Protein Sparing Cherry Danish

By June 27, 2014 October 28th, 2021 Protein Sparing Modified Fast

Protein Sparing CHERRY DANISH


cherry danish

I am blessed to live very close to a special river. If you know where I live you probably know which one I am talking about, but in order to keep my sanctuary quiet, I’m not going to say which one (please don’t be mad, I was the ONLY kayak on the river the day I took these photos!) A few years back on July 19th, it was Micah’s 2nd birthday. I had the opportunity to meet him in Ethiopia that May but the US Embassy wouldn’t let us bring him home. They told us it would only be 4 weeks until we could go back to Ethiopia to bring him and Kai back to the US, but it ended up being 6 months. During this waiting period, I grieved and worried about them daily. Missing Micah’s birthday was extremely hard to I decided to kayak the quiet river by myself and take a “personal day.”

Well, Mother Nature was not my friend that day and I should have listened to her when she spoke to me as I started my trek. As I put my boat in the water, her clouds “thundered” at me, but I’m German… yep, stubborn. I had a plan and I was sticking to it! Besides, I already had my bike at the end of the river so I could paddle to the end, leave my boat at the end of my trip, bike back to my car, put my bike on my car, drive to get the boat, then drive home… yes, it is a hard process to paddle by yourself! But I LOVE IT!

cherry danish

About 2 miles down the river I had some massive lightning strike and a downpour came. I tipped my kayak over which I have never done and lost my paddle down stream. What really was a hardship is my phone was soaked and no longer worked. So I decided to do what I had to do. I got on shore with my boat and walked through the woods in my bathing suit (I lost my cooler with my food and clothes). I didn’t really know anyone in the town I was close to except Lori, who owns a beautiful day spa. That meant a long trek through town in my bathing suit and a heavy kayak in the pouring rain!

I finally made it to Lori’s Spa… where everyone looked beautiful with their hair and makeup done while I walked in soaking wet covered in mosquito bites and cut up by buck-thorn. I didn’t really care at that point, I just wanted to get home:) Lori helped me out by getting her husband’s truck so she could help me get my kayak home too. But the fiasco didn’t stop there. The rain was fiercely coming down and as Lori turned on the windshield wipers, they DIDN’T WORK! Oh boy! I live way out in the country so we drove slow and used our hands to help her see. When we pulled into the driveway I was filled with relief! I will never forget Micah’s 2nd birthday adventure. The craziness sure helped me keep my mind off of my sadness! What a “personal day!”

Once I got home, I made a hot cup of tea and created a Protein Sparing Cherry Danish. Nothing cheers me up like cooking and baking!

cherry danish


If you are wanting to make this dairy free, I suggest also filling the baked Danish with my diary free custard for a Pure Protein and Fat Breakfast!

I added a little cherry extract to the custard!


Cherry Danish
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Serves: 6
  • 3 extra large eggs, separated (reserving ½ of the yolks for filling)
  • ¼ tsp cream of tartar
  • ¼ cup Swerve (or 1 tsp stevia glycerite)
  • 1 tsp cherry extract (or other extract like lemon/strawberry/blueberry/almond)
  • 3 TBS sour cream (or coconut cream if dairy free)
  • 1/4 cup Strawberry OR Vanilla Egg White Protein
  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened (or coconut cream if dairy allergy)
  • ½ of the egg yolks from above
  • ¼ cup Swerve (or ½ tsp stevia glycerite)
  • 1 tsp cherry extract (or other like lemon/strawberry/blueberry/almond/raspberry)
  • 1 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 TBS Swerve confectioners (or a drop of stevia glycerite)
  • ¼ tsp cherry extract (or other extract)
  1. Pastry directions: Separate eggs, putting the whites in a large bowl and the yolks in a medium bowl. Take ½ yolk out and put it in a little dish to reserve for filling. With your electric beater, whip whites and cream of tartar until very stiff, then add the protein powder.
  2. Add sour cream, extract, natural sweetener to the yolks and beat well until smooth. Gently fold yolk mixture into the whites, using a big spatula,being careful to get it all blended well. Grease a cookie sheet and plop 6 equal mounds of batter to make 6 Danish.
  3. Make an indent on each mound and fill with filling.
  4. Filling: Soften cream cheese and add the ½ egg yolks, sweetener, extract, and flavoring.
  5. Fill pastries.
  6. Bake about 20-25 minutes at 300 until golden brown. Remove and allow to cool.
  7. To make the Drizzle: warm the cream cheese and stir in the natural sweetener and extract.
  8. Place the mixture into a piping bag (or a small ziplock after it has cooled a bit and cut a tiny hole cut into the corner) and drizzle over cooled Danish.
Starbuck’s Danish = 420 calories, 25g fat, 7g protein, 39 carbs, 1g fiber
“Healthified” Danish = 145 calories, 11.7g fat, 9g protein, 1.2 carbs, 0 fiber

72.3% fat, 24.5% protein, 3.2% carbs



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  • Sara says:

    My favorite summer activity is either playing at the pool with my kids or hiking to the wild blackberries and picking them!

  • Tina Muir says:

    Oh cool, I had never even heard of Keto kayaking before, but that sounds awesome, and that cherry danish looks delicious!

  • Carol says:

    These look great! My favorite activity is sit-on-top kayaking on the Delaware Bay at sunset. Peaceful.

  • Candice says:

    I am super excited to try and make these! Now to find the time! THANK YOU!

  • Bobbi says:


  • Melinda says:

    swimming! in a pool by the beach is even better!

  • Wow that looks SO beautiful. I really hate the summer because it’s too hot. I guess my favourite thing to do would be swimming to keep cool and maybe some outdoor sports, but my favourite time of the year is autumn. Ahh, autumn is SO beautiful.

  • Kelly says:

    Kayaking with my husband. We have only done it once but it was so much fun.

  • Lindsey says:

    I had one of those days on Wednesday– everything that could have gone wrong, did. So frustrating to have so many things out of your control, but it is absolutely helpful to reflect on what IS in your control– your actions and your attitude. Cherry danish and a cuppa sound like the perfect way to unwind after a rough day/ week ; ) THANK YOU, Maria!

  • Mary R says:

    T-Tapping and taking walks after dinner

  • Donna says:

    My favorite summer activity is kayaking, but with small children, my most frequent summer activity (that I also love) is hiking. Now that my youngest is five we can go on hikes up to five miles…that’s pretty good with five children of various ages. I like to make trail art with the kids…we take items we find on the hike and arrange them artistically, leaving them for the next hikers to enjoy. Last fall we collected all colors of leaves and arranged them in color order all along a fallen log at the edge of the trail. If it didn’t blow away, I’m sure it brought pleasure to some other hiker! But kayaking remains my favorite…even though I have a fear of looking in the water…yes, it’s irrational, but I can’t seem to shake it. I just keep my eyes straight ahead and pray I don’t have to get our of my boat!!

  • Cindy says:

    My favorite summer activity is hiking in the mountains.

  • Cheryl says:

    hiking and fishing are great!

  • Kelly says:

    Frisbee football

  • Roni says:

    favorite summer activity is hiking

  • Donna M. says:

    My favorite outdoor activity in the summer is swimming in the evening. I live in AZ and it is too hot and dangerous to do any strenuous activity when it gets 110 degrees and above. My favorite activity indoors is cooking Maria’s way!

  • LETITIA says:

    hiking and kayaking !

  • Although I so much enjoy living near the ocean now (Southern Alabama), there are many times I so miss having lived in Wisconsin-the outdoors up your way are so beautiful. I so enjoy the picture you painted in your story (as well as your recipe, too-thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Kristen says:

    Cooking! In fact, I was thinking yesterday how great your protein popover recipe would be with cheese danish filling and today you have the recipe! Thanks for always being ahead of the game and taking out the guess work!

  • Lucrecia says:

    Ah Maria! I so relate to your story. My stubbornness and self-will sometimes call the shots in my life and almost always to my detriment! I love your work sister. I’m in awe of the amount of goodness you are putting out into the world. Thank you.

  • Deb says:

    This looks amazing!…Can’t wait…I’ll have to make this weekend!..Yum: )

  • Tamrah says:

    Sitting on the beach watching the sun set….

  • Angie says:

    Swimming with my kiddos!

  • Julie says:

    Favorite summer activity – gardening. So relaxing.

  • Linda says:

    Gardening, and walking. Just getting outside after the long winters here, is a treat.

  • Amanda says:

    grilling and eating dinner outside

  • Joyce says:

    My favorite summer activity is reading on the beach under the cabana with a glass of fresh iced tea. I will be reading one of your books. I purchased 2 and am enjoying my new found information.

  • Molly says:

    My favorite summer activity is going to the pool or our lake place with my kids…very fun for all and great outside/family time!!

  • Sherrilee says:

    I love to BBQ outside. I haven’t this year as yet but I really want to. It’s been thunder storming here later in the day pretty much all this week so hopefully soon!

  • Tammy says:

    My favorite summer activity is sitting around a bonfire with my family. It’s the small things 🙂

  • Laura says:

    Pastries are my favourite and I love that you’ve re-created them using healthy ingredients! My favourite summer activity to do is hiking a local mountain called “The Chief”.

  • stacey says:

    There are so many things I love to do in the summer but biking is one that I do consistently.

  • Pan says:

    Going to the beach! Instead I’m going to the botanical garden today.

  • Jamie H. says:

    Living in San Diego the answer is pretty easy……going to the beach!!

  • Paula says:

    I love taking walks at sunset!!!

  • Andrea M says:

    My favorite summer activity is being outside! Whether it is playing in my vegetable garden, running, reading at the pool, or being at the beach I love the heat and the sun!!

  • Gilian M. says:

    My favorite summer activity is working on the yard, making an inviting space outside to have BBQ’s with family and friends. It is always a time of connection for me!

  • Debby Robic says:

    My favorite summer activity is the same as my favorite winter activity – Zumba! Can’t get enough of that crazy fun dancing/exercise!

  • Sharlene says:

    Walking with my husband and enjoying nature.

  • Josie says:

    I have just started on the Advanced meal plans and I love the Keto Fudge and would love to win this coconut oil!

  • Kristen M says:

    Playing “paintedTwister” with my kids!

  • Olya says:

    Hiking, outside yoga, camping, visiting new places.

  • Nan says:

    Organic gardening!! Thanks so much for the yummy recipes and giveaway!!!

  • Debbie Jennings says:


  • Deb says:

    Landscaping and gardening on our 10 acres, fishing in our pond, floating in our pool w/a good book. ahhhhhh

    Luv ur pics Maria!

  • Brandy M. says:

    A good friend and I just took my son kayaking on the Susquehanna River a couple days ago. All I can say is now I REALLY wish I lived by the water so we could go all the time! Since that’s not the case, I have to say my favorite summer activity is geocaching with the kiddo 🙂

  • Becky says:

    We had your protein waffles for breakfast today, kids can’t get enough! Just wait till my husband sees this, I’ll be making it for the rest of time!

  • Roseann says:

    I never miss reading your blog, Maria and love how you have educated yourself. You have helped so many people with your knowledge and your recipes.

    My favorite summer activity is going to as many outdoor concerts as possible. I love the atmosphere, the crowd and everything about the experience.

  • Joan Meador says:

    Walking on the beach

  • patricia says:

    Ya, I know it sounds like work, but I just love to garden in the summer. The best part of it all is the canning and freezing of all the produce.

  • Julie says:

    This recipe looks amazing! So many uses for coconut oil!

  • Jennifer says:

    I love to garden, flowers and vegetables. I expand my gardens every year, eventually I wont have any lawn left! I grew up on a farm and hated it but now, as an adult, I see the beauty in it. There is real magic in watching something grow and knowing I made it happen. I also love eating the fresh veggies! : )

  • Mearced says:

    It would be a tie between nutrient dense vegetable gardening and running in the cool of the day! If I still had easy access to a lake it would be paddling on our paddle board.

  • Ranae says:

    I love yoga all year, especially in the summer!~

  • Danielle says:

    Living in Colorado, we have the most beautiful hiking trails. I love to to go hiking with my fiance and our dogs.

  • Lorraine says:

    Living in Colorado, I’m not much of a water person. My favorite activity is hiking, which I do almost year ’round.

  • Angela says:

    Gardening, swimming and kayaking!

  • Ilisa Ailts says:

    Yummy! And, I love the testimony you shared as it is mine. It was all true. There is no other way to eating and your plans make it possible to succeed!

  • Bethany says:

    I like to sit on my back deck and watch my dog chase birds

  • Stephanie says:

    The cherry danish look wonderful, and the kayaking adventure sounds both exciting and a little terrifying!

  • Sharon says:

    Swimming with the kids!

  • Susan says:

    Any outside activity! So glad winter is over!

  • Lindy says:

    My favorite summer activity is spending time with family outside.

  • Liz says:

    Going to the beach 🙂

  • Carol says:

    Training my dog outside for agility.

  • Joy says:

    My favorite summer activity is spending hours at the library.

  • Sharon says:

    Cycling and long morning walks by the ocean!

  • Andrea says:

    Movies, Baseball, grandkids, and spending time with my hubby.

  • Susie says:

    Walking, running and gardening with my children

  • Susie says:

    Being outside with the grandchildren and tossing balls with them! Cooking on the grill!

  • Kert says:

    Walking, gardening

  • Danielle says:

    Visiting my family and friends in Colorado with my little girl, waking up in the mountain air!

  • Tiffini says:

    My favorite summer activity is leaving the HOT ARIZONA HEAT!!!

  • ru says:

    I love to paint and garden

  • chris reid says:

    I like swimming!

  • Julie says:

    My favorite things are kayaking, riding horse, running…..just about anything outside.

  • Lisa says:

    I’m new to keto and I love the changes I’m already noticing in my body and health. I’m on the “petite” side at 5’2″ and 93 lbs but I’m determined to become strong enough to tote MY kayak around myself! Everyone needs a bit of solitude every now and then. It helps me to keep life in perspective. Thank you for this site and the yummy recipe…can’t wait to try it!

  • Jillian says:

    My favorite summer activity is swimming!

  • AlaskanAnnie says:

    Ocean Kayaking, hiking and fishing for Salmon! Yum!

  • Stephanie says:

    Love paddle boarding, biking, and swimming.

  • Christie says:

    Surfpaddlrunbikecookgardencrossfitracing…….I know you said one word, so I had to try and fit most of them in…..I made up my own word 🙂

  • Christie says:

    Maria, I have to update you. Since I started the diet in March, I went from the 150’s and only have 2 lbs till I hit the 120’s. I have just been on the maintenance plan and still losing. My BP went from 125/80 to 103/65. Feel great and have more energy now. So excited!

  • Danielle says:

    Love hiking. Want to try my luck at kayaking this summer, it looks so fun. Ziplining is a blast too. Love your site!

  • Jen H. says:

    Relaxing at the pool and sitting on the front porch!!

  • D Stevens says:

    Like to be outdoors, gardening, reading, fishing

  • Ruth Robbins says:

    I love to swim during the summer.

  • Deb Brandt says:

    Motorcycle riding! (with a helmet of course!)

  • Theresa says:

    I getting together with friends and family count as an activity? Love to be by the lake, and fishing but if it happens once a year, I am lucky.

  • Frances says:

    My favorite summer activity is playing basketball with my husband and early morning walks with him on Sundays.

  • Lisa says:

    Favorite summer activity is simply being with our daughters during their summer break!

  • Robyn says:

    Swimming in a lake.

  • Mechiel Whitmore says:

    I love getting my exercise in the pool.

  • Sandy Munn says:

    Working in the yard or the garden.

  • Candace says:

    My favorite summer activity is family golf night. All 4 of us play poorly but laugh and talk while we get a little exercise in. We try to go at least once a week.

  • Emily says:

    I love hanging out on the lake’s sandbar!

  • gina says:

    Definitely swimming in either a pool or the amazing ocean.

  • Sandra Kombuechen says:

    Sleeping in in our hammocks, going hiking and cooking delicious food!
    I got your 3:1 cook book for my birthday and made your Cinnamon Rolls yesterday, truly delicious!!!
    Thank you Maria

  • Cheryl says:

    I love camping!!

  • Rachel says:

    I love reading books for fun and taking hikes near my local Santa Cruz spots! Nothing beats escaping those textbooks!

  • belinda says:

    taking care of my chickens

  • Heidi says:


  • Rolana says:


  • Patty says:

    I wish I had more summer fun, seems as if summer is the time for canning and working overtime.

  • Tami says:

    Gardening, vacationing and outdoor bbq

  • Sarah says:

    Stay the course. Best advice ever because it pays off with pacience and diligence. Just believe in the ” program” and it will have its delicious rewards!!

  • Victoria W. says:

    I love swimming and hiking 🙂

  • Veronica says:

    Anything outdoors! Specially riding my bike.

  • Cynthia says:

    Anything outside with family!

  • Kerry says:

    Are you supposed to ‘beat’ in the protein powder or fold it in to the stiff whites? When I mixed it in with the mixer it went all soupy and no way could I form ‘mounds’ …

    • cemmerich says:

      Gently fold. 🙂

      • Kerry says:

        Thank you so much!! I ended up making the first batch into ‘bars’ .. poured the mixture onto a parchment lined bar pan, baked for about 10 mins, then spread the filling on top and finished baking it. It turned out pretty good and is delish, but sooo can’t wait to make the actual danish! 😀

  • Sabina says:


  • Carolyn says:

    Tubing in the local river.

  • Sandra says:

    I miss pastries sometimes. I can’t wait to try these.

  • kathy shepp says:

    I love the backyard pool with my family.

  • RD Shugart says:

    The beach.

  • barbara says:

    My favorite summer activity is swimming

  • Lara says:

    Going to river and watching sunset

  • Jan Johnson says:

    I’m more active outdoors in the fall, winter and spring as in Georgia it is steamy hot! But today we did pick blueberries, which was nice. When it cools off some, we go hiking at local state parks and nature centers.

  • Sharon says:

    This recipe hits a home run!

  • claire says:

    love summer. Cool morning’s and so beautiful here in Rhode Island.
    I work in my garden,swim in the pool and get small project’s done.
    Recipe look’s so good,have to try it.

  • Susan says:

    I love mowing lawn.

  • Carol Jones says:

    My favorite summer activity is traveling to visit family.

  • Lisa says:

    Hiking in the mountains…definitely my favorite!

  • Marie A. says:

    My favorite summer activity has to be Swimming. I have bad knees so it’s really hard to do anything else. Occasionally I will go on an easy bike ride but it depends on my knees. Although, I have to say… since starting your way, maria :)…the swelling in my knees have gone down. I’m so happy about that. I can walk a little more, a little faster and at time I “feel” like I can run. I look forward to the day when I can :).

  • Lisa S says:

    I love kayaking and your recipes.

  • Jackie Adlington says:

    Oh boy what a process this is. But I love the food I am eating!! Now if I could just win the coconut oil!!

  • Jackie Adlington says:

    Summertime past time…Where do I start? Driving home to Canada to see my family and picking blueberries with my daughter!

  • Veronica says:

    My favorite summer activity is gardening. First year of trying to grow enough to take to market, it is so rewarding but surely a lot of work. My fiance and I are basically weekend warriors(both of us have full time jobs), so an acre is a whole lot of work. Here is to early mornings as in the Southwest, its just too darn hot to be out in the afternoons.

  • Michelle says:

    Hmmm… I love the results of having a garden, but gardening can sometimes be a lot of work! I guess I would have to say camping is one of my favorite summer activities — especially sitting around a campfire. I also have a question. In this recipe you list using either whey protein powder or egg white protein powder. Are they interchangeable in all of your recipes?

  • Caroline says:

    Hiking, fishing and hanging with my 3 boys!!

  • Deb says:

    My favorite summer activity is sitting in my backyard watching the birds feed their babies drinking lemon and water with my husband.

  • Kristin says:


  • Kelly says:

    This looks delicious! And kayaking is one of my favorite outdoor activities.

  • Crystal says:

    Kayaking/Fishing…together. So fun!

  • Rachel says:

    My favorite summer time activity would be walking outside without layers of clothing on. It could be on a beach, in a field, on the sidewalk….just love enjoying the Summer weather. 🙂

  • Krickt says:

    The only thing my family does in the first part of summer is BASEBALL! My favorite thing to do is watch my (almost) 17 year old son knock a baseball all over the place!
    Second part of summer is for house maintenance, landscaping and getting ready for the freshmen in the fall!

  • Amanda Reed says:

    I love to go swimming, but the bay is just not warming up after such a long cold winter. 🙂 So the last couple of days, it’s been researching LCHF recipes as I am just making the switch for my family from sugar poison to real food.

  • Samantha says:

    Spending time with the family camping.

  • Miriam says:

    My favorite thing this summer, so far, has been playing soccer with my two and three year old. I never had the energy before to get outside with my kids and play. Now, we all run around, kicking the ball. I just feel so much different! I am so thankful to have been introduced to your book. It has changed my life. I have a life again, I don’t just want to eat and sleep all day. I don’t feel ashamed of myself anymore. I actually am starting to think I look pretty good for the first time ever! Thank you so much!

  • Elaine says:

    My favorite summer activity is working outside in the garden early in the morning.

  • Destiny says:

    My favorite activity is going swimming! Pool or lake! Just getting wet. I live in the Carolinas and it’s HOT! My favorite thing about summer is sleeping in. That can’t be an activity cause is seems super lazy, but after getting 6 up and rushing off to school for 180 days- it’s nice to sleep in!

  • Betty says:

    I just made these and they are great. I wanted to know if you freeze them? Thanks!

  • Cindy says:

    How long before the cravings subside:(

    • cemmerich says:

      It takes 2-4 weeks to fully keto adapt. After that if you have leptin resistance, you have to heal from that. Everyone is different but that can take a couple months in some cases.

  • Cathy Griffice says:

    I have acid reflux issues and wonder if keto is for me…I also have osteoporosis and hopefully there is a protocol I can follow to avoid the dreaded fosomax, prolia etc.

  • Liz says:

    my fav is hikingbikingkayakingcamping….does that count as one?

  • Janine says:

    Maria, what are your thoughts on using arrow root starch & pork rinds in low carb recipes???

    • cemmerich says:

      I am ok with pork rinds but I don’t use arrow root. The total carbs can add up quickly. 😉

      • Janine says:

        Thank you!

        My favorite summer activity is taking walks with my grandchildren.

  • Linda says:

    I really love the outdoors! Fishing, camping, hiking. I also love anything coconut.

  • Stephanie W says:

    I love to go for a jog on a sunny summer morning!

  • Patti says:

    Just love Maria and all that she does, One great lady and beautiful family!! Coconut is good!! <3

  • Jackie Dales says:


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  • Maggie Clark says:

    Walking outside with my new baby girl! 🙂

  • Dawn says:

    It turns out that my favorite summer activity is walking in Norway. Everything seems to have an incline, some gentle, some not. I absolutely loved Norway (I was there for 10 days) and was able to continue to eat “keto adapted” almost all of the time, which made it easy to get back to it when I got home, where it was time to get REALLY serious and start on your 30 day accelerated healing/weight loss plan (I’m on day two of that and am loving it – I even convinced my husband to do it with me and he’s finding the meals very tasty). Now that I am home, I am challenging myself to find inclines to go up and down, because I found that I really like how I FEEL when I am taking these kinds of walks!

  • Holly Ross says:

    Those look so yummy! I can’t wait to try a danish. That’s my plan for the weekend.

    My favorite summer thing to do is go to a water park, ride the rides with my son, and play in the water! I love being in the sun, too. I know people always say it’s unhealthy, but it feels so amazing to get some sun on the skin! Summer feels like a vacation every weekend. 🙂 My hubby and I also take the dogs for a hike through the battlefields and other historical sites (we live in VA). We are a lot more active in the warmer months than we are in the winter.

  • paulette says:

    My favorite is sitting on my deck with friends sharing a large pitcher of ice tea

  • Fernanda says:

    I like spending time swimming and hiking

  • Pam says:

    Hi Maria, one thing I enjoy doing during the summer is entertaining. Have family and friends over for a cookout. Love it!

  • Lana says:

    Hi Maria–I tried making the danish recipe tonight and my egg whites fell apart when I added the protein powder I had on hand. Do I need to order your recommend powder to make this work? Any thoughts you have would be great!

    And my favorite summer activity is swimming. I could be in the water all day, easily, and it’s very hard to get out. I must’ve been a mermaid in a past life. 🙂

    • cemmerich says:

      Some protein powders contain ingredients that can make the whites fall. 🙂

  • SherriS. says:

    I love taking day trips in the summer! Exploring new areas and taking lots of photographs makes me happy!

  • Darla says:

    I love tennis but can’t play anymore because of my knees…but still love it! Also love walking and day trips.

  • Luba says:

    Hi Maria, thank you so much for your book – The Art of Healthy Eating (three in one). I absolutely love it!
    Yesterday I have ordered online the coconut and almond flours and some other ingredients and cannot wait when get them :).
    Can you please let me know if the “Heal and LOSE WEIGHT FAST (30+7 days of Keto-Adapted meal plans)” plan includes all your books as high quality universal ebooks? Thanks a lot in advance!
    I love walking/hiking or just siting outside and reading a book 🙂

  • ashley says:

    I love swimming, camping & gardening

  • mirjam says:

    swimming or running around

  • Victoria says:

    My favorite summer activity is simply enjoying the warm weather and sunshine! Love it!

  • norma says:

    My favorite activity is biking

  • Debra says:

    Anything to do with water! Swim, ski, float… love it!!

  • Angie says:

    Maria, I was hoping you could guide me in the direction of which meal plan to purchase. I am looking to get keto-adapted so that your migraine supplement plan will have the best results. I am hoping to lose 20 pounds as well but I do have hypothyroidism. Your guidance is greatly appreciated! Thank you!

  • Caitlin says:

    Hi Maria,

    Thanks for the wonderful recipe. I made these for my family this morning, and they tasted great! Unfortunately they did not look AT ALL like yours! How did you get yours to have edges that puffed up? Mine came out circular with thin edges. I also noticed that when you add the whey powder to the whipped egg whites, they deflated quite a bit. Did you use whey powder in yours or egg white protein?

    • cemmerich says:

      Are you using Jay Robb? I know that some protein powders will deflate the whites. Otherwise, the whites just need to be stiffer. 😉

  • Tasha Eldridge says:

    Playing with my kids, teaching them how to garden and how to appreciate the goodness of God’s Creation!

  • Emily Granby says:

    I like watching my young child experience everything, like play in the sandbox, for the first time

  • katrina says:

    I couldn’t figure out where to ask this, so I hope commenting is OK. I have a couple of your books and can’t remember in which one – maybe it’s both of them – you discuss adequate protein based on lean body mass. I know my protein needs to be about .5 grams/day of lean body mass but I’m at a loss when it comes to accurately measuring LBM. I get ridiculously different numbers depending on the formula I use:

    The Boer Formula: 143.3 lbs LBM
    The James Formula: 68.3 lbs LBM – this one also told me my ideal body weight was 90 lbs! 😮 (I’m 5’3″)
    The Hume Formula: 149.3 lbs LBM

    With such different totals I’m finding it difficult to determine how much protein I need, which throws my entire ratios out of whack. There is nowhere nearby to get water tank testing or body scans and I don’t think I could afford it anyway. And I’m not convinced that calipers are a good way for me to measure since I have zero experience doing it. Plus, I carry most of my weight in the belly and hips where the measurement is done so I’m afraid that will skew the results.

    What is your advice on obtaining an accurate LBM measurement?

    Thanks so much!

  • Monique says:

    My favorite summer activity is walking around Northern England’s country estate homes with my husband Rob and dog Molly. 🙂

  • Jacque says:

    My favorite summer activity is SWIMMING!

  • Rachel says:

    swimming with my kids

  • Stephanie says:

    I enjoy hiking on trails and I started riding a bike again:)

  • Winnie says:

    Favorite summer activity is hiking in the woods with my husband and dog!

  • lori says:

    My favorite activity in the summer is gardening. I love to watch how everything grows and changes. I also enjoy the magical world of making fairy gardens.

  • Kimberly says:

    I can’t wait to try these. These are the kind of treats I really miss.

  • Jo says:

    We are very fortunate to live on the east shore of Lake Huron and my favourite summer activity is enjoying the sunset — a beautiful event with a unique show each day !!

  • Dyanne Spease says:

    BBQing, swimming, walking and making all the lighter foods for summer.

  • Susan says:

    Mowing lawn. Looks nice and doesn’t get messed up the very same day. 🙂

  • Rebecca Diane says:

    I love to spend the day in my garden, growing veggies fruits and flowers this year. It brings me peace.

  • Tess says:

    I love swimming in the lake with my family!!!

  • Marsha says:

    Spending a day at the beach with my grand kiddos, nothing like the sea breeze to rejuvenate the soul:)

  • Matt says:

    I love summer!! Being outdoors and getting my fill of sunshine.

  • Barb says:

    Thank you for making me a true believer in keto! You have changed my life…

  • Tera says:

    I love shopping at the Farmer’s Markets in my area. There are a lot of organic farms here and a lot of them bake there own goods to sell at the markets.

  • Amanda says:

    I love the idea of gardening, but gardening doesn’t love me. We do a lot of grilling at our house and sitting together outside and eating together is always a nice family event. 🙂

  • Carol says:


  • Katie brahmer says:

    Biking with my husband and son on the Rail Trail!

  • dawn says:

    Taking my kids to pool. My son Gabe who just passed away this july 4 spent some of his happiest days at the pool watching kids play. He was wheelchair and vent dependent but a blessed soul.

  • christina toth says:

    Hiking, actually I enjoy any activity that is outdoors!!

  • chistina says:

    Hiking, walking, swimming:)

  • Mari L says:

    I love bike riding!!

  • CHantal says:

    Going to the pool, playground and any outdoor activities with my two grand daughters D 6 and G 4. The love of my life, and I am so fortunate that they live not too far from me so we can do all those things and more…..

  • Becky says:

    My favorite summer activity is taking my camera and searching the mountains and gardens for amazing photographs…. I especially love MACRO… there is an amazing world out there if you look closely! 🙂 🙂

  • Kim Henrichs says:

    My favorite summer activity is heading to the beach in Maine!

  • ACrawford says:

    Since I work FT and have 3 kids and pregnant, I enjoy relaxing in my chair next to me window or snoozing. I can watch the local traffic from my chair.
    Otherwise I just enjoy a walk in the sunshine!

  • Char says:

    Loving my summer routine of Swimming, Zumba and Interval Training. 🙂 Not to mention playing outside with my grandsons!

  • Allie says:

    My new favorite summer activity is making healthified ice cream!

  • Emma says:

    I’m a huge fan of hiking. And I must agree with allie, keto ice cream is to die for!!

  • Melissa says:


  • Jessica says:

    My favorite thing to do is go out on the lake on the boat and go tubing 🙂

  • Karlie says:

    Favorite summer activity- varies between being outside, camping and longer summer daylight hours to read inside!

  • Claire says:

    Love gardening,walking and swimming in the pool.

  • Linda says:

    Gardening , having my grandkids stay here

  • Kristy cooklin says:

    I love mountain biking with my husband early in the morning!!

  • Jackie Adlington says:

    The best summer outdoor activity is enjoying my keto lifestyle outside on the patio with the birds singing and the sound of the trees swaying among the warm summer breeze. It’s awesome!

  • Natasha says:

    My favorite activity is *not* being cold! Summer is the best.

  • Kris Johnson says:

    I love hiking with the pups!

  • belinda says:

    I am just getting started on my 30 day plan and health and my favorite summer activity is to get up at 6am while it is still cool and take care of my chickens…it is so peaceful that time of morning as my rooster crows away and the birds are singing!

  • Sara says:

    I love kayaking, though a new to it, family picnics and swimming.

  • Rene Hughes says:

    Love sitting around a bon fire!!

  • Lynnette says:

    I loved camping growing up and working at our local bible camp as a cabin leader and support staff! I haven’t been able to do either in years!

  • Kyria Carson says:

    My favorite summer activity is spending the days biking, kayaking, or canoeing, and the evenings at Cedar Point walking the park or the beaches!

  • Rhoda says:

    My favorite summer activity is sitting around a campfire with family and/or friends.

  • Deb says:


  • Beth says:

    I love camping,, fishing, and gardening, and I really love these Danish! Thanks for the great recipe.

  • Meredith says:


  • Sharon Spencer says:

    Favorite summer thing to do is swim.

  • Kristy says:

    Watching my flower garden transform into beauty. Summer breezes against my face.

  • Lori Adamson says:

    My favorite summer time activities are picnics and family reunions.

  • Beth Bontrager says:

    I love bonfires & camping

  • Susan says:

    I love to garden… and I especially love the results.

  • Becky says:

    I sign up for 5k’s so I’m forced to train or I’ll look like a fool!

  • kate says:

    My favorite summer activity is biking!!

  • Brian says:

    Favorite summer activity is doing thing with my Daughters while out of school.

  • emily says:

    My family and I enjoy going to lake mousam in Maine where the family house is and we swim kayak, canoe, boat, hike and relax. It is the best for summers to come!!

  • Kristeen says:

    SUP at Lanikai Beach

  • JE says:

    Camping by the water!

  • Denise L says:

    Swimming is my all-time favorite summer activity!

  • Tina M says:

    Swimming and playing with my granddaughter Margaux 🙂

  • sophie says:

    It used to be summer, but I hate my body…so biking…

  • Susan says:

    I love hiking nature trails.

  • Nicole says:

    My favourite summer activity is having a nap in a hammock in the shade….

  • Cissy says:

    Camping with all my kids 🙂

  • Sheridan says:

    Reading a book in the shade!

  • Monica says:

    My favorite summer activity is going swimming with the kids. And this summer I’m finally not SO embarrassed to wear a swim suit in public!

  • Diane Silver Ness says:

    Picking berries!

  • Anna says:

    My favorite summer activity is to grab an iced tea and go park hopping with my son.

  • Laurie says:

    Sitting on the beach under my umbrella watching the waves and reading a great book.

  • joanna says:

    i love swimming in the summer because it’s the only time of the year i can do it!!

  • Cindy says:

    Favorite summertime activity is watching the grands swim and play in their backyard (coconut oil on me for sunscreen, of course).

  • Sandy says:

    My favorite thing to do is just spending time with my family in whatever we do! Next best thing is being on a lake.

  • Pam says:

    Riding my bike! Love being out in nature and feeling the wind in my face!

  • Connie Albert Smith says:

    My favorite summer activity is the same all year round and that is spending time with my husband and two boys! But I do have new summer activity I enjoy that I have started this year since I have begun to eat healthier. With the help of all your delicious recipes and advice, I have discovered that I actually like vegetables and am growing my own vegetable garden! There is something about home grown that makes them taste even better 🙂 ! Thanks Maria for all that you do and all of the time that you spend helping others like myself! I have learned so much from you and know that I have a lot more to learn. I am down 70 lbs and feel so much happier, healthier and more energetic and of course lighter thanks to the Keto way!

  • Melissa says:

    Swimming and badminton are my fav outdoor summer activities!

  • Stephen says:

    Wading in the ocean, and watching the sunset with my wife on the beach after

  • jennifer waters says:

    My favorite activity is care and riding of my horse Windy. Gardening is a close second.

  • Rolana says:

    Being with my kids!

  • Gabriella says:

    Fishing in the ocean!

  • Heather says:

    Running in the state park

  • Sarah B says:


  • Barbara says:

    volunteering every other Saturday at Bountiful Baskets with my Daughter Paige and then going to the park for a picnic with the family.

  • Elizabeth says:

    I love camping!!

  • Della says:

    Painting and creating today

  • Claire Berg says:

    My favorite summer activity is kayaking on the lake int he morning. The lake is so still, the loons are out and no one else is around. Beautiful!

  • Hiking when living in Northern Rockies!! I miss it… down in South Louisiana, so my activities stay the same all year long! Biking!

  • Holly Amir says:

    Finding seashells on the beach with my girls.

  • Lynne says:

    Reading in my hammock screams summer to me!

  • My says:

    Vacation on the beach!

  • Shanan S says:

    I love swimming!

  • SaraLM says:

    My favorite summer activity is seeing my farmer friends at the farmers market

  • Terri Wright says:


  • Sarah Sue says:

    I love to just go to the cabin and relax. A good book, a chair and a lemon water is the perfect combination!

  • Mandi says:

    New to your blog but looking forward to reading more of your posts.

  • Marilyn says:

    Really enjoy gardening…..Both the work and the eating

  • Wendy says:

    Love road biking in the summer! Our winters are long in eastern Washington so we some up the vitamin d

  • Maegan says:

    We love taking the kids to the river on a hot sunny day!

  • Stacey K says:

    Hiking Byron Glacier in Portage valley Alaska. So Much fun.

  • Crystal M says:

    I love all things summer (except bugs) but this is my first with a garden and I’m really a fan of caring for it. Even the weeding, no joke!

  • Karin H says:

    My favorite summertime activity is to take walks on a beach or a peaceful, quiet country road. 🙂

  • Jean says:

    My favorite activity is walking on the beach.

  • Kris says:


  • Sarah B says:

    Watching my kids play outside

  • Kathleen says:

    My favorite summer activity is swimming!

  • jacki w says:

    I love your blog. So informative. My favorite summer activities are gardening and then canning the bounty!

  • Heather Brandt says:

    Working in my garden!

  • Christy says:

    I love hiking in the summer.

  • Betheny says:

    I like going to fun BBQ’s, summer weddings, and grad parties!!

  • Kristi says:

    Family bike rides!

  • Theresa says:

    My new favorite thing to do is to go ziplining. I had so much fun my first time, this summer. My least favorite thing is preparing a house for relocation, which, as a military family member, I have done countless times before!


    I’m a carpentergirl. I really enjoy coming up with new ideas and things to make.

  • Evelyn says:

    Hiking in our local parks.

  • Sherrie Lee Nelson says:

    Haven’t done it in years but love hanging out at Venice Beach, CA!

  • I love going to climb the dunes at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and taking pictures. Or going to the beach and just sitting in the water. 🙂

  • Susie says:

    I LOVE Harley riding. 🙂

  • Dawn says:

    Interesting information! !

  • Dawn says:

    Interesting information! ! I recently bought three of your books. Im hoping to get my body restored.

  • Rawa says:

    My favorite summer activity is sitting outside with a good book and an iced coffee (made with heavy cream, of course!).

  • Lorna B says:

    I love coconut oil, but i need to work a little harder on getting rid of the sugar from my diet!

  • Lorna B says:

    But my favourite activity is doing yard work and working in my garden.

  • Christina says:

    Hiking! Before the afternoon sun… 🙂

  • Sandie says:

    My favorite activity in the summer and winter is swimming and walking on the beach…:)

  • Sascha says:

    My favorite summer activity is swimming in the sunshine!

  • Amy Janis says:

    Swimming and enjoying the sunshine!!

  • Rob Kneiser says:

    I just tried paddle-boarding and it was a blast!

  • Angela says:

    We love going to the city pool!

  • Js Richardson says:

    I love cooking and baking. I was leery, but Coconut Oil has changed how I do things – all for the better.
    I only kayak during the summer, or sit at the Landing watching the parade of boats and people along the bay.

  • Danielle K says:

    Swimming is my favorite summer activity

  • Wendi H says:

    Honestly, I just enjoy not having a routine and enjoying the kids while they are on summer break. We go up to northern MN each summer with my husbands side of the family and that is the highlight.

  • Rita says:

    My favorite things in the summer are bbqing, swimming, walking, & as always enjoying my family outside!

  • Christy says:

    Yoga outside 🙂

  • Trinette says:

    Spending time with my nieces. They live 6,000 miles away and visit every summer.

  • Michele lightsey says:

    I love spending as much time with my boys including husband , with work non stop and school it is nice to slow down and enjoy time with them fishing beach and just having a lazy day is nice too

  • Alli says:

    My favorite summer activities are swimming, spending time with my family and grilling outside.

  • Lisa says:

    Favorite summer activity is simply having our daughters home and doing even the daily stuff with them! I’m fortunate to work in our local schools, thus whenever they are home, I’m home!

  • Izabela says:

    I absolutely LOVE summer!!! For the first time in 12 years I am moving to NY state, so this will be my first winter in a long time. When winter comes this year, I will think of summer and all the amazing activities that were always available for me living in California. My favorites are walking at the beach and bay, hiking trough the forest and listening to the beautiful bird songs, laughing and singing around a camp fire, enjoying drive-in movies and most of all feeling the breeze in the summer months. Summer is my favorite, but winter can be fun as well:) Thanks for this opportunity. I <3 coconut oil!! It's a life saver!

  • Nichole says:

    Swimming! I also enjoy reading in the summer! I am a teacher so this is a time I can focus on what I want to read! This summer has been trying to learn how to be healthier!

  • Lynda Helton says:

    I use coconut oil for baking and cooking all the time! Since it’s over 100 degrees in the summer in south Texas, I really like a nice walk on a summer evening by the Riverwalk here in San Antonio!

  • Michelle L. says:

    Favorite summer activity is sitting outside with my family and cooking on the grill.

  • Jennifer D says:

    Love jogging the trails by the river with the whole family :o)

  • Char says:

    My favorite thing to do in the summer is watch the sunset in the countryside!

  • Amy says:

    My favorite summer activity is travel. Particularly if I can get in a good hike. And rafting’

  • Deanna S says:

    Sitting on the porch swing reading!

  • Lorraine Murphy says:

    I love heading to Lake Tahoe to play in the water with the kids and catch crawdads.

  • Anna T. says:

    My favorite summer activity is the pool with the kids, or the lake!!

  • Amy says:

    Going to the beach!

  • Kim Adams says:

    My favorite summer activity is taking our dogs to the lake. They swim for hours on end and we all end up getting a day full of exercise.

  • Emma Baumann says:

    I love to play outside with my dog and niece & nephew!

  • Anna-Maria T. says:

    love traveling and doing fun activities with the kids

  • Tracy Haynes says:

    My favorite summer activity is going to the lake with my husband and two kids. We have a great family time!!!

  • Petra says:

    My favourite thing in the summer is hanging out on the poarch with my family or a good book. I also love swimming and gardening.

  • HeatherK says:

    My favorite summer activity is going to farmers markets and summer concerts in the park. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Stacey A says:

    My favorite summer activity is spending time camping with my family. Thanks!

  • elise says:

    I love walking around the bay/lake

  • Kim says:

    My favorite activity is gold panning.

  • Marie A. says:

    With a bad knee not much I can do but …Swim! Now that I have a grandbaby, I’ll be introducing him to it too :).

  • Joyce says:

    Just being able to have dinner on the patio

  • Heather says:

    Favorite summer activity is anything outside! I love taking my boys to the beach and going on walks!

  • Laura says:

    We become fish in the summer ! If we aren’t out in the ocean we are in a pool. Florida is too hot and humid during the summer to not be near water!

  • Bonnie Olsson says:

    my favorite summer activities are you spend time with my three beautiful grandsons ages 3 down to five months I love to watch them enjoy the sunshine look at the beautiful flowers see the bees the hummingbirds and going to the pool and the beach enjoying the water its just a wonderful time to be out with those little sweethearts

  • Karen says:

    Favorite summer activity is going to the beach!!

  • Robyn says:

    Soaking up the sunshine!

  • Jennifer says:

    My favorite summer activity is camping with my family!

  • Shelley Hetherington says:

    My favorite summer activity is gardening.

  • Brendon says:

    I love paddle boarding or really just doing anything on the lake!

  • Sylina says:

    Swimming in the lake!

  • Erin says:

    Slip N’ Sliding, gardening and going to the beach with my kids.

  • Linda S says:

    Do you take out 1/2 an egg yolk for the filling (leaving 2-1/2 yolks in the pastry and 1/2 one for filling) or 1/2 of the total yolks for the filling (1-1/2 yolks for filling and 1-1/2 yolks for pastry?) Thanks!

  • […] What? There’s a recipe for even the most carb-packed of pastries out there? There is … check out this recipe for keto-friendly danishes … DANISHES! (14) […]

  • Linda B says:

    My ” summer” activity is the same as other times of the year. I love to figure skate. It is a great way to cool off in summer.

  • I’ve been so heavy for so long, I just like sitting and reading in the AC. But, I’m now losing weight and getting healthier,so who knows what next summer brings. Thanks for some good recipes that help!!

  • Mindy Sue says:

    Maria, is there a difference between stevia glycerite & liquid stevia?

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