It's Not Called Toddler Weight...

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Recipe: Chai Shrinker

Hello! Happy Wednesday! 

It's about that time of day I need a little pick me up to get through the afternoon but also keep my hunger in check so I don't get the afternoon pre-dinner munchies. 

Since being on THM I love the shrinker and good girl moonshine (and some variations). 

So one day I decided to play around with the shrinker when I was craving chai.

This may or may not be created yet in the THM world with so many awesome ladies out there making recipes and tweaking things - so here's my recipe:

1 quart mason jar filled with boiling water 2/3 of the way to the top

3 prince of peace oolong tea bags
2 spiced chai tea bags at trader joes
1/4 tsp cinnamon 
A shake or two of nu nu naturals or 3-5 packets of truvia or sweetener of choice
1/4 cup almond milk - I like ton use unsweetened vanilla
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/8 tsp salt
Optional - cayenne pepper to taste (which I don't use but is called for in the original shrinker recipe)

Brew tea bags until cooled but while warm ads cinnamon to help dissolve
add in other ingredients and fill reminding space in jar with ice. Cover and shake - then enjoy!


Friday, October 3, 2014

Recipe: Apple Cake

Hello!  Long time, no post (again).

Anywhooo - Fall as arrived and we took full advantage this past weekend and went to Pumpkintown, USA here in Connecticut followed by some apple picking.

I scored some white pumpkins at the farm and then this week I found a cute "Give Thanks" sign at Target to enhance our family room decor - which can totally apply to both Halloween and Thanksgiving. Multitasking!  The leaves and foliage are really starting to come out and I'm loving Fall - in case you couldn't already tell.
My Fall Mantle - not done yet!

If you've visited here before, you may know I'm following the Trim Healthy Mama way of eating and I have had some great success lately after some pounds creeped back on over the summer and vacation in August.

I'm happy to be back on track and at an almost all time low weight and smaller inch-wise after I finished a three week Fuel Cycle.  I'm happy to report that I'm currently wearing today a pair of true pre-pregnancy pants - cute capri pants I haven't worn since ohhhh 2007 maybe?! I'm SO happy to see my efforts on the scale and in my clothing and how things are fitting!

However, this post is a recipe post so I'll post a full and detailed re-cap on that soon enough to share with you.

Onto the apple recipe!

I came across this recipe from Julia's Album somewhere (Facebook or Pinterest maybe? I get around...the Internet...hah!) and decided I needed to use up some of these fresh apples we picked.

I modified it to my THM guidelines and this would be considered an E (Energizing) dessert or snack.
So again, not my recipe but tweaked for my purposes!

Apple Cake - THM version
This recipe could also be gluten free if you use certified gluten free oat flour or grind your own gluten free oats!  The apple sauce and greek  yogurt make this cake very tasty and light!  
  • 3 medium apples, peeled, cored, and chopped into chunks
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar (NOTE: you can use a THM version of Gwen's brown sugar but I used a tiny bit of real brown sugar but it's up to you!) 
  • 1 and 1/4 cup oat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup on plan sweetner - I used a combination of Truvia and pure stevia extract (original recipe called for 1 cup regular sugar)
  • 1/2 cup apple sauce (original called for oil)
  • 1/3 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 egg whites (original recipe called for 2 eggs)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and also grease a square pan - 9 by 9 or 8 by 8 is good
2.  In one bowl combine chopped apple pieces and cinamon and your choice of brown sugar - real or THM version. 
3. In another larger mixing bowl, combine oat flour, baking powder and salt.
Half the batter and half the apples
4. In yet another bowl - sorry for all the dirty dishes we are creating! - whisk together the sweetner of your choice, apple sauce, yogurt, egg whites and vanilla extract until combined. 
5. Add the dry items into the wet ingredients and combine completely - don't over mix!
6. Take about half the batter and pour into greased pan and take half the apple chunks and pour on that.  Then, layer on the rest of the other half of the batter and then top again with the other half of the apples. 
7.  Bake for one hour.

It smells soooo deelish in my house right now!  I can't wait to eat this recipe!  And a food blogger I clearly am not so I do apologize since as I am baking I'm all "oh hey, I should snap some pictures."

Finished baking!  Yummm

A food blogger wanna be I am - hot and fresh apple cake!

Wow, this does not disappoint!  It's warm, apple cakey goodness.  A must-make for sure!