Happy Trim Healthy Thursday Everyone!
So, I’m gonna be real here. I am what is known in the Trim Healthy World as a “Drive-Thru Sue”. My life is Buuuuussssyyy. During Wedding Season, it’s not unusual for us to work 16 hour days (also adding in the occasional all-nighter). That just doesn’t leave a whole lot of time for, well, much of anything else. It’s always during times like these, that I find it extremely difficult to stick with healthy eating. Why? Because, let’s be honest- Healthy Eating Is TIME Consuming!!! Yep. I said it. The dirty little secret of the Health World. If you want to fuel your body with the things it needs, plastic wrapping and cardboard boxes are often not a part of the deal.
So, where does that leave all of us who WANT to be wiser about the things we eat? Who have the BEST intentions, but then we end up running here, there and everywhere, and then suddenly- it’s 5pm! EEK! Why didn’t I thaw some meat??? Are there any veggies in this fridge that aren’t growing something? Hmm…this spinach is only mildly slimy…maybe if I just cut that part off…
If this isn’t a part of your weekly reality, then my hats off to you. Because, THIS. IS. MY. LIFE.
You would think that after being married for almost 16 years, and having 3 kids, I would get used to 4 people asking me the most annoying question in the world every single day- “What’s for dinner?”. I often hear this as early as 8am, as they are exiting the mom mobile. It still annoys me- every time- and I almost always answer with: “umm, no idea”.
Enter: The Drive-Thru Sue lifestyle.
In the Trim Healthy Mama plan book, the sister’s introduce us to two basic styles of approaching meal prep.
1- The Purist: This is someone who is perfectly happy baking their breads from scratch, make it a hobby to ferment Kefir, and grow a garden full of beautiful tomatoes in their organic garden.
2-The Drive-Thru Sue: This is me. This is the person who does a hallelujah dance when Fry’s freezer section has Ezekiel Bread in stock, who has no idea what Kefir is, and who’s favorite form of tomato comes in a large jar from Costco.
This doesn’t mean that I don’t live the THM lifestyle or follow the plan, it just means that I have come to realize that in order to be successful at this, I need to allow myself certain graces and conveniences.
One of the hardest things I have had to give up on for this plan are baked goods. Strange right! The baker, missing baked goods. Well, for me it’s not so much the desserts, its the things like biscuits, muffins, scones, thick waffles… all those delicious things that used to round out my meals. I have tried quite a few alternative items, things made with almond flour, mozzarella cheese bases, oat fiber, baking blends, coconut flour…and nothing has really floated my boat. So, imagine how stoked I was to learn about a Low-Carb Baking mix that seemed to have some good reviews and could possibly bring back a few of these favorite things on occasion.
CarbQuik or Carbalose- is a powdered baking mix (similar to Bisquick). I found it on Amazon and Primed that sucker right into my cart. It was a bit pricey, $14.16 for a 3lb box, but I figured it was worth a shot. This is what is known in the THM world as a Frankenfood, or a personal choice item. It’s not recommended that you have some every day, but we have the freedom to listen to our own bodies to see how they respond to these personal choice items.
I’ll get to the point. How did it taste?
I opened the box, which looks SO similar to Bisquick (and even smelled like it!). I decided I really, really wanted to have a sausage, egg and cheese biscuit, so I followed the basic biscuit recipe on the box. I think I actually halved the recipe to make 3 because I was worried about waste.
I was worried for NOTHING! YUM! These are actually the texture and taste of a real biscuit! WHAAAAAA????!!!! After 4 months of missing those fluffy little clouds of awesome, I finally had a replacement! I made myself 2 egg sandwiches and promptly realized that my eyes were WAY bigger than my stomach. I was stuffed after 1. I actually took a picture and sent it to my hubby at work with the caption “Game Changer”!
(^^Literally the photo I sent him^^hehe)
I’m sure some of you are thinking- meh- too good to be true. I will be honest and say that I saved the leftover and made another egg sandwich the next day and it wasn’t as good. There was a bit of an aftertaste. My thought is that often with low-carb baking, the flavors intensify as they rest, so maybe that is why these taste much better fresh.
I’ve tried a few other things with the mix, but so far the biscuits are my favorite. For me, the convenience and ease of having this mix, outweighs any guilt I may feel over using a food that comes from a box. The main thing that matters is that it is not wreaking havoc on my blood sugar, and it’s satisfying a longing for comfort food in a way that will not cause my pants to get tighter.
So, that’s this mama’s take on CarbQuik. I like it. I’m looking forward to trying a few new things with it. I know I need easy foods in my life. It may not always be this way, and if my weight loss stalls I will probably cut back to once every few weeks. For now though, I am happy to have this yummy shortcut.
Hope you all have a fabulous week!
PS- I am in no way affiliated with this product. I have not been paid or given free stuff for this review. This is just one mama’s opinion.