Low Carb Alfredo
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For many years, I have been plagued with many auto-immune maladies. Most of them were just bothers, skin problems, aches, burning tongue. I had been on a low dose of Prednisone since 2002. About a year and a half ago, I was diagnosed with Pericarditis and then after several months of tests, Giant Cell Arthritis ( which is inflammation of the arteries going through my temple to the brain). The tests showed major inflammation in my body so I was put on very large doses of Prednisone. That caused many more problems. We have been trying to lower the dose for about 6 months and it has been up and down. I have had lab tests every two weeks for the last 15 months.
Then, 5 weeks ago, I began my life style change mainly because it was touted to be good for inflammation and I had gained lots of weight with the help of the Prednisone. After the first two weeks into your program, my inflammation tests were still high but last week, both indicators showed that my levels were in the normal range. That is the first time in more than 10 years. I can’t tell you how happy that has made me and my family. I am a believer!!!!! I feel good. I don’t miss either the gluten or the sugar. I can’t thank you both enough for the guidance and information. It just proves that you can teach an old dog, new tricks. Thanks again, Molly”
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Do you blame your cravings on will power? You shouldn’t. I KNOW and have seen people suffering get relief from balancing their biochemistry. Being deficient in certain vitamins, minerals, good gut bacteria and brain chemicals create intense cravings! One that many people are deficient in is zinc. You lose zinc as you sweat and through excess urination. So in the beginning of a keto-adapted diet, you will be low in zinc. The average American consumes less than 10 mg of zinc per day, far less than what is required for normal sugar metabolism or the other functions of zinc in the body.
Our soil is low in zinc, so the best source of zinc is animal products. Oysters, seafood and organic red meat are your best choices for zinc. So if you are a vegetarian, I suggest adding in a supplement.
Click HERE to find the zinc I love because it is attached to an amino acid for quality absorption. I use to do a zinc test in my nutrition classes to see if the participants were deficient in zinc and on average 39 out of the 50 participants were! This bottle gives directions on how to test your zinc level too!
A zinc deficiency is a huge issue with PMS and salty cravings or craving a bite of sweetness after each meal.
I suggest 30-50mg at breakfast. Please note that as you increase zinc, it can cause nausea so slowly increase. Start with 15mg a day for a week, and then double it the next week. Increase again until you are at 50mg a day. Physical conditions associated with a zinc and copper imbalance include insomnia, headaches, tooth decay, arthritis, fatigue, adrenal burnout, scoliosis, osteoporosis, heart disease, cancer, migraines, seizures, fungal and
bacterial infections including yeast infection, gum disease, skin and hair problems and female organ conditions including uterine fibroids, and endometriosis.
Zinc is also essential for keeping a healthy immune system, building proteins, triggering enzymes, and creating DNA. Zinc also helps the cells in your body communicate by functioning as a neurotransmitter. A deficiency in zinc can lead to stunted growth, diarrhea, impotence, hair loss, eye and skin lesions, impaired appetite, and depressed immunity.
Correcting a zinc deficiency can go a long way toward helping the frustrated dieter control impulses to eat something sweet, something fatty, or something devoid of nutrition in an attempt to satisfy an inner compulsion.
Certain prescriptions, including birth control, deplete zinc in our body. A zinc deficiency could cause birth defects. So if you are planning on getting pregnant, a good rule of thumb is to discontinue birth control for 6 months before getting pregnant.
NOTE: Always check with your primary health care professional before adding in any supplements.
Serve with Protein Garlic Bread and a Salad with Super Salad Dressing!
1 large zucchini (made into 6 cups of “pasta”) OR 4 packages MIRACLE NOODLES
Shrimp, crab, scallops…whatever protein you enjoy
Fresh tomatoes, cut into slices
1 stick butter
2 cloves garlic
4 TBS cream cheese
1/3 cup beef broth
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
Place butter in a saucepan with garlic and cook until light golden brown, stir constantly, or the butter will burn. Turn to a low heat. Smash up garlic cloves in the butter. Stir in cream cheese, broth, and Parmesan. Simmer for at least 15 minutes…the flavors open up if you simmer longer:) Serve over zucchini noodles and your choice of seafood. Makes 4 servings.
NUTRITIONAL COMPARISON (per serving)
Traditional Alfredo Pasta = 665 calories, 33g fat, 17g protein, 71 carbs, trace fiber
“Healthified” Alfredo = 315 calories, 31g fat, 7.7g protein, 5.2 carbs, 1.3g fiber
White Pasta 43 carbs, 0 fiber, 246 calories
Zucchini “noodles” 4 carbs, 2 fiber, 20 calories
My suggestion is to only serve the sauce on the noodles you will eat that night. The leftover noodles
and sauce get a little soggy, so reserve both separate. To find the awesome noodle maker click HERE.
I recently found a NEW Zucchini cutter that is easier to use! Click HERE to find it:)
This post nearly made me have an apopalyptic fit. I’ve been on birth control and I’ve noticed a LOT of what you were mentioning. Thanks so much for this!
Are there any good vegetarian sources of zinc?
Some veggie forms of zinc are sesame and tahini flour, peanuts, pumpkin seeds… If you are a vegetarian, I would recommend a zinc supplement of 30mg/day. Please chech with your doctor before starting any supplement regime;)
I bought the nifty gadget that you recommended and made the zucchini alfredo tonight for dinner – w/ shrimp. The gadget is great and the recipe was awesome! Thanks for sharing!
Thanks Diane! I’m glad you liked it!
Great article, but I can’t find where you noted the gadget pictured above!
Here is the tool that I used:
Thank you very much!!!
I love your Blog and website!!
I’m making this tonight, as we have some zucchini ready in our garden. Thank you.
Well, one note … even if you see the sauce a little separated, do not put in blender. lol That made the sauce coagulate and become hard. It was rescued by putting it back in the pan with more broth. Nonetheless, this was incredibly delicious over zucchini noodles.Thank you.
Maria I made this zucchini alfredo for dinner, with a few changes … don’t we all do that? It was awesomely delicious! I did add an extra clove of garlic, didn’t have beef broth so just used water. I cut back on the butter and it still seemed like too much … it puddled. added leftover roast chicken to the sauce. and did a light saute of the zucchini noodles about 4 cups instead of 6 cuz that is what I had. After it was plated, I also sprinkled a bit of toasted sunflower kernels and toasted pepitas on top for a bit of crunch.
YIKES, I did NOT see the servings in the book and hubby and I each had about half but his was the larger half! I followed the recipe from your Nutritious and Delicious cookbook.
I’m going to rave to everyone I know about this recipe! I was trying to find it on your facebook page so that I could share, but so can’t find it … maybe hidden in posts of months ago?
Thank you! You could just share this page link on your wall. 🙂
This was a huge hit last night!! I love Alfredo sauce and this sauce is amazing! My children were delighted! Thank you so much for your recipes and valuable information.
Thank you so much! 🙂
Maria, this might be a dumb question, but I am so excited to use my new gadget, I want to make this tonight! About the zucchini noodles – do those get cooked at all, or are the noodles served raw with whatever sauce is on top? Same with the seafood, if it’s cooked shrimp, do you just thaw it? Do you warm it up at all?
I heat everything up as normal but I leave the “noodles” and the sauce warms them up enough. 🙂
I’ve never made the zucchini noodles before – can they be cooked to make them more ‘spaghetti like”?
I think they are a good al dente noodle just warmed up with the sauce. You can try warming them or steaming them a bit if you like, but I would then try to drain or even wring the water out so they aren’t too wet when you add the sauce. 🙂
Maria, my alferdo sauce looked great, but at the end TOTALLY separated? Has that ever happened to you?
Hmm, I have never had it separate when making it. It will separate in the fridge and here is some tips on reheating it. 🙂
This was absolutely delicious. I cooked my seafood right in the sauce. I used a small piece of cod, a piece of orange roughy and a little smoked salmon.
I didn’t have large tomatoes, so I added whole cherry tomatoes into the sauce. I used a little more beef broth because the sauce got pretty thick. I will make this again.
This sauce could be used for just vegetables, or chicken and mushrooms. Love it !!!!
Two times I have tried to make this tonight! I am so frustrated! I follow everything exactly (as far as I can tell) and it looks great for the first five minutes. Then it just breaks. It completely separates and the creamy part bunches up leaving all the butter separate. I have tried adding broth and more cream cheese when it happens and I havent saved it! I have no idea what to do. It smells SO GOOD while cooking. HELP!
THIRD TIME WORKED….I think. 🙂 Separated a bit, but we were able to mix it all up at the end which brought it back. I think the key is to not mess with it while its simmering. 🙂 YUMMY!
There are some tips on keeping a sauce from breaking here. 😉
Can you use kelp noodles with this?
And also I made that pork rind pizza crust this past Friday and it was a huge hit!!!!! Tasted, felt and held up just like real pizza! I found a recipe on CD Kitchen and tweaked it a bit. The rinds I used listed just pork and salt as ingredients. Let me know if you try it. Maybe you can post a tweaked recipe if your own.
Always a pleasure reading your blog! Ordering the combined cook book this week!!!!
Yes, that should work great. Yum! I will have to try that. 🙂