Friday, December 13, 2013

Brownie Batter Shake and THM

A friend of mine that shares the same eating style as my family does (no refined sugar, white flour, preservatives or artificial flavors or colors) recommended a book to me that had totally changed the way she was thinking about food and eating recently called Trim Healthy Mama. I got the book a couple week ago, it's huge so it took some time to get through and to wrap my head around all the ideas but I've been full swing into it this week and have lost 3 pounds.. even with a Christmas party and a Bridal shower!

I've been eating high healthy fat meals of thick, rich shakes or smoothies in the morning, eggs and bacon with coconut oil or butter balanced with the occasional lower fat and high carb meals throughout the week. I have been so satisfied and full and have overall felt really good!

The basic principles of the book teaches you that your body burns fat or glucose (from carbs) for fuel and when you eat them both together you overload on fuel and then that fuel goes to your fat cells for storage. I have plenty of "fuel"storage lol! So ya just eat more of one fuel source (fat or carbs) each meal with protein, just not too close together. There is way more detail in the book and tons of other really good info and recipes but that's the just of it.

They talk about a couple different types of meals in the book, "S" or satifying meals are the meals higher in healthy fat and lower in carbs. "E" or energizing meals are higher in carbs and lower in fats. So when you see me post S or E recipes this is what I am referring to!

This is what I concocted this morning.. a Brownie Batter Shake!!
Yummy, thick, rich.. just like brownie batter!!

This shake is an "S" meal for sure. It could be used as an "S" snack if you shared it with a friend.. a very lucky friend! It is definitely filling, I had this for breakfast and am not hungry at all 2 hours later.. I'm nursing and am constantly hungry so that says a lot for this baby! If you don't have glucomannan you can make it without, it just adds additional creaminess and makes it even more brownie batter-like!You cannot taste the pumpkin or peanut butter at all so if you don't like either of those then don't let this turn you off, all you taste is pure brownie batter goodness!!

All the goodies you need for the yummy shake.
  Brownie Batter Shake
1C Unsweetened Almond Milk
1/2 C Canned Pumpkin
1T Peanut Butter (no sugar added)
2T Heavy Cream
1/4C Cocoa Powder
1 1/2 t Truvia or sweetener of choice
1/4 t Glucomannan
6 ice cubes

Add all ingredients to blender except ice cubes and pulse to combine. 
Add ice cubes and blend till you get a nice creamy consistency. 
You may have to adjust the amount of ice cubes depending on the size of you have. 
Pour into a large cup and enjoy!!

This shake is just so stinking good, hope you all enjoy! Take a minute to check out the rest of my blog and follow if you'd like!


  1. Sounds delish! Have you calculated the carbs for this one? I'm seeing several ingredients that have some carbs, and those can add up. It may land more into the crossover zone, which would be a filling and great snack for those at goal weight or who are expecting or nursing and can enjoy more calories.

  2. the only ingredient that I was concerned with was pumpkin and in the book pumpkin is listed under "S" foods and the rest I thought were pretty safe as they were listed under the S section as well. If the pumpkin puts it over the carb limit then I think you could half it while still keeping it really think and rich :)

  3. Pumpkin has 9 carbs per 1/2 cup with 5 carbs Fiber. Net carbs is 4 for 1/2 cup.

  4. Sounds Great! Did you use unsweetened cocoa powder or sweetened? I can't wait to try it!! Thanks!!

    1. I used natural unsweetened cocoa powder! Hope you enjoy it!!

  5. DaNay, I realized that my issue is the cocoa powder I use is higher in carbs, so I would have to be cautious in how much of the two I would use. :) I like the carbier dutch processed cocoa.

    1. I see, well that makes sense. Thanks for clarifying Gwen, those carbs can sneak up there in recipes the more ingredients they have :)

  6. LOVE LOVE LOVE this recipe - SO YUMMMMMM!!!!! thanks for posting :) misty

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    1. If you're worried about getting enough protein you can always add another protein source with the shake :)

  8. I made this without the cream and added in some Jay Robb vanilla whey protein and a splash of vanilla. It was delicious, thank you:)

  9. I'm glad you liked it, I'll have to try adding protein powder!