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|The Harman Family|
Sam is now one (at this moment 13 months even) so of course we had to have Cristal Bennett out again for another shoot. This time only a couple poses. Click on the link to be taken to the gallery. They are adorable! Also, if you live in Whatcom County don't forget to book your photography session with Cristal! She really is awesome! You can find her at her website.
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While thinking long and hard about what I was going to have for lunch tomorrow (remember I'm a drive-through Sue), something that I could just grab because, well I don't really take a lunch during the day just so I can get off 1/2 hour earlier, I found this recipe on pinterest and boy am I excited to eat it tomorrow! Click on the link below to be taken to the Pinterest post for this recipe. Also leave me a comment letting me know what you think about it. I'll comment and give you the run-down on what I think about it later this week. Enjoy!
For Mini Broccoli and Cheese Quiche recipe, click here
I just love this, so I had to share. I'm still calling myself a "new-be" at Trim Healthy Mama. I haven't committed 100% to plan and changing my lifestyle but I'm making progress. I know the one week that I followed proper eating I did lose several pounds. I just need to kick myself into gear. In the meantime, take a read of this THMer and what that person has learned:
First, I want to admit upfront this is not my recipe nor my picture. I give due credit to Francine Freilich Litz from the THM Facebook Group. With that out of the way, here is the recipe:
Blueberry Scones (tweaked this and am very happy with the results)
could be non-vegan (or vegan in parenthesis)
2 cups of almond flour
1/4 cup of oat fiber
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp sea salt
2 tbl. swerve or Truvia to taste
1 egg (or 1 flax egg)
4 tbl. butter (or coconut oil)
1 tsp vanilla
2 tbl. almond milk or light coconut milk
1 cup of blueberries
Preheat oven to 350. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper. Mix dry ingredients together -- use a fork to mash out any clumps in the almond flour. Mix together the liquids. Pour the liquids into the dry. Mix with a fork -- it's a quick mix. Add in the blueberries.
Pour the "mess" onto the parchment paper. Use your hand to bring it together and form it into a circle -- then use your hand to press it down - you don't want it too thick or too thin. Cut it into wedges and separate the wedges so there is some room in between.
Bake 25 minutes or until brown - don't over bake.
Today was stressful and I'm not exactly sure why. All I know is that I go the kids fed, clothed, and kept diaper clean and took toddler to the bathroom. I did the mommy thing. However as I took care of them I realized there was no time to take care of myself. That is stressful! Breakfast I ended up eating around 11. I was so hungry! Then by the time I got the kids lunch and all the bags packed for swimming and the diaper bag restocked I realized it was time to go and I had not had any lunch. Grabbed a string cheese and ate that as I grabbed things on the way out the door. We stopped at the store to pick up some swim diapers for Sam but they didn't have any. I was so hungry! It was about 4:30 at this point and I had about a 200 calorie breakfast and a string cheese. I wasn't doing well. So (and you'll be proud of me) I stayed on plan and grabbed a bowl of mixed berries and two small containers of plain greek yogurt. I also found the Sweetleaf Liquid Stevia in Vanilla Bean which I had been searching for (probably way over paid) so I grabbed that. On our way to the aquatic center I chowed down on yogurt with berries and vanilla sweetener... It was GOOD! In fact it held me over until dinner at 6:30. Sierra wanted Pizza Hut so there is where we ended up. I have a husband and daughter that are lactose free and we ended up at a pizza place. Luckily they had a couple things on their menu that was dairy free. For me I ordered an alfredo pasta dish but asked them to hold the pasta and instead use broccoli in place of the pasta. They agreed! So I enjoyed a heavy S meal that evening. Though my calorie count was obviously lower than normal I was proud of myself for staying to my eating plan (in regards to WHAT TYPE of food I eat).
I realized at I could easily stay
Back to living the Trim Healthy Mama way. Yesterday my eating was as follows:
Breakfast @8am: Chocolate Mud Slide with berries - It is the muffin in a mug recipe but with some tweaks to make it more runny like a lava cake. Yum! This is an S meal (higher fat, lower carbs)
Lunch @noon: Big Boy Smoothie with blueberries. I kept the blueberries to a handful so that the carb count wasn't too high. Blueberries are a higher carb berry so when having an S meal I need to keep it to 1/2 cup max. I used coconut milk instead of almond milk to push it from a FP meal to an S meal. It was 3/4 of a blender full and very filling.
Snack @2:30: lite string cheese. This is a FP
Dinner @6pm: Salisbury steak (click to be taken to the pinterest post). I used
Glucomannan in place of starch for a lower glycemic approach. My entire family loved it! I paired it with a large salad with light ranch dressing. The rest of my family enjoyed garlic mashed potatoes with ICBINB and almond milk. Two of the 5 of us have lactose issues so we opt away from milk otherwise I would have used heavy cream in their potatoes. My family enjoys cross-over meals so they don't lose weight.
I should have had a snack before bed (chocolate pudding made the THM way anyone?) but I didn't. I was probably under my calorie target for a nursing mom but will watch it today. I need to remember FP snacks in between meals will help me continue to produce milk for my son.
Speaking of, Sam went in for his one year check-up. He is 20.7 pounds (up a pound from 3 months ago) and in the 16th percentile. 29 inches long/30th percentile and 93rd for head circumference. He's not a big boy compared to my Hannah. The literature they gave me about milestones and info about this age said if I am breastfeeding still then to keep doing it instead of regular milk. That as a reliefe to me when the doctor confirmed this because Sam will eat anything BUT he will not drink whole milk or coconut milk. He wants water all the time. Things have yet again changed since Hannah was little.
S meals - Satisfy meals that are higher in fat and keeps one's appetite satisfied longer
E meals - Energizing meals that are higher in carbs
Fuel Pull (FP) - low in carbs and fat and are a nice light snack that can be eaten between S and E meals without waiting 3 hours
Trim Healthy Mama - a book about how our bodies burn fuel and how to eat so that one can maximize the the efficiency of food
Friday... finally. Though I at something I really should not have today I was able to jump back onto healthy eating 3 hours later and finished the day strong! My eating plan today:
Breakfast 7:30am: Once again I had the Chocolate Mud Slide with berries - It is the muffin in a mug recipe but with some tweaks to make it more runny like a lava cake. Yum! This is an S meal (higher fat, lower carbs).
Lunch noon: I felt like breakfast so I made the Cottage Egg Scramble and sprinkled a little cheese on top. That really hit the spot, though I'd like to try adding a Tablespoon of salsa next time. I also cooked up 2 slices of turkey bacon with a little butter (turkey bacon is super lean so needed a little something to cook with). All of this was an S meal again (higher fat, lower carbs).
The afternoon I should have grabbed a string cheese wrapped in light turkey slice but instead found a few mini marshmallows sitting there in the drawer and had the sugar urge. Ugh! Caved in. Bad move but jumped back on 3+ hours later
Dinner 6pm: Grilled chicken drumsticks and steamed cabbage with spray butter. There were an insignificant amount of fat and carbs so this was a Fuel Pull (FP) meal.
Snack: 9:30pm: Chocolate pudding from the book. Made with almond milk, Truvia, Stevia extract, cocoa powder, dash of salt and vanilla extract and of course some glucomannan for thickening. I also gave myself a dob of whipped cream in the can. This again was a FP. Again, not a significant amount of either fuel source so my body will use my existing fat stores for the energy it needs.
I have to say that this system of eating has been the easiest to adapt to except for one thing: I'm a Drive-By Sue. I like things that don't take more than microwaving to make because I work all week and don't have time to think about food or the time to make it. Also I just need things to grab and go with. So I struggle in this regard a bit but I also like having more control over what is in my food than grabbing a packaged item. I'd really love to learn to meal plan for all my meals and cook ahead on the weekends. Maybe one day I'll be good at it.
What type of eater are you?