TrimHealthyMama Popcorn Recipes

It’s National Popcorn Day! Can you guess what this post will be about? Yep, popcorn recipes for TrimHealthyMama.

TrimHealthyMama Popcorn Recipes!First we have to get one thing out of the way for people new to the THM plan:

Can you have popcorn on TrimHealthyMama?

YES!

Popcorn is totally fine on THM in an “E” setting. Just don’t eat more than 4-5 cups, and don’t drizzle it with butter (unless you’re ok with a crossover, otherwise, keep the butter to under a teaspoon to stay in “E” mode).

Most TrimHealthyMamas enjoy their popcorn with a light spray of coconut oil cooking spray and mineral salt.

Now that I have been eating it this way, I actually prefer it to the butter-soaked variety. The flavor of the popcorn comes through better and it has a nicer crunch.

If you want a bit of variety, try spraying your popcorn with coconut oil cooking spray, then sprinkling with cinnamon and Gentle Sweet, or cayenne pepper or chili powder.

I also love my popcorn topped with nutritional yeast. It has a delicious cheesy taste similar to Parmesan.

Parmesan Popcorn – Speaking of Parmesan though, as long as you use less than 1 Tablespoon of the kind in the green can, you’re safely in E fuel mode.

Here is a roundup of some more delicious popcorn recipes, all TrimHealthyMama friendly.

Sweet and Salty Sugar-Free Popcorn – simply made with stevia and mineral salt.

Caramel Popcorn – a crossover, but still on plan.

If you love all things peanut butter, how about Peanut Butter Popcorn? Just spray your popcorn with cooking spray, add a couple teaspoons peanut flour along with a bit of Gentle Sweet and mix well.

Mexican Chocolate Popcorn: Sprinkle on cinnamon, a dash of cayenne and a teaspoon each cocoa powder and Gentle Sweet.

Maple Popcorn – Use maple flavoring for this one to keep it sugar-free! Mix a tsp maple flavor with your popcorn along with Gentle Sweet and mix well.

Curry Popcorn – spray your popcorn with coconut oil spray, then sprinkle on your favorite Curry powder and a bit of powdered ginger. If you really love Indian spices, try sprinkling on garam masala, turmeric and red pepper flakes.

Spicy Cowboy Popcorn – wouldn’t this be fun to eat while you watch your next Western?  Just sprinkle garlic powder, cumin and cayenne (or, chili powder) on top of air-popped popcorn. I hear popcorn tastes amazing dipped in salsa. Haven’t tried it yet.

Sriracha Popcorn – This spicy sauce, I hear, is delicious on top of popcorn. Add a bit of salt first, then sprinkle away.

Apple Pie Popcorn anyone? Careful, this recipe is a crossover, but I imagine it would be just as tasty if you cut that coconut oil down to make it an E.

Do the same for Pumpkin Spice Popcorn – spray with coconut oil or butter spray, sprinkle with pumpkin pie spice and Gentle Sweet.

Wasabi Popcorn – love the taste of sushi? How about a tiny dab of powdered wasabi and a sprinkle of soy sauce on your popcorn?

Ranch Popcorn – Sprinkle mineral salt, garlic powder, parsley, pepper and onion powder on your popcorn for a Ranch flavor with no fat.

Love this idea to make your own Skinny Pop – you’ll need to buy a $1 spray bottle, but you’ll be able to enjoy butter on your popcorn! (Just keep it to under 1 tsp per serving)

Dorito popcorn – oooh, I cannot wait to try this one! Sounds delicious. All the flavor, none of the crap and guilt.

Stevia-Sweetened Kettle Corn – ooh, kettle corn!

How to Make Homemade Microwave Popcorn

Microwave popcorn is filled with yucky ingredients and is wildly overpriced. Popcorn kernels are cheap, making popcorn a budget snack. There’s no reason to buy it when homemade microwave popcorn is so easy to make!

You simply put 1/4 cup of kernels in a paper bag, fold the top over twice, and microwave on high for about two minutes or so, until you hear the popping slowing way down.

I prefer to make my popcorn on the stove.

How to Make Stove Top Popcorn

I put 2 Tablespoons coconut oil in a heavy-bottom saucepan on medium, and add 3 popcorn kernels. Put a lid on the pan. When the first kernel pops, add 1/2 cup popcorn kernels and put the lid back on. Shake gently. The popcorn will start popping. Listen carefully and remove from heat when the kernels almost stop popping. Add mineral salt and enjoy!

This recipe makes enough for a family, about 8-10 cups. Eat 2 cups and you’ll stay in E fuel mode.

Need an air-popper?  Air poppers allow you to make popcorn with no fat at all!

p.s. Popcorn is a great snack and a healthy complex carbohydrate. It’s high in fiber. One cup of air-popped corn contains 30 calories and practically no fat. Go ahead and enjoy popcorn on THM – 4-5 cups at a time, with less than a teaspoon added fat and all the extra flavorings your imagination can come up with! Popcorn is another way to make sure you’re getting enough E meals and snacks.

How to do TrimHealthyMama without the book

If you’re wondering how to do TrimHealthyMama without the book, this post is for you.

How to do TrimHealthyMama Without the Book
My well-loved copy of the THM cookbook, filled with Post-Its and with pages falling out!

How to do TrimHealthyMama without the book

Step One: Misunderstand the plan and therefore, accidentally eat crossovers or off-plan all the time (or no E meals). Either you won’t lose weight or you’ll plateau and never reach goal weight.

Without reading the TrimHealthyMama plan book, you won’t understand the science behind the plan and how and why it works.

Because of this, you’ll make excuses, go off-plan frequently, and trash-talk THM online. You’ll ask simplistic questions in the THM Facebook group that are easily answered in the plan book, wasting other people’s time as they attempt to answer your questions and testing the endless patience of the administrators there, who volunteer their time to help people who are actually committed to their health and weight management.

Step Two: Spend hours of time and tons of frustration searching for free THM explanations, shopping lists, menu plans and guides

Without the book, you won’t understand how to implement the plan into your life. You won’t know exactly which foods are on plan, what’s off plan, and what’s a personal choice. You won’t know how to grocery shop, meal plan or what to eat in a restaurant.

Therefore, you’ll spend hours in hair-pulling frustration searching online for free information instead of having it in one volume that you can pull off your shelf in seconds. You’ll spend more money in printer ink and paper, printing these guides out and cluttering up your kitchen with loose pages.

Step Three: Stumble around looking for THM recipes online, hoping and wishing they’re actually on plan. 

Without the book, you won’t have a fundamental understanding of how E, S and FP meals are created. So you won’t know how to tweak your existing recipes to make them THM-safe, and you won’t know if bloggers’ recipes are actually compliant.

Step Four: Get serious about your wellness, actually commit, and go to Amazon and buy the book.

At the time of this writing, you can get the book brand new (with free shipping if you have Prime), for $12. $12! Anyone living in a developed country can afford this, and if you can’t, you can request the book from your library (or through inter-library loan if your local branch doesn’t have it).

You’re worth it. Invest in your health and longevity and buy the TrimHealthyMama plan book!

Now here’s a great question:

Which Trim Healthy Mama book should I buy?

Most people recommend the second book. It looks like this:


It’s more concise, cheaper and has all the info you need to succeed with THM. The authors self-published their first book and it’s not as professionally copyedited as the second. In fact, many people having great success with THM have never even held the first book in their hands. Me included!

p.s. Sorry for the snark, but I used a bit of sarcasm to get the point across. Every day in the THM Facebook group, I see people jumping into the discussion, asking the most basic questions, obviously having never bought the THM book. It’s available in most public libraries, so if money is tight, you can always read it that way. Every day the sweet, patient admins of the group remind people that in order to understand the plan, they need to read the book!

Changing your life takes commitment and work. But you’re worth it.

Your favorite posts in 2016

Hi everyone!

I hope you had a wonderful year and met your weight loss goals with the help of TrimHealthyMama. I thought it would be fun to share the most popular posts on this blog for 2016. If you’re new here, you might have missed one of these.

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Most Popular Posts in 2016

How to do TrimHealthyMama when you hate cooking or don't have time!

How to do TrimHealthyMama if you hate cooking or don’t have time (boy do you guys love this post! It’s the most highly trafficked post by far.)

Trim Healthy Mama ALDI

What does a TrimHealthyMama buy at ALDI?  Aldi is how I stay in budget while eating THM. This one has a free meal plan.

Banana -Cream- Oatmeal THM "E"

Banana “cream” Oatmeal THM “E” – this recipe got lots of positive feedback. I used to have trouble filling up when eating E breakfasts, but this one keeps me satisfied for hours.

What's on plan at Starbucks #THM

What’s on plan with THM at Starbucks? For the coffee addicts like myself!

THM-Safe Starbucks Copycat Recipes

And part two, THM-safe Copycat Starbucks recipes – so you can save money, stay on plan and enjoy your yummy coffee drink too (or snack!)

Enjoy and thanks for reading – and if you like this blog, click on one of the share buttons and spread the love. 🙂 Thanks!

BargainHunt TrimHealthyMama Food Haul *video*

Today I want to share a video with you of some great deals I got on TrimHealthyMama-safe foods at BargainHunt. If you aren’t familiar with BargainHunt, you may want to watch this video first: Why I Love BargainHunt. It’s only 5 minutes long, and in it I share how the pricing system works and how to get great deals (and some of the super-cheap items I snagged!).

In this video, I share my TrimHealthyMama food haul. Mentioned in the video:

Organic Cacao Nibs – these are actually priced at $26, higher than I said in the video! I got this large bag for $3 at BargainHunt.

Teeccino Herbal Coffee in Caramel Nut – see my review of Teeccino Herbal Coffee substitute here.

Quest Nutrition Protein Bars in Lemon Cream, 10 pack

Bob’s Red Mill steel-cut oats 

Great Lakes gelatin

Quinoa Goes Cajun is a recipe from the TrimHealthyMama cookbook.

Have you ever shopped at BargainHunt? Be sure to check out the food aisle if you do!

 

 

Trim Healthy Mama Gift Ideas

If you have an anniversary or other special day coming up and need some Trim Healthy Mama gift ideas for the THM devotee in your life, read on!

 

Trim Healthy Mama gift ideas

Anything from the “my favorite TrimHealthyMama products” would be welcome to most THMErs, but here are some more gift ideas.

The TrimHealthyMama plan book and cookbook are a MUST. If your friend is searching around on the internet, trying to understand the plan or find recipes that are THM-safe, she needs these two books! They’ll save her hours of frustration and boost her efforts to stay on plan.

 

If your favorite TrimHealthyMama already has the official THM cookbook, get her the other one she wants: Food For Life, a collection of THM-compatible recipes.

Every TrimHealthyMama wants Lily’s chocolate, but she may not want to buy it for herself because it’s a little on the pricey side. But that kind of describes all great gifts, doesn’t it? Something we truly want but hesitate to buy for ourselves? Treat her to a Lily’s multi-pack so she can taste all the flavors!

 

Trust me when I say that every Trim Healthy Mama drools over the VitaMix! It’s certainly on MY wish list! With a VitaMix, THMers can make those secret shakes (made with okra) super creamy. Ordinary blenders just can’t handle the demand a THMama puts on it! THM mamas bust through cheaper blenders.

A VitaMix is an investment in your health, and a good long-term choice because it will last forever. She can make her favorite Trimmy beverage in it (they can’t be made in many other blenders without exploding hot liquid everywhere! – ask me how I know!), she can even make quick healthy soups in the VitaMix. Or blend bread dough. Or do many other tasks she’s currently (frustratingly) using an inferior product to do.

If your budget is smaller, here’s a gadget that will make her everyday life a little easier: a milk frothing wand. She can use it to put a foamy head on her Trimmy drinks or to mix up Goodgirl Moonshine or other beverages without dirtying the blender. Pictured above is the one I own and use several times a day. I love it! It puts a beautiful foamy top on coffee beverages (see this post about THM-safe Starbucks copycat recipes and “What’s on plan with THM at Starbucks?” if your girl is a coffee lover!)

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What about a gift pack from OliveNation?

I love their organic flavor extracts. I use them for my THM shakes, for Trimmy hot drinks, for GGMS, for muffins and cakes, and more. (THMamas use extracts to add maximum flavor with minimal calories.) Put together an order with her favorite flavors and surprise her. I love banana, raspberry, coconut, strawberry, maple and butter (for my oatmeal and to make my own sugar-free maple syrup), and lime.

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And finally, TrimHealthyMamas can never have enough measuring cups and spoons. Give her an extra set in stainless steel so they’ll last forever.

This set even includes teeny-tiny spoons perfect for measuring those tiny amounts of pure stevia powder! It has 1/64 and 1/32 teaspoons. Trust me, THMers need those sizes.

What would be your dream gift idea as a TrimHealthyMama? 

(Hint: mine would be the VitaMix!)

Trim Healthy Mama at Starbucks

What’s on plan a la Trim Healthy Mama at Starbucks? Does being on Trim Healthy Mama mean you can’t enjoy your favorite Starbucks beverage? Maybe. Read on…

18 years ago, I was an employee of Starbucks, so I know a thing or two about their drinks. If you love plain old, ordinary drip coffee, you’re in luck. Drip coffee has less than 5 calories. If you drink it black, you’re golden. If you like cream, you’re in S mode (whether you use half and half or heavy cream). Drip coffee drinkers have it easy on THM.

Where it gets complicated with Trim Healthy Mama at Starbucks?  For those who love the fancy espresso-based drinks.

First let me explain a bit about the differences between various espresso-based drinks.

  • A latte has a little espresso and a lot of steamed and foamed milk.
  • A cappuccino has a little espresso and a lot of foamed milk. This is why the cup feels so light in your hand – it’s mostly air!
  • A flat white is inbetween – it has more milk than cappuccino, less than a latte.
  • A macchiato has a little espresso and a lot of steamed milk with a dash of foamed milk – macchiato is Italian for “marked”, so the drink is “marked” with a bit of foam. If you order espresso macchiato at Starbucks, you get a shot of espresso marked with a little steamed/foamed milk on top. It’s a very small drink.
  • An Americano is a little espresso with hot water added – similar to a brewed coffee.

All of the above drinks CAN be on plan if ordered black or with half-and-half or heavy cream. Unfortunately, the coconut milk AND the almond milk at Starbucks contain sugar!

Trim Healthy Mama at Starbucks

Trim Healthy Mama at Starbucks

A mocha is basically a latte with chocolate syrup added. A caramel macchiato is also basically a latte with caramel and vanilla added. Both of those you need to avoid on THM, as they have a ton of sugar.

Whole milk is a Crossover, and all the espresso-based drinks are made with whole milk unless you ask. So if you ask for a tall latte, for instance, you’re getting a whole lot of whole milk. Keep that in mind if you’re still in weight loss mode. In maintenance, this would be okay occasionally.

Keeping in mind the definitions above, a cappuccino would have less milk than a latte, so might be a safer choice if you’re still losing weight.

Frappuccinos would also be off plan due to their high sugar content, as would all the sweet fancy drinks: Pumpkin Spice Latte, White Mocha, Mocha, Caramel Macchiato, etc.

Starbucks lovers who are on THM were excited to hear about them offering a stevia-based sweetener, but alas, it contains fructose and is therefore not on plan. My advice?

Keep your stevia in your purse! I carry a few packets of an on-plan stevia sweetener with me all the time.

Your best bet to stay on plan with Trim Healthy Mama at Starbucks is to order one of the following:

  • Regular drip coffee or Americano, either black or with half and half or heavy whipping cream. (They don’t keep heavy cream at the condiment bar, you’ll have to ask for it.)
  • Iced coffee and iced Americano are also safe (just not the “shaken” ones, those have sweetener added). Add half and half or heavy cream for an S. If you use just a little half and half, you can stay in E parameters. 2 tablespoons of half and half contain 3.5 grams fat, so pour carefully.
  • Most of the brewed Teavana teas are THM-safe. The English Breakfast, Earl Grey, Jade Citrus Mint green tea, and Mint Majesty are all safe because they’re 100% tea leaves. The Passion, Youthberry and Peach, however, contain a small amount of sugar, but probably not enough to make any difference. The shaken iced teas all contain sugar, so avoid those. The Oprah Chai tea has small bits of apple, but it’s sugar count is still 0 grams, so it’s safe. The Oprah Cinnamon Chai has no fruit pieces.
  • If you love black tea, you could also order a Tea Latte – this is a drink made from brewed, hot black tea with steamed milk. With whole milk it’s a crossover, with half and half, it’s an S fuel.
  • A latte or cappuccino made with half and half. This is called ‘breve’, so you would order a Breve Latte or a Breve Cappuccino, depending. Since a cappuccino has less milk, it has fewer calories.
  • Keep in mind that any drink ordered breve will have a TON of fat and calories! You might want to make your next meal a Fuel Pull to compensate for that.
  • The sugar-free flavor syrups at Starbucks are not on plan. They contain maltodextrin AND sucralose (splenda) – yuck! Carry your own flavored stevia and use those instead. SweetLeaf makes a ton of flavors (including chocolate, caramel, vanilla and coconut) that you might like in your coffee.
  • Flavor your coffee yourself with regular old spices instead of syrups. Cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla are sugar free and on plan! You can easily carry a tiny little container of these in your purse, and they’re available also at the condiment bar at Starbucks (although the vanilla and chocolate have sugar).
  • Another option to stay on plan is to mix up all the ingredients for a Trimmy in your own travel mug, then when you get to Starbucks, order a coffee and pour that in. You could even mix up a Hot Chocolate Trimmy, leaving out the water, and ask for a cup of hot water at Starbucks.
  • Or, bring your own mug with almond milk (and stevia, or whatever else you like) added, and ask them to put hot coffee on top of it! This way you can stay in E fuel easily. Also, Starbucks gives you a .10 discount when you use your own mug.
  • Almost all of the food and snacks at Starbucks are off plan. If you find yourself starving at a Starbucks, order a Sausage, Egg and Cheese breakfast sandwich and ditch the bread for an “S” fuel. They also have packets of plain almonds and cashews. The snacks differ from location to location, so check out what your local store offers. Most of the beef jerky snacks I’ve seen also contain sugar.

What do you order that’s safe for Trim Healthy Mama at Starbucks?

p.s. If you love the mouth feel and flavor of steamed milk, why not buy a milk frothing pitcher or a foaming wand and make your own mock Starbucks coffees at home? I have this foaming wand and use it every day to make cappuccino or Trimmy drinks. I first warm the milk to the desired temperature, then I use the wand to make a beautiful head of foam on it. So delicious, and so much cheaper. I even prefer the flavor of my coffees made at home. 🙂

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If you’re having a hard time staying on plan a la Trim Healthy Mama at Starbucks, be sure to check out the follow-up to this post, THM-Safe Starbucks Copycat Recipes!

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You might be a TrimHealthyMama…

… if your snacks carry a warning label

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… you brag along with your teenage sons about the size of your poops

… you encourage your husband to buy you a fancy blender for your anniversary

… there are 3 sets of measuring spoons and cups in your sink at any given time of day

… when you refill the ketchup bottle with homemade, sugar-free ketchup, saying to yourself, “what they don’t know won’t hurt them

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… your banana muffins contain no banana

… but your chocolate cookies contain okra

… if you have a glass container in your fridge with these zucchini “crayons” leftover after using your zoodle maker

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… if your phone alarm goes off every 3 hours

… you might be a TrimHealthyMama©!