29 October, 2014

Get Fit With Me! Week 3: Healthier Desserts

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Before you continue reading, you might want to check out Weeks 1 and 2.

Week 1 covers:
  • My fitness routine.
  • What I eat.
  • The supplement I am taking.
Week 2 covers:
  • Replacing your sugar with healthier alternatives.
  • What I eat.
  • How I got rid of my red and purple stretch marks.
  • Before & After pictures from Weeks 1 and 2.


Last week, I mentioned that one factor that made losing weight challenging for me was my sweet tooth. I love desserts; it's as important as the main course to me.

We all know that we can replace cakes and cookies with fruits and yogurt, but what if sometimes you just want a cake? Well, I am going to share with you a recipe that I developed, for a cake that is perfect for Fall and Winter!

However, before we move forward, let's talk about the supplement that I am taking -- OptiNutrients Ignite, because I have something very important to say.

Back in August, I went to see my family doctor (Dr. S) for a routine check-up, in which a blood test was given. When my result came back, he said that my liver enzyme level was too high, and that he had to send me to another doctor, who specialized in digestive health. The 2nd doctor (Dr. L) told me that I needed to get my blood drawn again, in order to run more extensive tests. This time, I had 5-6 tubes of blood taken from me (I can't even remember! I was so tired), and a few days later, Dr. L informed me that Dr. S was correct -- that my liver enzyme level was too high, and it seemed that I may have a fatty liver. However, the test showed that I did not have any illnesses or diseases.

So, I had to get yet another blood test after 30 days, and if it still came back the same, I would have to get a liver biopsy. Do you know how scary that is? A liver biopsy means that a very, very long needle is inserted from the outside of your body, and it keeps going in deeper and deeper until it reaches your liver in order to gather a sample of it for tests. I did not feel good about this idea at all, because the procedure is so invasive. This was back in early October, right when I began to take my supplement.

On October 17th, I went in for my final blood test.


A few days later, Dr. L called me and was very excited. He said that my blood test results came back, and everything looked "very excellent" (his words), and that my liver enzyme level was absolutely normal. He also asked what had I been doing differently. The next day, my family doctor -- Dr. S also called, because he was so excited and happy over my test result as well.

Well, I quickly thought of my supplement, and remembered how I mentioned in Week 1 that the brown seaweed extract in it decreases fat deposits in the liver and improves liver functions, according to researches, and I knew that I had been taking a very high-quality supplement that not only aids me in my journey to a healthier lifestyle, but it also improves my health as well.

Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional, nor am I dispensing any medical advice. I am simply stating my personal experience.

That's all! I just found this to be so fascinating and wanted to share. :o)

Okay, on to the healthy cake recipe! :-D :-D :-D

Here is a cake that I invented in my kitchen: apple-pumpkin loaf cake, with maple glaze drizzled on top. 

This cake tastes sweet, rich, and so decadent, yet it is actually very low in sugar and fat!



Yields: 1 large loaf, and 6-8 average cupcakes.

Preheat the oven to 350 F / 177 C.

Prepare your loaf pan by lining it with aluminum foil.

Quick note: If you ever need to make a gluten-free version, just replace the flour with gluten-free flour (remember the xanthan or guar gum, too, if the flour doesn't have it). Keep everything else the same. I recommend using Pamela's Gluten Free Pancake mix, because it won't taste like a gluten-free cake at all. :o) This flour already has xanthan gum, baking powder & baking soda mixed in, by the way, so you can skip those.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups of flour. If the batter is too dry, feel free to add more.

1 large apple, peeled and cored, cut into small cubes.

1 apple, cored and sliced, mixed with some lemon juice, sugar, and cinnamon powder. Set this aside, as it will go on top of the cake later.

3 beaten eggs.

1/2 cup of coconut sugar. Read more about that in Week 2. If you need to make your batter sweeter, feel free to add more, although the fruits and spices will make the cake very sweet, and this is a healthier recipe for weight loss. :o)

1/2 cup canola oil.

1/2 cup of puree'd pumpkin (not the same as pumpkin pie filling!).  You can find cans of this at any grocery store, if you're in the United States. My favorite brands are Libby's (available everywhere) and Sprouts (available at Sprouts grocery stores).

2 teaspoons cinnamon.

1 teaspoon vanilla extract.

1 teaspoon baking powder.

1 teaspoon baking soda.

1 teaspoon milk.

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger.

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg.

1/2 teaspoon allspice.

1/4 teaspoon salt.

Direction:

Note: Remember to leave the sliced apples alone for now.

1) Mix all of the dry ingredients together in one bowl.

2) Beat all of the wet ingredients together in another bowl.

3) Mix the wet and dry together until evenly mixed. Small lumps are okay for this recipe; the batter should not be smooth and over-mixed.

4) Pour the batter into the baking loaf and cupcake molds.

5) After 20-25 minutes, pull the cupcakes out and put a toothpick in one. If the toothpick comes out dry, your cupcakes are ready. If it comes out still wet, put the cupcakes back into the oven and check again every 5 minutes.

6) For the loaf, you need to bake it for 40 minutes, and once it looks to be about 70% done (cooked on top, still wet at the center), begin to insert the apple slices as shown in the picture, and put it back into the oven. Lower the heat to 325 F / 163 C, and check again with a toothpick in 10-15 minutes.

To make the maple glaze: Mix 1 teaspoon maple syrup, 1/4 cup powdered sugar (you may make powdered coconut sugar by using a blender), and 1 teaspoon of milk. Stir them together and if it is too wet, mix in some more powdered sugar until you get a thick (yet still a little runny and easy to drizzle) consistency. Drizzle on top of your cooled cake and cupcakes with a spoon. The glaze will harden on top of the cake after a few minutes.

Advice: Freeze your cupcakes or loaf cake, so that you won't feel rushed to finish all of them. If it is just you, I would recommend freezing the entire loaf and 4 cupcakes. A single serving is either a 1-inch slice, or one cupcake. For example, I froze 8 cupcakes and 1/2 of the loaf, so that only 1/2 of that cake was available for my husband and me to eat; this amount lasted us for 3 days, since each of us would eat only 1 thin slice a day (on the weekends). To thaw your frozen cake, just let it sit on the kitchen counter over night! :-) Remember, just because this is a healthier alternative, it doesn't mean that we should eat all of it at once! 

Week 1: 127 lbs. / 57.6 kilo
Week 2: 122 lbs. / 55.34
Week 3: 121 lbs. / 54.88

Total weight lost in 3 weeks: 6 lbs. / 2.72 kilo



*The food ingredients and gym membership are paid for by me.
**The OptiNutrients Ignite supplement was sent to me, free of charge, to review. The opinions stated here are my own.

25 comments:

  1. I love this Get Fit Series on your blog and I can't believe what a significant difference that is. That is amazing!

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    1. Thank you! I never would have believed that there's been a change unless I documented with pictures. :o)

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  2. Oh wow that cake looks amazing - so delicious xx

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  3. Wow! Congrats! I like to read the posts like that!

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    1. Awww, thank you, and thanks for stopping by! :o)

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  4. Great progress Tammy!

    Keisha xo
    www.chrysalisgals.blogspot.com

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  5. Looks so yummie! I can definitely see the difference, great job!

    Sarah x
    www.palmtreesandheels.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you! Week 4 update is already up, too. :o)

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    1. Wow, that's a really good idea! I should look into juicing, haha.

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  7. Just want to say... Your such an inspiration... WNow I feel the need to get by but back into gear... Please keep us updated .. This really motivates us !

    www.pink-purpledots.blogspot.com

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    1. Awww, thank you so much for your kind words. <3 Week 4 updates are up!

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  8. Wow, well done! Love your weight loss series :)

    Anna x
    Cinnamon Girl blog

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    1. Thank you so much, Anna! I hope that you'll check out the Week 4 updates, too. :o)

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  9. Nice recipes and tips. Thank you for sharing.
    Being a mom you look very fit dear. Great !
    http://naturelbellefemme.blogspot.com

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  10. Love your weight loss series girl!

    www.georgiajade.com

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