Peach Yogurt Smoothie–Take Two

I am completely blown away. I just made a peach smoothie with two doonks of the THM Pure Stevia. It was probably the best peach smoothie of my life! How in the world was there so much sweetness packed in those two teeny, tiny, blue spoons? Goodness gracious! I am hooked for life!

From what I can remember, this is how I made it:

Peach Yogurt Smoothie This can be used as an E breakfast or an afternoon snack or, really, I guess, any meal. You can also top it with a dollop of fat-free Redi Whip. • One peach (I used a Colorado peach, and it was either smallish or medium; take the pit out first, of course!) • ½ cup 0% Greek yogurt • ½ cup unsweetened almond milk • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon • 1/8 or 1/16 tsp. ground cloves • ¼ tsp. nutmeg • 2 doonks THM Pure Stevia • 1 scoop Whey Protein Powder • About 10 ice cubes Blend until smooth.

Apple Yogurt Medley THM Style

At Cheddar’s, for my birthday dinner, one of my sides was called Apple Yogurt Medley. It had, of course, yogurt in it, along with Granny Smith apples and some golden raisins. On the THM plan, raisins are a no-no, so I decided to try to imitate the side dish today for lunch, only using four or five cut up red grapes in place of the raisins. I used 0% Greek yogurt and sweetened it with Truvia. A delightfully sweet E side dish with a nice crunch!012

“That’s a DESSERT!!”

Have you guys seen the post with the Baked Banana Bread Oatmeal? Well, I made the Baked Pumpkin Bread version for my E dessert after my E lunch! I brought it out of the dining room and my son said, “What is that? That looks good!” My husband said, “That’s a COOKIE!” Of course, I had to give them both a bite.

Then my husband said, “That’s a DESSERT! No wonder you’re not losing any weight!” Hahaha!!! He knows for a FACT that I’ve lost TWENTY-SIX pounds in about two and a half months! And I don’t plan on quitting any time soon! So there! LOL

I wish I knew where to find the link, but I saved it to my desktop; so the recipe follows. It’s pretty easy to remember: a third of a cup of most of the main ingredients and a fourth of a teaspoon of all the minor ones, plus one egg white and one pinch of salt.

Baked Pumpkin Bread Oatmeal (For One)

Ingredients
1/3 cup old fashioned rolled oats (I used steel-cut oats)

1 tsp golden flax meal
1/4 tsp brown sugar (I substituted Sweet Blend)
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/4 tsp baking powder
pinch salt
1/3 cup 1 % Milk (I substituted unsweetened almond milk)
1/3 cup pumpkin puree
1 egg white
1/4 tsp vanilla

Directions
Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly spray a small ovenproof bowl with cooking spray.
In a small mixing bowl, whisk together oats, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, flax meal and salt.
In a medium bowl, whisk together milk, pumpkin puree, egg white, and vanilla extract.
Pour dry ingredients into wet and stir until combined. Pour mixture into prepared bowl.
Bake for 20- 30 minutes, uncovered, or until oatmeal is puffed and set. Serve hot.

I roughly chopped up a couple of squares of Lily’s dark chocolate and sprinkled them on top and then used a dollop of fat-free Redi Whip for a crowning touch!

Macafoni and Cheese

Here comes another one just like the other one. *S Meal* LOL Only better. I added salt to the “macafoni” and didn’t leave the green fries in the oven as long (it’ll still be better with frozen, like the book calls for), and everything turned out better for lunch. My original plan was to make a sweet potato, but I didn’t want to have to wait for it. I can have that tomorrow after church. (See how flexible this plan is? Have you also noticed that I have a lot of sweet potatoes for my E meals? I’m new at this still; I’ll learn to diversify.) Plus I found the hamburger in the fridge that I needed to use. Chuck and Cameron are taking me out for my belated birthday dinner tonight, and I didn’t want to eat lunch too close to my dinner time.095

WHAT? More Surprises!

 

I am SPEECHLESS! My friend has struck AGAIN!!!  Yesterday was the THM Pure Stevia and Sweet Blend.  Look what was waiting on my doorstep when I got back from taking my work experience kids today! I have to say, the support I have gotten while on this new eating plan has been nothing short of AMAZING!! You THM ladies are a godsend! The Lord has used you to bless me in so many ways! I feel like I have many, many cheerleaders behind me, pulling for me to succeed! My desire is that ALL of you are feeling the same encouragement and hope!

I feel like this is my birthday all over again! “Dirinda’s Birthday”–take two! Oh, wow. More whey protein powder for my SMOOTHIES!! And WHAT?? CHOCOLATE??! Am I in heaven now?005004003004

Peach Yogurt Smoothie

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What a wonderful start to my birthday! I am certainly getting a lot of use out of my new NutriBullet, my new whey protein powder and my new sweeteners! Thanks again, THM friends, for my wonderful gifts! Thanks to Pearl and Serene, too, for the great book! About twenty-five pounds down and counting! Here is my latest concoction, a peach yogurt smoothie! I don’t know if it’s the THM Sweet Blend that makes the difference, but this has been my favorite smoothie, yet! Oh, man! (This can be used as an E breakfast, and, if you like, you may also top it with a dollop of fat-free Redi Whip.)

Peach Yogurt Smoothie

• One peach
• ½ cup 0% Greek yogurt
• ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
• 1 tsp. cinnamon
• ¼ tsp. (or less if you like) ground cloves
• ¼ tsp. nutmeg
• 1 tsp. vanilla
• 1 tsp. THM Sweet Blend
• 1 scoop Whey Protein Powder
• About 10 ice cubes

Mom’s Necklace

NSV (non-scale victory):007 009I’m wearing my daughter’s bra and my mother’s necklace! This morning as I was getting dressed, I couldn’t find either of my black bras, but decided to try on one of my daughter’s that was in my room by mistake. It’s snug, but I’m wearing it. For fun, I decided to try on the necklace I gave to my mom for Christmas (with matching bracelet) when I was a teenager. She passed away in 2001, and I’ve never been even close to being able to wear it before. I need to lose another inch in my neck probably before it looks fabulous, but I have it on–and it’s not cutting off my circulation, either! I’m so thrilled I may even decide to wear it for the rest of the day! Overlook the loose skin. I’m sort of stuck with that. That’s what happens when you don’t decide to do THM until you’re in your 50s! lol (Oh, pay no attention to my other necklace that I slid to the side so I wouldn’t have to bother trying to clasp it again in case my mom’s wouldn’t fit.)

Package in the Mail!

I got a package in the mail from a very sweet and generous THM sister (and a new friend) today! I can’t wait to try this! I poured it into one of my Mason jars (is that advised?) and the air was filled with sudden sweetness! If this tastes anything like it smells, it should be absolutely incredible! I know what’s going into my smoothie tomorrow (or LATER tonight!). Thank you so much, new friend (you know who you are)! That was an extremely “SWEET” gesture! And now my THM kitchen is really starting to come together! I am so excited about this new adventure! Tomorrow I turn 55. I wonder what the new me will look like when I’m 56, if the Lord tarries and lets me remain until then! 005 006 007 008 009 010 011

On the Quest to Find Quest Bars

We went to visit our sweet Chelsea today. I looked for some Quest protein bars to get her, but couldn’t find any in Super Center. Gotta get that protei007n up and stabilized before her surgery! C’mon, PROTEIN!! I ended up getting her a couple of boxes of Pure Protein instead; they’re not THM approved, but they have 20 grams of protein and two or three grams of sugar (a no-no for THM’rs). I also picked her up a couple of six-packs of Special K protein shakes. Special K had a special deal. LOL Buy a four-pack and get two bottles free. Usually the eight-pack is the better buy, but I was able to get twelve bottles for $12, as opposed to eight bottles for $11.006

Pumpkin Cheesecake Smoothie

Does life get any better than this? What an awesome on-plan treat for the fall! I am going to make a Trim Healthy Mama out of my husband yet! I just made us both one of these delectable pumpkin pie cheesecake smoothies with my new NutriBullet from my very kind and generous THM friend, and he likes it! And he’s not even been “de-toxed”! LOL This time I made it with five packets of Stevia instead of four, and I do think it’s better. I guess you sweeten it to taste! smile emoticon This makes a very big smoothie, so you may (or may NOT) want to share! Recipe follows:

Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake Smoothie

  • About ten ice cubes
    • ½ cup 100% pumpkin puree
    • 1/3 package low-fat cream cheese
    • ¼ cup low-fat cottage cheese
    • ½ cup almond milk
    • 4 or 5 packets Stevia (you decide how much!)
    • ½ tsp. pumpkin pie spice
    • ½ tsp. cinnamon
    • ½ tsp. nutmeg
    • 1 tsp. vanilla
    • ½ scoop whey protein powder optional

Blend until smooth and top with Fat-Free Redi Whip if desired.014