ounce (28 g). Our serving of 2 tablespoons (10 g) in the shake equals about 25 mg of caffeine per serving.
Compared to our regular cup of coffee with 95 mg is not quite as bad!
Bottom line this is a great way to start your day, full of nutrients, low in carbs and with our desired amount of good fats!
Nutritional values (per serving):
|of which Saturated||43.1||grams|
|Magnesium||75||mg (19% RDA)|
|Potassium||385||mg (19% EMR)|
Macronutrient ratio: Calories from carbs (4.8%), protein (4.6%), fat (90.6%)
Ingredients (per serving):
Mix all the ingredients in a blender on high for about 1 minute.
I was born in Italy, at a time when small grocery stores still existed. I grew up buying veggies at the “verduriere” and meat at the “macellaio”. For the first 6 years of my life my parents had a restaurant and hotel in a small resort in the mountains of Northern Italy. There I spent a lot of time playing in the kitchen, and in the pantries. I visited herds of cows out on pasture and drank fresh milk, and ate cheese made over a wood fire.
Those memories shaped my future taste and understanding of food in a deep manner. I left Italy at 19. Lived in Germany for 5 years then in Spain. I moved to California in the early nineties, and decided to become a photographer, a food photographer! Working for national and local magazines gave me the chance to visit (and try) many amazing restaurants. I ate and photographed my way around Los Angeles.
Then for 10 years I lived between LA and Brasil, changed career, opened a new business. But in the meantime I was always around food, helping my chef friends with catering jobs, cooking, taking pictures. In 2009 I moved to Northern California with my husband, cats and dog. This has been the move that closed the circle. I am back in the landscape of my childhood, mountains and pine trees! For the last 3 years I have been realizing an old dream of living self-sufficiency. Growing my own food, being connected to Nature and the Earth.
My passion for food and the desire to help others has also found its ultimate calling: Nutrition. I am now certified as a Technician in Whole Food Nutrition. I work with Dr. Deborah Penner at Chico Creek Wellness and study for my Clinician certification.
Vivica's Blog: The Nourished Caveman
Google+: Vivica Menegaz (The Nourished Caveman)