This post was a part of a giveaway by the THM Blogger Test Kitchen and was a great success! The giveaway is over of course but the review collection is still a gem so I’m leaving it up as a valuable resource for anyone seeking info on these products.
While Trim Healthy Mama can be done with no special ingredients of any kind, some special products can add so much to the nutritional value and enjoyment of this wonderful diet. Both the THM Cookbook and Planbook reference and explain these ingredients and this roundup is meant to just be additional information on how we use these products in our kitchens on a regular basis.
Before starting the Trim Healthy Mama diet I considered myself to be a pretty healthy eater. I’d participated in “health food” co-ops for years. I thought I was pretty savvy when it came to healthy eating but little did I know that drastic changes were ahead for me when I came face to face with a life in the kitchen (which is where I mostly live) without being able to reach for white flour or sugar in a pinch… At least I couldn’t if I ever wanted to lose down to and maintain a healthy weight, as well as a healthy life!
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I’ve wanted to do this roundup, or something like it, ever since I read my first product review as a newbie to THM. Back then I often wished that I could just go somewhere and read what good cooks who used these unusual ingredients regularly had to say about their experiences with them and if possible even get recommendations on brands, etc.
So here are a few product/ingredient reviews that I was able to roundup and I hope they will inspire and encourage many more cooks, seasoned in the THM cooking art to help us all see the light on products that we hear about all the time, but haven’t quite got the hang of yet.
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Sarah’s post on xanthan gum, written not long after I started this diet, really helped me understand how useful this little ingredient could be and since that time I have worked my way through almost a whole bottle of it. If you have tried this product yourself, you know that it is used in 1/8 – 3/4 teaspoon increments per recipe which tells you how much I depend on this one ingredient now! So I will begin this post with her review that was so helpful to me as a THM newbie.
Mrs. Criddle’s Kitchen on xanthan gum: Crazy Little Thing Called Xanthan Gum
Gwen over at Gwens-nest is a true THM icon and hers was the first THM friendly blog I ever visited. She is just the person to help us understand the difference between these two commonly confused ingredients! I will admit that I mixed these two up for a couple of weeks when trying to make FP recipes. If you don’t quite have the grip you’d like to have on this subject here’s your opportunity to change all that…
Gwens-nest on oat products: Oat Fiber vs. Oat Flour
Dawn from over at ohsweetmercy.com talks about her five favorite THM ingredients and includes spaghetti squash, complete with some great looking recipe links and great info on how to use nutritional yeast. Check out her very helpful post here!
Oh Sweet Mercy on nutritional yeast and other favorites: My Top 5 Trim Healthy Mama Ingredients
I had not realized that there are different types of gelatin sources and that some of them are stronger than others; which can affect the outcome of your recipes, eeeekkk! I actually switched to a different type of gelatin as a result of this post. Her comment section was helpful too!
Briana Thomas on gelatin: The Great Gelatin Comparison: Knox, Great Lakes, and THM Just Gelatin
Splenda is on plan for occasional use only on the THM plan and our friend Gwen does a fantastic job of delving into the very good reasons why it is not encouraged for regular use. Thoughtful and insightful read…
Gwens-nest on splenda: Splenda – Is It THM Recommended?
I have wanted to do this post for several months and finally got around to it just a few weeks ago. I basically catalogue and discuss the diverse ways that I have found to use THM baking blend to create new recipes and improve some recipes that I’d not been satisfied with while using other on plan flours. This ingredient opened up a whole new dimension of cooking THM friendly foods when it first came out last year and I tried to pass as much of that information and excitement as possible along to you in this post. I include every link containing THM blend on my blog and also link over to some favorites from other THM bloggers!
Nana’s Little Kitchen on THM baking blend: Using THM Baking Blend In Recipes
Here’s a wonderful little article from Gwen with hints and tips for using stevia to the best advantage! Stevia is a concentrated sweetener that has a bit of a learning curve in order to use to full advantage and I can’t think of anyone better to explain it all than this lady.
Gwens-nest on stevia: 10 Trim Healthy Mama Stevia Tips
Think you don’t need info on egg substitutes since you’re not sensitive to them? Think again! Whole eggs do not measure up, fat wise, for our E or low fat dishes. But, we still want a nice texture in our baked goods so relying strictly on egg whites alone usually, doesn’t cut it. For this reason alone, on plan subs can be very handy indeed! Tina is one of our allergy-friendly bloggers and she does a video tutorial here that is a very handy tool in helping us figure out how to make our E bread(s) yummier or just having a good egg-free diet!
Oil of Joy on egg substitutes: THM Egg Free Baking and Substitute Tutorial
Kristen has included her well-known post on Sprouted Wheat Bread, but what you may not know is that this isn’t just another post for Kristen. She has literally been baking bread for most of her life; I actually used to buy it from her many years ago when she sold loaves as a teenager for extra spending money. In this post she discusses the how’s and why’s of sprouted wheat very thoroughly and there aren’t many people that I would count more worthy to speak on this subject.
I had never even heard of this product before Trim Healthy Mama, but I’m so glad to have found it now. Dawn does a great job of delving into the benefits, storage, and how to purchase this nutritional powerhouse of a product!
Oh Sweet Mercy on Matcha Green Tea: Midori Spring Matcha Green Tea