Feels Like a Cheat Dip

Gluten Free/Sugar Free/Soy Free/Nut free option

THM:S dessert

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“Hi, my name is Aubree and I’m addicted to fat…”

And all of my fellow fat addicts said….”Hi Aubree”

Okay, seriously though, who doesn’t like dipping food into their favorite fattening condiment or dip at some time? I especially love it at this time of year when every weekend we seem to have Football parties or Halloween parties or family Thanksgiving, etc. Ketchup, ranch, salsa, yogurt, humus, guacamole, fruit dip, whatever I can get my hands on! Well, my fellow fat dippers, I have been making this for many months now and just haven’t found the time to publish it, but that changes today! This is recipe is still healthy as long as you don’t over-do it! It’s low-carb, goes well with fruit, and can also be used as a sugar-free ice cream. I frequently use it for dipping strawberries, but my main purpose in creating this is to freeze it to make sugar-free ice cream. Let’s face it, ice cream tops it all! My fellow THMers – this is an S dessert! This is the first Trim Healthy Mama compatible dessert that I have made over and over because it tastes like a cheat! Watch yourself though – this makes about 4-6 servings – don’t eat the whole thing in one sitting!

Ingredients:

2 cups Heavy Whipping Cream

1 cup almond milk (use cow milk if need nut free)

8 oz. 1/3 less fat Cream Cheese or Neufchâtel Cheese

2 Tbs. cocoa pwd.

1-2 scoops THM Protein Powder or THM Integral Collagen. 2 scoops makes the dip thicker. (If you like a flavored protein powder I have also used Bodylogix Chocolate Protein powder and it is on plan.)

1 tbs. vanilla extract

1 tbs. caramel extract (feel free to sub in a different extract or flavor if you don’t like caramel)

6 tbs. Truvia or THM Super Sweet(adjust to taste)

Salt to taste ( I use a few shakes)

Directions:

Add all ingredients to a high-powered blender, such as a Ninja or Vitamix. You can use a regular blender, but just might have to spend more time blending it. Blend until smooth. I find that if you add the Cream Cheese last it helps to keep the powders from flying up and getting caught in the top of the blender.

 

Start with the liquids and the powders.
Start with the liquids and the powders.
Add the Cream Cheese last.
Add the Cream Cheese last.

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Pour into any container for a dip and then enjoy!

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To make the ice cream: Pour the remaining dip into several freezer safe containers. I find that the Truvia containers are the perfect size! Place in the freezer, making sure they are upright and sealed properly.  I leave mine in the freezer overnight. It should be frozen within a few hours, though. Then the next day, I pack it with my lunch. It sits in the fridge for a couple hours and thaws slowly and it’s ready for me by snack time – around 9:30 or 10. Yes, I eat ice cream in the morning! You can, too!

I hope that you enjoy this great recipe as dip or ice cream and can share it with friends and family this wonderful Fall season! Try subbing in some pumpkin spice or canned pumpkin in place of cocoa and caramel and you may just have a new pumpkin favorite!

Blessings,

Aubree

“A person can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in their own toil. This, too, I see, is from the hand of God, for without him, who can eat or find enjoyment?”

Ecclesiastes 2:24-25

Guacamole – THM – S

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Hey guys,

Who else out there is a big Mexican food fan? Guacamole is one of those big comfort foods for me. I have loved a few different recipes for years but have never attempted to make up my own recipe. I have to admit, that this recipe was a team effort. My hubby and I brainstormed and tested this one several times (which was a bonus – more food for us!) He loves it with sea salt and mashing it all up with a fork, but keeping it chunky. I love it fully blended in a blender to make it nice and smooth, sometimes with cottage cheese, and always with Himalayan pink salt. Try both!

Guacamole – THM – S – Gluten free with dairy free option
2 med avocadoes
3 drops lime oil (or the juice of one or two limes if you do not have lime essential oil)
1/4c chopped onion
1/2c mild salsa
1-2tsp sea salt or Himilayan pink salt (to taste)
Optional: Add a little cottage cheese to taste for more protein and to make it a little creamier. I add this for me, but I make a dairy free option for my son with no cottage cheese and he loves it! Also a few sprigs of Cilantro make a big difference if you are a mexican food fan!

Choosing a ripe, but not too ripe Avocado can get tricky, but you will learn how they feel after a few attempts. They are slightly soft when ripe, so if you purchase them a day or two ahead of time, choose some that are still hard and need a couple of days to ripen!

Perfectly ripe Avocado!
Perfectly ripe Avocado! Slice the Avocado in half going around the pit, then pull apart. Save the pit, though – it keeps the guacamole fresher in the fridge!
Squeezing out the goodness!
Squeezing out the goodness! You don’t need a spoon, just use the skin to squeeze out the good stuff right into your blender!
All ready to blend up in the Ninja! Hiya!
All ready to blend up in the Ninja! Hiya!

If you are following the Trim Healthy Mama plan, make sure that you choose a no sugar added salsa if you are not making your own.  We like Pace mild salsa because it is Gluten free and two of us in my family have to eat Gluten free.
Mix all well either in a blender for a very creamy texture or just mashed in a bowl with a fork if you prefer it lumpy. Enjoy with veggies (we love green and yellow peppers with it), the cheese chips approved on the THM plan, or another plan approved cracker or chip for an S setting. Serves 2-3 people and try to eat it up within 1-2 days to keep it fresh!

If you are not familiar with Trim Healthy Mama and would like to find out more, please see my review at: Trim Healthy Mama: Death to Dieting and visit my affiliate link to Trim Healthy Mama found in that post.

 

 

Peppermint Latte – Sugar free – THM – FP

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This is a great caffeine free sipper for those of you following the Trim Healthy Mama plan. It is a FP (fuel-pull) as long as you only use up to 1 tablespoon of Heavy Whipping Cream. Beyond that you would get into S (Satisfying) territory which is also fine.  This is one of my favorites to drink in the evenings instead of hot cocoa as we start getting into the colder weather in Michigan in the next couple of months. I don’t if it seems like this in other states, but I feel like October – February in Michigan is when people give in to the hot cocoa because it is cold and because “I just need it to warm me up and get me through the dreary Winter months!” Okay maybe that just used to be my justification before THM :).  I don’t have to give in to the sugary hot cocoa and definitely sugary marshmallows that so many put in the hot cocoa!

Peppermint Tea Latte

Peppermint Latte – Sugar Free – FP 

 

Ingredients: 1 Peppermint tea bag, 6-8 oz. water, Heavy Whipping Cream, Vanilla Extract, Pure Stevia Extract or Sweet Blend or Truvia, (Optional) 1 drop Peppermint Essential Oil

Bring to a boil in a small pot or heat up the water in the microwave for about 1 minute

Steep the peppermint tea bag in the water for 2-3 minutes or according to package directions

Remove tea bag and add up to 1 Tbs. of heavy whipping cream

(Optional) Add 1 drop of peppermint oil (I would not do more than this because it is strong, however, I would add more if you are congested or have allergies and need to breathe in the peppermint oil for medicinal purposes.

Add 1/2 teaspoon of Vanilla extract.

Add 1-2 doonks of THM Pure Stevia powder. If you prefer, you can add THM Sweet Blend or Truvia to taste. 1-2 teaspoons would be my recommendation. I prefer the THM brand of Stevia because others seem to either have a bitter aftertaste, have sugar included, or just are plain not sweet enough to sweeten like sugar! You can purchase THM Pure Stevia HERE .

To get the “Latte” frothing affect similar to a coffee shop, you would need to use an immersion blender to froth up the mixture at the end. If you are not big on froth, just leave it as is after a good stir!

Enjoy!

Aubree

 

Clubbin with my Soda THM style

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12oz. – 16 oz. Club Soda or Sparkling Water

1 handful of frozen raspberries

1-2 doonks of Stevia or 1-2 tsp. of Truvia or Sweet Blend

1/2 Tbs. – 1 Tbs. of Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar (to taste)

Ice as needed

Add all to a large glass. Be careful when adding the Stevia to Club Soda as it tends to foam up fast! Stir in the Stevia really good to make sure that you mix the flavor throughout and don’t get chunks.

This is my altered version of the Good Girl Moonshine recipe from Trim Healthy Mama.  You can find the original recipe here: http://www.trimhealthymama.com/main-home/free-recipes/good-girl-moonshine-recipe/

My version is similar to the Raspberry tea Good Girl Moonshine Recipe that is appropriate for the Trim Healthy Mama plan.  It uses Raspberry Zinger tea. You can find that recipe at this blog: Oh Sweet Mercy The main difference is using frozen raspberries instead of the tea and using the Club Soda for those of us “Drive-Thru-Sue” types who need that carbonation to make it feel more like pop or soda 🙂 . If you have not yet read the Trim Healthy Mama book, I’m sure that many of you will relate with “Drive-Thru-Sue” if you ever had a pop or soda addiction like I did!

You can substitute the powder Stevia with Truvia or the THM Sweet Blend, but I like the THM brand of Stevia much better. There is no sugar like a lot of other Stevia brands, it is not grainy feeling like Truvia, and a little goes a long way! You can purchase pure Stevia: HERE

Start with 1/2 Tbs.per 16 oz. of Club Soda if you are not used to using ACV, then work your way up according to your taste buds. The original recipe says 1-2Tbs. for a Quart sized jar and 1 Quart equals 4 cups or 32 oz.

You can purchase Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar at Meijer, Kroger, or online here). If you can not get the Bragg’s brand,  at least get one that says “with the Mother included” on the label. This version of ACV has the best health benefits. See further details here: Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar

This is my go-to drink for digestive issues, for help with weight loss, for prevention of Urinary Tract Infections or Yeast Infections, and for sore throats! I frequently drink this once a day just to maintain good health. I drink it two or three times a day if I need some help in one of the areas mentioned above. I used to have major Diet Coke and Coffee with sugary creamer addictions, so finding something that gives me that flavor, the carbonation, and still has some health benefits, is important to me!

This drink still gives me that sipping action that I crave for comfort, is caffeine free so I can have it at anytime of day, has the sweet flavor, the health benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar and I don’t end up consuming a ton of sugar and calories like I used to with pop!

Added bonus – my 5 year old son loves this drink and frequently tries to steal mine before I remind him that I can make him his own 🙂 I am so excited to give him this instead of pop!

Blessings!

Aubree