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My Favorite Way to Sweet Potato!

Are you still learning to love sweet potatoes? I didn’t grow up eating them so for me they were an adjustment. However, they are now one of my favorite things to eat! Recently I have discovered my very favorite, super simple way to enjoy them!

First, I cook several sweet potatoes in the Instapot. It only takes 10 to 15 minutes depending on how big your sweet potatoes are. Just prick the potatoes with a fork, put them in the pot and add a cup of water. Set the pot to seal and cook. You can use a quick release when they are finished cooking. After the potatoes are cooked I peel them and put them in baggies and freeze them till I’m ready to use them. When I’m ready to eat one I just heat it up.

While it is heating, in a small bowl I mix together two teaspoons of XES sweetener or gentle sweet, half teaspoon of cinnamon, a couple shakes of cayenne, and about a quarter teaspoon of salt. I mix that all together and sprinkle it over my sweet potato. Then I drizzle with about a teaspoon of MCT oil. It is delicious!

Honestly, if you love this sweet potato topping as much as I do you may want to make up a small container of it to always have on hand. Mix together 4 TBSP XES sweetener or gentle sweet , 12 shakes of cayenne and 1 1/2 tsp of salt. stir or shake it together and put in a small shaker bottle. 

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A Few Of My Favorite Things ~ From Amazon

Normally on “My Favorite Things” I share a food item that I love and wouldn’t want to live without. But I figure that some of you might have some Amazon gift cards burning a hole in your wallet from Christmas! If that is the case I wanted to share some of the items that I love that make my THM journey so much easier!

Electric Pressure Cooker

Now-a-days you have lots of pressure cooker options. I have the Power Cooker XL (an older model than the one pictured below) and while it works perfectly, getting spare parts is pretty much impossible without going through the company website. Meaning that, while the cooker itself is less expensive than the InstaPot brand, getting replacement or spare parts might make it more expensive in the long run. It is also harder to get specific instructions from forums because most of them focus on the InstaPot. If I were to get a second pot I would go with an 8 quart version. I currently have a 6 quart and while it is fine for most of my cooking, I prefer making larger batches of soups and chilis than my 6 quart will hold.

Electric Water Kettle

For all the times when you need a cup of water “just off the boil” this is a life-saver! It’s also a great tool for heating water for different trimmy drinks! Pair it with the milk frother I have listed here and you have a great combo for all your hot drink needs! I have the plastic version below. It works perfectly but I am trying to move away from heating in plastic, so I will probably get a glass one in the future.

Milk Frother

I love this little tool! From mixing collagen into coffee or tea, mixing up a trimmy hot chocolate, or actually frothing milk (I know a novel idea) I love this tool! I use it almost everyday. I have the top vertion, but I love the bottom version with the stand as well. If I had known how often I would use it I would have gone with that one.

Popcorn Popper

I love this stirring popcorn popper! You can use as much or as little oil as you’d like, so you can enjoy E popcorn or Crossover popcorn. I have the first model, but if you have a huge family to feed they have a really big model too!

A Good Blender

A good blender is so important! 5 years ago I started my THM journey with the Ninja set below. Recently my blender jar got dropped and broken but I still use the single cups and food processor part regularly!
A Blendtec is a great choice for a high powered blender for all of your needs!
And of course, if you have the money to spend, you can’t beat a vitamix!

Food Processor

I use my food processor all the time. Really almost everyday. I have the one that came with my ninja blender which I still use, especially for things that are dough like because it has plastic blades that are great for dough. But I also love my Hamilton Beach food processor and wouldn’t be without it!

Coffee Maker

Okay, there is NEVER a day that goes by without a pot of coffee being made in my house. I might be addicted! I happen to have 2 very different price points of coffee makers to recommend to you. I started with a very nice Bunn coffee maker. I loved the fact that it made coffee fast (less than 5 minutes for a pot!) and that it had a thermal carafe that kept coffee hot for hours with no heating element. It made me happy. I took it with me on trips. And then one day it died…I had had it for years. It was like losing an old friend.

I needed to replace it and fast! I also was pretty strapped for cash when it died so another Bunn was not in the forecast. So I picked up this Black and Decker Select a Size Coffee Maker and I love it! You can chose to brew anywhere from 4-12 cups at a time. It has a timer which I love because now my coffee is ready when I wake up! You can also choose your brew strength. I was super impressed with this inexpensive coffee maker.

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A Few of My Favorite Things ~ Konjac Noodles

I am going to start sharing with you some of my favorite products for making a healthy eating lifestyle so much easier! Each week I will pick another item to highlight. I will tell you where I get it and how I use it.

This week I want to talk to you about Konjac Noodles or Rice. I am absolutely in love with these noodles and use them all the time. If you have not tried them yet then I want to highly recommend them! If you have tried them and not loved them then I want to encourage you to try a different application than you have used before.

Konjac noodles are made from konjac fiber (glucomannan). They are free of calories, carbs and fat and because they are made of just fiber they are filling! Konjac noodles come in a plastic pouch and they are packed in a brine solution. This liquid is honestly what keeps most people from wanting to try Konjac noodles. It has a slightly fishy smell, but it is not fish, you are going to rinse it off and it does not transfer any taste to the noodles, so if you are put off by the smell then open and rinse quickly. I promise that brine water does not make the dish taste like fish!

A second mistake people make when preparing these noodles is to expect them to have the texture of “regular” pasta. They have their own texture and you need to go into your meal not expecting a bowl of spaghetti. These noodles have more of a “chew” than your regular flour pasta does. That is why it is best to try them first in an oriental type dish where the texture difference will not be as dramatic as it would if you just tried them with meat sauce poured over them.

If you have never tried these noodles or rice before I highly suggest trying them first in a “stir-fry” type application, preferably in an S setting. Drain and rinse the noodles. Rinsing in hot water helps to completely remove the smell of the brine if it bothers you. Add a tablespoon of coconut or palm oil to a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the drained noodles to the pan. I always add the noodles first because you absolutely cannot burn them, so letting them cook and get the full flavor of everything you add to the pan is my preferred method. Now you can add any type of vegetable you’d like and a protein source (chicken, beef, fish, sausage, egg, whatever you’d like). Season it with your favorite seasonings and if you really want an Asian flavor, hit it with just a 1/2 tsp of sesame oil right at the end. This is by far one of my favorite ways to eat these noodles.

Once you have learned to love this product you can branch out in the ways you use them. If you are making a crockpot meal you can really utilize these noodles well. When used in a recipe where they will cook low and slow all day in a crockpot they will soften up nicely so that the “chew” is not as predominant. I have fed my very picky family members these noodles cooked in soups and even in spaghetti sauce when they have been cooked all day in a sauce or broth.

If I have convinced you that you need to try these noodles then your next question is: “Where can I find these glorious noodles?” Well, I have the answer for you! Trim Healthy Mama has their own brand called “Trim Healthy Noodles” and “Trim Healthy Rice“. These are konjac noodles with a bit of oat flour added for a less “chewy” noodle. Both of these can be used in any meal type.

If you know you love these noodles and want to eat them all the time then you probably want to stock up. In that case I have a suggestion for you. I use these noodles a lot, so I purchase from a company called Konjac Foods. They sell their noodles by the case (24 bags) and even with shipping it works out to $1.67 a bag. That is the best price I have found! If you have an Asian market near you you might be able to find a similar or better price, but I don’t have one near me so this is my go to. Konjac foods has both straight konjac noodles (these are white in color) and oat konjac noodles which are a mixture of konjac fiber and oat fiber (these are tan in color). Konjac foods sells all different shapes as well. If you are new to konjac noodles I suggest sticking to the shapes between rice sized and fettuccine size. Any bigger than that and you may not enjoy the chewiness. I personally recommend the Oat Konjac noodles.

You can also find this type of pasta in the produce section of most grocery stores. Often times they will have extra fillers like this pasta zero. It contains chickpea flour and potato starch in addition to the konjac fiber. I prefer the kind without the extra ingredients, but these will still work if you want to use them. It may be a good way to buy just a bag or two to try before you go and stock up.

I really hope that you will give these noodles a place in your menu. They are a filling addition to your meals and because they are made of glucomannan, they are great for regulating your blood sugar!

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Don’t forget to check out the No Excuses THM New Year Challenge!!
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A Few of My Favorite Things ~ Oat Fiber

I am going to start sharing with you some of my favorite products for making a healthy eating lifestyle so much easier! Each week I will pick another item to highlight. I will tell you where I get it and how I use it.

This week’s star is often overlooked. It isn’t as flashy as other ingredients, but boy do I love it. Oat Fiber! Now don’t confuse this with oat flour which is just ground up oats. Oat Fiber does not have any countable carbs. It is straight fiber making it great for any recipe, even low-carb recipes! 

One of the benefits of oat fiber is how inexpensive it is! I am going to give you a couple of options here for where to get it. You can google oat fiber and find multiple brands but I am a bargain shopper! For the most part, THM wins the bargain price on Oat Fiber unless you are a bulk shopper, then you may be able to find a “slightly” lower price on Amazon. Click on the links on the  following pictures to shop these products.

So how do I use Oat Fiber? Oat fiber is a great flour for baking. It is fine and light so it gives a great texture. I actully like to cut my THM Baking Blend with oat fiber. Now, the baking blend actually includes oat fiber. But I have found that often times I can cut my baking blend use in half by adding oat fiber. That is why you will often see a 50/50 use of baking blend and oat fiber on my recipes. Please note, oat fiber is a “thirsty” flour because of all the fiber. You don’t want to convert a recipe that calls for a cup of flour by using a cup of oat fiber. Start with half the amount. You can always add more if it is needed. But you don’t want to dry out a recipe by using too much. A fantastic recipe that uses only oat fiber as the flour is the Guilt Gone Cranberry Pie from the THM website.

Oat fiber can also be used in place of small amounts of flour used as thickeners in recipes. So if you are making a soup or sauce that calls for a couple tablespoons of flour, try using oat fiber in place of the flour.

I truly hope that you will consider giving the humble oat fiber a place in your pantry. It is a great, inexpensive addition to your helathy way of cooking and eating! 

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