We’re doing it. We’re getting 12 cute, fluffy, baby chicks in just 4 weeks! Trying to contain my excitement is like trying to perfectly carb count someone else’s baked goods – IT’S IMPOSSIBLE! Between picking out fun names, reading up on what they eat, how big to build a coop, and how to predator-proof the run, I am anxiously awaiting their arrival. Don’t worry, we already have a few names picked out:
- Princess Layer
- Chainsaw Chicken
Can you tell which name Justin chose?
The reason for getting chickens isn’t to save money, because honestly the cost of the whole set up probably ends up being about the same as if we were to buy the eggs from the store or local farmers market. It’s more about growing our own food, keeping it local, and being able to control how nutritious our eggs will be. Since eggs are a “free food” for me and are in a boat load of gluten-free recipes, we go through about 2-3 dozen a week…just the two of us.
It’s important to me that our eggs come from pasture raised hens because they typically have ⅔ more vitamin A, 4-6x more vitamin D, 2-3x more vitamin E, and 2x more Omega-3 fatty acids. These fat soluble vitamins are important for everyone, but especially those with an autoimmune disease because they help support the immune system.
If you’re thinking of getting chickens I highly recommend the book Fresh Eggs Daily by Lisa Steele. I bought three books (which is my max allowance of books per subject – yes, I need to set a limit for myself because believe me, I can go book crazy!) and Lisa Steele’s book, hands down, was the most informative of the three.
While I impatiently await the arrival of our flock I have been baking (of all things) to keep my mind busy. I am not a baker and do not have a sweet tooth, but I do have a handful of avocados that have turned brown and need to be baked or tossed. So what’s a diabetic, gluten free, low carb girl supposed to do? Make low carb avocado chocolate pudding!
The recipe is pretty easy and you only need a few ingredients. Plus who doesn’t love a dessert that is nutritionally packed? Nutritionally packed you say? Yes! Avocados provide lots of healthy fats and are a great source of folate. Chocolate & real maple syrup are packed with antioxidants and magnesium (which is great for improving insulin sensitivity). Cinnamon also works to improve your insulin sensitivity by strengthening your insulin-signaling pathways and improving its metabolic action. Almond butter is packed with protein and healthy fats – make sure the only ingredients in your almond butter are almonds (and salt if that’s your thing). And coconut milk contains healthy fats, magnesium, calcium, essential amino acids, and is loaded with lauric acid which boosts immunity! So you can feel good about this “dessert“.
Low Carb Avocado Chocolate Pudding
- 1 avocado
- 1/4 cup almond butter
- 1/4 cup coconut milk (I used canned)
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 teaspooon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
- dash of salt
- Blend all ingredients together in a food processor and enjoy! I topped mine with cacao nibs and coconut flakes.
Makes Two Servings. Only 7.4g Net Carbs Per Serving!
Nutrition Facts Per Serving: 414.5 Calories, 37.6g Fat, 18.9g Total Carbs, 11.5g Fiber, 2.5g Sugar, 9.6g Protein