Top 5 Posts of 2016

Okay, y’all…I know we’re almost done with January (where has the time gone?!?), but here are the top 5 posts of 2016 for Through the Lens!

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Even though it’s one of my oldest posts, this post on how to use essential oils with horses is one of my most popular!

4) Detox Naturally

These 3 Ways to Naturally Detox {even while pregnant} helped keep me feeling good through my pregnancy!

 

3) wdding-reception

My post on How to Have a Simple, Tasteful & Inexpensive Wedding Reception was a favorite of mine to do. I loved putting our reception together and then the post gave me all the feels. ❤

2) Strawberry Lemonade

This Good Girl Moonshine is STILL our favorite…we make it weekly!

1) Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Muffins

These Healthy Chocolate Muffins were #1 on the list again for this year! I think I’m going to have to make them again soon….

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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Friday Happenings…

Happy Friday, lovely peeps! I know it’s been a long time since I’ve posted, and even longer since I’ve given y’all a little peek into our lives! So, without any more introductions, some thoughts and snippets….

Little Man turned 1!

I cannot believe my dude is a one year now! This year has flown by….I absolutely love seeing him turning into a little boy and less baby-like.

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Favorite blog post….

I recently went back to read some of my posts and my post about marriage re-spoke to my heart…you can read it here.

Marriage is a Thousand Little Things

Weight Loss….

I absolutely love the THM lifestyle, and even though I was shrinking s-l-o-w-l-y I wasn’t losing any weight. I had actually put some on. Sooo….I’ve started with Beachbody and am loving it! I started with the 21 Day Fix and am looking forward to doing my first challenge group in a few weeks. Stay tuned for more info! 🙂

Baking up a Storm!

Our favorite muffins right now are going back between these banana ones and these pumpkin ones….yum!

Pinning….

Lots & lots! Things like healthy recipes and fitness inspiration!

What have you been up to lately?

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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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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