Amazing Low-Carb Chocolate & Pumpkin Muffins- Flourless/Sugarless

I was inspired by George Stella’s recipes. He uses cream cheese and egg, along with separted egg white in many of his baked goods recipes. This, I have found, gives not only thickness to a batter, but fluffiness, without flour! In various of my baking experiments without using these ingredients in the way that I did here, the results have been quite disappointing. The other change I made was to use Truvia! Ethyritol is a sugar alcohol, as is mannitol and malitol, without the stomach upset they inevitably cause me. It also tastes great, and is blended with stevia in this product.

So, I found this gem of a butter in the nutrition department of my local giant grocer. (not Walmart). It’s Called Wild Friends Chocolate Almond Butter with Sunflower seeds/oil. Not many seeds, but you can taste the oil. It lended itself remarkably well to this muffin recipe! This was just a eureka moment for me, as I had been wondering how I could it in baked goods since I first tasted it. It’s only 5 grams net carbs per 2 tablespoon serving. 

Here it is, best I can remember from creating it last night!

1/2 cup Wild Friends Chocolate almond butter

1/2 cup Truvia

1 egg and 1 egg white

3 ozs cream cheese

one heaping half cup pure pumpkin – no sugar added. 

2 Tblsp. melted butter

Whip your egg and egg white first, until well mixed, incorporate air into the mix as you whip it, whip it good. 🙂 Add the other wet ingredients above and mix well. Again, keep it infused with air as much as possible. 

Dry ingredients: 1/3 cup almond flour/meal, 1/2 teasp. baking powder, 1 teasp. baking SODA. 

1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar

1/2 teasp. salt, a few dashes of cinnamon, and throw in a bit of vanilla- a half teap. is good. I know that’s not a dry ingredient, but I just remembered it. 🙂

mix all of that into the wet mixture, and pour into muffin liner papers, and/or muffin tin that has been “pammed”. I cooked these at 375 until they were browned and no longer gooey, but I wasn’t sure about the inside. I guess it was 16 minutes. I then turned the oven off and showered, leaving these in the oven for that time. About 20 minutes. They are SO SO good. The best tasting low-carb baked good I’ve had in a very long time. No goo, no fake sugar aftertaste. I was quite impressed. The chocolate/pumpkin combo is a total hit. Have fun with these, and don’t be afraid to play around with the ingredients, since I just came up with this last night. 

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My Clean Eating Is a Little Dirty…

Yeah, well. I wasn’t worried about the clean eating challenge the week before my T-25 Challenge. After all, I eat right. Lots of veggies, whole foods, very little packaged…at least, I tell myself that all the time.

However, it turns out that a few of my favorite things are not clean. In fact, they are downright smutty.  Let’s look at the Jimmy Dean breakfast sausage links yesterday. I stopped midway through the second link and stopped and said out loud, “Oh, no. What am I DOING?”.  I ate it anyway. I disappointed myself. At work, I drank my usual two Splenda sweetened energy drinks. Not horrible, I guess. I suppose I am not entirely convinced that Splenda is bad for me. I guess I made my own rules, there.

What about the two small spoons of marshmallow cream tonight I had after dinner? Tiny, but that was about 10 grams of carbs, and nothing but delightful, horrible sugar. It seemed to kill my cravings. I worked out tonight, and feel like I might have undone a bit of my progress. I should have held fast. I didn’t. I caved. It might be that I should up my carb count now, with the increasing work outs. Trying to keep it to 25 grams has been harder than ever lately. Today it was probably more like 45. Not a sin for the average eater. In fact, that would be low. But I feel like I won’t lose fat at that rate. I am not sure. So far, I tend to just stay steady at 134-136. Can’t seem to reach that 130 holy grail. Something has to give. I am seeing new definition in my upper abs, but the lower portion still looks like someone who is either 45, (me) had two kids, (again, me, but 19 years ago!) or is using that as an excuse. Flabby chicken skin is not attractive. But guess what? I am still getting stronger. As we age, the skin just doesn’t quite spring back into taut condition, even with fat loss and muscle toning. I won’t let that stop me from trying, though. After all, I really just got started on the ab routine not long ago. I found some great exercises to tone the lower abs on my Yoga Booty Ballet DVD. You use a small ball, and squeeze that tight between your knees as you do a half sit up. The kind that actually work the abs, not kill the back of the neck.  And as you’re squeezing, if you touch your lower abs, you can feel they are actually getting worked.

More to the point, I have found a great way to meet people, a community of low-carb and fitness experts and fans, and it’s all quite exciting. I love the feeling of making new acquaintances and friends along this journey to health.

I have a few more kryptonite food items/substances like nicotine gum to kick out of my life. I need to not need a Monster Lo-carb to feel energetic. There’s still a lot of hard work I need to learn to do. I have whole new levels I need to push myself to. I can do a run one day and feel strong, and push past my old limit, and the very next time I am struggling to get through 2/3 of it. I think the important thing is to never stop!

People like to philosophize that it doesn’t matter- we should just do whatever we want because we all die anyway. But that’s not the point. I know I am going to die anyway. It’s working toward a goal that matters! No matter what that goal may be. Not a goal to see how quickly I can ruin my health and treat my body and mind like they’re worthless. But rather, a goal to strive toward more excellence. In that endeavor, the reward IS the journey, and the life is made worth living. I spend the prime years of my youth wasting the potential I had, partying and not believing in anything, much less myself. Now I find a new strength and sense of purpose in testing my limits. The other argument is that I should not beat myself up for making a slip or mistake. I get that. I’m OK that I messed up, or I wouldn’t have messed up. I chose it. I just don’t want to PAY for it, you see…

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GET this cookbook!!!

Still Livin Low Carb by George Stella is available on FB, and I got a PDF version for 1.99 or something amazingly cheap like that. What an awesome way to change up the low carb meals! GREAT recipes and ideas I can’t wait to try. One in particular, I actually have all the ingredients for right now. A marbled ricotta/almond flour cake…looks heavenly. I can’t post it, due to that’s not copyright-cool, but apparently this is his fifth cookbook to release. He’s a chef, he has pictures of his family before and after their amazing transformation, and you should really get the PDF!.

Get into The Best Shape of Your Life, and Help Others Do the Same!

Get into The Best Shape of Your Life, and Help Others Do the Same!

 

Join me in the Fitness quest! Get support, and a community of work out and nutrition partners to coach you toward meeting your goals. Accountability is huge in helping us all stay on track. I’m starting a Focus T-25 challenge group in February. Let’s get FIT, and I can also show you how you can make your love of fitness and helping others a career!

Running and Time to Step it UP!

Ok. So, I’ve been running, and running, and running. I’ve been limiting my carbs. I fell off the ketosis wagon about a week in, and I kind of plateaued at the two pounds lost mark. Wow, whoa- time to get out the party streamers. Not so much, really. No. So, I decided that my work out, while noble and hearty, is not enough. Really, I have no six-pack. I have no pack. 

Let me preface this all to say that I never ran before last year, and that I was a long term smoker, beginning in earnest at around 16. I did give it up, and this go ’round, it’s been five years. However, running doesn’t come naturally to this 45 year old. It’s a challenge each time. Today was the first time I crested just shy of the ten minute mark for a mile. Previous to today, it’s been more like 10:20-11:20. So, I had a PR. So funny. My stepkids can do 6.3 minute miles or something insane like that. Anyway, I digress. 

I also have been frustrated in my efforts to make money. I am a wedding officiant, but this time of year is a bit sparse. I love the idea of doing voiceovers, too, but my demos have not landed me any work, and let it be said, that renting studio time for professionally edited voice bits is not exactly cheap. Imagine renting that studio time for every single audition. Hmmn. It’s risky, financially. 

So, I decided to get super serious about my commitment to never let more than one day to pass without a workout, but I am into instant results, and though I have been quite diligent lately, so far, no weight loss. I still have those love handles, despite increasing my reps of sit-ups, crunches, etc. I know, I just need to be more patient and keep at it. However, I also need more challenge. 

So, combining my love of low-carb, fitness pursuits, and the desire to make more money, and to be able to be independently, financially set all combined into a decision I am very proud of. 

I have become a fitness coach, and I am really excited to take my own fitness to the next level, and lead others into the same feeling of accomplishment and health!

I am embarking on a 30-day challenge, which will combine daily workouts of Focus T25 from Beach Body fitness (P-90X), and continue with low-carb eating combined with using their highly rated fitness shakes for one meal per day as well. 

If any of you would like to know more, please send me a message, or comment below. I am currently 135 pounds, with no six pack, drooping thighs, and very little arm strength. Since there is strength in numbers, I challenge you to join me in this quest toward better fitness! And, if you wish- join me as a coach, and help others achieve their own fitness and financial goals. 

🙂 Today was Day 1 of Yoga Booty Ballet, following two miles of treadmill jogging. YBB is great, but I need more hard core challenge, but not at Insanity or P-90X level yet,.