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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Banana Pecan Cake - THM Style

What? Two recipes in a row? Well... I just had this for breakfast and I loved it so much that I knew IMPATIENT ME wouldn't be able to wait another day to share this with all of you... because it is absolutely


I am a baker.... it's in my nature... my dad is a baker... his family is a family of bakers (and even candy makers) ... So .... joining a "sugar free, regular flour free" eating plan... broke my heart a little bit! What was I to do? I don't enjoy baking with stevia! I want the REAL DEAL! I don't like baking with other flours... If you look back into my blog you'll see what I am talking about... I am a cake baker! I am a sugar lover! It's in my blood (figuratively speaking because thank God sugar is not REALLY/LITERALLY in my blood!) But at least the love for all pastry/baked stuff IS!

Well... of course I had to wait for my palate to adjust ... so if you don't like this cake... TRUST ME... give it some time until your taste buds are detoxed from all the sugar and TRY IT! You'll really like it! It is delicious! and I, the baker, am not embarrassed to admit it!

I am so thankful for the THM style that allows me to be "me" :) Do I prefer the "real deal" when it comes to baking? Absolutely! Nobody will ever make me deny that... BUT... this is sooo good that I can actually feel satisfied with the results.

So... here it is:

Banana Pecan Cake  (S)
(Gluten-free, grain-free, low carb)
(This is a variation of a THM muffin in a mug from the THM Book)

  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 tbsp. coconut flour  I use this one
  • 3 tbsp. almond flour (I get mine from Trader Joe's or the organic "Simple Truth" one from Kroger)
  • 1/2 tsp.aluminum free baking powder I use this one 
  • 1 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp. banana extract 
  • 3 tsp. of truvia + 1 doonk* (See note) of pure THM stevia extract (or sweeten to taste)
  • 1 tbsp. chopped pecans
Note: A "doonk" is a measure created by the sisters "Serene and Pearl", it is equal to "a pinch" (or 1/32 of a teaspoon to be more exact)


In a microwavable mug mix the whole egg, add the rest of the ingredients (except pecans) and whisk until it's all properly mixed, add pecans and fold in, microwave on high for 1 min. (no longer)

Top with whipped cream (I mix on high 1/4 cup of heavy whipping cream, 1 doonk of pure stevia -or truvia to taste-, 1/2 tsp. vanilla), you can also use FF Reddi Whip instead, sprinkle with some extra chopped pecans if desired.


NOTE/UPDATE 12/5/2014 - My original recipe called for a mix of 2 tbsp. golden flaxseed meal and 2 tbsp. almond flour (instead of the 1 tbsp. coconut flour and 3 tbsp. almond flour) but I then tweaked it to create the most perfect cake like texture... and I am very pleased with it!!! It is pretty awesome :) I just still wanted you to give you the original amounts in case you find yourself with flaxseed instead of coconut flour or wanting more fiber, you can still use it, it still works (and it's delicious) but not such a cake texture.

© Paloma K.

Salmon and egg THM Sandwich

Hello everybody! Here I am ... excited to share a new THM recipe with you. With me you will usually find the most inexpensive recipes with the ingredients that are easier to find... THM is doable for most budgets, cultures and lifestyles... You just have to apply the principles from the book to your life... No counting... just enjoying food! Many ladies get overwhelmed with the book, some even feel that there might be something wrong with them for "not getting it" right away... BUT... read, read, read, start to apply what you are in fact understanding and it will soon just "click"! Most of us THMs are just women with busy lives, just like you, most of us don't have a doctorate and many of us have mommy brain as well... (not that we are not smart, we just always have a kid saying "mommy, mommy, mommy" all the time) ... so... everyone can do this!

If you are not familiar with the THM plan/lifestyle check: Trim Healthy Mama and THM Beginners FB Group

So... here's today's recipe, it's super easy to put together... More than a recipe I'd actually call it "an idea" of what to make for an easy lunch:

Salmon and Egg THM Sandwich (S meal)

What I did:

First I made a "Salmon Salad Mexican Style" which I prepare using:

1 can of wild caught pink salmon
1 tbsp. of mayo (or to taste)
pinch of smoke paprika
1 tsp. of adobo (from a can of "chipotles en adobo") - Note: chipotles en adobo usually have a trace amount of sugar in their ingredients, but it's not significant.
OR you can use finely chopped jalapeno pepper (to taste, start with a little bit if you can't handle much heat)
You can also add cubed avocado, 1 tbsp. of finely chopped onion and 1 tbsp. finely chopped cilantro (it is yummy)

Mix it all together in a small bowl, season with: salt, pepper to taste

Then I made my sandwich! I just followed their "Bread in a Mug Recipe" you can find it on pinterest or even better... in the book: page 265

Halved the THM bread, added a bit of mustard on one side, added a slice (or two) of tomato, 1 sliced hard boiled egg and some spring mix leaves...

You will have leftover salad... Enjoy it!!! (You are welcome!)


It was delish... it satisfied my "sandwich craving" (I absolutely love sandwiches!!!) and at the same time I got my "Mexican Fix" ... the Mexican flavors in the salad were just spot on!

I hope you'll try this... Let me know if you do... your comments are very encouraging!

© Paloma K.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

THM Starter Kit - Health makes a great Gift!

Hello everybody! You might be wondering what to give a loved one on this Christmas season... or you might be making your very own wish list... If you know somebody who has been thinking about getting on board and joining Trim Healthy Mama, or even you have been just lurking around the THM forums/fb pages I might have the best gift idea for you or your loved one(s)

How about putting together a beautiful, thoughtful THM basket?

Here are some ideas of ingredients that are really helpful for anybody, especially for those who are about to begin

First of all you need:

THE BOOK: Trim Healthy Mama

The book is a bit costly but worth every penny! It has a detailed explanation on why this works! How it's not just another FAD, it is also a "cookbook" with great recipes to follow, in and of itself is an amazing gift! You can also get the electronic version off of the Trim Healthy Mama site but I do really suggest you get the paperback edition, because of the extensive information, trust me, you need this book in your hands and be able to highlight and/or even do what some other THMs have done by turning it into 2 or even 3 separate books (usually 1 information and 1 cookbook) and sending it to FedEx to have spirals, etc. that's up to each person, I enjoy my whole book.

Now... after this if you still want to give something else... or... if you (or your friend) already have the book... here are some great elements to get started and that will make the "introduction to this plan" much easier and successful, not that each of this items I will suggest are indispensable to the plan but great aids and nice things to have to provide more "cooking/recipe" options to stay encouraged:

Whey Protein: I absolutely love THM's pristine whey protein but it's unfortunately out of stock A LOT... (yes, it's that great) but another favorite (and perfectly on plan) is:

Jay Robb's Whey Protein Powder


It is a bit on the expensive side and in and by itself it will make a great gift, pick and choose what you'd like to add to your amazing "THM care basket", it can be a basket or just one great quality item, or a couple of them... your choice!

Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

I personally love the coconut flavor this provides... (I actually feel sad that my palate is so used to the flavor that I can't taste it that strong anymore on my foods) ... Rub chicken and roast it! Add it to smoothies, make skinny chocolate with it, etc... this is a MUST HAVE in every THM household... another coconut oil that is perfectly on plan is the:

LouAna, Pure Coconut Oil


It is less expensive, doesn't have the strong coconut flavor and you can also find it at Wal-Mart, I personally prefer the "Extra Virgin" one but you're perfectly on plan if you go for the other one.

Unsweetened Peanut Butter


Oh yes... we get to enjoy delicious peanut butter, Smuckers is less expensive than other brands, you can go all the way and get organic peanut butter or get organic unsweetened almond butter as well, Costco carries unsweetened stuff too! A THM tip is: "Always check your labels... You don't want to see "sugar" in the Ingredients."

Something that I know sounded a bit "overwhelming" for me when I first joined THM were products like:



Birch Xylitol

But these are also two great items to consider including for your "Starter Kit" .... Glucomannan is an amazing product.... you can use it to thicken gravies and sauces or create and ice-cream consistency... you can add it to create amazingly creamy smoothies all while adding health to your meals and providing a better "sense" of fullness. Ah! Good stuff!

Xylitol on the other hand... is a sweetener, you have to make sure you get the "good stuff" (Non-GMO, derived from real birch and not from corn) and it's a great way to start kicking away the "sugar addiction" because in the beginning stevia (no matter which one you buy) might still have a very bitter taste... I went through some "rough days" when I couldn't have anything sweet until I got "detoxed" from sugar... everything tasted pretty awful with stevia... it was later when I actually realized my taste buds changed as I got healthier and got away from sugar. BUT... you don't have to go through the same pain... Xylitol is the sweetener with least "after taste" in my own experience... and even when it's costly it can be a life savior when those "sugar cravings" kick in... and they will EVEN IF YOU think you don't have a sweet tooth... once you really get rid of sugar (unfortunately found in soooo many products without us even knowing) your body will have its own way of screaming for the stuff!

Defatted Peanut Flour


 Ah! this is good stuff... We use this mostly on "Fuel Pull or E" settings... you can add to 0% Plain Greek Yogurt, some vanilla extract and sweetener and you have a yummy thing to eat on its own or with some apple slices for an "E" setting. Some THMs buy the way more inexpensive PB2, but it's not really on plan because one of the ingredients is sugar.... yes, it is a very minimal amount so... some have still been successful and continued weight-loss using PB2 from their grocery store.... I (and many like me) on the other hand... are "turtles" when it comes to losing weight... and even a little bit of sugar can cause weight stall... So... your choice... I present you with what *I* consider to be the best choice.Trust me... I can't wait for Trim Healthy Mama to introduce their own Defatted Peanut Flour... The promise is that it's coming SOON... I can't WAIT!

Here are other great products to add to your basket:

Almond Flour

(You can find it a bit cheaper at Trader Joe's but it's almond meal not blanched almond flour, it's a bit coarser but I still love it... or you can buy your own almonds - Costco has the best price for almonds - and make your own) Sometimes Kroger has good prices on their "Simple Truth" Organic Almond Flour/Meal too.

Golden Flaxseed Meal

Remember to store it in the freezer (even before opening), Flaxseed Meal oxidizes quickly if left at room temperature, the best way to preserve it is in the freezer. Both Almond Meal and Flaxseed are great ingredients to have at hand for delicious THM breads/muffins/desserts (flaxseed is great when making meatloaf or meatballs as well!)

Prince of Peace Oolong Tea

We THMs use this to make the delicious Shrinker, you can drink it iced in the summer or deliciously hot in the winter... it is sooo good and with a warming spiciness to it... you'll love it! You can sip it all day!

Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar

We use this one to make the Good Girl Moonshine which is another weirdly addicting beverage... it's interesting... once you get used to the vinegary flavor you find yourself actually craving it!

Bragg Nutritional Yeast

Add to eggs or popcorn, this is a highly nutritional ingredient that will take "fried eggs" to a whole new level... I love giving it to my girlies... here's a great recipe to make "Delicious Trim Bouillon"

And what says "I care" better than:


Ah! Your care basket is complete! Of course another thoughtful things are almonds, peanuts, Pure Vanilla Extract, Almond Extract,, Banana Extract, Chana Dal and some not very practical items to add to a basket (because they require refrigeration) are: Ezekiel Bread and Kerrygold grass fed butter! Oh! Deliciousness!

So... are you ready? I think your THM Gifts will be amazing! No better gift than a healthy lifestyle!

© Paloma K.

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