Tasty Tuesday: Cinnamon Roll Coffee Cake

This YUMMY recipe is low carb AND it is gluten free!  This recipe is from “All Day I Dream of Food”. The website is full of LOTS of recipe which are also paleo.  There are some keto meal plans too.  The directions are easy enough to follow….

 

A tender, sweet low carb coffee cake filled with cinnamon and drizzled with cream cheese glaze.

Prep Time: 15 mins     Cook Time: 35 mins
Servings: 16 servings
Ingredients
Cinnamon Filling:
  • 3 tbsp Swerve Sweetener
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
Cake:
  • 3 cups almond flour
  • 3/4 cup Swerve Sweetener
  • 1/4 cup unflavoured whey protein powder
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup butter melted
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 tbsp melted butter
Cream Cheese Frosting:
  • 3 tbsp cream cheese softened
  • 2 tbsp powdered Swerve Sweetener
  • 1 tbsp heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325F and grease an 8×8 inch baking pan.
  2. For the filling, combine the Swerve and cinnamon in a small bowl and mix well. Set aside.

  3. For the cake, whisk together almond flour, sweetener, protein powder, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl.

  4. Stir in the eggs, melted butter and vanilla extract. Add the almond milk and continue to stir until well combined.

  5. Spread half of the batter in the prepared pan, then sprinkle with about two thirds of the cinnamon filling mixture. Spread the remaining batter over top and smooth with a knife or an offset spatula.

  6. Bake 35 minutes, or until top is golden brown and a tester inserted in the center comes out with a few crumbs attached.
  7. Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with remaining cinnamon filling mixture. Let cool in pan.
  8. For the frosting, beat cream cheese, powdered erythritol, cream and vanilla extract together in a small bowl until smooth. Pipe or drizzle over cooled cake.
Recipe Notes:  Each serving has 5.4 g of carbs and 2.2 g of fiber. Total NET CARBS = 3.2 g.
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Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

How to STOP Sabotaging Your Diet

Christmas is over and if you are like me…. you have eaten so much over the last few days (okay so maybe it has been the last few weeks).  Now there are leftovers to deal with and the last push to enjoy all those treats before we hit the New Year’s resolutions.  Doesn’t everyone’s resolution include eating healthy or hitting the gym?  Yes, I squirreled.

I have been struggling for several months to maintain my goal weight or even stay within the 2 pound range given by Weight Watchers when I stumbled on this article.  Now I have been told these misconceptions many times, reading them again always is a good reminder…

“Skipping breakfast is harmless and a smart way to cut calories.”

I am definitely a breakfast skipper!  I am usually up early and always say “it’s too early to eat”  or “I’m not hungry.”  It is time to re-train my brain.    Studies show people who eat a smart breakfast daily are less likely to become obese. Your body functions more effectively when it’s well fueled, so you’ll actually burn more calories throughout the day if you feed it in the morning. Plus, you’re more likely to make poor food decisions if you let yourself get too hungry. So start your day with a light healthy breakfast.  Not hungry first thing in the a.m.?  Why not keep a piece of fruit and protein bar handy for a mid-morning meal.

“Eating gluten-free/vegan/insert-buzzword-here foods will help with weight loss.”

No hate mail, please.  I know there are some who need to eat gluten free or vegan for health reason.  I do gluten free to help manage MS symptoms BUT there are some who thing it will help with their weight loss. The simple fact is eating like this does not guarantee weight loss. They can be loaded with calories and fat. Gluten-free foods are sometimes just as carby as their gluten-containing counterparts, and vegan goods may be full of fatty calories. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with sticking to foods which work for your personal needs and lifestyle, but some choices are better than others. That’s why it’s so important to check the nutritional info before you order or buy. Pay special attention to calories, serving size, and servings per container!

“On workout days, I can let loose and indulge at meal time, and it’ll all balance out.”

Even if your spin class promises to burn 800 calories, don’t treat yourself to fettuccine Alfredo and cheesecake just yet. It’s common to overestimate the number of calories we’ve burned — everyone burns calories at a different rate — and you could unintentionally negate your hard work. Even if your estimates are spot on, do you really want to cancel them out entirely? If you’re aiming for weight loss, you still need to take in fewer calories than you burn. Either way, you’re better off just increasing your portion sizes to replenish yourself, not reaching for junk food or totally overdoing it. Check out these ideas for what to eat before and after a workout.

“As long as I stick to a clean diet of all-natural whole foods, I don’t need to worry about calories.”

If weight management is a priority for you, then yeah, you’re going to want to keep tabs on your calorie intake. YES, eating whole natural foods is good for you. But it’s completely possible to consume way more calories than you burn in a day by eating these foods. Plenty of natural foods are calorie dense — think avocados, nuts, grains — meaning a small portion has a large calorie count. Eat too much of those, and you could pack on the pounds.  Believe it or not, the same thing can happen with fruits which are packed full of natural sugar.  So eat the good stuff, but watch the portions.

“I’ll order a salad for dinner to save calories for dessert.”

No judgement call here – I’ve done this. Although, it may seem like a smart choice, restaurant salads often pack WAY more calories than you think. So if you’re blindly assuming the giant Cobb salad is a better option than a lean petite filet and a side of veggies, you might want to spend some time checking out the restaurant’s nutritional facts.  The salad dressing alone often contains hundreds of calories! And when it comes to dessert, treat yourself… but split one with your dining companions. Studies have found we enjoy the last bite the most anyway!

What is your best weight loss tip?  Share them with us as we get ready for the New Year…

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Tasty Tuesday: Pumpkin Spice Latte Overnight Oats

Thank you Hungry Girl for this yummy recipe…

Nutrition Info: 207 calories, 4g total fat (<0.5g sat fat), 247mg sodium, 35.5g carbs, 7g fiber, 3g sugars, 7g protein  FreestyleSmartPoints® value 4*

 

Prep: 5 minutes     Chill: 6 hours   MAKES 1 SERVING

Ingredients:

1 tsp. instant coffee granules
1/2 cup old-fashioned oats (I use gluten free)
1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/4 cup canned pure pumpkin
2 packets no-calorie sweetener (like Truvia), or more to taste
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice, or more for topping
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
Dash salt
Optional topping: fat-free plain Greek yogurt

Directions:

  1. In a medium jar or bowl, combine coffee granules with 1/4 cup hot water. Stir to dissolve.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and mix well.
  3. Cover and refrigerate for at least 6 hours, until oats are soft and have absorbed most of the liquid.

Do you head out to work early?  Or maybe you can’t eat breakfast first thing in the morning.  That’s me!!!  When I am headed out for an event or to help out at my old JOB, I pack this yumminess for a mid day snack.  What better what to carry it then in a Thirty One thermal….

The Multi Bottle Thermal isn’t just a baby bottle cooler bag, it makes a great lunch tote or snack bag too. Two of them fit perfectly into our ZOUT creating an ideal daycare solution! Adjustable shoulder strap makes carrying easy.   I put my favorite Fall personalization on it too…Here are some of the awesome features:

  • Two exterior zipper compartments
  • Top non-thermal storage compartment
  • Large thermal storage compartment
  • Holds up to six standard-sized baby bottles
  • Adjustable shoulder strap
  • 10.75″H x 7″L, x 6” D

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Tasty Tuesday: One Point Cheesecake

Thank you to Judy Kushner from Pampered Chef and a fellow Weight Watcher for today’s recipe….Ingredients:

  • 3 eggs
  • 3 cups fat free plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 small box of sugar free/fat free instant pudding (pick your favorite)
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 1tbsp sugar substitute (I used 3 packages of Stevia)
  • Pinch of salt (I use Himalayan salt)

Directions:

  1. Add eggs, vanilla, sugar and sale to a medium bowl and beat well.
  2. Add yogurt and dry pudding.  Mix well
  3. Pour into a 8-9″ pie plate sprayed with non-stick spray.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 – 30 minutes
  5. Let good on counter completely (about 2 hours)
  6. Cover and refrigerate

I topped mine with fresh strawberries.  When you cut it into 4 pieces, each piece is 1 point and chock full of protein.  Makes a quick and easy breakfast or a filling snack.  I’m going to try it with chocolate, add a little bit of chocolate sauce and a few crushed graham crackers and maybe even a few mini chocolate chips and mini marshmallows.  It will raise the points but it will be a yummy treat on those days I am craving something sweet.Judy (and I) used many of our Pampered Chef products to make this yummy treat.  Check out these awesome products: The Classic Batter Bowl to mix everything in. The Small Mix N Scraper to mix the ingredients.Be sure to check out her website for lots of other AMAZING Pampered Chef Products.I took mine for breakfast on weigh in day because every Weight Watcher knows you don’t eat before weigh in, right?  LOL.  I used my Cool Clip thermal to keep it fresh and cool because the weather has been a little warm at the Jersey Shore.  So many prints to pick from.  The Cool Clip Thermal Pouch makes a great addition to any tote, bag or backpack when you need a little extra space or just need to keep items separated and easy to access. Great for snacks, sunscreen, medicine, make-up, valuables, cell phones, baby food, bug spray, first-aid supplies and many other items. Features a washable and wipeable thermal lining, exterior clip, zipper closure and front pocket. Have a recipe you want to share?  Send it to my email at HopeWs31@gmail.com.Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Tasty Tuesday: Breakfast or Dessert?

Thank you Tracey Bartolomey and Tastefully Simple for today’s recipe…

Nothing beats a hot breakfast. But if, like me, you’re not a morning person, the opportunity for a few more zzzzs usually trumps getting up a little earlier to cook. In my world, “hot breakfast” = toast. Once in a while, though, there’s an occasion special enough for me to make the first meal of the day something more than a quick grab ‘n go. 

ingredients

  • 1 package Absolutely Almond Pound Cake Mix
  • 1 cup water
  • ¾ cup butter, melted
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, cut into ½-inch cubes
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 6 large eggs
  • 2 cups half & half
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Maple syrup, fruit syrup, whipped cream, optional

directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Prepare Absolutely Almond Pound Cake according to package directions using water and butter. Allow to cool fully and cut into roughly 1-inch cubes.
  2. In a greased 8×8 baking dish, layer ¾ of cake cubes, cream cheese cubes, blueberries and remaining cake cubes.
  3. In large bowl, whisk together eggs, half & half, cinnamon and vanilla; pour mixture evenly over baking dish. Cover with aluminum foil and refrigerate 4 hours or up to overnight.
  4. Preheat oven to 425°F. Remove cover and continue baking 30-35 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean.
  5. Cool 5 minutes; cut into slices and serve with maple or fruit syrup and whipped cream, if desired.

Absolutely Almond Blueberry French Toast Bake blog post | Tastefully Simple

Tips & Hints

  • Prefer a slightly more traditional French toast recipe? Try using Bountiful Beer Bread® cubes instead of pound cake. This Overnight French Toast Bake is a sweet and savory option.
  • Try using Sunny Lemon Pound Cake & Icing Mix to add a light, citrus flavor.
  • Sprinkle toasted almond slices over the top before baking to add a nutty crunch.
  • Double-duty it as dessert! Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Visit Tracey’s Tastefully Simple Facebook Group for more tips, hints and recipes.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!