Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Amazing low carb Goss chocolate chip cookies, simple to make! And all ingredients available in BZ :)

One thing missing in Placencia is the ability to buy premade or specialty food, especially stuff you would see in a health food store. I usually bring down protein bars and protein powder, as you can't buy that here. I found I was really missing some low carb convenience foods, and I pieced together a recipe from some US recipes that turned out so well, I had to share it here! While sugary junk processed food is pretty prevalent here, low carb is not. These cookies are spectacular and definitely fill in a hole. Plus they have easy to find ingredients here, and are pretty healthy!!! (healthier if you bring down Stevia instead of the Splenda :))
Actual cookies I just baked.

1 1/4 c almond or hazelnut flour (almond is better tasting imho!)
1/2 c granulated Splenda
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 egg
1/4 c coconut oil
3/4 tbsp vanilla
1/2 -1 bar 85% Goss chocolate OR 1/2 bar unsweetened baking chocolate (Goss is much better but you save a few carbs with the latter), broken into little chip-size pieces

Very simple! Preheat oven to 176 C/350 F (preferably in the morning so you don't turn your house into a sweatbox), mix all the ingredients together in a bowl (no particular order necessary, I've tried it many ways!) and form about 14 little cookie shaped balls, a little flattened out, on a greased cookie sheet. Bake for about 8-10 minutes and let cool. I store these in the fridge in foil.

Calorie count is about 110-150 per cookie(depending on how much chocolate you use and whether it is 85% or sugar free chocolate) and around 4 net carbs, but double check your carb counts if you are super strict about this, based on your particular brand of ingredients.

For those trying to do low(er) carb in Belize, I have started a "Low Carb Belize Recipe" pin on Pinterest that you are welcome to follow! I made sure that all ingredients are things easily found here.
https://www.pinterest.com/ljdiffendal/belize-low-carb-recipes/

Sunday, October 2, 2016

What a typical Friday night out looks like in Placencia, Belize!

We got a bit of a later start Friday night due to our construction, but the typical place many people start their night out at is at Yoli's. Yoli's is kind of tough to find, but well worth it once you do! It is a quintessential Palapa Bar over the water, and they have a live fun Jimmy Buffett-style band called the Lost Reefers there, starting at 3 or 4 on Fridays. We got there about 7 and had some quick fun:


Then we walked over to Mojo's, just a quick walk. Again we missed "happy hour and a half" which is 5-6:30. They also had fun live music on their little balcony, which is great for people watching.....

Next we went to Pickled Parrot. Eugene and Lynn can always be found having a good time, and their bar is as fun Caribbean as it gets....
The two Pickled Parrot dogs, Mia and Ziggy, are always around :)



Finally we hit Tipsy Tuna, where we stayed the rest of the night. There was live music here too, people dancing, and is right next door to Barefoot Bar, which is closed for a few more days.

You can also have fun just stopping at grocery stores, buying a beer, and wandering around....this is such a foreign concept to Americans as you aren't allowed open container in the US - one of the MANY great reasons it is fun to go out here! The locals are friendly, and this little guy wanted to show us the smallest frog I've ever seen, that he had just caught:

Even in low season fun is all around!