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KETO LAZY CHICKEN CAESAR

KETO LAZY CHICKEN CAESAR

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I’m a fan of this Keto Chicken Caesar salad.  So tasty.

Long before my Keto Low-Carb journey and lifestyle, I used to enjoy Caesar salads daily. In my 30’s I would work out hard at the gym then head to a local restaurant to enjoy a Chicken Caesar salad and a toasted bagel. I’m still enjoying Caesar salads. But now I don’t eat the bagel. When making this salad at home I use MCT oil in the dressing. It’s an important supplement for me.

I’m a super advocate of MCT oil on my KETO LOW-CARB journey. I have personally experienced and witnessed in another person the healing miracles produced by taking this oil-based supplement daily.

WHAT IS THE NUTRITIONAL VALUE AND HEALTH BENEFITS OF MCT OIL?

This Keto Chicken Caesar uses MCT oil.  MCT oil supports weight loss by raising your metabolism. This supplement is also beneficial for mental health, for creating immediate and more energy, for improving digestion, balancing hormones, improving mood, and, most importantly, in this time of COVID-19, fighting infections and viruses.

How much do you know about MCT oil? MCT is short-form for the term ‘medium-chain triglycerides.’ The word “medium” refers to the length of the chain of the fatty acid. The term ‘triglyceride’ is the technical word for fat. Triglycerides have two primary purposes. They either burn fat for energy or store it in the body as fat.

Coconut oil possesses both MCT (54%) and LCT (long-chain triglycerides).

MCT OIL:

MCT behaves differently in the body than long-chain triglycerides. It does not require enzymes or bile for digestion and absorption. This form of fatty acids by-passes the stomach and goes straight to the liver. In the liver, the MCT is rapidly absorbed and utilized for energy or turned into ketones. 

The brain treats ketones as fuel, much like a carbohydrate (sugar). MCT can cross the blood-brain barrier immediately and provide energy to the brain. The ingestion of MCT has an immediate and positive effect on the brain.  

I have witnessed firsthand how the daily intake of MCT oil improved the brain function of my deceased husband, Jack, who lived with and died from Alzheimer’s.

During the later stages of his disease, Jack had difficulty with many daily activities like zipping up his coat or sitting down in a chair. Within minutes of taking his MCT oil in the form of a peanut butter bar in the morning, he was able to accomplish both easily. Taking MCT oil each day added tremendously to the quality of his life near the end of his life.

I also ate the peanut butter bars as part of my grain-free lifestyle. Within a couple of weeks, I noticed that I was losing weight. I also felt more energy, which helped with my 24-hour caregiving schedule.

Taking MCT oil every day is beneficial to all of us, not just for those who have dementia.  This super food feeds energy to the body and the brain.  MCT oil as a supplement is readily available in health food stores. You can also ingest it naturally in foods such as coconut oil (up to 15%), palm kernel oil (7.9%); cheese (7.3%); butter (6.8%); milk (6.9%); and yogurt (6.6%). You’ll find the oil on shelves beside avocado and grape seed oil.  

CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN:

Before incorporating MCT oil into your diet, consult your physician. If it is okay for you to ingest this oil, start with just a small daily intake, about ½ teaspoon. It takes time for your digestive tract to get accustomed to, and the oil can act as a laxative. Take ½ teaspoon for at least a week. If your digestive tract is regularly working, then you can slowly increase the daily amount.

MCT oil does not solidify like coconut oil. It can be clear or light yellow and is tasteless and odorless. Therefore, it’s a fantastic ingredient to add to a variety of dishes. MCT oil can be added to dressings and sauces, as well as to baked goods. The key is to add the oil after cooking or baking. Do not use MCT oil for frying. High heat will kill its nutritional properties. Add the oil at the end of the culinary process, or to uncooked foods and dishes.

USING MCT OIL IN COOKING:

In making homemade Caesars dressing, I use a load of fresh garlic, roughly chopped and allow it to sit out for at least 30 minutes. By chopping and exposing the garlic to oxygen for 30 minutes, it released an enzyme called alliinase that catalyzes the formation of allicin. Allicin has antioxidant properties and also helps to reduce inflammation in the body.

I also add MCT oil to spaghetti sauce (after the cooking process), to whipped cauliflower and roasted garlic on grain-free shepherd’s pie. I drizzle this odorless and tasteless oil over soups, stews, and chili. This oil adds a creamy mouth feel to dishes, as well.     

This Keto Chicken Caesar contains loads of nutrition, such as MCT (benefits mentioned above), Omega-3 (avocado), monounsaturated fat and antioxidants (olive oil), selenium, vitamin D, B6, B12, and minerals such as zinc, iron, and copper (eggs), protein (chicken and cheese), and more!

WHAT ARE THE PREDOMINANT TASTE SENSATIONS OF KETO CHICKEN CAESAR?

KETO AVOCADO RECIPES

KETO AVOCADO RECIPES

What are the predominant taste sensations in the Keto Chicken Caesar? The predominant taste sensation of this dish is fattiness, due to the oil in the Caesars dressing, Parmigiano -Reggiano, and the fresh avocado.

WHAT WINE HARMONIZES WITH KETO CHICKEN CAESAR?

What wine harmonizes with the Keto Chicken Caesar?  With the predominant taste sensation of this dish being fattiness, hunt for a wine with enough viscosity to match. Since we are eating salad here, stick to white wine. If you insist on red, go for it. In the white category, a buttery Chardonnay works. The wine’s creamy texture will match the creamy texture in the dressing.  Going red? Try Pinot Noir.  The wine will have just enough weight to match a salad.  

WINE TIPS:
ALCOHOL AND KETOSIS:

To support your Keto diet or low-carb lifestyle, opt for quality, non-alcoholic wines that are low-carb and low in sugar. Additionally, alcohol does not align with a keto diet or low-carb lifestyle. Moreover, your liver processes alcohol before nutrients, pausing ketone creation and slowing the ketosis process. Furthermore, your body will metabolize alcohol as fuel before utilizing food, which can decelerate fat burning and may lead to the storage of carbs, fat, and protein as excess body fat. Moreover, alcohol consumption stimulates the appetite, potentially causing overeating.

ALCOHOL AND HEALTH:

Did you know that when you consume alcohol, your liver has to work extra hard to break it down? This can result in damage to your liver. Furthermore, it can elevate your risk of health issues such as inflammation and cancer, particularly with heavy consumption. Additionally, alcohol can disrupt your blood sugar levels, leaving you feeling dehydrated and disrupting your body’s normal functions.

NON-ALCOHOLIC WINE AND HEALTH BENEFITS:

Non-alcoholic wines with minimal carbs and sugar are advantageous for your health. They not only aid in weight management, blood sugar control, and hydration but also contain essential nutrients and antioxidants from grapes that can decrease your risk of health conditions like heart disease. Consequently, since they lack alcohol, they’re ideal for socializing without any adverse effects, promoting feelings of happiness and reduced stress.

WHAT OTHER KETO RECIPES CAN I ENJOY?

KETO LAZY BIG MAC SALAD

KETO LAZY BIG MAC SALAD

Sunflower Seed Risotto

Big Mac Salad

Fresh Pasta Salmon

Apple Butter Ribs

One Pot Pasta

 

Keto Chicken Caesar

Caesar Salad with Roast Chicken and Avocado

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