3 Easy Ketogenic Diet Ideas!

While being stuck at home is not exactly the most entertaining thing, it does mean that I get full control over what I eat everyday. I’ve decided to take this time to embark on a new journey – the ketogenic diet!

Usually I eat breakfast and lunch at the office, so my options were limited (albeit delicious food). By switching to a high fat, low carb diet, your body switches over to ketosis, where it burns fat for energy instead of carbs. It’s been around three weeks since I’ve started, and I have lost about five pounds. It could very well be water weight at this stage, but my body feels lighter and way less bloated, even through my super hormonal and wild period cycle. Anyways, I thought I would document and share some of my menu during this keto-quarantine lifestyle. A lot of the dishes have been quite easy to put together, and most of it takes very little time by using either a single pan or an air fryer.

Deconstructed Bacon, Egg & Cheese

Scramble some eggs with some mozzarella, green onions and a splash of water (makes it fluffier!), and air fry some bacon until crisp (I go for 7 minutes on 320F). Sprinkle some Parmesan cheese on top and you have a satiating breakfast sandwich without the carbs. Pair with some creamy avocados or a breakfast sausage for a perfectly indulgent brunch party.

Seafood Party

Season some descaled salmon with garlic salt, pepper, cayenne, and massage in some olive oil. Pop it in the air fryer with some lemon slices perched on top, and while the machine is cooking away, saute some shrimp with minced garlic, chives, and a spoonful of coconut milk. The garlic and the cayenne cuts away from the fattiness that you might taste. Top with some parsley and voila!

Coconut Cream Chicken & Broccoli

Defrost some chicken thigh and season with salt and pepper. Chop up some garlic and a little bit of onion and fry them on a pan with some olive or avocado oil. When those vegetables are nicely sauteed and fragrant, add the chicken and broccoli and cover with coconut oil (and a splash of heavy cream if you wish). Stir until the sauce thickens and there you have a very short and simple lunch/dinner ready.

Every week I try to experiment with something new that I can adopt to this diet. I’ve also found some great cereal/dessert/snacks that are available online – maybe I’ll share them in a future post!

Ancolie: Jars Galore!

I am back with a café discovery! I occasionally walk by this spot on my way to class and decided to give it a try with a friend. The cafe has two to three small tables, nicely decorated with succulent pots and bright lighting. The overarching theme of the cafe seemed to be the reusable jars that they sell their food items in (even the wifi password had a witty touch related to jars!). Soy and coconut milk options are available for coffee drinks – kind of sad that they didn’t have almond milk, but the coffee tasted good nonetheless. Plus, the service was amazing – the staff was very kind.

 

I loved the idea of the food and beverage items being in glass jars. On my visit one morning to grab a quick breakfast and coffee, I picked up a matcha chia pudding, of course in a jar! I actually got to bring the jar home with me, and I’m planning on making my own little parfaits in the little glass container.

The cafe is located just off of Washington Square west on 8th street. If you want to find a spot to chat with a friend or just someplace to get some work done without having to fight for a table at Starbucks or Think Coffee, this is the spot for you.

Ancolie

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58 W 8th St New York, NY 10011

 

Banter (Sullivan Street) – Aussie Cafe near NYU

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Fancy brunch spots are nice when you get the change, but nothing is more relaxing and satisfying than sipping on some coffee at a cozy, quiet cafe. Last week, I had the pleasure of discovering this new Austrailian cafe super close to school! My friend and I walked in on a Thursday evening, and we were immediately greeted by a coffee counter with a giant espresso machine – and some nice Austrailian baristas/waiters who guided us to a table.

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Jenn Im X COLOURPOP: Jenn Ne Sais Quoi Review

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Jenn Im from Clothesencounters is one of my favorite Youtubers, and she recently did a collaboration with ColourPop and launched her JENN NE SAIS QUOI collection. I love how it really reflects her personality and her style, and what’s better is that I can play around with these rather new colors and manage to pull them off!

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Brunch Party at Jane!

If you’re looking for a nice spot for weekend brunch, you can’t go wrong with Jane restaurant. Ever since visiting this place with my friend Jordan, I have always welcomed the opportunity to revisit whenever I can. Take a look at my Saturday brunch experience with my honor society’s mentoring family (we’re super cool.), where we basically ordered almost everything off their brunch menu of the day.

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Matcha Cafe Wabi

matcha cafe wabiAs much as I love sipping on coffee, the color and taste of matcha is quite addicting as well. But a spoonful of sugary Starbucks matcha powder dumped into milk won’t suffice; but Matcha Cafe Wabi has beautiful green creations that will please any matcha lover!

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Mokbar – A Korean Gem in Chelsea Market

With enough visits to Chelsea Market, you slowly realize that lobster and crowds of tourists aren’t the only things you can enjoy there. Being both Korean and a lover of noodles, I had been dying to try Mokbar for the longest time; my experience there was on point.

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My Summer Scoop: Ice Cream in NYC

As much as I would like to have a perfect beach body for the summer, I cannot possibly resist the temptation of all the different ice cream shops throughout New York City. The summer is verrrry slowly drawing to a close, so I thought I would share some of my favorite ice cream spots with you!

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Cornelia Street Cafe

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Roaming the streets of the quaint West Village, I walked by this place numerous times until I finally got to grab some brunch here with my sister! She is visiting New York City for the first time in almost five years and both of us agree that this was a great dining experience.

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Cafe Hanamizuki

With firetrucks and ambulances constantly wailing their sirens and cars honking away each minute, it can be pretty hard to find peace and quiet in the Midtown area – especially because the streets are often sprinkled with delis or chains like Starbucks or Pret. BUT, yesterday I stumbled upon this Japanese themed cafe with my roommate for a light and cute dinner; and I loved this place!

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