Following the Ketogenic Diet with a Hawaiian Palate

Shopping Update: Longs

As I mentioned before, I went to Whole Foods to see if they carried shelled hemp hearts, since that’s an ingredient for keto-friendly faux oatmeal and cookies and such. I snapped a photo of the shelf, since I’ve found this is the best way for me to keep track of things.

Manitoba Harvest shelled hemp hearts is normally $12.99 for an 8 oz bag, on sale this week for $9.49. The 16 oz bag on Amazon costs $10.39, so if you’re not in a terrible hurry to get them, online is best. Raw, hulled hemp seed is $18.49 for a 16 oz bag.

Last night I had to stop at Longs (CVS for you mainlander readers) to buy some things, and as I was walking to the pharmacy area to get some Band-Aids, I noticed a shelf that’s usually full of toys. This time it had a bunch of health-food ingredients!

Navitas Products at King Street Longs Drugs

What caught my eye the most was, of course, the hemp hearts I’d just been scoping out. The hemp hearts were $9.99 regular price for an 8 oz bag, so it’d probably be a decent buy on sale, but it still doesn’t compare to buying it from Amazon.

I was also eyeing the cacao powder, as that’s the exact brand I first bought at Whole Foods to make bacon fudge. The regular price at Longs is $9.99 for 8 oz, while Amazon is $7, so if you’re in a hurry, a three-dollar difference isn’t that bad a deal for getting it fast.

Protein Powders at King Street Longs

They also had protein powders, but I don’t have a photo of the stuff at Whole Foods. Since I almost ran out of that aisle screaming, though, I’m assuming this stuff is comparable but slightly cheaper. I’ve only used protein powder a couple of times so far, and once was to fry chicken, and I got all hot and sweaty afterward, so I haven’t been very eager to try using it again just yet.

Having these keto-friendly products at a Longs is pretty cool, since Longs is generally more budget-friendly, and I’m glad I just happened to be walking by. That said, I doubt they have room at every Longs for this stuff. The location I found this at was King Street, near Puck’s Alley.

Dinner last night was a pastrami melt. I used a frozen fathead bun from a couple of weeks ago, and it defrosted nicely. I fried it in some Kerrygold butter before putting in the pastrami and Swiss cheese. I nuked it for a bit to melt the cheese. It was stupidly filling, and so if I eat one for lunch, it’s definitely going to be a half sandwich. The whole thing was 7 net carbs, so 3.5 would make a nice, conservative lunch.

Crystal is a 38-year-old wife and mom to three. She is a freelance editor for independent fiction authors and the co-author of the Yum-Yum Bento Box cookbooks. She lives in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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