Blackberry Crisp

Blackberry Crisp

What’s better than spending a warm summer evening blackberry picking? A couple weeks ago when Luke was working late, I packed up Little Man and went to my in-love’s place to do just that! It was lots of fun riding in the back of trucks, smelling the warm breeze and spending time with family. Plus, I got a little more than 1/2 gallon of blackberries!

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{My sister-in-law, Myra & me, baby-wearing while picking blackberries!}

Of course I wanted to make something with those plump, juicy blackberries….but all the recipes I had were non-THM, and that wouldn’t do! So I put together a few different recipes and came up with this one! It’s super yummy!

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Blackberry Crisp “E”

Ingredients-
Blackberries (I used around 5 cups for my pie plate)
1/8 tsp. xanthan gum or glucomamman
6 drops of Young Living‘s Lemon Vitality Oil
1 cup oats
1 cup oat flour (oats ground into flour)
1/4 cup of THM‘s Sweet blend (or 6 stevia packets from Walmart)
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. butter
2 tbsp. water

Directions-
Preheat oven to 350. Pour blackberries, xanthan gum or gluccie and lemon oil in pie pan and gently stir together (this saves using another bowl!). Mix the remaining ingredients gently & thouroughly. Spread over blackberries and bake for 30 minutes. Enjoy!


Luke was so excited I made this, and it was SO simple, easy and yummy!

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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THMonday; A Day in Pictures

Today for Trim Healthy Mondays, I want to share with you an easy THM day in pictures.

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Breakfast: 5:45am- An egg scramble with mushrooms, onions & sausage; a piece of sprouted toast & butter and 1/2 avocado (the other half my baby eats when he gets up). “S-helper”

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Snack: 9am- Volcano mudslide MIM (cookbook pg. 274). “S”

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Lunch: 12:15pm- My overnight oatmeal with a Trimmy Light (Cookbook pg. 428) for some extra protein. “E”

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Snack: 3:30pm- A Fat Stripping Frappe (Cookbook pg. 418). “FP”

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Supper: 7pm- Seasoned steak, cooked in EVOO & salad  with homemade salad dressing. “Deep S”

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You can see I like easy, no-special-ingredients, kind of meals. It’s important to mix up your fuels- to keep your metabolism going! What’s your favorite, easy THM meal?

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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Chocolate Salted Caramel Frappe

Happy Monday, lovely people! Did you have a good weekend? I hope so! Ours was low-key and easy going…just what we needed after a crazy week! Today for Trim Healthy Mondays I was to share with you a favorite protein drink of mine….

Chocolate Salted Caramel Frappe

The past couple weeks in the south have been BLAZIN’ hot, so cooking or warming up food for lunch just has not been on my radar. But, sometimes I just get stuck in a “smoothie rut”. Do you feel the same way? I make the same ol’ smoothie over and over again, then get sick of it! So I’ve been browesing Pinterest and making up some new smoothie recipes so I can mix them up! This Chocolate Salted Caramel Frappe is an “S” for Trim Healthy Mamas…and sugar & dairy free! Yay!

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Ingredients-
1.5 cups almond milk
9-12 coffee ice cubes (if you don’t like coffee, just use regular ice cubes)
1 scoop chocolate protein power (I use Young Living’s)
1 teaspoon caramel flavoring
1 farm-fresh (or really nice store-bought) egg yolk
1 teaspoon MCT oil
Pinch of sea salt
sweetener to taste (I use liquid stevia drops)

Directions-
Blend together almond milk, caramel, sea salt, egg yolk, MCT oil, and sweetener. Add ice and protein powder and blend until desired consistancy. Enjoy!
Now, don’t freak out that the egg yolk is there! It has so many healthy benifits, you don’t taste it and it makes it so creamy! If you can’t stomach it, just up the MCT oil to 1 TBSP and omit the egg yolk.

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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{Trim Healthy Mondays} Breakfasts

Hey there! We’re back for another Trim Healthy Monday! Today I want to share with you some of my favorite go-to breakfasts. Now you must know, before getting married, I never ate breakfast. Luke broke me of that by making me scrambled eggs with sausage and veggies (YUM!) every morning. Although that is one of my most regular breakfasts, I do try to mix it up some so that my body can burn different fuels, which helps revvs your metabolism up!

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+ Chocolate Overnight Oatmeal with a Trimmy Light (E)
Did you know your body needs carbs? It does! So make sure you fuel your body with good carbs at least once a day. One of my favorite go-to “E-nergizing” breakfasts is my overnight oatmeal with a Trimmy Light (pg. 430, THM Cookbook) for added protein.
+ Egg white scramble with non-starchy veggies and 1-2 peices of sprouted toast (E)
This is another easy, super yummy and filling “E” breakfast!
Briana’s French Toast in a Bowl (S) is a yummy & filling “fat” breakfast that totally doesn’t feel healthy! I love this on a chilly morning or when I’m craving something sweet!

 

+Gwen’s Oven Dutch Pancake (S) is a great meal for make-ahead breakfasts or if you’re feeding a large family! Yum, yum!
+ Mock Chocolate Milkshake (FP)
You have to get some “fuel pull” breakfasts in sometimes, and this is a yummy one! Who can turn down a chocolate milkshake for breakfast? It’s all protein, and no fats & carbs. I love it after I’ve had an early morning workout!

What’s your favorite THM breakfast? How well do you mix up your fuels?

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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{An intro to} Trim Healthy Mondays!

Happy Monday! Today I am starting a new series called Trim Healthy Mondays! If you follow along on Facebook or Instagram, you know I am a big Trim Healthy Mama fan. I’ve been doing THM exclusively for over a year now, and my husband and I feel great! There have been a few cheats here and there, but it’s a plan not a diet, so I just give myself some grace, and start back 3 hours later. 🙂

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I’ll do different things each Monday….I might share tips, a look at my day, recipes, my journey, ect. Of course if there’s something you want to know or see, just let me know!
I do want to just give some tips for starting out, and some good resources to get you started!
* If you haven’t already, read (buy, borrow from a friend, rent from the library) one of the plan books (either the original or the new one). The cookbook can come later. Everyone always thinks you have to have the cookbook to succeed. It’s not true! I started with the original book with picture-less recipes. It CAN be done without the cookbook. But, you HAVE to read the plan!
* Check out Gwen’s Nest starter guide. Print it out and memorize it. SUCH good info here!
*Start slow! I think that’s so many people’s main problem. They jump in head first without reading the book, get confused, frustrated and stop. Read the book and take it slow!
*Focus on real foods first! Don’t try making all the new recipes if you feel overwhelmed. Just make normal, regular meals with protein and either a carb or a fat. Starting off, this makes it a lot easier!
*Plug into the main Facebook group, and any off-shoots. Join the Trim Healthy Mama Facebook group, and the Beginner Group! They also have a Pregnancy & Nursing Group, and an Allergy-Friendly Group.
*Also, check back here next week to get some meal ideas! 😉
What would you add? What helped you stick with Trim Healthy Mama?

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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Orange & Cranberry Smoothie

Today I want to share with y’all one of my new favorite snacks. An orange & cranberry smoothie! (Yes, I really do drink smoothies a lot!) I got very addicted to cranberries this past Christmas season, but I am just now getting around to posting some of the yummy recipes!

Orange and Cranberry Smoothie

So, you want a quick, easy and yummy smoothie perfect for before your workout? Here it is! 

Orange & Cranberry Smoothie
Ingredients:
1 orange
1/4 cup cranberries (I used frozen)
1 cup almond milk
1/2 scoop Young Living or Trim Healthy Mama‘s protein powder (those are my favorites!)
1/2 cup Greek yogurt (or cottage cheese)
pinch of salt
sweetener of choice (I use either 3 doonks of THM‘s stevia extract or a few squirts of a liquid stevia)
1-2 tsp. chia seeds
splash of vanilla extract
3 drops of Young Living‘s tangerine or orange oil (this really makes the drink!)

Orange and Cran Smoothie

Blend with ice and enjoy the energy it gives you!


What’s your favorite pre-workout snack? Here are some of my other favorite pre or post-workout snacks!

Gluten-Free Peanut Butter And Oat Energy Bites Healthy and Homemade Trail Mix Overnight Oatmeal

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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Good Girl Moonshine

Good Girl Moonshine. Funny name, isn’t it? If you follow the Trim Healthy Mama {or Man!} lifestyle, you know this is a favorite go-to drink. I was never a soda drinker, so this replaced my need for fruit juice (yes, I loved drinking different fruit juice combos).

Strawberry Lemonade

The main reason to drink this (besides that it tastes good!), is the amazing health benefits of ACV. If you don’t believe me, just look it up. So, without further ado, here’s my favorite version of the recipe…..

Ingredients-
1 TBSP. Lemon juice
Strawberries (I use 2)
Apple Cidar Vinegar with the mother
Sweetener of your choice (optional)
Water
Ice

Directions- Pour your ACV (I use about 1/4 cup, but I worked up to that, start with 1-2TBSP.), lemon juice, and sweetener in a quart jar. Add your ice (I use abut 1/2 tray), strawberries and fill to the top with water. Stir with a spoon and ENJOY!


 

This is such a refreshing, health-boosting, weight-stripping drink! I love it so much, I drink it about 3 or 4 times a week!

What’s your favorite drink?

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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Why I Love Doing the THM Plan

Happy Tuesday, everyone! I am officially ready for our little Caleb to come! It feels like I have absolutely no room left! I’ve been having lots of really hard, strong contractions….so hopefully he’s going to want to come out soon! Ha!

THM Plan While Pregnant

Today I am super excited to share with you why I love the THM plan….and why it’s the perfect plan for a pregnant woman, too.

First, a little about my pregnancy so far….

*When I got pregnant I was a little “fluffy”- not skinny any more, but not chunky yet. I could still fit into some of my 4’s, but I was wearing mostly 6’s by that point. (My lowest was a 0/2).  Here’s a picture of me at 12 weeks…..

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At 14 weeks I got hit with a terrible bout of morning sickness….that lasted until 20ish weeks. I couldn’t keep anything in me, so I just started eating….well, anything that would stay in me. That led to a weight gain of ~16lbs by week 28. That’s not terrible, I know, but I’m 5’1″ and have a thick build- that extra weight was not exactly in my stomach.

So, I started the THM plan. It basically has you eating carbs and fats…separately. An “E-nergizing” meal has protein and carbs, and a “S-atisfying” meal has fat and proteins. There are also “Fuel Pull” meals that focus on just protein and low carbs & fats or there are “Cross-over” meals that have both good carbs and fats together.

From weeks 28 to 36, I was eating either “S” or “E” meals, with a “FP” snack every hour. That kept me full without gaining extra (un-needed) weight. Since 36 weeks I can’t keep a lot of food down, or eat a lot at one time, so I’ve been eating all “CO”s to help keep me full. At 38 weeks and 2 days, I have only gained 17lbs this whole pregnancy and feel SO good.

By eating more “Cross-over” meals for pregnant/nursing mothers, it helps keep (or give) you more energy to get through the day….and we all know we can always use more energy!

Being pregnant in the South….in the Summer….has had it’s difficulties, but having lots of smoothies and swimming a lot has helped keep me in shape, cooled off, and feeling good this whole time. Here are two of my favorite smoothie recipes:

Berry Spinach SmoothieTHM Mock Mocha Shake What else has helped me feeling good is working out….even if it’s just for a short time, or just stretching. It feels so good on my growing body, and it’s helping me stay trim and in shape for after Caleb comes! (I wrote some blog posts on just that: 5 Favorite Pregnancy Workout DVDs and Favorite Workout DVDs for the Third Trimester).

The Trim Healthy Mama plan is definitely not just for women! My husband does it with me, even though he doesn’t have an ounce of fat on his body. I give him just cross-over meals….but he says he has a lot more energy and feels better over-all eating this way.

My “little” brother and also my brother in law are semi-doing this plan along with exercising (they’re both seniors in HS), and my brother has lost around 20lbs and my brother in law has lost over 35lbs. I’m so proud of them both!

If you are thinking about trying out the plan, I would suggest reading the book- at least twice! Then join some of the official Facebook groups for accountability and tons of recipe ideas.

Have you tried the Trim Healthy Mama plan? Did you follow any plan while you were pregnant?

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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Organizing Your THM Book and Notebook

As I mentioned  last Tuesday, I am loving the Trim Healthy Mama plan. And later on I want to share with you why I love it, but today I am going to just share with you how I organized my book and created a binder for all my favorite recipes from the book and online THM geniuses.

THM Binder and Organizing

This amazing book is a really big book. And it is full of useful information, recipes and even excercises. So, how in the world are you going to flip to a certain section quickly? Well, you can…if you have your book organized and tabbed.

THM Book

The different sections I have tabbed are: “(S)atisfying Explained”, “(E)nergizing Explained”, Breakfasts, Breads, Lunch, Supper, Dessert, Snacks and Veggies so I can find certain recipes quickly and easily. Or, if I want to find a new breakfast idea, I know where to go. 🙂

THM Binder Organizer

Then, for my notebook- I bought a pretty one for about $5 from Walmart and just wrote THM on the front with a sharpie.  Of course, you don’t have to do that….I’m just weird. Anyway, I got page dividers that came with a “table of contents” page for the front. So I made different sections: breakfast, lunch, supper, tips, snacks, breads, desserts, meal plans, drinks and my favorite THM bloggers/websites for future recipes.

THM Recipes

Then, in each section, I fill them up. 🙂 Sometimes I print off recipes from blogs/websites, then hand write other recipes onto that page, or if I came up with it, am copying it from the book, or tweaking a family recipe- I write it onto lined paper. I put those pages in page protectors, because, as you see in the photo above, I tend to spill things on paper and ruin it if it’s not protected….ahem.

Do you do the THM plan? How do you keep your recipes organized and protected?

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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