Breakfast · Recipes · Sweets and Treats

Secret Ingredient Chocolate Protein Shake

Deep S, Sugar-free, Keto

THM Fuel-Cycle

This week, as you know from my previous post, I am doing a THM fuel-cycle. It is a great way to boost your metabolism and burn off that unwanted layer of “holiday fat”. It also is very cleansing to your system.

I have done the fuel-cycle twice before, and have both lost weight, and felt better afterwards. If you have any interest, just check out the Trim Healthy Mama book, and look for the One Week Fuel-Cycle (Chapter 28. page 429).

The thing is, I have had a hard time finding breakfasts that fit the Deep S guidelines for the first three days of the cycle, that don’t include eggs and bacon.

This recipe is also Keto!

So today is your lucky day, because I made one up!

“What to do with these avocados….”

I stood in my kitchen this morning, and thought, “What am I going to make for breakfast?” Eggs just didn’t appeal to me this morning, so I decided to make up something that would fall in the Deep S category.

As I was thinking about what I could possibly make, I happened to look over at my fruit bowl and saw a bunch of avocados just sitting there, all innocent like. I forgot that I had bought a bunch at Costco. That is where my inspiration came from! These bad boys had no idea what they had coming to them. 😉

And that, brings us to the “secret ingredient”. Avocado! Who would have thunk? And there is yet another secret ingredient that I added….kale and spinach! I know, I know…you’re probably thinking, “Nasty! Those ingredients sound down right nasty!!!”. Trust me, it didn’t sound that appealing to me at first either. But wait for it…

Now, I had read a bunch of recipes that claimed that if you add cocoa to avocado, spinach or kale, the cocoa seems to balance out the flavors and causes it to not taste like those ingredients at all!

Guess what??? They were right! I couldn’t taste anything but chocolate!

Hold the phones!!!  “Z, you’re telling me that I can have all my veggies and healthy fats in a yummy chocolate shake?!?!?!”

Ladies…Im telling you, yes!!!

The legend, the myth….the recipe!!

So, there you have it! That’s my story and I’m sticking to it! I really enjoyed my yummy chocolate shake this morning! It came out so smooth and yummy, thanks to my amazing VITAMIX blender!! Vitamix is having a free shipping event! You should check them out- just click on the link below!!!


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After I made my shake, I added Reddi Whip cream to it, and it just made that recipe awesome! You don’t have to add it, but it does give you that “malt shoppe” chocolate shake feel! Why not?!?

Anyways…back to this amazing recipe!

Here it is! Let me know how yours turned out!!

Secret Ingredient Chocolate Protein Shake
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Ingredients

  • 3-4 Ice cubes
  • 1 1/2 Cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 cup of kale and or spinach
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 scoop collagen
  • 4 Tbs unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 4-6 Tsp sweetener of choice (I used super sweet)
  • Reddi whip whipped cream (optional)

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to blender and blend well.
  2. Add whipped cream to garnish, and because its sooooo yummy!
  3. (optional)
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Signature recipes · Soups and Chili

Z’s “Texas” Chili (THM-E)

This is my go-to “signature” chili recipe! It is not only delicious, but hearty! It’s not your typical “all meat” chili. It has meat, beans and big chunks of tomato, all in a thick creamy bowl! The best part about this chili?? It’s SO easy! All you do is basically dump everything in a pot and cook!

I’ve adapted it through the years, to become a THM-E meal. It is full of yummy and healthy carbs, so it is very filling!

look at that chunky bowl of amazingness! I’m drooling already!

I’m not really sure why I started calling it my “Texas chili”. Maybe because of its big and hearty nature. But I called it that, and the name has stuck!

The Great State of Texas

My family and I just recently visited the great state of Texas (I also left a piece of my heart there…boohoo), and after seeing its beauty and grandeur, I was proud to call one of my signature dishes after such a state. Our family trip there was absolutely fantastic! We had such a blast being there for almost a month! Like I said before, I think I left a little piece of me there. Id love to go back someday and spend more time there again.

Texas food is amazing! It is super-sized and full of flavor! We encountered so many BBQ places while we were there, and to my husbands satisfaction, ate at a lot of those said places.

Z’s Texas Chili

I used to make this chili in a crock pot, but I started making it in my dutch oven and it works just as good. Either way, it is super easy, fast to make, and great for those cold winter nights when you want something hearty and comforting.

To start the recipe: Turn heat to medium high and heat about 2-4 Tbs olive oil (or butter) in your pot. Add Minced garlic and chopped onion, and saute until soft. Make sure to keep mixing if you are using your dutch oven.

After the garlic and onions have turned soft, add your ground turkey. Cook until browned. I usually add salt and pepper to taste, while I am cooking the meat.

After meat is browned, add in the chicken broth and canned items. Just dump them all in! Then add the spices. I usually mix, and let simmer for about 20 minutes. After the chili starts bubbling a little bit, turn heat down to medium and take some of the broth out and in a bowl or large measuring bowl. Add your sour cream to the measuring bowl, and mix with whisk until sour cream melts completely.

Now you will have an orange looking chili, instead of a reddish looking chili. That’s good! Pour the sour cream mixture back in to the pot and mix.

Repeat the process of taking out some broth (about 2 cups), and instead of adding sour cream, add in your sprouted whole wheat flour. (for thicker chili, repeat this flour process twice). Whisk until creamy.

Note: Depending on how thick you like your chili, will depend on how much flour to add. I like mine really thick, but you can add less flour if you like a more “soupy” consistency.

Add the flour mixture back in to the pot, and mix well.

Serve hot with cilantro, a little cheese (to keep it an THM-E meal), and my favorite cheat add -on: Fritos!

 

Enjoy!

Please let me know how it turns out! Would love to see pictures of yours, and feedback!

Yields 8-10

Serves 6-8 people

Z’s “Texas” Chili

10 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time

30 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 2 lbs Ground Turkey
  • 2-4 Tbs Olive oil
  • 4 Heaping Tbs Minced Garlic
  • 1 medium onion
  • 6 cups of Chicken broth
  • 2 (15.5 oz) cans black beans
  • 2 (15.5 oz) cans diced tomatoes with green chilies
  • 1 (7 oz) can of green chili
  • 1 (8 oz) can of tomato sauce
  • 1 (15.5 oz) can of whole kernel corn (drained)
  • 1 Cup low fat or fat free sour cream
  • 2 Tbs salt
  • 1 Tbs course ground pepper
  • 3 Tbs New Mexico ground chili powder
  • 2 Tbs Cumin
  • 1 Tbs Oregano
  • 2 Tsp Paprika
  • 1-2 Tsp cayenne pepper (depending on spice level. I use 1 Tsp)
  • 1 1/2 Cups sprouted whole wheat flour

Instructions

  1. Heat oil and add minced garlic and chopped onion.
  2. Saute until soft.
  3. Add Ground turkey and cook until browned, adding a few shakes of salt and pepper while cooking.
  4. After meat is browned, add in the chicken broth and all the canned items.
  5. Add in all spices.
  6. Cook until bubbling.
  7. Take out 2 cups of broth and add sour cream.
  8. Whisk until thoroughly mixed. Add sour cream mixture back into pot.
  9. Mix.
  10. Take out 2 more cups of broth and add Sprouted whole wheat flour and whisk until thick and creamy.
  11. Make sure get all the flour lumps out.
  12. ( Repeat the flour mixing once more if you like thick chili).
  13. Add flour broth back into the chili and mix well.
  14. Serve with cilantro, cheese (small amount if you want to keep it at a THM-E meal).
  15. Optional topping idea: Fritos mmmm 😉

Notes

Stores in the fridge well.

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