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Stevia Sweetened Kettle Corn

 Stevia Sweetened Kettle Corn!

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.

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). read more

It’s all in how you start

coffee mornings day

I was thinking… The start of your morning sets the tone for the rest of your day.

If you start your day eating something healthy, then you are more likely to continue through lunch and dinner.

I thought I would share my start of this Monday morning. (Not perfect by all means)

I nurse the littlest one at 1:30 am, 4:00 am, and 6:30 am.

The big kid woke up at 7:30 am, knocking on her door – this is actually pretty early for her!

I change the littlest one’s diaper and clothes (because her cloth diaper leaked a little – should have put on a night time diaper before bed… Doh!) read more

Baking With Coconut flour

low carb, low sugar, stevia

Baking with Coconut Flour 

Baking with coconut flour can be a great way to eat low carb, grain free and keep all your favorite breads and cakes in your diet. 

We’ve already talked about how great coconut oil is:

increasing metabolism, supporting immune system, promoting the absorption of vitamins, detoxing the body, promoting healthy cholesterol and heart health. Now we are going to talk about all those great benefits in a flour: Coconut flour.

 

Our bodies don’t tolerate grains very well (wheat, barley, oats…). They are filled with phytates that bind to minerals in our bodies like magnesium. This overtime can leave us deficient in vitamins and minerals. You can soak your grains to help reduce the phytates, but it may be easier to incorporate more grain free foods into your diet. read more

The “Foods I will never ever touch” list….

I really liked this post by Alli about her “foods she will never touch”.

I find that there are certain foods that everyone has put on their “do not touch” list. I agree with most of these – and I understand where she is coming from on all of them.

I have a weakness for sushi though! Sushi falls into my 20% leeway – I do stick to Salmon and Tuna – and stay away from crustaceans (crabs and shrimp) because they act like filters in the water and have a lot of impurities in their flesh (definitely not Kosher). We get sushi for special occasions for sure. read more

Grassfed Beef Burgers with a Mexican twist

It’s almost summer time and burgers are perfect on a bed of greens for a lazy meal.

Last night, I had to fend for myself for dinner. Adam had band practice prepping for the – HUGE EASTER SERVICE YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS – which meant that I was going solo for dinner.

While I don’t mind cooking for the most part, I don’t like to fuss too much if I’m just cooking for myself… Also, I was really hungry and needed something in my belly fast!

I ended up making burgers with some grassfed beef I had in the fridge from the farmer’s market. I seasoned it with salt, garlic powder, pepper, and Italian seasonings. I added one egg and about a 1/4 cup of buckwheat to stretch it a little (not sure if it actually did or not). Then gets the messy/fun part – I stuck my hands in the meat and mixed everything in. I made several patties – I think I made 6 or so with one pound. read more

Grocery Shopping

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This week’s meal plan includes:

Eggs for breakfast with spinach and various fruits (cantaloupe, pears, apples, strawberries, bananas)

Cantaloupe

Cantaloupe (Photo credit: eddie.welker)

Baked Salmon on a Bed of Salad greens

Roasted Eggplant with Beef Marinara Sauce on top

Beef Burgers on a bed of Salad Greens

Sides:

Baked Zucchini with coconut oil and mozzarella

Roasted baby carrots

Roasted sweet potatoes

That’s all I got! What are you fixing for dinner this week?

White bean Vanilla Cake – From the Modern Alternative Mama

When we were getting closer to Aidalyn’s birthday party, I knew I didn’t want her to have a “typical” birthday cake loaded with processed sugar and non-nutrients. I did a lot of digging. I wanted something that was grain free but didn’t have a lot of hard to find ingredients. I found this to be easy and very tasty too! I ended up making a cream cheese frosting with just a block of cream cheese mixed some milk to make it smooth. I may have sweetened it with a touch of agave nectar. Sophie and Aidalyn seemed to approve! read more

Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is a pretty powerful food. It is a saturated fat – meaning it is stable when heated and doesn’t have any trans fats and it won’t oxidize. Thankfully it tastes pretty good too! When cooking, this is our go-to oil.

Coconut oil has been shown to increase your metabolism, help with thyroid issues, speed up weight loss, and strengthen your immune system. Learn more about coconut oil from Dr. Mercola here.

I can eat fat and still lose weight? Coconut oil actually improves vitamin absorption when you eat it with other nutrient rich foods. So you will be full of energy, losing weight, and getting all the nutrients your body needs. This sounds amazing! read more