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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
 
Author:
Recipe type: Dessert
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  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

 

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 ;)

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Here’s the recipe:

Cheesecake Brownies- S
 
Author:
Recipe type: dessert
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  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
Notes
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
 
Author:
Recipe type: Dessert
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  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
Notes
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
 
Author:
Recipe type: Dessert
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  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

 

Rasberry/Lemon/Coconut

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

4 T ACV

2 T lime juice

 

Strawberry GGMS

In a blender add:

2 c. water

2 T ACV

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?

 

 

Tasty Thursday- Pumpkin Peanut Butter Cookies- S

Mom’s in her test kitchen once again! Try out this tasty new recipe she invented ;)

Pumpkin Peanut Butter Cookies- S
 
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Author:
Cuisine: dessert
Ingredients
  • Wet ingredients:
  • ½ cp pumpkin
  • Less than ¼ cp Truvia
  • ¼ cp melted butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Dry ingredients:
  • ¼ cp Almond flour
  • 2 heaping TBL shredded coconut
  • 3 heaping TBL Peanut flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • Pinch salt
  • ¾ tsp glucomannan
  • 2 TBL chopped walnuts
Instructions
  1. Mix dry and wet ingredients separately first.
  2. Stir dry into wet ingredients
  3. Carefully form into balls and place on lightly greased cookie sheet, gently pressing with fingers to flatten OR leaving them in ball form and push a piece of 85% dark Choc bar into each cookie...then they become "Chocolate Mouth Cookies", which my grand kids love!
  4. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 10 min, remove and let rest on cookie sheet 3 min before transferring to a rack.
  5. Allow to cool completely.
  6. Makes about 20 cookies
Notes
I love to experiment making cookies. This is my latest...the family loved them including the non-THMers!
PUMPKIN PEANUT BUTTER

Tasty Thursday- Rum and Cherry GGMS

I’ve been busy this week with my part-time job, so Mom generously consented to coming up with a recipe for Tasty Thursday. Thanks Mom!!!

This is from Jo (aka Mom):

Since starting my THM journey back in November 2013, I kept reading about GGMS and how so many THMers love it. I finally learned that it stood for “Good Girl Moonshine”, and was usually made with natural apple cider. I had no desire to try it. So I stayed with my tasty amazing THM shakes and frappes. Then I heard about a THM drink called “Singing Canary”. I liked the name so I thought I’d try it. WOW!! At first I couldn’t decide if I liked it or not; and as I kept sipping I decided I kind of loved it, and made it almost daily. I kept seeing more posts about GGMS…a tropical one grabbed my attention. I tried it and loved it immediately! Since then I have been experimenting with a lot of different flavors. I’ve been making one mid-morning in my quart jar filled with ice; and as I sip it down, I add more water. The drink, of course gets more watered down but still has a lovely flavor; and I am drinking a lot mire water these days. I know ginger is sometimes added (my hubby likes it that way), but I mostly like:

2T vinegar, 1T lemon juice, liquid stevia to taste, a different mix of extracts – rum and cherry is yummy too-water and lots of ice. It’s so fun experimenting with all the different flavors! I still love my “Singing Canary”; now I have more to enjoy during those hot summer days ;)

Fun Friday- 37 cal. E brownies, an oldie but a goodie

TGIF- What are your weekend plans? Mine involve making some more of these:

I made these again this week for my E lunch with sweet potatoes and rosemary chicken and I forgot how incredibly delicious they are!!! If you haven’t tried these yet, do it this week!!! I subbed the truvia for 1/4 c. of the new THM sweet blend. Seriously, amazing ;)

37 calorie brownies- E

Love this quote and reminder!!! You make no progress when you’re bitter because someone else is successful, so it’s important to strive to be better;) I’ve learned that no matter how much I think I’m helping others, I am in no control of what others do- their successes, failures, hurtful or helpful words,  including my own children LOL, but I CAN control how I treat my body and my mind and whether or not I strive to be better today than I was yesterday. It’s definitely nicer to live in a state of being better rather than bitter!

Photo: Better > Bitter

And for a fun, family activity this weekend, why not try an in-home dance party? You can turn on everyone’s favorite tunes and dance the night away!! It’s going to be raining over here, so we need a good indoor activity ;)

Fun Family Fitness, Three kids dancing outside for exercise

family dance party!

Whatever you do this weekend, just try and spend time with your family doing something active!! Happy weekend everyone ;)

 

Tasty Thursday- 31 Tummy Tucking Ice Cream Flavors

Mom was out of town unexpectedly this week so we didn’t get a chance to do our throwdown, but I DO have some TASTY ice cream flavors for you. Some are Tried and True and some are ones I’d like to try!!! If you haven’t made the tummy tucking ice cream, DO IT!!! It’s so tasty and easy to make. I like to double or triple the serving size so I have a lot of ice cream cubes ready to go.

My favorite way to make it:

Take 1 Ice Cube tray of tummy tucking ice cream cubes, 2 T. cream, 3 tsp. truvia, 4 T. Almond Milk and mix it in a blender- I have a Ninja. The easiest way to get the ice cubes is out is to run the tray under hot water for a few seconds. Serves 3-4

Fun flavors to try: (Always make the original recipe and add the ingredients to it!)

1. Chocolate raspberry- cocoa powder and 1/2 tsp. raspberry extract OR use frozen raspberries

2. Chocolate Almond- cocoa powder, handful of almonds (nuts are best added right at the end of mixing)*

3. Strawberry- add a handful of frozen strawberries to the original

4. Mint Chip- My family LOVES this one- 1/4 tsp. mint extract, several pieces of skinny chocolate or 85% dark chocolate- (add in the chocolate after you mix the other ingredients for bigger chunks)

5. Raspberry & Walnut- Frozen raspberries, handful of walnuts*

6. Dulce De Leche- homemade caramel or 1/2 tsp. caramel extract, 1/2 tsp. butter extract, pecans*

7. Hazlenut Crunch- 1/4 tsp. hazlenut extract, pecans, peanut butter, skinny chocolate*

8. Butter Pecan-handful of pecans, 1/2 tsp. butter extract*

9. Peanut Butter- swirl in Peanut Butter*

10. Cinnamon- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon

11. Maple Walnut- 1/2 tsp. maple extract, handful of walnuts*

12. Key Lime- 1 T. lime juice, 2 T. reduced fat cream cheese, dash of cinnamon, opt. THM ginger snap cookies broken up and sprinkled on top or this graham cracker pie crust (replace the honey for on plan sweetener)*

13. Lemon Cheesecake- 1 tsp. lemon extract, 2 T. reduced fat cream cheese, dash of cinnamon*

14. Nutty Coconut- handful of almonds, handful of unsweetened coconut, 1/2 tsp. coconut extract*

15. Turtle- 1/2 tsp. Caramel extract, handful of Pecans, a few pieces skinny chocolate*

16. Chocolate Peanut Butter- 1 T. cocoa, 1 T. peanut butter*

17. Snickers- 1 T. Peanut Butter, handful of Peanuts, 1/2 tsp. Caramel extract*

18. Butterfinger- 1/2 tsp. butterscotch extract, 1/2 T. cocoa, 1/2 T. peanut flour, 1 T. chunky peanut butter*

19. Chocolate Chunk- 1 T. cocoa, skinny chocolate

20. Egg Nog- 1/4 tsp rum extract, 1/4 tsp. nutmeg extract, cinnamon, 1/4 tsp. additional vanilla extract

21. Brownie Sundae- add your favorite THM S brownie *

22. Chocolate Chip- Add skinny chocolate chunks or dark chocolate

23. Chocolate Chip Cookie- add skinny chocolate chunks and THM chocolate chip cookies or make the chocolate chip cookie for one and add it! *

24. Almond Joy- Almonds, coconut flakes, skinny chocolate*

25. Cookies and Cream- add THM oreos*

26. Orange Dreamsicle- 1/2 tsp. orange extract

27. Chocolate Mint- 1 T. cocoa1/4 tsp. peppermint extract

28. Reeses Peanut Butter Ice Cream- peanut butter, skinny chocolate chunks*

29. Strawberry or Raspberry Cheesecake- add frozen strawberries or raspberries , and frozen cheesecake bites at the very end of mixing*

30. Fudge Swirl- Just like Hershey’s chocolate sauce, swirled in to the original with a spoon

31. Blueberry- Frozen blueberries added to the orginial, dash of cinnamon

Note: The flavors with a * next to them are going to be a slightly heavier S because of the addition of nuts, brownies, cookies, cheesecake etc. They should not be used in a Deep S setting ;)

How fun is THM ice cream creating??? The possibilities are endless. This list is just to get you thinking.

Have you tried any flavors that you’d like to share with us?

Here are a few other THM friendly ice cream flavors and recipes you might want to try:

Pumpkin ice cream THM-S

(This pic is from rohndasue, mine never LOOKS this good, but it sure TASTES GOOD!!)

Eating tummy tucking ice cream with some skinny chocolate hardshell, whipped cream, and nuts is my favorite!! How lucky are we?!

 

 

 

 

Fun Friday- Strawberry Smoothie Popsicles

A Fun recipe to tryStrawberry Smoothie Popsicles- E  These look perfect for a yummy, nutritious, and refreshing treat on a warm Spring day ;)

fruit pops

 

A great Quote: It’s so easy to compare our weight loss journey with others, but we are all different and have different stories so just be in competition with yourself ;)

Photo: Thought For The Day

A great article about exercise:

Making exercise a habit: We are lucky to have healthy bodies that can move, dance, sweat, and enjoy life. Exercise is all about finding something that you enjoy doing which is good for your mind and your body!

exerciseahabit