Southwestern Shredded Chicken (E)

I made these little taco’s tonight, and promptly decided that I had to take a pic…because they were just….THAT pretty.

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I feel the need to pause right here and point out that the taco that you are gazing lovingly at up there….that taco?…..yes….that taco only has 3 1/2 grams of fat in it.

Yep.

Three and a half.

{Insert gasp of shock and horror here!!}

How is this, you ask?

Because of the wonders of Nonfat Greek yogurt, my friends!!

I  have written about my love for this yogurt over and over again….but tonight was my very first attempt at making it a savory type of topping….as in….a “sour cream-ish” type of topping.

{Only I don’t really like sour cream}.

But….I guess my taste buds are changing.

I was hungry for a meal that wasn’t high in fat, because I knew ahead of time what I would be having for dessert (Baked Peaches n’ Cream!!).  Because my dessert was going to be higher in Carbs….the THM approach of balancing your food groups, suggests that you pull-back in the fat category, helping your body burn one fuel at a time.  In this instance….Carbohydrates.

All of this to say, when I come home from work…I want something that tastes really good.

I want something filling, and cozy….and just plain worth eating.

{insert cheers here for food that does not taste like cardboard!}

 

My friends….this dinner is a keeper!!

 

I love it when you can make one dish and eat it several different ways…..and this shredded chicken very much falls into that category.

A good friend of mine told me about this simple crock-pot meal about a year ago, and it has been one of my “go-to” mid-week little delights ever since.

(Who doesn’t love to come home to a house that smells incredible, with dinner hot and ready?  (umm…not me!))

 

I hope you try this!!  I’d say you can “thank me later”….but this meal was completely unoriginal and very much not something that I will be taking credit for……bummer :)

One other thing:

My “recipe” for transforming Greek yogurt into a tasty, creamy topping is simple:

I used about 3/4 cup of NonFat Greek yogurt, and added salt, cracked black pepper, onion and garlic powder, and 1 stem of cut-up green onion.  Really and truly: Very good!!!  Try it!!

 

Southwestern Shredded Chicken
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Ingredients
  • 1 Bag Frozen chicken breasts (or you can use 4-5 fresh)
  • 1 Large can of Salsa
  • 1 packet of Taco Seasoning (yes...I use plain taco seasoning and I do NOT feel bad about it! Life is short...and busy....if you want to remain truly "on plan" in the THM world, there are plenty of awesome people who have come up taco seasoning recipes for you....I am simply not one of them!! Do it however you would like!)
Instructions
  1. I literally put about 4 good-sized frozen chicken breasts on the bottom of my crockpot, cover it with the Salsa and taco seasoning...and cook it on low for the entire day! When I get home, I honestly just take 2 forks and it pulls apart really easily. This makes an AWESOME taco base....or goes great in a pita, or even alone!! *my favorite way to dress this up, is to put about a cup of the chicken in a bowl and add 1 wedge of Pepper-jack Laughing Cow Cheese...this is what makes it creamy for me and keeps the fat down at the same time! That's how I did it for the taco shown in this pic!*

At the end of the day, the fat in this meal consisted of: 2Grams in the whole-wheat, low-carb tortilla, and 1.5 Gram in the pepperjack laughing cow cheese….ZERO grams for the “sour cream” topping!  (THM approach to food does not make you count the Fat in lean protein sources for these types of meals…in this case I used boneless, skinless chicken breasts).

I was one HAPPY girl….because it meant that I could then enjoy this for dessert!!

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But, I suppose that is another recipe for another day…..

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Enjoy!!

 

 

 

Weight Loss and Picture Updates!

Yesterday marked 6 months since embarking on Day One of “seeing if Trim Healthy Mama worked”……(let me just say: it DID/DOES!)

I remember the first few weeks as being difficult and mind-bending as I tried to figure out how they were grouping foods, new ways of cooking, planning menu’s for an on-the-run lifestyle, and just plain sugar-withdrawals.

No fun.

It seemed difficult to me…and I would get extremely frustrated when I would realize I had made a mistake, etc.  For example, I remember one day excitedly texting a dear friend of mine, telling her how much I was enjoying my Sugar-Free Non-Fat Latte’s from Starbucks….I remember distinctly thinking: “why do people always ask online what they should get at Starbucks?  Don’t they know about their Sugar-free syrups??  My gosh!”…..all the while having NOOO idea that the entire point is to forgo the sugar-laden milk as well as the syrups that form the very base of those little drinks altogether!

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(She was sweet and just said to “enjoy your drink!”)…..and I did.  For about the next week or so until it finally dawned on me what I was doing….”Hello!!  No milk, Beth…Duh!!”

But you know what?  Who cares!  In the beginning, there is SO much to learn and figure out…tweaks to be made to your eating…new lingo to learn.  If the worst thing that I did was have a few sugar-free latte’s, in the end I told myself: Honestly…who cares!  It could have been much worse!  (I still managed to lose a decent amount that first month!)

 

It takes my breath away to think about what I would have missed out on if I had given up before I had even really learned this way of eating.

 

Even now I just paused for a second to really think about it, and I am honestly just so humbled and filled with gratitude to the Lord for bringing this book into my life.  Truly, I am different because of it!

 

Which brings me to the point of celebrating:

{{{{ 50 POUNDS DOWN!!! }}}}

 

I started this on March 11….11 days later, my sister got married.  I recall distinctly that I was down 9lbs as of the morning of the wedding, because I weighed myself in hopes of somehow mentally boosting my self-image-thoughts before getting up on stage and standing before the entire audience to share at the ceremony….so the pic that I am posting today: that pic was of me NINE pounds lighter than when I had started….and I think it pretty much speaks for itself….it was time for change!!

The other pic was one I snapped of myself this morning….I still obviously have quite a ways to go…but I am contentedly eating enchiladas, pancakes, and dessert almost every day, so I am Thrilled with how things are progressing!!

 

 

 

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SIX months…..FIFTY pounds = one HAPPY girl! :)

My favorite thing about this is the peace and contentment that I have had these last several months.  Peace in terms of how I am eating.  Peace in terms of how I am looking.  Peace in terms of how I am feeling….

Peace?  Peace is a blessing my friends, and I do not for one second take it for granted!

I no longer feel out of control, I do not feel that I am caught in a tailspin with no ability to see or find a way out, and most importantly….I no longer feel hopeless….

On my bathroom mirror I have a verse taped up that I look at almost every single day:

“Now the God of all grace…..will personally restore, establish, strengthen, and support you after you have suffered a little.” (1peter 5:10)

I read that verse a few years ago, and it popped off the page to me, and I said, “Lord…I am holding You to this…”, and I taped it up on my mirror as a reminder to my feeble, wavering little self on just how many things He has promised to me…

He Restores…

He Establishes…

He Strengthens…

He Supports….

I memorized it as RESSt (rest), and would remind myself ALL the time of what He was going to do for me….(the little “t” was my add-on thought to all of this: “thankfully!”)

Why am I sharing all of this?  For one….I would be nothing, if I did not give Him the praise and credit for all that He is doing in my life.  I was pretty much at bottom.  Laughing and enjoying many moments throughout the day…only to cry and cry and be so upset about many things in my life at night.  I was desperate for change, and am sitting here remembering all of this with tears in my eyes….being and feeling that low is no little thing.

However, He said that He would lead me through the valley of the shadow of death….Through it.  Not around.  Not on top or below, in such a way as to avoid it altogether….but through it.  What this is looks different for all of humanity.  But as for me (and I hope for you!)….I look to Him….to do what He said He would do….and He is, in more areas than just my weight…

So today I am celebrating that He does not leave us in our misery…and He alone writes ALL the chapters in the story of our lives….

(talk about a “joyful something!”)

Happy Friday!!

****Oh….I almost forgot!!!    One last thing:  Recently…after nearly TEN years of not being able to buy anything in this clothing store, I was able to go into The Banana Republic and actually buy a sweater!!  (Woohoo!!)  I was so thrilled I could have framed it and carried it around with me!  hahaha!!  Thought it would be fun to share a pic of my “monumental” event :)

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Cheers to fun fall clothes :)

Choc-Co-Can Cookies

I felt like baking tonight…

These little delights did not disappoint!

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One of the hardest things about baking with low-glycemic ingredients…is that you are baking with low-glycemic ingredients.

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It’s true!

Alternative flours can be….tricky.

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Because of this, typically when I make a cookie the first time, I prepare myself for what I refer to as the “Next Time I will...” talk.

Not tonight.

These little guys do not fall apart, they are not grainy-tasting, and I had to literally tell myself:

“Beth….just put the cookies down….and walk away”!

{haha!}

They are just…..wonderful! :)

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These are excellent, just as they are….and I must say: I am thrilled!

{and so is my blood sugar!}

Try them!

(And yes…I cracked myself up over the name….!)

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Choc-Co-Can Cookies
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Ingredients
  • 1 Egg, Beaten
  • 3 TB Coconut Oil, melted
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp Baking powder
  • ⅛ tsp Maple extract (*i use maple extract because I am simply too lazy to make brown sugar!*)
  • ½ tsp Vanilla extract
  • 2½-3 TB THM Sweet Blend (1/3 cup if using Truvia or equivalent) (I used a scant 3 TB)
  • 1¼ Cup Almond Meal
  • ½ Cup Shredded Coconut, unsweetened
  • ¼ cup Chopped Pecans
  • ¼ cup sugar-free chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Place coconut oil in small bowl and microwave until melted through. In separate mixing bowl: Beat Egg until mixed well. Add vanilla. Stir. Add melted coconut oil. Mix until well-combined. Now add Sea Salt, Baking Powder, Maple Extract, sweetener. Stir. Add Almond Meal and stir. Lastly, add shredded coconut, chopped pecans, and sugar-free chips...stir. Place dough in freezer to chill while waiting for oven to preheat. Spread evenly in dough-shaped balls onto greased cookie sheet. Gently Press each cookie to flatten a bit. Bake 350, 9-11 mins, or until edges are beginning to brown. Cool. Enjoy!

 

Oh-So Delicious! Banana Muffins

I decided that it was just plain cruel to not blog about these muffins….

I love them that much…

 

These are a staple in my diet, and it just doesn’t seem right of me to go another moment without telling you all about them!

 

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Banana Muffins, my friends.

Honestly….need I say more?

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Every time I eat one of these, I am reminded of what it is that I love about this way of eating….

 

So tonight….I am celebrating the fact that I am able to eat Banana’s!!

{YAY!!}

 

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These muffins have a moist, dense-like texture to them, and…(I almost forgot my favorite part):

 You are allowed to eat THREE per serving!

{YAY! again!}

 

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I love banana-anything…muffins, cakes, or simply plain.

Most diets that are low-glycemic in nature though, would tend to shy away from banana’s, saying that they are too high in sugar to consume.

Let me just pause here for a moment and say:

My friends…a life without banana’s…is no life at all :)

The THM way of eating (thankfully!) allows me to enjoy half of a banana in any “E”-type of setting (a simple way of referencing a meal that is higher in carbs).

I love this.

Period.

:)

A friend of mine shared this recipe with me….(she found it on Pinterest).

I’ve made a few tweaks to it (can’t help myself!)….but it makes 18, decent-sized muffins.

They freeze exceptionally well!

My favorite thing is to make up a batch and then freeze them in packs of 3, pulling them out each morning to enjoy after I get to work.

They are awesome and I have yet to get tired of them!

**Also, they don’t taste….”diet-y”, if you know what I mean.**

 

Try them!

 

Oh-So Delicious! Banana Muffins
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Ingredients
  • 3 Ripe Banana's
  • 2 Cups Old Fashioned Oats, blended into Oat Flour
  • ½ cup Unsweetened Applesauce
  • ⅓ cup Non-fat Greek Yogurt (Yes...I use it in everything! haha!)
  • ½ cup Egg Whites
  • ⅓ Cup Truvia (I used 3½ TB of THM Sweet Blend and it was perfect, if you have that sweetener)
  • 1 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1½ TB Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 3 TB Chia Seeds (if you absolutely hate these...don't sweat it and leave them out!)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 tsp Banana Extract (this is optional...I am crazy about banana's so I like it, but it's not necessary!)
Instructions
  1. Place ripe banana's in mixing bowl and mash until worked thru with fork. Add all other ingredients (yes...I really do! All at one time!). Beat on high for 1-2 minutes, or until well-combined. Using cookie-sized scoop, place batter evenly into Muffin tins...you should get 18. Bake 350 degrees for about 10-12 minutes. *just a side note, but I enjoy taking these out when they still seem a tiny bit "soft" in the middle of each one. It seems like they stay moist that way, and they reheat really well!* Enjoy 3 muffins/serving!

 

Garlic Parm Chicken

 

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A good friend shared this recipe with me…

Sooo good.

Sooo easy.

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Honestly?  The aroma that filled my kitchen while cooking it…made it *almost* worth the experience alone!

{Almost…!}

It smelled that good.

The taste, however, put this little dish over the top.

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My favorite part?

Cutting it with my fork!  It was so, so tender!

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I had to include this pic, so you could see the awesome green beans that I had to go with it!  (leftover from this weekend…spruced up with freshly grated Parmesan….now how can you beat that?!)

 

Anyhow….try this!  You won’t regret it!!

(for my THM friends…this would be an “S”…kinda goes without saying, but just wanted to throw that out there…)

 

Garlic Parm Chicken
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Ingredients
  • 4, Boneless skinless Chicken breasts
  • ½ cup Mayo (I used full-fat, olive oil kind..)
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese (I had fresh on hand so I used that, but you can use whatever)
  • 1½ tsp Season Salt (I am a Lowry's fan...)
  • ½ tsp Pepper
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced (you can use 1 to 1½ tsp garlic powder if you prefer...I am obsessed with fresh garlic though and personally think it is SO much better!
  • 1½ tsp Parsley Flakes
Instructions
  1. Place chicken in mixing bowl. Add all other ingredients....you can use a spoon, but honestly I found it easier to really coat everything with my hands! Make sure each piece of chicken is well-coated. Transfer to 9x9 casserole dish. Bake 375 degrees for 45 minutes....enjoy awesome aroma that fills your kitchen while said chicken is baking....and then EAT! :)

 

Cheesy Garlic Rolls

I just saw these online and decided to try them out tonight with dinner….

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Cheesy Biscuits.

 

Honestly, I thought they were great!

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For what it’s worth, this is what I will do next time I make them:

  • add Salt!!  (I thought the recipe was wanting “a bit” in the season department….a little salt would go a long way!)
  • when they get out of the oven…brush on some melted butter and then sprinkle lightly with salt (do we see a salt theme?! haha!)
  • Next time I make these I am going to play around with throwing some herbs in the batter as well (I’m thinkin’ chives, or parsley)

Other than that?

It was a winner in my book….I LOVED having my grilled burger in a tasty bun, and I LOVED that they were easy to make.

(My batter made 5, decent-sized biscuits)

biscuits3Here’s the link….try them!

Cheesy Garlic Rolls

 

Running to Feel God’s Pleasure

 

I know I have talked about this before, but I truly enjoy running.

Okay….jogging.

I truly enjoy jogging.  There is no “run” about it, but I am content and happy with it all-the-same.

Several months ago, I found myself reading about the life of Eric Liddell, the Chariots of Fire guy.

So. Much. to learn from that man’s life and legacy….do yourself a favor and look him up.

{Wow!}

 

Anyhow, during my reading I came across this quote from him, simply saying:

“When I run….I feel God’s pleasure”.

I love it so much and have pondered the statement for months.

Running to feel God’s pleasure.

My thoughts?  We were made to move.

We were created to be active human beings.

At times, working in the field I do, I have met people who do not have the privilege of moving their body’s any longer…(or ever had, for that matter).

Movement?

Movement is a gift.

The beauty, though, of where I am at in this journey towards greater health, is that I am not bound to it any longer in hopes of losing weight.

I do not have to do it.

Previously, my running was based upon calorie burning, and the hope of being able to eat more, etc.

Now, my running is based upon….

{{{Nothing!!}}}

It’s quite liberating!

I do not have to do it…I am noticing change without it altogether…and I am not bound to do ever-increasing amounts or dramatic switch-ups just to keep my body “reacting” to it.

It is there simply for increased health and well-being for my body.

Twenty minutes at a time, usually.

Nothing huge…just moving my body the way God designed it to move.

And….call me crazy if you want, but I honestly “get” what Eric was saying, all those years ago.

Running to Feel God’s Pleasure….because in Him we live…we move…and we have our being.

The Created….”dancing” before the Creator.

May it be a “pleasure” that we all run after during our short-lives on this Earth…because that really is what life is all about.

God is good!!

(Also….thought it would be fun to give a pic update!…I got a kick out of the pics because I was randomly wearing the same shirt….No, I have not arrived and no…I am not “done” losing weight…but I DO see change, and that is encouraging to me!)

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Slide2All of this…makes me feel like this:

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(sorry…couldn’t resist :))

Happy Saturday!!

Snickers Salad

 

Snicker’s Salad….it’s what’s for dinner :)

 

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It’s good.

Really good.

Yes, this is yet another recipe that is based on the wonders of plain old, boring, nonfat Greek yogurt….and it does not disappoint.

Do you remember the Snicker’s salad recipe?  (Is that just an “Iowa thing” or do other people make that as well?!  haha!)  Basically, it’s a great little side-dish-turned-dessert that uses vanilla pudding, cool whip, apples, and snickers.

I used to love it.

This is a play on that recipe that my mom found online, and honestly, the taste is remarkably similar.  She made it for me while I was home visiting recently, and I haven’t stopped enjoying it since.

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Basically, it’s just 4 ingredients: non-fat greek yogurt, de-fatted peanut flour (get some if you don’t have some!! Don’t use PB2 if you are steering clear of sugar.), caramel extract, and one cut-up apple.  All of these get mixed together, and combined with a small pinch of sea salt and sweetener of your choice.

So. Good!

**a brief “word” to any fellow THM‘rs reading this: I am simply not a green apple fan.  No matter how hard I tried when beginning this journey of eating differently, I always seemed to return to my old-faithful Honeycrisp or Gala.  I have finally decided that life is too short to obsess over the color of my apples!  I know they are sweeter than the green and probably have a higher glycemic index…..but I am okay with this :)  Please feel free to use whatever apple you want!**

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The Peanut Flour gives the yogurt a great texture, the apples give it a great crunch, and the caramel extract brings the whole thing together in a really tasty way.

This makes for a great Energizing, low-fat meal (an E), and I eat this all the time.  It also happens to ring in at around 30 grams of Protein, depending on brand of yogurt and amount of peanut flour.  Also, for anyone who is interested, you can eat this entire serving (which is quite generous!) and still be consuming less than 5 Grams of Fat.  That’s not bad if you ask me!

 

I hope you try it :)

 

"Snickers" Salad
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Ingredients
  • Plain, Non-Fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 Small to medium-sized Apple, chopped
  • ¼ cup defatted peanut flour
  • small "pinch" of sea salt
  • 2-3 drops of caramel extract
  • 1tsp THM Sweet Blend Sweetener (if you don't have this and use Truvia instead, use 3tsp)
Instructions
  1. I usually use around ¾ cup of yogurt. Add the sweetener, sea salt and caramel extract to the yogurt base first and stir until well combined. Next add the peanut flour. Stir. Lastly, add chopped apple. Enjoy!!

 

Eggroll In A Bowl

For starters, let me just say: I am NOT a huge Chinese food person.

This recipe, however, causes me to rethink the above statement.

It’s that good.

 

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I did not come up with this recipe.

{I wish :)}

Honestly…..SO, so good!

I decided to post about this for any friends who do not follow Trim Healthy Mama forums online, or on Pinterest, simply because it is SO delicious and such a staple in my life, that I actually found it cruel to not share!

 

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I’ve blogged about certain foods that I make sure to have the ingredients on hand to make….and this one falls into that category.  To simplify the recipe I have done the following things:  I do not hassle with shredding up or cutting fresh cabbage, and instead just buy a ready-made bag of cole-slaw mix from the store (It may vary slightly in amount, but I find it doesn’t matter!).  Also, I buy a bag of shredded carrots to use in here, which saves even more time.  They store for a long time in the fridge, and also come in handy for salads, so it is a win-win in my book.  I also use a bit more Bragg’s Liquid Amino’s (or Soy sauce, whichever you like!) than what it calls for (maybe 1/3 cup total), and I am generous on the ground ginger.

I overdue it on the green onions, because–aside from Garlic–they are one of my favorite ingredients.

Lastly, I love to add a small amount of salted cashews to the top….it just makes the dish!

(I have also made this with shredded chicken, and it is just as great!)

I crave this.

It is filling.

It is quick.

Need I say more?

 

Try it!!

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(and now I am off to enjoy some Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream for dessert….boy this “diet” is rough!)

:)

 

 

Get by with a li’l help from my…tasty food!

 

Today marks another 3 pounds gone.

I’ll take it!

{That brings my total to 42.6lbs.}

I was emailing a friend this week, and randomly remembered this pic that I took the very first night I cracked open my Trim Healthy Mama book:

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haha!

I think this pretty much says it all, don’t you?   Love me some peanut butter!  This gives just a glimpse of my usual approach to dieting and food-overhaul.  I call it the “I-know-a-food-crisis-is-about-to-begin-so-excuse-me-while-I-first-just-eat-this-whole-thing-of-Ben and Jerry’s” approach.

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This has made me think about just how much my go-to foods have changed in a relatively short amount of time.

So…..

Just for fun, I thought I would share a few random pics that I have taken in the past several weeks of some yum and easy foods that have become my “go-to’s” on a regular basis now.

{Disclaimer: These pics are pretty rough…most of them came directly from my phone!  Also…my “food styling skills” are, shall we say, Non-Existent!!  Most of the time I had no thought of taking a pic until the last minute, so……sorry in advance!}

Okay, now that I got that off of my chest….

This is one of my favorite Breakfast’s right now:

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{For starters, Hope is always a good idea, is it not?! :)}

Non-fat Greek yogurt, mixed with a handful of fresh raspberries, chopped up dark chocolate (85% or greater), sliced almonds, and a little stevia or something to sweeten it just the right amount.

Total winner, folks!  Annnd….Completely easy.

Sold!

 

or this:

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These are protein-packed, low-fat pancakes that I topped with Non-fat Greek yogurt, sweetened with Maple extract, Cinnamon, and stevia.

Those pancakes taste delicious!!  Total “comfort-food-feeling” food!  I honestly and truly did not miss the syrup, because the whole “maple yogurt” bit gave me something new to look forward to altogether.

I crave it and have them on a regular basis.

Then there is this little gem:

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My own version of cheese-sticks!!  So good and super, super easy!

This is 1/2 of a batch of the coconut pizza crust recipe.  Instead of doing the full pizza, I brushed on some melted garlic butter and mozzarella cheese, and put them back in the oven until the cheese was melted.   They are really good!!  That crust, by the way, is something that I always have the stuff on hand to make.  It has about 4 ingredients in it, is easy to doctor up with whatever seasonings you want, and is versatile enough to use for lots of different bases to recipes….so good!!

This next one is a staple that I make at least once a week, due purely to my own laziness and being tired after a long day at work:

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Nothing earth-shattering, and the entire meal only takes about 10 minutes to make!  I make some squash pasta (with my little Vegetti thing that my wonderful mother got for me), sauté it in a tsp of butter, onion, and garlic.  Topped off with sugar-free marinara sauce, and a small amount of mozzarella cheese.  I think my favorite part is knowing that I can always make that for dinner, and be safely nestled into my favorite chair, wearing my favorite comfy pajama pants, and eating this about 20 minutes after walking through my door.  Let’s be honest, when I get home I just want to unwind and c-h-i-l-l.  Quick and easy go a loooong way in my book!

That brings me to an interesting observation that I have made within myself: I find that I eat out a LOT less now.  Don’t get me wrong, I still love going out with friends, but for the most part, most of the time I just would rather eat what I have at home.  The food is better, I get more of it, and I like trying out new things.

The other thing: I have begun craving more veggies (no, I am not lying), and I get a huge kick out of seeing what restaurants DON’T carry for their customers.

Crazy things….like veggies.

(I was at a restaurant….I’m trying to think where it was…..hhhmm….Oh I know!!  A newer taco place here in KC called Taco Republic….not a single salad or fresh veggie offered that I could find!!  Another time I was at a BBQ place and our group ordered a cheese dip appetizer.  The restaurant did not have a single, solitary vegetable of ANY kind that I could use as an alternative to the soft pretzels to scoop up the cheese!!)

Am I crazy or is that just crazy?!?

Don’t get me wrong…I still rather enjoy their cheese skillet appetizer, but….what is wrong with our food demand that a restaurant sees no value in carrying fresh foods whatsoever?  They see no value because they have no demand for it.

Wow.

(Sorry…I Digress….)

 

Okay a few more and then I promise I’m done!

I had leftover steak one night and was craving something indulgent-feeling…this one completely hit the spot and did not disappoint!

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I used zucchini pasta, and sautéed it in some butter, garlic, onion, and mushrooms.  When it seemed done I just added a bit of cream, and fresh Parmesan to the stock that was left in the pan from the “pasta” to make a quick Alfredo-like sauce.  SO. Good!!!

I have also been shocked at how accommodating most restaurants have been.  This is simply amazing to me and makes me want to eat at these places all the more.

I took one of my low-carb pita’s to a favorite pizza place of mine and they actually agreed to use it as my pizza base, and even cooked it in their wood-fire stove!!  It was AMAZING and I was honestly shocked that they agreed to do it!  (Pretty sure I had a huge grin on my face the whole time I was there!)

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Bottom line: Life is good.

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Very simply: the blessings of Trim Healthy Mama far outweigh the Boundaries.  So what if I change up my crust in order to still enjoy the rest of the pizza?  So what if I now take my own chips in to the Mexican restaurant, or if I have peanut-butter yogurt with my cut-up apples (like I am right this second!), instead of the usual “several tablespoons” of PB that I used to enjoy?

News Flash: I was miserable that entire time, and now suddenly an entire new world of food has been opened up to me…and I love it.

 

I don’t miss the old way.

I don’t miss the hopeless feeling that I will always struggle with this issue my entire life.

One other weird, random thing?  When I say random, I mean…..random:  My fingernails don’t have ridges in them anymore!  It sounds more dramatic than it actually was, but for several years now, both of my thumbnails had this odd, ridge-like bump in them.  I have googled it and tried to figure out what it was from.

I noticed a few weeks ago that it is no longer there.

Like….after YEARS of being there….gone.

Interesting, huh?  I can only attribute it to overall better eating and the start of better health entirely.

Those things?  Those “small things”?…..those aren’t small to me!

 

Love it!!

 

Happy Sunday :)

 

 

  • Meet Beth

    Originally from Northern Iowa, I now work and reside in the Greater Kansas City area. Having struggled with my weight for over 16 years, I am finally “sick and tired of being sick and tired”. (read more)
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