What’s up Wednesday- Low Carb Halloween Candy!!

What’s on my mind this week? Halloween candy of course! The longer I do THM, the less appealing regular candy is to me, but it is always fun to find substitutes for my favorite treats. The Halloween goodies I’m making for my Halloween this year are:

1. Homemade Peanut Butter Cup Squares- These bars are my husband’s most favorite THM treat of all time. I make them for him weekly. They are super easy to make and so good! I simply make a batch of skinny chocolate for the top layer and leave them in the freezer for a quick treat.

Low Carb "Peanut Butter Cup" Squares

2. Snickers- oh yeah, I’m excited about these! I’ve also heard of THMers making the payday candies from the new book and just coating them in skinny chocolate for the same affect.


I think these two yummy treats will satisfy my candy cravings on Halloween. If I’m really ambitious, I’ll make some paydays and gummies from the new book and possibly these mounds bars. If not this week, someday, they look amazing!

Sugar Free Homemade Mounds Bars

What are you making for your Halloween goodies?

Tip Tuesday- Make some on plan Thanksgiving food!

Thanksgiving is just around the corner! I hope everyone is prepping for your big feasts where you get to spend time with your loved ones and give thanks for the blessings we have :) I love Thanksgiving because I get to see my family from out of town. My mom and sisters and I are going to be busy in the kitchen concocting some yummy THM food- I can’t wait!!

I wanted to give you some THM Thanksgiving options. Even if you are taking the day off, it might be fun to make a recipe or two to add to your menu or take to the house you are celebrating at and then you can have some yummy THM leftovers to eat for the rest of the week guilt free;)

I found this gem on Pinterest with some great ideas and possibilities: 

Here is what I did last year;) I had an E Thanksgiving dinner and then 3 hours later, I had a S Thanksgiving dinner! Yes, I really did and it was SO fun!!
Here is my tentative Thanksgiving menu: (I will probably not make all of this, but it’s good to have ideas and options!)

E meal:

light turkey meat

Gwen’s E rolls

green salad w/ light dressing

Creamless Creamy Veggies- p. 352 in book

sugar free cranberry sauce

sugar free jello w/ diced apples, raspberries and pineapple

Sweet Potato Cassarolle

sugar-free sweet potato crunch - kourafas5/Istockphoto

*To keep it in E territory, use just a sprinkling of pecans to give it a little crunch

apple crisp or apple crumble (p. 338- THM cook book)


*Obviously I will go over my fat allotment for E meals just a smidge, but it’s still better than eating completely off plan in my opinion ;)

S meal: ( 3 hours later;)

dark turkey meat w/ gravy

Green bean cassarolle- (p. 358- old book)

Macafoni and Cheese- (p. 359- old book)

Cheesy cheese rolls


Stuffing- (I used a different recipe last year, but want to try this one this year!)


Pumpkin Cheesecake

Pumpkin Roll


Pumpkin Pie- see recipe for Pumpkin Treat in the old THM book and make a crust using crushed pecans and butter ;)

I also just discovered Mrs. Criddle’s pumpkin cream cake which is one of my new favorites so I may make that instead of the pumpkin roll, decisions, decisions!


What’s on your menu for Thanksgiving?



Menu Planning Monday- Soups and Pumpkin desserts!

Here is a post I wrote last year with one of my favorte menus- enjoy!

Hi there fellow THMers! I have started blogging again, but because I’m pregnant I still have some good weeks and some not so great weeks so please bear with me as I will be posting on and off.

I hope everyone is getting excited for Thanksgiving and enjoying the yummy foods that accompany cold weather. With this in mind, I planned my menu with pumpkin desserts and soups included. Hopefully you can get some good ideas to add to your menu this week! As a reminder, if you click on anything highlighted in blue it will take you to the link of the recipe ;)


Monday- Balsamic Chicken ( I just sauteed chicken tenderloins in balsamic vinegar and olive oil, and then added no sugar marinera sauce), dreamfields pasta, salad with Olive Garden Dressing- S

Tuesday- Fajitas- S

Wednesday- Mock Mack and Cheese Cassarolle- S

Thursday- Baked Chicken, Sweet Potatoes- E

Friday- Speedy Thin Crust Pizza- S (old THM book p. 278)

Saturday- Mock Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana Soup- S

Olive Garden Low Carb Zuppa Toscana Soup. Photo by Laney RDH

Sunday- Baked Oatmeal- E (we like having breakfast for dinner on Sundays)


Dessert Ideas:

Cookie Dough Shake- FP (meaning you can have this after any meal;)


Low Carb Pumpkin Cheesecake- S (one of my favorites!)


Mom’s yummy pumpkin cookies-S ( I have to have these on hand at all times now ;)

Snack Ideas:

CNC- dark chocolate, nuts, cheese- S

Joseph Lavash Chips, Cottage Cheese and Salsa- FP

Greek Yogurt, cocoa powder, peanut flour, sweetener to taste- E

Popcorn(once a week), Apples dipped in stevia sweetened greek yogurt and cinnamon- E

Pumpkin Pie in a Mug- E (I substituted the egg for an egg white and it turned out great!)

Pumpkin Pie in a Mug


Breakfast Ideas:

Oatmeal, diced apple, vanilla protein powder, cinnamon, splash of almond milk, Ezekiel toast w/ polaner’s jam- E

Breakfast Burritos- low carb tortilla, scrambled eggs, any veggies, salsa, cheese- S

Other breakfast Ideas: I found this great link with lots of breakfast ideas using no special ingredients ;)


Lunch Ideas:

Leftovers ;)

Lite Progresso Soups, Ezekiel toast w/ some laughing cow cheese- E

Ham Wraps w/ Lettuce, Tomatoes, and Laughing Cow Cheese- E

Southern Dill Pickle Chicken Salad- S (I ate this in a low carb tortilla- yum!


Yummy Warm Drinks:

Hot Cocoa w/ Peppermint Extract- heat 1 c. almond milk in microwave, stir in 1-2 T. cocoa powder, liquid stevia to taste, 1/4 tsp. peppermint extract, and whipped cream on top- I have this almost every night!

Snickers Hot Cocoa

Trim Healthy Mama Snickers Hot Cocoa

Winter Wonderland Sip



Happy Halloween! new Pumpkin Cookie Recipe- S

My mom is in her THM test kitchen once again! Here are some fabulous pumpkin cookies just in time for Halloween and Thanksgiving ;)

Pumpkin Cookie Recipe- S
Recipe type: Dessert
  • ½ c. pumpkin
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ c. soft butter
  • Sweetener (I used ¼ c. Truvia)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • ½ tsp. almond extract
  • ¼ c. almond flour
  • 1 heaping T. coc flour
  • 1 hpg T. shredded coconut
  • 3 hpg T. peanut flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ¾ tsp. gluccie
  • pinch of salt
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ 85% dark chocolate bar chopped into pieces
  1. By hand, mix wet, mix dry, and then combine
  2. Drop onto greased baking sheet and bake @ 350 for 10 min
  3. Let rest for 3 min. on sheet, then place on rack to cool
  4. Makes 20 cookies


Tip Tuesday- Greek Yogurt trick

Here is a quick and easy tip for today:

To flavor my greek yogurt, I use TRUE lemon flavored drink packets and just sprinkle about 1/4-1/3 of the packet into my 1/2 c. or so greek yogurt serving. I mix and taste until it tastes just right and it’s a quick and yummy way to flavor your yogurt. I also add some reddi whip for some extra yumminess! My favorite flavor is the Raspberry Lemon ;)

Menu Planning Monday- I’m back!

I am so sorry it’s been such a long time. I had some ongoing health issues and am now pregnant and after getting through my first trimester, I’m finally feeling like myself again. I am excited that I have the energy to blog again and hopefully I can help you along your THM journey. Please feel free to share your successes and tips and ask questions.

Sticking with tradition, I’m starting up again with Menu Planning Monday, so here is what’s tenatively on the menu. Just FYI, anything that is highlighted is a link to a recipe ;) Also, I tend to eat more E meals because I’m preggo, so adjust according to your individual needs.


Oatmeal, diced apples, cinnamon, almond milk, 1 or 2 tsp. PB- E

Ezekiel bread French Toast w/ applesauce and fat free reddi whip, egg white scramble- E

Fried Eggs, bacon, strawberries- S



Sweet Potato Chili, apple cinnamon cookies (recipe coming soon!)- E

Chicken, bacon, ranch, low carb wrap with lettuce and tomato, skinny chocolate- S

Cobb Salad, strawberries and cream- S

Warm Chicken Sandwich (THM book) w/ tomatoes, laughing cow cheese, mustard, lettuce on Ezekiel bread , cantaloupe- E



Dreamfields angel hair pasta, spaghetti squash, marinera sauce- green salad w/ olive garden dressing- S

Enchiladas, crudities- S

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup w/ konjac noodles, grilled quesadilla w/ tomatoes- S

Sweet Potatoes, Baked Chicken, and Green Beans- E

Speedy Thin Crust Pizza (THM book)- S

German Pancakes, Eggs- S

Turkey Burgers, Macafoni and Cheese- S



Cottage Cheese and blueberries- FP

Greek  Yogurt w/ TRUE lemon to taste- FP

Apple, String Cheese- E

Nuts, dark chocolate- S


Recipe to try this week- perhaps in place of the macafoni and cheese ;)

Cauliflower Mac and Cheese Cassarolle- S


What’s on your menu for the week?



Fun Friday- Cheesecake Brownies- S

Hello Fellow THMers!!! I hope everyone is having a fabulous, healthy, happy week ;) It was National Cheesecake day, and I was in the mood for cheesecake AND brownies, so I combined them and got this final product which I’m pretty thrilled with ;)


Here’s the recipe:

Cheesecake Brownies- S
Recipe type: dessert
  • 1 stick of butter (melted)
  • ¾ c. of your favorite sweetener (I used a mix of erythritol and xylitol- use about ½ of that amount if using the THM sweet blend, I have also used ½ c. truvia which works well)
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 T. almond milk
  • ½ c. pumpkin
  • ½ t. vanilla
  • ½ t. caramel extract
  • ⅓ c. cocoa
  • ½ c. almond flour
  • ¼ t. baking powder
  • ¼ t. salt
  • 1 block of ⅓ fat cream cheese + 2 T. sweetener
  1. Cream the sweetener, eggs, and butter together
  2. Add in remaining wet ingredients (not the cream cheese)
  3. Add in the dry ingredients
  4. Pour mixture into a 8 x 8 greased pan
  5. Using a mixer or fork, mix the cream cheese with the 2 T. sweetener
  6. Spoon cream cheese mixture into a baggie
  7. Cut a hole in the tip of the baggie and pipe the cream cheese onto the brownie mixture
  8. This will not look pretty!!!! But don't worry it will turn out ;)
  9. Use a knife to swirl the cream cheese into the brownie
  10. Bake @ 350 for 45-50 min. or until the center is firm
1. This is more like a brownie cake when you first take it out of the oven, which is excellent with some THM ice cream ;) But once you let it sit in the fridge overnight, they set up pretty nicely!

2. You can also make the brownies without the cream cheese mixture and you just need to bake them for 20-25 min ;)



Throwdown Thursday- Pumpkin Peanut Butter Cookies- S

I know it’s not fall yet, but I’m in the mood for pumpkin year round. I wanted to try another cookie recipe and I remember my mom making a peanut butter pumpkin cookie, so I thought for our throwdown I’d create my own version. Try them both and see what you think ;)

Pumpkin, Pecan, Peanut Butter Cookies- S
Recipe type: Dessert
  • ½ c. pumpkin
  • ¼ c. butter (melted)
  • ¼ c. coconut oil (melted)
  • ⅛ c. almond milk
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ c. THM sweet blend or ½ c. truvia, xylitol, or erythritol
  • 1½ c. almond flour
  • ¼ c. peanut flour
  • ¼ c. oats
  • 1 t. baking powder
  • ¼ c. pecans (chopped)
  • ¼ c. 85 % dark chocolate (chopped)
  • 1 t. pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ t. cinnamon
  • dash of salt
  1. Cream together butter, coconut oil, sweetener, and eggs
  2. Add in pumpkin
  3. In a separate bowl, mix flours, oats, baking powder, and spices
  4. Add dry to wet
  5. Add in almond milk until you get a dough like consistency
  6. Add in pecans, chocolate, and coconut flakes
  7. Shape into balls and flatten with your palm
  8. Bake for 11-15 min at 350
Makes 2½ dozen

My kiddos smelled cookies baking while they were getting ready for bed. They came down and said “Are those THM cookies Mom?” (they are sometimes my biggest critics, but hey I know if a recipe is a keeper or not because they give me brutally honest feedback!) I let them have 1, and when I turned around they were both sheepishly eating a second (don’t worry, I didn’t let them eat the whole plate- I’m a little more responsible of a mother than that ;). They love sugar just as much as any kid, but they gave these THM cookies a big thumbs up with their big grins, so I guess the recipe’s a keeper!

Sneaking their second cookie !

Tasty Thursday- Fresh Strawberry Pie w/ a Lemon Cheesecake Crust

It’s summer time and when I was growing up one of my favorite desserts to eat in the summer was a slice of fresh strawberry pie from Marie Calendar’s- SO GOOD and refreshing. I wanted to create a THM version and Mom suggested we make a lemon cheesecake crust, so we did! Let me tell you, it is GO-O-OD and it is one my new favorite THM recipes! My hubby and dad went back for seconds;) It truly took me back to my childhood summers. We added a little reddi whip and the whole dessert really hit the spot.  I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!!

Fresh Strawberry Pie w/ a Lemon Cheesecake Crust- S
Recipe type: Dessert
  • Crust:
  • 1 c. almond flour
  • 1 block reduced fat cream cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • Juice from ½ a lemon
  • ½ tsp. lemon extract
  • ¼ c. sweetener of choice (I used 12 packets Truvia)
  • Strawberry Filling:
  • About 5½ c.whole fresh strawberries rinsed and de-stemmed
  • 1 t. strawberry extract
  • ¾ c. powdered sweetener (I used xylitol)
  • 2 c. water
  • 1½ tsp. glucomannan
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Mix crust ingredients together with an electric beater or mixer until well combined
  3. Pour in a greased tart pan and scrape sides with a spatula; put in a preheated oven
  4. Bake for 20 min. or until the crust is firm to the touch but not overcooked
  5. While the crust is cooking, boil the water, sweetener, and extract in a small saucepan; boil for several minutes continuously stirring.
  6. Remove from heat and immediately mix in gluccie until well combined. If you don't do it immediately and don't mix well enough, you may end up with little jellyfish in your strawberry gel ;) Your gel will get quite thick which is what you want.
  7. Let the cheesecake crust and strawberry gel cool down to room temperature
  8. ( I put my crust in the freezer for a bit to speed up the process)
  9. Once the gel is cooled, mix it with the fresh strawberries
  10. With a spatula, spoon it on top of the cooled crust
  11. Serve with a squirt of reddi whip on top if desired and enjoy!

The Crust:

The Strawberry Gel:

The Complete Strawberry Filling:

The Final Product:

Wouldn’t you like a slice? ;)


Fabulous Friday- My favorite “G Jimmy S” (GGMS) recipes

Hello BTTW readers! I hope you are all experiencing success and enjoying your THM journeys;) I have good days and bad and I am still undergoing tests. I continue to eat THM because it’s my way of life now and I know I would be feeling worse if I didn’t.

One thing that makes me feel fabulous and gives me a pick me up is a good GGMS drink, or as my 5 year old calls it, a G Jimmy S! Here she is sipping one on 4th of July with Ariel as we watched the boys set off fireworks.  She is one of the pickiest eaters I know and she will drink my whole G Jimmy S if I let her, so if she likes them, anyone can!

See how much she’s enjoying it!!

My first attempt at a GGMS was the caramel apple and I didn’t like it a bit. I gave up on it for awhile until my mom came to visit and insisted I try some new flavors. We had fun mixing and matching extracts. I encourage you to find your favorite flavors because the ACV really does give you a pick me up and they are great for drinking in between meals and for getting in your water intake. Here are some of our favorites that we came up with:

Matsumoto GGMS (named after my favorite Shave Ice place in Hawaii bc it tastes just like I’m eating a shave ice there!)

2 T ACV (apple cider vinegar)

1/2 t. coconut extract

1/2 t. banana extract

1/2 t. orange extract

12-15 drops liquid stevia (My favorite brand is the Trader Joe’s brand)

Fill a large tumbler or quart jar with ice, fill with water, and then mix all ingredients. Drink with a straw. We’ve decided they just taste better this way !


Berry Cherry

2 T. ACV

1/2 tsp. strawberry extract

1/2 tsp. cherry extract

12- 15 drops liquid stevia

Repeat process above



2 T. ACV

1/2 tsp. coconut extract

1/4 tsp. lemon extract

1/4 tsp. raspberry extract

12-15 drops liquid stevia

Repeat process above


Recipes to try from other THMers (I’m sorry I don’t know the original authors to these):

Mountain Dew GGMS 

use 1/2 water and 1/2 club soda

1 packet stevia


2 T lime juice


Strawberry GGMS

In a blender add:

2 c. water


3 packets stevia

Juice from 1/2 a lemon or lime

1/2 tsp. ground ginger (I don’t use ginger but I know it’s super good for you!)

4 or 5 frozen strawberries

Handful of ice

Blend well and enjoy


What’s your favorite GGMS recipe?