Friday, July 4, 2014

Healthy (Gluten Free/Sugar Free) Blueberry Crisps

Hello everybody! If you've been following my journey with food you now know that I am not only not eating sugar but also keeping my family away from it... In the past, when my only focus was "to lose weight" I stopped eating sugar but my pantry was still loaded with sugar, all purpose flour, shortening and all the "good stuff" (I do love baking with all those ingredients to be honest) ... but the more I read and learned about food I realized my way of thinking started to change and not only I wanted to avoid sugar but I wanted my family to avoid it as well... I am not trying to be preachy or anything... I am just sharing with you what *I* have changed for *my* family... not throwing stones or anything... trust me... in the journey with food we all kind of have to learn for ourselves and realize what works best for our families and lifestyles... Anyway... so... after I embraced this whole healthy eating/living thing I felt great but at the same time I felt "lost" when it came to baking... I must say I hate the culinary properties (if there are any) of stevia... although I do love the fact that if you find a good one (with no aftertaste) it's great to know that you can sweeten some things with it (like I do with my smoothies) ... Since nobody else here at home needs to lose weight I do use some other healthier sweeteners -than refined sugar- (with great caution and extreme moderation) for my girls and husband... so... today is 4th of July and I thought I would bake something for everyone to enjoy... I was amazed with the results and how easy it was to put together (I am actually regretting having made it so early... now I realize I could've made it right before serving tonight!!) But I guess it's ok... that way I can share with you "early enough" for you to try it and have a very Happy and Healthy 4th of July!!!

I love this recipe because you can pretty much adapt and personalize to your specific needs (dairy free/sugar free, grain free, etc.) and taste...  (Trim Healthy Mama friends sweeten with stevia and omit the rolled oats for a perfect "S Dessert", Paleo friends avoid the oats as well and sweeten with honey, Strict Vegans use pure maple syrup instead of honey)

So... Here goes!



Berry Crisps
(Yield: 4-6 servings)

Ingredients

Filling:
3 cups of berries (blueberries or a mix of berries, they can be frozen or fresh, frozen works great!)
1 tbsp. of coconut palm sugar or a hint of pure stevia extract
1 tbsp. lemon or lime juice
Topping:
1 cup almond meal/flour
1/4 cup of rolled fashioned rolled oats (if you don't have any grain restrictions, omit for Paleo Diet)
1/4 cup of melted coconut oil (or butter)
2 tbsp. pure maple syrup (or a bit of liquid stevia to taste)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup of chopped walnuts (or pecans or hazelnuts)

Preparation

Preheat oven to 350°F. (Lightly grease ramekins with coconut oil or butter)

Filling:
Mix berries, sugar, and lime (or lemon) juice in a large bowl.
Pour mixture into individual small ramekins.

Topping:

Combine almond meal/flour, coconut oil (or butter), maple syrup, oats (if using), cinnamon and nuts
in a medium sized bowl with a fork or your fingers. Sprinkle over top of berries.

Bake for 35-45 minutes until fruit is bubbly and topping is browned. Serve warm by itself or topped with a scoop of healthy and plan appropriate ice-cream (coconut ice cream sweetened with stevia or erythritol is great!)


Enjoy!!! Happy 4th of July!

© Paloma K.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The Cake Slice Bakers

Hello everybody! As you know... I have the great honor to lead "The Cake Slice Bakers" group! We reveal the cakes we baked every month on the 20th ... this time everybody picked their favorite of 4 options... the options to choose from were:

 Manhattan Cheesecake
Strawberry Gateau
Chocolate Glace with Mascarpone Pistachio Filling
Swiss Chocolate Silk
All from the "Great Cakes" book by Carole Walter.

Our "Featured" cake/baker on our Cover Photo for our Facebook Page  was Anabel from Oven Delights. She picked the "Manhattan Cheesecake" which seemed to be a big hit for many of our bakers!

Here is her cake... make sure you stop by her blog


Anabel's Cake

  

© Paloma K.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Trim Healthy Mama - Chicken Salad "S"

Hello friends, as you know I have been talking lately about my new eating regime... I am extremely happy to say that even when I haven't lost much weight and have been fluctuating with a couple of pounds lately I am NEVER hungry and I am NOT gaining... In the past I used to gain weight if I ever went over 1200 calories... I would've never dreamed to be able to actually have a healthier relationship with food... In my THM journey I am learning to not hate food nor (love it excessively)  I love our Creator and I am trusting HIM with my eating... who would've thought? RIGHT? He was right FROM THE BEGINNING! And here I was trying everything and always feeling deprived in the past! I went from pills to shots, to extreme diets and everything worked for a period of time... but then I would gain it all back and more! ALWAYS! Now... don't be discouraged for the fact that I say I haven't lost much... I have had to admit that age and my crazy dieting have messed up with my system big time and now my metabolism is slow and I have thyroid issues... I have an appointment in April to get my hormone levels checked out and hopefully start to see more results with THM as I continue to improve my health but I am a big believer (now) on whole foods and letting God use them to restore my body that I have put through so much in the past!

I will probably be sharing more about my weight loss journey soon and about how "it all began" but for now I just want to share with you my delicious and healthy lunch I had today... I hope... if you are also struggling with weight and diets that you will give God a chance.... a chance to control every single area of your life including eating... and trust Him and what He made, the way He intended to nurture your body and to heal whatever could be going wrong with it...

Now... To my lunch

Simply Delicious Chicken Salad - S

This is an S Meal (S stands for satisfying in the THM plan... if you're not familiar with this but would like to know more visit http://www.trimhealthymama.com/ )



Servings: About 4

Ingredients:
  • 2 big chicken breasts cooked and shredded (careful if you buy rotisserie chicken from the store, check the label, they usually add sugar to it. No sugar is on plan)
  • 1/4 red onion (chopped)
  • 2 stalks of celery (peeled and diced)
  • 1/2 cup natural almonds (you can also use dry roasted, lightly salted almonds)
  • 1/4 cup real mayo (or to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp. smoked paprika (this is the "secret" Ingredient, smoked paprika has an amazing smokey yes but also sweet flavor that makes it all extra special, I use the Kirkland Brand)
garlic powder, salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
Mix it all and Enjoy!!!
 
Garnish: Up to half an avocado (sliced) per serving, 2 slices of tomato, large lettuce leaf.

I hope you enjoy this meal (as much as I did) you can also serve this salad over a slice (only 1) of Toasted Ezekiel Bread and stay on S mode.

Enjoy!


© Paloma K.

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