Transformation: Steve Z

Steve worked with KY Fitness for 6 months, with the first 3 being on a customized carb based diet, and the last 3 being on a customized ketogenic diet.

Over this time Steve lost over 40 lbs and has made amazing progress in the gym, check out his transformation!

Here’s what Steve has to say about our time working together!

“Feeling stronger, and still loving the training split, and of course the keto!! Thank you so much for helping me literally change my life, achieve my goals, become healthy, and transform!! I feel great! You’ve given me such great tools to work with and I am forever grateful for that! Thank you for all your motivation, guidance and expertise!! You truly are great at what you do, and I take every opportunity to recommend you! Thank you for all the time and effort. I appreciate it all!!” Steve Z., 2017

Free Keto Meal Plans!

Ok, so not EVERYONE on keto eats bacon and eggs, but it can be a perk!

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1500 Calorie (ish) Keto-Pescatarian Meal Plan

Keto Cereal (Click here for keto cereal recipe)
1/4 cup mixed berries
2 tbsp coconut cream
Top cereal with berries of choice
Use coconut cream in coffee/tea
*Scoop thick cream off of a can of full-fat coconut milk (Thai brand)

3 whole large eggs
50 g smoked salmon
1 tbsp olive oil or mayo
2 cups  spring mix
6 cherry tomatoes
Optional veggies

Make eggs/salmon into an omelet/scramble/egg muffins. Use oil to dress salad or saute egg/veggies.   Add lemon/lime/vinegar to dressing!
Try topping with salsa/hot sauce for more flavor and variety, trace carbs.

MEAL  #3
5 oz  Firm Tofu
50 g avocado
2 cups zucchini
Optional veggies

Grill or pan fry tofu with seasonings of your choice.                                                                                                          Make zucchini into noodles and create a sauce by blending avocado/lemon/spices, so yummy and great hot or cold!

3 tbsp chia seeds
1 cup sf cashew milk

Make into a chia pudding for dessert.                                                                                                                                 Mix together with stevia/cinnamon/vanilla/cocoa (your choice!) and let sit in fridge to thicken 2-3 hours or overnight.


Optional: 10 g net carb fromadditional veggies of your choice

Totals:  79 protein, 20 net c (67 total, 47 fiber), 124 fat (5% c, 21%p, 74% f)
(1512 calories total)

1500 (ish) Calorie Keto Meal Plan

1 whole large egg
2 slices cooked bacon
2 cups spring mix
1 tbsp coconut oil

Make bacon/eggs into omelet/scramble/egg muffins or hard boil/cook in advance. Use oil for dressing or blend into a.m. coffee!

3 oz boneless skinless chicken thigh
100 g avocado
1 tbsp olive oil
15 g sunflower seeds
200 g romaine lettuce
1/2 cup cucumber
1 oz red onion

Salad! Mix together with spices, vinegar or lemon, etc. for a super satisfying fat-fueled salad. Avocado can be blended with vinegar/citrus to make a creamy, dairy-free dressing.

*Protein is cooked measurements

MEAL  #3
3 oz extra lean ground beef
1 cup spaghetti squash
1 tbsp olive or coconut oil

Make into meatballs/patties or pan fry with squash/spices for “meat sauce.” Add salsa, hot sauce, etc.

2 PB Cookies (Click here for PB cookie recipe)
15 g coconut butter
1 cup SF cashew milk

Top with coconut butter, & wash it down with cashew milk (try adding stevia/vanilla for a creamy sweet treat, so nice!)


Optional: 10 g net carb from additional veggies of your choice

Totals:  79 protein, 29 net c (53 total, 24 fiber), 122 fat (7.2% c, 21%p, 71.8% f)
 (1530 calories total)


What If These Macros Aren’t Right For Me?

Obviously 1500 calories isn’t going to be right for everyone, but I think this is a good middle ground that is easy to adjust depending where you need to be.

If you’re eating LESS than this, your calories are probably going to be adjusted in terms of fat.

Take some oils out and voila, your fat macros will be lower.

If you’re eating MORE than this, you’re likely going to adjust both protein and fat up.

This is easy, increase your protein serving sizes and add some extra fat via things like bullet proof coffee, homemade dressings, nuts/seeds, etc.

This is a great starting place that can be easily adjusted to work for you!

If you’re not even sure WHERE to start with macros, first start by figuring out your calorie intake based on your goals (there are lots of online calcs for this), then figure out what ratio of protein/fats/carbs is right for you.

I generally recommend a break down of around 70-75%  fat, 20% protein, and 5% carbs as a starting point for keto and adjust from there.

Remember to ensure you’re getting lots of water and balancing your electrolytes through added salt/minerals when adjusting to keto to avoid the “keto flu!

I hope you love these keto meals as much as I do.

Don’t forget to tag me in your recipes @kyfitnessandnutrition and let me know if you have questions!



Bread-Less BLT | KETO BLT | LOW-CARB BLT (gluten free, dairy free, keto friendly) : Bacon Weave

BLT for breakfast, but with no carbs?

I’m in.

I’ll be honest, I was a bit skeptical about how this would turn out, the whole “bacon for bread” thing.

But it couldn’t have worked out better and I seriously didn’t miss the bread!

Isn’t it a thing of beauty?

The best part is that it’s much lower in calories than I originally expected despite the fat content

(nutrition information at the bottom!)



-3 to 6 slices of bacon (6 if you want top and bottom “bacon bread”)



-mayo (I use Kind Condiments homemade mayo)



We start by making a bacon weave for our “bread” if you don’t know how to do this I’ll walk you through it!

1.Start by pre-heating  your oven to 400 degrees


2. Cover a baking sheet in foil for easy cook/clean up (or put a baking rack on top of a pan instead)

3. Lay your bacon strips out and cut them in half

4. Place 3 of your now 1/2 length bacon strips side by side

5. Peel back the top of the middle strip into the middle of itself and add another strip horizontally (covering the top portion of the outer two strips) and then fold it back to lay flat

6. Now take the bottom end of the outer 2 strips and peel them back, folding them to their middle, adding another strip horizontally across, overlapping the middle strip

7. Replace the outer two strips, laying them flat over the slice you added across the middle and repeat the weave process once more to add a final strip across the bottom by folding up the middle strip and overlaying 1 more piece.

All together you will have used 3 whole slices of bacon (6 halves) to create a bacon weave that becomes your “bread!”

If you want top and bottom bread repeat this process again using another 3 full strips of bacon.

8. Once your weave(s) complete throw it in the oven for 25-30 minutes or until cooked through to your liking

9. Remove from the oven and  let sit on paper towel to drain excess oil

10:  Once moderately cool, top with mayo of choice (*cough* Kind Condiments *cough*)

11. Then the L (I used baby romaine hearts, perfect size!)

12. Then the T + salt and pepper!

13. Optional: Top with another piece of bacon-bread or get down with the open faced bread-less BLT

Either way, I highly recommend sugar-free ketchup for dipping, classic combo!

14. Thank me later for this amazing low-carb hack. JK, I didn’t invent the bacon weave, but I thank whoever did!



For top and bottom “bacon bread:” 334 calories (13 p, 3 c, 30 f)

For open faced/bottom only “bacon bread:” 234 calories (7 p, 2 c, 22 f)

P.S. Find this on MyFitnessPal under “KY Breadless BLT” for easy tracking!

*These macros don’t include sugar-free ketchup, which would add 1 carb per tbsp

*Cooked bacon has less calories than what is listen on many packages (due to the fat that’s removed during cooking)- you often won’t notice it but some bacon packaging has the “cooked calories” beside the non-cooked!



This obviously isn’t a super protein rich meal, but it would be a great addition to a dippy egg, or better yet make an egg sandwich and add some cheese if you prefer, a “denver” (cooked omelet sandwich) would be great with this too!

I hope you love this as much as I do, it’s definitely going to be a part of my regular brunch routine from now on!

Tag me in your creations @kyfitnessandnutrition and let me know what you think!






Plant Based, Low-Carb Cereal (Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Keto)

GUYS I love cereal, do you love cereal?

What I don’t love is sugar laden cereal that spikes my blood sugar and makes me feel like crap.

Such a buzz kill, I know.

BUT, the good news is, I have a back up plan, a homemade super simple, sugar-free cereal that is suitable for almost ANY diet plan (or can be adjusted to be!)

Just look at it!

It’s so filling, packed with nutrients, and full of healthy fats and fiber. What more could you want?!


-2 tbsp chia seeds

-2 tbsp hemp hearts

-1/2 oz raw almonds

-1 tbsp cacao nibs

-15 g toasted coconut/sugar-free coconut chips (Bulk Barn)

-2 tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut

-1 tbsp ground flax

-Dairy-free milk of choice (I prefer sugar-free cashew milk)

-Optional: berries of choice, other combinations of nuts/seeds (I love walnuts, pecans, pepitas, and sunflower seeds!)


Mix together, cover with nut milk of your choice, and that is literally it!

I pop mine in the freezer for a few minutes to let it get nice and chilly and allow the chia to thicken up a bit- I also love adding fresh or frozen berries (raspberries especially!) for a bit of added sweetness and flavor the milk with vanilla stevia drops to give that “cereal milk” flavor.


This is a calorie dense meal for sure, but it’s a breakfast that will hold you over all day and is more than worth the calories. Think quality over quantity. These are QUALITY calories that are adding so much value to your day!

Calories: 629 (before milk/berries) 49 f, 4 net c (26.7 total, 22.7 fiber), 20 p

You can alter the calories by cutting the recipe in half or play around with other nut/seed combinations!

If you need more than 20 g of protein mix in a scoop of plant based protein (I recommend PEScience vanilla vegan)!

*Find this recipe on MyFitnessPal under “KY Keto Cereal” to track it easily!

Don’t forget to share your creations with me- tag me on Instagram @kyfitnessandnutrition

Enjoy! XOXO

2 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies! (Low Carb, Keto Friendly, Paleo, Grain Free, Gluten Free)

PB cookies are a classic, BUT usually not something we can eat day to day and still stick to our health and fitness goals.

Good news, these PB cookies can totally be worked into any diet (if you’re peanut free sub nut or seed butter of your choice) & they won’t leave you feeling the cookie regret afterwards.

Not only are they “diet-friendly,” they are a breeze to whip up and you likely have  everything you need on hand!

(If that’s not an excuse to make cookies, I don’t know what is!)

Look at these babies!

P.S. Highly recommend a side of cashew milk with vanilla stevia drops, so good


-1 cup natural peanut butter (or alternative nut/seed butter of your choice)

-1 whole egg

Those are the “needs” for this recipe, from there you can add

-salt (to taste)

-stevia (or sweetener of your choice- to taste)

-vanilla to taste

-add ins: optional!


Mix nut butter, egg, and remaining ingredients together, form into cookie (I make 10) and bake for 10-12 minutes at 350.

If they are too soft you can continue to bake them, but I recommend under-cooked v.s. over as they will get crumbly!

Store in the freezer until ready to eat- but it is unlikely they will last that long 🙂

I love them straight out of the freezer!


Find this recipe on MyFitness Pal under KY 2 Ingredient PB Cookies

Recipe makes 10

For 1/10 cookies:  151 calories , 11.7 g fat, 4.8 c  (1.6 fiber), 7 protein  

*to lower the carb count choose a lower carb nut butter of your choice*


Don’t forget to tag me in your creations @kyfitnessandnutrition

Happy Baking! XO 

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