Proteiny Low-Carb Tart Base.

I do get a few requests here and there to post more low-carb and high-protein foods. Ultimately, our diet is pretty low-carb, but the recipes aren’t much fun because there are only so many ways to say “vegetable omelette”, “avocado and egg salad” or “mince in wine sauce”.

BUT sometimes I do get a bit crazier with our proteins. So here’s a proteiny low-carb base for tarts. Can be made for savoury or sweet dishes, and used to lower the GI of open pies.


Makes 1 thick or 2 thin 12 inch diameter bases.

  • 1 cup brazils
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 3 eggs
  • 2tbsp peanut butter
  • 2tbsp flour
  • flavourings as desired


  • chopping board and knife (or food processor]
  • mixing bowl and fork
  • greased or nonstick baking tray


  1. Preheat the oven to 200C.
  2. Finely dice the brazils and walnuts.
  3. Mix in the other ingredients until a thick paste is formed.
  4. Pat into the bottom of the tray.
  5. Bake at 200C for 5-10 minutes.
  6. Cool.
  7. Use as a pie base.

We used ours with a filling of stewed rhubarb, apple and bananas, so not a low-carb result, but would be pretty cool with a ham and cheese filling, or a tuna bake filling too!



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FitFriday III.

This week has been a busy one, but I managed to keep at it.

Almost every day I’ve done some lifting, either as a 1 or 2 exercise workout or whilst getting the new chicken coop or the garden ready.

I’ve walked quite a bit and got a lot of sunlight. My hands have dried fairly easily, but they’re still elastic and they sweat when I have a break, so it’s still within natural boundaries.

I’ve been VLC some days and LC others, so my water-weight has literally melted off. It seems I can store up to 6L of extra fluid when I’m eating high carb. Considering I’m not obese, that is quite a feat. Goes to show that a lot of the jigglies some people have could be lost by cutting back on water retention.

My diet has largely consisted of low-calorie starches, mixed vegetables, tomato sauce, meat and eggs. And coffee, of course. A bit of chocolate and some sugared almonds here and there, as well as a banana and rice for a carb refeed when I wasn’t feeling fully recovered after a VLC day with endurance activities.

Got to get back on track with my regular weights and walking.

Finally, I have banned myself from certain websites that distract me easily and am only allowing others, such as the blog, or social networking sites, to be used for 1h/day before my chores are done or whilst completing small jobs. Productivity feels like it’s gone up 200%!

Here, have some beautiful Finnish pop.