Update on Hello Health Sipper: It had a bell pepper aftertaste even after brushing my teeth, and it kind of grossed me out going to bed with that flavor in my mouth. Therefore, I will not be drinking it before bed again.
I wanted to have a nectarine. So to keep it an “E” and get my protein, I decided to pair it with scrambled egg whites and 3 slices of canadian bacon. I only ended up eating 2 slices of the bacon because I was feeling weird.
After I took JD to the bus, I thought I would make a smoothie. When I went grocery shopping I bought low fat kefir because I thought there were like 5 smoothies that called for it. Turns out there are only 2 and they are just kefir and the chocolate or strawberry whey. I have chocolate whey, but it’s not THM so I decided to just make up my own strawberry one.
I blended 1 cup kefir, 1 cup frozen strawberries, 4 tbsp vanilla whey, 1 doonk stevia, a splash of lemon juice and raspberry extract, ½ tbsp baobab powder, and 1 tsp maca powder. It turned out really good. Cubby liked it too, but it was probably twice as much as I needed to fill me up though.
A few hours later I was hungry again and still feeling weird so I had a few Lemon Poppy Boost Muffins (p.368). Then I took a nap.
When I woke up (almost 3 hours later) I felt much better, but I was quite hungry. I was going to have some leftover spicy mac & cheese with a brat, but Scott got to it first. While I was digging through the fridge for something fast, I remembered I had steaks marinating. So I had steak and a salad for lunch. I like to dip my steak in ½ ranch ½ A1 steak sauce. It’s delicious you should try it. For my salad I had whisps and Ken’s light northern Italian dressing on top.
I was running behind so I tried to do a quick dinner. Zippy Zucchini Rice Bake “E” (p.136) sounded quick and easy. This is supposed to be a budget friendly meal, and can be made meatless or with turkey bacon crumbles. I planned to throw in a can of chicken because around here we’re carnivores. I also made just a half batch just so we would not have (much) leftovers if we didn’t like it. There are two prep options for this meal. You can either chop everything up or throw it in the food processor. I chose to use the blender to better hide the zucchini. When I had everything processed I went to throw in the chicken and realized I was out. So I had to pull out some frozen chicken breasts and cook them as quick as possible (I threw some Italian seasoning on them while they cooked). I finally got it put together and in the oven about an hour late!
We most likely won’t be having this meal again. Scott said the flavor was pretty good, but he was not a fan of the texture. It was kinda wet in general (not soggy), but he said something about it seemed dry (I think it was the cottage cheese). I thought It was just kinda boring. Cubby ate all of his without any issue. JD complained about his, but he did eat it all. I gave our leftovers to a friend who is trying to start THM, and she liked it.
I had a nectarine since we just ate an “E” meal. 🙂
Again, I wanted a nectarine so I decided to just make a smaller Strawberry kefir shake for my protein to drink with my nectarine. To make it smaller I just reduced the Kefir to 1/2 cup.
At lunchtime I had a chiropractor appointment so I quickly mixed one pouch of ranch seasoned tuna with one wedge pepper jack laughing cow cheese. I put this on sprouted bread with two dill pickle sandwich slices.
When I got home I received a call from my midwife’s office asking me to come in. I quickly ate the last two Lemon Poppy Boost Muffins (p.368), and threw a protein bar in my purse before I ran out the door. I had to pick up a prescription on my way home and the protein bar was a life saver.
When I got home the spirit of baking came upon me and I made the Incredible Peanut Butter Cookie Muffins (p.371) with Handy Chocolate Syrup(p.371), and then I made Soft Double Chocolate Chip Cookies (p.400). For the hand chocolate syrup I used only 3 tbsp cocoa powder, and it still tastes like dark chocolate. I think the only way to make it more like milk chocolate would make it an “S”. On the cookies I also reduced the cocoa powder. I just used 1/4 cup, and I think it could have been reduced more without any problems. I only used 1/2 cup of Lily’s chocolate chips, and I added 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts. They turned out so good!
About an hour later I started dinner. Scott requested chicken. After I looked through Trim Healthy Table and nothing sounded awesome to both of us, I pulled out the original cookbook. We had never tried Chicken Parmy (p.161), and I decided it was a great time to try it. It turned out pretty good. I may have over breaded the chicken a little, but no one complained. I gave the boys pepperoni to put on theirs to make it more like pizza. Cubby ate his at record speed and even had seconds. JD finished his with some prompting.
After dinner I chopped up the leftovers so I could make it into something else later in the week. Sorry I forgot to take a picture first.
I realized the Incredible Peanut Butter Cookie Muffins (p.371) are actually a “FP” so they were perfect to eat and still get my nectarine making my meal an “E”.
When I first tried these muffins I thought they were boring and lacking something. I didn’t really want to make the Handy Chocolate Syrup(p.371) so I was thinking If i just added chocolate chips or more peanut butter they would be better. When I realized they are a “FP” I knew those options would not work if I wanted to keep them a “FP” so I made the Handy Chocolate Syrup, and even though it tastes like dark chocolate it goes really well with the muffin. Fuel Pulls usually aren’t exciting so taking in to account these are “FP” they are really good, but If you can have an “S” I think you could find something better with stronger flavor.
Another idea that may work to keep these “FP” is to add berries. That might taste a little like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich?
This is actually Scott and my 9th anniversary! Since we have kids and it’s a Wednesday, we decided to go out to lunch while at least one of them was in school. We also went to Home Depot, I know so romantic haha. We picked up some items to get my office/ workroom finished! That is exciting!
When we got home Scott secured my shelves while I had some awesome Soft Double Chocolate Chip Cookies (p.400) and milk. Isn’t he awesome! I did work on a project too.
I got a headache and crashed right before dinner so I asked Scott to heat up some hotdogs for the boys, and he had some sushi.
When I got up I wasn’t hungry so I made the Lemon-Blueberry Cheesecake Shake (p.474). It was a really pretty purple drink. I’m not sure how I feel about the cottage cheese. I only used 2 tsp super sweet, and I left out the water. It was a pretty good drink with just the right amount of lemon. I will probably make it again, but It’s not one of my favorites.
Dinnertime I made Taco Pie S (p.119) with some changes. For the meat I used my leftover chopped up Chicken Parmy (p.161), and I left out the seasonings because the chicken parmy already had a bunch. It came out more of an Italian Chicken Pie. It was pretty good and we ate over half of the 9×13 pan.
Strawberry Kefir Shake Recipe:
- 1 cup kefir (1/2 cup for smaller)
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- 4 tbsp vanilla whey (2 tbsp for smaller)
- 1 doonk stevia
- splash of lemon juice
- splash of raspberry extract
- ½ tbsp baobab powder
- 1 tsp maca powder.
- 1/2 cup ice
- Place ingredients in blender and blend well
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