2014 in review — Pretty Neat — Love to all the THMers out there!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 20,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 7 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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THM Friendly: Yogurt Nut Dip {E}

Yougurt Nut Dip | Misadventures of One Super Grover | SF, GF, THM Friendly

It’s been awhile, but I’m back with another Trim Healthy Mama Post! I seriously love apples. I love all different kinds of apples and like to switch it up when I can, but if I had to pick just one apple, it would probably be the red delicious apple. However, I love fuji, gala, and honey crisps as well. I also love peanut butter. I especially love peanut butter with apples. That was my favorite snack before THM. However, when in weight loss mode for THM, you should not combine your fats and carbs, so my spoonfuls of peanut butter with my apple is considered a cross-over snack which is not friendly for weight loss. On a side note, you should also know that I love carrots and peanut butter! I know –  it grosses some people out!! So one day, while I was reading through the Facebook Trim Healthy Mama group, someone posted that they mix plain greek yogurt, with 1 tsp of peanut butter, with some stevia. Bingo. I just HAD to try it. I did and I loved it! I’ve shared with other Trim Healthy Mamas in my life and those who aren’t not and, as long as they love peanut butter, they love it! I haven’t seen any formal blog post or recipe with this lovely Yogurt Nut Dip, so I decided to post it.  It’s nothing fancy and pretty simple, but it definitely satisfies. In the pictures, I use homemade almond butter, but I do prefer peanut butter. For THM, make sure it is all natural peanut butter with no added sugars (the only ingredients should be peanuts and salt.)

Here is the recipe! Happy Dipping!

Yogurt Nut Dip

-2 Rounded TBS of Plain Greek Yogurt
-1 even tsp of Sugar Free Peanut Butter/Almond Butter
-1 packet of Truvia (1 tsp of Truvia) or stevia to taste

Simple mix all three ingredients together and enjoy!

In the below picture, look at the almost transparent semi-circle in the middle – that means you are in for naturally sweet and delicious apple. I get excited when I cut into my apples and see those sweet transparent lines!

Yogurt Nut Dip | SF, GF, THM Friendly | The Misadventures of One Super Grover

This post is linked up to Trim Healthy Tuesday at Gwen’s Nest! Your source for many THM friendly foods and useful ideas!

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Winter Time Cozy Pu-erh Tea

Winter Time Cozy Pu-erh Tea | THM Friendly FP Recipe | The Misadventures of One Super Grover

I’ve been looking for a tea concoction that I could cozy up to during the long winter months here in rural North Dakota. I’ve fallen in love with Apple Cider Vinegar over the summer and I drink it on a daily basis (thanks to the Good Girl Moonshine Recipe posted by Trim Healthy Mama!). The apple cinder vinegar reminds me alone of hot cider, so I wanted to add it into a tea blend with Cinnamon. My friend Shellee recently introduced to her new business, Steeped Tea. This is where I found the perfect pairing for my love affair with Apple Cider Vinegar with their Pu-erh Tea Cinnamon Hearts. This is  a winter/fall, cozy, apple, spiced love in a mug! What is even better is that there are great benefits to drinking both Pu-erh Tea and apple cider vinegar. Just smelling the Cinnamon Hearts tea got my toes all tingly! It has a very fragrant aroma of cinnamon and spice. YUM!

Benefits of Pu-erh Tea from Livestrong:

“Pu-erh that is processed and allowed to ferment is a black tea that also contains catechins. Catechins in pu-erh tea lock onto the oxidating elements in the blood and destroy the oxidative process thereby preventing cancer”

“Pu-erh tea can be used to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disorders because it reduces blood lipids.”

“In a study conducted by the Institute of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, pu-erh tea had a greater ability to regulate and reduce body weight than any other tea studied.The study concluded that the compounds found in the pu-erh tea that had an anti-obesity effect were catechins, caffeine, and theanine. Pu-erh tea was also shown to reduce the fat content in the liver in the study.”

Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar From Livestrong:

“Apple cider vinegar contains acetic acid, which can slow down starch digestion, consequently lowering glucose levels in the bloodstream”
“Reduces Bad Cholesterol”

“Apple cider vinegar contains beta-carotene, which according to the Mayo Clinic possesses antioxidant properties that counteract damage caused by free radicals and that boost your immune system.”

“By helping balance blood sugar levels, apple cider vinegar also assists in weight loss, since insulin will not direct sugar to be stored as fat, says nutritionist Dr. Carol Johnston of the Arizona State University East.”

Here is the warm, cozy, healing tea recipe:

  • Steep 1 tsp Cinnamon Hearts Tea in mug with boiling water for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add 1 TBS (15 ml) of Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Add 1 tsp of Truvia (or your preferred sweetener)
  • Cozy up to your mug and enjoy the cinnamon, spiced, apple aroma while your body drinks up the healing benefits! I re-steeped my original tea for a second cup.

Trim Healthy Mamas: This would be fuel pull and can be sip on throughout the day.

**This post DOES NOT contain any affiliate links that I will receive any monetary reimbursement for.

**This post is linked up to Trim Healthy Tuesdays! Check out Gwen’s Nest recipe for Low Carb Cinnamon Dippers as well as many other THM Friendly Recipes & Tips!

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THM Friendly: Skinny Coconut Chocolate Treats {S}

Skinny Coconut Chocolate Treats

I may have a slight obsession with ch9ocolate and coconut. Thanks to Trim Healthy Mama I can indulge in both without guilt! I love being a Trim Healthy Mama. I’ve lost over 60+ lbs to date (in about five months).

On pinterest, I came across a pin for Coconut Crack Bars. It looked delicious, but I thought it would be even better with some skinny chocolate added.

I doubled the recipe for the coconut crack bars and I suggest making a simple syrup from Truvia (I used my homemade version of truvia) in place of the agave. I found that after I blended the mixture together, I needed to add a bit more water to make the mixture combine better. You need to taste the coconut mixture and to be sure it taste sweet enough for you. I always seem to add more than the recipe calls for because I do have a sweet tooth.

After I got the coconut mixture tasting just right, I scooped it into my deluxe mini muffin pan and then pressed it down to make little wells for the skinny chocolate. You could easily do this recipe in a brownie 9 by 9 ban or whatever small pan you have available. Just do one layer chocolate and one layer of coconut crack bar.

This is my version of the skinny dark chocolate which I love (based from the THM version)! Blend all below ingredients together in a blender (single serving works great). Again, taste it before you start pouring it to make sure it taste good to you.

  • 1/2 c of Unrefined Virgin Coconut Oil in liquid form (you can use refined if you don’t like the coconut taste)
  • 1/4 c of Ghirardelli’s Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 6 heaping tsps of powdered truvia (again, I use a homemade version)
  • 3 pinches of Celtic Salt
  • 1 square of Ghirardelli’s 86% Midnight Reverie Chocolate Bar

After I was sure my skinny dark chocolate had my desired sweetness, I then poured the skinny chocolate into the wells. I had more chocolate then coconut, so I filled a couple more wells with just the chocolate. I popped my muffin pan into the freezer for about an hour. It was a little hard to get the ones with the coconut mixture to pop out, but I found putting a butter knife straight down helped to get them to pop out.  A silicone mold would be easier to work with.

These are a great yummy treat for those who love a dark skinny chocolate and coconut!

If coconut isn’t your thing – here is my version of Skinny Dark Chocolate made into fancy chocolate with the help of a silicone mold.

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This post is linked up to Trim Healthy Mama Tuesdays! Check it out for lots of tasty THM recipes.

A Perfectly Paired ‘S’ Breakfast

OneSuperGrover-Perfectly Paired 'S' Breakfast

I have no idea what “dutch babies” are. I don’t believe I’ve ever eaten one, but reading Stacey Makes Cent’s Blog Post about her Grain Free Dutch Babies looked so delicious so I knew I needed to give it a go this weekend for breakfast. I followed her recipe exactly, I only halved the recipe since I was only making it for me. I wanted to devour the whole pie pan of the dutch baby, but good thing I didn’t because two serving would make this a crossover meal. One day, I’ll get to have crossover meals-but not now. Stacey also suggested Gwen’s Sugar Free Berry Syrup, so I decided I needed to give that a go.  I also halved her recipe since I knew I wouldn’t finish 3 cups of syrup in one week. Gwen’s Syrup really made this meal. The Dutch babies were good on their own, but they are AMAZING with Gwen’s Syrup. I have a sweet tooth, so I added a dash of NOW Better Stevia and probably close to 2 TBSP of powered homemade truvia (perhaps even a bit more). Before I added the gluccie, I would taste test and I kept adding in my powered homemade truvia until it was the right sweetness for me. After adding the gluccie and it thickening up, I added just a bit more. I also wanted to add some chia seeds so I added 1/2 tsp – which still keeps in the FP zone. I did add the lemon oil. The touch of lemon just made it that much better.

This is definitely a breakfast you will want to give a go. I’m so thankful for both Stacey and Gwen’s blog because both of these ladies have made THM so yummy with all of their recipes. I definitely recommend going to both of their recipe tabs and pinning all the recipes you will want to try!

Keep to half the pie pan to stay in S territory. Nutritional info is just ONE dutch baby pie pan-half of Stacey’s recipe

Stacey's GF Dutch Babies

Gwen’s Sugar Free Berry Sauce is FP (even more so without the addition of Chia Seeds). I only added 1/2 tsp which is what it is showing below. The nutritional information is for half of the recipe.

Gwen's Sugar Free Berry Syrup Calories

Etched Forever: Different

A moment in time. Frozen. Forever. Etched forever in my mind.

Staring at my face in the mirror after my water broke in disbelief that this was happening.

Calling my husband and him telling me I needed to go to the Labor and Delivery immediately.

I was only 33 weeks. I was all alone with my 19 month old daughter. My husband was seven hours away. This couldn’t be, shouldn’t be happening.

Dear Lord – Help me.

Alone in my hospital bed. No one to hold my hand. No one tell me it was going to be okay.

Scared. Yelling at my husband that if he didn’t get here before I delivered, I would never forgive him. Crazy, pregnant hormones.

Relieved. My husband arrived.

Contractions. Very Painful back contractions. I remember the nurse asking me to quiet down.

I just wanted relief so I agreed to the c-section.

Scared and Cold. Naked. Vulnerable. Praying for God’s protection. So cold. So cold. And so very scared.

My husband was behind the curtain with me. I was wanting to hear desperately my son’s first cry, so I would know he was okay.

After only hearing a brief cry the silence in the room was deafening. Why couldn’t I hear him? I yelled at the doctor. IS HE OKAY? Yes. They had taken him through the NICU window.

I would not be the first person to lay eyes on my son. I would not be the first person to touch his skin. I would not be the first voice he would hear. Oh. My heart.

Cold. Shaking. I couldn’t breathe. I just wanted the c-section to be over. I started coughing. I couldn’t stop. And I was so cold. They couldn’t tell me if my son was okay. I just couldn’t breathe. Then, darkness. The anesthesiologist put me out after I agreed.

I should be cheerful. Put on my positive mask. I couldn’t let people know that I was scared for my son. Seeing pictures of my son with his CPAP was tough. But he was beautiful and precious.

The bruised hands. The bruised feet. The bruised head. So many pokes on his tiny body. Good, Lord. Why? I was crushed on the inside. This was all my fault. Why had my body betrayed me? Why had my body caused my son to be into the NICU?

I drank Ryan in every chance I could. His sweet smell. His sweet snuggles. It was never enough and sadly, every night, I had to leave my son in the hands of someone else. It should have been at home with me. Nursing freely and without the eyes of others.

Blood in his stools. Nurse, is this normal? Panic was overcoming me again. This can’t be happening. I don’t think I can endure this.

“This could be devastating.” I will never forgot those words. They are forever etched in my mind. Ryan had an infection in his bowels. Oh, Dear Lord – Please help my son. See the train track in the x-rays of bowels? That is a sign of NEC. I could see the two parallel lines on the X-ray. There was no mistaking them.

Another tube. This time down into his belly. Crying. And more Crying. And then more. Dear Lord – What had I done? Ryan just wanted to eat, but he couldn’t, it was to help him get better. A whole seven days with no eating. Just fluids and medicine. His sweet smell went away. He was lucky though. They caught it early and was able to treat the infection before it became anything really serious. Thankful. Extremely, thankful.

It was during this week my husband had an argument. I don’t remember about what exactly, but I think it had something to do with the amount of time I was spending at the NICU and I had a husband and daughter at home that needed me too. Guilt. More Guilt.

Ryan needs me. I don’t know what it is, but there is something different about him. There is something different about him. He needs me. Those words are forever etched in my mind. To this day, these words I think about often. It’s the whole reason I’m writing this.

There is something different about him. Did I know in my hearts of hearts then that he would be different. Why had I thought that?

I’ve been strongly bonded to Ryan since I was able to hold him. Not more than my beautiful daughter. But it is a different bond and something I haven’t yet been able to explain or put into even vague words. I just knew that he would need me and need me in a different way. A sixth sense? Mother’s instincts? God preparing me for our journey that was ahead? I don’t know but that moment is forever etched in my brain. Staring at him in the NICU. Watching him sleep. Holding his tiny hand and promising him that whatever it is he needed from me, I would give it to him.

These past few weeks, I have been coming to term with my son’s diagnosis of Autism. I’ve been processing it quietly – in the confines of my mind. But over the past few weeks, those words keep echoing in my head. There is something different about him. He needs me. My beautiful son. My laughing son. My rambunctious son. My happy son. He needs me…. but I think I need him more than he needs me. I love you, Ryan Scott Grover.


THM Friendly: Almond Joy Fudge

Almond Joy Fudge

Another yummy recipe that I made tonight that was posted in the Trim Healthy Mama Facebook Group: Almond Joy Fudge. I made it tonight and it was very yummy. Another great recipe to have to help satisfy my sweet tooth when it comes up. I love being a Trim Healthy Mama! This would be an S Dessert (or who I am kidding… I’m going to eat this as snack tomorrow)

Here is how I made it:

  • ½ cup unrefined virgin coconut oil
  • 3 Squares of Ghirardelli 86% Cacao Chocolate Baking Bar**
  • 1 tsp of Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 7 tsp of Homemade Truvia Grinded (so it’s like powdered sugar-coffee grinder works best for me)
  • 1/4 tsp of Iodized Sea Salt
  • Chopped Raw Almonds (I used about 15-20 almonds)
  • Coconut Flakes (I used about 1/3 cup)

In small saucepan, melt coconut oil and chocolate squares over low heat until melted. I actually removed it from the heat before it is fully melted because the chocolate and coconut oil melt quickly. I don’t like to heat up the coconut oil more than necessary. Stir in your salt, vanilla, and truvia until combined well. Taste it – add more salt or truvia to please your taste buds. You could add mixture to a blender to make sure your ingredients mix well. Add chopped almonds and coconut flakes until they are saturated in chocolate sauce. I wanted a thicker fudge, so I lined a loaf pan (bread pan) with parchment paper, gave my ingredients once last good stir, pour into the lined pan, and popped it into the freezer.

Freeze until it hardens (about an hour-but you can leave it for as long as you want). After it hardens, cut into pieces and put in ziplock bag or storage container. Store in freezer or fridge until you are ready to eat (it melts quickly). Of course, that is the hardest part is not having more than a couple of pieces at a time!

**Original Posting had 60% Chocolate which I made this with. After a very kind commenter pointed out the carbs, may be too high with 60% chocolate, I’m adjusted the recipe to make it more THM compliant to stay in the S meals which is what I want this to be.

This blog post is linked up at Stacey Makes Cents – be sure to check out her blogs for TONS of delicious recipes (most are THM compliant!). I was highlighted her Trim Healthy Tuesday linkup where you can also find other great linked up THM recipes including her recipe for Spaghetti Squash Primavera!  

86% Chocolate – Limit yourself to 2 pieces and cut into 15 pieces

almond joy fudge 86

almond joy fudge 60

60% – Cut into 15 pieces and limit to 1 piece

Check out Stacey’s and Gwen’s Blog every Tuesday for new recipes for THM!