I Tried It: Buti Sculpt…With Bands!

Disclaimer: As with any fitness post I write, anything I say about body image or body types applies to myself only. I have struggled with disordered eating and body image issues for years, and I think it’s important to be transparent and honest about it. Actually, it’s part of my healing and self-care to be forthcoming about it rather than act like everything is okay. Please understand, my thoughts are about me only and do no apply to women in general or promoting a certain body type. It’s just how I feel when I look in the mirror. Thanks for understanding.

Okay so…I’ve never wanted a butt. With beauty standards these days, I know that sounds weird, but I’m the girl who would love lifting then quit when her jeans started getting too tight in her thighs and butt. I’d gauge my fitness level off my thigh gap instead of actually feeling healthy and muscle gains. When I was in high school, I got made fun of for having muscular arms (I used to lift with the football team at lunch), so I think that had something to do with it going into adulthood. But anywho.

As we get older, we tend to lose muscle (sarcopenia) and elasticity in our skin, which has caused me to be more cognizant of muscle bearing and resistance exercise and not simply concentrating on cardio-cardio-cardio (elliptical queen at your service). It’s something of a mental hump for me (I literally just stopped lifting heavy a few months ago because I thought my thighs were getting too big), but again, part of my self-care routine is letting go of negative self-talk and feeling good about myself.

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PixieFit Keto Reviews: Real Good Three Cheese Pizza

I have been hearing a lot of raving about a frozen keto-friendly pizza lately from Real Good Pizza Co. I usually make my own keto “pizza” with a sausage crust or dough using almond flour, but sometimes we just don’t have an hour to make a pizza. I got all three flavors they have (Three Cheese, Pepperoni, and Supreme), but I broke my 36-hr water fast with the cheese version, so I wanted to review that first. Let’s look at the ingredients:

At first glance, I’m not hating the ingredients. They aren’t amazing, but it is a frozen pizza. Sunflower oil is generally not recommended for a ketogenic way of eating because it is high in polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) at 68%* but it’s less than 2% in the crust so I figure that every once in a blue moon won’t kill me. Natural flavor is also often code for MSG or sugar, but you can’t really be too sure because they don’t have to disclose the specific ingredients.

The directions state that you can either stick your pizza in the oven or the microwave, and a lot of people actually prefer the microwave. So I put it on a microwave safe plate with the cardboard (recommended) for two minutes, and it was ready to devour! Or…devour? This is how my pizza came out:

And it tastes like…the Chicken Parm Lean Pocket filling. I saw some reviews and people said that you could not tell the crust is chicken. LIES. It tastes exactly like chicken! Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing but um, y’all, this doesn’t taste like any kind of crust! And the thing is…I actually like Chicken Parm Lean Pockets, but my gripes are that a) These pizzas run around $6 for one, and they are pretty small. And how does something so expensive taste so cheap? b) Each pizza contains 4g of carbs, which for most people isn’t a lot, but I’m experimenting with 10g of total carbs a day with the exception of using net with avocado. I would rather eat an avocado, which clocks in around 3g of net carbs. c) Non-keto ingredients, even if they are in small amounts are not preferred for me. Even if I try something once, I most likely will not buy it again. The pepperoni and supreme versions contain dextrose in the pepperoni as well. I love me some pepperoni, but I don’t buy it that much and I try to get the organic, uncured version.

VERDICT? Leave it, you could easily make your own and take it to go with you, or make something like a pizza salad and get a similar (better) taste. I love my meatzzas and this did not stack up, especially for the price. BUT (lol), if you’re in a pinch and would like to try them, you can use “elle10” for 10% off. That’s something, no? I hope that I like it more cooked in the oven.

xoxo

 

PixieFit Kitchen: Keto Cheeseburger Bread

Hey boos! Today, I have another keto recipe for you all. I recently discussed a ketogenic way of eating in my Spring Essentials video, and this recipe is so yummy, I had to share! So…last week, I may or may not have cooked 6lbs of ground beef that I have been eating by myself ALL week. I am tired of eating beef with veggies, so I wanted to make something good that is a little different. Enter keto cheeseburger bread! All of the ingredients used are totally keto-friendly (dairy is allowed on keto) and I think even people who don’t do keto will love it. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and get ready for flavor town! Here are the ingredients:

  • 1 cup of almond flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tbsp of sour cream
  • 1 cup cooked ground beef (or turkey if you prefer)
  • 2 slices of cheddar (I used the kind from Costco and crumbled it up)
  • spices to taste (This time I used paprika and jalapeno powder, but I know rosemary would be the jam in this. You can really add whatever you like.)

Just a note, almond flour is more dense than regular flour, but the sour cream counteracts it. If you want it “thinner,” I recommend adding a bit more. I greased a 9×5 loaf pan with olive oil and used that for baking. Once my oven was preheated, I cooked for 20 min. And there you have it! It totally tastes like a cheeseburger and I wish that ketchup was keto-friendly (I don’t have sugar free ketchup) because I would have dipped it! For dinner, I did cover it with bread (grilling) cheese and the cheesy goodness was on point. I cut mine into ten slices, so a serving size (mainly based off the almond flour) is about three slices.

Questions? Let me know! Keto on.

xoxo