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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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

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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!


Trim Healthy Mama: Yummy E Pancakes

THM Pancakes

About two months ago, I started the Trim Healthy Mama (THM) Lifestyle. I refrain from calling it a diet because you’ll see some THMs heads turn 360 when you do, but for all intents and purposes of the word diet – your diet is what you eat – and my diet is THM friendly foods.  One of my favorite E breakfast meals are the THM pancakes. I’ve made them several times now and have now perfected my method of making them. Because I respect copyrights, I cannot post the full recipe here, as it belongs to the authors of THM, However, I am sharing how I adjusted their recipe and methods to make the some super yummy THM pancakes that are approved by my kids!

  1. I use my ninja mega kitchen food processor bowl to grind my rolled oats into a fine (the finer you can get them, the better) powder. Any blender should work fine or a coffee grinder (but that would require several small batches to processed).
  2. I place the rolled oat powder into a medium mixing bowl. I add the baking powder, 4 tsp truvia*, and cinnamon**. Combine well. *I use a homemade truvia (it is much cheaper). **The cinnamon is my addition and I use about 1 tsp per batch.
  3. I put 1% fat cottage cheese into my food pro bowl and blend until it looks like a thick milk.
  4. Add blended cottage cheese to oats and stir them together.
  5. I use carton egg whites and put them into my food pro bowl and blend until they have doubled in volume at least and soft peaks forms.
  6. Now, add the egg whites to your oat/cottage cheese mixture. This part take a little while to get the oat mixture to combine. You need to let it sit for about 5 minutes or so to thicken up. This is very important. If you don’t wait, you will have very flat pancakes.
  7. I use the time that the pancake batter is thickening, to pull out my pan, started heating it on a med-low heat.20130907_151658
  8. Once my pan is warm, I make sure to use my laddle to mix the batter up and pull the batter up from the bottom. I like to make large sized pancakes, so I pour in about 1/2 to 3/4 of my laddle. I spray just a titch of grilling Pam* onto my cheap-o, non stick pan and pour the batter in. *I am not sure if Pam is THM compliant, but it has no calories and no fat and I really just spray a tiny dot.20130907_151912
  9. You need to wait until the pancake is almost cook through before you flip. The edges need to be just about dry before you flip. If you don’t wait, you will have a harder time flipping the pancake. The pancake should be a very dark golden brown when you flip it over.20130907_152105
  10. Once it is flipped, the pancake should only need to be cooked for 30-45 secs on the remaining side I usually serve this side face up since it more eye pleasing (at least in my opinion)20130907_152934
  11. Now, just repeat steps 8-10 until all your batter is gone. I usually make a double batch. This double batch got me 12 large pancakes. You can eat 2 of the these sized pancakes for your E meal. Pictured belowed is the back side of the pancakes. I freeze my packages in batches of 2 with a papertowl in between in a quart sized zip lock bag. I just warm them in the microwave for about 45 seconds or pop the frozen pancakes in a toaster for a quick and easy breakfast for me or my kids. My daughter calls them “Mommy’s Pancakes” when asking for them for breakfast.

I love cinnamon! So today, I decided to have my THM pancakes topped with truvia sweetened 0% Fage Greek Yogurt and peaches sprinkled with a good dose of cinnamon! YUM!

THM Pancakes Peach

Kaylen’s Five Year Old Interview

1. What is your favorite T.V. Show? Well, first I like Bugs (A Bug’s Life), Wild Krattz, and Wonder Pets

2. What did you have for breakfast? I don’t know

3. What is your middle name? Denna

4. Favorite Food? Dessert. ICE CREAM!

5. What food do you dislike? Well, your chicken.

6. What is your favorite color? Pink. Dark Pink and Plain pink.

7. Favorite lunch? Spaghetti.  (She likes plain spaghetti noodles)

8. What is your favorite thing to do? Helping you and daddy

9. If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation, where would it be? To Disneyland

10. Favorite sport? Games

11. When is your birthday? Oh, oh, oh… I Don’t know

12. Are you a morning person or a night person? I’m both

13. Pets? I love fairy pets

14. Any new and exciting news you’d like to share with us? I love sharing graham crackers with Ryan, but then he will squash them.

15. What do you want to be when you grow up? You. (Pointing to Mommy)

16. What is your favorite candy? Candy Canes. I want chocolate and candy canes.

17. Where is the farthest place you’ve ever been from home? (She didn’t understand this question)

18. What is your favorite book? My little ponies

19. What are you most proud of? When I am not making mess

20. What is your favorite movie? Little Ponies

21. Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Chicken.