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True Protein protein powders
I purchase all of my protein powder and supplements from True Protein. They have the best prices out there and sell powders that are 100% protein, no weird sugars, gums, stabilizers, low-quality filler proteins, and so on. If you want microfiltrated whey protein isolate, you get 100% whey protein isolate. Or, you can make your own custom mix.
For use in recipes like fauxtmeal, I find that I have gotten the best results from milk protein isolate. Those who avoid dairy can try egg white protein. I appreciate their Natural Premium line of flavors, which are sweetened with stevia only and use only natural extracts and colorings. I love the Natural Premium vanilla, chocolate, bananas N cream, and strawberry banana. You can use discount code EAC008 on your orders.
Almond Breeze almond milk, unsweetened varieties
Almond Breeze is my milk substitute of choice. Many low-carbers rely on heavy cream, but almond milk has the advantage of being low-calorie in addition to low-carb. One cup has only 40 calories and 1 net carb. Be sure to buy the ones explicitly labeled unsweetened!! This is available in original, vanilla, and chocolate.
Bird's Eye Steamfresh vegetables
In a pinch, this is my favorite brand of frozen vegetables, as they steam nicely in their own bag and do not get terribly mushy. The steamer bags and BPA-free and it's nice to not have to wash a bowl. In particular, I use the garlic cauliflower for cauliflower pizza and similar recipes.
Cabot 75% fat free cheddar
While I certainly don't fear dietary fat, sometimes it's nice to be able to slash calories. This is lower in fat than other brands but still has a nice texture and the flavor is super sharp.
A lot of low-carbers use almond flour for baked goods. However, I prefer coconut flour. It does not taste like coconut, and is largely defatted in the process of being made into flour. It is low-carb, high fiber, and it expands when you add liquid so you need very little. The fat content is primarily medium-chain fatty acids, as opposed to almond flour which contains a lot of pro-inflammatory omega-6s. I don't have a favorite brand just yet. Let's Do Organic is coarser than other brands, and reminds me of coarse-milled cornmeal. Thus, I like it for my mock "corn" muffins. Other brands such as Bob's Red Mill are more finely ground, and are ideal for cakes, muffins, or my low-carb biscuits and gravy. Caveats about coconut flour are that it does not produce a nice breading (I prefer almond flour for that) and it does not thicken sauces well (I use xanthan gum instead).
PB2 is powdered, defatted peanut butter. It has only 45 calories and 3 net carbs for two tablespoons (and two tablespoons of this stuff is a LOT). It is in no way a substitute for peanut butter as a spread; however, it is great for adding a peanut butter flavor to other items such as dessert recipes or shakes.
A half cup of these beans has only 1 net carb, 7 grams of fiber, 11 grams of protein, and no added salt. I try not to eat too much soy, but these are a good low-carb option every once in a while. In particular, I use them in my flourless 1-carb brownies, but I've also employed them in traditional uses such as chili.
Westbrae unsweetened ketchup
The only brand of ketchup I've found with no sugar or artificial sweeteners.
Xanthan gum has zero net carbs and is used in place of thickeners like cornstarch. It emulsifies and adds body to sauces. I use it in recipes such as low-carb sausage gravy, General Tso's chicken, shepherd's pie, and sugar-free cranberry sauce. It is expensive, but a little goes a long way and it keeps forever.
This isn't exactly a low-carb or paleo item, but I use it sparingly. It's basically oil and flour mixed together in a spray bottle, so instead of having to butter and flour a pan, you can just spray it and make your pan instantly nonstick. I like it because I use far less than I would if I had to use loose flour.
World Berries cacao nibs
1-carb brownies, triple chocolate chunk cookies, or even mixed into cottage cheese or smoothies. World Berries brand seems to have the fewest net carbs.
Philadelphia brand low-fat cream cheese
As a rule of thumb, I select full-fat dairy if it comes from pastured grass-fed cows. For mass-produced dairy I go with low-fat. This is a very good article explaining why. Philadelphia brand low-fat cream cheese has fewer carbs than any other brand I've seen.
Ghirardelli Intense Dark Midnight Reverie 86% cacao chocolate
I've acquired a taste for super darkity-dark chocolate. It's rich in antioxidants without lots of carbs. I stick to anything that is 85% cacao and higher, and the Ghirardelli is my go-to brand. It is cheaper than the others I've found (Godiva, Endangered Species, Dagoba, Green & Black, etc) but I like it just as much. The only super dark chocolate that I don't like is Lindt. Sometimes I chop it up and use it as chocolate chips, such as in my triple chocolate chunk cookies. I still need to try Valrhona Noir Extra Amer and some of the dark Vivani varieties...
Stevia is an herb that possesses a natural sweetness, like sugar. It is calorie-free, but it is a plant extract rather than a weird chemical so it's a great choice as a sweetener. Unfortunately, many brands use weird items like maltodextrin, dextrose, and/or sugar alcohols as a carrier. SweetLeaf granulated stevia uses inulin, a type of soluble fiber, as the carrier. I use this in my white chocolate recipe. I also like their vanilla creme liquid stevia in my coffee.
Everything I've ordered from Penzeys has been spectacular. I highly recommend the Vietnamese cinnamon, the China ginger (spicy and fresh-tasting, blows every other ground ginger out of the water), Fox Point (like a gourmet non-Frankenfood version of onion soup mix; love it in meatloaf), Northwoods (great for roast chicken and roast veggies), Italian herb mix (for all my pizza crusts; the cracked rosemary is a great addition), Chili 3000 (I use it as fajita seasoning), and many others. I'm dying to try the tandoori seasoning, sandwich sprinkle, and of course the pizza seasoning.
Reviews coming soon...
Spectrum light canola mayo
Walden farms sugar free maple syrup
So Delicious coconut milk
Kikkoman organic tamari
Publix cottage cheese
La Tortilla Factory tortillas
Golden flax meal
Kerrygold pastured butter