KETO LOW-CARB CREAM CHEESE (HEART HEALTHY)
In preparing this fresh Keto Low-Carb Cream Cheese, I soon discovered that I absolutely love them! Cashew or almond-based vegan cream cheese gives you all the same texture and tanginess that you enjoy from the dairy version. Albeit, there’s a distinctive “dairy” flavour to dairy-based cheeses. That is the only difference, really. While this is vegan, Keto-lovers, in general, can enjoy this cheese.
In vegan cheeses you also get the added benefit of the rich, animal-free protein from the almonds or cashews!
This vegan cream cheese can be used just as you would use any cream cheese, such as on grain-free bagels, served with fruit, added to recipes or served as a savory dip.
I made enough cream cheese in my last batch that I was able to prepare both a dip and a fruit tart.
WHAT IS THE NUTRITIONAL VALUE OF THIS KETO LOW-CARB CREAM CHEESE?
This recipe for this Keto Low-Carb Cream Cheese includes raw cashews, which are low in sugar and rich in fiber, heart-healthy fats, and plant protein. They are also a good source of copper, magnesium, and manganese — nutrients important for energy production, brain health, immunity, and bone health. Consuming raw cashews may also help prevent blood disease, helps to protect our eyes, and helps to make our skin glow.
Nutritional yeast is another ingredient. It is naturally low in sodium and calories, and it is fat-free, sugar-free, gluten-free, and vegan! Nutritional yeast also helps to lower bad cholesterol thus protecting the body from free radical damage.
WHAT ARE THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF CASHEWS?
Cashews are a delicious and nutritious nut that can provide a range of health benefits. They’re full of vitamins and minerals that are important for maintaining good health. One of the most notable benefits of cashews is their high concentration of healthy fats. These fats can help to reduce your risk of heart disease by lowering your levels of LDL cholesterol.
Cashews are also an excellent source of vitamins and minerals, including magnesium, copper, and iron. Magnesium is important for maintaining healthy bones and muscles, while copper is essential for maintaining a healthy immune system. Iron is important for producing red blood cells and preventing anemia.
In addition to these benefits, cashews are also a good source of antioxidants, which can help to protect your body against damage from free radicals. They’re also high in protein and fiber, which can help to keep you feeling full and satisfied. So, if you’re looking for a healthy snack, cashews are a great choice!
WHAT IS THE TASTE PROFILE OF KETO LOW-CARB CREAM CHEESE?
The predominant taste sensations of this Keto Low-Carb Cream Cheese are tanginess (from the lemon) and umami (roundness and depth of flavour) from the nutritional yeast. It’s chemo-sensory sensation is creaminess. So rich and delicious.
WHAT WINE HARMONIZES WITH KETO LOW-CARB CREAM CHEESE?
With the predominant taste sensation of this Keto Low-Carb Cream Cheese being tanginess and umami, choose a wine with equal tanginess. The delicate nature of this cheese also makes it harmonize with lighter whites rather than fatty whites. If you want an ideal pairing between the cream cheese and a crisp, dry white wine, add salt to the cheese recipe. This way the hint of saltiness in the cheese will nicely offset the acidity in the white wine. The tanginess from the lemon will complement the wine’s acidity. Examples of crisp, dry white wines include Pinot Gris, Pinot Grigio, dry Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, or even Vinho Verde.
If you add another taste sensation to the cream cheese then the wine partner will change as well. For example, if you use the cream cheese to make a dip and drizzle the dip with olive oil, choose a big, buttery white wine, such as Chardonnay. This way the fattiness from the dip will harmonize with the buttery texture of the Chardonnay. If you add smoked salmon to the dip you’re adding far more saltiness. In this case choose a crisp, white wine zinging with acidity like a bone-dry Riesling or Vinho Verde. The wine’s super bright acidity will nicely offset the saltiness in smoked salmon.
*Wine Tips: To support your Keto diet or low-carb lifestyle, choose low-carb, low-sugar, and low-alcohol wines that are free of additives and artificial coloring. Include your wine carb macros as part of your meal. Remember, your liver will process alcohol before nutrients, pausing ketone creation and slowing the ketosis process. Your body will also metabolize alcohol as fuel before using food. This can slow fat burning and may cause your body to store carbs, fat, and protein as excess body fat. Alcohol consumption also stimulates the appetite. So, drink low-sugar, low-carb, and low alcohol wines in moderation.
WHAT KETO LOW-CARB RECIPES CAN I ENJOY?
WHAT IS SHARI MAC’S PRODUCT RECOMMENDATION FOR YOUR KETO LOW-CARB DIET?
I’m a huge fan of the Ninja products. In the past, I’ve gone through a counter-top convection oven every couple of years. This Ninja 1800-watt oven is a work horse! It is a must for me to support my Keto diet. Since buying this Ninja I have not turned on my oven in months! Amazing in the summer! No heat in the kitchen from the traditional oven. I use the air-fryer for all our proteins every day. All my air-fried favorites have less bad saturated fat and therefore fewer calories. I cut chicken breasts in half, horizontally, and air-fry them for 20 minutes. You can set the temperature and timer for all sorts of foods and walk away from the kitchen. The machine will shut off automatically at the right time. My proteins are crispy on the outside and super juicy