Root Beer Shake

I used to be a bit of a jerk when I was a teen…a Soda Jerk, that is! Yep, I worked in an old-fashioned soda shop for 4 years.

Hand-dipped shakes, floats, fries, and hand-made burgers were my whole world there. I made al the things, and the recipes are forever etched into my brain. My kids were pretty impressed when I made them a shake for one of their birthdays this year with huckleberries that we had picked ourselves in the woods.

Almost all of these things I used to make, I have been able to recreate on our gluten free lifestyle, and this shake has been on my list for some time to make a recipe for my THM Lifestyle, because it was my absolute favorite from when I worked at the soda shop.

Think of the best vanilla-flavored shake you have ever had, and then add a bit more vanilla, and you have it!

Ingredients

Method

Peel the banana and freeze it the night before. You need this to be frozen solid. Then add it and all other ingredients to the blender, except the protein powder of your choice. Blend until smooth and free of banana or ice chunks. Add your 1/4 Cup of protein powder and blend until fully incorporated.

***This is an E meal or snack on the Trim Healthy Plan***

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Nursing Mama Nuggets

I became a nursing mama for the 7th time in 2020. And, thanks to Trim healthy mama I feel that this has been one of my best post partum periods.

I have not needed a whole lot of support with teas or anything else, no extra pumping, I just eat lovely God-made foods that have helped my youngest beauty thrive while I have released weight consistently.

I have discovered two ingredients that have really kicked my production up, without me even trying to, consistently. Duo Greens powder and Oatmeal in any form.

So, I made these to help support a mama on the go, or those middle of the night nursing sessions that leave you floundering for something to stuff in your mouth so you can get back to sleep when the baby does.

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Ingredients:

Method:

I mix all the dry ingredients together and then add the Applesauce. Mix it until it comes together with no dry powder, and you can leave it in the bowl and eat it straight or make into a bar/balls.

***This is a single serve addition to an E meal or snack on the Trim Healthy Mama Plan. Please add some berries or a half a banana to this to round out your meal***

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Cabbage Rice

My husband is not a big fan of cabbage, but if I make it this way he enjoys it, so we certainly have it on the menu frequently because cabbage is a powerhouse veggie! You should look up on the benefits, really!

If cauliflower is not your thing, you can use this in many places that call for “Caulirice.”

This makes itself a very versatile dish to compliment any meal you can think of!

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Ingredients:

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Method:

Cut the head of cabbage into slices, then “dice” is by cutting against the grain in small pieces. The pieces will look like cabbage confetti.

Put the cabbage in a very large skillet or pot, because there will be a lot of volume, but they will cook down. Sprinkle with about 2 teaspoons of salt, and put the cabbage on Medium-high heat. Do not add any other seasonings or oil/butter until the cabbage has started to decrease in volume and release its juices.

It will begin to steam itself from its own juices, and lightly brown as they cook off, You want to brown bits because it adds flavor and texture. Once it has stopped cooking down so much add all other seasonings and your oil/butter to taste.

***Your fuel type, if following the Trim Healthy Plan, will be determined by how much oil/butter you added, and the quantity you ate. Less than 1 teaspoon of oil per serving then you can make it a Fuel Pull side. More than 1 teaspoon of oil per serving and this will compliment an S or Crossover meal.***

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The “Non-Wich”

One of the things that most people learn very quickly, when going gluten free, the sandwiches are not the same…..

The bread is very small, the texture is generally a little off too, and if you follow a food plan like we do, many of the options are just not on plan!

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I use the term “recipe” loosely here…but this recipe was born when we were travelling frequently between our home and the closest major town that had Pediatric Speech Therapy options for our oldest daughter, 2 hours from home.

One of the easiest, on plan, things I found to grab from the gas station was a piece of salami sandwiched by two pieces of cheese. This totally worked, and tasted really good as a place to put a couple tablespoons of the guacamole I found there too! But, I knew I could make it at home, cheaper!

Ingredients:

  • Two slices of the cheese you prefer (I love provolone, pepper jack, and gouda)
  • One or two slices of your lunch meat (Hard Salami, or Oven Roasted Turkey is good too)

Method:

  • Layer them….1 slice of your cheese, Lunch meats, 1 slice of cheese

*On the Trim Healthy Mama plan, you can make these an S by using full fat cheese slices and more than 4 ounces of lunch meat…which would be quite a few of these. You can make it a fuel pull by keeping your total fat content under 10 g and using less than 4 ounces of ultra-lean deli meat.

Why do you call them Non-Wiches?

It started as the “None-Wich” in our house and thanks to high school French I knew “Non” meant “NO” and because there is no…

  • Bread
  • Condiments
  • Veggies
  • Dishes
  • Effort beyond placing things in layers

The name was shortened, not to mention, my kids pronounce it “Nun-Wich” and that has stuck too….

Can I make a bunch and store them? YES!

I made 4 quart-sized bags worth, before we travelled by car from Western Montana to Virginia in 2019.

They froze and thawed perfectly, and did not get soggy for the three days they lasted our family, of 8 at that time, as car-snacks or meals in our cooler.

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Caboodle Veggie Salad

This salad is a nod to one that my Grandma made every summer when we would visit. Hers was laden with spaghetti noodles, which my kids cannot eat due to the wheat flour and their Celiac Disease.

So, I improvised with my favorite gluten free noodle replacement, Cabbage! Cheap, filling, and easy to work with! My kind of veggie! Because we have a toddler I did chop the cabbage small this time, and it’s a veggie side worth eating on any hot summer day.

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Ingredients:

Method:

  • Chop or shred cabbage and add to a very large bowl
  • Chop all other veggies, and add to the bowl
  • Add all other ingredients and seasonings and mix very well
  • The flavor will improve the longer it sits, and it would be best to make it the night before or at least 4 hours before you want to serve it.

*This side is an S on the Trim Healthy Mama plan, and would go very well with Chicken or Steak.

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5 Minute Monkey Mix

This recipe was created one night when I wanted a decadent crossover before I went to bed after our baby had spent most of the evening cluster feeding, but I did not want to cook anything to get it because I was very ready to go to bed.

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Ingredients:

Method:

  • Mix up your PB powder spread
  • Cut up your banana and add it to the bowl
  • Add your toppings
  • Enjoy!

I get it, busy mommas need a super simple snack! So, I give you my creation that tasted like a banana split without ice cream, or a lot of effort.

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Maca-B Drink

As I write this, we are in day 5 of Hanukkah.

This is our family’s second observance of this Jewish holiday, but we are not Jewish. If you wan to know more about why we observe biblical feasts you can find that here, and here is a book we find very helpful in explaining the how and why.

Two days ago I was thinking about supplements that I wanted to use more of to support my body, and specifically to help enrich my milk supply while I am exclusively breast feeding our 7th child.

Those supplements are Maca Powder and Beet Root Powder.

Both have many benefits, and I enjoy the flavors, but could they go together?

It was worth a shot!

My husband, though skeptical of some of the things I ask him to try, actually tried my science experiment and really loved it!

It was a miracle, he drank the equivalent of half a beet and didn’t know it!

If you know anything about Hanukkah, then you know the Maccabees were the people who are the heroes in the story, and the ingredients in this drink…I just couldn’t help myself but to make it a play on words!

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Ingredients:

1 1/2 Cups Boiling Water (optional: steep this with a Raspberry Zinger tea bag before blending)

1/4-1/2 teaspoon Beet Root Powder(start small and work up)

1 teaspoon Maca Powder

1/4 teaspoon Sunflower Lecithin

1/8th teaspoon Pure Monk Fruit Extract Powder or Pure Stevia extract powder, from here or here.

2 teaspoons gelatin powder

1/4-1/2 teaspoon MCT oil or Coconut Oil

1 flat teaspoon whey or egg white protein powder(Dairy free option) powder for froth and creaminess.

Method:

Add all Ingredients to your blender, and blend until slightly frothy. If you want a frothier product, add 1 teaspoon Whey protein or Egg White protein powder while the blender is running as the egg white powder will scramble if added to hot things without it running (ask me how I know).

This drink is a Fuel Pull on the Trim Healthy Mama plan so I can enjoy it more often, dairy free compatible (omitting the whey powder if you are using it for creaminess), and obviously gluten free to make it compatible with our family’s needs.

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Just Like Grandma’s Stuffing

Tis the season for comfort foods! But, if you’re gluten free like our large family, some of those foods are just not the same anymore.

I’m a big believer in making due with what you have to work with, and one thing I missed terribly was my Grandma’s Cornbread Dressing, which was not going to work in any way for our lifestyle and our children’s Celiac Disease.

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This picture is a double batch of my recipe, because with 9 humans in my house everything is done mega-size.

Ingredients:

4 Cups pre-cooked or leftover Brown Rice

2 Cups Egg Whites

1/4 Cup Diced Celery

1/4 Cup Diced Onion

1/4 Cup Nutritional Yeast

1 Tablespoon Sage

1 teaspoon Garlic Powder

1 teaspoon Onion Powder

2 teaspoons Himalayan Salt

1 Tablespoon Psyllium Husk

1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper

Method:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees farenheit.

Stir all ingredients together and let it rest for about 5 minutes for the psyllium husk to thicken a bit and then stir it again to make sure it’s blended well.

Pour into an 8×8 baking dish and bake for 50 minutes.

If you are following the Trim Healthy Mama Lifestyle this would fall into the E meal category. I would recommend my Southern Style Green Beans as a simple side in addition to this.

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