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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

 

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 www.trimhealthymama.com

DessertKey Lime Cheesecakes- S

Tuesday:

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;)

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DinnerFish Tacos-S

 

Wednesday:

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 #springhttp://www.skinnytaste.com/2014/04/asparagus-egg-and-bacon-salad-with.html

DinnerAsparagus Egg and Bacon Salad-S

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DessertChocolate Chip Cookies-S

 

Thursday:

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!

 

Saturday:

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

 

Sunday:

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 White Cabbage Soup- FP

Egg White Cabbage Soup- FP
 
Author:
Recipe type: Side
Ingredients
  • 1 large cabbage head
  • chicken broth
  • red pepper flakes
  • 3 scrambled egg whites
  • 2 Laughing Cow Cheese Wedges
Instructions
  1. Combine ingredients
  2. Bring soup to a boil, stirring occassionally
  3. Turn down head and let simmer until cabbage is soft

Crisp Cucumber Salsa- FP

Crisp Cucumber Salsa-FP
 
Author:
Recipe type: Sides
Ingredients
  • 2 cups finely chopped seeded peeled cucumber
  • ½ cup finely chopped seeded tomato
  • ¼ cup chopped red onion
  • 2 Tbsp minced fresh parsley
  • 1 jalepeno pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 4-1/2 tsp minced fresh cilantro
  • 1 garlic clove, minced or pressed
  • ¼ c reduced-fat sour cream or Greek yogurt
  • 1-1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1-1/2 tsp lime juice
  • ¼ tsp ground cumin
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. In another bowl, combine the sour cream, lemon juice, lime juice, cumin and seasoned salt. Pour over cucumber mixture and toss gently to coat. Serve immediately with chips.
  2. *Use Joseph's Pita Chips for THMers
Notes
¼ cup is only 16 calories! YES!!!

Photo: Crisp Cucumber Salsa:
Note: 1/4 cup is only 16 calories! YES!!!
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2 cups finely chopped seeded peeled cucumber
1/2 cup finely chopped seeded tomato
1/4 cup chopped red onion
2 Tbsp minced fresh parsley
1 jalepeno pepper, seeded and chopped
4-1/2 tsp minced fresh cilantro
1 garlic clove, minced or pressed
1/4 c reduced-fat sour cream ( I would Use Greek yogurt instead of sour cream)
1-1/2 tsp lemon juice
1-1/2 tsp lime juice
1/4 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp seasoned salt
Tortilla chips

In a small bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. In another bowl, combine the sour cream, lemon juice, lime juice, cumin and seasoned salt. Pour over cucumber mixture and toss gently to coat. Serve immediately with chips.

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

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Egg Roll in a Bowl- S, E, or FP
 
Author:
Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: Asian
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 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!
Instructions
  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!
Notes
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.

Just Like Hershey’s Chocolate Sauce- FP

This sauce is amazing on low carb Breyer’s ice cream, in yogurt or cottage cheese, on top of waffles and pancakes, you name it! It’s so versatile and because it is a FP, you can eat it guilt free;)

Just Like Hershey's Chocolate Sauce- FP
 
Author:
Recipe type: Dessert
Ingredients
  • ½ c. cocoa
  • 1 c.water
  • ¾ c. xylitol and erythritol combined
  • ⅛ t. sea salt
  • ¼ t. vanilla
Instructions
  1. Mix cocoa and water in a saucepan.
  2. Stir to dissolve cocoa on medium heat.
  3. Add sweetener and stir occassionally until mixture comes to a boil.
  4. Let the mixture boil for 3 minutes.
  5. Take off heat and add vanilla and salt.
Notes
*This sauce becomes thicker after sitting in the fridge overnight
*I use a mixture of xylitol and erythritol because I find that I prefer the taste better this way and I don't have any stomach issues like I do if I just use one or the other;)

Not the best pic, I know, but this is a Greek yogurt sundae I made with PB flour, chocolate sauce, and whipped cream! Who needs ice cream? Ok, I do sometimes, it’s true, but this is a pretty good substitute;)