Two Things to be Intentional about in January

Instead of thinking about New Year’s resolutions, I’m going to be focusing on just a couple of things to work on this month!

So, hello January!

Here are two things that I am going to be very intentional about this month to help get myself back on track and hopefully, the benefits will spill over into the rest of the year!

  • Work through Crystal Paine’s new “15 Days to a Healthier You Program” that starts on January 9th. This very affordable membership is open through January 3 (midnight CST).  This program covers several different areas that I am needing to work on! It comes with a downloadable study guide and a private Facebook group where Crystal will share 15-minute live videos each evening going over each days topic. The video will start on January 9th. If you miss a live video it will be saved for easy viewing later. This program is available for only $15.

  • Menu Planning! This is something that I struggle with and I’ve decided that I’m tired of it. Tired of the struggle, so there is only one thing to do and that is change! Jennifer at Working at Homeschool sent me a copy of her ebook “365: One year of Healthy Meal Plans for Busy Families” and it looks amazing. It’s also gluten-free so that’s a win-win in my book! She also offers free monthly menu plans on her blog as well.
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Blogger Test Kitchen Blog Hop Giveaway – Cuisinart Food Processor

Several bloggers from the THM Blogger Test Kitchen have come together to celebrate the holidays with a blog hop giveaway! There are fabulous prizes on each of our blogs, so hop over to each one and enter to win. All of these ladies have wonderful Trim Healthy Mama friendly recipes so be sure to check them out!

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Blogger Test Kitchen Giveaway

1. Nana’s Little Kitchen // 2. Wonderfully Made and Dearly Loved // 3. Briana Thomas // 4. Mrs. Criddle’s Kitchen // 5. A Home With Purpose // 6. Joyful Jane // 7. MamaShire

The THM Blogger Test Kitchen is a Facebook group where we share recipes that are THM friendly. We have several albums in the group that has the different categories of recipes so it makes it easy to find what type of recipe you’re looking for, like dinner recipes that are an S, E, or FP, or perhaps you’re wanting a drink or snack, just search the albums and see all the recipes listed by type.

Now onto my giveaway!

I’m giving away a Cuisinart 11-cup Food Processor!

Cuisinart Food Processor

I’ve had my Cuisinart Food Processor for 6 years now and I just love it. It makes food prep so quick and easy. I think it’s one of my favorite and most important tools in my kitchen. I’ve had other brands of food processors before that just didn’t hold up well, so when I purchased my Cuisinart I was hoping it would work well AND last. I’ve not been disappointed in it at all.

It can shred, slice, chop, or mix just about what ever type of food you’re working with. I can use it to shred a head of cabbage in just a couple of minutes to make sauerkraut or coleslaw, it can quickly shred zucchini or yellow squash so I can make my Chocolate Peanut Butter Muffins or Yellow Squash Snack Cake. I can shred carrots, chop pecans, and then use it to mix the batter for my favorite Carrot Cake. It helps make all the prep work easy for making Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup. Can you tell this gets a lot of use in my kitchen?

*Update* – There was a recent recall on older Cuisinart Food Processor chopping blades. This model is is not on the recall list. I actually do have one of the older chopping blades that has been recalled. I’ve never had any trouble with it, but I will be returning it to get the newer one.

**Giveaway is closed**

Congratulations goes to Kayle!

 

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Meet the other bloggers in the Blog Hop!

Nana's Little Kitchen

Nana’s Little Kitchen is serving up solid Southern dishes to help you on your Trim Healthy Mama journey. Teresia is sharing classic recipes that are satisfying, delicious, and nutritious to help you weave this fantastic diet plan into the fabric of a healthy life. Click here to enter Teresia’s giveaway!

Wonderfully Made

Judy from Wonderfully Made and Dearly Loved says, “I started blogging because I have baked with alternative sweeteners and ingredients most of my life. I wish I had found THM long before I did because my mom would have loved it (she was a type 1 diabetic). I find inspiration in knowing that the recipes and articles that I’m sharing may help someone to stay on plan or find their “sweet spot” with on-plan sweeteners. I’ve felt so incredibly blessed since I began this journey.” Click here to enter Judy’s giveaway!

Briana Thomas

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Twenty-one-year-old blogger Briana Thomas has a passion for quick, easy, and healthy versions of her family’s favorite recipes…and ice cream! Between creating and blogging recipes, taking pictures, riding horses, singing, and publishing a cookbook, she stays busy and enjoys writing about her exploits and dreaming up new projects. Click here to enter Briana’s giveaway!

Mrs. Criddle's Kitchen

Sarah from Mrs. Criddle’s Kitchen is a mama of 7 – married to her cowboy! Cooking for her family is one of her passions, and her blog is where she gets to share her creations. Sarah’s recipes are all Trim Healthy Mama friendly! Click here to enter Sarah’s giveaway (she’s giving away the gift card pictured plus some other goodies)!

A Home With Purpose

Jennifer at A Home With Purpose started blogging well over a decade ago! She first started as a way to keep track of family life. It grew as she shared her walk with the Lord, crafty ideas, and then recipes! Almost four years ago, Jennifer started the Trim Healthy Mama plan. She’s enjoyed sharing many recipes, tips, and giveaways for her THM buddies. She also continues to share her faith and walk with the Lord as it pertains to motherhood, homeschooling, being a wife, and even in her battle with health and her weight. Click here to enter Jennifer’s giveaway!

Joyful Jane

Come meet Kristen at Joyful Jane and find a wide array of encouragement and lovely things! Kristen is a homeschooling mama of 8 children and she focuses on finding JOY along the way of life. She loves to share encouragement in the areas of being a wife and mother, eating and creating healthy food for our families, homeschooling and family life tips, calligraphy scriptures and personalized items, inspirational photography, organizing tips, home décor and lovely things! Hope on over to say “Hi” and enter our huge Christmas giveaway! While you are there, grab some of our FREE resources, including the gift of our hand-painted Calligraphy Scripture Print! Click here to enter Kristen’s giveaway!

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Frosted Mocha

Enjoy this rich and creamy Frosted Mocha for a delightful and guilt-free snack. Gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, low-carb, THM-FP.

Frosted Mocha - Dairy-free, Sugar-free, Low-Carb, THM-FP

 

Frosted Mocha - Dairy-free, Sugar-free, Low-Carb, THM-FP

 

Frosted Mocha - Dairy-free, Sugar-free, Low-Carb, THM-FP

This Frosted Mocha is a delicious and satisfying drink. Perfect for a snack between meals or for a big dessert.

Tips for making Frosted Mocha:

  • Keep an eye on the carbs in your cocoa powder, some of them contain more carbs than others. I use raw cacao powder when I can for an added healthy benefit, but it isn’t necessary to enjoy this delightful drink.
  • The added collagen in this drink gives you a good amount of protein to help make this a more satisfying snack. THM Integral Collagen or Custom Collagen works well in this recipe. It’s also great for your skin and joints.
  • The glucomannan helps give this drink a creamy texture. Either THM Glucomannan or Now Glucomannan would work well.
  • This drink is best enjoyed within a half-hour of making.
  • I do use a Vitamix blender and so I have a tamper that I use to push down the ice while it’s blending. If you are using a different type of blender you may need to stop the blender occasionally and use a large spoon or rubber spatula to push down the ice.

Trim Healthy Mamas this drink is an FP.

Frosted Mocha
 
Enjoy this rich and creamy Frosted Mocha for a delightful and guilt-free snack. Gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, low-carb, THM-FP
Author:
Recipe type: Drinks
Serves: 1 quart
Ingredients
  • ½ cup brewed coffee
  • ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons collagen
  • 1½ tablespoons cocoa powder or raw cocoa, if possible
  • ½ teaspoon Better Stevia or 2 "doonks" of Trim Healthy Mama Stevia
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 pinches Himalayan or sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon glucomannan
  • 3 cups ice cubes
Instructions
  1. Place coffee, almond milk, collagen, cocoa, stevia, vanilla, and salt in blender and blend on low. Continue blending on low and slowly add in ½ teaspoon of glucomannan. Blend for an additional 30 seconds.
  2. Stop blender and add in ice cubes and blend until smooth and creamy.
  3. This is best enjoyed within a half hour of making.

Be sure to see my Recipe Index for more yummy drinks!

*This recipe is adapted from the Fat Stripping Frappa recipe in the original Trim Healthy Mama Book.

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BLT Salad with Tangy Mayo Dressing

A light and delicious way to enjoy the classic BLT sandwich taste by turning it into a BLT Salad with Tangy Mayo Dressing! Gluten-free, sugar-free, dairy-free, THM-S

BLT Salad with Tangy Mayo Dressing - Dairy-free, Low-carb, THM-S

 

BLT Salad with Tangy Mayo Dressing - Dairy-free, Low-carb, THM-S

 

BLT Salad with Tangy Mayo Dressing - Dairy-free, Low-carb, THM-S

 

BLT Salad with Tangy Mayo Dressing - Dairy-free, Low-carb, THM-S

One of my favorite sandwiches of all time is a BLT, especially when there are fresh tomatoes from the garden. This summer I’ve been enjoying a yummy gluten-free version of this classic sandwich with my favorite gluten-free bread.

I also enjoy the taste of a BLT in this lighter version of a BLT in salad form with a tangy mayo dressing.

Trim Healthy Mamas this salad is an S.

BLT Salad with Tangy Mayo Dressing
 
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Recipe type: Dinner
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 6 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • 1 lb of bacon, cooked and crumbled, uncured if possible
  • 1-2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 avocados, sliced
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons almond or cashew milk
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/16 teaspoon of Himalayan or sea salt
  • pinch of stevia (optional)
Instructions
  1. Place romaine lettuce, bacon, tomatoes, and avocados in a large serving dish. Layer them all nicely for a pretty presentation or just toss the ingredients, it will still look nice.
  2. Whisk mayonnaise in a small bowl until creamy. Whisk in almond milk one tablespoon at a time. Mix in apple cider vinegar, salt, and stevia.
  3. Serve tangy mayo dressing over salad.

 

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BLT Salad with Tangy Mayo Dressing - Dairy-free, Low-carb, THM-S

Make Over Your Mornings & Evenings

I heard a speaker at a church conference once that was giving a talk on being productive. I thought that’s what I need, I need all the help I can get! It turned out to be one of my favorite talks and it was so very helpful. It was given by a retired gentleman who had been in charge of a hospital. He explained how to start distinguishing between what was important and what was urgent.

When we start taking care of the important items in our lives those urgent things, things that make us feel rushed and overwhelmed start to diminish.

Taking time each morning and evening determining what is most important and then working on those will help us to have better days, days that are less “crazy”. It takes work and determination to implement these ideas, but the results will be a schedule that you are controlling, instead of the rush of the urgent controlling you everyday.

There will still be things that pop up that will be urgent, that’s part of life, but having the important things taken care of will make those “urgent surprises” easier to manage.

I’ve gone through these two courses by Crystal Paine – Make Over Your Mornings and Make Over Your Evenings and they have helped me work through taking care of the important things in life and how to balance “urgent surprises”. Crystal is wonderful in explaining the concepts in a simple to understand way and in each segment gives practical ways to put the lessons into practice.

Good news about these courses are that they are both on special now through Monday, August 15th!

Buy either Make Over Your Mornings or Make Over Your Evenings for $10 (normally $17)!  And an added bonus, if you buy one title for $10, you can get the other title for $7!  You can get both for the price of one!

You can read more about Crystal Paine at her blog, Money Saving Mom.

 

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Dairy-Free Vanilla Icing

Dairy-Free Vanilla Icing – a lovely, light tasting vanilla icing perfect for topping scones and cookies. Gluten-free, Sugar-free, Low-carb, THM-S.

Dairy-Free Vanilla Icing - Gluten-free, Sugar-free, Low-carb, THM-S

 

Dairy-Free Vanilla Icing - Gluten-free, Sugar-free, Low-carb, THM-S

This light. tasty vanilla icing is in between a glaze and frosting. It can be put in a baggie and piped onto your baked goodies. Clip a tiny corner of the baggie and squeeze out the icing. You can go slowly and controlled or go fast and let it get all squiggly like I did on the scone above.

I put in just a bit of butter flavoring in this recipe, if you don’t have any it will still work, but it does add a light, buttery flavor that I think is worth adding in.

Try this icing with my Grain-Free Snickerdoodle Scones.

Trim Healthy Mamas this icing is an S.

Dairy-Free Icing
 
Author:
Recipe type: Dessert
Ingredients
  • ⅓ cup palm shortening
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 5 teaspoons "powdered"** THM Sweet Blend or homemade sweetener*
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla
  • 4 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk
  • ¼ teaspoon butter flavoring (optional, but does give a nice, light buttery flavor)
  • pinch of Himalayan salt
Instructions
  1. Using a mixer, blend palm shortening until creamy.
  2. Slowly blend coconut oil into the palm shortening until completely blended.
  3. Mix in powdered** sweetener, vanilla, butter flavoring, and salt.
  4. Mix in almond milk 1 tablespoon at a time, until light and creamy.
Notes
*homemade sweetener = 1 cup Non-GMO erythritol + 1 teaspoon Now Better Stevia.
** To make powdered sweetener - Put sweetener mix in blender and blend 20-30 seconds until mix is a fine powder.

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Grain-Free Snickerdoodle Scones

Grain-Free Snickerdoodle Scones are a yummy treat for breakfast or an afternoon snack with coffee or tea. Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Sugar-free, Low-carb, THM-S.

Grain-Free Snickerdoodle Scones - Grain-free, Dairy-free, Sugar-free, Low-carb, THM-S

 

Grain-Free Snickerdoodle Scones - Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Sugar-free, Low-carb, THM-S

 

Grain-Free Snickerdoodle Scones - Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Sugar-free, Low-carb, THM-S

 

Grain-Free Snickerdoodle Scones - Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Sugar-free, Low-carb, THM-S

These grain-free snickerdoodle scones are perfect for breakfast or for an afternoon snack with a cup tea or coffee. While your scones are baking be prepared for some wonderful cinnamon aroma wafting through your kitchen. Both of my girls commented on how much they smelled like the cinnamon toast waffles that we used to buy before we went gluten-free and how wonderful the kitchen smelled.

How to make scones - gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, THM-S, low-carb

Easy steps to make perfect scones:

  1. Pat dough into an 8″ circle about 3/4″ thick on a parchment-lined baking pan.
  2. Using a knife or pastry scraper cut dough into eight slices.
  3. Bake for 15-20 minutes
  4. Cut again along the lines.
  5. Carefully slide each scone out about an inch.
  6. Bake for 5-7 more minutes.

Try my Dairy-Free Vanilla Icing to top these scones.  If you can handle dairy, there is a “glosting” (a cross between glaze and frosting) recipe in Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook on page 285.

Trim Healthy Mamas these scones are an S.

Snickerdoodle Scones
 
Author:
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 2¼ cups blanched almond flour
  • ¼ cup coconut flour
  • ½ cup THM Sweet Blend or homemade sweetener*
  • 2 teaspoons aluminum-free baking powder or grain-free baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon Himalayan salt
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup coconut oil, melted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line a large baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. Whisk the almond flour, coconut flour, sweetener, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Add eggs, melted coconut oil, and vanilla to flour mixture. Using a large spoon, mix all together.
  4. Place batter in the middle of parchment-lined baking pan. Shape into an 8" circle about ¾" thick.
  5. Using a knife or pastry scraper cut the circle into eight slices.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes.
  7. Remove pan from oven and cut along the lines a second time. Carefully slide each scone out away from the center about an inch or so.
  8. Bake for another 5-7 minutes, until golden brown.
  9. Cool.
  10. Add icing for extra fun.
Notes
*Homemade sweetener = 1 cup Non-GMO erythritol + 1 teaspoon Now Better Stevia

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Grain-Free Snickerdoodle Scones - Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Sugar-free, THM-S, Low-carb

 

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Strawberry Limeade

Full of strawberries and the juice of real lime this Strawberry Limeade is a delicious and healthy treat. Sugar-free, low-carb, THM-E.

Heatlhy Strawberry Limeade - Sugar-free, low-carb, THM-E

 

Heatlhy Strawberry Limeade - Sugar-free, low-carb, THM-E

Strawberries and lime complement each other in a delightful way in this slushy drink. You may have had a version of this at a drive-thru made with regular sugar-filled soda, but this healthy version is full of fruit and sweetened with only stevia.

If you want to make this a full snack add in the collagen for a nice serving of protein. Trim Healthy Mama Integral Collagen or Custom Collagen are my favorites.

Trim Healthy Mamas this is an E if you split it in two servings. If you split it into 4 servings it will be an FP.

Strawberry Limeade
 
Full of strawberries and the juice of real lime this Strawberry Limeade is a delicious and healthy treat. Sugar-free, low-carb, THM-E
Author:
Recipe type: Drinks
Ingredients
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups frozen strawberries
  • 3-4 tablespoons lime juice (juice from 1 lime)
  • 2 "doonks" THM Stevia or ½ teaspoon of Now Better Stevia
  • 2 tablespoons collagen (optional)
  • 2 cups ice cubes
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in blender in the order listed.
  2. Blend until completely blended.
  3. Enjoy!
Notes
This recipes makes 4 cups. For Trim Healthy Mamas, 2 servings would be an E, 4 servings would be an FP.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 64 Fat: 0 g Carbohydrates: Net 11 g Protein: 5.5 g

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Muffins

Rich and delicious Chocolate Peanut Butter Muffins made with summer squash. Gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, low-carb, THM-S.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Muffins with summer squash. Gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, low-carb, THM-S.

 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Muffins with summer squash. Gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, low-carb, THM-S.

 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Muffins with summer squash. Gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, low-carb, THM-S.

 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Muffins with summer squash. Gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, low-carb, THM-S.

If you need a chocolate and peanut butter fix here you go! These muffins have veggies in them, but you won’t be able to taste it.

Yellow or zucchini squash make these muffins extra moist. I like to shred summer squash and freeze it in two cup portions to be able to use it throughout the year. If using frozen squash, just be sure to drain off any excess water before putting it in a recipe.

Almond butter can be used in place of peanut butter, if you prefer.

I use a Vita-Mix blender, which is a power-horse of a blender. If you don’t have a heavy-duty blender you may want to use a food processor instead.

Trim Healthy Mamas these muffins are an S.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Muffins
 
Rich and delicious Chocolate Peanut Butter Muffins made with summer squash. Gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, low-carb, THM-S
Author:
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 10
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup sugar-free peanut butter
  • 2 cups shredded yellow squash or zucchini, fresh or frozen*
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup THM Baking Blend or MamaShire Baking Blend
  • ⅓ cup cocoa powder
  • ¾ cup THM Super Sweet Blend or homemade sweetener**
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1½ teaspoons aluminum-free baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon Himalayan salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease a muffin pan with coconut oil spray.
  2. Place all ingredients in blender** or food processor and blend until thoroughly combined and squash is mixed in well.
  3. Fill muffin cups ⅔ full.
  4. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in muffin comes out clean.
  5. Let cool in pan for 5 minutes before removing from pan to a wire cooling rack.
Notes
*If using frozen squash, thaw before using and drain off excess water.
**Homemade sweetener = 1 cup non-GMO erythritol + 1 teaspoon Now Better Stevia

**I use a Vita-Mix blender, if you don't have a strong blender you may want to use a food processor instead.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 165 Fat: 12 g Carbohydrates: Net 4 g Protein: 9 g

See my Recipe Index for more Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Sugar-free, and Trim Healthy Mama Recipes.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Muffins with summer squash. Gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, low-carb, THM-S.
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Sugar-Free Strawberry Sauce

 

Sugar-free Strawberry Sauce - low-carb, THM-FP, gluten-free

 

Strawberry Sauce - Sugar-free, Low-Carb, THM-FP

 

Strawberry Sauce - Sugar-free, Low-Carb, THM-FP

 

Strawberry Sauce - Sugar-free, Low-Carb, THM-FP

 

Raspberry Sauce - Sugar-free, Low-carb, THM-FP

 

Raspberry Sauce - Sugar-free, Low-carb, THM-FP

A delightful strawberry sauce that can be used with cakes, muffins, scones, biscuits, toast, or drizzled over ice cream. Raspberries or blueberries can be used in this recipe too.

If you haven’t used balsamic vinegar before you are in for a treat. It’s made from grapes and gives the berry sauce an extra rich, sweet taste. This sauce is delicious with my Strawberry Shortcake or Yellow Squash Snack Cake.

Trim Healthy Mamas this sauce is an FP.

Strawberry Sauce
 
A delightful strawberry sauce that can be used with cakes, muffins, biscuits, toast, or drizzled over ice cream. Raspberries or blueberries can be used for variety.
Author:
Recipe type: Dessert
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. In a small saucepan, cook strawberries over low heat for 8-10 minutes.
  2. Place cooked strawberries in blender and add balsamic vinegar and stevia. Cover blender and blend until pureed. Open small lid on the blender cover, while blending on a low speed slowly add in glucomannan. Blend for 30-60 seconds.
  3. Can be used right away, but is best if refrigerated for at least 1 hour. This sauce will keep for several days in the refrigerator.

This recipe was adapted from Satisfying Eats recipe for Strawberry Glaze.

Sugar-free Strawberry Sauce - low-carb, gluten-free, THM-FP
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