Monday, August 10, 2015

Chocolate Zucchini Cake Recipe - Simple and Delicious

Almost everyone has tried Zucchini bread or Zucchini cake.  But it's never really been something I thought of making at home.  Until now!  I couldn't believe how easy this recipe was to make.  Just throw it all in the blender, pour it in a pan and bake!  Then when I tasted it, I was amazed.  It's so moist, it doesn't even need frosting.  Of course, I frosted it anyway!  Not only is this low carb with no sugar added, both my picky eater kids loved this cake too.  Score!!

And now, without further ado, here it is…

My first recipe video!!!  Yay!  I hope to post more in the future, so let me know what you think.

The recipe is listed in the comment section of the video, but I'll put it here as well:

Zucchini Cake
4 TBS melted butter
1/3 cup sweetener (I use Pyure Organic Stevia/Erythritol Blend - see link below)
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups shredded zucchini
2 tsp vanilla
2/3 cup THM baking blend (check out Products at
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
2 TBS Cocoa powder
1/4 cup sugar free chocolate chips (optional)

Preheat oven to 375
Blend ingredients in blender until well mixed
Pour batter in 8x8 or 9x9 dish
Bake 30-35 minutes until middle is just set
Cool before frosting (frosting is optional because cake is awesome without it!)

Estimated nutrition of cake only: 
Recipe makes 9 servings with 81 calories/6g carbs /6g fat /3g protein /2g fiber /0 sugar

Chocolate Peanut Butter Frosting (adapted from recipe at
3/4 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup peanut butter (no sugar added)
2 TBS cocoa
5 tsp maple syrup
4 tsp Almond Milk

Estimated nutrition of cake with frosting: 
Recipe makes 9 servings with 140 calories/11g carbs /10g fat /5g protein /3g fiber /2g sugar

Here's a link to the sweetener I love to use.  This is an affiliate link, but I have to say that I get it WAY cheaper at Walmart - usually $6.99/lb)

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

My Trim Healthy Menu for this week

Here I am trying to post regularly again, so I thought I'd start with this week's menu.  Breakfast and lunch are always up in the air for me no matter how much I try to plan.  So instead of assigning a day with a meal, I just give myself choices.  I also tend to eat the same meal for several days for breakfasts, so as long as I have my ingredients on hand, I'm good to go.  Dinner meals are a bit different due to the preparation involved, still I just list them as choices as opposed to assigning meals to days of the week.  

Breakfast Choices:
  • Sausage & Cheese on low carb wrap (you could add egg, but they don't like me!)
  • Oatmeal w/cinnamon and sweetener of choice (I also add some FF Cottage Cheese hi-speed blended with some frozen berries for additional protein)
  • Ezekiel toast with Laughing Cow Light and SF jam/jelly
  • FF Greek Yogurt with fruit (my favorite is to dip a sliced Fuji apple in Oikos Triple Zero Strawberry Greek Yogurt)

Lunch Choices:
  • Chicken & Black Bean Quesadilla w/ salsa
  • Pita Pizza (I use a Joseph's Pita and a spaghetti or pizza sauce w/less than 4g sugar and my fave toppings)
  • Deli Wrap (any lean deli meat plus lettuce, tomato, cucumber slices, w/mayo or Laughing Cow cheese wrapped in a low carb tortilla)
  • Tuna Salad on Ezekiel toast
  • Leftovers from dinner

  • Chicken* Rice & Broccoli
  • Taco "Rice" (Grd beef with taco seasoning over "Cauli-Rice" topped with shredded cheddar & sour cream, shredded lettuce and tomatoes)
  • Chicken* Burritos (use FF Refried Beans, LF Cheese, & salsa on Low carb tortilla)
  • Crabby Patties w/Broccoli
  • Spaghetti w/salad (uses Dreamfields pasta, grd turkey, sauce w/less than 4g sugar and LF salad dressing)
  • Pot Roast w/salad & "Mashed Cauli"
FF = Fat Free
SF = Sugar Free
LF = Low Fat

*Chicken is prepared in advance in Crock Pot - it's so tender, juicy and tastes GREAT!  I use the recipe in this video…

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Finally settled

Hello all!

Just wanted to give you a quick update… I've moved into my new (or uh, new-to-me) house and we are settling in nicely.  I am as determined as ever to reach my goals in both fitness and general health and well-being.  That said, I'll be back posting regularly in no time at all.  Can't wait to catch up with the blogosphere!!

'Til then, I'll leave you with this…

Just soaking up some much needed Vitamin D!!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Still winning the "Losing" Battle

Hi everyone!  I'm still here, just crazy busy.  I'm in the process of buying a house, so my focus is elsewhere these days.

BUT I'm dropping this post with fantastic news, I'm now down 30 pounds!  Woo-Hooooo!!

I'm still doing THM (Trim Healthy Mama for you newbs) and it is working great!!  I've added in some exercise and when I get more than a minute to post, I'll add it to my Workout tab.

Yesterday, I rode 9 miles on my bike.  It was lots of fun and I burned a bunch of calories.  It was around 10 mph average and total time was right at 50 minutes.

Well, that's it for now!  Sorry to post and run, but I just want to let everyone know I'm fine and outstandingly dandy =D

Friday, February 27, 2015

My New Love...

Fried zucchini.  Yes, I love zucchini.  I can not describe to you the awesomeness - you'll just have to take my word for it… Or try it yourself!  Wait, did you think I meant some other kind of "new love"?  Haha, I wish.  Still on hold in the prayer department for THAT sort of lovin'.  For now, I shall stick to food and it shall not stick to me - MU-WAH-Ha-ha-haaaa!

Anyway…  I saw a video with someone using a "spiralizer" and felt compelled to get one.  I know I can always use new methods to get veggies into my meals.  I bought mine HERE on Amazon (of course).  A few days later - had to go shopping first - I made my first bowl of Fried Zucchini noodles.  WOW!  All I did was sauté the "noodles" in a pan with some butter, salt and pepper.  They take a few minutes of stirring/flipping until they're done, but the results are soooo yummy.  Zucchini shrinks quite a bit when cooked, so I used 2 medium-sized zucchini to make a bowl full of noodles and fried it up one "spiralized" zucchini at a time for optimum cooking.

They may not look pretty, but they sure are tasty!
So far, zucchini is the only veggie I've tried "spiralizing" but I'm sure there'll be more!

Well, that's it for now,  just wanted to drop a quick post and say all is well.  I'm working diligently behind the scenes right now on new blog pages that will show my entire menu collection so far on my Trim Healthy Mama journey.  Can't wait to share it all!!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Two Delicious & Healthy Drinks - THM Friendly

I cannot believe I waited this long to try the Shrinker.  It was one of the first videos that I'd seen from the Trim Healthy Mamas themselves - Serene Allison & Pearl Barrett.  I used to drink A LOT of iced chai latte from Starbucks - it was soooo good.  But it's got a whopping 42 grams of sugar!!  WHAT!?!?  Anyway, enter the Shrinker from the THM ladies… This drink has less than 20 calories and zero sugar added.  Oh my word it's me back in Chai land.  Ahhhhh =)

Initially, I shied away from trying this drink because of the key ingredient - Oolong Tea.  I'd never heard of it before and have yet to find it in a store.  I mean seriously - Oolong?  Even the name is funny lookin' right?  Well, a couple weeks ago, I saw a post about Prince of Peace Organic Oolong Tea being on sale at Puritans' Pride (and as of this post, it still is 2 boxes of 100 for $14.95).  Well, I took the plunge and ordered it.  I am so glad I did.

Today, I followed Serene & Pearl's video (and ignored the parts where they talk over each other) but ultimately, I had the most amazing "healthy" drink EVER!! It tastes so much like an iced chai latte, ohhhh so good.

The purpose of the Shrinker is well… to "shrink" you.  It's used between meals to keep blood sugar levels balanced and helps us stay full on liquids instead of getting all "snacky."  The health benefits are immense as well - some supported, some not, but if you're curious - do a quick search and check it out.  Well, enough of my rambling about that…

Later in the day, for my afternoon snack, I tried another beverage recipe:

The Snickers Smoothie.  Yes, it was a Snickers-like "milk shake" really.  Link to the recipe is HERE.

Here's what I used:

1 cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
1 scoop Vanilla Whey Protein (didn't have any plain)
3 TBS Peanut Flour
2 TBS Cocoa (unsweetened)
1/2 tsp Caramel Extract
1/4 tsp Gluccomannan (optional if you don't have any - it's a thickener and also helps you feel full)
Pinch Sea Salt
2 TBS Sweetener (I used a Stevia & Erythritol Blend - pretty much the same as Truvia)
1 cup Ice

Blend it all together using my Nutri-Ninja cup and it made just over two pints.

I thought, as I was putting this together, that it might be a bit too powdery.  Nope.  Everything blended up nicely and for the first time, I was very happy about using the Gluccomannan.  It thickened this smoothie to the point of a creamy milkshake.  Imagine a straw-worthy, slightly melted Wendy's Frosty with a peanut-y/caramel taste.  Are there there?  Yes.  You should make this.  Even if you don't have the Glucomannan or Peanut Flour - use a TBS of natural peanut butter instead.  Peanut butter would add some fat, but seriously - it'd be worth it.

And moving on to the meals for yesterday and today:

B:  Oatmeal w/cinnamon & sweetener topped w/blended cottage cheese & frozen blueberries
L:  Turkey Swiss wrap w/salad greens & Laughing Cow Garlic & Herb (used Joseph's Lavash)
S:  Handful peanuts
D: Salmon Patties (a.k.a. "Crabby Patties") w/steamed broccoli, butter and cheese
S:  PB Cup - just one as it was late and I just wanted something sweet

B:  Oatmeal w/cinnamon & sweetener topped w/blended cottage cheese & frozen blueberries
L:  Ham & Cheddar w/mustard & salad greens on Joseph's Lavash
S:  Snickers Smoothie
D: Beef Enchiladas w/salad
S:  PB Cup - just one again - almost out - need to make more!!

That's all for today folks!  Thanks for playing Movie quotes with me last week.  Here are the answers in case you were wondering…

Sunday Feb 8 "Must Love Dogs"
Friday Feb 5 "Frozen"
Wednesday Feb 4 "Terminator" to name only one
Tuesday Feb 3 - "Matrix"
Monday Feb 2 - "When Harry Met Sally"

Have a great week!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

THM Really Works - Down another 2 lbs!!

I was so excited when I stepped on the scale this morning.  I try not to weigh in too obsessively and usually weigh-in on Sundays, but I was just wondering and...  YAY!

In my food world today, I didn't get the fruits and veggies I was aiming for and this morning it dawned on me why.  First, most of the fruit is in the freezer and therefore, out of sight, out of mind.  Totally forgot it was there.  I woke up late and didn't have time to fix the oatmeal - which is where my morning fruit usually is.  I probably could've put some frozen berries in the fridge overnight for my cereal - there's a thought.  Anyway, around dinner time, I realized my lack of anything green today, so I added a side salad.

Here's the details
B:  Uncle Sam Whole Berry Flakes & Flax Seed w/unsweetened vanilla almond milk
L:  Turkey breast with mayo on Joseph's Lavash
S:  Choc. PB Cups (from last night - yummo!)
D:  Pizza using Joseph's Pita w/sausage & turkey pepperoni and salad with cheese, ranch & turkey bacon bits
S:  Chocolate Cake in a Mug (THM Recipe) w/ chocolate cream cheese frosting 

New for today is a healthy coffee creamer.  I've been trying to find a coffee creamer to replace the last of the sugar in my life that resides in my coffee creamer.  I've found 2 that work with the THM lifestyle.  Here are the recipes:

Coffee Creamer
1-2 tsp vanilla extract
1 doonk (1/32 tsp) stevia extract
1 and 3/4 cup unsweetened Almond Milk
1 scoop Whey Protein Powder
1 tsp stevia/erythritol blend
Stir into coffee, sweeten more if needed with on-plan sweetener

"BulletProof" Coffee 
1 mug brewed coffee
1-2 tsp unsalted butter (pref grassfed)
1-2 tsp coconut oil (pref MCT)
vanilla or other flavoring (optional)
sweetener to taste
Blend 'til creamy (in a blender)
NOTE:  Shake and carefully unscrew lid to release air a few times if making in Bullet-style blender BEFORE actually blending to avoid messes.

So uh… it appears that I walked away from my computer and didn't post this on Friday night.  Ah well, here is  a rare Sunday post for your perusal…  I may as well include my weekend meals too:

B:  Sausage & Cheese on Low Carb Tortilla (S)
L:  Steak Wrap w/cheddar, side salad with ranch (S)
S:  Handful peanuts (S)
D:  Spicy Beef & Broccoli over "Pasta Zero"(Recipe to be posted soon!) (S)
S:  Choc PB Cups (yep made more!) (S)

B:  Oatmeal w/whipped cottage cheese & blueberries (E)
L:  Turkey w/mayo on Joseph's Lavash (E)
S:  Nothing yet...
D:  Haven't eaten yet!
S:  Probably PB Cups LOL!

Oh and something else I've been doing… Sippers!!  These are between meal drinks that help keep you full and offer great health benefits to boot.

Here's one I've particularly enjoyed:
Tazo's Passion Tea brewed with sweetener added (I make a 2-quart pitcher and share that with the fam)

In a quart jar, pour a half a jar of Passion Tea.  Add 2 TBS Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, 1/2 tsp powdered ginger and additional sweetener if you like (I've been adding about four drops of liquid stevia).  Stir.  Add ice to raise the liquid level to the top.  Enjoy!

Passion Tea Sipper
Hope you are enjoying your weekend!!  Live today as if it were your last because you never know when it might be.

Movie quote:  "The best place to meet a guy is at the supermarket.  You don't need to waste a lot of time there, either.  You see a guy holding a list, you know he's married.  He's in the frozen food section carrying a small basket, he's single.  I like to hang out by the fruits and vegetables, there's a better chance of getting a guy who's healthy."

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