Product Review: Krisda Splash Water Enhancer

I’ve never been a big fan of plain water. I drink it, because I’m an adult, and it’s good for me; but I don’t really like it. Sometimes I fill my water pitcher with fruits to liven it up a bit–but I miss the fake-fruit sweetness of Kool-Aid and orange soda. I tried Krisda Splash in a last-ditch effort to find a low-calorie source of hydration that would also curb my childhood cravings.

Pure magic.

Krisda Splash somehow manages to make my water taste sweet and fruity without any calories or bitter after-taste. It’s Trim Healthy Mama friendly since it’s sweetened with erythritol, stevia, and natural fruit extract. It contains ZERO CALORIES  which means I can use it any time during day. The Superfruit flavour is bit like fruit punch and the Field Berry has a more mellow raspberry/blueberry taste.

So now I’m set. I still drink that plain old water sometimes—you know, because adults are supposed to do that—but it’s nice to know I can indulge in a fruity sweetened beverage once in awhile (or every day) when I feel like drinking something fun.

Happy and hydrated with Krisda Splash.

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Whole Grain Jane

When I read the Trim Healthy Mama dictionary sized book the first time I instantly identified with one of the four categories of women described. There’s Whole Grain Jane, Drive Thru Sue, Raw Green Colleen, and Farm Fresh Tess. I am undeniably Whole Grain Jane.

As I read about Whole Grain Jane, I realized we basically have every single detail in common, from the maple syrup on whole wheat pancakes to the homeschooling a large family, to the banana smoothie (which happens to be my bedtime ritual). I’m also interested in health, I grind my own wheat and spelt and make bread for my family, and we eat lots of brown rice and whole wheat options. I know this is boring, but I was astonished at how identically we matched up so I have to share. We ate lots of dried fruit, avoided butter and used olive oil instead, we made every variety of green smoothies known to man, I regularly baked muffins with my girls using honey and agave… Ok now you get the idea. If it wasn’t for the husband loving potatoes part, I literally would wonder if someone had been spying on my life!

The part when she gives up her one indulgence in hopes of losing a few pounds resonated with me too.  After my sixth baby, I found it extremely difficult to lose those last few pounds, so I tried the same thing- no more late night dates with the Nutella jar. I tried to make all kinds of small changes, like running more, eating less, not eating at night and all kinds of other tactics hoping to see some kind of difference but the scale wan’t budging.  Learning from Trim Healthy Mama how much sugar I was consuming, despite my health conscious ways was invaluable to me. “All forms of starchy carbohydrates result in a raised blood sugar.” Like Whole Grain Jane, I was relying too heavily on carbohydrates (healthy carbs, but carbs nonetheless), making them the bulk of my meals. I took the advice and added “an appropriate amount of healthy fat and pulling back on the excess carbohydrates.” I admit, I felt guilty eating real cheese, cream, and  butter just like the book said I would, but I quickly learned that these foods do satisfy which leads to eating less calories at the next meal.

To be specific, I started snacking on cottage cheese instead of granola, having turkey and cheese on romaine lettuce instead of bread, and eating more butter and eggs and next thing I knew, those last few pounds were gone. Just less sugar, and more healthy fats. It was that EASY!

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Ra Ra Radishes

Lately, there seems to be quite a few healthy alternatives for potatoes. I like me some potatoes, but we all know what too many potatoes can do. Therefore, if you are struggling to find an actually delicious alternative, with a seemingly similar texture to potatoes, your search is now over. For people who don’t enjoy radishes… try this recipe anyways! When roasted, the radishes become soft and much less “spicy”. For those who do love radishes, this recipe will reaffirm your love in a new and creative way. I have seen a few recipes for roasted radishes, but I decided to tweak them to make it my own. Here we go! You will need:
  • 2 bunches (or 1 bag) of radishes
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1 teaspoon rosemary (I used dried, but feel free to use fresh!)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 375 F
  2. Wash radishes thoroughly
  3. Add all ingredients into a large bowl and toss
  4. Spread radishes onto a baking sheet and roast for about 20 minutes, or until you can see the radishes have browned to your liking.
  5. Eat! and know that you can enjoy these bad boys guilt-free: )
   
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THM Peanut Flour vs PB2

For All Our Fellow Peanut Butter Lovers Out There

Here at Spooniful we carry Defatted Peanut Flour. It’s similar to PB2 except for one important detail- our peanut flour does NOT contain sugar. Wahoo!

Ingredients in Trim Healthy Mama Defatted Peanut Flour: 100% Roasted Peanuts.

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Ingredients in PB2: Roasted Peanuts, Sugar and Salt.

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Unfortunately, food companies are convinced we all want sugar added to everything. High five to Trim Healthy Mama for a Peanut Flour with just what we want, nothing but roasted peanuts.

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Recipe Review: Better than Red Lobster Biscuits

I’m a big fan of biscuits and an even bigger fan of cheddar biscuits. So when my family went out to dinner at Red Lobster, the only thing that kept me from scarfing down the basket of delicious breads in front of me was knowing that this recipe was waiting for me at home:

Better than Red Lobster Biscuits

THM Cheddar Biscuits I made these cheddar biscuits for breakfast the next morning, and I was completely satisfied. These low-carb biscuits are Trim Healthy Mama friendly for an S meal. They contain cheddar, parmesan, butter, and grain-free flours. I swapped THM Baking Blend for the almond and coconut flours. I also didn’t have an cream or sour cream, so I used full fat Greek yogurt. Took me about five minutes to mix them up and 16 minutes to bake. These biscuits were definitely repeat-worthy, so I made them again a few days later and used them as bread for a barbecue turkey sandwich. Hello, deliciousness. I put leftover turkey and Xyla Barbecue Sauce (it’s sugar-free!) between two THM cheddar biscuits for a delicious S lunch. Trim Healthy Mama cheese biscuits   The best part about these biscuits is that my husband doesn’t like biscuits. At all. So I get to eat the whole pan myself.    
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