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 ;)


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!


Menu Planning Monday- Menu 7

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all were able to enjoy some Spring weather over the weekend;) We had an egg hunt at the beach in our community and it was absolutely gorgeous weather!!! Life seems so much more pleasant when it’s warm outside. What can I say, it was a LONG winter!!! With this warmer weather, I’m continuing to enjoy lots of fresh produce in my salads and lots of smoothies and shakes.

Here’s my tentative menu for the week:

Monday: Breakfast: Veggie Omelette- S

Lunch: Chicken Salad in a Joseph’s Pita- (canned chicken, mustard, cucs, celery, onion, a few carrots, tomatoes w/ laughing cow cheese- E

Snack: Apple, and 1 tsp. PB w/ cinnamon- E

Photo: Need E meal inspiration/ideas? Here's one! I know I've posted about this meal before, but it's been awhile, and it's worth posting again for our Beginners! :) This is, hands down, one of my favorite meals! Balsamic chicken (p. 324), quinoa, and creamless cream green beans (p. 352).

Dinner: Balsamic Chicken (THM p. 324) & Creamless Creamy Veggies (THM p. 352)-E  Courtesy of Tammy Schlievert

Photo: Key Lime Cheesecakes - S!Kristin J is converting her friends (and their husbands) to the THM way of eating one dessert at a time. She posted up her lovely looking cheesecakes on the group wall. She made delicious almond based crusts and topped the cheesecakes with sweetened, lime flavored whipped cream.Kristin’s crust is 1 cup almond flour combined with 2-3 Tbs melted butter and 1 Tbs Truvia (if using THM Sweet Blend use only 2 tsp.) Bake the crusts for 10 minutes in foil lined muffin tins then fill with cheesecake mix. The cheesecake recipe itself is on page 373 of Trim Healthy Mama. To get the lime flavor Kristin added 5 True Lime packets (found in most grocery stores in the dry mix drink isle). She put the muffin tins in a water bath to bake. For the topping she sweetened ¾ cup cream with 1-2 Tbs. xylitol  and added 2 True Lime packets before whipping to stiff peaks (you can use 1 Tbs. THM Sweet Blend if that is what you have… or 2 Tbs. Truvia).Note - THM Sweet Blend (which is a blend of organic, stevia extract powder and non GMO erythritol) can be found at

DessertKey Lime Cheesecakes- S


Breakfast: Oatmeal w/ a splash of almond milk, 1/2 apple and scrambled egg whites and salsa- E

Lunch: Leftover Balsamic Chicken over greens with light dressing- FP

Of course, it's even better with a little bit of whipped cream. ;-)

Snack: Chocolate Chip Muffin in a Mug-S (I don’t have these chocolate chips, so I’ll probably just break up a piece of dark chocolate;)


DinnerFish Tacos-S



Breakfast: Big Boy Smoothie, Caprese Ezekiel Toast (Ezekial toast, basil, tomatoes, LC cheese)- E

Lunch: Leftover fish w/ steamed veggies- S

Snack: Greek Yogurt w/ a TRUE lemon packet mixed in, blueberries, and some ff whipped cream- E

Photo: Asparagus Egg and Bacon Salad – In less than 1 hour I was able to cook, photograph, eat and post this simple Spring salad to my blog. What are you having for lunch?#weightwatchers 6pp #glutenfree #paleo #spring

DinnerAsparagus Egg and Bacon Salad-S


DessertChocolate Chip Cookies-S



Breakfast: 2 eggs w/ butter, protein shake- S

Lunch: Cobb Salad-S

Snack: PB muffin in a bowl- S

Dinner: Crockpot Meal- White enchiladas- S

Friday: Breakfast: French Toast w/ Ezekiel Bread and 1 T. polaner’s jam (made with egg whites)- E

Turkey Wrap with a Delicious  Creamy Chipotle Avocado Spread

LunchTurkey Wraps with Chipotle Avocado Spread-S (Make sure to use a low carb tortilla or a Joseph’s pita or tortilla;)

Snack: Joseph’s pita, nuked for under 2 minutes  to make chips w/ LC cheese and salsa- FP

DinnerPizza Puffs- S

Dessert: Butter Pecan Coconut Ice Cream – S (I found this at Wegman’s this weekend and I’m so excited about this flavor!



Trim Healthy Mama {Berry Coconut Crisp - S}

BreakfastBerry Coconut Crisp-S

Lunch: Joseph’s Pita pizza w/ chicken, spinach, feta, and tomatoes- FP

Snack: Celery and PB- S OR

blueberry muffin in a minute_low carb and paleo

Blueberry Muffin in a Minute-S

DinnerMexican Burgers- S



BreakfastCoconut Crepes-S  (I have also subbed oat fiber for the coconut flour to make them a little lighter;)

Easter Meal:

Rosemary Mustard Crusted Bake Ham-S

with some of these ideas: Easter Menu or this for dessert: Lemon Coconut Cloud Cake - Life Made Full.. THM…S dessert by swapping out the maple syrup for Susan Hitchcock's homemade truvia "maple" syru...

Lemon Coconut Cloud Cake- S

What’s on your menu for the week?

Egg Roll in a Bowl- S, E, or FP

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Egg Roll in a Bowl- S, E, or FP
Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: Asian
Serves: 4
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil (or oil of your choice if you don’t have sesame, but the sesame really makes the dish!)
  • 1 lb. ground pork or beef (S) or lean ground turkey (E or FP)
  • 6 cups finely sliced cabbage (about 1 medium head)
  • 1 cup shredded carrots (4g carbs per ¼ cup serving so fine for this S meal)
  • 1 medium onion
  • chopped 3 cloves garlic
  • finely chopped or minced 1 teaspoon ground ginger/ginger powder
  • (if you choose fresh ginger for this recipe, you'll need to use quite a bit and be sure it's grated/minced very fine; I love fresh, but ground really works better in this recipe)
  • ¼ cup coconut aminos (soy sauce alternative) or Bragg's Amino
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Chicken Broth
  • Optional: 2-3 green onion stalks, finely chopped
  • Optional: ¼ tsp red pepper flakes adds a nice kick!
  1. Brown the ground pork (or beef) in large frying pan until fully cooked.
  2. Turn heat to medium-high and add chopped onion (not the green onions yet) and sesame oil, increase heat to lightly brown the onions.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together the garlic, ginger and aminos and add to pan, and then immediately add the sliced cabbage and stir.
  4. Cook for a few minutes, stirring often, so that it doesn't burn and so all cabbage slightly wilts and reduces in size.
  5. Then add shredded carrots and cook for another few minutes.
  6. Turn off heat, add chopped green onions, salt and black pepper to taste, stir one last time and serve warm.
  7. Same great taste you’ll get in an eggroll, minus the deep fried wrapper, so MUCH healthier!
To make it E: Use extra lean meat instead (like 99% lean ground turkey, or skinless chicken breast - ground, chopped, or shredded) and because of the lack of juiciness (fat) from the meat, add ¼ cup of fat-free chicken stock (or water). To make it E: You may want to also add a bit more of the aminos and ginger, and feel free to add extra carrots too! Serve over brown rice. To make it FP: Use extra lean meat instead (like 99% lean ground turkey, or skinless chicken breast - ground, chopped, or shredded) and because of the lack of juiciness (fat) from the meat, add ¼ cup of fat-free chicken stock (or water). You may want to also add a bit more of the aminos and ginger. However, with the above said, it's by far best as S using ground pork (not sausage!) or ground beef. ENJOY!

by Diana Rodbourn Brown 1 lb ground pork/beef in a large frying pan. Turn heat to med-high. Add 1 med. chopped onion & 2 tsp. sesame oil, increase heat to lightly brown onions. Mix together 3 cloves of minced garlic, 1 tsp. ginger powder and 1/4 c. aminos and add. Stir in 6 c. shredded cabbage. Cook for a few minutes, stirring often. Add 1 c. shredded carrots and cook another few minutes. Turn off heat, Add 2 finely chopped gr. onion stalks, and salt and pepper to taste and serve warm.

Sweet Potato Chili- E

After mentioning sweet potato chili, I couldn’t stop thinking about it so I just had to look up a recipe. I like making my chili different every time I make it and I usually just throw a little of this and a little of that in a pot and taste as I go. No 2 pots of chili are the same for me, but this recipe looks intriguing;) I love the addition of the cocoa powder. For THMers be sure to leave out the cornmeal and sugar (replace w/sweetener ) and I will probably use greek yogurt in place of the sour cream to cut back on the fat. Did I mention, I would serve this with some E brownies?

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