Just Thrive Probiotics


Let’s talk about Gut Health!

When I decided to switch to a Ketogenic Lifestyle, I was hoping to reduce the inflammation in my body. I was on a mission to boost my immune system and reduce the symptoms of my autoimmune conditions.

Gut health is a big focus for me because I know how tied it is to my overall health. I started using Just Thrive probiotics and noticed a big difference in my gut’s overall happiness within days.

As you probably know our GI tract houses bacteria that contribute to more than just digestion. These beneficial bacteria help our bodies digest food and absorb nutrients, produce vitamins and vital nutrients, stimulate healthy immune function, destroy disease-causing microbes, promote healthy skin, and boost our mood and brainpower.

Pretty much everyone I know has some sort of GI issue. Environmental toxins, antibiotics, stress, and many other factors can decrease the amount of healthy bacteria in our bodies causing an imbalance.

This is where probiotics come in.


Probiotics are spores of good bacteria that occur naturally in foods or can be taken as a supplement to get your gut balanced. Foods like Yogurt, Kimchi, and Kombucha have natural occurring probiotics. But if you have a bacterial imbalance, a probiotic supplement is your best bet.

I’ve recently discovered the brand Just Thrive. Their probiotics have a better survivability than those found in yogurt and other brands. This means that the good bacteria will stay alive long enough to get all the way into your GI tract where it can do the most good. Their products are vegan and Keto friendly. And they have a 100% money back guarantee. Just Thrive probiotics contains a unique blend of four probiotic spores that have been strategically designed to give you the most health benefits.


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Also did you know you can use Just Thrive probiotics in recipes!? Their strains are SO strong that you can cook AND bake with them-- up to 455 degrees!! Here's a recipe for a Spicy Chocolate Fat Bomb with Probiotic Goodness Added in.

Spicy Chocolate Probiotic Fat Bombs

INGREDIENTS
• 1 capsule of Just Thrive probiotic (opened up of course)
• 1/2 cup coconut butter
• 1/4 cup coconut oil
• 1/4 cup butter or ghee
• 2 tbsp cacao powder
• 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
• 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
• 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
• 2 tbsp erythritol (optional)
• Pinch of salt
• Handful of slivered almonds or chopped nuts of your choice

DIRECTIONS

1. In a small skillet, melt the coconut butter, coconut oil, and butter or ghee over low heat. Once melted, add the cacao powder, probiotic, vanilla, cayenne, cinnamon, erythritol (if using) and pinch of salt.
2. Pour the mixture into the ice cube trays or silicone molds. Add slivered almonds or chopped nuts of choice on top.
3. Freeze for 30 minutes, then unmold the bombs. Store in an airtight container in the freezer or refrigerator.

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KETO RECIPE: Taco Trio

Who doesn’t love Taco Tuesday or really tacos any day of the week?! Cheese shells make keto-friendly tacos super fun and easy. It’s super quick to prep all of the ingredients and then my daughter Kaia and I have so much fun constructing our tacos. We both like our tacos a little different so I prep a variety of fillings and toppings for us to choose from.

Sometimes I just make one variety of tacos, but last Taco Tuesday, I made 3 different kinds!

  • Breakfast Tacos

  • Traditional Tacos

  • Cheeseburger Tacos

The breakfast and cheeseburger taco recipes are featured in my second cookbook, The Big Book of Keto. The cheese shells are the same kind of idea as the cheese chips I often make for cheese chips and quac, but with a bigger piles of cheese.

Cheese Taco Shells

You will Need:

  • 1/3 cup of blended Mexican Cheese for Each Taco Shell you want to make.

  • Silicone Baking Sheet or Parchment Paper

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.

  2. Add 1/3-cup mounds of shredded cheese to the pan, leaving plenty of space between them. Bake until the edges are brown and the middle of each has fully melted, about 7 minutes.

  3. Set the pan a the cooking rack. Quickly, Bend the shells into a taco shape. I like to use the edge or a storage container lined with parchment paper. You can get creative with what you want to bend them over. As they cool, they will harden.

Breakfast Taco Filling

You will Need:

  • 1 tablespoon butter or ghee

  • 4 large eggs

  • Shredded Rotisserie Chicken or Chopped Bacon, optional

  • 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream

  • Salt

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • Dash of hot sauce

  • 1 avocado, cubed

  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro

Directions:

  1. In a skillet, heat the butter over medium heat.

  2. Whisk in the eggs and heavy cream, and season with salt, pepper, and a little hot sauce.

  3. Scramble the eggs.

  4. Fill the cheese shells with the scrambled eggs, bacon or chicken, and top with the avocado and cilantro.


Traditional Taco Filling

You will Need:

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1/2 pound ground beef

  • 1/4 onion, diced

  • Salt

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • 1/4 cup shredded cheese

  • 1/4 cup shredded lettuce

  • Hot sauce

  • 6 Halved Grape Tomatoes

Directions:

  1. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the ground beef and onion, and season with salt and pepper. Cook for 6 minutes, stirring regularly, until fully cooked.

  2. Construct you tacos! Take a fully cooled taco shell and go crazy. In traditional Tacos, I like lettuce, cheese, and halved grape tomatoes and hot sauce.


Cheeseburger Taco Filling

You will Need:

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1/2 pound ground beef

  • 1/4 onion, diced

  • Salt

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • 1/4 cup shredded cheese

  • 1/4 cup shredded lettuce

  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil mayonnaise, I like Primal Kitchen.

  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard

  • 1/4 cup pickle slices

Directions:

  1. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the ground beef and onion, and season with salt and pepper. Cook for 6 minutes, stirring regularly, until fully cooked.

  2. Construct you tacos! Take a fully cooled taco shell and go crazy. For the Cheeseburger Tacos, Stuff the cheese shells with the beef, shredded lettuce, mayonnaise, mustard, and pickle slices.

Get these recipes and 200 more in The Big Book of Keto, now available on Amazon!

KETO RECIPE: Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies


Life is just better with cookies isn’t it?! Here’s my favorite recipe for puffy, chewy chocolate chip cookies. You can use any keto-friendly chocolate chip or chunks of super dark chocolate. You can also add nuts if you would like, chopped macadamia nuts are my favorite!

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INGREDIENTS

·      ¼ cup unsalted butter

·      1 ¼ cups almond flour

·      ¼ tsp salt

·      ¼ cup erythritol

·      ¼ tsp cream of tartar

·      1 large eff

·      1 tsp vanilla extract

·      ¼ cup of sugar-free chocolate chips

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DIRECTIONS

1.     Preheat oven to 350

2.     Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat and set aside.

3.     In a saucepan or in the microwave, melt the butter. Place in a room-temperature container and let it set in the refrigerator for 10 minutes to cool down.

4.     In a large bowl, combine the almond flour, salt, erythritol, and cream of tartar. Stir to combine.

5.     In a small bowl, combine the egg, vanilla, and cooled butter. Whisk together.

6.     Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and combine everything together with a large spoon or rubber scraper, then fold in the chocolate chips.

7.     Scoop out 2 to 3” mounds of cookie dough and place on the prepared baking sheet. I like to flatten mine a bit.

8.     Bake the cookies for 10 to 12 minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack for an additional 15 minutes.

9.     These will make puffy chocolate chip cookies with a chewy center. I absolutely love them cold, so I generally store in the refrigerator.

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KETO RECIPE: Pancake Cake Bites


ATTENTION: I might have a new favorite way to eat my famous Pancake Cake!

As most of you know, we are obsessed with Keto Pancakes at our house. Recently I came up with the idea to use my Pancake Cake recipe from my Easy 5-Ingredient Ketogenic Diet Cookbook and bake them in one of those brownie pans that makes the individual brownies so that each one has a perfect crust around it. It worked perfectly! It makes these beautiful, individual servings of pancake bites and it also makes it super easy to include add-ins like berries, keto friendly chocolate chips or anything else you can imagine!

You’ll definitely want to make these for your next brunch or big family breakfast because each kid could get their own unique flavor!

Look how beautiful these bite sized morsels turned out! These brownie pans also make perfect little cakes, they rise up and bake nicely all the way through.

KETO RECIPE: Pancake Cake

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 tablespoons of melted butter, cooled slightly

  • 8 eggs

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature

  • 2-4 teaspoons liquid stevia (adjust to taste)

  • 3 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1⁄2 cup coconut flour

  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Optional Add-ins

  • Berries: Blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, diced strawberries

  • Keto-friendly chocolate chips or dark chocolate chunks, nuts, Choc Zero syrup

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F. Grease the brownie tin well.

  2. Blend the eggs, cream cheese, coconut flour, baking powder and stevia until smooth. Add the cooled melted butter to the batter.

  3. Pour the batter evenly into the pan.

  4. Add Blueberries or Chocolate Chips

  5. Bake for about 12-15 minutes, or until a paring knife stuck into comes out clean.

  6. Place the cake on a cooling rack, and melt a few more tablespoons of butter on top if you wish.

  7. Serve up with some Choc Zero Syrup and Butter.

Get this recipe and more in The Easy 5-Ingredient Ketogenic Diet Cookbook, available on Amazon.

I recently put together a big All Things Keto Pancakes Post with a bunch of ways to enjoy Keto Pancakes, so if you’re a pancake addict like me you’ll want to check it out!


Keto Recipe: Bacon-Strawberry Spinach Salad

This Bacon Strawberry Spinach Salad is one of my favorite spring salads right now. The strawberries this season are incredible, and they pair beautifully with salty crispy bacon. (Strawberries are keto-approved as long as you don’t go crazy) I like to add avocado chunks to this salad, but you can add feta or goat cheese or even cheddar. 

This Recipe is featured in my cookbook, The Big Book of Keto.

Photo by Helene Dujardin

Photo by Helene Dujardin

INGREDIENTS

  • 6 bacon slices

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

  • 4 cups spinach

  • 2 strawberries, sliced

  • 1 avocado, pitted, peeled, and diced

  • Salt

  • Freshly ground black pepper

DIRECTIONS

1. Cook the Bacon on both sides until crispy in a large skillet over medium-high heat, about 8 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel–lined plate to drain and cool, then crumble it.

2. Whisk together the olive oil and lemon juice in a small bowl.

3. Toss salad ingredients in a large bowl. Add salt and pepper.

4. Stir in the olive oil and lemon juice dressing. Serve


TOTAL FAT: 34G; PROTEIN: 12G; TOTAL CARBS: 10G; FIBER: 6G; NET CARBS: 4G

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KETO RECIPE: Chopped Greek Salad

Every year as spring comes to the west coast, I ditch my sweaters and soup and start craving SALADS!

Salads are a great option for eating out on Keto. I can find a low carb salad option at any restaurant. I often add grilled salmon for some healthy protein. 

But sometimes when the weather is warm, I like to make Salads at home. I throw a bunch of ingredients into a giant bowl and enjoy it on my patio, or better yet, in my Jacuzzi. I especially love this Chopped Greek Salad recipe. The best thing about it is that you can customize it to include all of your favorite things. I love adding salami, pepperoni, and avocado. 

This Keto Recipe is from my first Cookbook, The Easy 5-Ingredient Ketogenic Diet Cookbook. This cookbook also includes recipes for a BLT Breakfast Salad, Shrimp and Avocado Salad, Blue Cheese and Bacon Kale Salad and many more! 

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Keto Chopped Greek Salad

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups chopped romaine

  • 1/2 cup halved grape tomatoes

  • 1/4 cup sliced black olives (I like Kalamata)

  • 1/4 cup feta cheese crumbles

  • 2 tablespoons vinaigrette salad dressing (I use Primal Kitchen Greek Vinaigrette)

  • Pink slat

  • Ground Black Pepper

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a large bowl, combine romaine, olives, tomatoes, feta, and dressing.

  2. Sprinkle pink salt and pepper. Drizzle with olive oil and toss to combine.

  3. Divide between two bowls and serve.

Variations: Make this recipe your own. You can replace the feta cheese with goat cheese. Add red onion or chopped cucumbers. You can even top the salad with finely chopped Genoa salami or pepperoni.

MACROS, per serving:

Calories: 202, Total Fat: 19g, Carbs: 4g, Fiber: 2g, Net Carbs: 3g, Protein: 4g

Equip Foods Prime Plant Protein

Every once in a while it is nice to assess what your body needs and doesn’t need. All Long term WOE, like Keto need little adjustments every so often to keep you in optimal health.

These adjustments may be small, like upping your electrolyte intake or getting more sleep. But they can also be something big like cutting dairy out of your diet.

It’s all about listening to your body, doing your research and making healthy decisions.

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KETO RECIPE: Roasted Veggies

Some people assume that if you are Keto, you only eat bacon and cream cheese. Don’t get me wrong, bacon is one of the greatest things in the world. And I actually have eaten bacon dipped in chocolate on more than one occasion. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t also eat vegetables.

I absolutely love veggies. They are delicious and so good for you! I find a way to incorporate veggies into every single meal.

Vegetables contain wonderful micronutrients that often get overlooked. Vitamins and Minerals like calcium, Iron, fiber, potassium, and zinc are crucial to a healthy lifestyle.

Don’t like the taste and texture of veggies?

Maybe you just haven’t figured out how you like to eat them yet. Often times, vegetables like broccoli and brussel sprouts are boiled and become soggy and stinky. I’ve found that if I roast them, I get a much better result. Try out a couple different ways of preparing veggies and find your favorite.

In the meantime, try recipe from my cookbook Keto in 30 Minutes, now available on Amazon!

Keto Roasted Veggies:

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup cauliflower florets

  • 1 cup broccoli florets

  • 1 cup Brussels sprouts

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • Salt

  • Freshly ground black pepper

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat your oven to 425° F.

  2. In a medium sized bowl, Toss the cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and broccoli with olive oil. Season with Salt and Pepper.

  3. Spread the vegetables on a baking sheet in a single layer with some separation.

  4. Cook the veggies for 20 to 25 minutes, mixing once about halfway through the roasting time.

  5. Sprinkle with a bit more salt and pepper and serve.

Variation: If broccoli isn’t your thing, try this combo. Uses the same preparation with green beans, zucchini, asparagus, and bell peppers. Roast this combo for 15 minutes.

MACROS, per serving:

Calories: 83, Total Fat: 7g, Protein: 2g, Total Carbs: 5g, Fiber: 2g, Net Carbs: 3g.