Monthly Archives: February 2014

Baked Oatmeal Muffins

I have never been a big breakfast eater, in fact I usually just stick to my coffee with tons of flavored creamer, now that I have started THM I wake up hungry, and I want breakfast. Every recipe I have tried so far that is THM friendly I have absolutely loved, with one exception : Oatmeal. I love my sugary microwave special oatmeal which is an absolute THM no no! Out comes my creative side, and BAM baked oatmeal muffins! Who doesn’t love a muffin in the morning? I know I sure do, this meal will be either a Fuel Pull (Low fat and Low Carb) or an E meal (Moderate Carb and low fat). Serving size for Fuel Pull would be one muffin and for an E would be 2 muffins. photo 3

Baked Oatmeal Muffins 
By:Mel

Ingredients:
2 Cups Old fashioned oats
1/2 tsp fine sea salt
1/4 cup Truvia (ground into powder)
1 tsp aluminum free baking powder
2 eggs 
1 Cup unsweetened almond milk
1 TBS EVCO (extra virgin coconut oil)
2 tsp vanilla or maple extract
Add in's: (the possibilities are nearly endless just choose a food on the FP or E list!)I used about 1/2 a cup of blueberries  and 1/2 a medium apple tossed in cinnamon.

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit

Powder your Truvia in a coffee grinder or blender. Then mix all of the dry ingredients in a bowl. Then whip all your wet ingredients together in a separate bowl or blender. Make a shallow well in your dry ingredients and mix thoroughly and toss in you add in's and mix through. Use a measuring cup to ladle the mixture into your lined muffin cups should make 12 muffins Bake for 20-25 min allow to cool and enjoy. These muffins should last about a week in the fridge or about a month in the freezer.

Happy muffin eating y’all ! you can print the PDF of this recipe here: Baked Oatemeal Muffins

A new perspective

This week is my third week as Trim Healthy Mama, I am eating delicious chocolate, rich foods, Coffee with cream and I get to have carbs & healthy fats (separately) as well. My second weigh in this past Saturday showed no change in my weight and since seeing those numbers I have honestly been so discouraged, I lost 12 LBS in week 1, followed the plan to the tee in week 2 what went wrong? This week I have been thinking about perspective and today my new outlook finally hit me after dinner.

There are a few thing that you give up with THM processed flours, added sugar, & starchy veggies. While getting the hang of this the last few weeks I have spent a large amount of time in the kitchen cooking most of my food from  scratch so that it will for sure be on plan. We took the easy way tonight and got some KFC, I asked them to order me grilled and I would make a side salad with creamy Ranch dressing to go with it. I was pretty proud of myself for putting together a decent “S” meal at KFC . Yet as I sat at the dinner table tonight with my parents and my son I was feeling sorry for myself. The 3 of them had original recipe and potato wedges (MY FAVORITE I love potato’s in every form possible they are my weakness). I sat there sulking and dutifully eating my salad and grilled chicken which by the way was absolutely yummy. Thinking to myself ugh what was I thinking giving up my precious potatoes? This is just too hard I want potatoes! When I got up from the table I thought to myself Melissa you seriously need a new perspective! You see all I have been concentrating on is loss; be it weight loss,  or the loss of foods I love and found comfort in, but I have been ignoring all am I gaining with this journey!

  •  A new way of eating
  •  A new dress size
  • A new found passion for food the right way
  •  A new support group in my fellow Trim healthy Mama’s
  •  More energy than I have had in years
  •  A healthy, well-rounded way of eating
  • Control over my health
  • Control over my attitude & emotional eating
  • Opportunities to help other women and men who struggle with their weight & Health
  • An even closer relationship with my Sister Prettier (Diana) this  is by far the best “gain” of all!

I know that if I can keep going with this lifestyle of eating I will continue to gain positives in my life. I  also know that my weight loss will continue and my clothes sizes will continue to shrink, what i cannot do is get so wrapped up in the number on the scale that I  get discouraged and give up. I need to continue to look at the positive and what this lifestyle has given to me. I can’t wait to reach my goals. I can’t wait to prove my doctors wrong who told me I would never get this weight off and just to accept it at 18 years old. For the first time since that day I have hope to be at a healthy weight;  to be able to go shopping in a regular dress section and not be confined to the plus size section.  I am excited to see the new me, body and mind.

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Monkey feet

I am sitting here hanging out with my nieces and we are laughing as Macie keeps putting her feet on Kelcy. Kelcy angrily states ” I don’t want dirty monkey feet on me! They never wash them.” Macie replies very calmly and with a complete matter of fact tone “They run in rivers”
I am in tears with laughter writing this, these two are mini-me versions of Di and I we have definitely taught them our fluency in sarcasm.

Cilantro Dressing (Deep S)

IMG_00000695_hdrI have begun my first THM Fuel Cycle and I needed a delectable deep S dressing, In the book there is a heavy emphasis on using Greens for your Deep S days. What is my favorite Green you ask? CILANTRO! I came up with this recipe in order to pack more super-food punch into my salad. Cilantro has all of the antioxidant and crime fighting power of other greens and bonus: it helps alkalize your blood. This recipe has 8 simple ingredients that most will have on hand.

Ingredients

  1. 1 bunch Cilantro(Stems and all)
  2. 1/4 small white onion
  3. 1 clove garlic
  4. 1 tsp Salt (or to taste)
  5. 1TBS Nutrional yeast
  6. 2TBS Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
  7. 1 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
    (more or less depending on the size of your bunch of cilantro)

Wash and rough chop Cilantro bunch, place into your blender or food processor with all ingredients and half of the oil, blend on high for around 2 minutes (pausing to scrape down the side so everything is incorporated)  you will notice it take on a creamy looking consistency. Slowly drizzle the remaining oil continuing to blend on high. Pour it into a washed mason jar or your favorite glass container that holds at least 16 oz (I used an recycled salad dressing bottle) store it in the fridge. It will be a thick dressing similar to the texture of a ranch dressing with out all the carbs.  Makes about 2 cups of dressing.  Your serving size is 2 TBS for 15 g of good healthy fat per serving. For a heavy or Deep S you are welcome to have a larger serving I poured it over my salmon last night mmmm delicious!

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-Love Di

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Dot butter on top

Ever have a recipe say “dot butter on top”? Then you try and do it and wind up with butter all over the place wasting more than you needed to! Here is a quick tip to save you time and your precious butter! This will also give you a nice and even spread of butter all over your dish.

IMG_00000684Grate it! Just use any old handheld grater(mine was a pampered chef microplane). Make sure you use cold butter from the fridge. I hold the stick in the paper with it folded back. Keeps everything nice and neat.

Move it all around just like you would cheese! This works well and gives you a nice even coating while it bakes.

 

What are your favorite “quick tips”? We would love to hear them!

Love Di~