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Apple Oatmeal Cream Pie

sugar free, gluten free, egg free, low fat

Apple Oatmeal Cream Pies

{Sugar Free, Gluten Free, Egg Free, Dairy Free, Low Fat}

Oatmeal Cookies are a childhood favorite of mine. I love oatmeal cookies and cream together. These Apple Oatmeal Cream Pies are the prefect combination of both flavor and health benefits.

Apples are full of vitamins and minerals. They add a natural sweetness to the cookie as well. Oatmeal is a great food for fiber as well as for your heart. Oats are also good for stabilizing blood sugar because of its magnesium content.

Coconut milk is used for the cream to keep this dairy free. To create the full body of whipped cream, glucomanan is used to stiffen and keep the cream at a semi-solid. I love glucomannan and use it all the time. It is full of fiber and has been used for centuries in Japan. It can help fill you up, so you aren’t tempted to overeat. I buy mine glucomannan on Amazon. I love it as a thickener because, you can use it with cold foods. It doesn’t need to be heated to activate the absorbing properties. read more

Iced One Serving Chocolate Chip Cookie

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Iced Chocolate Chip Cookie in 2 Minutes

Grain free – Sugar Free – Gluten Free

Iced One Serving Chocolate Chip Cookie {In 2 Minutes}… Miracles do happen.

I’m so glad I discovered this recipe. I really am in love with coconut flour. It is the perfect flour for making a grain free cookie. I also just started using cocoa nibs in baking. They are a wonderful substitute for filling my desire for chocolate chips. If you like dark chocolate, I think you will love these.

Who doesn’t love chocolate chip cookies? I think everyone gets that craving at night… but you don’t want to make a whole batch of cookies (and be tempted to eat them all – because none of us have ever done that *cough*). read more

What is Stevia?

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What is Stevia?

We learned in Cut the Sugar, that we need to make changes to reduce the sugar in our diets. I am so excited to see more and more Stevia products on the shelves. This is great news for people wanting a zero calorie, healthy sugar alternative.

What is Stevia exactly? 

Stevia is actually derived from a plant. It is related to a daisy and ragweed (I’ll take the daisy, thank you!). The Stevia plant can be found in Paraguay, Brazil, and Argentina and it is cultivated in China. You can even grow it yourself if you want! Stevia has zero calories and is 200 times sweeter than sugar without affecting blood sugar. Since it is sweeter than sugar, a little goes a long way! You also don’t want to over do Stevia because there can be too much of a good thing, then it will taste bitter. read more

The Best Brownie in a Mug Recipe!

This is the BEST Brownie you can make in a mug!

I must confess, I love chocolate. Before this recipe, I would grab a few tablespoons of Enjoy Life Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips (affiliate link). These were not the perfect solution although they had great ingredients, they were still filled with sugar. This brownie in a mug is my go to chocolate craving killer. You just mix this brownie up in one minute and microwave… then sit down and enjoy the hot, fresh Brownie in a mug!

Sometimes you just need chocolate. Some days you just need a brownie! Who wants to bake brownies for 20 minutes when you can enjoy this brownie cake in a mug in less than 2? read more

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

Dangers of Artificial Sweeteners

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Dangers of Artificial Sweeteners

Sugar is everywhere. We know we get too much of it. Can we break the sugar habit?

We as Americans have a sugar tooth. It seems like we can’t enjoy anything unless it is covered in sugar or artificially sweetened. It would probably the best for us if we can completely eliminate the desire for something sweet except from fruit sources. However, all of us enjoy a sweet treat every now and then.

We were told to kick the sugar habit by switching to artificial sugars. No calories = no weight gain…. It seemed like the perfect solution to us since processed white sugar was so terrible. We all switched, but we were still gaining weight. What in the world? read more