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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 ;)

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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!

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Fun Friday- Mini Pepper Chicken Nachos, Chocolate Strawberry Truffle Pie

For those of you who missed this recipe, it definitely looks like a FUN recipe to try and much healthier than the version with chips ;)

Mini Pepper Chicken Nachos- S

Food for Thought- Believe in yourself and believe that this will work and it will!!! It’s all about the power of believing. You are worth it!!!

Photo: Just keep going!!

A FUN dessert to try:

chocolate strawberry pie

Chocolate Strawberry Truffle Pie- S- I would make this without the crust to keep it THM friendly ;)

 

Tip Tuesday- My Top 11 FP snacks!!

I LOVE FP snacks- you don’t have to worry too much about if you had an E breakfast and you’re going to have a S lunch or vice versa, you can have these even at the 2 1/2 hour mark and you’re golden. I keep a list of my favorite FP snacks on the fridge to eat with a meal if I’m still not full yet or I’ll pick a few for a good filling snack ;)

Here are my fave FP snacks:

1. 2 boiled egg whites, a small diced tomato, light laughing cow cheese, basil (fresh when I have it on hand), on top of 1/2 Joseph’s pita or just boiled egg whites with salt and pepper

2. 1/4 c. cottage cheese w/ a few strawberries and ff reddi whip on top

3. Protein shake- 1 T. Peanut flour, 1 c. almond milk, 1 scoop vanilla protein powder, 1/2 tsp. coconut extract, 2 drops liquid stevia, handful of spinach, handful of ice- so yummy and so satisfying. The protein really helps with the hunger!

4. A slice of lean deli meat wrapped around a dill pickle spear, sometimes I eat two of these;)

5. Hot cocoa w/ Cinnamon dippers

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6. About 7 almonds w/ light string cheese

7. 1/2 Joseph’s pita nuked for about 50 sec., broken into chips, served w/ LC cheese and salsa or about 1/4 c. cott cheese and salsa

8. 1/2 c. greek yogurt w/ TRUE cherry limeade or TRUE mango peach drink packet mixed in w/ a little ff reddi whip on top

9. 1/4 c. cottage cheese w/ a small sliced tomato and some italian seasoning

10. Lemon Muffin in a bowl-  Follow the directions for the MIB (THM p. 258) & replace cocoa w/ vanilla protein powder, use 1/2 juice of lemon or 1/2 tsp. lemon extract), put a squirt of reddi whip on top

11. Pre-washed green beans or sugar snap peas w/ some humus

What are your favorite FP snacks?

Just be sure when you are eating a FP snack in between a meal that you do not food stack. To avoid this choose a small snack to get you through to the next meal ;)

Here are some more FP snack ideas:

Pinterest FP snacks

More FP snacks from Pinterest

Jennifer griffin’s Top 5

 

Tip Tuesday- Food Swaps- Cheetos, Reeses PB eggs, Snickers and Butterfinger shakes, tortilla chips

Many of my friends and aquaintances who have not embraced the THM lifestyle have told me that they don’t like not eating whatever they want to eat. First of all, I CAN eat anything I want to eat I just CHOOSE not to eat certain foods that I know will not give me energy or increase my health. But one of the greatest advantages to doing THM is that for most foods you love to eat, there is a good substitute for it.

Here are just a few. Does this look like deprivation to you? I don’t think so;)

Instead of reaching for a snickers bar or butterfinger, have a snickers shake or butterfinger shake- they provide plenty of protein to give you energy and keep you trim;)

Snickers Protein Shake

Does this look heavenly or what?

Easter is coming up, and I’m sure you’re thinking you can’t have those Reeses PB eggs we all love, ok well I love them, but guess again….You can!

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Are you craving chips and salsa, instead of the regular old tortilla chips that have oil and corn and leave you feeling less than satisfied, why not try these lime tortilla chips that are light, but still give you the crunch you crave? Want to dip them in salsa or guac? Go for it;) How about dipping them in some homemade queso, be my guest;) Still on plan! Try out the transformer cheese sauce.

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Want some cheetos instead? Try out this recipe:

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What is one of your favorite healthy “junk” food recipes? My tip for the day is find some that are a good substitute for what you love to eat. You will be much happier this way;) You should be able to enjoy what you eat and feel good doing it!

Cheesecake Drops- S

Cheesecake Drops- S
 
Author:
Recipe type: Dessert, Snacks
Ingredients
  • 4 T cream
  • 4 oz reduced fat cream cheese
  • ½ tsp. lemon extract
  • 3-4 T. powdered sweetener
  • dash of cinnamon (optional)
Instructions
  1. Freeze a glass bowl and beaters for 15 minutes or so before you plan on making your dessert
  2. Take bowl out of freezer, and whip cream until peaks form
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients
  4. scoop out mixture into mini muffin pan
  5. Place in freezer
  6. Makes 16-20
Notes
Serving size 2-3
Take out of the freezer a few minutes before serving and add reddi whip and berries, if desired
Tastes great in the Strawberry Cheesequake Shake
These are quick and easy and super tasty!!

Homemade Granola- S

 

Homemade Granola
 
Author:
Recipe type: Breakfast, Snacks
Ingredients
  • 3 tsp. truvia
  • ½ c. water
  • 2 T. vanilla
  • ½ c. coconut oil (melt in micro for 30 sec.)
  • 1 c. flaxmeal
  • 1 c. unsweetened, shredded coconut
  • 2 c. chopped nuts (almonds, pecans, walnuts)
  • cinnamon to taste
  • ⅓ c. freeze dried blueberries and/or raspberries
  • For chocolate version;
  • add 2 T. cocoa + 1 t. truvia
Instructions
  1. Combine water, truvia, vanilla, and coconut oil
  2. On a baking sheet, combine dry ingredients
  3. Pour liquid mixture over dry ingredients evenly
  4. Bake @ 300 degrees fro 45 min
  5. Stir every 15 min
  6. Enjoy over Greek yogurt or with a little almond milk as cereal
Notes
*Adapted from Satisfying Granola, p. 237