It’s January. Cue the fad diets that the New Year brings.
BLAH…sounds horrific, right?
I’ll be the first to admit that I put on my fair share of weight over the holidays. Grayson and I have done Weight Watchers for quite a few years now, 4 if I’m counting correctly. We had great success with it, but last year I fell hard off the wagon and the weight caught up with me.
This year, I weighed my options of signing back up for WW or trying something a little different. I do agree that WW encompasses an ideology of making a life change in your eating habits. However, I just couldn’t get back in the swing of it this go around. Every where I looked it seems like there was a food I shouldn’t eat or wasn’t worth the associated points value. I don’t want to look at food like that anymore. So I decided to give Trim Healthy Mama a try (I’m def not a Mom…not true…I’m a fur baby Mom but whatever!).
THM Plan is pretty simple and teaches you to eat the way our bodies were designed to eat food. It’s somewhat of a clean eating diet, but you can customize it as little or as much as you’d like. I won’t bore you with all the details, but I can get behind their “Food Freedom” mantra. Food Freedom really is an awesome philosophy because let’s face it, you can only deprive yourself from certain foods for so long before you break.I’m eating foods that I never would have dreamed of eating while doing WW and I’m seeing results. YAY!
That being said, the most trouble I have had with THM so far is finding quick, on-the-go breakfasts. I typically grab a Luna Protein bar and eat in the car on the way to work while drinking my cup of coffee. Unfortunately, MOST protein bars aren’t on plan for THM. What’s a motivated girl to do?
Again, I took to Pinterest!
I wanted something I could make over the weekend that would last me through the week and would be an easy meal to eat on the go. I searched until I found something that looked relatively simple. I found this Almond Flour Muffins recipe that was posted by Emily on the THM website forum.
I was skeptical because skimming over the ingredients, it didn’t seem as if this concoction would make anything that resembles a muffin. There was no flour involved. Almond flour was used to replace regular flour or oats. I truly expected these muffins to taste like a huge, soft almond. Boy was I wrong!
I started out a little too optimistic thinking I could mix the batter by hand. Fail. I broke out my hand mixer since I still don’t have a stand one (ugh…I need to work on that for real). I actually quadrupled the original recipe and made my muffins slightly smaller to make more muffins. For the most part, you can add whatever you would like to flavor them as long as it is THM Plan approved. I chose blueberries and strawberries! Blueberries for me and strawberries for G 😉
I always have to sample the batter! It was VERY sweet! So sweet actually that I was worried I wouldn’t like them once baked. I don’t have much experience baking with Truvia, so I didn’t realize that some of the sweetness would be lost once baked. I think I will add more truvia to my batter next time to make the muffins just a little sweeter.
I had enough batter to make 20 muffins! Ten blueberry and ten strawberry! I didn’t have any cupcake liners, so I just sprayed my pan down real good. They still stuck a little too the pan, but it wasn’t so bad.
Patience is NOT a virtue of mine…I stared at those beautiful mounds of batter mixed with dark blueberries for what seemed like the entire time they were in the oven! I squealed with excitement when they were finished! Poor Ellie the Doodle freaked out and hid in her room under the bed for about ten minutes!
I cut one blueberry muffin in half and set one half to the side for G to sample. He would tell me if they were worth eating and sharing 😉 I tried to wait for him but my efforts were no good. I sunk my teeth into the steaming muffin, cooled to perfect temperature to still be warm. A huge blueberry burst with the first bite and I let out a little sigh of relief and then gobbled down the rest. It was truly delicious! Maybe I am not giving myself enough credit as a baker? Especially if you remember my cookie exchange post! Grayson thought they were really yummy too and thought it was crazy-town that there was zero flour in these!
Whether you are watching what you eat or just like muffins, these are a great go-to and are super easy to make!
THM S Muffins: Lenziedae Style
*original recipe credit to Emily*
Makes 10-12 muffins
- 2 cups Almond Flour
- 4 Eggs
- 2 tbsp. truvia (may need more if you’d like them sweeter)
- 1/2 tsp. Baking soda
- 1 tsp. Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
- Frozen fruit of your choice
- Pre-heat oven to 350°.
- Mix together eggs, truvia, and ACV.
- Add almond flour and baking soda and mix well.
- Fold in fruit of your choice.
- Spoon into muffin tin until about 2/3 full.
- Bake for about 15 minutes or until done in the center.