Fuel Cycle Week 1

Welcome to the first week of Fuel Cycle! I am so thankful a friend of mine, Michelle, invited me to do the fuel cycle with her. Sometimes the thought of 2-3 weeks of a fuel cycle is daunting if you have no one to share it with. She has been great for exchanging ideas and accountability. We take photo’s of our 3 hr snack/meal and text them to each other. This helps me to stay on plan and she gives me great ideas for other meals I can incorporate into my Fuel Cycle week.

I love to get ideas from recipes BUT having a picture to go along with it is so much better! So I thought I would share my food journal with you so you can see what I have been eating daily for this first FC week. There will be repetition I am sure but great taste!!

I am not an early morning eater, I get myself prepared for the day before sitting down for breakfast. If you like to eat early in the morning then you may have to insert an extra snack between breakfast and lunch.

Day 1 – Deep S

Breakfast 9am

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Though I would like to say that I kicked off the three days of Deep S with a breakfast of BACON and eggs, I didn’t. I did a smoothie blend of the Fat Stripping Frappa page 240 in the THM book and the Basic Whey Smoothie on page 243. I added the 1 tbsp of Coconut oil and added the optional egg yolk. Along with the smoothie I had a coffee the Trimmaccino way. It was a lot of liquid but delicious 🙂

 

Lunch 12 pm

I decided that for this meal I would have my eggs over-easy. For a side dish I used up some left over ground beef which had Brussels Sprouts, zucchini, red pepper, and mushroom mixed in – seasoned well! And to drink…the wonderful, marvelous, delightful singing canary!

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Snack 3pm

I did a bit of digging around on the internet for this one. For the fuel cycle they suggest that you have nothing that contains nuts or seeds so I can’t do the quick Muffin in a Mug page 256 of the THM book. After some searching I found something new that I wanted to try! You can find more about this new recipe in another blog post that gives more detail on how I went about making it. It came from Briana Thomas’ blog and the recipe is called Hot Custard. She made it for her Fuel Cycle so I thought I would give it a shot! I remember my Nan used to always make us jello and custard for dessert when we went to her house. It’s a wonderful memory I have of my Nan.

IMG_5991After getting the custard made I put it in a container annnnd…a (6)

….took it to work for my 3pm snack time! It was great! Such a wonderful find.

 

Dinner 7:30pm

It was a Friday….and my husband wanted to take me out for dinner…and I was not about to say no to dinner out with my amazing husband. So I agreed. We had been given 2 gift cards for Applebee’s. Though we are Canadian we live 5 mins from the States and take trips across every now and then. We were able to use our gift cards! I did the best I could with the menu I was given. We were a little late getting around to eating but that’s okay.

a (7)First (as I looked over the menu with my indecisive personality), I ordered a water with lemon. I love my lemons and dislike when they give you a wedge that you can’t squeeze into your water :). But they were great and I got a wonderful lemon slice! Then a garden salad, no croutons with oil and vinegar on the side for dressing. They were very friendly and I had a wonderful salad topped with oil and vinegar. (I asked for Olive oil and I hope that’s what I got). Either way it was delicious! I wasn’t sure if they allowed tomato and cheese serving on Deep S days (and I didn’t have my book to check) so I gave them to my husband 🙂

a (1)Next up was the main course, and it was steak for me!! I was hungry and was almost finished my steak before I thought of taking a picture, so you’re lucky I even got a photo of it!! I requested a side of broccoli vs. having rice, potato or fries. I am getting better at not giving into the temptation! Again, I wasn’t sure of the serving amount of onion that is okay for Deep S so I just ate the mushrooms and left the onion.
As you can see there was some sauce. I’m not sure what it was made of but it was super delicious so I did have some of that with each bite. I wasn’t too worried. You have to live balanced and not too extreme so hooray for sauce! I tell you, the meal was satisfying and delicious. I did the best I could do with what I was given.

Snack 10:30pm

Okay, i’ll be honest…I don’t normally have a snack this late at night. However, I was quite hungry by the time 10:30 came around. My husband was out playing hockey with friends and I was waiting up…so I cooked myself some beef and zucchini! Why not, it fit Deep S and it filled my tummy! It was quite tasty too I might add 🙂IMG_6000Day 2 – Deep S

Breakfast 9am

IMG_6003Can you tell….I LIKE BEEF. Yes I do! So of course for breakfast, a change from a smoothie or fried eggs I choose scrambled eggs. I fried the eggs in Red Palm oil and added a bit of extra egg white from the carton. The seasoned beef was left over so I heated it up in a pan. And can’t forget the amazing trimmaccino!


Lunch 12am

I definitely utilize the beef farms during my S days. I bet you’d be able to guess my meal! Cabbage and BEEF, you got it! But oh so delicious. It doesn’t take much to make me happy in terms of food. God has blessed and I am thankful! I created a concoction of sorts for a coleslaw. I knew mayo wasn’t on the Deep S “can” list so I used oil, vinegar, spices, cilantro, almond milk, and so on. It wasn’t horrible though my husband did ask if it was wasabi….lol that might be saying something. But I could eat it no problem, maybe a few tweaks next time.IMG_6010


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Snack 3pm

Okay, so I have not been able to find a muffin/cake in a bowl/mug that tastes like a brownie. I thought it was high time for me to do some searching. Though I never found any one recipe in particular, I took components of what I found and of the two recipes in the THM book (page 256 & 258) and made my own version of a brownie! Wahooo for creating recipes. This can be used for Deep S!!

Deep S Brownie recipe:

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  • 1 tsp melted butter
  • 2 tsp unsweetened almond milk
  • Splash of vanilla
  • 2 1/2 tsp THM Sweet Blend
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp oat fiber
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder

Mix all ingredients and microwave for 50 seconds – 1 minute. Don’t over do!! You want it to be moist. So when you take it out and the center is still a bit wet looking mix it all up so you have a moist brownie mixture. Nothing worse than a dry brownie 🙂
IMG_6026Along with the brownie I made more custard! I really enjoy the custard. We were invited out to a friend’s for our evening meal so I knew that while everyone else was having a decadent sugar-full dessert I would want something of my own…so I only ate half the brownie and half of the custard mix and saved the rest for later. It was a fabulous mixture of flavours!

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Dinner 6:30/7 pm

So, when you are out for dinner what do you do? You don’t have to be rude, you don’t have to stand out, you don’t have to be a food snob. Take what is there that you know is on plan. If food is forced on you, you can politely refuse it or take it and be on plan in 3 hours. Don’t let food become so much of an idol that you are scared to eat off plan once in a while. However, because I was on the cycle and I wanted to do my best to stay on plan I politely passed over the food I wasn’t going to eat (ie. potatoes, dressing ladened salad, juice) and opted for a heaping spoon full of the veggies I offered to bring and the meat that was prepared by our host.
IMG_2028I took a quick photo of the food but I was mostly finished my plate before I thought to be sneaky like that. The food was delicious. For dessert you have no idea…my husband went off-plan for the amazing looking Oreo dessert and a butterscotch dessert. But with the help of my good partner Michelle I stayed strong and did not
give into the temptation 🙂 I had
brought a dessert (the half brownie and custard left over) and was able to eat it on the side to satisfy my sweet tooth. All was great! Even when the desserts came out a SECOND time later that evening. I should have taken a photo of the amazing looking dessert so you could see exactly what I was turning down.

Either way it was an amazing evening with amazing friends and I am so thankful to God for their kindness and hospitality.

Day 3 – Deep S

Breakfast 9am
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Another bright sun-shiny day here in Sarnia, with maybe a touch of snow on the ground. A good day for some boiled eggs and a Trimmaccino. Always a welcome change to the fried and scrambled eggs. It just amazes me the diversity of God’s food. He is good to us! A simple quick breakfast. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and away you go! Those eggs were boiled for about 9 mins to get them to hard boiled (that’s from the time we put them in boiled water till it came to a boil again and we took them out) If you like soft the obvious is to boil for a less amount of time 🙂


Lunch 1:30pm

I am super excited to share this lunch with you!! Okay, so back in my non-THM days I IMG_2033used to love using canned mushroom soup in recipes. I especially like my mother’s beef stroganoff. Well, I found a way to make a delicious mushroom soup mix to create beef stroganoff!! How awesome 🙂 I have written a separate post on the making of the sauce and the beef stroganoff here but for now you can see the result and I tell you was it ever delightful and satisfied my craving! That creamy sauce and beef over the delectable spaghettified Zucchini. The coleslaw is left over from yesterday’s lunch. Oh so satisfying and I am sure you will also enjoy it!

Snack 5pm

Don’t mind the timing of my meals today. Sunday’s are a busy day! I work around our church schedule that’s why the timing is a bit odd. It works though!

I decided to have a late snack, since we have a Gospel service later in the evening. We IMG_6049usually eat supper once we get home in the evening. For a snack I had another helping of my brownie in a bowl, as per recipe noted above. My friend Michelle kept sending me photos of her Hot Chocolate Trimmaccino so I had to make one for myself (and Scott) before my Deep S day’s were over. It always looked so delicious! And let me tell you, is it ever amazing! No need for powdered hot chocolate when you have this as an option! Of course I had to make one for my husband and he loved it as well!

IMG_6058Dinner 8:30/9 

IMG_6063I had some Kale so I let it marinade for the hour or 2 we were away so that it would soften a bit. I made a oil & vinegar dressing with spices and some lemon juice. I also fried a piece of Salmon with green beans, mushrooms and zucchini fried for a side dish. To drink I had a peppermint tea.

Day 4 – Fuel Pull

Breakfast 9am

The night before I had made this for breakfast, so it was quick to pull out and eat in the morning. Breakfast was the Chia Tapioca Pudding, page 234 in the Trim Healthy Mama Book. I really enjoy this simple little concoction. Along with a peppermint tea, it was a good start to my day.

Lunch 12pm

Again, I had put this lunch together the night before as per the recipe. It was the Cookie Bowl Oatmeal, page 232 in the Trim Healthy Mama book. Nothing like a big bowl of chocolate! And of course a coffee on the side.IMG_2041

Snack 3pm

If you have never made the Mouth Watering Meringues on page 370 of the Trim Healthy IMG_6118Mama book, then you are missing out on delightfulness! I really enjoy these, it doesn’t tell you what the serving size is but there would hardly be any carbs or fats so I would say eat away!!
I brought some of these wonderful creations to work for my 3pm snack. YUM!

Dinner 6:30pm

All I can say about this recipe is that if you have not yet tried it you must try it tonight!! Pearl and Serene are just amazing. First, turn to page 341 in your Trim Healthy Mama book and you will find the recipe for Sweet and Spicy Asian Stir Fry. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!
A glass of homemade lemonade (Water, lemon juice to taste, stevia). You’re all set for a delicious dinner!
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Snack 9:15 pm

Scott and I enjoy going out for coffee dates and we don’t let THM or Fuel Cycle get in the way of our enjoyment of life downtown. So, what better to bring that the leftover Mouth Watering Meringues and coffee. Life is great!IMG_2049 And Snuck a little snap shot of Scott devouring cookies and coffee….something he loves to do 🙂
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Day 5 – Fuel Pull

Breakfast 9am

IMG_2059Today I discovered something that I think has become an ultimate favorite of mine. I am so excited that I stumbled across it and I am super excited to share it with you. I will amaze you and your taste buds! Other photos and where I found the recipe can be found HERE. However, here I will just show you the breakfast picture. It is half of a easy peasy FP shortcake with a few strawberries mixed with vanilla, stevia and Greek Yogurt over top. Simply delightful!! I also have a side of the Big Boy Smoothie, page 242 of the Trim Healthy Mama book.

Lunch 12pm

For lunch I had left IMG_2061over Sweet and Spicy Asian Stir fry, page 341 in the Trim Healthy Mama book. I was at work and must have been very hungry because I didn’t manage to get a picture of it until I had demolished it!! So, there you have it an empty bowl. I can definitely and safely tell you that it was just as delicious as it was last night!

Snack 3:10pm

Were my taste buds deceiving me? I had to check. Out came the shortcake recipe again, I had to try it once more to make sure that my taste buds didn’t trick me and that I was being truthful about how delicious it is! I can assure you that no tricks were played and I was not deceived. This shortcake is amazing!! Along with leftover Big Boy Smoothie, page 242 in the THM book.IMG_6149

Dinner 6pm

On the menu for dinner is the Creamless Creamy Veggies, page 352 of the THM book. I really love this recipe. It is so easy and tastes very good! I cooked some cabbage and broccoli and had my 3oz chicken with the delectable sauce. Make sure you season the sauce well! Nobody wants a bland meal :). Fill up on those veggies!
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Dessert/Snack 9pm

Okay, so you may think I am a tab obsessed… and admittedly I probably am. When you eat the same type of food three times in one day I think you can call that person obsessed. Let me tell/show you once more how amazing the short cake was…..
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Yes, and i’m not going to lie, I did put more strawberry Greek yogurt on top. I split the recipe in half so I could introduce my husband to this amazing creation! And no I can hardly wait until the Fuel Pull days next week! Although, you can make the cake either FP, S or E, How amazing! It is just that!


Day 5 – Refuel E

Breakfast 9am

I really love my Oatmeal and I cold hardly wait for this breakfast to come! Oh so delightful to wake up and have me some porridge! As per Pearl and Serene’s suggestion I soak my oatmeal overnight with ACV and a pinch of salt. I don’t drain the water in the morning. I have actually got used to the touch of ACV flavour and quite like it now! I add a couple tsp of THM Protein Powder, frozen Blueberries and Mango (they thaw in the hot porridge). I also like a side of Greek Yogurt for lean protein and of course a coffee!

Lunch 12pm

I had some leftover Creamless Creamy Veggies, page 352 in the THM book so I turned it into an E setting by adding tomatoes, salsa and Quinoa. I had a cup of tea to go with it.

IMG_6198A very delicious dish for a quick lunch. Sometimes I cook a large amount of qinuoa and put 3/4 cup of cooked quinoa in little snack bags and freeze them. This makes it easy to take one out and thaw it for any meal you wish to have quinoa with.

Snack 3pm

Today for snack I was at my friend Michelle’s (we are doing the Fuel cycle together) and she served me the most amazing treat!! She is a wonderful friend and an amazing baker!! She decided to go with a Fuel Pull snack, which was certainly okay by me!! I find the E days can get a bit heavy after a while. Anyway…out came the treats!! She had two kinds and if you know me I can be indecisive especially when it comes to food. In her kindness she gave me a bit of each! Before I could get a picture I somehow have eaten it all. So she pulled out full servings so I could get a picture to share with you.
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Dinner 6:15 pm

There is one thing I often crave and that is toast, the crunchiness of it…and thankfully there is such thing as sprouted Ezekiel Bread that is okay for an E meal. One of my favorite things to do with Ezekiel bread is to take a rolling pin and flatten the bread as much as I can (more surface area!). I put less than a tsp of butter on the 2 slices and broil it in the oven until it is brown and crispy. Once it comes out I sprinkle it with a Cinnamon/Sweet Blend mixture and voila you have cinnamon toast!! Of course don’t forget your lean protein. I like to add a bit of THM protein powder to my Greek Yogurt and add vanilla and sweetener. YUM!IMG_6213

Snack 9:45pm

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Day 6 – Refuel E

Breakfast 9am

I decided to try a new recipe from the book today, Warming Quinoa Porridge, page 227 in the THM book. It was really really good! I was surprised I enjoyed it seeing as for the most part I eat my quinoa savory. I sprinkled in some blueberries and had half an apple. Also, a side of Greek Yogurt with a little THM Protein, vanilla and sweetener added. Delish!IMG_2076a

Lunch 12:30pm

DISCOVERY. I wanted to eat tuna, but mayo is off for this E meal day….what should I do? What would taste great and hold the tuna together. I got to thinking and found an E friendlyIMG_6250 ‘mayo’ you can find the recipe and details HERE. Once I created the mix I added the tuna. Out came 4 Wasa crackers topped with salsa, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, peppers and the tuna mixture. Let me tell you, this was so good!! Fresh and delicious tasting. I had a side drink of a lemonade slushy. Loving the bright colours!

Snack 3:30pm

I still have an obsession with that shortcake but I decided to take a different approach. The chocolate approach. I wasn’t let down with the change either! The Cake itself was a Fuel Pull snack but I added half a container of Triple Zero Greek Yogurt so I am hoping it added up to an E snack but if it didn’t oh well, FP is okay! 
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Dinner 7:00pm

One of my favorite meals and a great comfort food is Spaghetti! Well, welcome to THM friendly spaghetti, it makes me happy! Tomato Sauce with 99% lean ground turkey over a bed of spaghetti squash with 2 slices of Ezekiel bread toasted. I didn’t put butter on my toast and it was still great!! My husband, on the other hand, loves his butter. YUM dinner!IMG_6278

Snack 10pm

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We had a late dinner so I didn’t have a snack tonight, just a warm cup of peppermint tea to take me through the night. It was wonderful.

We have come to the end of the first Fuel Cycle week and I would say SUCCESS. I will be posting the second Fuel Cycle week soon. It was a bit more complicated as I was travelling to Toronto for a large conference where meals are provided. I will explain more in the next post but a Fuel Cycle can be done even when away from home, just takes a bit more strategy.

Thank you for reading through. Please feel free share this with your friends on Facebook or with anyone you think would be interested. If you have any questions or comments feel free to leave them! Happy Fuel Cycling to you! See you soon.

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Beef Stroganoff – S (Deep S)

Do you ever think back to days growing up and remember your the food your mother whipped up that you now crave? But how do you go about THMing the recipe?? Well here is one that I will share with you!

I always loved my mothers Beef Stroganoff over spaghetti or elbow pasta. However, since being on THM pasta has been limited to those dinners you’re invited out to and have no other choice but to eat it. So here we go!!

First you have to make a cream of mushroom soup (the canned stuff my mother always used would not likely be THM friendly). A light bulb went off in my head (it happens only occasionally) and I decided I would do the next best thing I could with what I had. Make my own!

Mushroom Sauce:

  • Lots of mushrooms
  • Variety of peppers, smaller amount than what you have of mushrooms
  • Seasoning
  • Unsweetened Almond milk
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    Fry the mushrooms and peppers in butter, season well! Transfer the fried mixture to a blender and add almond milk. IMG_6168Blend until mixture is smooth and seasoned to taste. You don’t want a bland sauce! The more mushrooms you add the more it will taste like the mushroom soup mix. I added a few too many peppers to this batch so the sauce was not quite as dark and mushroomy as my previous batch (which I forgot to take pictures of).
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    Then you need to prepare the beef. IMG_6042Brown beef, add your mushroom soup mix sauce! Your beef mixture is now ready. At the same time you can work on your ‘noodles’.

 

I made zucchini noodles for this dish, using my veggetti! It’s fantastic. Fry the zucchini in IMG_6044butter for about 5 minutes you don’t want to do them to long or they will be more mushy than crispy (you can also use Not Naughty Noodles). Don’t forget to season it well! And you are just about ready to sit down for a hearty meal of Beef Stroganoff. I am supper excited that the light bulb went off in my head to find a way to made mushroom soup mix!

This is a super easy dinner to wipe up and I bet you that your kids would also enjoy it! They can have their pasta :). You could also have the sauce over spaghetti squash, or over pork (another dish my mom used to make for us), you name it this sauce would work with a number of different dishes.

I also had a side of coleslaw that I put together. I was on Deep S of a fuel cycle at the time, which you can read about HERE. I wasn’t able to use mayo that particular day so I used a mixture of oil, vinegar, cilantro, spices (cumin, thyme, salt, pepper, paprika, etc) and some unsweetened almond milk for creaminess. It wasn’t horrible but definitely a recipe I need to tweak before posting 🙂 However, it worked and it was eatable! I love the colours of the purple cabbage as well so it made the meal look complete.

You should end up with a final dish that looks something like the following…
Delicious and Nutritious!

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Baked Oatmeal – E

I was so happy when I stumbled upon this recipe! Jennifer Griffin has some great THM friendly recipes on her blog, A Home With Purpose. Personally, as an oatmeal fan, this single serving baked oatmeal caught my eye. This is just perfect for my morning cravings of fruit and oatmeal.

Gather your ingredients and get started! Sometimes I make this the night before so that I can get up turn the oven on and relax (or wake up…mostly to wake up) for the 20 min bake time.
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For this particular recipe I added a 1/4 of an apple diced, a couple mango pieces (not too many as they are high in natural sugars) and blueberries. The reason I used apple pieces was because I didn’t have any unsweetened applesauce. Actually, I never think to buy the unsweetened apple sauce so every time I have made this I use 1/4 of an apple diced. I prefer it this way anyway, love the crunch and texture of the fruit.

As you can see, I made two. This is because my husband is also a huge fan of oatmeal and if he was eyeing my dish I would rather him have a whole one for himself than to be reaching into my warm bowl of delight 😉 We do share but sometimes it’s good to have your own dish!

IMG_5441a I would also suggest adding a pinch of salt to this dish. That could be personal preference but it does help bring out the deliciousness of this wonderful creation!

On a chilly morning this is wonderful right out of the oven. I like to sprinkle THM Erythritol or Sweet Blend over the top and dig in! If you like it to be a tad watery add a touch of unsweetened almond milk. Not too much though as this is an E meal and there are already Chia seeds in the recipe. Too many fats will put you into Crossover.

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Though it may look like these are both for me I assure you one was given to my husband! We both enjoy this dish very much on occasion!!

I would say, if you like to have coffee with your morning breakfast it is best to have it black with E meals. However, if you need the creaminess, I would suggest skipping the Chia seeds in the recipe and doing the light version on Pearl and Serene’s Trimmaccino. That way you keep your meal E and still delicious. Thank you Jennifer for your wonderful recipe!!

Dig in with a thankful heart…

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 We a blessed by God to have food Daily.
He is good to us!

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Eggs Benedict – S

Okay, so who say’s you can’t enjoy a good feed of Eggs Benedict while on the Trim Healthy Mama journey! I say you can. When the cravings come there is nothing better to do than to figure out a THM friendly solution. I found the solution for a delightful, special breakfast. I made these back around Christmas time, hence the Christmas decor. Though, it is snowing here in Sarnia again today so spring hasn’t quite sprung, the pine cones and red is fine for now!

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The coffee, it goes without question that this is the start of a great day! Well….at least for some people. Not everyone enjoys this marvelous hot drink. Scott and I definitely do!

Where to start. Okay, I had to first find a hollandaise sauce that was perfect. The key to good Eggs Benedict is great sauce! I found the perfect hollandaise sauce here. You have to be careful with this sauce, I made a few attempts and it doesn’t always IMG_4973turn out perfect but once you get the concept, it’s smooth, creamy and delicious! Just don’t over heat. Sometimes, if I find that it’s too runny, I place in in the freezer for a couple of mins (this helps harden the butter a bit) then return it to the blender and it should turn out a bit creamier. You want it thick so that it stays on the bite you are about to take. I’ve had it too runny before and it’s not as enjoyable and you don’t get the full Eggs Benedict experience.

To top it off the sauce is THM S friendly:

  • Egg yolks
  • Butter
  • Lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper

Before we get to poaching the eggs you should get your bread ready. For this dish I made the Bread in a Mug, found on page 265 of the Trim Healthy Mama book. Mix together as per instructions. Let it cool a bit after it’s been microwaved. Now, you could eat both pieces but I would suggest doing the lighter version mentioned in the book if that’s the IMG_4972case. Otherwise, you can split it with your spouse, friend or significant other sitting across the table from you. I think I ate the two pieces 🙂

Carefully cut it in half and toast the two pieces when you are ready to poach the eggs, just so that they are warm when served. You can even butter the toast!! Yay for S meals!

You can fry up your meat of choice. The beauty of it being and S meal is that you can use your meat of choice – ham, bacon, turkey bacon, chicken, even steak, you name it. We used turkey bacon.

Poaching the Eggs. This is usually my husbands area of expertise. (It also helps to have two people working in the kitchen during this process. Helps for multitasking purposes.)
I am a huge MasterChef fan so Scott went right to Gordon Ramsey’s way of poaching eggs here or watch him perform his magic here. After re-watching the video today I think I would also like to try Gordon Ramsey’s hollandaise sauce. Who better to learn from than a great chef!IMG_4968

You have a sauce pan, hot – near boiling water, eggs, get a swirl on and you’re all set! Perfect poached eggs. Scott is just as good as Gordon Ramsey in my opinion! Of course I would be somewhat biased in this case 🙂

Once you have all the components necessary to assemble these delights, plate it and there you have a marvelous, delectable breakfast! If you feel the urge to complete it with “orange juice” I suggest you turn your eyes, my dear friend,IMG_4977 to the glorious Singing Canary.

 

 

 

So, anyone for poached eggs……

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BACON and Eggs – S

Okay, I have a thing for bacon. Actually a big thing for bacon! Just ask my husband. I would gladly eat a full meal of bacon. Though it would keep me in S setting alright, it probably is not a realistic long term meal plan.

However, who say’s you can’t have it for breakfast occasionally or more than occasionally! I have done a variety of bacon and egg breakfasts. Here are just a few:

IMG_5349aHere is a basic breakfast, with 3 scrambled eggs and BACON. You can add whatever veggies you wish to add. I just added some diced peppers. I also like to add fried mushrooms and other such veggies for fillers. I usually use Coconut oil, Red Palm Oil or MCT oil to fry my eggs. And I’m not going to lie, sometimes I add some bacon grease….

Then there are mornings whereIMG_1857a I like to fry my eggs over easy with BACON. Love the yolk! Not everyone does, I used to think I didn’t like it until I tried it! YUM! This is a very simple breakfast and I admit doesn’t always keep me full for the full three hours but when your mornings get busy and you have things to do the 3 hours between meals can fly by. I try to distract myself if I get a tad hungry.

But, you should try the Trimmaccino!!! Sooo delicious and it has a bit of protein in it so that help keep us ladies full!

IMG_0792aAgain, very basic. 3 scrambled eggs, BACON, and fried zucchini on the side. Make sure you season the zucchini. Of course we can’t forget the coffee on the side. If I am ever in a rush I drink my coffee black. I enjoy it either way. Though, the creaminess of the Trimmaccino is just wonderful. It takes a little more time to prepare but not much!

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Who say’s you can’t enjoy a small dessert with you breakfast. I don’t know of another diet that allows this but hey THM is freedom and this little dessert was a fantastic side dish! Over easy eggs, BACON and a quick whip-up of the Trimmaccino. I love my mornings!

The dessert post can be found here.

My apologies for the bad picture…here we have Turkey Bacon and eggs. It’s not my IMG_7302favorite type of bacon but it does the trick and it’s nice for a change once in a while….if you so desire a change from real bacon! That is nutritional yeast sprinkled over the eggs. It gives great flavor!
I will have to post the bacon that we get from a friend of my husband’s (he is now my friend too because he shares his smoked bacon with us!)! It is so amazing!! And I love to savor every bite!

These are just a couple basic Bacon and Egg varieties. Sometime we do poached or sunny side up. I have a post on eggs Benedict coming up soon so you will want to check it out. Everyone loves a great Eggs Benedict breakfast right?

Enjoy your bacon and eggs! Who would have thought it could be deemed healthy 🙂 Such bliss!

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Wonder Wraps – FP

After a review that was sent to me from my mother-in-law I decided it was time for me to try these “Wonder” wraps. I was told, in her words “I love them! They are a wonder because they do not crumble and are quite resilient!” I didn’t want something that would be falling apart on me so off I went to try the Wonder Wrap.

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If you have a book, the recipe for Wonder Wraps is found on page 274. In the older book the wraps are called Egg White Wraps. If you do not have a book I encourage you to purchase one here (Canadian site) or here (American site).

NOTE: I made a great discovery while making these wraps. I often see people on the Facebook page asking for chip replacements. Well, you may very well discover that there could be such thing as FP chips!!! Who would have thought. Find the discovery here.

This post is very similar to the Wonder Wraps S style found here. However, this one had Fuel Pull fillings and will give you an idea as to how you can change things up to see how versatile these wraps can be.

The recipe calls for red pepper sauce, I had never heard of this before. I wasn’t sure if it was something sold in the stores or just where to look for this stuff. A light bulb went off…I IMG_5534had a red pepper sitting in my fridge….I grabbed the red pepper from my fridge, diced it up, put it in my blender and voila….my version of red pepper sauce. Maybe that is exactly what they were referring to but I wasn’t sure so I did exactly what it sounded like I should do, make my own red pepper sauce! It certainly did the trick and gave the wraps a delicious fresh flavor!!
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Once the recipe mixture was complete and the psyllium husk did it’s duty, the wraps were ready to be made and the fillings needed to be prepared.

Add whatever fillings you would like, so long as they are THM friendly (ie, lettuce, mushrooms, onions, peppers,pickles, laughing cow cheese, 99% leanIMG_5377 ground turkey). If you want this meal to remain FP make sure you leave out regular cheese, one wedge of laughing cow will do. Some sauces would go great on these as well like the Hip Trim Honey Mustard found on page 412 of the THM Book or mustard. So long as they keep you in FP. I made a green puree of whatever green veggies I had, seasoned, boiled and pureed. I like sauce on my wraps so I had to create something FP.

I also made a little veggie medley to add flavor and to help fill me up. In a small frying pan (or saucepan) I brought water to a simmer/boil and added mushrooms, Brussels Sprouts, and Zucchini. Season to taste. You can add or leave out whatever you prefer.

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Once you have assembled all necessary components it is time to dig in and enjoy!
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I admit that the green sauce looks a tab bit questionable but for someone who like sauce on their wraps it was quite satisfying. Rather than adding Ranch or something that would throw you into S territory. You must taste and season your food to your taste! Please, if you want to enjoy your food season and taste! It is such a simple thing to do. When I hear people say their food is bland it’s because you haven’t seasoned! This won’t be the first time I tell you to season 🙂

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All ‘wrapped’ up and ready to devour! So delicious…Thank you Pearl and Serene for your creation!

And thank God for the food we are blessed with. He is a good God.


And my God will meet all your needs
according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:19 NIV

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Price Point: Stevia vs. Sugar

Ever wonder how Pure Stevia Extract and regular cane sugar stack up against each other when it comes to sweetness and cost? To the analytic mind, this question is certainly intriguing but if you are like me, the non-intriguing part is going back to high school where we all had to struggle through a dozen different methods of performing unit conversions! Well, my curiosity got the best of me today and I decided to scribble some information down. This post may not be of interest to everyone in the THM world but I would recommend sharing this with husbands, boyfriends/friends who are skeptical on the whole THM lifestyle and up to this point have used the excuse that the products are too expensive to justify going all in (regardless of gender, feel free to share this with your engineering friends – they speak this language!).

So here are my notes; sorry for the chicken-scratch writing!

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My scribbles…


What I did was compare the two products below: Domino Cane Sugar (from Sam’s Club) and THM Pure Stevia Extract (click link see in THM store – Canadian readers click here). I used the THM conversion chart so my calculations are only as good as the accuracy of the chart. (Also worth noting is that I used typical Canadian prices and Canadian dollars)

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The results were not as I would have expected. Here are a few fun facts about the comparison:

1. Stevia is 170 times as potent as cane sugar by volume! So when you add it to your shakes/oatmeal/baking/icing,lemonade, go super easy on it! This stuff is powerful! Quick conversion: 1 tsp pure stevia extract = 170 tsp of regular cane sugar (or 3.5 cups).

2. Stevia is over 380 times as potent as cane sugar by mass! Think about this for a minute! The average North American consumes a ghastly 150-170lbs of sugar per year (Ouch!)! Make the switch to THM and you can have just as many sweet treats and great tasting food but only consume less than 0.5lbs of stevia! I don’t know about you but I find this fascinating. Quick Conversion: 1lb Pure Stevia Extract = 386 lb regular cane sugar

3. Stevia, although more expensive by volume and weight is actually significantly cheaper than purchasing the equivalent amount (in “units of sweetness” per se) of cane sugar. Sugar will cost you 20% extra and will keep adding on those unwanted pounds. Quick Conversion: your average 160lbs cane sugar consumption per year = $89.81; equivalent to 0.41lbs pure stevia extract = $74.46

In conclusion, I have to say that I was surprised at these findings. I knew stevia was far more potent than sugar but I had never really quantified it. The purpose of this post is not to convince someone to try THM because of price; the plethora of health related issues caused by copious amounts of sugar consumed in our diets ought to be reason enough to give this a try. Rather, my goal was to determine just how these sweeteners stacked up against each other in terms of sweetness and price. As a husband who found THM to not only work in improving my health, but to make sense in my mind, I am recommending that all skeptics and nay-sayers out there ought to give this a chance. Still unsure? Check out my post: THM Review in 3 points or THM – His Perspective

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Trimmaccino – London Fog (S)

Three words….”Trimmaccino – London Fog”

I don’t know about any of you, but I used to love going out to little coffee shops for a good latte on a cold evening or just any time of the year. One of my favorites was the London Fog. Unfortunately, most lattes…okay all lattes are sweetened. Sweetened with sugar.

Normally the Trimmaccino is referenced with coffee and I have had my coffee many times the “Trimmaccino” way and I absolutely love it and suggest you go try it if you like a good great creamy coffee!

But…what do I do about my latte cravings??

Sometimes I get bright ideas and tonight I had a brilliant one. Why not try making a latte using the Trimmaccino ingredients. I have made lattes at home before with steamed milk and sugar, before THM…so what’s stopping me from trying a new experiment!

Out came the butter. Out came the Coconut oil. Out came the tea.
Out came the Blender. Out came the Stevia.

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It wasn’t too much longer before I had my London Fog in hand, sipping on the delight, foam and all. Of course, with a small little snack to go along with it. (you only see one cookie…there may have been another one…)

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Needless to say, I was happy I attempted this little experiment! I no longer have to search for a way to satisfy my latte craving!

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  • 1 recipe of Trimmaccino
  • 2 Earl Grey tea bags steeped in 12oz boiling water (or what ever type of tea you would like to lattefy)
  • Stevia to taste
  • Vanilla

If you opt to make this the light version as per trimmaccino recipe, using only 1 tsp of butter/oil, it can be used for an E of FP setting.

Thankfully, due to Pearl and Serene’s hard work they found a way to make creamy coffee and creamy lattes possible. If you like lattes you will like this!

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Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

We live, blessed by God.

I love the verses in Psalm 139, no matter what size, shape or the genes you have, His word holds true and you are fearfully and wonderfully made. Don’t let the world around you determine or define who you are. Let God’s word speak to you and know that He has created you with a purpose and He is making you into the beautiful person you are.

O Lord, you have searched me and known me!

 For you formed my inward parts;
    you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
    my soul knows it very well.
 My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
    intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
 Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
    the days that were formed for me,
    when as yet there was none of them.

 How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
    How vast is the sum of them!
 If I would count them, they are more than the sand.
    I awake, and I am still with you.

Psalm 139: 1, 13-18

There are many definitions and ideas about what “healthy” is and looks like. It depends on who you ask. Some say its being active, some say it’s skinny, others may say it’s eating when you crave something, it could be as long as you have no major health issues the way you eat doesn’t matter, there are many ideas…knowing your body takes time. Learning the THM concepts has helped me figure out how my body works and has helped me to understand how to keep myself healthy. But most importantly God defines you as being fearfully and wonderfully made, take care of what God has given you.

The concepts in the book, Trim Healthy Mama, are wonderful and make sense! I love that the two sisters also talk about biblical truths. It is a blessing.

Some of us struggle with understanding the difference between S, E and FP. I admit, at first it took me some time and learning to understand the differences and how to put foods together. There are still some things I don’t always understand, so I am still learning! You can check out my husbands review of the THM book here.

There are many helpful blog posts that can be used as a guide in your process of reading through the book and understanding the concepts as well. Some that have been helpful to myself have been from the following blogs:

Though there are many other helpful sites they in no way are a replacement for reading through the Trim Healthy Mama book for the fundamentals of the plan. I encourage anyone who does not have the book to take the time to read the book for yourself. Listen to what Pearl and Serene have to say. It changed my view of what “healthy” means. Living and eating to keep your body healthy for God’s glory.

Above all seek God. He has blessed us with so much. 

 

 

 

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