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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Product recommendation - Xylitol

SWEETENER : Xylitol

Perfect for baking, no weird aftertaste, grind it and incorporate in your baking! I don't get the cramps or side effects I get with other sugar alcohols ... It is totally worth it! and THM approved for Sugar free baked goods. Made from real birch and not corn. You will love it.

© Paloma K.

Disclaimer: This product is recommended by my own personal experience, is the one I use and I highly recommend it... This post contains affiliate links.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Quinoa Salad! - E or Crossover

Hello friends! Today is the 5 Day of the 30 Day Challenge  I started on Facebook... Hopefully you'll join us! It is a quick routine of exercises to tone some muscles and I am definitely starting to feel it! It is great to have somebody else to do it with me (Thanks Karen) as it is helping me stay accountable!

Now... of course exercises are great but we need to also watch what we eat ... I am making all the right choices and eating until I am satisfied (or a little more, yeah... that's me) and I am starting to see the scale slowly (oh so slowly) go down again! It's been a while since it did that for ME so I am ecstatic (even if it's an ounce... we're headed in the right direction!)

If you already know the Trim Healthy Mama Plan then you know what I talk about when I mention "E meals or Crossovers"... if you're not on the plan you can also enjoy the recipes I share because they're healthy, yummy and nothing like your "typical Diet Food" ...

So... today I am going to share with you an amazingly delicious (and easy to make) Quinoa Salad, which you can eat in an "E" setting or as a crossover if you're at that point where you incorporate healthy crossovers to your menu.

Here it goes:

You can see it with avocado here, it is a yummy crossover!
 Quinoa Salad (E)
Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients:

- 2 cups of cooked red quinoa (1/2 cup uncooked)   I use this one
- 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
- 1/2 medium zucchini (or yellow squash) - cubed-
- 1 medium red tomato
- 1/4 cup chopped onion
- the juice of 1/2 a lime 
- about 1 tbsp. of olive oil (you can add this if you keep it to only 1 serving and do not incorporate any other fat in your meal, it would still be an "E")
- 1 clove of garlic (very finely chopped)
- salt to taste
- 1 avocado -cubed- (ONLY FOR CROSSOVER, omit if you want to keep it an "E")
- Add 1/2 a fresh serrano or jalapeƱo pepper (chopped) if you can handle the heat, (you can seed it if you want to tame the heat down a bit), this will add a bit of a quick and give it more of a "Mexican flare" to it.
 
Directions:

Mix the quinoa, cilantro, zucchini, tomato, onion (and avocado if using it) in a big bowl, separately whisk together the lime, olive oil and garlic, drizzle over the quinoa mixture, season to taste and let it sit for about 10 minutes to let the flavors "mingle". Serve at room temperature (or even cold), this salad is a great accompaniment to any meat (keep your meats lean for the "E" setting).

I soooo can see it served in this salad set... I am going to add it to my Christmas List! 


 Enjoy!

© Paloma K.

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. All the recommendations and suggestions are entirely my opinion.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Stuffed Celery - Thanksgiving Side Dish THM Style

Good day everyone! As Thanksgiving approaches I started to get nervous! This year is the first time I will try to create an entire "Thanksgiving Menu" following all THM principles! (Of course I'll still have to make an exception for auntie Sally's sugar cookies and also her cranberry/orange relish for hubby or he'd never forgive me!)  But I am excited to see that following the THM plan it's not hard at all to still put together and enjoy an amazing feast!

First of all... Turkey... Approved! Right? Butter it, baste it, stuff it with herbs, season it right, cook it to perfection (Turkey Roasting Times chart) and you already have your Thanksgiving food foundation, right? I can also enjoy a delicious and oh! So buttery cauliflower mash! yes... I can make gravy too! and I'm already working on my "dessert spread" recipe which will for sure include: Chocolate Cake with Whipped Cream(S) and Pumpkin Muffins (S), then I started thinking of the other "sides" I usually serve and I was happy to realize I can make my amazing salads that will include delicious, satisfying, crunchy, healthy nuts and almonds, deviled eggs which are definitely a tradition in hubby's family and one of my favorites! STUFFED CELERY! ... I've already shared this recipe before, I am just making a minor tweak (substituting Worcestershire sauce for Bragg liquid aminos) and voila! You'll have a deceivingly delicious appetizer that is perfect for Thanksgiving (plus it always looks beautiful and it's fun to make)

So... here it is... back on my blog... for all my fellow Trim Healthy Mama's to enjoy!

Stuffed Celery (THM S)



Ingredients:

1 Bunch of celery (about 4-5 long stalks), trimmed, peeled (always peel your celery to remove the overly-fibrous parts) and cut into 3-4 " long pieces.
8 oz. cream cheese
4 oz. drained red pimientos (from a jar) - chopped
garlic powder to taste
1 tsp. horseradish (horseradish does have sugar, etc. but it's minimal and you're only going to use 1 tsp. for the whole recipe)
1-2 tsp. Bragg Liquid Aminos (this stuff is amazing! And sooo good for you!)
1/3 cup of mayo
salt and pepper to taste (optional)

Directions: 

Blend all the ingredients together (except for the celery, of course) season with salt and pepper to taste if desired, stuff your celery, plate and Enjoy!

Super easy, isn't it? I hope you and your family will enjoy it as much as my guests and I do... please let me know! I appreciate all your comments!

Also, if you'd like to join our "30 Day Strength Training Challenge" you're still on time! We're doing quick strength training exercises that are slowly increased day by day. We'd love to have you on board, check out our updates on Facebook, today is day 4th! Here's  Today's challenge by The Coffee Shop.

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© Paloma K.