In our series "Under the Lid," we're sitting down with influencer partners and friends of the brand to give you the inside scoop. This month: Collin from Hip2Keto!
Tell us a little bit about yourself!
Where to start… 😂 I’m married to my best friend and business partner, Jeremy ❤️, and I’m a mom to 3 awesome (and sometime crazy!) teens, actually one of them is no longer a teen—my first born just turned 20!! 😱 Not sure how that happened?!
After spending years and years battling bulimia, IBS, digestive discomfort, low energy (& the list goes on) and trying everything under the sun, I jumped into keto cold turkey back in early 2015 and I honestly haven’t looked back since! Realizing how quickly and effectively the gut pain went away (along with so many other amazing benefits I noticed when eating a ketogenic diet), I knew I needed to shout my love for keto from the top of a mountain (or more conveniently, somewhere in the internet space!). Having already started a successful frugal living blog, Hip2Save.com, my team and I developed a one-stop shop for all things ketogenic living, and thus, Hip2Keto.com was born. 🙌 Hip2Keto has grown immensely since its launch back in 2018. It has been so rewarding to hear the success stories from others who also embrace the keto way of living. We can’t wait to see what’s in store next now that more people are embracing the sugar-free and low carb movement!
At Enlightened HQ, we’re all about spreading joy—that’s why we make feel-good desserts! What are your top three ways to find joy?
I love decompressing by getting outside with my husband and our 2 dogs, Yoli and Eddie. We take long walks (I’m talking 5 to 6 mile walks!) and it feels amazing to disconnect and breathe in the fresh air. I think walking is so underrated and it’s one of the best things I do daily for my mental health.
I also have a passion for home renovation/design. I just love before and afters 😍… and I’m always amazed by what fresh paint and new flooring can do! I’m currently in the process of listing a home we’ve spent 2+ years renovating 😱 and making a big move to Dallas, TX to be closer to family.
Last, and certainly not least, I am driven by the excitement I get just thinking about the wonderful communities my team & I have built on both Hip2Save and Hip2Keto. I am so passionate about helping others save money AND also super passionate about living the keto life. Having both sites has been so rewarding and I’m grateful I get to wake up everyday and do what I love… and also employ others who are just as passionate. That sure brings me a crazy amount of joy daily.
From start to finish, what’s your favorite way to spend a day?
I always, always, always start my morning with a strong Americano with steamed heavy cream. Gotta have my morning caffeine and quiet time. I sure love sitting out on my porch swing drinking coffee in the early morning hours. I spend most days working with my team at Hip2Save and Hip2Keto (I just love brainstorming new ideas and discussing fun content pieces), and then I usually head out for a long walk with the hubby & pups in the evening. Afterwards, I unwind with a little bit of TV, and to be quite honest, I LOVE brainless TV (AKA “reality shows”… Love Island, The Bachelor, Married at First Sight 😆).
What’s your favorite Enlightened product? What’s your favorite way to incorporate it into a recipe?
I seriously can’t stop eating the Enlightened keto Caramel Chocolate Double Dough by the PINT! 🤤 I think my favorite thing about Enlightened is that the ice cream flavors are so creamy and decadent and totally don’t taste low-carb at all. And I also love that there’s no guilt when I do decide to eat a pint, which happens more often than ya’d think. 😬I’m not one to make elaborate recipes so the simplicity of digging my spoon into a delicious pint of ice cream is all I need in a keto-friendly dessert.
If you could create your dream ice cream pint, what would it be?
I LOVE classic mint chocolate chip ice cream, so I think taking it to the next level would be amazing! So… to the creamy mint flavor I’d add Andes chocolate mints (well, a keto version), keto-friendly Oreo cookie crumbs, sugar-free chocolate fudge, and to really throw it over the top, keto Hershey’s Kisses (the mint truffle variety!). YUM!! 😋
What’s something that would surprise people to know about you?
I hate goat cheese. I am a cheese addict and like basically every variety of cheese, except for goat cheese. 🤢
Anything else to share?
Keto is not a fad diet… it’s not a temporary thing. It’s been so freeing to be able to say goodbye to yo-yo dieting for good. Keto is truly a way of life and I promise, the more you do it, the easier it gets and the more benefits you’ll reap. YOU GOT THIS!