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Healthy Recipes

As you all know, I try to stay on the healthy eating wagon (at least during the week). But let’s be real for a minute ok? It can get really boring. I tend to fall in to the trap of making the same recipes over and over for a month or so and finally either Chris or I will be like ummm let’s change it up this week!!!

I was really excited when I opened the box to my Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook! It has over 350 healthy recipes inside! There is a wide variety of different types of recipes from main dishes, drinks, sides, snacks, etc. Some of these recipes seem quick and easy and others are more advanced.  Now, I knew nothing about Trim Healthy Mama before getting this cookbook, so I didn’t realize they have a whole blog and brand. I just get excited about healthy recipes!

trim healthy mama cookbook

At the beginning of the book it talks about the Trim Healthy Mama lifestyle and talks about the different tags for the recipes. Like there is FP for fuel pull, S for satisfying, E for energizing, etc. It also tells you the tools and such that you will need in your kitchen. This book is all about lifestyle, not just a diet.

Some recipes that stand out to me:

-Just Like Campbell’s Tomato Soup

-Jalapeno Onion Burgers

-Banana Bread Pudding

-Drive Thru Sue Cheesy Crackers

One thing that really bothers me about most of the recipes is that they require Trim Healthy Mama products. These products have to be ordered online and they are a tad on the pricey side. See here. I can appreciate the healthy alternatives needed for the recipes but I don’t want to have to get on a website to order those things. What I will say is at the bottom of most of these recipes it will tell you substitutes so you can make it shopping from your regular grocery store. It is just most often, you will be adding calories/changing the nutrition of them.

There are also ingredients that I just don’t keep on hand or use for anything else. They give you a list of things that you may not have on hand that they suggest having for the recipes though, so at least you know in advance.

Now, I wanted to share a recipe from the book for your holiday gatherings!!!

Cranberry Wassail (makes 2 quarts)

What you Need:

2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries

3 cinnamon sticks

1 tsp who cloves

3 star anise (optional)

1/4 tsp pure stevia extract

2 tsp orange extract (or a few drops of pure essential orange oil)

What you do:

1.Put the cranberries, cinnamon sticks, cloves and star anise into a large pot and cover with about 1 1/2 quarts of water. Place lid on pot and bring to a rolling boil over medium high heat. Turn the heat down to a gentle simmer and brew for 1 hour.

2.Fit a 2 quart jug or larger jug with a circle of fine cheesecloth, tying it over the mouth of the jar, or insert a funnel type coffee filter into the mouth of the jug. (You can use the permanent filter from your coffee maker.) Using  a ladle, scoop the mixture into your filter to strain it into the jar. YOu might need to swish things around in the filter or remove mush to allow the liquid through occasionally.

3. Remove the filter and add very hot water to top of jar. Add the stevia and orange extract, stir very well, and taste.

Serving Suggestion: Pour the wassail into a warmed crockpot to enjoy on Thanksgiving or Christmas day with guests.

Read more about Trim Healthy Mama here. You can follow along with the Trim Healthy Mama on Facebook and Twitter!

**I received this book from Blogging for Books but all opinions are honest and of my own. **


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  • Reply Andrea @ Living On Cloud Nine November 19, 2015 at 8:45 am

    What a great recipe! I can feel it warming up my holiday soul now! 😉 I just love using stevia extract! It makes me feel better than always using white sugar. Those cheesy crackers sound like a great snack too! Happy Friday eve!!

  • Reply Amanda November 19, 2015 at 8:46 am

    Mmm… cheesy crackers sounds good! Why do the ingredients have to be ordered online through their site??? Are they like imitation ingredients or “boosted” in some way to make them “better” than normal? I’m intrigued by this as the only ingredients I’ve ever known to have to be purchased at a specific place are for an Easy Bake Oven, lmao

  • Reply B @ Sequin Notebook November 19, 2015 at 8:53 am

    Very interesting…I haven’t heard of them before, but I’m always willing to give new, healthy options a try!

  • Reply laura November 19, 2015 at 9:04 am

    That recipe sounds delicious! Of course, I’d need to add bourbon or something to it to make it extra awesome, but calories. I also hate that you have to buy all of their products — that’s like barefoot contessa, where she tells you to buy goat’s cheese, but only from goats in Ireland or something.

  • Reply Kate @ Green Fashionista November 19, 2015 at 10:27 am

    These all sound delish! Especially those jalapeno onion burgers <3

    Green Fashionista

  • Reply Erin LFF November 19, 2015 at 11:14 am

    Iv’ve heard of them and their blog but didn’t realize they had a book out- cool!

  • Reply Biana @ Blovedboston November 19, 2015 at 11:25 am

    I like the recipes that stand out to you – especially the burger!! YUM! I can see why it is annoying having to “buy” their products to make the food – not really a great recipe book lol! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

  • Reply Rebecca Jo November 19, 2015 at 11:30 am

    I hate when cookbooks have those crazy ingredients that are basically a scavenger hunt to find.

  • Reply Jessica November 19, 2015 at 11:50 am

    I need to make that cranberry drink, I love cranberries!!

  • Reply SMD @ Life According to Steph November 19, 2015 at 11:54 am

    Never heard of them! But I do like the idea of a jalapeno onion burger.

  • Reply Jana @ Jana Says November 19, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    As you know, I’m in the market (no pun intended) for healthy recipes so I’ll have to see if I can find this cookbook in my library. Or just check out the website. Definitely one of those.

  • Reply Laura @ Life with Lolo November 19, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    That’s kind of annoying that there recipes require their products… It would be a turn off for me. I mean if you have to substitute realistic items and then it ruins the healthy integrity of the recipe what’s the point? Hopefully you still found several recipes worth while!

  • Reply Emily @ Martinis & Bikinis November 19, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    I’ve never had Cranberry Wassail before but it sounds perfect for the holidays!

  • Reply alyssa November 19, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    Staying on the healthier side and not getting bored to death by food options is really a struggle. The stuff that’s bad for you is just so much easier to throw together too. Sounds like this book has some good ideas! But I think including really specific or special-order ingredients is just another barrier to healthy eating or cooking at home. I’m glad they at least list out alternative options!

  • Reply Cara November 19, 2015 at 5:35 pm

    I love coming across a variety of healthy recipes because I also tend to fall into the trap of eating the same things over and over. But what I like more are recipes that allow flexibility when it comes to ingredients. Hopefully you’ll be able to make some substitutions for a lot of the recipes in this book.

  • Reply Candace November 19, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    That is so awesome, 350 healthy things to make? Ok cool, count me in haha 🙂 The Jalapeno onion burgers are amazing I bet. If you make them, send one my way 🙂
    xo C

  • Reply Andrea November 19, 2015 at 6:31 pm

    That cook book sounds so awesome!! It’s good to know you like it so far, too! I’m so curious to know how that Campbell’s soup recipe tastes!! That is annoying a lot of them require THEIR products though!!

  • Reply Kerry November 19, 2015 at 8:52 pm

    I am not a fan of cookbook that use ingredients you can’t find or push their own products. The soup recipe sounds good though.

  • Reply November 20, 2015 at 8:19 am

    boo for them requiring their stuff, but i get they are trying to make some $ but still!! the recipes sound good though.

  • Reply kristen November 24, 2015 at 8:58 am

    oh boo, i don’t like the having to order things online. no thanks. if a recipe is too complicated – and that includes having to order items online – i’m not gonna make it.

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