Roasted Shrimp & Feta Quinoa (THM E)

Summer is just around the corner, which means two things: 1) less cooking time (because your house it too hot already) and 2) lots of fresh, vibrant flavors. Enter, this beautiful quinoa salad.

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I did roast the shrimp in the oven, but you could also grill them for an even quicker meal.

To roast the shrimp, and stay in E mode, start by preheating your oven to 400. Place the shrimp onto a large baking sheet lined with foil, spray lightly with coconut oil spray, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and toss to combine. Roast the shrimp at 400 for about 6 minutes – it may be more or less depending on the size and thickness of your shrimp. When they’re done, they will be firm to the touch, pink and opaque on the outside.

All that’s left is to assemble the salad!

Place the cooked quinoa into a large bowl, and add the scallions, dill, parsley, cucumber, red onion, lemon juice, and feta.

For the cucumber, make sure that you take the time (2 seconds, really) to cut out the seeds of the cucumber – yes, even if it’s “seedless”. The seeds have more moisture and will cut the shelf life of your salad significantly. You don’t want the whole batch going bad over some cucumbers! That would just be silly.

To cut the seeds out of your cucumber, slice the cuke lengthwise into quarters and cut into it on an angle so the whole “log” of seeds comes out in one cut.

Give the salad a big toss, taste for seasoning, then add your shrimp and serve.

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The great thing about this salad is that it’s wonderful at room temp or cold from the fridge. In fact, as it sits in the fridge the flavor gets even better.

The lemon juice adds a fantastic  acidity to the salad, while the herbs add tons of fresh, green flavor. This salad just screams summer to me, and it couldn’t be easier to make!

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Roasted Shrimp & Feta Quinoa (THM E)

  • Servings: 6
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: Erin Murray, My Fling with Food

Ingredients

  • 1.5 – 2lbs shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • about 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • juice of 2 lemons
  • 1 English cucumber, seeded and diced
  • 1/4 c finely diced red onion
  • 4-5 sprigs fresh dill, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 small bunch of parsley, chopped
  • 4 scallions, whites and green parts, sliced
  • 2 Tbsp crumbled feta cheese
  • salt and pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Spread shrimp onto a large baking sheet, spritz with coconut oil spray, and season with salt and pepper. Toss to combine, then roast at 400 for about 6 minutes.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the cooked quinoa with all other ingredients. Give it a big toss, taste for seasoning, and serve.

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Low Carb Coffee Ice Cream (THM S)

Coffee lovers unite! This ice cream is all the creamy deliciousness of a warm morning cup of coffee in a chilly dessert version.

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The first ice cream I ever loved (nay, “favorited”) was Haagen Dazs coffee ice cream. I am THE coffee gal and that ice cream felt like a big java hug, but in dessert form. Creamy and sweet, with a distinct coffee flavor – that is this ice cream. Except this ice cream is really good for you, and super easy to make.

My go-to ice cream base these days is a fat bomb – eggs, raw cacao butter, MCT oil, coconut oil, and heavy cream (or canned coconut milk, for dairy free). The result is this buttery soft ice cream, that absolutely melts in your mouth. For not a ton of milk, or cream rather, it’s almost unbelievable how creamy this stuff gets.

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For the coffee part of it, I used instant espresso granules. You can use strongly brewed coffee as well, but you will have to use at least 1/2 a cup and reduce the cream which may make the texture of your ice cream more icy and hard. I liked the granules, because I only had to use 2 1/2 Tbsp for the whole batch, and I got a strong coffee flavor without diluting my creamy base.

The best part, is that there is absolutely zero cooking involved – just melting (microwaving, in my case) and throwing it in a blender. Easy, right?

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If you need this base to be dairy free, you can add 1 cup of canned coconut milk instead of heavy cream. Just skip the phase where you add the ice cubes, and take it straight to your pre-chilled ice cream machine.

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This ice cream is not only easy to make, it’s every bit as good (nay, BETTER) than top-shelf brands. Plus, you get multiple servings at your fingertips. It tastes sinful, but there’s no guilt in this dreamy java dessert.

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Low Carb Coffee Ice Cream (THM S)

  • Servings: Multiple
  • Time: 20 minutes, plus setting time
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: Erin Murray, My Fling with Food

Ingredients


Directions


1. Combine all ingredients, except for the ice cubes, into a high-powered blender and whip until creamy and slightly thickened.
2. Begin adding the ice cubes, one at a time, blending well for about 10 seconds between.
3. When the mixture is thick and slightly chilled, transfer it to your pre-frozen ice cream machine and churn according to manufacturer’s directions.
4. Transfer to a shallow, freezer-safe dish and freeze for at least one hour before serving.
*NOTE: If you’re using coconut milk for the dairy free version, SKIP the ice cube step and transfer the base straight to your ice cream machine.

Blueberry Lemon Breakfast Cake (THM S)

In case you weren’t already aware, blueberry and lemon are best buds. They should always hang out together, because they are a dynamic duo. Sweet blueberries against the tart freshness of lemon – it just doesn’t get any better in my book.

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I call this a breakfast cake, because I more often than not eat this at breakfast or lunch. Really, you can eat it anytime. No one’s going to stop you!

For the dry base of the cake, combine almond flour, oat fiber (not oat flour – there is a difference), whey protein isolate (for a protein kick), baking powder, salt, and Pyure or THM Gentle Sweet. I used both oat fiber and whey for two reasons: 1) I wanted to give the cake a sturdy texture and 2) I wanted to tone down the sometimes aggressive flavor of the whey.

For the wet base, combine the almond milk, vanilla, melted coconut oil, zest of 1 lemon, and juice of 1/2 the lemon.

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Combine the two bowls of ingredients, whisking until there are no lumps.

Next, prepare the blueberries. I used frozen berries, because it’s what I had on hand but you could use fresh if you like. Combine the frozen berries with 1 Tbsp of coconut flour and toss them together.

This helps create a little flotation device for the berries that helps them to stick in the cake batter without sinking to the bottom once the cake bakes. [It is so annoying when that happens!]

Prepare an 8×8 baking dish with coconut oil spray and a square of parchment paper in the bottom.

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Pour the batter in, and bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes.

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As you can see, the top of the cake doesn’t brown as much as the sides. Make sure you look there for doneness first, and check the middle with a toothpick start around 30 minutes of bake time. It’s OK if it puffs a little, it will reduce as it cools and you can (gently) press it back down if needed.

Let the cake cool completely, then prepare the glaze.

Beat together the cream cheese, Pyure or THM Gentle Sweet, lemon juice, and vanilla until the mixture is slightly fluffy. One tablespoon at a time, add the almond milk until the mixture is thick, yet pourable. Pour it right over the top of the cake, letting it go down the sides and wherever it pleases. Just gently spread it with a spatula so that all sides are evenly coated.

Serve immediately, or refrigerate for future use.

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The cake is perfectly moist with tiny bursts of blueberry throughout. The glaze is smooth, velvety, and zesty with the fresh lemon. It’s the perfect breakfast or snack time pick-me-up.

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Blueberry Lemon Breakfast Cake (THM S)

  • Servings: Serves 9
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: Erin Murray, My Fling with Food

Ingredients


Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. For the cake, combine the almond flour, oat fiber, whey, baking powder, salt, and sweetener in a small bowl. In a separate bowl, combine the eggs, almond milk, coconut oil, lemon zest and juice, and vanilla.
  3. Whisk the wet ingredients into the dry until there are no lumps.
  4. Toss the blueberries with the coconut flour, then fold them into the cake batter.
  5. Line an 8×8 pan with a square of parchment paper, and spray with coconut oil. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
  6. Bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes.
  7. Cool the cake completely and make the glaze.
  8. For the glaze, beat together the softened cream cheese, sweetener, lemon juice, and vanilla. When the cream cheese is slightly fluffy, beat in the almond milk 1 Tbsp at a time. The mixture should be thick, but pourable.
  9. Pour the glaze over the cake, and spread it evenly with a spatula. Serve immediately or refrigerate for later.


 

 

Mediterranean Stuffed Mushrooms (THM FP/S)

This warm weather down in Georgia has me cooking up all of the fresh veggies and flavors of summer. These stuffed mushrooms are a tasty side for the family or an impressive appetizer for a whole party.

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These stuffed mushrooms are so easy and flavorful, it’s going to blow your mind.

Start by mincing the tomato, shallot, garlic, and parsley. Season the vegetable mix with the juice of half a lemon, salt and pepper.

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For more of a FP side, add just 1 Tbsp of crumbled feta. For an S, add 2 Tbsp of feta.

Remove the stems of your mushrooms and place them cap-side down on a baking sheet.

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Fill each cap with about a teaspoon of filling. Some will be more or less, based on their size – just pack as much in there as you can, and fill them to the top of the cap.

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Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes. The mushrooms will be softened, but still able to hold their shape.

While they’re still hot, sprinkle with a little bit of parmesan and serve immediately.

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The mushrooms are hearty, while the filling is delicate, zesty, and light.

These are perfect to go alongside some grilled protein, or as a fresh appetizer for a holiday party.

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Mediterranean Stuffed Mushrooms (THM FP/S)

  • Servings: Multiple
  • Time: 45 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: Erin Murray, My Fling with Food

Ingredients

  • 16oz whole cremini mushrooms
  • 1 Roma tomato, seeded and finely diced
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp fresh parsley
  • 1-2 Tbsp crumbled feta* (See Notes)
  • salt and pepper
  • Optional garnish: more fresh parsley, grated parmesan

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the tomatoes, shallot, garlic, parsley, lemon, and feta. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Gently remove the stems from each mushroom, and place them cap-side down on a large baking sheet.
  4. Fill each cap with about a teaspoon of filling. Fill each cap to the brim, as the mushrooms and filling will cook down slightly.
  5. Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes. The mushrooms should be softened, but still able to hold their shape.
  6. While they’re still warm, sprinkle with Parmesan, if using. Serve immediately.
  7. *NOTES: For a FP, use just 1 Tbsp of feta. For an S, use 2 Tbsp.

Crockpot Mexican Shredded Beef (THM S)

If you can believe it, this was my first time EVER making a beef roast. Trust me when I say this shredded beef is easy, flavorful, and versatile!

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I love using my Crock Pot for various reasons, but overall it makes dinner insanely easy and it cooks without heating up the kitchen. Between preschool drop off, working, and getting my daughter to and from karate (right before dinner, no less) dropping something in the crock pot is definitely the easiest part of my day. The best part is coming home to a fully cooked dinner!

Let’s get to the nitty gritty of the recipe – start with a 2.5 – 3lb boneless beef roast.

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Next, throw the dry spices together in a small bowl: chili powder, cumin, ground coriander, smoked paprika, cayenne, oregano, salt and pepper. Stir them up, activating the spices by rubbing them gently between your fingers.

Season the whole roast on both sides, massaging the spices into the meat.

Into the bottom of your crock pot, stir together the broth (any variety is fine), lime juice, tomato paste, onion, garlic, jalapeño, and Fresno chili. Fresno chilis look like red jalapeños and are similarly flavored. You could also use another jalapeño, Serrano pepper, Anaheim pepper, or a different pepper of similar heat level.

For the peppers, you can remove the ribs and seeds or leave them. I seeded half of my peppers, and the beef remained moderately spicy. I sliced everything straight across, because the crock will cook everything down to falling apart texture and tiny cuts aren’t needed.

Lay the seasoned beef roast on top of the veggies, place the lid, and set it on low.

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Let it go low and slow for 8-10 hours until it’s falling apart.

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After it’s done cooking, shred the roast between two forks. I say shred, but really that roast cooks up so tender that you could touch it with a fork and it just falls apart. Serve it right up, any way you like it. I put it over a big bowl of greens with some salsa, avocado, and fresh cilantro with a low carb tortilla on the side. My family enjoyed the beef as tacos with sliced avocados.

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The beef is incredibly soft and tender. You get a hint of lime juice and a little smoky, spicy kick from the spices and peppers. All in all, it’s the perfect, casual way to enjoy a roast.

The leftovers could be used for salads or burritos later in the week. You could even throw them into a breakfast hash, because WHY NOT.

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Crock Pot Mexican Shredded Beef (THM S)

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Time: Prep, 5 minutes; Cook, 8-10 hours
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: Erin Murray, My Fling with Food

Ingredients

  • 2-3lb boneless beef roast
  • 1 medium red onion, sliced
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, (seeded or not) sliced
  • 1 Fresno pepper, (seeded or not) sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 c broth (any variety, I used chicken)
  • juice of 2 limes
  • 3 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/8 tsp ground cayenne
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • salt and pepper
  • Toppings of choice: avocado, salsa, sour cream, fresh cilantro, cheese, etc.

Directions

  1. Combine the dry spice mixture in a small bowl, grinding it lightly between your fingers to activate the spices.
  2. Season the beef with the entire spice mixture, massaging it all over the meat.
  3. In the bottom of your crock pot, combine the tomato paste, broth, lime juice, onions, peppers, and garlic.
  4. Lay the beef roast on top of the veggie mixture, cover, and set on low for 8-10 hours.
  5. After 8-10 hours, shred the meat between two forks and serve immediately.

5-Minute Hot Fudge Sauce (THM S)

You will not believe that you’re only 5 minutes and 6 ingredients away from rich, decadent hot fudge.

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I haven’t had hot fudge in years, and I either forgot how good it was or homemade just blows everything else out of the water.

I decided to try an easy method using ingredients I already had on hand: cocoa powder, butter, cream, and sweetener. I simply combined the cocoa powder and sweetener with heavy cream in a small skillet, whisking until the cream became hot (but not bubbling). I then whisked in a stick of cubed salted butter (normally I do unsalted for baking, but this was all I had and it worked perfectly), vanilla extract, and caramel extract. Keep whisking until the sweetener dissolves, and the mixture is nice and smooth.

You may be thinking that the caramel extract is weird, but trust me when I say it makes the sauce. I had the sauce made without it, and thought, “It’s missing something. More cocoa powder? Vanilla?” Kept thinking, and eventually came to caramel extract. It’s a small amount, so it doesn’t taste of caramel, it just adds a nice background flavor and depth.

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Don’t skimp on the cocoa powder here, make sure you use something good [because, hello, this is a chocolate recipe]. The brands I’ve tried and really enjoyed are Guittard, Ghiradelli, and Pernigotti.

To store the hot fudge, just cool it and store in a pint mason jar, or any container with a lid. It will harden in the fridge, but that’s to be expected. I played around with reheating it, and the best method I found was to reheat a few tablespoons in a small sauce pan on the stove. You can try it in the microwave, however in my testing it didn’t reheat well in the microwave (my best guess is that it scorches the chocolate, causing the mixture to separate).

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This sauce is glorious – it’s thick, rich, gooey, chocolaty. Frankly, it tastes like a liquid brownie and it’s the most fantastic thing in the world. Put it on ice cream, a spoon…cardboard, and it will taste amazing.

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Try it over my Fat Bomb Vanilla Bean Ice Cream for an easy, extra special treat!

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5-Minute Hot Fudge Sauce (THM S)

  • Servings: Multiple; Makes about 1 pint
  • Time: 5 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: Erin Murray, My Fling with Food

Ingredients


Directions

  1. Whisk the cocoa, sweetener, and cream in a small sauce pot over medium-low heat until the cream is hot, but not bubbling.
  2. Whisk in the cubed butter and extracts.
  3. Continue whisking over low heat until the sweetener is fully dissolved.
  4. Cool slightly and store in the fridge. Reheat single servings on the stove as needed.

Vanilla Bean Fat Bomb Ice Cream (THM S)

Call me crazy, but vanilla bean is probably the best flavor of ice cream there is. Yep, I said it! It’s the backbone of many tasty desserts: ice cream cake, shakes, floats, sundaes, and it’s the essential topper for warm baked goods.

This no-cook ice cream is the quickest, easiest ice cream you’ll ever make!

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This ice cream base is my absolute favorite [mostly because I can make it in my blender without the whole headache of making and cooling a custard], and it’s unbelievably creamy.

The base consists of good-for-you-fats like MCT oil, coconut oil, eggs, and raw cacao butter. I also use heavy cream in the base, but you could make it dairy free by using unsweetened vanilla almond milk or canned full fat coconut milk (if you opt for coconut milk, skip the step of adding ice cubes and just add it straight to your ice cream machine.)

Simply whip together all the ingredients except for the ice cubes in a high-speed blender until creamy and slightly thickened. Begin adding the ice cubes one at a time, blending well for about 10 seconds between.

Transfer the mixture into your pre-chilled ice cream machine and churn for approximately 15 minutes, or until it reaches soft serve consistency.

Place the ice cream into a long, shallow freezer-proof dish, cover, and freeze for at least 1 hour before serving.

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Perfectly soft and creamy ice cream with gorgeous flecks of vanilla bean throughout. [Can you tell that I’m a lover of ice cream?]

This base is my favorite because it doesn’t become a rock in the freezer – it’s like grocery store ice cream texture, scoopable straight out of the freezer.

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If you’re feeling like some extra decadence, go ahead and top that beautiful ice cream with some of my easy 5-Minute Hot Fudge [spoiler alert – it tastes like a liquid brownie. SO. GOOD.].

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Vanilla Bean Fat Bomb Ice Cream (THM S)

  • Servings: Multiple
  • Time: 30 minutes, plus freezing time
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: Erin Murray, My Fling with Food

Ingredients


Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients, except for the ice cubes, into a high-powered blender and whip until creamy and slightly thickened.
  2. Begin adding the ice cubes, one at a time, blending well for about 10 seconds between.
  3. When the mixture is thick and slightly chilled, transfer it to your pre-frozen ice cream machine and churn according to manufacturer’s directions.
  4. Transfer to a shallow, freezer-safe dish and freeze for at least one hour before serving.
  5. *NOTE: If you’re using coconut milk for the dairy free version, SKIP the ice cube step and transfer the base straight to your ice cream machine.

Gluten Free Strawberry Cupcakes (THM S)

These strawberry cupcakes are not only fresh and tasty, but so easy to make!

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These cupcakes are a celebration of the beautiful, fresh strawberries of Spring. They’re popping up by the gallon at our local farmer’s markets in Georgia already, and I just can’t resist them.

For the batter and frosting, you’ll need to make a batch of my Strawberry Sauce. It helps preserve your fresh berries while readying them for different recipes: baked goods, pies, syrups, or pour it over ice cream.

For the cupcakes, combine the dry ingredients in a medium bowl: almond flour, Pyure or THM Gentle Sweet, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. In a separate bowl, combine the wet ingredients: coconut oil, eggs, vanilla, strawberry sauce, lemon zest and juice.

Whisk the wet into the dry mixture until just combined. For a deeper pink color, you can add food coloring if you like. I liked the natural look, so mine are pictured with no additional coloring.

Scoop the mixture into a lined cupcake pan [I love using an ice cream scoop for this! Makes the portions even, and one scoop is the perfect amount of batter.]

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Bake the cupcakes in a 350 degree oven for about 25 minutes or until lightly browned and fully set in the middle.

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Allow the cupcakes to cool completely while you make the frosting.

For the strawberry frosting, combine the softened cream cheese, butter, Pyure or THM Gentle Sweet, and vanilla in a medium bowl. Once the mixture is slightly fluffy, add the strawberry sauce and whip until fully incorporated.

Transfer the frosting to a piping bag fitted with a tip, and pipe some onto each cupcake.

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These cupcakes are moist with the lightly sweet and tart flavor of fresh strawberries. The frosting is the perfect creamy complement to these delicate cupcakes.

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My kiddos enjoyed these very much [probably because I let them have cupcakes for breakfast a few times ^_~]. Adults will love them too!

This post contains affiliate links, which means I receive a commission off of purchases made using these links. If you’re interested in fitness, the Trim Healthy Mama lifestyle, or just living a more healthy life, please consider using one or more of the links below. The money made helps me feed my growing family and keeps this blog running with free recipes. Thank you!

Gluten Free Strawberry Cupcakes (THM S)

  • Servings: Makes 12-15
  • Time: 45 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: Erin Murray, My Fling with Food

Ingredients

    For the Cupcakes:
  • 2 1/2 c almond flour
  • 1/3 c Pyure or THM Gentle Sweet
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 coconut oil, melted
  • 4 eggs
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 c Strawberry Sauce
  • For the Strawberry Frosting:
  • 2 8-oz packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1-2 Tbsp Pyure or THM Gentle Sweet
  • 1/3 c Strawberry Sauce

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. For the cupcakes, combine the dry ingredients in a medium bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients.
  3. Whisk the wet into the dry ingredients until fully incorporated.
  4. Scoop the batter into a lined cupcake pan.
  5. Bake at 350 for about 25 minutes, until lightly browned and fully set in the middle. Cool completely while you make the frosting.
  6. Combine all ingredients for the frosting except the strawberry sauce and whip with a hand mixer until light and fluffy.
  7. Add in the strawberry sauce, and beat again until fluffy.
  8. Pipe or spread the frosting even onto each cupcake. Serve immediately or refrigerate if making more than 24 hours ahead of serving.

 

Guide: Fueling Your Fitness with THM

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This is your go-to guide for fueling your workouts  on the Trim Healthy Mama (THM) plan.

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The journey to where I am today began first with my passion for fitness. I joined my local YMCA when my daughter (now 4.5) was about 6 months old. I started going to swim as my workout, and soon got into group fitness classes. Strength training, Zumba, yoga, cycling, TRX – you name it, I was trying it. At first, I was losing weight consistently, but a few months later I plateaued even when I was working out more.

After being frustrated and stuck at the same place for months, I began my journey with THM. Around that same time, I became a fitness instructor (AKA working out a LOT more). It took a few months, but I finally hit my stride with being a fit, trim, AND healthy mama.

1. Timing is everything. We all know we’re supposed to be eating every 3 hours, and with fitness that rule is even more important. You should have a meal 1-2 hours prior to working out, and have a replenishing meal or snack within an hour of working out.

My go-to post workout snack is a Vega Sport Protein smoothie. Vega is a vegan protein, and its flavors are stevia based. The stats for a half scoop are 1.5g fat, 1g net carbs, and 15g protein. I place a half scoop into a Blender Bottle with water after my workout and shake it right up. [*NOTE: I believe Vega is still considered a personal choice because the peas are not sprouted. In this instance, I take it because I believe it will do more good than not in my case.]

2. Match your fuel to your workout. This one is really important – in order to perform your best during your workout, you need to know what type of fuel will be best.

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For cardio-heavy workouts such as cycling, running, tabata, etc. an E meal will give you the most energy during your workout. You don’t want to feel weighed down while doing cardio, the heavier carb ratio helps fuel your muscles and increase endurance during your workout.

Oatmeal is FANTASTIC for cardio workouts. I have multiple recipes for overnight oats, which are all E’s and easy to throw together with a little prep. If you’re OK with dairy before cardio, then cottage cheese, yogurt, or a kefir smoothie are also great E options with lots of protein. I like to mix a Tbsp of fat free cottage cheese into an Oikos 000 yogurt and have sprouted toast with jelly and fruit on the side with coffee or green tea.

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For more strength-based or low impact workouts (such as weight lifting, yoga, barre, pilates, or similar), go for a Deep S meal prior to your sweat session. Dairy-heavy S’s can cause bloat during a workout, so try to avoid them.

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My go-to meal prior to low impact exercise is eggs, bacon, avocados with nutritional yeast, and coffee with collagen. I do have half and half in my coffee, but it’s not enough to weigh me down during my workout (and I usually consume this over an hour before my workout).

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For a combination of strength and cardio, I find it best to go with a FP protein shake. It’s light, but filling, and keeps my energy levels up while I get my sweat going. This meal type is also good if you’re someone who wakes up early and goes to workout first thing in the morning. My rule is not to workout on an empty stomach, but there are a few days during the week where I’m up early to sweat and my stomach hasn’t quite caught up with me. On those days, a shake is just enough to get me going.

My basic skeleton recipe is 1 scoop of whey protein isolate, 2 Tbsp fat free cottage cheese, fresh or frozen fruit of choice, vanilla, 1 scoop of collagen, water and/or unsweetened almond milk (I usually do about 1/2 c of each), and sweetener of choice to taste. It’s the perfect pre-workout energizer for early mornings!

3. Know how to recover. Just like fueling prior to your workout is important, recovering and re-fueling post-workout is equally important.

Carbs fuel your muscles for hard work, and they also help your muscles recover while boosting your energy. After a tough cardio and/or strength workout, I go for a big E meal with lots of protein. The protein helps you recover, while the carbs build your muscles and give you an overall boost of energy (after you come down from that post-workout endorphin and adrenaline rush).

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Like I said – pack. in. that. protein. What many people miss with E meals is the protein, then they end up feeling hungry an hour later. My post-workout lunch is a sandwich on sourdough packed with turkey, Dijon mustard, lettuce or sprouts, tomato and onion with a pickle wedge, fruit, veggies or other on-plan sides (pictured is 1 c of salted Skinny Pop and 2 Tbsp of my FP Everything Bagel Dip with grape tomato dippers), and a big Good Girl Moonshine (pg.  397 of the Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook). Hydrating is important for muscle recovery as well, so make sure you get those fluids in to prevent soreness tomorrow.

If the end of your workout is an hour or more until your next meal, go for an S meal to fill you up. There are many ideas you can go with for an S meal, and the same basic rules apply: pack in the protein, get a mix of fruit and veggies, and sip that water/GGMS.

There you have it! My guide for fueling your fitness with THM. These make seem like small tweaks, but trust me when I say they will make all the difference in your routine.