Taryn’s Favorite Resources & Tips:
This page will slowly be filled with resources and tips for living a gluten free, low carb, and/or Trim Healthy Mama type of life. I started first with linking to some of my favorite products because I found info like this helpful when I began this journey. I am also adding some blogger resources. Click here to jump down to those!
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Good quality chocolate:
Green & Black’s Organic Chocolate Bar, Dark 85% Cacao, 3.5 Ounce (Pack of 10) This one is great but the price On Amazon fluctuates a lot. The last time I ordered it with a clickable coupon and my subscribe and save discount it was only $19 for 10 bars. It is worth adding it to your Amazon cart to watch the price.
Lily’s Chocolate. My favorite is the Milk Chocolate with Almonds. Amazon is not the cheapest place for it though so it’s worth shopping around.
Viva Labs – The BEST Tasting Certified Organic Cacao Powder, 1 LB – this really does taste great. I was afraid it wouldn’t be chocolately enough but it definitely is. I love it in my flourless brownies.
Natural Sugar Free Sweeteners:
It was a real game changer for me when I discovered a natural sweetener I liked. Before that I used Splenda (sooo bad, I know), coconut sugar, agave, honey, maple syrup or regular sugar depending on whether I was dieting or not. Having a sweetener that is low glycemic index is important. When I first started THM I splurged on ordering a few things from their website. From my first taste I loved Gentle Sweet. But, as you can see from my blog, I bake a lot. I love to bake and I needed a more economical option so I created my own mix of erythritol, xylitol, and stevia.
NOW Foods Xanthan Gum, 6 Ounce Bottle – This works great to keep frozen drinks from separating! I use it in my Bubbly Frozen Lemonade. I took photos of that for 15 minutes before drinking it and it never separated.
Knox Gelatin, Unflavored, 32 Count, Net Wt 8-Ounce – I know there are other brands with more health benefits but most of those are beef, which I don’t eat, and a lot more expensive. For an occasional gummy recipe I use this.
All my coconut links take you to iherb. They have some of the best pricing on the internet and between their coupons, shipping, and loyal customer credit they are usually the cheapest place to order from.
Let’s Do Organic, 100% Organic Toasted Coconut Flakes Unsweetened, 7 oz – these are ammmazing. I know I could toast my own coconut flakes but for a grab and go snack with some nuts they can’t be beat.
Nutiva, Organic Refined Coconut Oil, 54 fl oz – I don’t mind the taste of coconut is some recipes but for savory recipes and most chocolate recipes I prefer refined coconut oil. It is a bit cheaper than virgin coconut oil as well.
Nutiva, Coconut Flour, Gluten Free, 3 lb – Coconut flour is the cheapest gluten free flour and I use it in almost all of my baked goods.
Edward & Sons, Organic Shredded Coconut, Unsweetened, 8 oz – I use shredded coconut in my Coconut Crusted Chicken Tenders and Coconut Waffles among other things.
I buy many of my nuts locally. Wegman’s has finely ground almond flour for $8 a pound and last summer Aldi had it for $6. The cheapest I’ve found it recently is on Amazon. A 4 lb bag is $30.
Costco has good prices on nuts too. If you prefer to shop online for nuts these are what I buy online:
Protein Plus, Roasted All Natural Peanut Flour, 16 oz OR THM De-Fatted Peanut Flour 16OZ BAG – The nutrition facts on these are identical. The first one is about a $1 cheaper and iherb does have free shipping over $20 so I get mine there.
Extracts and Spices:
Penzey’s is one of my favorite places to order spices from. They are high quality and reasonably priced. I use their Roasted Garlic Powder in a lot of my recipes. It has an amazing flavor.
Non Food Kitchen Stuff:
DayMark IT115435 12″ Hand-E-Grip Disposable Pastry Bag with Dispenser (Roll of 100) – Amazon sells super cheap piping bags (about 17 cents per bag). I pipe icing much more often than I used to since this discovery.
6pc Chocolate Molds, Lollipop Mold, Candy Molds, Ice Molds, Silicone Molds, Silicone Baking Molds – great for gummies and skinny chocolate
BELLA 13586 12-Piece Rocket Blender, Stainless Steel and Black – I use this at least a few times a week. It is great for grinding my homemade sweetener into powder for icings and beverages.
BELLA 13991 Rotating Waffle Maker, Polished Stainless Steel – I got this for Christmas a couple years ago. It makes great waffles!
Oster 4270-615 Beehive Blender, 600-Watt, 2 Speed, 6 Cup Glass Jar, Red – We’ve had the silver version of this since we got married in 2003. It is still going strong. It’s not as powerful as a Vitamix but it is an awful lot cheaper. It works great for smoothies and frozen drinks.
This section is also a work in progress. After just 8 months of blogging I am at 280k views and am making a supplemental income to support my family. I hope to share tips about my journey.
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