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Trim Healthy Mama Stir Fry – Fuel Pull

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I love Chinese take out… I love Chinese food!

These do not make me a Trim Healthy Mama…

But thankfully my favorite part of Chinese food is the vegetables.

Here is my take on a Better than Take out – or Take out-Fake out Chinese Stir fry.

Ingredients:

1 head of cabbage thinly sliced 1 pound of lean ground turkey

1 frozen bag of mixed stir fry vegetables1.5 cups of shredded carrots

1 onion (I only had 1/2, so that’s what I used) chopped

1/2 cup Soy sauce, Tamari, or Bragg’s Aminos

2 tablespoons of rice vinegar

1.5 cups of water

1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1/2 teaspoon of ground ginger

1 teaspoon of salt

2 cloves of garlic minced

1/2 -3/4 teaspoon of glucomannan powder for thickening agent

2 packets of truvia – that’s just what I had handy

(You can add more garlic, onion powder or other spices as you like!)

Directions: 

Add maybe one tablespoon of oil into pan and add your vegetables, and seasoning. I push my vegetables over to the side once they start cooking down and cook my meat on the other side. 

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Make sauce: in a separate bowl, combine soy sauce, vinegar, and water. To this I add the glucomannan powder and blend in my bullet mixer. Then I pour over the meat and vegetables and let simmer for at least 10 minutes.IMG_3938

Working out as a Stay at Home Mom

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I like working out for the most part. In Junior high and High school I was fairly active. I played tennis, ran track and cross country. I even played for my college tennis team for one semester!

When Adam and I were married, I was able to bring my elliptical machine with us. I also bought some workout videos to do at home. I never was good at a solid routine, but maybe 3 times a week. Adam and I would fit in the occasional walk in the neighborhood.

When Adam and I got to the point that we had a little disposable income, we

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joined a small local gym in Jennings, La.

I seriously thought I had died and gone to workout heaven. There were treadmills, stair steppers, and classes with LIVE instructors!

Adam and I were pretty dedicated. We would go to the gym every morning at 5 am and workout before work and school 5 days a week. We alternated doing a Body Pump class and just running on the treadmill. Both of us were in great shape.

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Then we moved to Lake Charles, and continued working out together.  We added spin classes into our workout rotations and I fell in love with stationary bikes. The music blaring, the lights low – fans on high – I LOVED it!

Then I got pregnant – I continued to work out. I did more elliptical machine time as I got bigger. We were still working out at the gym at least 3 days a week waking up at 5 am and walking in our neighborhood 3 more days a week.

Once Aidalyn was born, it was really hard to get into a routine. There were issues of when childcare was available and also my part time work schedule, plus her naps… It just was hard to make it work.

Then we moved to Richmond, and we decided that a gym membership wasn’t going to work for us anymore. With two kids now, it is even harder to leave the house just to go to the gym.

When I was pregnant with Annaleigh, I primarily used my elliptical machine and walked outside. I was lucky that with both pregnancies I didn’t gain much weight over the recommended gain and I lost it pretty fast both times.

Without lifting weights though, you aren’t going to gain the muscle needed to help raise your metabolism, help you look leaner and fit into those smaller clothes.

But I have an answer to my and your problem!

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This is nothing new in our technological day and age. Introduce the iPhone (There’s an app for that)

I have really enjoyed using my iPhone for in home workouts.

Some of my favorite apps are Workout Trainer and 7 Minute workout 

With the workout trainer app, you can use a filter to decide how long of a workout you are looking for and if you don’t have any equipment. I usually find something between 20-30 minutes.

In my stage of life right now, I’m focusing more on body weight exercises with some cardio components. This would be squats, lunges, high knees, jumping jacks.

I love the 7 minute workout too. I try to do it a couple times throughout the day. The most I’ve done in one day was 4 times in a row – that was a serious workout!

These apps are free, so we are saving money too!

They are also portable. We both did a workout last week in our condo while we were in vacation in Orlando. Adam did a 7 minute workout and I did a 45 minute workout using Workout Trainer.

We also still enjoy going on longer walks together with the girls in the stroller. I run up and down the stairs a few times a day as well.

I think the bottom line is to move, and come up with something that will work for you where you are in life right now.

What are some ways you fit exercise into your day without needing to go to the gym? 

Pumpkin Applesauce (Low fat, low sugar) muffins Trim Healthy Mama E

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This was my week to bring snacks for my women’s small group too!

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Annaleigh’s second time in exersaucer!

I wanted to find something that was easy to eat without utensils and also had a yummy fall taste.

I decided to try my hand at a low fat, low sugar pumpkin applesauce muffin recipe.

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For Trim Healthy Mamas – this will be an E or energizing snack. It is E because it is low fat but has carbs for energy or fuel.

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Ingredients:

1.25 cups of flour (I used my gluten free flour that is made up of mostly bean flours, you could use whatever flour you want)

1 scoop of protein powder

1/2 teaspoon of baking powder

1/2 teaspoon of baking soda

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon of salt

1/2 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice

1/2 cup of egg whites

1 cup of pumpkin canned or fresh (I used canned)

1 cup of applesauce, unsweetened

1/2 cup of xylitol (or your preferred sweetener)

2 teaspoons of vanilla

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a bowl, combine wet ingredients until all mixed. Add flours, baking powders, spices and sweeteners. I used my immersion blender to whisk everything together, you could also use a mixer or hand whisk.


Bake for about 15-20 minutes or until toothpick inserted into muffin comes out clean.
After everything is combined, pour into greased muffin cups. My recipe made 15 medium sized muffins.

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67 calories, 3.6 grams of protein, 11.4 grams of carbs, .6 grams of fat, and 2.4 grams of sugar.

Way to go Trim Healthy Mamas out there!!!! Remember this is an E snack or part of an E meal. You can add some greek nonfat yogurt to it to make it a great breakfast or smear some low fat cream cheese on top – yummy!

Stevia Sweetened Kettle Corn – Trim Healthy Mama recipe!

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Adam and I have started implementing the Trim Healthy Mama way of eating. You can learn more about the diet here at Gwen’s nest.

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My little helper, 5 months old today!

It is basically a low glycemic diet that separates the two fuel sources carbs and fats. By keeping these separated, you can enjoy all the food groups and still lose weight.

My sister and her husband are also following this plan and effortlessly seeing clothes fit looser and enjoying the new foods.

S meals are satisfying and using fat as the main source of fuel. E are energizing and using carbs (healthy, no sugar carbs). This could be fuel pull or an E snack (Fuel pull serving size would be 1.5 cups). At 1.5 cups the carbs are 9 (right below the 10 carb limit for FP meals and snacks). For E, you could go up to 3 cups of popcorn – this would still only have 1 teaspoon of oil total and 18 carbs from the popcorn.

Today I’m going to share my recipe for Stevia sweetened Kettle corn. I’m taking one pan of agave sweetened and one pan of stevia sweetened to my small group this week for our snack. We will see how they tastes. (Agave is not on the THM plan, but it is for all the kiddos that come to our small group)

I’m using coconut oil for it’s added benefits for increasing metabolizing and helping with weight loss. You could also use butter

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Ingredients:

1/2 cup of unpopped corn kernels

2 tablespoons of coconut oil

1 teaspoon of salt (I use pink Himalayan)

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1 teaspoon of cinnamon

I used  sweet drops liquid stevia and used about 1 1/2 full droppers – next time I may try xylitol or a powdered stevia.

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Directions: Air pop corn kernels into a bowl. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a sauce pan melt your oil, salt, and sweetener. degrees.

Once melted, pour over your popcorn. You can mix your sweetened oil in with the popcorn with a spoon or your hands. After mixing, pour all the popcorn into a baking pan.

Place pan into preheated oven and bake for 8-10 minutes. IMG_3914
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The Liebster Award

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liebsteraward_3lilapples1I was nominated for The Liebster Award by The Pinterested Parent

I’m so honored! Thank you!

So when you are nominated for the Liebster Award there are some steps that you must follow:

-Nominees must link back the person who nominated.

-Answer the 10 questions that are given by the nominator.

-Nominate 10 other bloggers for this award who have fewer than 200 followers.

-Create 10 questions for the new nominees to answer.

-Go to the nominee blogs and notify them about their nominations

Here are my answers to The Pinterested Parent’s questions:

1. What is your favorite blog post & why?

My favorite blog post that I have written myself that I like? Probably both of my birth stories. Both experiences really were amazing and I was proud to be able to have a homebirth for both and share that with the world. Possibly to be an encouragement to another mom that she can have a natural labor too.
2. I’m a lover of travel. Of anywhere you have ever been, what is your favorite destination & why?

I’ve been to Hong Kong, Rome, Paris, New York, Florida, Colorado, Missouri, Georgia, Skiing in Pennsylvania for some of my most recent travels. I think My favorite as just a couple with no kids was either Paris or New York. With kids would have to be Disney in Orlando Florida
3. Where would you visit if you could go anywhere in the world & why?

I still really want to visit Australia. Not really any one reason but that I’m interested. We were pretty close when we went to Hong Kong and found out that a lot of people from Australia like to vacation to Hong Kong – go figure!
4. Use five words to describe yourself

Researcher, Thinker, Friendly, Health-minded, and Christ follower
5. Where do you draw inspiration for your posts from?

Mostly just from life. My family, my church, my city, a book I may be reading. 
6. If money were all of a sudden, no object, what would be the first thing you would do?

Travel probably and also go see my family in Louisiana. 
7.What did you want to be when you grew up? Are you, now?

When I was in the six grade, we had a career week where different parents came in to tell us about their jobs. One lady came and talked about being a speech therapist. I thought it was the coolest job I had ever heard of. From that day on that was the only thing I knew I wanted to be (besides being a mom). So I went on and go my Master’s degree in Speech Pathology. I worked 3 years before decided to be a full time stay at home mom. I still love speech research and keep up on my continuing education. I will probably return to work once my kids aren’t so little. 
8. What is your favorite T.V show. I’m am all about the ‘Big Bang Theory’ I just love those nerds.

The Big Band Theory is a favorite. My favorite would have to be How I met your mother or the Office as a classic. I also love Master Chef, Once upon a time, and Shark tank. 
9. How long have you been blogging?

About a year and a 1/2
10. Do you speak more than one language? If so which languages do you speak?

I speak 2 year old, lol. I took 12 hours of Spanish and still can’t carry a conversation. I also took some sign language courses… but if you don’t use it, you lose it : / 

So now it is my turn to nominate my 10 bloggers that I like. Here are my questions for them:

1. What is your favorite breakfast?

2. What are you reading right now?

3. What do you like to do when you have a free afternoon?

4. What would be your favorite date night?

5. What is your favorite Thanksgiving side dish?

6. How did you decide on your blog’s name?

7. What is your favorite store?

8. Where is your favorite place in the world?

9. What are your main inspirations for your blog?

10. What TV show character do you most resemble (in personality or in appearance)?

Nominated Bloggers:

1. Simply Serena http://simplyserina.wordpress.com/

2. What’s Green with Betsy – http://betsywild.wordpress.com/

3. Fall Line Farms – http://falllinefarms.com/

4. Adventures in Health http://annasadventuresinhealth.wordpress.com/

5. Linds Eats http://lindseats.wordpress.com

6. Gypsy Kind of Life http://www.gypsykindoflife.blogspot.com/

7. Olivia’s Palate http://oliviaspalate.com/

8. Three Well Beings http://breathelighter.wordpress.com/

9. From wine to Whine http://fromwinetowhine.com/

10. Adalyn Smile http://adaynasmile.wordpress.com/

Waffle Iron Mania!!!! Salmon Cakes Trim Healthy Mama Style (S)

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I’ve never owned a waffle iron until today!

It is the one item that almost every newly married couple has from wedding gifts… but we somehow avoided this small kitchen appliance… until today! I am part of a free exchange group on Facebook. People can post items to give away or ask for items that other people may have that they aren’t using anymore.

So, I decided to ask for a waffle iron, because I wanted to start a mission to come up with multiple recipes that would use a waffle iron. Today is the start of my personal Waffle Mania! (Let’s get ready to rummmmmble!!!!)

I’m also going to introduce my first Trim Healthy Mama recipe – more info to come! Basically Trim Healthy Mama is a book that was written by two sisters who have compiled research of how to eat from all food groups and not gain weight. It is in the base a low glycemic diet with the added step of separating fat from carbs (your two main fuel sources). By keeping them separated, you don’t gain weight and actually LOSE weight! Isn’t that amazing?!? Well, more on that to come.

So this recipe is a satisfying (or S) meal using fat as it’s fuel source. It is low carb, wheat/gluten free, paleo.

Salmon cakes recipe (in a waffle iron): Serves 2

Ingredients:

2 cans of salmon (6 oz) drained

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2 eggs

2 Tbls coconut flour

2 Tbls of ground mustard

1 Tbls of chopped onions (I used dried)

1 tsp of garlic

a sprinkle of red pepper flakes

salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Preheat waffle iron and spray coconut oil on it.

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.

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Once waffle iron is heated to medium heat, add all of your mixture and close lid. Mine took 4-5 minutes to cook.

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Serve on bed of lettuce with feta and balsamic vinaigrette (or favorite dressing of choice). If following Trim Healthy Mama, this is an S meal. 
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Pros of using waffle iron: No need to flip salmon cakes. They also look pretty : )

Cons: My waffle iron isn’t as easy to clean, so a little harder to clean than my skillet.

More un-Waffle iron recipes to come!!!!