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Keto Watch: What Are The Best Choices At Zaxby's?

On the watch for Keto-friendly restaurants that serve good food as well as healthy choices.

Here in Hot Springs, Arkansas, we have Zaxby’s, a southern-based chicken restaurant.  Zaxby’s was started by two friends, Zach McLeroy and Tony Townley from  Statesboro, Georgia. In their opinion, back in the 1990s chicken restaurants were boring and lacked flavor.

Their thinking was the world needed desperately another chicken place. Not sure if it is any less “boring” than other chicken joints, but it is a bit more upscale. 

I had heard they have great salads or as they refer to them at Zaxby’s “Zalads”. Of course, I need to find out if their Zalads are Keto-friendly, or not.
The Zaxby’s House Zalad

My menu choice was the House Zalad, grilled or fried chicken, mixed greens, red cabbage, carrots, cucumbers, Roma tomatoes, cheddar and jack cheeses, and fried onions with Texas Toast. The last two items are not Keto so ask them to be left off and choose grilled chicken with a Keto–friendly dress…

Keto Diet The Basics And Benefits

What is the Keto Diet?The keto diet (also known as the ketogenic diet) is a low carbohydrate, high-fat diet. Sustaining this diet is a great means of weight loss. To a greater extent, it improves health by reducing risk factors for diseases.
An increasing number of studies suggest it helps prevent diabetes, heart diseases, stroke, Alzheimer’s, epilepsy, and more.

While on the keto diet, your body moves into a metabolic state known as ketosis. In ketosis, your body uses ketone bodies for energy instead of glucose. Ketone bodies are produced from burning fat. The use of ketones is a more stable source of energy than glucose.

Getting to the state of ketosis takes most people 3 days to a week. It may take longer depending on how insulin resistant you are. Once in ketosis, you will be using fat for energy, not carbs. This includes the fat you eat and stored body fat. This is often referred to as becoming fat-adapted.
Is there a test for ketosis? Yes, you can test to see if in ketosis aft…

Keto Italian Sausage Cauliflower Hot Dish

This was originally the Loaded Keto Cauliflower Casserole from KetoConnect. Thank you, Matt and Megha! My wife made some adjustments due to the ingredients we had available.

When we were at the store the heads of cauliflower in stock weren’t the best. So, we decided to use frozen cauliflower and leave out the water due to higher moisture content. Also, we had some Italian sausage we needed to use or freeze.
Hard to find chives in our neck of the woods so we added extra green onions. We left out the parsley and added Ricotta cheese to add to the Italian taste. We called it Hot Dish because my wife grew up in Minnesota.
Prep Time 15 minutes Cook Time 30 minutes Servings 8 servings
Ingredients For Keto Hot Dish
2 Cauliflower 12 oz bags frozen1 lb Italian Sausage1 cup Monterey Jack Cheese, shredded 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded ¾ cup Ricotta cheese¾ cup sour cream ¼ cup cream cheese, room temperature2 tsp Dijon mustard ½ tsp pink salt Himalayan½

7 Potential Health Rewards Of Intermittent Fasting

The first thing you need to know about Intermittent Fasting is it does put some stress on your body. It is advisable when starting any weight loss or exercise program to seek advice from a medical professional.

And the second thing to know about Intermittent Fasting is it’s not a diet but an eating pattern. While fasting you consume fewer calories and by doing so improve health and prolong life. We are not talking about starving but restricting calories to create useful changes in the body.
Our ancestors lived much like other animal species was when food was available they ate when it wasn’t they did not. There had to be a way for them to survive until the food was available again. 
Our modern perception is that when we do not eat we will lack energy and grow weak. The way our bodies work differs from that belief. It’s true if you go a long enough period without you will grow weak and starve to death. Yet, our bodies have developed mechanisms to forestall that eventually. 
Our bodies…

Keto Friendly At The Home Plate Cafe

Sometimes, while traveling staying Keto and sticking to your diet can be difficult. You never know what to expect when you stop at an unfamiliar restaurant.

My wife and I were out and about this morning doing various errands and some thrift store shopping. We drove to a nearby town, Hot Springs Villiage, visiting some thrift shops and decided to stop lunch.
My wife saw this place called, The Home Plate Cafe, and thought it looked cute. We pulled in to the parking lot and I thought it was a good sign the large back parking lot was filled at 11.00 o'clock on a Friday morning.
The entrance was a little different with customers dining in a foyer type area and the main restaurant off to one side. We were not sure whether to wait to be seated or seat ourselves. But, a man we found later was the owner Jim Sparks, beckoned us to come and be seated.
Our waitress was very friendly showed a menu and explained the specials. One of the every Friday morning specials was a Greek Shrimp Salad. A…

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