When I first started seeing all these “bowls”, I have to admit that I was like, “wha???, That’s basically a spoonable smoothie, right?”. I couldn’t understand why you needed to have a bowl of something that you could drink. But, alas, after I made my first “bowl”, I was hooked!
These bowls are for when you are tired of having a smoothie or protein shake every day, and you just want something that you can top with yummy stuff and be able to eat with a spoon. There is a difference between a smoothie and a smoothie bowl, you know!
Enter the “bowl”.
A thick and creamy bowl of yum that you can top with all sorts of random healthy things, and then use a spoon to eat it with!
On this bowl, I topped it with shredded unsweetened coconut, chia seeds and flax seeds. I also used a strawberry, but that was more for prettiness. 🙂
The great thing about bowls is, the possibilities are endless! You pretty much cannot “mess up” a bowl. You can add so much to these and blend them to the creamy consistency, and as long as you like it, then you’re good to go!
Look at all that thick and creamy splendor!
I put the “S” in Superfood
The reason why I called it my “superfood bowl”, is because this sucker is jam-packed with…you guessed it…superfood stuff!
Baobab powder (thank you THM 😉
Those ingredients are sure to put some “hair on your chest”. I don’t mean that quite literally (I guess I am just in a sarcastic mood). I just mean that those ingredients are sooo good for you, and you are bound to feel better after eating this!
So, without further adieu, here is this amazingly simple and yummy recipe! Go play, and see what kind of “bowl” you can create!
I never really understood why they called veggies all thrown together in a pan and cooked like regular dishes, “Stir-fry”. I could understand if they called it “stir and then fry”, but not “stir-fry”. And even the “fry” part. There is no “frying” really involved.
I know, random. I need to focus!
But seriously now, this dish (technically) falls under the category of “stir-fry”, even though there really isn’t any “frying” going on. At least not with traditional loads of grease.
There is very little fat in this dish, so it is great to pair with quinoa.
It really is SO easy to make.
If you prefer brown rice, I think that would work too. I just love the texture of veggies and meat in a sauce. The pair works great when you are also craving a carb to go with them. This dish would probably also fall under the THM category of a “drive-though-sue”. Because of the kielbasa sausage.
Best of all, you don’t have to add flour to thicken the “sauce”, it’s simply chicken broth and a little but of xantham gum! Yay for healthy ways to thicken stuff!
Food Photo Madness
I’m sure you know this about me now, but I love food photography! It is one of those passions I never knew I had! There has always been something about making food look pretty that has been my favorite. So, when I discovered that I can take pictures of pretty food, that was it! I was sold!
For some reason though, this dish was exceptionally hard to photograph. Maybe there were just too many textures going on here? I don’t know.
So, I took it as a challenge to try to capture how pretty it actually was!
The lighting was so bad at night, so I had to wait until the next day and re-set it up (yes, the actual good photos were of my leftovers…which, by the way, was just as good as when I first cooked it).
The thing is, when you take pictures, if you have bad lighting…it could ruin what you think about whatever is being photographed. If you have a delicious dish, and it looks amazing, but you have no good lighting…then it does NOT look appetizing!
I’ve had countless recipes that I have made and then I go to take pictures of it, and the lighting is just not good (I prefer to take pics in natural light). The food wit bad lighting, most of the time, turns out un-appealing. 🙁
But, good lighting makes all the difference!
Viola! I had found the light! (Reminds me of one of my favorite songs…”I saw the light, I saw the light…no more in darkness, no more in night…now I am so happy, no sorrow in sight. Praise the Lord, I saw the light!!!”).
There is a lot I still have to learn about food photography, but I thoroughly enjoy the process!
Ok, ok…enough about photography. I just wanted to share a blurb about one of my many passions!
As for the recipe, it is very easy and quick to make. Especially if you don’t want to make a mess in the kitchen! I used one big pot for the veggies and meat and a medium pot for the quinoa.
Yay low-mess dinners!
So, Here is the recipe for this delicious and easy meal! Hope you and enjoy it! Cheers!
Yes, you heard me….this is our FAVORITE dinner! It Is definitely my most requested weekend dinner. I have been making this pizza for about 3 years now, and I can pretty much make it with my eyes closed!
But, on a serious note…
These pictures don’t even do this pizza justice (bad lighting at night)!!! There is so much color involved in this delicious pizza! The amount of veggies that are on this is CRAY CRAY! And, the bet part is…my kids gobble it up!
When I first started making this pizza, I was worried that my family might not like the idea that there was no meat involved. Fortunately, I was wrong! My family LOVED this pizza! No meat needed!
The feeling that you get when you eat my pizza is “light”. Why do I say “light”? Because, unlike regular pizzas that are drenched in grease and meat, this pizza satisfies with the same texture and flavors of pizza, without any of that fattening and greasy “feeling” after.
Whenever my husband and I eat regular pizzas, we feel nasty afterward (which makes me sad because I LOVE PIZZA!!!). We usually have that “heavy” feeling, like we just ate a ton of food, we are usually bloated, and we usually lose all energy afterwards.
Although I thoroughly enjoy a good old fashion slice of regular pepperoni pizza, I do not like the “yucky” feeling I get after I eat it.
This pizza though….
What is a crossover, you may ask? A crossover is a term used in the THM (trim healthy mama) community. It just means “crossing over” the two different fuels (fats and carbs).
Our American diet is FULL of crossovers. But, unlike a true and healthy CROSSOVER, the majority of our American foods are laden with un-healthy fats and un-healthy carbs-COMBINED. This combination is an explosion of yucky stuff! Combining both un-healthy fats and un-healthy carbs causes weight gain, lack of energy and a myriad of other bad health.
This pizza is full of healthy carbs and healthy fats. This beautiful combination though, is THE BOMB!!!
I love the fact that the crust is made out of whole wheat flour. Although I have not yet mastered the whole “zucchini crust” movement…there is just something so beautiful about a wheat crust y’all!
Biting into real BREAD…OMG…HEAVEN!
When we get to have the occasional “family movie night”, my pizza is always the first thing the family requests. It has become a family tradition that if we have a family movie night, we WILL have pesto pizza!
I definitely do not complain when they request it. 😉
I love the fact that my kids would rather eat this deliciously healthy pizza, and not even think about any other! I don’t think they realize how many veggies are involved! Score on for mom!
Ok, ok…I know, you’re like, “just give me the gull-darn pizza recipe already!!!”
In the words of some super wise person…I GOTCHU!
If you were “on the fence” about what to make on this wonderful weekend….You have found the thing to make!!! This mouth watering, delicious and nutritious PIZZA!!!!
Sometimes you just get a hankering’ for some energy!
If you’re anything like me-a busy mom with lots to do, then sometimes you just get a hankerin’ for some good ole fashioned ENERGY! And sometimes, the yummy S (fatty) foods just don’t do it! You gotta have carbs!
Carbs are good. When they’re good carbs!
You may ask, “what are goodcarbs?”
Let’s start by looking at what the different kinds of carbs are…
“Whole” vs “Refined” Carbs
Not all carbs are created equal.
There are many different types of carbohydrate-containing foods, and they vary greatly in their health effects.
Although carbs are often referred to as “simple” vs “complex,” I personally find “whole” vs “refined” to make more sense.
Whole carbs are unprocessed and contain the fiber found naturally in the food, while refined carbs have been processed and had the natural fiber stripped out.
Examples of whole carbs include vegetables, whole fruit, legumes, potatoes and whole grains. These foods are generally healthy.
On the other hand, refined carbs include sugar-sweetened beverages, fruit juices, pastries, white bread, white pasta, white rice and others.
Numerous studies show that refined carbohydrate consumption is associated with health problems like obesity and type 2 diabetes (1, 2, 3).
They tend to cause major spikes in blood sugar levels, which leads to a subsequent crash that can trigger hunger and cravings for more high-carb foods (4, 5).
This is the “blood sugar roller coaster” that many people are familiar with.
Refined carbohydrate foods are usually also lacking in essential nutrients. In other words, they are “empty” calories.
The added sugars are another story altogether, they are the absolute worst carbohydrates and linked to all sorts of chronic diseases (6, 7, 8, 9).
However, it makes no sense to demonize all carbohydrate-containing foods because of the health effects of their processed counterparts.
Whole food sources of carbohydrates are loaded with nutrients and fiber, and don’t cause the same spikes and dips in blood sugar levels.
Hundreds of studies on high-fiber carbohydrates, including vegetables, fruits, legumes and whole grains show that eating them is linked to improved metabolic health and a lower risk of disease (10, 11, 12, 13, 14).
Of course, having those yummy “S” (satisfying and fatty) meals, are great. Especially when there are healthy fats (i.e. extra virgin olive oil, grass-fed butter, avocado etc). They definitely have their place in our diets, and that’s yet another reason I love the THM lifestyle.
With all that being said, there is still a need for healthy carbs. You have to find the balance. What works for you and your family, and also what works for your own personal health.
It’s definitely a no-brainer that growing kids need a lot of carbs. Their little bodies crave carbohydrates to function.
“Children who are 2 to 3 years old need 1 cup each of fruits and vegetables and 3 ounces of grains daily. Between the ages of 4 and 8 years, they need 5 ounces of grains, 1.5 cups of vegetables and 1 to 1.5 cups of fruit every day. At the age of 9, their daily consumption should increase to 1.5 cups of fruit, 2 to 2.5 cups of vegetables and 5 to 6 ounces of grains. When they turn 14, they need another 0.5 cup of both fruits and vegetables and should eat 6 to 8 ounces of grains daily.” -http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/carbohydrate-needs-children-8050.html
My boys are so full of energy, that sometimes I think that I can never curb their appetites. They are bundles of energy! That is why healthy carbs are so important for them to consume.
That’s where these Energy Bites come in! Easy to make and so full of healthy carbs!
At first, I was trying to make a cookie, something that was “cinnamony” and full of yummy carbs. But this yummy recipe emerged. I asked my kids to taste test these and they were begging for seconds!
So, this recipe was born! I hope that you enjoy them as much as my kiddos and I did!
In honor of this lovely “love day”, I wanted to share a wonderfully sweet recipe with you! These muffins are so delicious that you won’t be able to resist!
These muffins are so moist and fluffy! The amazing thing is…they have no eggs, no butter and very little fat!!!
Never mind the kids!
I wanted to create a filling and sweet muffin that was packed with nutrition and healthy carbs that would energizing for a “on-the-go” mom like me! Not to mention my kiddos that are constantly hungry!
I was worried that they would be too bland, but they were far from that! My kids absolutely loved the sweet vanilla flavor and of course, the blueberries!
But, never mind the kids….I freaking loved them!!!!
I have a confession-I kind of hid these from the kids after I tried them. Yes, I just admitted that. Haha! But, that’s just how good these bad boys are!
Perfect for those “on the go” mornings when you need a nutritious breakfast, but don’t have time to make anything. They are also great for snacks! The other great thing is, they have just the right amount of sweetness to them… you can add a dollop of whipped cream, and they’ll even pass for dessert! Bam! These are amazing muffins!
But, the kids though….
Ok, ok…I do love my kids, and sometimes I share my favorite yummy recipes with them! But I especially love it when they help me with my photo shoots!
Would you look at those eyes! Watch out girls!
But seriously, these muffins are very filling, so even after my kids have one or two, they get filled up! That’s the great thing about baking in a nutritious way. Nutrition allows you to be full with healthy fuels!
It allows you to eat “with a purpose”, and not to just curb your appetite. Eating nutritiously can be so yummy and so rewarding too!
These muffins are chock-full of healthy carbohydrates, and not to mention, lovely blueberries!
What makes these muffins so amazingly moist when there is no butter in sight? Here’s the secret ingredients: cottage cheese and greek yogurt! Before you frown, just try them. You won’t be frowning anymore!
Also, they have that subtle and delicious buttery flavor…without the butter! Yay for THM-E snacks that are absolutely delicious, but ON PLAN!!!! I love the THM way!
I added two whole 8 ounce containers of blueberries to these muffins! Blueberries everywhere! There aint’ nothin’ wrong with enjoying God’s wonderful creation of blueberries! Don’t skimp on this recipe!
So, without further adieu, here is this awesome recipe! Hope you enjoy them as much as my family and I enjoy them!
Happy Saturday! You made it to the weekend! Maybe you are lounging in your p.j.’s (like me), drinking your morning cup of coffee and wondering what you want to cook for breakfast? Look no farther!
Saturday Morning Breakfast
In lieu of this being a Saturday morning, I wanted to share a “Saturday morning worthy” breakfast. I created these beauties a couple of weekends ago, and they were a smash hit!
I mean, hey, Who doesn’t want a huge stack of pancakes on a Saturday morning?
My boys are always asking, “mommy, can you please make pancakes?” The thing is, with them growing by the minute, they seem to be growing an extra stomach at the same time! I swear, these kids are gonna put me out of business!
I have said before that we don’t use a lot of sugar around the house, and that is true, but on some Saturdays with yummy pancakes, sometimes you just have to have some good old fashion syrup. I like to buy the ones that do not have high fructose in them, but hey…let’s face it…Sugar is sugar.
In these instances though, I like to see the kids enjoying some syrup on their pancakes. If my husband and I choose to splurge every once in a while, we will buy the sugar-free syrup and enjoy it on our pancakes.
Luckily, I had some Granny Smith apples lying around, and I was able to create a cinnamon apple topping for these yummy things! My hubby and I would rather have a more naturally sweet topping than the syrup.
(Look for official recipe coming soon! Meanwhile, I will add them to my
recipe card below.)
This is how my husband likes to eat his Cinnamon Apples over his pancakes…
He is very strategic on how he does it too. He lined up his 3 pancakes, and then doused them with the apples. It’s really cute actually. I love to watch him enjoy his yummy meals .
Baby girl showing her food to mommy…
The great thing about these pancakes is that you can make them in right your Vitamix: Total Nutrition Center Blender or any blender (I’m a little partial to my Vitamix though) and, Viola! Just pour on to your griddle or pan! Easy peasy! I am all for easy on a Saturday morning.
I put in the oats and ground them into oat flour first, and then added all of my other ingredients. I think that is why I love my Ascent Series Blenders for so many types of recipes. It allows you to do so much all at once!
These guys are so loaded with protein, that they are sure to not only fill-up the hungriest of bellies, but
they pack a protein punch! My kids have energy for hours after they eat these!
They not only have protein powder in them, but they also have collagen! Win, win!
I really like to add protein in to recipes, in varying forms and degrees. I love to not only make yummy and healthy meals, but I like them to serve a purpose too. These are definitely the kind of breakfast you serve when you have a busy day ahead of you, or need an extra “boost” of energy!
Are you looking for a yummy and crowd-pleasing dinner to make this weekend? You’ve found it!
These enchiladas are so easy that they seems “too good to be true”. If you know anything about Trim Healthy Mama, you know there is a type of mama called a “drive-thru-sue”. These types of “mama’s” are the type that don’t generally like to cook, or are too busy to cook “from scratch” meals.
Hey…Although I am generally not a “drive-thru-sue”, I sure do like to make a meal that is easy and healthy from time to time. Especially after long days with the kids, chores and other responsibilities . These enchiladas are all the way “drive-thru-sue”-easy to make and very little ingredients.
Despite them being not completely “made from scratch”, they are a great alternative to traditional enchiladas, that tend to be time consuming and labor intensive.
Because I use the low carb tortillas, you can make them an S or an E. I consider them to be an THM-E because I usually eat two whole enchiladas, add back beans, tomatoes, lettuce and a dollop of low-fat sour cream. Eating one enchilada is an S meal, so I usually just omit the black beans and add extra cheese, and full fat sour cream. As you can see, it is a versatile dinner!
The great thing about this versatile dinner is that it makes a lot! I usually make two pans full, and we have leftovers for the next days lunch. Believe me, they are even better the next day!
After I get them out of the oven, I usually just dish them all up at the same time. Viola! Easy peasy family-style dinner!
Sugar-Free, THM-S, KETO and Oh So Chewy and delicious!
Sure to Please
These bad boys are sure to please! They didn’t last long in my house! The great thing is… they have the same taste and texture as your grandmas classic chocolate chip cookies! They are chewy, soft baked goodness!
The best part if these amazing cookies??? No guilt whatsoever! Also, they have collagen in them, so they are not only amazing for your sweet tooth, but also amazing for your hair, skin, bones and over-all health!
I always test my recipes on my husband. He’s very happy to do so, but he is also very honest with me. I really appreciate honesty, so I always know if my recipes are good, because he always “says it like it is”.
When my husband first tried these, he was standing in our kitchen after a long day of work. I asked him to try my cookies and tell me what he thought. He smiled his handsome smile, grabbed a cookie in his manly “graceful way” and took a huge bite. I watched as his shoulders relaxed, his eyes closed and he let out a sigh. He didn’t didn’t have to say a word. I just knew that I nailed it! Classic!
I have really come a long way with my cooking and baking skills. I’m dead serious when I say that my husband has not always enjoyed my food. When we first got married, I could barely make pancakes without burning them to a crisp!
Remember how I said that my husband is very honest with me? He definitely used to tell me that I had “burnt dinner” or “destroyed that recipe”. The sad part was, he was right. Although I have learned a lot along the way in my almost-11-years of marriage, cooking and baking…I have still not arrived at all. The thing I do have going for me is that I love to learn and create new recipes, and that seems to keep me on my toes!
Some days in my kitchen, I feel like Frekenstien, creating a monster (if you saw the messes that I make, you might believe me). You can almost hear me screaming, “it’s alive!!!” on days when I have created a new recipe. I enjoy every minute of it! (except the messed and dishes….I hate doing dishes!)
Shakes & Cookies for Lunch
The other day, I was running late to a rehearsal for our Wednesday night worship services. The great part of doing what I do is that I get to meet up with my team at the park! You see, the girls that were practicing with me, they have kids too. So, we take our kids to the park, pack a lunch and a guitar, and practice our worship songs! Not a bad gig, right?
As I was saying, I was running late, so I threw a Mint & Chip Shake together in the blender (check out my recipe page for the amazing recipe), and threw two chocolate chip cookies in a bag. I knew that I could eat them with my shake because they were both the same kinds of fuels (THM-S). Score! Who else gets to eat chocolate chip cookies and a mint and chip shake for lunch??? The great thing about this shake…jam packed with nutrition!
Yes, I ate two “desserts” for lunch, and I loved it!
Now that your mouth is properly watering about now, here is the recipe! Eat and be merry!
“I’ll have some sour cream, with a side of chili…”
This chili is an adaption of my Texas Chili (check out my recipe page). I love my Texas Chili, but it is a THM-E meal. I wanted a chili that I could load up with cheese and sour cream! I like to say that “I’ll have some sour cream with a side of chili.” This is the ticket!
Look at all that beautiful sour cream on there! And totally on plan!!!
I’m pretty sure that I could eat chili every night of the week and not be bored. In fact, I used to eat chili almost every night. Before marriage and before kids. I was a lot “plumper” then…but boy, was I happy :).
Chili Every Night!
You see, I used to live in a little 17 foot trailer. I was a property manager for a 444 acre property. I lived alone, had no one to cook for or take care of, and could eat whatever I wanted. I chose chili! You can bet that I ate chili almost every night! Sometimes I’d get really “fancy” and add in ham! Of course, the different kinds of chili that I ate were not healthy at all. They were the “canned variety”. I didn’t know how to cook very well back then, but I still loved to eat chili.
I think that is why, in my “older and wiser years” that I wanted so badly to make a healthy version of chili. When I created my Texas chili, I served it to a lot of people, and it quickly became one of my most requested recipes.
But again, if I wanted to splurge and have cheese, sour cream or my PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES >(https://wp.me/p9tfnp-9u) after, I couldn’t. Too many carbs in my original Texas Chili. Hence, the creation of this beefy and yummy S recipe!
I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! I don’t eat chili every night anymore, and I dare say that I’m not as “plump” as I used to be, but I sure do like to enjoy a bowl or two of this healthy and delicious chili every now and again!
No more waiting…Here is a hearty and delicious chili that is simple and easy to make!
Seriously the best peanut butter I’ve ever eaten! And I’m not just saying that because I made it! [chuckle]
I use a Vitamix (Main Shopping Page), and I will always brag about how amazing it makes things! As I said in my peanut butter cookies post, I literally put the ingredients in the Vitamix and pushed start. It took 2 minutes, and it made the perfect peanut butter!
What a wonderful way to eat a piece of Ezekiel toast!
Well, this post is short and sweet. Time to introduce the wonderfully simple recipe!