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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Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 1
 
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!!

Eggroll In A Bowl

 

(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.

:)

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.

:)

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 :)

 

 

Freedom

Have I mentioned one of my favorite new past-times?

It’s called the “try-all-of-your-old-clothes-on-and-see-what-new-things-you-can-fit-in-to” hobby, and it is a personal favorite of mine.

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Tonight, my friends, did not disappoint.

An old pair of Calvin Klein chino’s, that I haven’t been able to wear since my days of running 4-7miles/day, several days a week.

Yep.

Put those on tonight and did a little happy dance right then and there!

They are a tad snugger (yes, I do realize that “snugger” is not a word!) than I want them to be, but I cannot imagine it will take me any longer than a month to get them where I want them….which is safely on my person, allowing me to enjoy life while wearing an “oldy-but-goody” pair of pants.

There are nights when I absolutely have to pinch myself, just to ensure that this transformation is really happening.

Tonight was one of those nights.

I told my mom that I constantly have to remind myself that there is no fear of this going away.

Trim Healthy Mama is not going bust, bankrupt, or out of business……and if they did?

Nothing.

Absolutely n-o-t-h-I-n-g would change for me.

Nothing would change because this really has nothing to do with anything more than me learning a new way to pair my food groups.

That is honestly it.

I finally feel like I have found a way of eating that I can maintain for the rest of my life, and that my friends, is NO small thing to me.

I have often wondered, “why did I feel so compelled to blog about this area of my life?”

I’ve given it a lot of thought and want to simply say: Because this is really one of the single most vulnerable areas of my life.  My weight has been a struggle for years and years.  Something that I have honestly felt tremendous amounts of pain and insecurity from.

I know this topic quite well.

I don’t think I am alone.

Look around….most of us are overweight.

This is something that very much affects the majority, NOT the minority.

What I am about to share may sound crazy to some, but I am honestly okay with that.  I want to share it because I think it’s important.

A few years ago I asked The Lord one night what He had to say about my weight struggle.  It’s something that has weighed heavily on my heart for a very long time (no pun intended…haha!).  Anyhow, I sat for a long time, just quietly waiting, yearning to hear something…anything.  I don’t know how long of time passed, but after awhile I began to realize that an interesting image was on my mind.  I felt as if my mind was just wandering due to what I had mistaken as silence (how often am I guilty of that?!), but I began to zone in on it and realized that what was on my mind was one of those desert mirage-type images of water.  You know the ones…like from the movies where people are wandering thru the Sahara and think they see a huge body of water, but it turns out to be nothing?

What I felt like The Lord impressed on my heart that night was this: There are very real issues that I struggle with that I may be tempted to not address and deal with, due simply to the fact that I feel helpless in overcoming that area.  They seem huge.  They seem daunting.  They seem to be non-budging….BUT….

(and it’s a BIG BUT!)

If I am willing to keep walking…..head-on, right into the very thing that I felt too weak to overcome, the time would come when I would see that that huge thing was nothing more than a desert mirage.

It really had no power at all because it was a total and complete facade.

When I read my Bible, I read that I am Christ’s masterpiece.  I read that I am called to be free.  I read the He who began a good work in ME….He will see it through.  I am not hopeless, helpless, or at a place where I should despair.

Despair would be appropriate if I were still holding the reigns of my life….and (very thankfully!) I am not.

Sometimes, however, I spend years toiling and struggling with different “mirages” that threaten to consume and even define my life.

Worse yet, often I allow them to slow the pace of my life, sometimes re-routing myself entirely….having no idea that if I just kept pressing on….if I just kept walking steadfastly in that direction….the day would come when I would be able to look at that thing and declare that it had no power over me whatsoever.

Amazing!

My thought for the night?  May we run head-on to attack areas of our lives that hold places of power that were never meant to be.

I still have a long ways to go….but freedom in this area is a new “taste” for me.

I don’t intend to ever let go of it…And THAT is very much a “joyful something” to me.

:)

 

 

 

One, Two, Three….FOUR months In!!

 

***I have been having internet problems for quite some time now….leaving me starving for blog time!  I’ll spare you the story, but for now let me just take a brief second to log-on and celebrate by saying***:

Today is my 4-Month Anniversary of eating a “Trim and Healthy” way….and I am down

39.6lbs!!!

(Or, as is important to sometimes remind myself….)

I am officially down Nineteen Thousand, Eight-Hundred Cups O’ Kale

:)

To celebrate, I am off to enjoy some organically sweetened Greek yogurt, mixed with Red Raspberries, dark chocolate, and chopped almonds….(topped off with coffee and cream on the side, of course)….rough eating life, for sure  :)

Happy Friday!

Three Months Down!!

 

Well, I’ve made it 3 months.

(Me….at Christmas with one of my nieces):

 

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(Me, taken randomly last week to show my mom a new haircut):

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I see a difference.

I am feeling sooo much better.

It reminds me of a good friend of mine:

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Hope.

Hope for change.

No small thing :)

Three months of blending my foods differently, and staying away from processed sugar in any way.

{**This is me pausing to actually pat myself on the back!  pretty darn proud of myself over here!!  haha!!**}

 

I see often online these different forums where women will post blog links that contain their “Top 10 tips” for doing the Trim Healthy Mama way of eating….

I decided I would do my own as well :)

So….over 30 pounds down in 3 months time…..LOVING nearly every single minute of this way of eating…..without further ado:

Beth’s “Top Ten for Staying on THM” (so…it kind of rhymed, right? ;))

10)  Do NOT overthink this way of eating.  At it’s simplist state, it really is all about simple food combining: meat’s with veggies, fruits, and plan-approved breads…..that really is it.  All of the secrets, add-in’s, recipes….they are ALL secondary.  Every.  Last. One.  Keep it simple….it WILL work!!

9)  ALWAYS keep an easy form of protein on-hand….at ALL times!!  What are mine?  (sooo glad you asked!! haha!)  I have grown to ALWAYS have cottage cheese, greek yogurt, turkey-jerky sticks (target brand…very tasty) and canned chicken on hand.  At ALL times.  This gives me a bit of variety to pull a fast protein from, and helps to keep me from feeling desperate in any situation.  Those turkey sticks can be bought individually wrapped for easy storage in your glove compartment for times when you are out-and-about and get hungry.  I find if I know one thing I can eat, it is often easier to build from there.  They are lean enough that you can have 2, with an apple or something for an easy “E” meal as well…

8)  3 words: “Honest Fizz” and “Zevia”.   Soda that God sent straight from Heaven to help a self-confessed soda-aholic like myself!  haha!  Honestly, I am sipping on some right now…it has helped me get off Coke Zero, Coke, Pepsi Max….you name it.  Stevia-sweetened.  Some of the cans are actually  “Organic” certified as well, for anyone who loves stuff like that (how to “have-your-junk-and-eat-it-too!!”).  Get some.  I am sold.

7)  “Coconut oil, Egg, on-plan sweetener, cocoa”.  These are the basic ingredients that I have packed up OODLES of times to take to whatever party, or get-together that I am going to that night.  They allow me to make a quick, 1-minute dessert that I can enjoy with little fan-fair, or high-maintenance help from my guests that I am visiting….all I need is a coffee mug, a bit of baking powder, some water, and maybe some vanilla or something….and Wa-la!!  Dessert is served!  I rely on these….. a LOT!!  I have yet to find a single person who is offended that I am making my own dessert, and it leaves me feeling satisfied and easily able to take a “pass” on whatever they happen to be enjoying.  Total WIN in my book!!

6) Go-Too “Fatty” Foods.  This one sounds a bit odd, but one of my favorite things about THM is that I am able to truly enjoy a grilled burger, with cheese and bacon.  Honestly, it doesn’t get much better than that in my book!  I love to grill, and I love to enjoy a burger, or steak or whatever….and NOT have to worry about weighing, or cutting back on my go-too “fixings”.  In my mind, I would rather start my grill and enjoy my awesome burger, instead of stopping at nearly ANY place to grab something for dinner on my way home.  My grocery store has these great little pre-made “burger mignon” burgers…they are cheap.  They are already made.  They are delicious!  My tip:  find your go-to splurge meal and always keep the items for that meal on-hand at ALL times….it will be a total life-savor for you!!  Every single time I make something like that I am reminded of all of the diet variations I have tried that would have made me modify that simple meal in some way…..but not THM!!!  I am loving this and see no end to the possibilities of eating this way!!

5) Go-Too “fatty” dessert.  I mentioned above my little cakes that I have made all over the tri-state area(!!)….but when I am at home, there are a few other desserts I rely on as well.  I blogged about my peanut butter cheesecake pie, but haven’t done one yet on the little mini pies that I whip up on a moment’s notice as well.  I do a simple version of that pb pie and have it with dinner…often.  Just last weekend, I was home visiting my parents, and knew we were having people over for dinner.  Without a single special trip to the grocery store, I somehow managed to make a mini-blackberry, cream cheese pie for myself to indulge in that day after dinner.  It was honestly delicious, and took me all of 5 minutes to make in advance…..well worth the time.  So, while everyone else was enjoying their homemade peach pie and cake….I was sitting there with a smile on my face knowing that I was enjoying mine….while losing weight as well.  It doesn’t get much better than that!!  haha!

4) Coffee.  I love coffee so very much that I decided it needed its very own section.  Coffee.  Coffee mixed either with real cream for an “S” setting, or blended with a tiny amount of coconut oil, protein powder, and almond milk for an “E” setting.  Either way: it is hot, tasty, and satisfying.  I simply love it.  If I ever go out to eat and am at a total loss as to what I could have for dessert…..ordering some great coffee and cream always seem to do the trick.  It is cozy, and tides me over until I get home and am able to sneak a little treat to cap-off my meal!!

3)  Laughing Cow Cheese.  These little guys go a loooong way in my book!  The Light ones are a total life-savor and have helped me make a meal on a moment’s notice many times.  My current fav?  Wasa Sourdough cracker, slathered with French Onion Laughing cow, and topped with a small can of shredded canned chicken, sprinkled with salt and pepper.  So, so, so good!!  Had it for lunch literally every single day this week!!  LOVE it!!  If you have some leftover ground beef that needs to be used up, heat a small portion and then add some laughing cow cheese to it when it’s hot.  It is so creamy and good!  That, with some taco sauce or salsa, mixed with lettuce or whatever you have on hand….thrown into a Joseph’s Pita….Easy and tasty as a “taco”!!

2)  Don’t spend too much time on online forums.  I know.  This may sound odd, because I LOVE the Trim Healthy Mama FB groups….but, let’s face it, they can get to be a bit exhausting!!!    Someday’s the best thing I do is to NOT get online and see all the different posts and recipes that everyone is talking about.  Take a break.  Take some time to just focus on the great recipes in the book, or to enjoy your “old-faithful’s” that you know you already love.  Too much….can simply be too much!!  Reading too many of other people’s thoughts can make my head spin before I know it!!  I can’t tell you how confused I can easily become from reading other people’s opinions on whomever’s meal they happened to post in hopes of seeing if it was “on-plan”.  Overload and sometimes even annoyance (yes I said it!), can happen quickly!  It can be overboard and can lead you to feel easily entangled in bondage to food rules, rather than focusing on the enjoyment of the “food FREEDOM” that this awesome book promotes!!!  Never forget who authored the book.  These women, though I do not know them, seem full of grace, fun, and easy-going ways.  They want this to be a way of life.  So what if you couldn’t hold out three hours before eating your next meal?  Tomorrow you can!  I once had a lady critique my meal, telling me that it had “2grams” higher carbs for an “s” setting than it should……you know what?  Eat it anyway!!  You are not eating that meal every single day, and your life is going to last a very long time.  Enjoy the meal.  Next time you can tweak it or change it or opt for a different choice!!!  (and I still managed to lose weight that week, by the way :))  I honestly believe that they all mean well….but just remember that this is your thing.  Ask God to help you to learn your body and cling to the impressions that He gives you along the way….He will be my biggest help and advocate, any day of the week.

1)  Grace.  Giving myself grace.  We have heard it before and will hear it thousands of times throughout this journey….but longevity really is the key to success.  Slow.  So what if I mix-up a meal?  So what if I had too many cashews with my “Eggroll in a Bowl”, and threw it in to Crossover territory?  {{I didn’t know!!!!}}  Next time will be different!  Or maybe, you just have to tell yourself that a Crossover meal….any day….is better than the 2000+ calorie meal that you would have easily consumed at your old favorite food-spot in town.  Eat. Enjoy.  Relax….Repeat!!!  This is working for me and will work for you!!  One day at a time….one pant’s-size down at a time.  That really is what it is all about.

 

Here’s to enjoying the journey, the Trim and Healthy way!!!

Monday Morning Weigh-In!

 

33 pounds lost as of this morning!!!

{{Woohoo!!!}}

I previously stated my weight-loss in terms of sticks of butter, but today I had something else in mind.

Last year I wrote a blog about how many cups of spinach are equivalent to the different foods that we eat (particularly to a certain salad that I love at Chili’s).

I thought for fun that I would revisit said topic…. :)

So….

I could just say that I am 33 pounds down, celebrate, and move on….

OR…..

I could tell you that 33 pounds equals out to be roughly 115,500 Calories saved on my eating changes since beginning THM on March 11.

OR….

I could tell you that 33 pounds equals out to be roughly 16,500 cups ‘o spinach that I have spared my body from digesting……since March 11th.

hahaha!!

Okay, sorry…couldn’t help myself :)

Happy Monday!

Garlic Parmesan Fries

 

Garlic, Parmesan, and Butter?….{oh my!}

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I love french fries….but traditional fries do not seem to love my waistline :)

So, I have been experimenting with some new versions.

We have all tried sweet potato fries, which I love, but I wanted a fry  that would allow me to butter it up, put some sort of cheese on it, or dip it into some sort of yum-sauce if I wanted.

Basically, I wanted to be able to have it in a savory setting.  Because I am learning to eat in a “Trim and healthy way” (THM), I am learning that sweet potato fries are best kept to a meal that is higher in carbs, but not higher in fat.

Let’s face the facts, though: sometimes I want a meal that is higher in fat, and I am more than willing to sacrifice the carbs in order to get it!

 

Behold:

Butternut squash fries

(For THM’ers reading this…butternut squash is a member of the “winter squash family”, which is allowed in an “S” setting….yay!!)

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Most of the time when I am craving fries….I am craving them to pair alongside something like a bacon cheeseburger, or in tonight’s case, a Tri-Tip Steak with savory garlic butter.

{It was good}.

{It was really good!}

:)

I found a link on the Food Network regarding how to cook these, but ended up abandoning it and ad-libbing a bit (such a rebel, I know)

So…grab a butternut squash next time you are at the store and try babies out!

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Cut them into “fry-size” pieces….make sure to pat them dry before baking.

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Basically, once they were dry, I placed them on a greased broiler pan (I used spray coconut oil).

Bake them at 425, for about 20 minutes on each side.

When they were soft, and beginning to seem done, I transferred them into a saute pan, added a small pat of butter, some fresh garlic, and let them crisp up a bit more.

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And then I thought about the fresh Parmesan that was calling my name from the fridge…. :)

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A little of that, sprinkled over the top of those little squash fries??

Let’s just say that, for once, my steak was not the main event of dinner.

These were.

And they were delicious!

What can I say?  It’s important to get your veggies in for the day….. :)

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Try them.

I know you will like them!

Garlic Parmesan Fries
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Recipe type: Side
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Serves: 2-3
 
Ingredients
  • 1 Butternut Squash
  • 3-4 cloves minced garlic, or to taste
  • 1 TB butter
  • Grated fresh Parmesan
  • Sea Salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Cut the Squash lengthwise to reveal the seeds. Scoop pulp and seeds out and discard. Basically...just start chopping! It's not as bad as you think...I just kept cutting lengthwise until I got the sizes that I wanted. After squash is cut, place between 2 sheets of paper towel, and pat until dry. Spray a broiler pan (or baking sheet) with coconut oil (or oil of your choice). Lay squash out in single-layer. Sprinkle with sea salt.
  2. Bake 425, for 20 minutes. Take out of oven and flip fries. Bake additional 15-20 minutes.
  3. When fries seem to be turning brown and crisp, transfer to a saute pan, add butter, garlic, and a bit more sea salt...saute for approx. 5-7 minutes, or until tender to your liking.
  4. Top with grated Parmesan....enjoy!!!

 

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