Mother’s Day is such a precious time in the life of a family.  I have to say that each day we should be celebrating our family and honoring its members.  However, it is nice to have one day a year to set aside extra special time for our mothers.  I am missing my grandmother and mother-in-law terribly this year.  You’d think it would get easier with time, but I think I miss them more every year that they are gone.  Mother’s Day has always held a special place in my heart.  

My family did so much for me again this year.  My sweet husband knows how much I adore gardening, so he took me shopping for flowers for our porches.  My precious children made artwork and wrote some of the sweetest letters I have every received.  Then they all cooked me a delicious lunch and cleaned the kitchen!

It’s been so sweet to see all of the Trim Healthy Mama posts on Facebook about how children and husbands cooked THM meals for their moms on Mother’s Day.  My family did the same for me for the most part.  I think they were a little intimidated so I picked a lunch and dinner that did not include any “special” THM ingredients like whey protein powder, stevia or glucomannan.  I usually set aside time on Saturdays to cook (I don’t mind because I love cooking) and to prep for the following week’s meals.  So this past Saturday I made breakfasts and a macaroni and cheese for my family.  Then for myself I made a batch of THM pancakes, skinny chocolate, cookie bowl oatmeal, and I concocted my own versions of the Basic Cheesecake and Tummy Tucking Ice Cream recipes found in the book.  I’ll share some of these dessert recipes with you later this week! 

On Mother’s Day afternoon, I was sitting out on my back porch enjoying the sun, breeze, fountain, and flowers.  I was thanking God for blessing me with a Mother’s Day filled with love, and I thought about how good all of the food was.  In the past when I was fad dieting or fasting, I dreaded the food portion of the holidays.  I always felt deprived and found myself pouting like a sad puppy about what I couldn’t eat, many times succumbing to the temptation.  However, I haven’t felt that way about any of the holidays that have come and gone during my Trim Healthy Mamajourney.  Mother’s Day has been no exception.  I’d like to share my Mother’s Day menu with you.  I can’t believe that I am no longer a slave to the processed sugar, chemicals, and science experiments the world likes to try to pass off as nourishment, and that I am able to eat these wonderful, whole, delicious, God-given foods–and I am losing weight and become healthier in the process. 

Mother’s Day Menu

Breakfast:
Trim Healthy Pancakes (page 223) topped with fresh fruit, a dollop of greek yogurt sweetened with stevia (E meal)

Lunch:
Lean Steak, Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes (page 361), sautéed zucchini and squash (S meal)

Dessert:
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake (adapted from cheesecake recipe on page 373) (S)

Dinner:
Grilled chickened seasoned with Mrs. Dash, baked sweet potato, side salad drizzled with Hip Trim Honey Mustard (page 410) (E meal)

Dessert: Mint Chocolate Brownie Tummy Tucking Ice Cream (adapted from recipe on page 368)

Be sure to come back to my blog for a visit later this week so I can share the dessert recipes with you! 

The ultimate Mothers Day gift was being in God’s house with all four of my blessings–Nothing compares to watching them worship their Heavenly Father with teary eyes, heads lifted in reverence, voices raised to the heavens.  Nothing compares to seeing them blossom in their relationship with God.  It’s a mother’s deepest desire…my heart was overflowing with joy.   I don’t deserve them, but He blessed and graced me with the honor and privilege of being their mommy.   And He has now given me the tools I need to be the healthiest mommy I can be so I can serve them and Him better.  What an awesome God!

Mandy
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