Is Cream Cheese Keto Friendly?

If you’re considering embarking on a Ketogenic diet, you may have asked yourself “is cream cheese keto?” or “can I eat cream cheese on a low-carb diet?” Well, we have the answer (hint: it’s yes!) as well as more details.

Is Cream Cheese Keto? We find out! This image is a white bowl containing cream cheese topped with chives.

Here at CIK we LOVE cream cheese so we thought we’d make a whole post on a common question: “can I eat cream cheese on a keto diet?”. Below you’ll find all the information about cream cheese you’ll ever need to know, more than enough probably .

First, a disclaimer:

There is no “Keto” food group, “Keto” refers to a metabolic state where your body uses fat for fuel instead of glycogen. As long as your macros are 5-10% for your daily carbohydrate intake, you’ll likely be in ketosis. For most people, this will fall between 20g to 50g net carbs per day. A Ketogenic diet is low is carbs, high in fat, and moderate in protein.

So, if you want to get all of your carbs from a tablespoon of double chocolate cheesecake or a bite of fried chicken, then by all means do it. Are there healthier ways to incorporate carbs into your diet? Of course! However, don’t get hung up on what is or isn’t “Keto”, eating this way shouldn’t be stressful.

Common Questions:

Is cream cheese keto?

Yes, cream cheese is Keto friendly and can be included on any low-carb diet plan. Whether you’re using cream cheese to make our famous keto cheese ball

What is cream cheese exactly?

Cream cheese is a soft mild-tasting cheese made with milk and cream.

The FDA defines cream cheese as containing at least 33% milkfat with a moisture content of less than…

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Bethlehem Baptist and the Abuse of Abuse

In the wake of Jason Meyer’s resignation as the senior pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church (henceforth BBC, John Piper’s former congregation), I wrote about his famous sermon on abuse.

I described how Meyer deceptively presented secular abuse frameworks as if they were an application of scripture, how BBC’s framework would allow the elders to declare any man they wanted an abuser, and how under their definition even Kathy Keller could be classified as a “severe physical abuser.”

A recent article in Christianity Today magazine shows that my warnings about BBC’s abuse framework were fully warranted.

The article describes how BBC elder Andy Naselli was charged with not being “quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger” and thus should be disqualified as an elder and professor. While not technically a charge of abuse, it is rooted in similar logic and as the article makes clear, disputes over abuse and accusations of abuse (even “double abuse”) loom large in the divisions there.

What did he supposedly do?

Two BBC members objected to Naselli having posted a five star review of Joe Rigney’s appearance on the Amazon Prime show Man Rampant using his Bethlehem affiliation. Naselli identified himself as the author of the review and said he’d quit if the members’ motion passed.

Janette and Steve Takata, who have attended and served at Bethlehem since 2003 and 1990, respectively, were concerned enough that Janette made a motion at the churchwide quarterly meeting in January. She requested that, prior to Rigney taking office, the elders make a statement to “separate” Rigney’s views in the episode from “the views and teachings of Bethlehem Baptist Church.”

Janette Takata pointed out that Rigney was identified as being from “Bethlehem” in the video and that a BCS professor and Bethlehem elder…

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El Greco As Explorer – The Masculinist

“You must study the Masters but guard the original style that beats within your soul and put to sword those who would try to steal it.”

-Attributed to El Greco

We call him El Greco, “The Greek.” His real name was Doménikos Theotokópoulos (October 1, 1541 – April 7, 1614). He was born in the Venetian colony of the Kingdom of Candia, the island now named Crete. He appears to have been raised Greek Orthodox, and received his initial artistic training in icon painting. He moved onto Venice and Rome before ultimately settling in Toledo, Spain in 1577. El Greco spent the rest of his life there, picking up the Spanish nickname we know him by.

El Greco came to Spain with ambitions to become a court painter for King Philip II, but it seems the ruler didn’t care for his art. The monarch commissioned two paintings, but the King was so displeased with The Martyrdom of Saint Maurice El Greco produced, it was never installed in its intended location, and no more royal commissions were given.

We don’t know why Philip rejected the work, but it an indicator of things to come. El Greco seems to have been successful as an artist while he lived, but his paintings generated mixed responses. After his death his paintings fell into disrepute and obscurity. It was only in the twentieth century El Greco was rediscovered as a significant artist.

The problem may have been there is nothing else like El Greco. Institutionally, the art world is a trend follower. El Greco came of age during an art period referred to as Mannerism. After the peak achievements of giants like Michelangelo and Raphael, the next generation of artists moved away the idealized, harmonious naturalism of the High Renaissance. Mannerists incorporated distortions and…

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Keto Chicken Fried Steak with Southern Gravy

This Keto Chicken Fried Steak recipe is total Southern comfort food. The black pepper gravy is what dreams are made of. This recipe is gluten-free, low-carb, and keto-friendly.

crispy fried cube steak on a white platter topped with southern gravy and parsley

Keto Chicken Fried Steak. Are those not the most glorious 4 words you’ve ever heard? Crispy Keto fried steak gets smothered in a Southern-style gravy for one epic dinner.

Fried steak and gravy was a definite staple for a lot of our staff growing up so we’re all very excited about this recipe that mimics that Southern classic perfectly. The crunch of the steak + the creamy gravy is just the Bee’s knees.

Read on for the ins and outs of the recipe plus some answers to common questions.

To make Keto Chicken Fried Steak, you’ll need these ingredients:

  • 4 (4-ounce) tenderized cube steaks
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon heavy whipping cream 
  • 3/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup pork rinds (about 1 ounce) 
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder 
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika 
  • 1 cup avocado oil, for frying

How to make easy keto chicken fried cube steak:

  1. In a shallow bowl beat the egg and heavy cream together. On a medium plate combine the parmesan cheese, pork rind dust, and Italian seasoning.
  2. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Dip each cube steak into the egg then dredge it through the cheese mixture.
  3. Carefully place the cube steak into the oil and fry it for 3-4 minutes per side until it is golden brown. Set aside on paper towel-lined plates to soak up excess grease.
  4. Drain cast iron of all but 2 tablespoons of oil used for frying. Add butter to the pan and melt….

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Easy Mozzarella Keto Cheese Sticks

Keto Cheese Sticks

These Keto Cheese Sticks are super easy to make. They’re the perfect crispy and melty snack or keto appetizer you’ve been looking for!

Keto Cheese Sticks being pulled apart to show a long pull of cheese in the middle. There is a plate of cheese sticks in the background along with fresh parsley and marinara dipping sauce

We’ve been trying out recipes for keto mozzarella sticks for quite some time and never nailed the recipe until now. These are gluten-free, low-carb, and perfectly crispy on the outside, and melty in the middle. Just look at that cheese pull! 🤤

The key to the perfect fried cheese sticks turns out to be a double breading + freezing before frying. This ensures that the mozzarella sticks don’t burst in the hot oil and that the breading stays put as well. Follow the instructions and these will be the best cheese sticks you’ve ever had, promise.

We love these as an easy snack or game-day appetizer but they’re also great as a straight-up side dish. We love making a huge chopped Italian salad and adding diced mozzarella sticks as “croutons”, pretty much perfection if you ask us. Who wouldn’t love crispy melty cheese in a salad?!

Read on for the details on how to make this recipe with a bit more commentary than the recipe card at the bottom of the page. Have a question? Leave it in the comment section below and we’ll try to be as helpful as possible!

Ingredients in Keto Cheese Sticks

  • mozzarella sticks
  • egg 
  • heavy cream 
  • coconut flour
  • pork rind crumbs (the key to EXTRA crispy cheese sticks!)
  • almond flour
  • spices
  • oil (we used avocado oil due to its ability to withstand high heat)
  • fresh herbs (parsley + basil) for garnish, optional
  • dipping…

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Immersed in Van Gogh – The Masculinist

Vincent Van Gogh is now recognized as one of the greatest painters in world history. He’s become the archetypal undiscovered genius, although much of the mythology surrounding him is ambiguous at best. There definitely is a Rashomon effect going on regarding the difficulties in Vincent’s life. Many theories suggest that much of what we think we know about Vincent is wrong.

Did he really only sell one painting during his lifetime, or do references in a letter from his art dealer brother Theo indicate other sales?

Did Vincent really cut off his own ear, or just the lobe?

Was it even Vincent who severed the ear – or was it done by his roommate, painter Paul Gauguin, during a fight?

Did Vincent really commit suicide by awkwardly shooting himself in the abdomen – or was he actually selflessly covering up an accidental shooting committed by some careless local boys?

The dramatic myths can get in the way of appreciating the actual accomplishments of Van Gogh.

Before becoming a committed artist, Vincent had tried a variety of careers: art dealing, teaching, working as a clerk in a bookstore. He tried becoming a minister, as his father had been but failed the academic courses needed.

In 1879 Vincent became a missionary in an impoverished Belgian coal-mining district. There Van Gogh took his mission so seriously he gave away almost everything he owned, and lived in poverty and squalor. He was dismissed from his post by the Dutch Reformed Church for going too far. “They think I’m a madman because I wanted to be a true Christian. They turned me out like a dog, saying that I was causing a scandal,” Vincent reportedly said.

Only then did Van Gogh turn to painting as a career. He was 27 years old. Vincent…

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An Art Education in Postmodern Tactics

The elements of Postmodernism were here. The Untitled Film Stills photos reflect an obsession with mass media as a substitute for reality. The subjects of the pictures are not presented as individuals, but as oppressed, socially constructed identity types. The political agenda projected onto the works is assumed to override how unremarkable the photos are, as images. These photographs are important not because they are powerful, but because authority figures told us they advanced The Message.

I noticed the same approach in the studio classes I took. We were all learning; I was focused on trying to gain technical ability, so my works tended to be not so successful attempts at drawing and painting still lifes. Many students were skipping over the basics though, and plunging into haphazard experimental works.

During group critiques, some students didn’t talk about the inadequate artwork they submitted for review. Instead, they would proclaim grievances, or perform mini-sociology lectures. They felt victimized, or took it upon themselves to advocate for other victim groups. This was supposed to somehow justify what one older professor used to scoff at as their “painting with blood and feces” techniques. However, this kind of talk got some of the other teachers really excited, reinforcing that this was where our attention ought to be focused. They were indoctrinating us into the Postmodern way.

What I saw so long ago in college art classes is now imposed cultural dogma. We are to live severed from our true natures, hypnotized by relentless mass communication. Our administrative classes set the agenda we are to follow, no matter how awful the results they produce. They tell us their ideological purity compensates for their incompetence. What really matters is conformity to the groupthink they disperse.

In 2014, 21 of the Untitled Film Stills sold for over $6.7 million, demonstrating there…

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Introducing American Reformer – The Masculinist

American Reformer has now officially launched. Visit our web site and read the online journal at:

Here is the press release that went out today

Introducing American Reformer

Equipping Protestant Christians to defend Scriptural truths and natural law confidently in the face of widespread cultural capitulation

Dallas – Aug. 17, 2021 –America is currently in the midst of a cultural revolution. This revolution has affected our politics, our culture, and our churches. Many (once stalwart) Christian institutions have been caught up in this revolution, and not for the better.

Existing Christian institutions have struggled to respond to these trends. Many have even been compromised by them, especially in the realms of sexuality, gender, race, and politics. This is particularly true with regard to those institutions that shape contemporary Christian culture: websites, colleges, seminaries, publishing firms, and activist organizations. So new institutions are needed.

American Reformer seeks to play a foundational role in filling that breach.

It will do so primarily in the following ways:

  • The American Reformer Journal. A site that will confidently tackle the central challenges Christians face in America today and that will encourage them to push back actively against false ideologies and practices in their various spheres of influence.
  • Institutional, Financial, and Infrastructure Support. Enabling researchers and public intellectuals to operate and thrive outside of Christian institutions that are increasingly captive to unbiblical ideologies.
  • Action-oriented outreach. Actively contribute toward the reform of existing institutions where false teaching has begun to reign and otherwise seek to disrupt the stranglehold of these institutions on conservative Christian discourse.

The need of the present day is clarity, conviction, and truth spoken without embarrassment. This is the goal of American Reformer. Many know that things are wrong, but don’t feel confident that they have the words to express what is wrong or what to do…

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