Whether you have a special someone right now or not, you deserve to have a Happy Valentine’s Day! Do yourself a huge favor and skip the carbs today… You don’t need them to celebrate.
Many people equate Valentine’s Day with chocolate, including me. If that’s you, too, here are lots of ideas for having your chocolate and staying healthy, too:
Living Low Carb with Chocolate
Gift Candy Ideas
If chocolate’s not your thing, there are lots of other yummy treats here and at www.DARdreams.com. Check out these DARdreams recipe photos for more ideas.
Or skip the food treats and treat yourself and/or your Valentine to something special like a movie, massage, flowers, etc. Or if you’re in a part of the country that has been hit with the latest snowstorm, a good snowball fight!
Whatever you do today, make time for something special and remember that you are loved. 8+)
Whew! After 2+ weeks of working many hours most days to get DARdreams.com finished, I can breathe a sigh of relief and report that there are no longer “under construction” messages. WOO HOO!!!
I reserve the right to edit, update, add to, or otherwise change things in the future, however… ;+)
My next project is to update all the links here to point to the correct pages on DARdreams.com. I have already started the process; thank you for your patience if you run across links that still don’t work correctly. I’m working on them, but there are nearly 500 blog posts to sort through, so it will take awhile.
Update: I have updated all the links here at last. Whew!
Please check out the completed www.DARdreams.com. Thank you!
This rich, moist little cake is similar to my Low Carb Frosted Chia Brownie. It is really filling, so it can be 1 or 2 delicious servings.
Low Carb Chocolate Chia Cake
2 tablespoons melted salted butter
1 large egg
1/3 cup powdered erythritol
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder*
3 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
1 tablespoon Fiberfit Liquid
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup milled or ground chia seeds
1 tablespoon melted salted butter
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder*
1 tablespoon powdered erythritol
1 teaspoon Fiberfit Liquid
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/16 teaspoon salt
Grease a small microwave-safe bowl. Set aside.
In a small mixing bowl, mix cake ingredients well before and after adding chia seeds. Let sit 10 minutes.
Pour into prepared bowl and microwave on high for 3 minutes and 30 seconds. Let sit 5 minutes to finish cooking.
Meanwhile, mix frosting ingredients well. When cake is finished cooking, invert on a saucer and top with frosting.
There are about 8 net carbs in the entire recipe.
* I used Hershey’s Natural Unsweetened Cocoa Powder in this recipe (not dark cocoa powder).
After a lot of work with much, much more to go, www.DARdreams.com is now a reality! You can check it out through that direct link now, though the search engines probably won’t find it for awhile yet.
I have a mind-boggling amount of work left to do, but the basics are up and running. The more I learn about building my website, the more I find out I don’t know. I try to avoid having to go back and redo things, but I keep learning something new and want to apply it.
Please be patient if you run into “under construction” messages in some places. But please do check DARdreams.com out and come back later to see things as they are added.
I’m really excited to start this new venture… My OWN website! What a way to start a new year!
I wish all of you a wonderful New Year filled with a renewed excitement about your healthy low carb lifestyle. 2014, here we come!
It has been nearly a month since Squidoo locked my account and lenses. Since I haven’t gotten a response to my request to unlock them, I have to assume all of my work will soon be deleted.
But never fear… DARdreams.com is here!
After many months of researching and pondering, I have decided to publish my own website where I can control my content and not worry about it being randomly unpublished or locked up.
I have just started working on DARdreams.com and it may take awhile to get up and running (the options for actually building a website are mind-boggling!), but my goal is to have at least a basic form of it online at the beginning of January.
I’ll let you know when I take a huge breath and push the “Publish” button!
This makes a yummy topping for low carb desserts, like my Low Carb Shortpuffs. It can also be used as a topping or filling for desserts like my Low Carb Chia Dessert Crepes.
No Carb Dessert Topping/Filling
1/2 cup sugar-free syrup
2 tablespoons powdered erythritol
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
1/2 teaspoon glucomannan powder
In a small bowl, whisk together all ingredients in order. Make sure to whisk in the glucomannan powder very slowly to avoid lumps.
Set aside for 5 minutes; whisk again. Repeat.
Chill in the frig, covered, until serving time. Stir until smooth with a spoon before using.
Can be 1 or more servings, depending on how you are using it.
You can use any flavor of sugar-free syrup you like. I add the cinnamon to fruity flavors, like strawberry.