It's possible to trade profitably on the Forex, the nearly $2 trillion worldwide currency exchange market. But the odds are against you, even more so if you don't prepare and plan your trades. According to a 2014 Bloomberg report, several analyses of retail Forex trading, including one by the National Futures Association (NFA), the industry's regulatory body, concluded that more than two out of three Forex traders lose money. This suggests that self-education and caution are recommended. Here are some approaches that may improve your odds of taking a profit. Prepare Before You Begin Trading Because the Forex market is highly leveraged -- as much as 50 to 1 -- it can have the same appeal as buying a lottery ticket: some small chance of making a killing. This, however, isn't trading; it's gambling, with the odds long against you. A better way of entering the Forex market is to carefully prepare. Beginning with a practice account is helpful and risk-free. While you're trading in your practice account, read the most frequently recommended Forex trading books, among them Currency Forecasting: A Guide to Fundamental and Technical Models of Exchange Rate Determination, by Michael R. Rosenberg is short, not too sweet and highly admired introduction to the Forex market. Forex Strategies: Best Forex Strategies for High Profits and Reduced Risk, by Matthew Maybury is an excellent introduction to Forex trading. The Little Book of Currency Trading: How to Make Big Profits in the World of Forex, by Kathy Lien is another concise introduction that has stood the test of time. All three are available on Amazon. Rosenberg's book, unfortunately, is pricey, but it's widely available in public libraries. "Trading in the Zone: Master the Market with Confidence, Discipline and a Winning Attitude," by Mark Douglas is another good book that's available on Amazon, and, again, somewhat pricey, although the Kindle edition is not. Use the information gained from your reading to plan your trades before plunging in. The more you change your plan, the more you end up in trouble and the less likely that elusive forex profit will end up in your pocket. Diversify and Limit Your Risks Two strategies that belong in every trader's arsenal are: Diversification: Traders who execute many small traders, particularly in different markets where the correlation between markets is low, have a better chance of making a profit. Putting all your money in one big trade is always a bad idea. Familiarize yourself with ways guaranteeing a profit on an already profitable order, such as a trailing stop, and of limiting losses using stop and limit orders. These strategies and more are covered in the recommended books. Novice traders often make the mistake of concentrating on how to win; it's even more important to understand how to limit your losses. Be Patient Forex traders, particularly beginners, are prone to getting nervous if a trade does not go their way immediately, or if the trade goes into a little profit they get itchy to pull the plug and walk away with a small profit that could have been a significant profit with little downside risk using appropriate risk reduction strategies. In "On Any Given Sunday," Al Pacino reminds us that "football is a game of inches." That's a winning attitude in the Forex market as well. Remember that you are going to win some trades and lose others. Take satisfaction in the accumulation of a few more wins than losses. Over time, that could make you rich!



These low-carb mini cheesecake bites just might be my favorite keto-friendly dessert. They are creamy, delicious, and oh-so-easy to make.
If you love a classic New York style cheesecake, try these single-serving keto cheesecakes!

These mini cheesecakes are perfectly sweet, creamy, and delicious. But more than that — they’re low in carbs, gluten-free, and keto friendly. You can serve these keto cheesecakes plain, or top them with a drizzle of strawberry puree and some fresh sliced berries.
Keto cheesecakes are made with traditional ingredients like cream cheese and eggs, and sweetened with a low-carb sweetener like Swerve or erythritol. You can make all sorts of flavors of keto cheesecake. Check out this reader-favorite Keto Pumpkin Cheesecake for a delicious holiday version.
You can choose to make these mini cheesecakes with or without a crust. My favorite keto cheesecake crust is made with almond flour, a little butter, and a pinch of low-carb sweetener.

Cheesecake is one of my favorite keto friendly desserts. It’s actually one of the easiest desserts to fit into a low-carb lifestyle. Except for the sugar, most of the ingredients in a traditional cheesecake are already low-carb. 
Cream cheese is a common ingredient used in many keto and low-carb recipes. The carb count of cream cheese varies according to the brand. For example, Philadelphia brand cream cheese has less than 1 carb per serving. An entire 8 oz block of cream cheese — like we use in this recipe — has 4 carbs.
Other low-carb ingredients in cheesecake include eggs ( less than 1 carb per egg), erythritol (0 net carbs per serving), and almond flour (which adds 1 carb per mini cheesecake crust).
This recipe for mini keto cheesecakes makes 6 muffin-tin size cheesecakes. Each mini cheesecake has 2 carbs with the crust, or 1 carb if you choose not to make the crust. If you top each cheesecake with one large strawberry (like I’ve done for these photos), the total dessert has 3 net carbs per serving.

Regular cheesecake is pretty high in carbs due to its sugar content and traditional graham cracker crust. But, these mini cheesecake bites are made with cream cheese, an alternative sugar-free sweetener, and an almond flourcrust — so they are naturally gluten-free and low in carbs.

Here’s what else you’ll need for this recipe.

For the cheesecake filling:
Cream cheese. Choose full-fat cream cheese for this recipe. Be sure to let your cream cheese come to room temperature before you begin baking. Room temperature ingredients incorporate much more easily — helping you to prevent lumpy cheesecake!
Powdered erythritol sweetener. I like Swerve granulated sweetener for this recipe. You could also use powdered Swerve if that’s what you have at home.
Eggs. I use large eggs in all of my recipes. Just like with your cream cheese, let your eggs come to room temperature before beginning to make this cheesecake. If you need to bring eggs to room temperature quickly, you can place them in a large bowl of hot water for a few minutes.
Vanilla extract.
A pinch of salt to balance the sweetness.

For the gluten-free crust:
Almond flour. I usually recommend super-fine blanched almond flour in my keto baking recipes. Blanched almond flour gives the finished baked good a fine texture and light crumb. That said — in this particular crust recipe, you can substitute natural almond meal with no problems.
Butter. You could also use coconut oil in a pinch.
Erythritol sweetener. I like Swerve brand. Sweeteners like Xylitol and Pyure brand sweetener can also work. You’ll just want to check the conversion chart on the back of the bag before you begin baking. For example, Swerve has a 1:1 ratio of sweetness to sugar.
A pinch of cinnamon.

I think that this keto cheesecake crust is a delicious complement to the creamy filling. It takes just a few ingredients and it’s quick to make.
Like most low-carb crust recipes, this recipe starts out with almond flour. To the almond flour, I add a couple of tablespoons of melted butter. I also add a tablespoon of sweetener and a pinch of salt and cinnamon. Then, I mix all of the ingredients together in a small mixing bowl. The texture should feel like moist sand. 
Next, I divide the crust mixture between 6 muffin tins. You can use your fingertips or the bottom of a small measuring cup to press the crust into the bottom of the muffin tin. In my case, my 1/4 cup measuring cup was just the right size to press the crust mixture into the bottom of my muffin tins.
All that said, if you don’t like crust or don’t feel like taking the extra step — feel free to skip it. If you decide to make a crustless cheesecake, just take care to grease the muffin tins really well, or use paper cupcake liners.

For a creamy cheesecake with no lumps, here are my best tips.
For the smoothest cheesecake, make sure that all of your ingredients are at room temperature before mixing the batter.
Check your oven temperature. Sometimes ovens run hot. And baking a cheesecake at too high of a temperature may cause it to crack. If you are not sure if your oven temperature, I recommend using an inexpensive oven thermometer to double check. In my experience, cheesecakes are best baked between 300 and 325° F.
Bake the cheesecake until it is just done. Remember that cheesecake is a custard, so it’s not supposed to be super firm. A cheesecake is done with the center is almost set, but will still wobble or jiggle a bit. A cheesecake will set up more as it cools. So, make sure to take the cake out of the oven while the center still jiggles when you tap the side of the pan.
Grease the sides of your pan. Sometimes you’ll pull out a beautiful cheesecake (with no cracks) that will develop cracks as it cools. This is because the cake shrank during cooling, but stuck to the sides of the pan, making a crack in the center. To avoid this, make sure to grease the sides of your pan. For extra insurance, run a thin paring knife around the sides of the muffin tin to release the cheesecakes after you pull it from the oven.

If you are looking for other types of keto cheesecake, check out this reader-favorite Keto Pumpkin Cheesecakeor these Strawberry Cheesecake Fat Bombs.
And, if you’d to check out our other keto baking recipes, why not try Keto Oreo cookies, Cinnamon Crumb cake donuts, or Keto Vanilla Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting?

prep time: 10 MINUTES 
cook time: 20 MINUTES 
additional time: 1 HOUR 
total time: 1 HOUR 30 MINUTES

Creamy and delicious mini cheescakes are one of the best keto-friendly desserts. These keto cheesecake bites are low-carb and gluten-free, but you'd never guess with how amazing they taste!

For the Cheesecake
8 oz cream cheese
1/2 cup sweetener
1 large egg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt
For the Crust
1/2 cup almond flour
1 tbsp sweetener
1/4 tsp cinnamon
pinch salt
2 tbsp butter, melted

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Grease a 6 cup muffin tin, or prepare with paper cupcake liners.
Make the crust: Combine almond flour, sweetener, cinnamon and salt in a mixing bowl. Stir well to break up any lumps in the almond flour.
Add the melted butter to the dry ingredients, and stir to combine. Using your fingertips, press down flat into the bottom of the muffin tin.
Bake for 10-15 minutes, until just beginning to brown. Remove, and let cool at least 10 minutes while you make the batter.
Make the cheesecake batter: In a large mixing bowl, beat the softened cream cheese until smooth. Add the sweetener, egg, vanilla extract, and salt. Stir together until well combined.
Pour the cheesecake batter on top of the crusts. Bake for 18-20 minutes. Check the cheesecakes for doneness, removing when the center of the cheesecakes still jiggles a bit when you tap the side of the pan.
Remove from the oven. Let cool on the counter for 30 minutes, then cover and chill in the refrigerator. (See unmolding tips in the notes.

To unmold the cheescakes, run a thin paring knife around the edge of the cheesecakes to help release it from the muffin pan.
If your cheesecakes are really stuck, you can place the bottom of the muffin pan into a sink of hot water for about 15-30 seconds.
If you want the crust to reach all the way up the sides of the cheesecakes, you can double the crust recipe.
Serve with a dollop of strawberry puree, fresh berries, or sugar-free jam.


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