Thursday, April 10, 2014

Cashew Parmesan Kale Chip recipe

These Cashew Parmesan Kale Chips are so moreish and good for you.

They really are the perfect healthy snack when you're craving something salty and crunchy, but don't want to eat potato chips you'll regret later.

If you're lucky like me, your kids won't want a bar of them, so you'll be able to savour the whole lot yourself.

This is a Trim Healthy Mama 'S' recipe.

  • 6 large kale leaves
  • 1/3c olive oil
  • 1/3c finely grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/3c roasted cashews, crushed or finely chopped (the finer the better these will stick to your kale)
  • Himalayan Rock Salt or Celtic Sea Salt, to taste

  1. Remove stalks from kale leaves and break the leaves into big chunks.
  2. Rinse leaves thoroughly in a bowl of water and drain through a colander or in a salad spinner. Dab leaves dry with a paper towel to remove any excess water.
  3. In a large bowl combine the olive oil, parmesan cheese, crushed cashews and salt.
  4. Place rinsed kale leaves in the bowl of seasonings and use your hands to rub the mixture all over the leaves.
  5. Place seasoned kale leaves in a dehydrator and dry on lowest setting overnight. (If you don't have a dehydrator, place the leaves in an oven tray and dry at your oven's lowest setting for about 1.5 hours. Check leaves from 45 minutes onwards, and remove any completely dry ones.)
*For a dairy-free recipe, replace the Parmesan cheese with 1-2 Tablespoons of Nutritional Yeast.

*For a nut-free recipe, replace the cashews with 1/3c lightly toasted and crushed sunflower seeds.

*For an even more super-foodie snack, you could replace the olive oil with coconut oil. This isn't something I've tried, so let me know what the end result is like if you give it a go. 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

My number one REAL food priority

Hey friends!

I'm guest blogging over at Freddy's Food today. My lovely friend, Kate, who was a fellow Playcentre Mum with me in Wellington, asked if I could share a little bit about REAL food.

Since I don't have the grocery budget, time or energy to feed our family the perfect real food diet all the time, I thought I would share how I prioritise what I do in the kitchen.

Check out my post, The number one real food priority over at Freddy's Food.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Trim Healthy Mama success story - my sister-in-law Louise

Louise, before and after with Trim Healthy Mama

My sister-in-law Louise, who blogs at Making Ends Meet NZ, is my biggest Trim Healthy Mama inspiration. I have watched her steadily lose weight over the past nine months, all the while eating gorgeously satisfying and nourishing food.

Her success is what motivates me to keep going, for the sake of my own health, so I asked Louise every question I could think of to help me on my journey, and am sharing her answers with you today. 

Get ready to be inspired!

1. When did you start THM?
I started THM at the end of July 2013.

2. Where did you hear about it?
I have been a subscriber of the Above Rubies Magazine for many years and have read articles written by Pearl and Serene (authors of THM) which reflected where they were in terms of their journey with food. For example Pearl would share vegetarian recipes and sing the praises of TVP (textured vegetable protein) and Serene would share recipes and sing the praises of eating 100% raw food.  I even bought Serene's raw food cookbook but only had success with one recipe! We bought a juicer after reading about how fresh vegetable juice was so healthy for you but on the whole I carried on cooking and eating the same food I had always done.

It took the authors five years to write THM and I read various updates saying the book was nearly ready, then the book was released. I was interested to see what new food fad the girls were touting now but didn't want to spend the money on something that was too 'out there'.

3. What convinced you to buy the book and give it a go?
I discovered on Facebook a THM group where people were posting before and after photos with their stories about how much weight they had lost and how quickly and easily the weight had dropped off. 

People shared photos of the yummy cakes they were eating. I followed this group and a few blogs and reviews and read recipes on Pinterest for two months before I decided I would order the book and give it a go. It sounded too good to be true.

4. What were you hoping to achieve by doing it?
I was hoping to lose lots of weight as I was 105kg! I was worried about getting diabetes as I carried a lot of weight around my middle. I also have Coeliacs disease and there is a higher risk factor of getting diabetes if you have Coeliacs and I was very aware of this fact.

5. How much weight have you lost to date? How much, if any, more do you want to lose?
I've lost 32kg so far. Currently I weigh 73kg and would like to lose at least 8kg more but will re-assess once I get to 70kg. My pre-6 pregnancies' weight was 60kg and I would quite like to see if I can get to that weight and how I would feel there, but I've only ever got down to 65kg before (after babies #1 and #2) so I will just see how I feel. I am 168cm tall (or 5ft 6inches). For the North American ladies (I am from New Zealand) I have lost 32kg which is 70.5lb and gone from a size 18-20 which is USA size 14-16 to a size 12-14 which is 8-10 US sizing.
Louise, before Trim Healthy Mama.

6. What has your weight loss journey looked like on THM? (ie. constant loss, or big drops and plateaus?)
I lost 25kg very quickly with THM (in 5 months) and it was fairly constant, around 1kg each week. I don't have digital scales and my scales are not too accurate so it is hard to give exact numbers, but each time I stood on the scales, I saw the scale either stayed the same or went down. In the first 3 months I measured myself weekly with a measuring tape and now I measure myself monthly. It is nice seeing centimetres disappear.

7.  How easy or hard has it been to follow THM? How do you make it work with the family?
I have found it easy to follow. I pretty much adapted all our recipes to fit in with the THM plan rather than changing to a lot of recipes that are in the book, particularly dinner meals. 

For example, when I make a beef or chicken stir-fry I no longer thicken the sauce with cornflour, the family serve their stir-fry with basmati rice but I serve mine with Konjac noodles or loads of veges and I no longer douse it with sweet chilli sauce, instead I sprinkle over Cayenne.

8. What's been the worst thing about THM?
I think the worst thing has just been being unsure about foods.  It took me a good 3 weeks to figure out the plan and even now after 8 months I am still learning new things about food all the time, things like figuring out whether food is low GI rather than just looking at the Carbohydrate level.

9. What's been the best thing about THM?
Eating lots of fats.  I LOVE eating THM S meals (low carb, high fat) so I can enjoy a yummy slice of cheesecake with berries and a huge dollop of cream after a dinner of Thai curry made with coconut cream.  Yum!

My husband, Kris, couldn't believe I was eating 'diet food' whenever I made myself a Muffin in a Mug and served it with a huge blob of whipped cream and berries. He called it my 'cake diet'.
Kris and Louise, after discovering Trim Healthy Mama.

10. How do you feel health-wise these days compared to before?
I feel great. I feel really good. I am not nearly as tired. I used to wake up in the morning and feel like I'd been hit by a bus (as in all my muscles ached and I would be all bent over like a decrepit old lady when I first got out of bed until I kind of stretched out and could straighten up) but I no longer have aches or pains at all in the morning!! I thought it was due to aging but turns out it was because I was dragging around so much weight.

11. How have you explained this way of eating to the rest of your family?
This diet is basically low-carb, low-GI and you separate your Carbs and Fats.  All meals are centered around protein and then you either choose if you want to include fats or carbs at that time.  By eating this way your body burns one type of fuel (eg. fats or carbs) and once it runs out of fuel it begins to burn fat.  By changing the type of meals you eat each day your body never knows what fuel type to expect and this revs up your metabolism.  It is also no sugar!!  This idea can put people off a bit as people are quite wary of limiting yummy treats and of alternative sweeteners.

12. Would you recommend THM to others?
I have recommended THM to so many people and my book is constantly lent out to people!  I love getting it back so I can re-read it and get new ideas.

People ask me what I have been doing all the time now as it is obvious now that I've lost weight (I didn't get many comments until I'd lost a good 15kg).

13. What would you say to encourage others on this journey?
You don't need to buy a whole lot of specialty ingredients to have success with THM. There are a LOT of ingredients the book suggests which I don't use.

All you need to do is get a good understanding of the S and E plan and then modify your existing meals to suit either meal style (and learn how to make Muffin in a Mug and skinny chocolate)!  

Also eat plenty. This is not a diet where you need to restrict yourself to tiny portions in order to lose weight. Eat to lose the weight.

14. How have you stayed so focused?
The thing is, I don't have a huge amount of self control. What has made the biggest difference in being able to stick to this diet has been the fact that I am no longer addicted to sugar so I no longer have the sugar highs and lows. 

I used to feel so tired and would eat a whole king size block of chocolate and after that I would get a big burst of energy and would run around the house doing all the chores I needed to get done.  This was not a healthy way to get energy!

I am no longer dependent on sugar, I don't have sugar highs and lows.  I feel so much more balanced and even in terms of my hunger, no longer feel starving and get the shakes if I haven't eaten all afternoon.  

I can only describe this as feeling much more balanced.  I truly used to feel starving hungry when I was eating a lot of sugar. I could not understand how people could have self control when it comes to food. 

Some people do seem to have super-human self-control - I was and am certainly not one of those people! I love food, I love to eat lots of it, but eating this way means it is so much easier to make good choices as I am in control.
Strawberry Chocolate Muffin in a Mug.

15. Has your attitude to food changed on THM?
I love that I can plan to eat every 3 hours and if I do mess up (either by mistake or by choice) I am just 3 hours away from making a good choice. This was huge for me as I would often start a diet and by the end of the day I would be starving and eat something off-plan and then feel miserable and eat a king size block of chocolate or stuff my face with a huge portion of something else since I had already ruined my diet.

Knowing that if I eat off plan, I am only 3 hours away from being back on plan, I feel much more in control. It seems much more do-able.

I do eat foods which are off plan every now and again, or I choose to eat cross-overs which will stop or slow down my weight loss, but it is a choice I am able to make rather than feeling like I really have no control over my choices. 

I know how a particular food will help or hinder weight loss, I know when I need to include a few more E (carb) meals for energy, or when I need to pull back from so many S (fat) meals and include a few lighter meals, simply based on how my body feels.

16. Have your tastes changed?  
I definitely notice how sweet many foods are now if I ever choose to go off plan.  For example Pad Thai noodles, I have had them twice in the last few weeks, totally off plan but boy are they sweet!  I would not have noticed how sweet they are before. I ate a chocolate brownie at a party and couldn't believe how sweet it was either!

17. What are some of your favourite THM recipes or THM-style meals?
I LOVE Muffin in a Mug, chocolate, choc-strawberry or cinnamon spice, topped with butter, yoghurt or cream and with a side of berries.  I also love the Cake in a Mug recipe with cream and berries. 

These recipes that make an individual serving with just 1 minute of cooking time in the microwave have been one of the best things for me. Making an individual portion size helps me not to overeat.

I am also loving a simple E lunch of chickpeas fried in a tiny bit of coconut oil and spices and any vegetables I have on hand, plus some salmon (or tuna).

A selection of Louise's Trim Healthy Mama-type meals. 

18. Is there anything else you'd like to add?
I am just so delighted to have lost 32kg!  I feel great.

I can buy clothes SO much more easily!! Smaller-sized clothing is so easy to find in all the shops and is cheaper! I am far more likely to put on a garment in my size (14) and have it fit than I was at size 18, nothing seemed to fit right on my body. 

I had gained a shoe size with that extra weight so now I am back to my former shoe size.

Exercise is so much easier!  I can go for a walk around the block and not get puffed out, or do a one-hour Zumba class and feel exhilarated.  

I am no longer embarrassed to just BE.

I had got to the point where I was embarrassed by my body, having to haul myself out of a chair rather than bounce out, or trying on shoes at the Sports shoe shop and having to run on their treadmill and nearly dying and then trying on the shoes and suddenly realising I had to get myself into a different position as I couldn't do up my laces!  

I am not embarrassed to wear a sleeveless top or shorts or dresses (I can wear cute dresses!!) so I can actually feel cool and comfortable in the summer! This is so liberating! I used to feel so hot and sweaty. I can now cross my legs when sitting in a chair - woohoo!  

Last winter I froze and wore an old polar fleece jacket of my husband's which miraculously fit me. It was 12 years old and threadbare but I couldn't zip up ANY of the jackets at Kathmandu or Macpac - boy that was embarrassing! I cried in Macpac when I realised I couldn't fit any of their jackets (mens or womens). I went into Macpac last week and tried on a gorgeous pink puffer jacket and fitted the size 14 easily!! 

I will try the size 12 next time!!! 

My brother, Kris, and my sister-in-law, Louise.

Thank you so much Louise for sharing your experience with us! You are amazing.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Allergy-friendly recipe: Golden blueberry mini muffins

Golden blueberry mini muffins.
These golden blueberry muffins are perfectly nourishing, while being free from dairy, eggs, nuts, soy, sugar and gluten.

They make a gorgeous snack for people with allergies, but can also be enjoyed by anyone wanting a deliciously healthy sweet treat.

The secret ingredient is pumpkin puree.

It gives these muffins their golden colour and moistness. A hint of spice and blueberries to top, make these morsels the perfect autumn fare.

Thank you to the Coconut Oil Shop and Natvia for providing ingredients for my test kitchen.

  • 4T chia seeds, ground
  • 12T water
  • 1/2c coconut oil, softened
  • 1/2c coconut flour
  • 1/2c desiccated coconut
  • 1/2c golden flaxmeal
  • 1/2c Natvia
  • 3/4c pumpkin puree
  • Zest and juice of one lemon or lime
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2t cinnamon, ground
  • 1/2t nutmeg, ground
  • 1/2t baking soda
  • 1c blueberries, fresh or frozen

1. Preheat oven to 180°C / 350°F.

2. Mix ground chia seeds with water and place in the fridge for a few minutes to thicken. This mixture will act as an egg replacer in this recipe, and is equivalent to four eggs.

3. Mix the chia seed mixture with all the other ingredients, except the blueberries. Combine thoroughly.

4. Spoon mixture into three mini muffin pans (or one and a half large muffin pans lined with silicon cupcake patties) and press down to fill the cup holes. The mixture should be thick and maleable. It won't rise overly much so you can fill the muffin tin cups to the top.

5. Press a blueberry into the centre of each mini muffin, or press several blueberries into the top of larger muffins.

6. Bake at 180°C / 350°F for 15 minutes if making mini muffins, or 25 minutes if making large muffins.

Perfect just as they are. No accompaniment necessary.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Trim Healthy Mama Fuel Cycle Update - Days 6 & 7

I'm feeling both excited and nervous about completing my Trim Healthy Mama Fuel Cycle. Excited to be able to eat a little more freely from the Trim Healthy Mama menu, and nervous that I will slip back into bad habits and put on weight again.

Doing the Fuel Cycle has given me a deeper understanding of the different food modes. It has also helped me appreciate how freeing the normal Trim Healthy Mama way of eating is.

This week I have felt like I was on a "diet", one which I hope will have revved up my metabolism instead of slowing it down, but still, I have felt restricted. I'm looking forward (with nervous anticipation) to the food freedom that tomorrow brings.

Shall I have S for breakfast? Or E? Or FP? We shall see!

Thank you for joining me in my journey this week. I hope it's been of some help and encouragement to you.

As usual, I'm sharing my planned menu below, along with the notes of what I actually ate and how I found it.

Day 6 (Refuel with E)
Breakfast: Trim Healthy Pancakes p. 223 with light Greek yoghurt and Slim Belly Jelly (p. 411)
Trim Healthy Pancakes
Notes: I whizzed up my Trim Healthy Pancake mixture the night before so the rolled oats would have a chance to soak and become more digestible. I cooked up half the batter today and saved the other half of the mixture for Day 7. Quite a bit of the mixture exploded out the side of my pancake maker, which I accidentally locked so there was no way for the pancakes to rise. Whoops. It probably saved me from eating too many pancakes, as I think a third of the recipe counts as one serve.

(The photo above is actually an older photo, but I wanted to show you how I cook my pancakes in a pancake maker, which means I don't have to flip them. Other THMers I know use their waffle irons or their sandwich presses to cook theirs.)

Instead of making Slim Belly Jelly, I whizzed up some light greek yoghurt with frozen raspberries, a pinch of green stevia, a pinch of salt and some vanilla essence.

Drink:  Earth Milk p. 425 (E version)
Notes: I've been nervous about making Earth Milk without all the lovely coconut oil in it, so keep making Chocolate Fat Stripping Frappes instead. I'm really look forward to eating S again, when I'll get back into my Earth Milk.

Snack: Apple slices with 1t almond butter
Notes: I had a small sip of my daughters' banana feijoa smoothie, ate a few cherry tomatoes and one dried apple slice instead. (Typical snatch and run snacking for me.)

Lunch: Sprouted wheat bun with salsa, tuna, light cottage cheese and salad vegetables (including tomato)
Notes: I pulled two previously-made sprouted wheat buns out of my freezer and heated them up in my pancake maker. Then I sliced them in half and spread them with a wedge of Lite Laughing Cow Cheese, salsa tuna, cucumber, tomatoes and baby spinach. It was really good, even if the sprouted wheat buns were a bit weird. I don't think my food processor did a good enough job of whizzing up the wheat sprouts, so there were lots of stringy and crunchy bits.

Dinner: Chargrilled Capsicum and Chickpea patties in lettuce hamburger
Chicken, pumpkin and quinoa risotto
Notes: When I opened the freezer, I discovered we only had one cup of chickpeas in there, not enough for this recipe, so I made Day 7's dinner recipe instead - Chicken breast and quinoa risotto. The recipe I've linked was more of a guide. I also looked up a couple of Annabel Langbein risotto recipes and then developed my own fusion based on the ingredients we had.

To make the risotto I poached a chicken breast in chicken stock. I already had 2 cups of cooked quinoa that I had pulled out of the freezer, so I softened this in a saucepan with more chicken stock, then added a cup of pumpkin puree, a few cloves of minced garlic, a large pinch of saffron and poured in the rest of the chicken stock from the poached chicken, along with the chicken breast which I first shredded. Lots of salt and pepper, and then I split the dinner into some for the family and some for me. I seasoned mine with Braggs Nutritional Yeast and then stirred through a couple of big handfuls of baby spinach. Into theirs I stirred a little grated cheddar cheese.

Now, I thought this dinner was really good. Maybe I was just hungry, but I enjoyed it a lot. Paul and Lily both suffered through theirs, and Sophie fell asleep before dinner so didn't even have to try it. (Paul and Lily were wishing they had done the same.) 

Dessert: Tummy Tucking Icecream p. 368 (FP version)
Notes: Who has time to make dessert? Not me. I drank a delicious Chocolate Peppermint Fat Stripping Frappe instead. 

Day 7 (Refuel with E)
Breakfast: Trim Healthy Pancakes p. 223 with Cottage Berry Whip p. 379
Notes: For actual breakfast I ate a small apple sliced up and served with a teaspoon of peanut butter. That's because James had kept me up most of the night with teething, so I tried to have a lie-in in the morning. But that meant I was running horribly late for getting Sophie to her gymnastics class. No time to cook up my pancakes, so an apple with peanut butter sufficed. I really enjoyed it. Just a smear of peanut butter is all it takes to make it delicious.

I came back and ate my pancakes after gymnastics, served with light greek yoghurt whizzed with raspberries and blueberries.
Trim Healthy Pancake

Drink: Chocolate Fat Stripping Frappe p. 240
Notes: Since I was already whizzing up berries to serve with my pancakes, I decided to make a berry smoothie today. I whizzed up almond milk, light greek yoghurt, blueberries, raspberries, the ONE strawberry growing in my garden, a couple of handfuls of baby spinach, vitamin C, a pinch of green stevia powder, salt and vanilla extract. 

Snack: Apple slices with 1 teaspoon almond butter (total)
Notes: Yes, except it was peanut butter and I ate it for breakfast (see above).

Lunch: Sprouted wheat bun with salsa, tuna, light cottage cheese and salad vegetables (including tomato)
Notes: We had a little leftover Quinoa risotto from last night so I ate this cold out of the fridge with some of my berry smoothie. It still tasted good to me today, even cold.

Dinner: Chicken breast and Quinoa risotto
Chickpea salad

Notes: I wasn't sure what I was going to cook for dinner tonight, since I made the risotto last night and didn't have enough chickpeas to make the patties I was planning. I also realised the patties would have used too much oil to cook, so that wouldn't work anyway with an E dinner.  

In the end, I was inspired by my sister-in-law who often eats chickpea salads for lunch. I decided to use the one cup of chickpeas I did have to make a chickpea salad. 

I simply sauteed diced onion and diced red capsicum together in a little bit of olive oil with a teaspoon each of ground cumin, ground coriander and curry powder. Then I added the chickpeas and warmed them through with the rest of the mixture. 

In a big bowl I placed baby spinach, chopped fresh coriander/cilantro, cherry tomatoes, cucumber slices and carrot slices. I served it all together in smaller bowls for the family. Everyone ate it. Lily was the least keen tonight, but Sophie didn't put up much fuss at all. I'll call that a success!

Dessert: Piece of fruit
Notes: I'm coming down with a cold so Paul made me a hot lemon and Manuka honey drink. I also finished off this morning's smoothie, and drank a tablespoon of Olive Leave Complex.

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That's me and my first ever Trim Healthy Mama Fuel Cycle done. I would like to repeat it at some point, but it's not going to work with what we've got planned over the next week so I'm just going to enjoy regular old Trim Healthy Mama meals instead. 

I've been mulling it over and I think tomorrow's breakfast is going to be a Chocolate Muffin in a Mug. I've missed those this week. 

What are you having for breakfast tomorrow?

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Find my whole Fuel Cycle menu plan here.
Read my Day 1 Deep S update here.
Read my Day 2 Deep S update here.
Read my Days 3 & 4 Deep S and Fuel Pull updates here.

Read my Day 5 Fuel Pull update here.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Trim Healthy Mama Fuel Cycle update - Day 5

Yesterday was my second Fuel Pull day on the Trim Healthy Mama Fuel Cycle. It went fine again. Much better than I was expecting.

Usually I'm so busy that I just shove whatever food is handy into my mouth as I run from A to B. On the Fuel Cycle, I'm trying to be more deliberate about what I eat and when. That means I'm not eating until I can prepare the proper meal or snack, and going for quite long breaks in between.

I'm actually finding that I feel less hungry doing it this way than when I snack on sugary things to fill the gaps.

As with the other days, I've shared my planned menu with notes on what I actually ate and how I found it below.

You will see that I didn't really stick to the plan at all, using more of yesterday's one instead.

Day 5 (Pull the Fuels)
Breakfast: Egg white omelette p. 217
Notes: I really enjoyed the Cookie Bowl Oatmeal on Day 4 and it's a good one because I can prepare it the night before when the kids are asleep, so it's ready to eat in the morning. I decided to make that again instead of an omelette since it works for me and means I eat breakfast at a decent hour.

Drink: Big Boy Berry Smoothie p. 242
Notes: Like Day 4, I was still in the mood for Chocolate Fat Stripping Frappe, so made one of those at the same time as my Cookie Bowl Oatmeal before bed and was able to have a glass first thing in the morning. I think chocolate Fuel Pull recipes work well for me because I still feel like I'm treating myself, even though they are low calorie.

Lunch: Pumpkin soup cooked in light chicken stock
Notes: Since I hadn't eaten lunch yesterday, I still had cauliflower in the fridge to make Loaded Fotato Soup. I cooked up a big bowl of that and ate it about 12.30pm. It was nice to eat something hot. I think heat makes food feel more satisfying. I didn't have any bacon bits or Braggs Aminos, so I felt that the soup lacked a little flavour. Perhaps I'll add onion powder next time. 

I made a light version of chicken stock for this soup, by making two batches of chicken stock in a row from the same set of bones. The second batch is my light version, which I've labelled as such in the freezer. Perfect for E or FP days.

Snack: Celery sticks with Lite Laughing Cow Cheese wedge
Notes: I took the kids to the swimming pool after lunch so didn't eat my afternoon snack until 5pm, when I was sitting down with my copy of Trim Healthy Mama to read the dinner recipe. I ate my celery sticks and Lite Laughing Cow Cheese wedge with some cherry tomatoes, since I'm enjoying having tomatoes back on the menu after my three S days.

Dinner: Chicken breast and salsa lettuce wraps
Sweet and Spicy Asian Stir Fry
Notes: If you read my Day 4 update, you'll know I didn't have the Sweet and Spicy Asian Stir Fry I had planned so was going to make that tonight instead. 

This was a tricky meal for me because I knew Paul wouldn't want to eat anything with stevia in it. He hates the taste of it and can always tell when it's there. I ended up preparing two slightly different dinners. One for me and one for Paul and the girls.

Mine was the Sweet and Spicy Asian Stir Fry p. 341 on Konjac noodles, while the rest of the family ate a Destitute Gourmet Chow Mein recipe served on white Basmati rice which I cooked in chicken stock

To save work, I half prepared the meals together, and just split them at the point where sugar and cornflour went into their recipe, and stevia and konjac powder went into mine. This meant the final recipe was an adaption of both, with a bit of peanut flour from the THM recipe and a bit of Chinese Five Spice from the DG recipe. I thought the combination was delicious, and so did Paul. The girls were a little suspicious of the new recipe and took a long time to eat it, but I think they did enjoy it.

Because it was Fuel Pull, I tried to keep the fat down by poaching the chicken breast strips in chicken stock instead of frying them in oil. I thought chicken stock would give them more flavour than plain water, and it did.

Dessert: Chia Tapioca Pudding p. 234
Notes: Actually I didn't have time to make dessert and just drank water again.

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Find my whole Fuel Cycle menu plan here.
Read my Day 1 Deep S update here.
Read my Day 2 Deep S update here.
Read my Days 3 & 4 Deep S and Fuel Pull updates here.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Trim Healthy Mama Fuel Cycle update - Days 3 & 4

I'm doing two updates in one today, as I was busy with a World Organic party yesterday and didn't get a chance to post here.

I was proud of my restraint at the party. My sister-in-law had baked gorgeous Harlequin Brownie and her sister-in-law had made Rocky Road. Two delicious things I would usually not be able to resist, but I kept myself busy and focused on my goal instead of indulging.

Have I told you about my goal?

I actually have two: The first is to get back down to my wedding day weight; The second is to get back down to the weight I was when I met Paul. I've still got the pair of shorts I was wearing when we met. I never imagined I'd be able to fit them again, so that is my big, hairy, audacious goal.

Yesterday was Day 3 of my Fuel Cycle where I ate Deep S (high-fat/low-carb), and today was Day 4, where I started into Fuel Pull mode (low-fat/low-carb).

I weighed myself this morning and I was already 1KG lighter than three days ago, so the Fuel Cycle is working. Hurray!

I've posted my Fuel Cycle menu plan for these two days below, and under each meal my notes about what I actually ate and how I found it.

Day 3 (Deep S)
Breakfast: Serene's Steamed Omega Sensations p. 214
Notes: I ate breakfast about 9am today, earlier than yesterday by an hour. Win!

I didn't cook these eggs for quite long enough so they were more liquidy than I like. This meant they lacked a satisfying chewing sensation, but they still hit the spot. I did eat a couple of prawns too, but Lily was so excited about them that I let her have the rest.

Drink: Peppermint green tea
Notes: I didn't have time to make a drink today, so just drank water.

Lunch: Smoked salmon salad, with homemade extra virgin olive oil dressing
Notes: We still have lots of Bolar Roast leftover, so I made another Thai Beef Salad for lunch and ate it about 2pm.

Dinner: Cajun chicken drumsticks served on a bed of cauliflower rice and Zucchini Fries p. 357
Notes: We were out later than expected at my sister-in-law's so ate dinner there. I was very lucky that she had some beautiful leftover Lemon Coconut Chicken Curry from the night before which she was able to heat up for me. I read the recipe and it looked perfectly on plan for an S dinner. I ate just the chicken and sauce, without rice, to keep it in S mode.

Dessert: Tummy Tucking Icecream p. 368
Notes: I made Decadent Chocolate in my new silicone Easter Egg moulds, so ate that instead. My girls found the Easter Egg shapes very exciting, and even Lily ate some of the chocolate, which she usually doesn't like. I was happy to share and get that nourishing coconut oil into her.

Day 4 (Pull the Fuels)
This was my first Fuel Pull day, so I was quite nervous. Fuel Pull seems more like a traditional low calorie diet, which I've been keen to avoid as it wreaks havoc on my metabolism. Fortunately this is only for two days, and then I get to "Refuel", so my metabolism will be fine and I will be a little lighter for the effort.

I accidentally missed lunch today, so I was feeling very light-headed leading up to dinner. Hopefully I will be more organised tomorrow.

Breakfast: Cookie Bowl Oatmeal p. 232
Notes: I remembered to make this the night before at about 11.30pm. I was lying in bed trying to go to sleep when I realised it was going to be Fuel Pull today and I needed to prepare. I raced back downstairs and made this Cookie Bowl Oatmeal and a Chocolate Fat Stripping Frappe. I was so glad to have them ready to go when I woke up. It meant I ate my breakfast at 7am this morning.

Drink:  Earth Milk p. 425 (FP version)
Notes: I felt like a Chocolate Fat Stripping Frappe today so that's what I drank and it was delicious!

Lunch: Loaded Fotato Soup p.294
Notes: We actually went to our local school gala for several hours during the day and I didn't eat lunch. I had brought a tin of tuna to eat but didn't find a good time to sit down with it. 

Snack: Celery sticks with Lite Laughing Cow Cheese wedge
Notes: I brought several celery sticks and a wedge of Lite Laughing Cow Cheese to the gala and I did get a chance to eat those. They were great as I was starting to feel a little light-headed from missing my lunch. 

Dinner: Sweet and Spicy Asian Stir Fry p. 341 on Konjac noodles
Notes: Because we ended up eating dinner at my sister-in-law's yesterday, I still had chicken drumsticks defrosted in the fridge today so cooked them up for dinner instead of my planned stir-fry. I will aim to make the stiry-fry tomorrow night instead.

I baked the chicken drumsticks in the oven with a sauce I made out of diced onions (which I sauteed in a light spray of avocado oil first), a tin of chopped tomatoes, a squirt of tomato paste and pasta sauce and some dried herbs. I served it on Konjac noodles for myself and regualr pasta for the rest of the family. 

I was a little worried that the chicken drumsticks were too high fat for Fuel Pull, so to keep the fat down I removed the skin on my chicken, and then stirred through one Lite Laughing Cow Cheese wedge into the sauce to give a cheesey flavour. 

After missing lunch today, this hot dinner really felt good going down.

Dessert: Tummy Tucking Icecream p. 368
Notes: I made a chocolate version of this today, but I'm having trouble making it properly as I don't have a working blender. I made it in my food processor and it didn't chop everything finely enough, so I ended up with hunks of ice in my icecream. I did enjoy it, but it didn't feel like I was eating traditional ice cream in any sense.

Find my whole Fuel Cycle menu plan here.
Read my Day 1 Deep S update here.
Read my Day 2 Deep S update here.