Dessert, Holiday, Makeover Monday, Recipe, S

Makeover Monday ~ Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Cookies

It is Monday, so it is time for another recipe makeover. I love to take favorite recipes and make them THM friendly. One of the biggest hurdles people have to overcome is thinking that healthy eating means never having their favorite foods again. The truth is that you can make a healthy version of almost any meal. And most meals don’t require that much work to re-make!

Here is another pumpkin recipe for you to choose from. Normally I think of cookies as a Christmas dessert, but Pumpkin Spice cookies? Those need to go at Thanksgiving, right? The original recipe can be found on Delish.

Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Cookies

INGREDIENTS

1 cup oat fiber
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/4 tsp mineral salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 can pumpkin purée
large egg

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 375° and line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together baking blend, oat fiber, baking soda, pumpkin spice, and salt.
  3. In a large bowl using a hand mixer, cream together butter, gentle sweet and molasses until light and fluffy. Beat in pumpkin, egg, and vanilla extract until combined, then add dry mixture. Beat on low until no dry mixture appears, then fold in chocolate chips. Refrigerate dough for 30 minutes.
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  4. Scoop 1” balls onto prepared baking sheets, 2 inches apart.
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  5. Flatten dough into cookie shape (the cookies will not spread).20181028_214655.jpg
  6. Bake about 12 minutes. Using my small cookie scoop I got exactly 45 cookies.
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Do you have a favorite recipe you would like me to THM’ify? Comment below and I will see what I can do!

Do you have your Thanksgiving Menu planned yet? If not go check out My Thanksgiving Picks to find 20 recipes all in one place!

Bread, Recipe, S

Cheesy Garlic Biscuits

Eureka! I found it! The best biscuit I have made since starting THM! I had purchased this garlic butter flavored coconut oil at Walmart and really wanted to try it with a garlic bread recipe.

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I had actually used it to cook some green beans and they were fantastic, but the whole time they were cooking we were looking for garlic toast, it smelled just like it! So I finally got around to trying it last night. This biscuit did not spread out flat like some I have made. It held it’s shape and had a great biscuit texture! I was so happy I had to share. I used a food processor to make these (cause I’m lazy, lol) but you can make them with a mixer or by hand.

Cheesy Garlic Biscuits ~ THM S

Ingredients

  1. 1/2 cup baking blend
  2. 1/2 cup oat fiber
  3. 2 tsp baking powder
  4. 1/2 tsp mineral salt
  5. 1/2 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese
  6. 1/2 tsp dried parsley (optional)
  7. 1/2 cup Greek yogurt (or sour cream)
  8. 2 eggs
  9. 1 cup shredded cheese (around 4 oz) (cheddar is classic, but whatever you prefer is fine)
  10. 2 tbsp garlic butter flavored coconut oil (if you cannot find this use regular unflavored coconut oil and 1/2 tsp garlic powder)
  11. 2 tbsp unflavored coconut oil or butter (cold)

Instructions

(I used a food processor, however this can be done with a hand mixer or by hand)

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a food processor, pulse dry ingredients.
  3. Add coconut oil and/or butter and process till combined.
  4. Add remaining ingredients and process until dough forms.
  5. Use medium scoop (3 tbsp.) to scoop out dough onto un-greased cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Space 2 inches a part.
  6. Bake for 16-20 minutes or until biscuits have slightly browned on the top.
  7. Makes 12 biscuits. Best served warm.

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Do you have your Thanksgiving Menu planned yet? If not go check out My Thanksgiving Picks to find 20 recipes all in one place!

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Friday Fuel ~ Get Energized For E Meals

In Friday Fuel, each week I will focus in on one of the Trim Healthy Mama fuel types, discussing its importance, when you should choose to eat it, different recipes in that fuel type, etc.

For the past two weeks we’ve been discussing why E meals are so important. Your brain needs them and they give you energy! We need to reject the lie that says that all carbs or bad and embrace the incredible fuel that good carbs are!

This week we are going to tackle one of the biggest objections people raise when discussing E meals:

  • I get really hungry soon after an E meal.
    • If you’re feeling hungry soon after your E meal, consider this … “The only likely reason you would feel hungry, an hour after a meal or snack, is if it was not protein-centered and you overdid the carbs. Remember, overdoing carbs causes excessive hunger.” (THM, page 593)

So how do you keep from being hungry an hour or two after an e-meal?

  1. Make sure you are actually having enough food! There is not a set number of grams of protein that you are supposed to have at every meal, but for E meals it will really help to satisfy you longer if you don’t skimp on the protein. This is NOT a rule, but I like to aim for at least 20 grams of protein in my e meals. If I am not having enough meat in my meal to hit that mark then I will add a small protein shake or protein chocolate milk to my meal.
  2. Don’t forget your non-starchy veggies! Are you having a sandwich and an apple for lunch? Don’t stop there, add some veggies to your plate. Have a salad with a low fat dressing. Pile up some bell pepper strips or snap peas on your plate. I love to have some pickled okra! And since you are in e mode, this is a good time to get in the slightly starchier veggies like carrots or beets. Your plate can be full even when you are having an e meal.
  3. Don’t overdo one type of carb. While a sandwich and a piece of fruit is perfectly good in an E setting, we don’t want to do two sandwiches or two pieces of fruit at at time. Our bodies can only handle so many grains at a time. And while fruit is a wonderful, God-given food, we don’t want to overdo the amount of fructose we consume at a time. It is good to get a variety of carb sources into your e meals. Beans and legumes are much gentler and can be used as your entire carb source if you want.

I hope this series has helped you get a better handle on the ever important E meal! I promised that this week I would include some recipes for E desserts and snacks, so here they are!

Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies

Apple Crisp

Caramel Apple Oatmeal Cookies

Peach Cobbler

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Do you have your Thanksgiving Menu planned yet? If not go check out My Thanksgiving Picks to find 20 recipes all in one place!

Beverages, Crossover, Dessert, Dinner, Drinks, E, FP, Holiday, Recipe, S, Sauces, Dressings, Sides, Snack, Veggies

My Thanksgiving Picks

Do you know that Thanksgiving is 3 weeks from today! I feel ready and I hope you do too. I have spent the last several weeks gathering and posting recipes here to get ready for the holiday season. Here is what I have gathered.

The first thing on my menu is the turkey of course. I started using a “spatchcock” method for cooking my turkey lately and I highly recommend it! It cooks so much more quickly and evenly. Check out how to Spatchcock a Turkey and get a bonus gravy recipe HERE.20181022_185256.jpg

Here are my picks for the best things to have alongside the bird:

Sweet Potato Casserole (Crossover or E)sweet-potato-casserole-ck

Bean Casserole (XO)20181003_120219.jpg

Green Bean Casserole (E)20180929_142924.jpg

The Best Green Beans (S)20180929_145432.jpg

Loaded Veggie Casserole (S)20180928_172248.jpg

Roasted Veggies (S, E or XO)ro veg

Stuffing (S)stuffing

Cranberry Sauce (FP)20181001_181830.jpg

Mashed Cauliflower (S or FP)20181004_123121.jpg

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And for dessert I suggest the following:

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Coconut Cream Pie (S)slice-of-pie

Pecan Pie (S)20181008_162705.jpg

Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake (S)20181016_080056.jpg

Pumpkin Pie (S)20181020_194023.jpg

Tagalong Pie (S)20181008_191531.jpg

Need some beverage suggestions? Here are my favorites:

Cranberry Wassail (FP)cranberries_562459

Pumpkin Spice Latte or Creamer (S or FP)20180927_114736.jpg

How is your holiday planning going?

Motivation, Testimony, Uncategorized

It’s The “Down 20lbs” Celebration!

It is important to celebrate milestones, big and small. I have decided to celebrate every 10 pounds, so today is a day to celebrate!

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Like last time, I am trying to keep these pictures real. The original picture is one that a friend took and I am trying to get as close to that pic as possible to show a true difference, thus the no makeup, ponytail, same pose picture. I don’t want to show a false result by taking the best pic possible at the best angle possible.

Now I am going to get really real with you and show you some full body shots. EEEEK!! I am not fond of full body shots, there is no way to hide! But my friend also happened to get some candid shots of me that just happened to be nearly perfect for front and side view shots, SOOOOO, here we go, let’s get real.

Now, the angles are slightly different (it’s really harder than it looks to replicate a picture!) but it is close enough to tell. I have a ways to go to my goal, but 20 pounds has definitely lessened my “width” in both directions. By the way, the shorts are diffrent colors but they are the exact same size/brand.

My first 10 pounds came off very quickly (for me) only taking three weeks. My second 10 pounds (as expected) took longer, 2 1/2 months to be exact. For the last three weeks I was within a pound of my goal, bouncing up and down within a pound. It was maddening! However, one day the scale just decided to let go! Don’t give up, sometimes our body needs a break from losing but it will keep healing and reforming.

And even with a 3 week stretch of no weight loss, I am still averaging 1.3 pounds per week. That is good steady weight loss. Don’t get frustrated with the “mini-stalls”. They aren’t really stalls at all, just a natural ebb and flow. Look at your over-all success. The big picture is always more fulfilling!