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Recipe: Guilt Free Cake Batter Shake

Guilt Free Cake Batter ShakeOk, so it’s been a while since I’ve put together any recipes for a low sugar lifestyle, but I am finally back in the saddle of Trim Healthy Mama since my recent loss.  It feels good to be back, eating a wide variety of tasty food, and enjoy treats that satisfy my sweet tooth, without having sugar or artificial sweeteners!

One of my favorite ways to get in a quick breakfast is to turn to my Vitamix.  It’s sortof a long story, but we got the Vitamix just about a year ago, and compared to other blenders, I don’t think I would go back.  This thing is a workhorse, and makes DELICIOUS blended treats!

Which leads me to this tasty low-carb, low-fat, sugar free delight.  Oh yes, a Cake Batter Shake.  It’s perfect for getting you through the between meal munchies without adding inches to the waist and it tastes AWESOME and is super filling.

Oh, and did I mention it will take you a MAX of TWO minutes to get this in your favorite cup?  Oh yeah.

Oh, and if you are following the Trim Healthy Mama plan, it is a Fuel Pull (FP)!  Even better!

So, let’s just get to it, shall we?

Guilt Free Cake Batter Shake (FP)
Recipe type: Drinks
Serves: 1 serving
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This deliciously creamy shake is low carb, low fat, and sugar free for a guilt free treat any time of day.
  • 1½ cups unsweetened Silk almond milk
  • 4 ice cubes
  • 1 scoop Swanson's vanilla protein powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp almond extract
  • 1½ tsp butter extract
  • Pure Stevia Powder (or THM Sweet blend) to taste
  1. Assemble all ingredients in a blender and blend on high until smooth and deliciously creamy!


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Recipe: Salsa Fresca with Lime

Salsa Fresca with LimeI love summer for all of the fresh produce!  I always try to plant a garden so most of the summer we are enjoying the fruits of our labor, but it is still too early for me to be harvesting much of our own produce.  Thankfully the more southern parts of the country are already harvesting some delicious tomatoes and peppers, so I decided to whip up a delicious fresh salsa.

If your only experience has been with the jars of salsa you buy at the store, you MUST, MUST, MUST try a fresh salsa.  Once you do, it will be hard to go back!  And it just so happens I have a delicious recipe for you to start with.  For you fresh salsa veterans, I would love to have your feedback!

So what do you need:

  • 5 medium tomatoes (vine ripe is the best), seeds and juice gently squeezed out, then diced
  • 1 large jalapeno (seed if you want a mild salsa)
  • 1/2 medium red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped (if you don’t care for raw garlic, substitute a shake or two of garlic powder)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 4 drops Lime Essential Oil (I recommend Young Living) or the juice of one medium lime

Want a printable recipe?  Here you go!

Salsa Fresca with Lime
Recipe type: Appetiser
Cuisine: American
Serves: 8
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A delicious fresh salsa with a hint of lime, perfectly refreshing for a summer day! Pairs well with tortilla chips, tacos, and over eggs.
  • 5 medium sized tomatoes
  • ½ medium red onion
  • 1 garlic clove (or a few dashes of garlic powder)
  • 1 jalapeno pepper
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • ¼-1/2 tsp sea salt
  • ¼ tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 4 drops Young Living Lime Essential oil (or the juice of one lime)
  1. Dice the tomatoes, draining off excess juice as you dice.
  2. Finely dice the red onion, the jalapeno, chop the cilantro, and finely mince the jalapeno.
  3. Combine all the vegetables and add the salt, ground black pepper, and lime essential oil* (or juice).
  4. Gently stir until combined, then refrigerate for one hour to let flavors combine.
  5. Enjoy!
  6. Makes approximately 1 quart of fresh salsa
*Use only a food safe essential oil. I personally recommend Young Living brand.


 Once you try it, comment and let me know how you like it!  I have been really enjoying it over my eggs in the morning!

Refreshing Frozen Strawberry Limeade (Sugar Free)

Sugar Free Strawberry Limeade


I teased this recipe last week over on the Facebook page, and everyone was so excited that I thought I’d better hurry up and post it sooner rather than later!

I aim to please after all, LOL.

With the weather getting warmer around the country, and the recent reintroduction to blended fruit drinks from a nice friend of mine who came to my house and made me one, (seriously, how nice was she?) I’m just full of fun low calorie, low carb, sugar free drink ideas!  There will be more, don’t you worry!

Ok, so on to the good stuff.

This is a pretty simple recipe and only requires four ingredients: water, frozen strawberries, lime juice, and stevia extract.  BOOM.  Deliciousness!

So, what are we waiting for?  Drag out that blender and put it to work!

Refreshing Frozen Strawberry Limeade (Sugar Free)
Recipe type: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Serves: 2
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A refreshing sugar free strawberry limeade, perfect for sitting by the pool or relaxing after a day in the sun!
  • 16 oz. filtered water
  • 6-8 frozen strawberries
  • ¼ cup lime juice (or ¼ cup water + 4 drops food grade lime essential oil**)
  • Stevia extract (or other sweetener) to taste.
  1. Put all ingredients into a high powered blender and blend on high until completely smooth, about 2 minutes.
  2. A regular blender may be used, but blend time will be longer.
**We personally use and exclusively recommend Young Living Essential Oils for essential oils used in recipes.


This post is linked up at Wellness Wednesday, Nomday Monday

Recipe: Sugar Free Cranberry Pecan Relish

THM Cranberry RelishJust in time for Thanksgiving!  Growing up one of the family favorites for any major holiday was that quivering, jewel-like mass of crimson joy known as Cranberry Sauce.  It always came in a can, was sometimes sliced, but it was always delicious.

And once I turned a half second over twenty, it went straight to my waistline.  So, there had to be a better way!  Enter this delish-sugar free Cranberry Relish.  Guaranteed to fit the bill for fruity sweetness alongside your Thanksgiving turkey, WITHOUT the post holiday baggage on the body.

This relish is classified as an S for the purposes of Trim Healthy Mama, but if you omit the Pecans, you could use it for a FP or E meal as well.  Once I finished it, I had my husband (who detests anything with non-sugar sweeteners) try some and he declared it delicious!

Enjoy!  I know I will!

Sugar Free Cranberry Pecan Relish
Recipe type: Sauce
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6
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A delicious, low-carb, sugar-free cranberry relish, perfect for the Trim Healthy Mama lifestyle
  • 3 cups fresh cranberries
  • ¾-1 cup Truvia (or homemade alternative)
  • ¾ cup water
  • pinch cloves
  • pinch ginger
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • ¾ cup chopped pecans
  • 3-5 drops orange essential oil (supplement grade, like Young Living OR use orange zest)
  1. Add all ingredients to a medium sized saucepan (Except pecans and orange essential oil. If using orange zest, add now.)
  2. Bring to a boil over medium heat and reduce to a brisk simmer, stirring frequently.
  3. Allow all cranberries to burst and begin to reduce and thicken, about 5 minutes.
  4. Cranberries have a large amount of natural pectin, so no additional thickener is needed.
  5. Remove from heat and add chopped pecans.
  6. Once mostly cool, add orange essential oil, if using.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ½ cup Calories: 94 Fat: 9.8 Carbohydrates: 8 Fiber: 3.3 Protein: 1.25

This post is linked up at Trim Healthy Tuesday!

Recipe: Sugar-Free “Milk” Chocolate Cheesecake (S)

Milk Chocolate Cheesecake S

Oh yes, breakfast doesn’t get any better than this.  Or lunch.  Or dinner.  Or snack….or well, whatever.  It’s just delicious!

This is the part where I am supposed to tantalize you with how amazing it is and make you want to eat it.  But let’s be honest.  It’s chocolate.  It’s cheesecake.  If you are on Trim Heathy Mama, it will help take inches off, instead of putting them ON your hips.  What’s not to like?  The original inspiration for this recipe came from the Basic Cheesecake recipe in the book, but I made a LOT of changes, so if you like plain cheesecake, check that version out.

Want the recipe?  I’ll be nice and let you have it right away :-)

After all, it DOES take time to make and I don’t want you to have to prolong the agony of waiting much more!

Recipe: Sugar-Free "Milk" Chocolate Cheesecake (S)
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Trim Healthy Mama
Serves: 4
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A delicious, sugar-free chocolate cheesecake.....For Trim Healthy Mama, an S!
  • 2-8 oz ⅓ less fat cream cheese (allowed to soften for an hour on the countertop)
  • 2 TBSP heavy cream
  • 3 whole eggs
  • ¼ cup Truvia (or xylitol)
  • Generous pinch sea salt
  • ½ tsp glucomannan or xanthan gum
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Combine all ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer and mix on low to incorporate fully.
  3. Turn the speed on the mixer up to high and whip until the mixture is thickened like the texture of a loose mousse (about three to four minutes).
  4. Spoon into four ramekins and place carefully in a water bath.
  5. Bake for approximately 40 minutes, or until set in the middle.

This recipe is linked up at Trim Healthy Tuesday!

Recipe: Sausage Breakfast Bake (S)

Sausage Breakfast Bake

So, I’ll be honest, part of my downfall when it comes to eating well is lack of time.  I’ve got little people who get the majority of my attention so breakfast has got to be quick.

Which is where the Breakfast Bake comes in.  I am the only one in the family doing Trim Healthy Mama, so this is something I can bake at the beginning of the week, freeze some, reheat the rest over the week as I want.  That way, I can make everyone else’s breakfast and stay on plan because I’ve got something already made waiting for me.

It’s just breakfast heaven in a pan.  Plus it is cold outside, and I really want something cozy to eat!  Not really in the breakfast mood, this would be a delicious lunch served up with some sautéed non-starchy veggies or a crisp salad!  Ready?  Me too!

Sausage Breakfast Bake (S)
Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Serves: 12
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A savory sausage breakfast bake, perfect for the Trim Healthy Lifestyle
  • 1 dozen high omega eggs
  • ½ cup cream
  • 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2-3 tbsp. butter
  • 8 oz sliced mushrooms
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 lb no sugar added breakfast sausage
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Brown and drain sausage, set aside to cool.
  3. Sautee diced onions and sliced mushrooms in butter until soft, set aside to cool.
  4. In a large bowl, combine eggs, cream and salt and beat until smooth and eggs all ingredients are combined.
  5. Combine all ingredients in a 9x13 baking pan.
  6. Bake for 40 minutes or until set.

This post is linked up at Trim Healthy Tuesday and Centsibly Sugar and Grain Free Linkup!

Recipe: Apple Pie Oatmeal–A Trim Healthy (E) Recipe

Apple Pie Oatmeal THM ETrim Healthy Mama is such a versatile lifestyle change.  The tendency when you try to implement the principles in the book is to neglect the E–Energizing meals.  Don’t do it!  They are delicious and NECESSARY to help keep your metabolism going and your body releasing excess weight.

So why not make a delicious, and filling E breakfast?  Enter Apple Pie Oatmeal.  It is a filling, creamy, apple-pie-ey bundle of love in a bowl.  AND you can have it with the THM version of “Brown Sugar”  (NOT my original creation, but recipe can be found in the THM archives on Facebook).

Apple Pie Oatmeal--A Trim Healthy (E) Recipe
Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Serves: 1
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An apple pie flavored oatmeal perfect for the THM lifestyle!
  • ½ cup dry old fashioned oats
  • ½ cup unsweetened plain almond milk (like Silk)
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup chopped apple
  • ¼ cup 0% greek yogurt (add after cooked)
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground ginger
  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • Trim Healthy "Brown Sugar" to taste (See link in main article)
  1. Add all ingredients except Greek yogurt and THM "Brown Sugar" to a sauce pan and bring to a boil over medium high heat.
  2. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer, stirring frequently until at your preferred consistency.
  3. Remove from heat and serve in bowl.
  4. Add Greek yogurt and "brown sugar" and stir.
  5. Enjoy!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 recipe Calories: 223 Fat: 4 Carbohydrates: 34 Sugar: 8 Sodium: 91 Fiber: 5.5 Protein: 13

This recipe is linked up at Trim Healthy Tuesday!

Trim Healthy Mama–Muffins without the Microwave!

THM MIM WO MicrowaveIf you have a microwave, I’m not going to get all  JudgyMcJudgerson on you, so don’t worry.  You can enjoy your muffins in a mug, I know I did all the time while we had a micro. This tip might help you too if you ever just wanted to change it up.

Once we didn’t have a microwave anymore I struggled to find a way to make my standby Muffin in Mug. (Want the recipe(s)? Totally check out the book Trim Healthy Mama, this book changed my life).

I tried all the tweaks to make it in the oven, or a toaster oven, and it always took WAY too long, and never turned out nice.  It sortof defeated the purpose of Muffin In a Mug which was quick craving bashing.

Now, I will be the first person to admit, this is not my original idea, I read it somewhere a long time ago and just never got around to testing it out until just now.  WHY. DID. I. WAIT. SO. LONG?  (And original idea creator, if I knew who you were, I’d hug you.)

For Real.

I’ve strung you along too long now. You want one, don’t you?

Use a waffle iron. 

(I think I just screamed at you in internet, sorry!)

Delicious, fluffy muffin in a mug in mere minutes like the original.  No microwave.  YUM!  It will take up two sections of the waffle iron if you have a rectangular iron.  If you have a round one, just put it on the very center.  Just prepare the recipe as normal and use the waffle iron to get it the rest of the way.  Simple, delicious!

Want to read more Trim Healthy Recipes?  Check out my other posts.

This post is linked up at Trim Healthy Tuesday!

Recipe: Coffeehouse Latte Two Ways–A Trim Health FP Drink

Coffeehouse Latte

Ok, I have realized that I am a little bit obsessed with Trim Healthy Mama versions of drinks.  And whey protein.  I’m also obsessed with whey protein.

I think it is in large part due to the fact  that I NEEDED to do Trim Healthy Mama BECAUSE I spent so much time around the coffee cart at work, back in the day.

So give this girl a blender and some time, and I guess I come up with drink recipes!  My hands down favorite so far is my Fuel Pull Pumpkin Spice Latte, but today’s recipe is fighting for a close second.  (Don’t forget the Rich, Creamy Fuel Pull Chocolate Milk recipe either, that’s a nice afternoon snack!)

Ok, so I digress.  This is really a mocha latte.  Probably should have said that at first, but who doesn’t mind some chocolate being snuck into the mix?  I don’t, so I hope you don’t either.

So, here’s what you need to make the two variations of the Coffeehouse Mocha Latte.

  • Hot brewed coffee (12 oz or so please!)
  • Swanson whey protein isolate
  • Cocoa powder
  • A pinch of salt (YES, just do it.  Chocolate sweetened with stevia tastes strange without it)
  • A few generous dashes of Pure White Stevia Extract.
  • Mint flavoring or Orange flavoring (see recipe for options)
Coffeehouse Latte Two Ways
Recipe type: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Serves: 1
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A Trim Healthy Mama plan friendly Fuel Pull Coffeehouse Mocha Latte recipe that can be dressed up two ways.
  • 12 oz. hot brewed coffee
  • 1 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • a pinch sea salt
  • ½ scoop Swanson whey protein isolate
  • 3-4 generous shakes pure white stevia extract
  • (Option 1: Mint Mocha Latte) 1-2 drops Peppermint essential oil** or ¼ tsp peppermint extract
  • (Option 2: Orange Mocha Latte) 3-5 drops Orange essential oil** or ¼ tsp orange extract
  1. Add all ingredients to blender and blend for about 30 seconds until smooth.
  2. Serve and enjoy!
**We use and recommend Young Living essential oils.

This recipe is linked up at Trim Healthy Tuesday!

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