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Wasa Cracker Snack ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Snack Crackers with Cheese and Peppers

A light snack to keep the munchies at bay. Sweet veggies on a crunchy cracker with a creamy cheese wedge.

On Trim Healthy Mama you eat every three hours or so to keep your blood sugar level. Of course this means that you should not over indulge at any one eating. ;) I love food, so it is often difficult for me to eat slowly enough and drink something with my meal so that I realize that I am satisfied and no longer need to eat.

I start my day with a cup of oolong tea with collagen and sunflower lecithan in it. The collagen is super good for me and gives my body some protein to start revving my metabolism. Michael fixes this for me first thing every morning. :) He’s good like that.

About an hour and a half later Tiffany and I have breakfast. Then about three hours after we finish eating breakfast we have lunch. Another three hours and it is time to eat again. :) I love this way of eating! It is at this snack time where I am the most challenged. My body does not need another full meal. Some days I eat a nice rich dessert at this time because it gives my body longer to burn it off while I am away and moving. Many times I will save my piece of dessert from the night before and eat it for this snack. But I cannot do that all the time or I will never be out of the “losing weight” portion of this lifestyle. So some days I have a lighter snack.

Today I’m sharing one of those lighter snacks with you. It is very flexible but this is the way Tiffany and I prefer it.

Two Wasa light rye crackers. It is important that you have the kind with rye because it is better on your blood sugar than others. (If anything says wheat without the word sprouted, don’t buy it; it is not the right one.)

Wasa Snack ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Smear half of a LIGHT laughing cow cheese wedge on it. Here again, don’t get the original swiss because it is not the right one. The light swiss is good. However the pepperjack or asiago are okay as well. You are looking for the ones that have 35 calories. I do like this brand better than the Aldi brand because it is more pure and it seems like the wedges are larger too.

Wasa Snack Cracker ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Next add some sliced veggies. We like peppers with ours. Although I do like cucumbers sometimes.

Cutting Red Bell Pepper ~ Lifeofjoy.meWasa Bell Pepper and Laughing Cow Snack ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Sometimes we add just a single thin slice of turkey lunchmeat to up the protein a bit. It’s nice and lean and low calorie, which is helpful when you struggle losing weight. ;)

Wasa Snack with Turkey ~ Lifeofjoy.me

That’s it. A nice little snack to keep the munchies at bay until dinner, in three hours. It is a very light snack so it helps my body release weight more readily.

I hope this idea helps you in your weight loss endeavors.

Until next time, God bless,

 Michele ºÜº

Roasted Green Beans ~ lifeofjoy.me

Green Fries (a.k.a. Roasted Green Beans)

Another tasty roasted vegetable! These are not pretty but they are good.

I had never thought to roast green beans before. Mostly because the majority of the green beans I have eaten over the years have been from a can. Many years ago though, I was introduced to frozen thin whole green beans. It was in a crockpot meal that I really should fix again and share here with you.

You see, my experience with fresh green beans was that they were crunchy. Ewww, yep, that is not a word I liked associated with my vegetables in the past. (I’ve gotten a bit better now.) At any rate, that recipe has frozen (or fresh) whole green beans in the crockpot with chicken and they come out like we love them! :) Super flavorful and yummy and nary a crunch around.

When I did the hCg diet, I learned to roast vegetables other than potatoes, like cauliflower, broccoli, brussels sprouts, and even mushrooms, onions, and peppers. So I don’t know why it surprised me when I started Trim Healthy Mama (THM) and heard about roasted green beans but I was surprised. I gave it a shot anyway and we all love them. We can easily go through two bags for our family of four (adults).

So, I thought I’d share this simple easy “recipe” with you today. It isn’t exactly a recipe as much as it is a process. You see, we use the same process for most all of our roasted veggies, mostly because we like them this way. (If it ain’t broke, don’t be trying to fix it. ;) )

We take two bags of these frozen fancy green beans and pour them out onto a large baking sheet.

Roasted Green Beans ~ Lifeofjoy.meSprinkle with salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, and nutritional yeast, the last of which is a newer addition and thus optional. Really use whatever seasonings you like. If you like a spicy seasoning, use some Tony’s creole seasoning (just skip the salt though) or add cayenne pepper, chili powder, paprika, and/or cumin. If you want more of an Italian flair, use herbs to season them like basil and oregano. Seriously, it’s hard to mess these up if they are seasonings you like. :)

Roasted Green Bean Seasoning ~ Lifeofjoy.meRoasted Green Beans Seasoned ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Drizzle a little oil of choice over them. (We use olive oil but some people think that baking that oil at high temperatures ruins it, so use whatever you desire.)

Drizzle Oil on green beans ~ Lifeofjoy.meSeasoned green beans ~ Lifeofjoy.meToss to distribute all the oil and seasonings. I forgot to sprinkle with nutritional yeast, so we did it on the table. :)

Bake in the oven. Now here’s the deal. You can bake these in a higher heat for a shorter time or a lower heat for a longer time. I do whatever I need to at the moment. I’ve done it on 350º for somewhere around 45-60 minutes but I’m usually a bit more impatient and crank it up to 400º or even 450º and they bake in 30-45 minutes, to our liking. Really just check on them after about 15-20 minutes and stir them. Then keep checking them every t minutes or so, depending on how high you have the temperature.

Roasted Green Beans ~ Lifeofjoy.meTake them out and gobble them up. If you are a dipper, you can make a dipping sauce to go with it. One I’ve seen and liked was mayo with a bit of tomato paste and a dash of cayenne.

Serving Roasted Green Beans ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Green Fries (a.k.a. Roasted Green Beans)

Ingredients

  • 2 bags of frozen fine green beans (about 12-16 ounces each)
  • seasonings to taste:
  • salt
  • pepper
  • onion powder
  • garlic powder
  • nutritional yeast (optional but yummy)
  • Oil

Instructions

  1. Put frozen green beans on a rimmed baking sheet.
  2. Sprinkle with desired seasonings.
  3. Drizzle with your preferred oil.
  4. Bake on 350º-450º for 30-60 minutes depending on temperature and desired doneness.
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Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

THM Tips and Treats

If you do healthy eating at all, you really should get the two cookbooks from Trim Healthy Mama! They are simply wonderful. I know there are a lot of people that struggle with things not tasting as right to them and struggle eating them. The best thing you can do in that situation is get completely off of sugar and the high carb foods (white flour, white rice, POTATOES, and yes, pasta) for a while. Eat simply cooked foods for a few weeks, grilled, sauteed, and baked meats with vegetables you do like. If you are not a fan of veggies, try roasting them, as it brings out the sweetness in them.

The other thing to do is to find an alternative natural sweetener. Xylitol is a good place to start. But you need to know two things, first that you can overdo it and it can cause you to have some intestinal discomfort and/or very loose bowel movements. So, you want to use it in moderation. And secondly, when you are looking for a xylitol to use, read the source of the xylitol. I choose not to use one that is derived from corn because it is hard to find a pure corn. (Oh! and if you have a dog be sure it doesn’t eat anything with xylitol in it because it can be deadly for them.)

The other natural sweetener you want to find a version you can acquire a taste for is stevia. My preferred stevia is stevia glycerite but I have learned to like Trim Healthy Mama’s Pure Stevia Extract Powder as well. We use a variety of sweeteners to avoid intestinal distress. But yet, it still sneaks in on us occasionally and we need to assess where we overdid it. It can be a bit of a puzzle some times (but worth it for all the delicious yumminess). ;)

Stick with more natural flavors when you first give up sugar. Try to find the natural sweetness in lower glycemic fruits. Stay away from chocolate desserts in the beginning because it is harder to get the sweetness right with them. After your tastes have adjusted to a lower glycemic diet and you have found the sweeteners you prefer, then you can begin to find low carb, sugar free version of your old favorite desserts. Know that it won’t taste exactly like the version you used to eat but that it can be just as pleasing in its own right.

For Valentine’s Day I made Michael, Sean, and Tiffany each a sweet treat. Sean’s was “rice krispy treats”. This is the one with which I was the least happy but Sean enjoyed it and so did Tiffany. I’m going to have to work with this recipe some more to make it crispier; currently it is not crispy. ;) I’m told it has good flavor though. (This one was in Trim Healthy Table.)

For Michael, I made some candies that are like a Payday candy. I made them in bars and they really turned out good this time. I was careful to measure the chopped peanuts so there was enough syrupy part to cover them completely. I’ve been generous with the peanuts in the past and it made the candies so that they didn’t stay together well. For those that have the Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook, the one I made is the payoff candies.

I made four batches of two-minute truffles (from Trim Healthy Table) for Tiffany. They are a chocolate peanut flour truffle. I made it with my kitchenaide mixer which made it much easier. We have found that they only stay fresh in the refrigerator for two days. Next time I make enough to last a few days, I will freeze the extra. (As usual, I was too busy to even think about snapping pictures . . . so sorry about that . . . I really am trying to improve on this. ;) )

And finally, I made the trimtastic mostess cupcakes which resemble Hostess cupcakes. Oh my gracious! They were delicious!!! Even though the ganache on top needed adjusting when I made it, it turned out great.

THM cupcake ~ Lifeofjoy.meI had a little bit of an issue with the cream filling though because I let the gelatin cool down too much and I ended up with some lumps in it. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing except that I was trying to pipe the swirl on the top and the clumps wouldn’t go through the tip very well. Sometimes I had to press very hard. One time, the cream shot way across the table. :D

Mostess Cupcake ~ Lifeofjoy.meWe had these for three days because it made twelve and there are only four of us. We refrained ourselves because I wanted to make them last. :)

Well, I’ve gotten a bit wordy today. Sorry it isn’t a recipe but more a list of some of the ones we have enjoyed recently.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Light Laughing Cow Cheese

Laughing Cow Cheese ~ Lifeofjoy.meYeah, sorry this is not a recipe today. What it is, is a rave about Light Laughing Cow Cheese. It reminds me of a cream cheese. It is a creamy wedge of low calorie cheese.

I use it on sandwiches for moisture and flavor instead of mayonnaise since I cannot have my beloved Miracle Whip. It can be used with cooked veggies to give them a bit of a creamy sauce. It melts up really well.

I’ve even used it instead of block cheese on an omelet for a low calorie option. Now, I must say that Trim Healthy Mama is NOT necessarily about low calories but my body is currently in a place where I need to ensure that I do not abuse calories. When I was on keto I did abuse them quite bit and thus did not lose weight after the initial losses. In order to lose weight, I have to cut back a bit and have lots of non-starchy veggies.

Regular cheese can cause my weight loss to stall. To be fair, I do tend to over do it a bit (a lot) where cheese is concerned. I love cheese! Cheese makes everything better. :)

Aldi has a version of this cheese but it has carrageenan in it so it is not as pure as Laughing Cow. Sometimes my budget requires that I use the cheaper Aldi brand though, but it is possible that it causes inflammation in my system. I’m looking into it a bit more but am concerned about it in dairy products, so better to stay with Laughing Cow.

Now, most of the Laughing Cow flavors are good to use in any setting of the THM plan but I know there are a couple that have higher calories and fat, so they should not be used in the E (carbohydrate) or FP (low in both fat and carbs) meals. Stay clear of the Original Swiss but the Light Swiss is great. But the Creamy Asiago and Pepperjack flavors are also the lower calorie flavors. You are looking for the ones with 1.5 fat grams and 35 calories.

I hope this helps your creamy, cheesy craving if you need to limit your dairy, if but for a season.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

WWBB ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Another Kind of Bread

Low-Calorie bread that you can have slathered in butter if you so desire. :)

My first attempt at this Wonderful White Blender Bread from the Trim Healthy Mama Table cookbook page 242, turned out less than stellar results. ;)

FP Bread ~ Lifeofjoy.meAlthough it did some serious collapsing, it was still edible and good enough that another loaf was desired.

The second time yielded much better results. I also made a batch into buns. They weren’t very large buns but they made some nice hamburgers. I’ll make them again this week to have with the Slim Sloppy Joes.

Brian, Lauren, and Liam were here this weekend and they liked it too. We finished off the loaf I made a few days prior.

It looked really nice and didn’t have that big fold over top that I’ve had on previous loaves and that I’ve seen online of other’s loaves. This time I changed up a few things per other’s experiences on the THM Facebook group, so I think that contributes to the lack of fold over.

I’ll walk you through it, as I make another loaf. (That is my only regret about this recipe, it makes only one loaf instead of two.)

So first up is to get a whole lot of eggs whites. Yes, it is easier to use egg whites from the carton but I cannot pay $3 or even more for a quart when I can get 5 dozen eggs for just $2.08 which turns out to render quite a bit more than four cups. So, I start this (and many recipes) by separating eggs. Thankfully we have animals that love the cooked yolks. ;)

Egg whites in Blender ~ Lifeofjoy.meThe whites go into the blender while I go measure out the other ingredients.

Modified WWBB Ingredients ~ Lifeofjoy.meI measure out the ingredients into a bowl. All the dry in one and the cup of Greek yogurt. Then I run the blender for a minute with just the egg whites and xanthan gum.

Egg whites ~ Lifeofjoy.meAdd the remaining ingredients.

Add dry ingredients to blender ~ Lifeofjoy.meAdd Gk Yog ~ Lifeofjoy.meBlend for another minute or so.

Pour into sprayed straight sided loaf pan.

Baking Bread ~ Lifeofjoy.meBaking Bread ~ Lifeofjoy.me

After it is baked, lay it on its side and keep it in the oven with it turned off for about 10-15 minutes to keep it from falling.Bread ~ Lifeofjoy.meThen put it on a cooling rack on its side to cool some more.

bread ~ Lifeofjoy.mebread ~ Lifeofjoy.me bread ~ Lifeofjoy.me bread ~ Lifeofjoy.meWhen it is freshly baked, it has a squishy sponginess. I don’t know how it tastes because I waited and toasted mine.

toast ~ lifeofjoy.me toast ~ lifeofjoy.meI shared though; it’s hubby approved.

Hubby Approved Bread ~ Lifeofjoy.meHope you like it too.

Another Kind of Bread

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups egg whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 3/4 cup whey protein isolate powder
  • 1/2 cup THM Baking Blend
  • 1/2 cup oat fiber (THM or LIfesource 500 brands)
  • 1 cup greek yogurt or 1% cottage cheese
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon THM Super Sweet Blend (Or possibly Sukrin +)
  • 1/2 teaspoon mineral salt
  • 1 tablespoon yeast (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350º and spray loaf pan with coconut oil spray.
  2. Blend the egg whites and xanthan gum on high for about a minute in the blender (or some say a mixer will work too)
  3. Add remaining ingredients and blend for about 30 seconds.
  4. Scrape down the sides of the blender to ensure it gets well blended.
  5. Blend for another 30 or so seconds.
  6. Pour into loaf pan.
  7. Bake for 40-50 minutes.
  8. When it is done, turn off the oven and lay the pan on its side and stay in oven for another 10 minutes or so.
  9. Then remove from oven and put on its side on a cooling rack.
  10. When cool, slice.
  11. Store in gallon size baggie with a paper towel in the refrigerator if it will last longer than a day.
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Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Big Bowl Cinnamony Oatmeal ~ Lifeofjoy.me

A BIG Bowl of Creamy Oatmeal

Filling, creamy, big bowl of cinnamony oatmeal (or chocolate or strawberry, lots of possibilities).

Growing up when we had oatmeal, it was generally the standard old fashioned rolled oats. Mom made it following the directions and served it with buttered toast. Our oatmeal was nice and thick and could be easily situated on top of the toast, if so desired. ;) Of course, I put LOTS of sugar in my bowl of oatmeal to make it nice and sweet but also a little less dense. The thought never occurred to me, to add milk.

Now, all these years later, I’ve tried different versions of oatmeal, mostly due to Trim Healthy Mama. I have to admit that I am NOT a fan of milky oatmeal that somewhat resembles a bowl of cereal with all the milk, also known as Creamy Grains in the THM Cookbook pgs. 252 and 253. (I’m not a huge cereal fan either though.)

I attempted the Big Bowl Cinnamon Oatmeal (THT pg. 354) recipe, the first time, with some reservation. But I needed a THM E (carb meal) breakfast and this promised to be a BIG bowl with substance.

WOW! I was surprised and impressed. This is now my favorite way to eat hot oatmeal. :) Well, since I cannot have a nice piece of toast slathered in butter and still lose weight. :D

I won’t share the whole recipe but will share enough of the directions with you that you can still make it, even if you don’t have the cookbook. (But seriously, you should get the cookbooks, there are so many great recipes in them.)

I made a double batch because Tiffany and I both wanted a full serving. :) The written directions will be a single serving though. I just didn’t want you thinking what I made was a single serving. ;)

Put 1/2 cup of oats in a pot.

Big Bowl Oatmeal ~ Lifeofjoy.meThen add 3/4 cup almond milk (or whatever milk you prefer).

Almond Milk ~ lIfeofjoy.meNext add in a cup of water, your desired sweetener, a dash of vanilla, and some cinnamon.

Big Bowl Oatmeal ~ Lifeofjoy.meBring it to a quick boil. I put the lid on so that it boils quicker.

Red cooking pot oatmeal ~ Lifeofjoy.me(yeah, it’s a little blurry because I was trying to get the flame to show up and it wouldn’t with the flash, so I had to stand still, and I’m never very still, while the shutter was open)

After it comes to a boil, reduce the heat to low and remove the pot from the heat for about 30 seconds, then return the pot to the burner with the lid on and let it steam for 10 minutes. During that ten minutes the oats will begin to plump. :)

Then turn off the heat and let it sit for another minute or two, to thicken up a bit more.

Cooked creamy cinnamon oatmeal ~ Lifeofjoy.meI know you cannot tell how much this thickened up, but trust me, it is no longer runny.

Big Bowl Cinnamon Oatmeal ~ Lifeofjoy.eOkay, I did give myself a bit more of the oatmeal than Tiffany because she doesn’t eat all of hers. ;)

Bowls of Oatmeal ~ Lifeofjoy.meThis next picture isn’t that great but you can see that the oatmeal is not thin.

Spoonful of Big Bowl Oatmeal ~ Lifeofjoy.me

A BIG Bowl of Creamy Oatmeal

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • dash vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • cinnamon (optional)

Instructions

  1. Put everything into the pot and bring it to a quick boil.
  2. Reduce heat to low and remove pot for about 30 seconds or so to let it cool down a bit.
  3. Place it back on the burner and put a lid on the pot for 10 minutes.
  4. Then remove pot from the burner (turn the burner off) and let is sit for another minute or two to let it thicken up a little bit more.
  5. Sprinkle with a little cinnamon "sugar" on top.
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I hope you enjoy this as much as we do. I’m amazed how full I can get on a 1/2 cup of oatmeal. :)

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Lots of Baking

I’ve missed chips. Not necessarily potato chips but something crunchy (and not a vegetable) to eat with an E sandwich or to snack on. So I decided to try the Puffs from Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook on page 460.

"Nacho" Puffs ~ Lifeofjoy.meI made a mistake and added the coating seasonings in the batter. :(

Puffs again ~ Lifeofjoy.meWe still ate them. and I tried again later in the week.

Puffs again ~ Lifeofjoy.meI decided that I really like the Kedorito seasoning better, which is very sad because I made up a lot of this macho nacho seasoning. Kedorito season is a recipe from Kristie Sullivan of Cooking Keto with Kristie; she made it to taste like Doritos. Maybe I can mix the two but I like the tomato of the kedorito seasoning better than the macho nacho. So, I’ll try again. They were VERY dry this last time.

It is important to space them evenly on the parchment paper lined baking sheet so that they all get baked the same. I was trying to get by with only two sheets for a double batch of puffs, which is supposed to take two sheets each but I wouldn’t have had space in my oven for four trays. I ended up having some too close to each other this last time and so they weren’t as cooked as they should be. So, I put them back in the oven after spraying and coating with the seasoning and left them a little long, which is a theme of my week that you will notice here in another instance.

So, I’ll do the puffs again, hoping that the third time is the charm and a keeper.

I also made some sprouted spelt bread.

Sprouted Spelt Bread ~ Lifeofjoy.meFor the life of me, I cannot get it to rise more than this. The one loaf is a little better than the other but alas, short loaves. This is the recipe from the THMCookbook too, page 200 or over on joyful-jane.com. (I used Jane’s recipe the first several times I made this and used the sprouted white wheat four she recommends but mine still looked pretty much like this. Since this is made with the spelt, I’m told that is why it doesn’t rise as much.

I really like the tip she gave about letting it rise in a warmed oven. Well, when I made this the first time, I wondered if my oven was warm without doing any preheating; so I put a thermometer in the oven and found it was 90º, without turning it on at all. This is perfect because she said you want the temp between 80º and 100º I think.

Next up was Swiss Crackers from page 457 of the Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook. These are a fuel pull too (which means they can be eaten any time, with any meal because they are low in carbs and low in fat).

I liked these and didn’t get a picture of them the first time around. Here again, I didn’t get them made exactly right the first time around, I don’t remember what I did wrong but they turned out okay and were completely eaten by the family.

OH! I know what was up! I have a gas oven and it says that the lowest temperature is 200º so I thought that I couldn’t make these on the 150º or 175º that the recipe required. But then I remembered when I made the bread that the oven is at 90º and that I could probably turn it up somewhere before the 200º mark and be close to the required temperature.

In my week of baking attempts I had the oven on 200º and then opened the door and backed it down a bit, checked the temp and wha-la 175º. I backed it down a bit more and found 150º. So for  this second attempt I put the oven where I marked that it was 150º and proceeded to wait for hours for the crackers to bake. I went back after 3 hours and checked them and they were way too moist still and the temperature was not right. Ugh!!! So, I turned the knob up to 200 and back down to a little above where I marked the 150 and left it.

Ummm, I forgot about it and went to bed. The next morning I checked on them and they were definitely crispy!

Too Crispy Swiss Crackers ~ Lifeofjoy.meYeah, they are not supposed to be that brown! Okay. No problem. Next batch will be better. And hey, these too have been eaten, even in their way over crisp state. We don’t toss food unless it is absolutely inedible. :D Since Tiffany said these reminded her of animal crackers, we decided that we will add a little bit more sweetener to a batch in the future and see if we can get it to taste more like an animal cracker.

Believe it or not, that isn’t even all the baking I did last week! I also made some pasta and some muffins. Tiffany even did some baking too. I’ll have to share those adventures another day as this has gotten too long.

Yes, a bit of a cheat post because there is no recipe. I’m just talking about good eats and directing you to their recipes. :) I’m also encouraging you to keep trying when a recipe doesn’t turn out the way you thought it should the first time.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Mixed Berry Kefir

Another delicious kefir variety with frozen strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries.

This week I’m sharing another way to make a kefir (ke-FEAR) drink. I know it is a bit of a cop out because by now you have the idea of what to do. But it is the only thing that was coming to me this week.

So here it is. Start with about a cup of kefir. (I made this for four people so I had two cups. I usually make for at least two half to three-quarter cup servings.)

Plain double fermented kefir ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Add a few strawberries, about a quarter to one third cup of blueberries, and about a quarter cup of blackberries. (I prefer blueberries but the blackberry seeds are pulverized in the blender.)

Frozen berries + Kefir ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Add in about 4-6 ice cubes, or more if you like yours really thick and icy. It is currently VERY cold out and I’m not into drinking or eating cold things when I’m cold.

Kefir +berries + ice ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Add in sweetener of your choice; 2-3 doonks of stevia powder which is a scant 1/8th of a teaspoon. (You can see the powdered stevia in the picture above.)

Blend away!

Blending Mixed Berry Kefir ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Drink up. Mixed Berry Kefir ~ Lifeofjoy.meI recently read where a gal had tried for years to get pregnant and couldn’t, and even spent lots of money on fertility drugs and such. Finally decided to stop trying and just enjoy the niece she has and get healthy. She started drinking kefir daily and ended up getting pregnant. So, maybe it can help if you are trying to get pregnant. Although, as with most things, don’t go overboard. It appears that drinking too much can also not be good for getting pregnant. :)

Kefir ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

E Kefir ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Kefir as an E Drink

Kefir with peaches, pineapple, and citrusy baobab for a yummy, healthy drink.

This week I’m showing you how to make Kefir as an E drink. It is really simple. Add a few slices of frozen peaches, a bit of frozen pineapple, ice, and stevia. That’s it. Give it a whirl in the blender and drink.

E Kefir Ingredients ~ Lifeofjoy.meBlending Kefir ~ Lifeofjoy.meSimply blend and serve! :)

Fruity E Kefir ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Kefir as an E Drink

Ingredients

  • All of these measurements are approximates and very flexible, change as you desire.
  • 1 cup double-fermented kefir
  • 4 slices frozen peaches
  • handful frozen pineapple
  • 4-8 ice cubes depending on how thick/slushy you want
  • 2-3 doonks stevia extract powder

Instructions

  1. Put it all in a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Drink.
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I hope you enjoy this healthy probiotic, prebiotic drink.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Beginning Trim Healthy Mama

Healthy food ~ Lifeofjoy.meI’m writing this post, not as an authority in the Trim Healthy Mama (THM) community but more for those of my friends who are interested in beginning this eating lifestyle.

Here are my tips for beginning:

  • I recommend you get the Trim Helthy Mama Plan book either from the library system, new or used online or in a bookstore. You can just get the Trim Healthy Table cookbook which came out recently and has a summary of the plan in the first 3 chapters but for a better understanding, I recommend the plan book. If you cannot get that, here is an online resource you can use.
  • You want to eat your fats separate from your carbs. So although you can have brown rice or sweet potatoes you cannot have them with steak but you could have it with chicken breast. You want to have lean meats with your carbs. It is important to have all your meals anchored with protein; this doesn’t mean you need six ounces of protein but definitely some. Protein slows the rise of blood sugar from eating carbs.
  • You want to have three hours between eating. Don’t eat sooner, even if hungry. If you are hungry prior to 3 hours, note what you ate last and increase amounts next time or drink a sipper, cup of tea, or water. It is actually good to be hungry because that means the body has run through the fuel you cave it and is now ready for more (and should get it from your fat stores). You can change your fuel source after three hours, so you can have a meal with nice healthy fats and three hours later a meal with yummy sweet potatoes.
  • You will need lots of non-starchy vegetables. I suggest lettuce, onions, zucchini, cauliflower, broccoli, green beans, and frozen okra. These are our basics.
  • Did I mention eggs? Yeah, we use lots of eggs. I really like eggs. I bake a lot with eggs.
  • Find a sugar alternative that you like. If you want to only get yours from a local store, I’d look for Swerve or Pyure (be sure it is only erythritol and stevia, they have some with extra ingredients that are not on plan). I also like stevia glycerite. But if you can order online, I recommend getting Gentle Sweet and Pure Stevia Extract Powder from THM. Here is my post on sugar alternatives.
  • You will also need a flour alternative, since on THM you do not use things made of regular flour. I highly recommend Baking Blend from THM.  I also like to have coconut flour, blanched almond flour, whey protein isolate powder, flax meal, and oat fiber on hand to make baked goods. I get coconut flour and blanched almond flour from my local Wal-mart. The flax meal from either Walmart or Sprouts. Whey protein isolate powder I get from Sprouts as well, from their bulk section. However the oat fiber must be ordered online. I prefer LifeSource 500 brand which I get from Netrition.com; I’d stocked up and have not yet tried the THM oat fiber. Nili’s Blend is a good alternative but you need collagen and I get my collagen from THM, so might as well buy the baking blend. However, having said that, I do keep this recipe on hand for if I run out THM Baking Blend.
  • Some items we have decided we love using are THM collagen, nutritional yeast, and sunflower lecithin. We also get sprouted wheat flour and/or spelt flour for making homemade bread for use in a carb meal.

Well, I think that is enough for today. If you have questions, let me know and I’ll see if I can help.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº