I have never spent money on my health—unless you count prescriptions for monthly cycle issues, leg and feet problems, sleep and restlessness situations, and heartburn type of symptoms. Never. I bought alfalfa a little bit to try to tone my skin as I lost weight several years ago…but I have never spent money on my health.
So I get it. I understand fully why people think supplements are just an extra expense that they don’t need to buy.
But now that I’m on the other side—investing in my health every month through Plexus products, no longer taking anything else ever, exercising four to six times a week (through T-Tapp, walking, Aqua aerobics, and ballroom dancing)—everything feels different.
What non-daily jobs do you dislike the most?
For me, it is errands (agghh….they feel so purposeless….then you have to come home and put things away/cook things/organize/store/sort…) and little tasks like writing a letter/email explaining something or preparing a package to mail or cleaning a stack of something….etc.
For those jobs I dislike, I do the following:
Wowsie, sometimes I really miss BBQ—you know the sweet, yet spicy/tangy, taste of BBQ ribs from Outback or pulled pork from a street vendor at the fair? And when I start feeling that way, I know that it is time to pull out my Sugar-Free Sweet and Spicy BBQ Sauce and make something yummy!
And in grilling season, this is just the perfect dish—without any of the guilt or sluggishness associated with sugar-laden BBQ sauces (okay, and that sweet bread AND bloomin’ onion AND homemade croutons AND…you get the idea!).
I like to marinate meats in a bbq type/Tex Mex marinade when using them in fajitas, bbq, etc. (Even if I am adding bbq sauce at cooking time, I still love that flavor-infusion from marinading in this mixture!)
Sugar-Free Sweet and Spicy BBQ Sauce
One of the primary uses for my BBQ Sauce Base is definitely to make BBQ sauce! I love sweet BBQ—but I also love foods with a little zip. This sauce give me both!
I like the sweetness just as it is, but you might like a little more or a little less bulk sweetener. Also, I like the spice as is, but you might want to adjust your base (i.e. omit the chili powder) or lessen the liquid smoke if you feel it is too spicy for your family.
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This is my favorite non-peanut butter “skinny chocolate/fat bomb” recipe. The shape of the molds I use and the “fairly normal” chocolate taste of these remind me of the old chocolate candy from my childhood called “Ice Cubes.”
This is the one. This is the recipe that made me think I could really enjoy “skinny chocolate.” Okay, it’s not really skinny chocolate because it has peanut butter in it, but it is wonderful. You want these in your freezer at all times to help you stay sugar-free painlessly
This cake is perfect for all types of yummy desserts!
One of the low carb, sugar-free treats that I have not enjoyed is the many frosting recipes that are out there. Combining Pyure (or other sugar-free, healthy sweeteners) with butter hasn’t yielded a good taste in my opinion. I feel like the sweetener overpowers the frosting—and you can really tell that it is not powdered sugar in there!
So…in keeping with my theory of diluting the less-familiar (and maybe less desired) tastes in my recipes, I have been toying with cream cheese frostings for two years now. And I’ve made it!
When my husband and I were in high school, the school had a spirit week featuring the basketball players before their sectional tourney. The theme was a candy store, and each player was assigned a candy or spin-off of his name or personality, etc. It just so happened that my husband and his brother were in the same grade, both Varsity starters and both had the last name of Reish.
Enter Reishes’ Cups. Packages of Reese’s cups pairs were everywhere in the spirit week store, made over with a new label—Reishes’ Cups.
Most healthy bakers need a brown sugar and a powdered sugar substitute. Most of us are tired of spending the money and time to gather so many substitutes. Good news!
With these two little “recipes,” you can whip up your own brown sugar and/or powdered sugar quickly without constantly buying more products!
People in Facebook groups can get pretty grouchy sometimes. And people in dieting FB groups are the worst of all!
One of the things that FB groupies get the most upset about (besides the obvious posting of a picture of your lunch with half a banana on the plate on low carb FB pages!) is that of people following a post by writing “Following” or placing * in the Comments Section. Wowsie…I have seen people come undone over this one (over the “Following” AND the half a banana!).
*I make “graham cracker crumbs” with Joseph’s lavash. (All of my crusts, crisps, and crumbles are in my upcoming book next year by that same name!)
You may use crisped tortillas, low carb wraps (not egg wraps or my low carb crepes), Joseph’s pitas, or other mild crackers of your choice to make “graham cracker crumbs” that are actually quite convincing, thanks for the Dilution Factor of low carb recipes!