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Eggnog Low Carb Pancakes

Eggnog Low Carb Pancakes

I'm back to low carb and developing new recipes to make it easier to stick with. I find I just plain feel great when I eat lower carb, and I definitely have better progress with weight loss when I eat this way. It can be a challenge to stick with, but with a little creativity it's a piece of cake...

Low carb pancake that is. 

Gnarf, gnarf, pun totally intended. 

Anyways, yes, back to the low carb pancakes. I'm completely obsessed with low carb pancakes lately. Low Carb Eggnog Pancakes no less. They're pretty darned tasty...

Whether you're seriously bored on your egg fast or just a low carb or keto style eater these Eggnog Low Carb Pancakes are for you! With only 4 grams of carbs for the ENTIRE RECIPE they'll fit nicely in your plan. They're a quick and super easy breakfast option. Plus, yes, they're delicious! And oh so appropriate for this time of year. OK, who am I kidding, I eat them year-round.

This recipe makes 3 or 4 decent sized pancakes and comes in at 340 calories according to my tracking in My Fitness Pal. I generally eat the whole thing and double the batch if hubby wants some too. It easily doubles or triples or feed however many you'd like.

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Low Carb Egg Nog Pancakes

Low Carb Eggnog Pancakes

For this recipe you'll need:

A mixing bowl (I like to use a large glass measuring cupto easily pour the batter in the skillet), a hand mixer, measuring spoons, and a small non-stick skillet (I love my Non-Stick Ceramic Skillet).


2 Eggs
2 oz Cream cheese softened
1/2 tsp Vanilla
1 Packet stevia or other low carb sweetener (I used Truvia)
1/4 tsp Nutmeg
1/8 of Cloves
Gheefor the skillet


Add all of the ingredients to your mixing bowl and blend well with your hand mixer on medium. The batter should be smooth with no bits of cream cheese visible (though I've been impatient and made them this way and it was fine, just with bits of cream cheese in the finished pancakes obviously). Preheat your small non-stick skillet to medium-low (3 on my stove top) and add a little ghee. Pour just enough batter into your skillet to cover the bottom. Wait until bubbles appear and pancake appears set. Flip. Cook until done, about 30-60 seconds.

Low Carb Eggnog Pancake Stack

The cream cheese will blend better if it is softened. You can either just let it sit on the counter for a bit or soften it in the microwave for 30ish seconds. Also, this batter will be very runny. I don't like my pancakes very sweet (and don't use syrup either), if you prefer them sweeter add 2 packets of sweetener.

These low carb pancakes are delicious. They're an amazing option if you're tired of traditional low carb ways to have eggs. In describing them I'd say maybe a tad bit crepe-like in consistency. Definitely not the consistency of a traditional wheat flour pancake, but an amazing treat when you're egg-fasting, low carb, or keto!

Eggnog Pancakes keto and low carb

Let me know if you try them!

POPSUGAR's October #MustHaveBox Unboxing

POPSUGAR sent me their October Must Have Box to try. As always opinions are honest and my own.
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I must confess that previous to this month I had never tried a subscription box. Never. None. Not once.

I've of course seen them around and even drooled over a couple, but I just never got around to signing up for any. At this moment I am wondering what in the world I was waiting for!

The October Must Have Box has me hooked. I actually squealed and jumped up and down in the kitchen when I opened it and peeked at the description card.

Silly? Maybe. But it's so fun! Sort of like little birthday surprises; I didn't pick them out, but I love them. I totally get subscription boxes now.

OK, what's in this month's box? This:

A little unboxing video I shared on my Instagram:

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  • Power Your Happybook by Lisa Sugar - This is one of the reasons I was jumping up and down excited for this box. I've been wanting this book. I started reading it last night and am loving it so far. I just Love Lisa Sugar's attitude and outlook.
  • Henri Bendel Packable Umbrella - This is gorgeous. I can't decide whether to stash it in my purse or glove box. Probably purse.
  • Makeup Eraser Mini - I haven't tried this yet, but I'm super intrigued. It says that with just warm water it will remove even the toughest of water-proof formulas. Whoa. And it's good for 1,000 washes? Double whoa.
  • Rise and Shine Diner Mug by Morning Culture - Love. Love. Just LOVE.
  • My Cup of Cocoa Dark Drinking Chocolate - This is non gmo and gluten-free. It has two ingredients: sugar and cocoa. I'm impressed.
  • Brown Sugar Vanilla Shower Oil and Bubble Bath by Lalicious - Haven't tried this yet, but it smells divine.
  • ColorStay Liquid Eye Pen by Revlon - I've been super curious about eyeliner pens. I'm excited to test my skills.
  • Coupons 20% OFF at Henri Bendel, $2 OFF Revlon, and free shipping and 20% off Lalicious. They had me at coupon...
So fun. I love it all. I mean, a book, a coffee cup, eyeliner, and something's like they packed this month's box just for me!

Like I said, I'm hooked. I loved this box. I loved everything in it. I loved the fun of it. Hooked.

I can also see this being an amazing gift option. With the holidays right around the corner I'm thinking of a few mamas in my life that could use some sweet little surprises.

Paleo Pumpkin Spice Muffins

This Paleo Pumpkin Spice Muffin recipe was sponsored by Puritan's Pride.

It’s that time of year again. All things pumpkin spice season! 

Cooler weather, kids are back in school, and the leaves are changing to beautiful shades of yellow, red, and orange. There is just something about fall that makes me want to bake up a storm. Lately I find myself wanting to bake all the pumpkin. Pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin, pumpkin, pumpkin… It’s not only delicious, but it’s also a great source of Vitamin A!

This Paleo Pumpkin Spice Muffin recipe is grain-free and makes a great grab-and-go breakfast option or anytime snack.

Paleo Pumpkin Spice Muffins


2 Eggs
1 Cup canned Organic Pumpkin
¼ Cup Maple Syrup
1 Tablespoon gently melted Organic ExtraVirgin Coconut Oil
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 Cup Almond Flour (you’ll want a more powdery almond flour, not a grainy almond meal for these)
¼ Cup Arrowroot Flour
½ teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
¼ teaspoon Ground Cloves
½ teaspoon Baking Soda
½ teaspoon Aluminum-Free Baking Powder
Pinch Sea Salt


Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

Beat the eggs with a hand mixer. Add in the pumpkin, maple syrup, gently melted coconut oil, and vanilla. Mix on low until combined. Add remaining ingredients and mix on low until smooth, about a minute.

Line your muffin pan with paper liners and fill each muffin cup about ¾ full with batter. Bake them for 22 to 25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean.

Makes 10 to 12 muffins.

Happy pumpkin spice season, I hope you enjoy them!

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Paleo Pumpkin Spice Muffins

Full Review: Jillian Michaels Hot Body, Healthy Mommy

It's no secret that I love Jillian Michaels' workouts. I love the toughness, I love the way her workouts are structured, and I love the results I get from them. When I heard that Jillian has finally come out with a postpartum fitness DVD I could not get my hands on it fast enough!

I was a bit apprehensive at the same time though. How in the world would Jillian's badass style gel with a body after baby type DVD? I'm so used to tough Jillian stuff that I really had no idea what to expect with this. How could this work? Let's just say I was pleasantly surprised.

I was sent a copy of Jillian Michaels Hot Body, Healthy Mommy for review purposes.
As always opinions are 100% honest and my own.

OK, first what exactly is it...

Jillian Michaels Hot Body Healthy Mommyis a postpartum workout DVD that was developed alongside pregnancy and post-pregnancy workout expert Andrea Orbeck. The DVD is divided into 3 separate workouts:
  1. Upper Body- Arms, Chest, and Back.
  2. Lower Body- Bund and Thighs.
  3. Core.

Each workout is approximately 20 minutes long with a warm-up and cool-down section. They are set up in circuits in typical Jillian style. Each workout contains 3 circuits that are repeated twice each. In the upper and lower body portions you will do 2 body-weight or dumbbell moves, a no-impact cardio move, and then 2 more strength moves. Repeat. For example, with workout 1 you will warm up, then do walkout push-ups on your knees, tri-cep dips, modified burpees "baby burpees", moving bridge with lat pull to chest press, static bridge with chest fly to head-banger and then repeat for circuit 1 and move on to circuit 2, etc.

For these workouts you will need: 

  • A set of dumbbells to suit your ability level (they demonstrate with 3, 5, and 8 pound weights), 
  • Possibly a mat if you're working out on a hard surface.

Jillian recommends following the modifier and working up to the regular moves as needed. She also recommends doing these workouts once a week each and working up to twice a week each. Then, transitioning back to your pre-pregnancy favorite workouts as you are able to master these workouts.

My thoughts

This workout is not like any other Jillian workoutJillian Michaels Hot Body Healthy Mommyis appropriately a much softer, gentler Jillian than we've seen in the past. Not just the moves, but the presentation and attitude as well. At the same time it still manages to stick to the format and general feel that we know and love from previous Jillian's workouts.

I won't beat around the bush, I kind of love it. Honestly, I wish I'd had this at my 6-week mark post baby number 4! 

I love that Hot Body, Healthy Mommy is structured like the Jillian workouts I love, but tailored for me and my post-baby body.

The highlights for me:
  1. The kinder, softer approach Jillian takes. 
  2. It's the same style Jillian workout I'm used to, but built specifically for a postpartum body.
  3. Great modifiers/modifications shown for all levels of postpartum fitness.
  4. Throughout the DVD Jillian discusses special considerations for c-sections and diastasis recti, and she gives great from instruction specifically targeted for postpartum bodies.
My favorite part is when Jillian says:

"I want you to carve out this's important that right now, not only do you learn how to incorporate balance with regards to your fitness, but you learn to incorporate a little bit of balance in your life. You matter. Your health matters. When you're strong you'll be the strongest, best mom possible."

Yes! That.

I highly recommend this workout. Whether your baby is 6 weeks old or 16 years old, if you are struggling to get your fitness (and your body) back post-baby, Hot Body Healthy Mommyis a great place to start!

Other Jillian Reviews you may enjoy:

Body Revolution

Killer Buns and Thighs