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Sweet Potatoes for Little Ones

Last week we had my grandson Liam while his parents were on a cruise vacation. He’s just learned to walk and falls a lot, so a cruise ship on rough seas is no place for him. So Grandma got to love on him this week. :)

Finding veggies he will eat is not an easy task. But then when I realize that I don’t really like veggies either, I’m a little easier on him. ;) Then I think about his parents and they are not really fond of veggies either. So what to feed this child in the veggie department when he pushes unwanted veggies back out of his mouth?

Sweet potatoes to the rescue! And thankfully I have sweet potatoes on hand. :)

I’ve never done much with sweet potatoes before so it was a learning experience for me as well. But it was super simple!

Either scrub your sweet potato or peel it. I did it both ways but the peeled version seemed to be easier to eat as the skins didn’t get in the way.

Then dice up into small pieces. Put them in a saucepan, sprinkle with a little bit of cinnamon, and put in enough water to cover them. Set it on the stove and bring to a boil. Boil until the pieces are tender, about 10-15 minutes or so depending on the size of the pieces.

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Sweet Potatoes for Little Ones

Ingredients

  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Cinnamon, sprinkling
  • water

Instructions

  1. Peel or scrub and dice potatoes.
  2. Place in pot with a sprinkling of cinnamon and cover with water.
  3. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until pieces are softened.
http://lifeofjoy.me/sweet-potatoes-for-little-ones/

Yeah, I know, hardly a recipe but that’s what I did and he loved them, as you can see in the pictures above. :)

Until next time, God bless,

 Michele ºÜº

ACV Drink ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Cream Soda ACV Drink

A better tasting way to drink Apple Cider Vinegar and obtain the health benefits from it, including gut health and weight loss.

Until several weeks ago, I had never had a urinary tract infection. Yes, that was until several weeks ago. I wasn’t even sure what was happening then but Michael did some research and discovered not only was it a UTI but that I needed to drink a lot of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) with the “mother”.

I do not like ACV! Not at all. As a matter of fact, when I make Good Seasons Italian dressing at home from the package, I use less vinegar than it calls for because I dislike it so.

In order to drink it three times a day, I put two tablespoons in a cup of water (about 8 ounces), to which I’d add a bit of pure stevia extract powder. I drank this with my breath held. Thankfully the UTI was healed and I could cease drinking the ACV for that reason but there are many healthy reasons to drink ACV. So, I thought, I’ve heard about Trim Healthy Mamas Good Girl Moonshine which features ACV, maybe I can find one that will be tolerable. ;)

And here it is! Cream Soda Good Girl Moonshine

Yes, you can taste the ACV in the beginning but the after taste is yummy caramel. And it is easy to make. You could just put all the ingredients in any quart size container but Tiffany likes to mix it up thoroughly in a blender. She was kind enough to make it and take pictures for me. She made both of us a batch, but I will give you the directions for a single batch.

Begin with a cup of water

Cream Soda ACV Drink Ingredients ~ Lifeofjoy.meAdd 2 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar that has the “mother” included

Cream Soda ACV Dring Ingredients ~ Lifeofjoy.meThe 1 teaspoon of collagen is what gives it the creaminess. I use the  one from Trim Healthy Mama (THM).

Cream Soda ACV Dring Ingredients ~ Lifeofjoy.meNext we add sweetener to personal preference. We each like 1/16th teaspoon of pure stevia extract (THM brand, which is 2 doonks) and one and a half teaspoons sukrin:1, which is an erythritol stevia blend sweetener.

Cream Soda ACV Dring Ingredients ~ Lifeofjoy.meCream Soda ACV Dring Ingredients ~ Lifeofjoy.meNext add 1/4 teaspoon each vanilla and caramel extracts.Cream Soda ACV Dring Ingredients ~ Lifeofjoy.meNow add 1/2 teaspoon MCT or coconut oil.Cream Soda ACV Dring Ingredients ~ Lifeofjoy.meAnd finally a pinch of mineral salt

Cream Soda ACV Dring Ingredients ~ Lifeofjoy.meIf it is put in a blend, whir away. If you put it directly into your quart jar, shake well.

Cream Soda ACV Dring Ingredients ~ Lifeofjoy.meFill the quart container with ice. If using a blender, fill the container with ice and pour the mixture over the ice. Next fill the rest of the container with water and shake to blend.

Sip your way to better health. :)

Cream Soda ACV Drink

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 2 Tablespoons ACV
  • 1 teaspoon collagen
  • 1/16 teaspoon pure stevia extract powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon caramel extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon MCT or coconut oil
  • 1 pinch mineral salt
  • ice cubes

Instructions

  1. Combine all the ingredients other than the ice and blend well.
  2. Fill a quart container with ice.
  3. Pour the blended ingredients over ice.
  4. Fill the remaining space in the container with water.
  5. Shake and drink
http://lifeofjoy.me/cream-soda-acv-drink/

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Cottage Berry Whip ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Cottage Berry Whip

A surprising and refreshing snack so good even someone that doesn’t care for cottage cheese (me and my kids) enjoy it! Oh! And it is EASY!

This refreshing treat has only two ingredients and sweetener of your choice. I use an inexpensive food processor to whip it up in a jiffy. :)

I got this recipe from the Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook. They are incredible and amazing! I would never have thought of combining these ingredients but it works.

Put 1/2 cup cottage cheese (use whatever percentage you desire – those on THM will want to use low fat).

Cottage Berry Whip ~ Lifeofjoy.meAdd 1/2 cup frozen strawberries. (You can use whatever frozen fruit you desire, although if you use all blueberries, it will be a bit carby and thus a THM E. We tried using peaches and it was a bit chalky, so we added strawberries and saved it. We also have tried frozen mixed fruit successfully for an E as well.)

Cottage Berry Whip ~ Lifeofjoy.meNext add your sweetener of choice. I went with a doonk of pure stevia extract and half a tablespoon of sukrin: 1. I actually prefer the taste using all sukrin:1 or even xylitol but I have to watch how much I use in a day or I get intestinal discomfort. ;)

Cottage Berry Whip ~ Lifeofjoy.meThat’s it! You may recognize that this is a lot; I made a quadruple batch here to be enjoyed by all four of us.

Blend until smooth. Stop and scrape down the sides of the bowl once and finish blending.

Cottage Berry Whip ~ Lifeofjoy.meThat’s all there is to it. Serve it right away. Cottage Berry Whip ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Cottage Berry Whip

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup cottage cheese (I used low-fat Daisy brand)
  • 1/2 cup frozen fruit (I used strawberries)
  • 1/32 (one doonk) pure stevia extract
  • 1/2 tablespoon Sukrin:1

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients into the food processor and blend. Use whatever sweetener you prefer and in whatever amounts you like.)
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Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Cheese Stuffed Pesto Meatballs ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Mozzarella Stuffed Pesto Meatballs

Whether you use homemade pesto or store-bought, this is an easy meatball meal that is a nice difference. Add the cheesy surprise and they are a hit. :)

I found this recipe on the I Breathe I’m Hungry website when we began our keto (low carb, high fat, moderate protein) diet about a year ago. She has so many varieties of meatballs that you could fix a different recipe every night for a month and still have a couple week’s worth yet to try.  These have a piece of mozzarella cheese stuffed inside them.

They are simple to make and could probably even be baked in the oven if you wanted to. If you haven’t done so already, go ahead and get your easy pesto made. :)

Now let’s get started. I’m using ground turkey but you could use whatever ground meat you desire.

Combine the ground meat,

Meatballs ~ Lifeofjoy.meAdd almond flour (if you’re a carb eater, you could use some breadcrumbs instead), egg, salt, pepper, and pesto in a bowl.

Cheese Stuffed Pesto Meatballs ~ Lifeofjoy.meCheese Stuffed Pesto Meatballs ~ Lifeofjoy.meCheese Stuffed Pesto Meatballs ~ Lifeofjoy.meCombine it well and level it out. I like to make some kind of marks so I get relatively evenly sized meatballs. I think the original recipe makes this into only 10 meatballs but since there are four of us, I make an even 12. So first I divide it in half each direction so each section is about 1/4 the mixture.

Cheese Stuffed Pesto Meatballs ~ Lifeofjoy.meThen each section is roughly divided into 3 sections.

Cheese Stuffed Pesto Meatballs ~ Lifeofjoy.meTake one section (1/12 of the mixture) and flatten it out in your hand and place a piece of the cheese in the middle.Cheese Stuffed Pesto Meatballs ~ Lifeofjoy.meBegin wrapping the meat around the cheese cube.

Cheese Stuffed Pesto Meatballs ~ Lifeofjoy.meClose it up and make it round.

Cheese Stuffed Pesto Meatballs ~ Lifeofjoy.meHeat oil in a skillet and fry the meatballs (about 4 minutes per side or until browned and cooked through).

Cheese Stuffed Pesto Meatballs ~ Lifeofjoy.meI waited a little too long to turn them so they are more like ‘cakes’ than ‘balls’. :D

Cheese Stuffed Pesto Meatballs ~ Lifeofjoy.meServe with pesto. We served these with zoodles.

Cheese Stuffed Pesto Meatballs ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Mozzarella Stuffed Pesto Meatballs

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground meat
  • 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons pesto + more for serving
  • 2 ounces fresh mozzarella (cut into 12 pieces)
  • 2 Tablespoons or more for frying

Instructions

  1. Combine ground meat, almond flour, egg, salt, pepper, and pesto in a bowl.
  2. Divide meat into about 12 meatballs and form meat ball around a piece of cheese.
  3. Fry in heated oil, about 4 minutes per side, until browned and cooked through.
  4. Serve hot with added pesto.
  5. We served on zoodles (strands of zucchini sauted in butter).
http://lifeofjoy.me/mozzarella-stuffed-pesto-meatballs/

I hope you enjoy this recipe.

Until next time, God bless,

 Michele ºÜº

Easy DIY Pesto ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Easy Pesto

This easy pesto whips up in just a few minutes with just a few simple ingredients.

We don’t eat pesto very often and then we seem to go through spells of eating it frequently.

Pesto is made from a few simple ingredients: basil, pine nuts, garlic, parmesan cheese, olive oil, and salt and pepper. I have made this from dried basil on occasion but must use much less. I recommend planting a basil plant in the spring as it is much cheaper than buying the packages. I’m going to try and figure out how to store it before winter/first frost.

So let’s get to it.

Rough chop the basil and put it in a mini food processor.

Pesto ~ Lifeofjoy.meAdd the pine nuts and olive oil.

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Garlic into Pesto ~ Lifeofjoy.meFinally, add Parmesan cheese.

Homemade Pesto ~ Lifeofjoy.meBlend away, until it is as smooth as you desire. (Scraping down the sides as necessary.)

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Easy Pesto

Ingredients

  • 1 cup basil
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 3 Tablespoons pine nuts
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1/3 cup olive oil

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a mini food processor and process until as smooth as desired.
http://lifeofjoy.me/easy-pesto/

We got this recipe from this website some time ago. :) I’ll share the meatball recipe sometime soon. :)

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

My Journey to Trim Healthy Mama

THM Overview ~ Lifeofjoy.meI wrote about my diet journey a few weeks ago. Today I’m going to share some of my limited knowledge of Trim Healthy Mama (THM).

It’s been about ten years since sisters Pearl and Serene shared their dietary plan with the world. They have a fun, upbeat, chatty style of writing. I actually enjoyed reading their books. Oh, I should let you know that the original book they came out with in the beginning, from what I hear, was quite large and quite verbose. ;) About five years ago they released the plan in one book and the recipes in another. Both books are hefty but much less so than the original, so I understand.

I’m now going to give you the plan, as I understand it, in a nutshell.

  • sugar free, yep, like many other plans out there, you are simply going to need to get off of those sugars. Not to fear, there are plenty of good for you, natural sweeteners available and on plan. I wrote about our favorites (although I’m not sure about the fiber syrups and the sukrin gold, as to whether they are on plan or not).
  • all meals are anchored in protein, some with healthy fats and others with healthy carbs
  • no white potatoes, white rice, or regular pasta, you can, however, have sweet potatoes, brown rice, and miracle noodles.

Ha! That’s the nutshell version; the biggies that you need to know about this plan.

Here are a few details.

  • S meals = satisfying meals These meals are the ones where protein is anchor to fats. These are the meals that are like keto meals. So these are the ones I am most familiar with and lean towards for dinners. It is recommended that you have lots of leafy veggies and good low carb veggies with your S meals. However, we don’t want to abuse calories by having an excessive amount of fat. Fat does curb your appetite though, so eat enough.
  • E meals = energizing meals These meals are where you get to eat those lovely energizing carbs. Think oatmeal for breakfast or sweet potato or quinoa with dinner. Once again, this meal is anchored in with proteins, but ones of the low fat variety. Low carb veggies are good here too, as with all meals. The difficult part of these meals is only having 1 teaspoon of fat. I’d love to smear button on some sprouted grain bread but alas, only a bit is allowed.
  • FP meals = Fuel Pulls  These recipes are so low carb and low fat that they can be used with either S or E meals. They can occasionally be used as a stand alone meal to keep your body furnace guessing.

With this way of eating, the idea is to switch up the fuels so that your body doesn’t get lazy and only burn glucose and stuff all the fats on your body. But also so it doesn’t slow down in its burning of fats by only getting those as fuel.

Another key principle is to not eat less than three hours after finishing a meal. This gives the body a good amount of time to use up all of the fuel you have given it at which time you can switch fuels without  fear of burning both fuels at once. Once you are at or near goal weight, an occasion tandem fuel meal or crossover as they call them, is a good thing. These keep you from losing too much weight. :)

If you are hungry before the three hours, you need to take note of what you ate and add either more veggies or a bit more protein next time. For the time being, you can eat a FP snack or drink.

We’ve enjoyed having oatmeal and smoothies, quinoa and brown rice. It is nice to have these foods again, even with the limited fats allowed. In weeks to come, I’ll share some of our favorites with you. :)

I highly recommend reading the Trim Healthy Mama Plan book. Our local library had it and the cookbook, so I could try it before I bought it. I loved it so much that I purchased them. If you are looking for a balanced approach to eating, this is definitely it.

OH! When I saw that THM had products for sale, it ‘turned me off’ but somewhere, in the book maybe or in a podcast or somewhere, I learned the reason was because products that they recommended had changed and no longer viable products. After that happening several times, they resorted to making it themselves. They are also very careful to provide items at a very reasonable cost. In spite of starting out a bit skeptical, I ended up completely impressed.

I hope this has helped you get an idea of the program.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Natural Sugar Alternatives

While at the baby shower on Saturday, I talked to some ladies about not eating sugar and what we use instead. So today I thought I’d share some of the sweeteners we use. I do not get any compensation for sharing this information at all.

Our favorite sweetener, by far, is Sukrin: 1. Gentle Sweet and Swerve are also very good.Sugar Alt ~ Lifeofjoy.meThese are all blends of erythritol and stevia and are all very good.

For my morning tea, I prefer Xylitol but I only by the Xyla brand because it is made from birch and not corn.Sugar Alt ~ Lifeofjoy.meBut to cut back on how much I need, I supplement with some stevia. Now not just any old stevia will work. In my tea, it must be stevia glycerite.

Sugar Alt ~ Lifeofjoy.meSometimes a recipe will require more sweetness than a one for one substitution for sugar. In this case we generally use Sukrin +. Another one we could use is Super Sweet from Trim Healthy Mama. (I like their products because they did not start out to sell products but fell into it because other suppliers changed their formulas making the products unusable. So they started their own company.)

Sugar Alt ~ Lifeofjoy.meAnother wonderful product to have on hand replaces powdered sugar: sukrin melis. This product comes from Norway. Melis is icing sugar or powdered sugar but is finely ground erythritol and stevia. Swerve has a powdered version as well. However, if you cannot find these, you can grind any of the granular ‘sugars’ in a coffee grinder. I bought one solely for this purpose.Sugar Alt ~ Lifeofjoy.meAnother vital sugar replacement is for brown sugar. Sukrin Gold is good. It is a prebiotic. I will say though that some people’s blood sugar is influenced by this one, so be careful with it.

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I also like to have some pure stevia powder on hand. I don’t generally use it by itself but it is a good sweetness booster in very small amounts. It is very economical too.

Sugar Alt ~ Lifeofjoy.meThis next one is essential in my son’s diet. :D We use the Sukrin fiber syrup gold for pancakes and such. It too is a prebiotic and also has been known to affect some people’s blood glucose level, so once again, be careful.

Sugar Alt ~ Lifeofjoy.meIn the beginning, we did not care for the clear syrup but then one day I added some cocoa powder to some and made a delicious chocolate syrup. We’ve also used it on ‘strawberry shortcake’ when we didn’t slice and sweeten the strawberries far enough in advance.

Finally, is my stash of liquid stevia sweeteners. I do not care for these as stand alone sweeteners but they are good sweetener boosters. When a recipe calls for drops of sucrose or your favorite liquid sweetener, I choose the stevia concentrate.

Sugar Alt ~ Lifeofjoy.meSince I have these I add them with melis to fat bombs to add flavor as well as sweetness, well, all except the peach. I like to add the peach to a cup of tea but I have to be very careful with it because there is a fine balance not enough and too much. ;)

That’s it! We get the sukrin products from sukrinusa.com. The Swerve, Sweetleaf stevias, stevia glycerite, and Xyla we purchase at Sprout’s but have also purchased these at Akin’s, along with the peach stevia. Of course, the Trim Healthy Mama sweeteners are from trimhealthymama.com.

I hope this helps you in your journey to a sugar-free lifestyle.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

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Pork and Sauerkraut ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Pork and Sauerkraut

Tender, savory roast with mild cabbage/sauerkraut.

I know, I never cared for it myself and when I heard it suggested that we incorporate more fermented foods into our diet I was not amused.

Unfortunately I got a urinary tract infection, I believe. Michael did some research and found that I should take as much apple cider vinegar as possible. To say I hate the stuff is an understatement. I have NEVER liked vinegar . . . at all . . . not in barbecue sauce or dressings . . . nothing. As a matter of fact, when I mix up Good Seasons dressing, I even use less vinegar than it calls for. Most recipes that call for vinegar, I cut the amount in half. I don’t even really care for pickles; the only ones I tolerate are bread and butter pickles.

So, I bought some sauerkraut and a pork roast. My mom used to make pork and sauerkraut when I was a kid but . . . I hated it. But thought I’d give it a try. So yesterday I  put a jar of German Sauerkraut in the bottom of the crockpot, sprinkled it with a little sugar alternative (Sukrin:1), put in the roast and seasoned it with onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Then I let it cook all day long. For all of that roast, I should have put in the whole two jars though because it was hard to find any.

Pork and Sauerkraut ~ Lifeofjoy.meI have to say, that I really enjoyed it. I only hope that the qualities of the fermentation are not killed by cooking it. :D I wonder if the brand had anything to do with how mild it was.

Notice in the following picture that there is a bit more meat than in the first one? I couldn’t resist, even way after dinner. :)

Pork and Sauerkraut ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Pork and Sauerkraut

Ingredients

  • 1-2 jars German sauerkraut
  • pork roast
  • sprinkling of alternative sweetener (we used Sukrin:1)
  • salt
  • pepper
  • onion powder
  • garlic powder

Instructions

  1. Pour the sauerkraut in the bottom of a crockpot.
  2. Sprinkle with a tablespoon or so of alternative sweetener.
  3. Put the roast on top of the kraut.
  4. Season with a sprinkling of salt, pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder.
  5. Cook on low heat 6-8 hours or high for 4-5.
http://lifeofjoy.me/pork-and-sauerkraut/

Until next time, God bless,

 Michele ºÜº

My Diet Journey

Taco Salad ~ Lifeofjoy.meLast week I shared some of my favorite Keto links with you. Today I want to talk a little about my journey.

About a year ago, Michael was doing some research because he’d been experiencing some things in his body and was looking for a natural way to get healthier. He stumbled upon some doctors that promote the ketogenic lifestyle. The more he researched it and prayed about it the more he felt this was something he could benefit from.

I, on the other hand, have been on so many diets that it is sad. I’ve been overweight most of my life and after I got married it only got worse (I think I was a rebellious eater ;) ) In the most recent years, I have done Atkin’s New Diet Revolution, Eat Right for Your Blood Type, Weigh Down Workshop, Let’s Do Lunch, hCg and such. I’ve also done Weight Watchers and NutriSystem, years and years ago.

The problem with most diets for me is that they want me to not eat things that I love and thereby it is unsustainable, although I gave each one a good long try at about a year each. I’m not really a quitter but during that time I tried to find ways to make the diet a lifestyle that would work for me and unfortunately, I never found one.

After gaining back the weight I’d lost on the hCg injection diet, I was distraught and had committed the matter to much prayer. I determined that God made all the food groups and that He wanted me to learn moderation in all of it. He didn’t want me to eliminate any one of them: not fats, carbs, or even fruits. Thus I was determined to take the principles I’d learned in Weigh Down Workshop, namely, eat according to hunger and listen to your body. (Well, I’ll just tell you that my mind can misinterpret what is hunger when I want to eat something . . . just saying.)

Then Michael told me that he felt he needed to do the Keto diet and that he thought it would be good for all of us to do. I felt God nudge me in that direction and later tell me that I needed to support Michael in this, as he has supported me in all my previous diets.

So I started researching and looking for guidelines and such. Unfortunately people make Keto much more confusing than it has to be by talking about macros and such. I did find some sample menus but again there was a problem; all the samples were for one person doing the diet and thus had you eating the same two or three meals throughout the week. Now that is all well and good if it is only you or maybe even just two of you but for a family of four adults, that is not going to work, especially since I don’t think we should have to eat the same thing for dinner several days in the same week. Now Tiffany, Sean, and I do not mind eating leftovers for lunch but to have the leftovers be another dinner in the same week was not good for me. :( So I just pushed through making a menu like I always did but with recipes from several different menus I’d find online.

Eventually I found Kristie Sullivan and her facebook group Low Carb Journey. Now she simplified things! Don’t eat any more than 20 total carbs in a day and it is best if each meal is only 7 total carbs. She said not to worry about all the other macros and only eat when hungry. “If you’re hungry, you’re doing it wrong!” Then I learned one more big thing from her, if you are eating enough fat in your meal you should be able to go four to six hours until your next meal and your body actually needs you to go at least 3 hours to be able to do something other than digest food all the time.

Now remember that I said I knew God was wanting me to have a balanced eating plan? I can assure you that Keto is not balanced. :D But it was a necessary step for us. In this time I believe our bodies have done some healing that would not have been possible otherwise.

Through my keto recipe hunts, I’d occasionally stumble onto a Trim Healthy Mama recipe that fit keto, so I knew that in some way THM would fit what I was already doing. I eventually decided to read about the plan in their book and knew I’d eventually turn to this way of eating. It has keto meals without abusing calories but also allows for those carbs that God created for us to eat but doing so in a setting in which it will be most beneficial to the body.

This post has gotten a bit too long, so I’ll stop by saying that we have started to incorporate some of these yummy whole grains into our menus with joy but it will be a while before we completely understand all the ins and outs of the plan and work it with ease. It was a joy to have fish tacos with rice and beans last night and know that we were completely on plan and that it would not harm our bodies.

I’m sure I’ll share more as I grow in knowledge of this amazing program.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

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Keto Links

Keto Links ~ lifeofjoy.meWe have been eating this low carb high fat way for nearly a year now. In that time, I have found some great websites with some great recipes. The ones that I go back to time and time and time again are the ones I want to share with you today.

 

The first one that I got a lot of recipes from and just overall help or tips from is Keto ~ Lifeofjoy.meWe still fix and eat some of her meatball recipes. I found her site right in the beginning of our journey and have used it many times with delicious results.

Another one I found and use a lot is Kristie Sullivan’s youtube channel, Cooking Keto with Kristie.New cookbook fun ~ Lifeofjoy.meI loved her videos and recipes so much that I joined her facebook group and purchased her cookbook. I cook a lot of things out of it.

The next one I want to share with you is one I found in the beginning and have recently found them again. Keto Links ~ Lifeofjoy.meI recently made their brownies and tortillas. They use erythritol for their sweetener and we did not like it. I’ll make it again but use Sukrin products instead. The tortillas though were great! They are worth checking out; they have a youtube channel too.

A great website, especially for sweet treats, is

Keto LInks ~ Lifeofjoy.meThe author, Carolyn, seems like a really nice and sweet lady. I enjoy reading her posts. She even allowed my daughter Tiffany to include her gingerbread cookie recipe in her book: Murder Mystery and the Gingerbread Cookies. They are pictured on the cover of the book and we enjoyed eating them. :) She mainly uses Swerve in her sweet treats, which we like as well.

These are the ones I use the most. I did get The Ketogenic Cookbook by Maria Emmerich (and Jimmy Moore) for my birthday. I knew I wouldn’t end up buying it for myself but for a good price as a birthday present it was great. It has a lot of basic recipes in it. I haven’t used it a lot but it is one I’m glad I have in my library arsenal.

I eventually stumbled upon Trim Healthy Mama because their S meals are basically keto. I got their plan and recipe books from the library. It really struck a chord with me–I immediately felt that God was leading me to eventually switch from keto to thm at some point in the future–because I have felt for a long time that God wants me to be balanced in my eating and that I will be able to eat all food groups, none eliminated. :) We have purchased these books and I have even pre-ordered their new cookbook; I’m soooo looking forward to it.

I hope these links encourage you in your dietary endeavors.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº