Gluten Free Brownies

Erica and I were looking for a sweet treat that wouldn't totally wreck our diet. Here is a recipe from the Erica & Kellie test kitchen. These brownies are clean, delicious, and a perfect alternative to the classic brownie. Enjoy!

Gluten Free Brownies
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1 1/2 bars 60% Ghirardelli chocolate
  • 1/3 cup agave syrup
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 egg whites
  • 2 teaspoons Truvia
  • 1/4 cup king author gluten free all purpose flour
  • Shredded coconut to garnish

Preheat oven to 350*F and spray baking pan. Melt coconut oil and chocolate together. Can use stove, we used microwave. Stir until smooth. Remove from heat and whisk in agave, egg yolk, cocoa powder, and salt (seperately). With electric beaters beat egg whites on medium until foamy. Gradually add truvia while beating until it forms glossy peaks. Fold gluten free King Arthur flour into chocolate mixture then fold in egg whites. Pour into pan and bake 20-30 minutes depending on oven and how gooey you like your brownies. Once done sprinkle with coconut flakes!

Gestational Diabetes Meal Plan

TLDR; I won the genetic/overweight lottery and have gestational diabetes. Here's an example meal plan!
I'm sure all of you have seen the posts on Instagram of your pregnant lady friends holding up a bottle with some sort of orange drink in it followed by a comment like "glucose test" or "eww I almost threw up that was so nasty." Well I took my glucose test at week 30 of my pregnancy (about two weeks ago) and I loved it. The glucose drink tasted like fruit punch and it was sugary deliciousness to my surprise.
Also to my surprise was the call I got from my doctor two days later. Her exact words were, "Your blood sugar level was 210 which is extremely high so you're going to bypass the 3 hour test and we're sending you straight to gestational diabetes class." I was pretty calm on the phone but as soon as I hung up the pregnancy hormones took on full force and I was crying and freaking out.
Now, I should have expected that this would happen for many reasons. Number one, I'm overweight. I'll admit I fell off the fitfam bandwaggon and was trying my hardest to get back on track before I got pregnant but the baby came before I could lose my weight. Number two my family is diabetes ridden, everyone and their dog has it.
After attending my diabetes class I learned some pretty valuable info that will help me and my baby in the long run so I'm actually really grateful this happened. I get to poke my finger 4 times a day which is kind of a bummer but I also get to follow a strict low carb diet which is AWESOME!

Here's an example of what I eat on the daily....

  • Breakfast [11-25 grams of carbs]
    • Omelet and Bacon
    • For my omelet I grease the pan with olive oil and I use two eggs, 2 spoonfuls of cottage cheese, 1 cup spinach, 1 green onion, garlic salt and pepper and top the omelet with a couple of avocado slices. 
  • Morning Snack [11-25 grams of carbs]
    • Belvita Biscuits and 1 cup Almond Milk
  • Lunch [41-65 grams of carbs]
    • Steak Salad
    • I make the salad with spinach, cherry tomatoes, green onions, cucumber, mozzarella cheese and I pan sear a steak cut it up and throw that baby in the salad.
  • Afternoon Snack [11-25 grams of carbs]
    • 1 string cheese and 10 mini pretzels
  • Dinner [41-65 grams of carbs]
    • Spaghetti with Meat Sauce
    • To keep the spaghetti low carb I use spaghetti squash as noodles and use the spaghetti sauce that has the lowest amount of carbs that I can find and I use ground turkey instead of ground beef.
  • Bedtime Snack [11-25 grams of carbs]
    • Protein shake with almond milk
    • I chose Lean Body For Her Vanilla protein shake because it's low in carbs and sugar two very important things for keeping your blood sugar down.

Chocolate Vegan Sugar-free Cupcakes

Here's another one from the Erica and Kellie test kitchen! I know it's another chocolate recipe but let's face it, we're on a diet and we need the healthiest sweet treats we can find! I'll admit I wasn't sure how this one was going to turn out but we were pleasantly surprised! These puppies are sugar free, dairy free, gluten free, and most importantly guilt free! BAM!!! I gave one to my husband who loved it and Erica gave one to our friend Kacie who is a chocaholic and she also loved it (those two are not fans of the healthy bandwagon we are on)!  We'll admit that we didn't tell them what was in these but what they don't know wont hurt them! Hope everyone enjoys this delicious healthy recipe!

Chocolate Vegan Sugar-free Cupcakes

For the cake:
  • 2 Gluten Free Flour
  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 cups Truvia
  • ¼ coconut oil
  • ½ cup soft avocado, mashed, about 1 medium avocado
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
For the frosting:
  • 1 large ripe avocado, peeled and seeded
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup Truvia (blended to a powder)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
For the cupcakes:

Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.  Grease and flour one regular cupcake tin (yields 12 cupcakes) or two large muffin tins (yields 6 cupcakes).
Mix together all the dry ingredients except for the Truvia.
In a separate bowl, place the avocado and mix until smooth.  Add the rest of the wet ingredients and the Truvia and mix until combined.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredient bowl and beat until smooth.
Fill the cupcake tins about 1/2 full of batter.  Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
Let cupcakes cool in pan for 15 minutes, then turn out onto cooling racks to cool completely before frosting.
Once the cupcakes are completely cool spread the frosting on the top.  Sprinkle with unsweetened shredded coconut.

For the frosting:

In a bowl whip the avocado until it forms a smooth mixture.  Add all other ingredients to bowl and mix until smooth.  

Diabetic Protein Shake

Who doesn't love Ben and Jerry's?! I mean seriously... This whole diabetes thing is putting a serious hold on my ability to gobble all the sweets in sight(all anyone wants to do in their third trimester is eat ALL the crap, ladies back me up). So the other night when I needed my sweet tooth fix and was DYING for uncle Ben and uncle Jerry to pay me a visit I raided my pantry and got to experimenting. Bam! Diabetic protein shake!
This is my new go to bedtime snack, its like desert but the protein helps regulate my glucose levels overnight so I don't wake up feeling sick. This also makes a fantastic post workout snack loaded with protein to keep you feeling full and to help ease those sore muscles the next day. Enjoy!

  • 1/2 cup of Almond Milk
    • I use almond milk because its low in sugar and carbohydrates but you're more than welcome to any kind of milk you want
  • 1/2 Scoop of Vanilla Protein Powder
  • 1/2 Scoop of Chocolate Protein Powder or Dark Chocolate Chips
    • I use the protein powder because the amount of carbs I can have for a snack is very limited but if you want something closer to the real deal and can handle the extra carbs go nuts and add the chocolate chips. Trust me, you won't regret it!
  • 1 Frozen Banana
    • The key to getting the true banana flavor is using a nice ripe banana, the green ones won't do much in the banana flavor department.
  • Handful of Chopped Walnuts
    • I like the walnuts because they keep to the Ben and Jerry's vibe but I've found that pecans are just as tasty
  • Ice Cubes
    • Use as many as you need to get that shake feel. For my shakes its usually about 6 cubes.

Throw all of the above into a blender and blend until you get the consistency you want. I like to use my immersion blender and the shake cup that came with it. Enjoy your guilt free treat!

Low Carb Cookies

So I thought I'd take a leap out of the realm of chocolate to bring you something different. Shocker right?! I know.... Anyway I'm not really a fan of vanilla protein powder and Erica gave me a vanilla meal replacement shake so I sure as heck wasn't going to drink that thing. I got to thinking and what goes good with vanilla? Peanut Butter! Ladies and gents I bring you nutritiously healthy low carb cookies. Enjoy not so healthy tasting Peanut Butter Cookies! Enjoy!

  • 1/2 oz Vanilla protein
  • 1/2 Cup Peanut Butter
  • 2 Tbsp Agave Nectar
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/4 Tsp Baking Powder

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients in a bowl until thoroughly combined. Roll dough into 1 inch balls and place on a greased cookie sheet. Press a "hash mark" into each cookie using a fork (this part is important to make sure the cookie bakes all the way through). Place in oven and bake for 10-15 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes and then stuff yo face!

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