My week on Trim Healthy Mama

I did cook several new recipes from the Trim Healthy Mama cookbook (which I stated was my goal in a recent post), but would you believe that I forgot to take ANY pictures of the meals!? Oh well. I did snap this pic of a yummy Fuel Pull. It’s tuna with Tabasco (I love it served this way. So fast and easy and snazzy on the taste buds with no added fat!), with a chopped mini cucumber and Greek yogurt dipping sauce.

My week on Trim Healthy Mama: a Fuel Pull lunch

I also ordered the FIRST Trim Healthy Mama plan book. I’ve never read it! There are many recipes in the old book that some THM devotees say are among their favorites, so I’m excited to dig in.

Here are the new recipes I tried this week on Trim Healthy Mama:

BLT Frittata

I love all egg-based dishes: quiche, frittata, you name it! So this one was a hit. Some people loved the tomatoes, others didn’t. In the future, I may try to put them in half the dish.

Tomato Chicken Bisque

This was a HUGE hit. Loved it. Definitely adding it to our favorites list.

Spaghetti & Meatballs

Making meatballs isn’t my favorite thing to do, but this slow cooker recipe was worth it. It’s simple and only took a few minutes to put together. The family loved it, so it’s a win. They enjoyed theirs atop gluten-free rice noodles. I had mine on salad.

Family Serve Chocolate Waffles

Enjoyed this for breakfast a couple of times. It was tasty. I had it topped with 0% Greek yogurt (with a dab of vanilla and stevia added), along with faux maple syrup (recipe in the THM cookbook), and strawberries. Very filling for an E meal!

Buttah Chicken

I am a HUGE fan of Indian food, but this recipe was a bit disappointing. It just didn’t have nearly enough flavor for me. Just meh.

I did well with my other goal, that of drinking a healthy THM sipper drink each day. Last week I had several GGMSs, a Shrinker (made with naturally decaf roobios tea, I’ve been drastically cutting my caffeine intake lately), a Singing Canary, and one new recipe I’d never had before: the Apple Pie Sip.

I liked it!

 

Trim Healthy Mama Apple Pie Sip
Try anything new on Trim Healthy Mama recently?

Next week I’ll have something entirely new: I’m doing my very first Fuel Cycle! Even though I’m at goal weight, I have a bit of “fluff” around my waist. I know it’s VERY common for women in mid-life to “thicken” in the waist, but you know what?

As a THM, I have the tools I need to fight this! I can’t wait to report back next week with my results. Stay tuned for that 🙂

 

My Week on TrimHealthyMama

My Week on TrimHealthyMama is where I post tidbits, tricks, hacks and meal ideas. See all the posts tagged “my week on TrimHealthyMama” here.

Trim Healthy Mama Sweetie on Steroids

 

As I mentioned lsat week, I’ve made it a goal to try every recipe in the TrimHealthyMama cookbook.

Trim Healthy Mama Sweetie on Steroids is not a new recipe for me, but I took a picture anyway. It’s one of my favorites and an excellent, tasty, easy E meal.  I make this one a little different each time. Here it is with half a medium-sized sweet potato, cooked with zucchini, broccoli, squash, onions and sprinkled with Cajun seasoning and nutritional yeast. On the side is a scoop of cottage cheese for protein.

What did I try that was new?

Trim Healthy Mama Cajun Cream Chicken

 

Cajun Cream Chicken. I thought it was easy and tasty. It tasted even better the next day. I had it over cauli rice and sauteed cabbage. My kids and hubby had it over rice. This is such an easy slow cooker recipe. You can memorize it fast, and throw the ingredients in the crock pot when you’re having a busy day.

Trim Healthy Mama quicky-quick power protein balls

I also made Trim Healthy Mama Quicky-quick Power Protein Balls. It was a pain, because I have a horrible blender/food processor combo. It doesn’t do either job particularly well! The batter wasn’t high enough in the container to mix properly, so I ended up mixing it by hand – which would have been easier if I had just done it that way in the first place!

I have a Ninja combo. I HATE it. It doesn’t make good smoothies because it can’t handle much ice. The blender containers are too small to fit an FSF recipe. The food processor is horrible too.

Any recommendations? I know the VitaMix is highly rated, but I don’t want to spend quite that much yet. Blendtec? Please tell me in comments!

Anyway, those protein balls are amazing. Loved them! Such a perfect thing to pop in your mouth when you’re starving and heading out the door, or with a cup of coffee or tea for a tiny bit of sweet.

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I made a delicious snack. It’s a small piece of Bust a Myth banana bread topped with 0% Greek yogurt (mixed first with peanut flour and stevia), with a few slices of apple. So yummy and filling. And fast.

Try anything new last week a la TrimHealthyMama?

By the way, the Conquer Your Clutter Ultimate Bundle sale ends TODAY. Go here to check it out! And I’m offering any of my ebooks (shown here) free if you order through this link. Take a look. 🙂 Then email me to claim your free ebook.

 

TrimHealthyMama Lifestyle: My Week on TrimHealthyMama

TrimHealthyMama lifestyle: my week is a new feature here in which I share tips and tricks I’ve learned while working THM into my life. I hope you enjoy reading them, and please share your own in the comments.

Earth Milk Sip
Earth Milk Sip – those are my stainless steel straws and I love them! You don’t want to drink GGMS from a plastic straw, for example. These last forever and are much easier to clean than plastic.

I mentioned that I joined up with Crystal Paine’s 15 Days to a Healthier You challenge. (The challenge is now closed, but will reopen at some point.)

The material there, and the encouragement, are great. But since I already eat a healthy diet and I exercise, I decided that I would challenge myself to do something I often forget to do: enjoy one of the THM all-day sippers!

They’re so delicious, but sometimes I don’t take the trouble to make one. My goal is to enjoy one every day.

I know they’re good for me. They help me stay hydrated and not nibble inbetween meals, so they’re worth taking the time to make.

TrimHealthyMama Lifestyle: The Shrinker

Ingredients for the Shrinker: note my 2-year-old’s hand, he starts hollering at me whenever he sees the blender come out. “Shake! Shake!”. He loves all the THM smoothies and I always have to make enough to share with him. 🙂

Last week I enjoyed GGMS a couple of times, the Shrinker (made with decaf Roobios tea if I don’t need any more caffeine!), and Singing Canary (sooo yummy, and I know it helps me ward off viruses and such).

I also decided that I would begin working my way through the TrimHealthyMama cookbook, page by page, until I had tried every single recipe. A fun challenge! I’ll be sure to update here and post my thoughts.

TrimHealthyMama lifestyle: Wipe Your Mouth BBQ review
Wipe Your Mouth BBQ over Sweet & Tangy Coleslaw a la TrimHealthyMama – it doesn’t look very pretty in the picture, but it was delicious!

Last night I made Wipe Your Mouth BBQ (an E meal). It was easy and I love that it was a slow cooker meal. I didn’t have pineapple on hand, so I skipped that. Still, the recipe was for me too sweet. I wish I had used less stevia than the recipe called for. I find that many of the recipes are too sweet for my liking, so I should have known to use less sweetener. Also, I like my BBQ a little more vinegar-y, so I added a splash of Tabasco to my plate.

Still, it was delicious. I had mine over Sweet and Tangy Coleslaw (a Fuel Pull recipe). My family enjoyed theirs over bread. I liked the coleslaw recipe too, but again – a bit too sweet, not vinegar-y enough!

I’ll add a note to my cookbook to remind myself of this next time I cook these.

Many of the recipes from the cookbook have become family favorites, so I’m sure I’ll discover even more – my cookbook is falling apart from use!

Does your bottle of MCT oil sometimes leak a little down the side after you pour it? I posted to the THM Facebook page that I wipe this drip off with my finger and rub it into my face.

TrimHealthyMama lifestyle: MCT oil

The ladies there had some more great tips. Some of them said they replace the screw-on top with an olive oil pour spout. I thought that was a great idea! I might order some so I don’t have to fiddle with my olive or MCT oil lids. Another mom said she used a pump dispenser – also a great idea.

Two other moms there said that the Frank’s hot sauce flip top lid fits this bottle, and so does a Dawn dish soap lid! If you have either of those two things and are getting ready to throw them away, save the lids and use them for your MCT oil instead! (The Dawn dish soap would need to be washed for a loooong time to get rid of the smell and taste of soap. I can’t use dish soap on my coffee travel mugs for this reason, it’s baking soda and water for those.)

I enjoyed this post by Briana Thomas with 7 simple single-serve Greek yogurt variations. I used to eat a ton of Greek yogurt and sort of forgot that it was one of my favorite snacks! It’s high in protein and so versatile: you can eat it with peanut flour or a few berries for a Fuel Pull snack, or add banana or other fruit for an E snack, or chocolate, coconut or peanut butter for S.

Yesterday I enjoyed Greek yogurt with peanut flour, a dab of stevia, and a bit of chopped Lily’s dark chocolate. (The ALDI 85% dark chocolate is also on plan, and at a great price, I stock up while I’m there.) So delicious and filling.

That’s it! I’ll continue sharing TrimHealthyMama lifestyle tips and tricks each week, as well as update you on my “cook through the cookbook” adventures.

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My Week on TrimHealthyMama

This year I’m going to try out a new feature here: “my week on TrimHealthyMama” will feature short snippets of life as a THM lady. I’ll post new recipes I’ve tried (and my thoughts on them), time-saving shortcuts and tips, and general tidbits on how I fit THM into my life. I hope it’s helpful to you!

Earth Milk Sip

(from the TrimHealthyMama cookbook)

Earth Milk Sip
Earth Milk Sip

Every time I make this drink, I remind myself that I should be drinking it more often! It’s yummy and just makes me feel good, and I find it’s filling too – it takes away my urge to nibble between meals.

Funny story: after I made it, my 6-year-old daughter asked what it was. I told her and offered her a sip. She took a big gulp, then made a face. “Yuck!” she said. A few seconds later, she asked for another drink. Then another. Then she started sneaking little sips behind my back. Haha!

This is a drink that looks nasty but tastes great.

Hot Fudge Sundae

I really needed a chocolatey dessert, and thankfully had a Trimtastic Zucchini Cake in my freezer! I cut a slice, topped it with a bit of dark chocolate, then microwaved it so the chocolate would melt. Then I put fresh whipped cream (from heavy whipping cream with a drop of vanilla and a bit of Gentle Sweet added) on top. Oh. My. Goodness.

Hot Fudge Sundae
Hot Fudge Sundae

An Oopsie – Peanutty Fudge

I started making the peanutty fudge recipe from the THM cookbook, only to discover halfway in that I was out of cream cheese! Yikes.

I decided to add a bit of gelatin instead, figuring it would cause the fudge to thicken, and would you know it turned out perfect? It wasn’t as greasy as the normal recipe in fact, I preferred the texture. It was every bit as delicious. This lowers the fat content of the fudge and is another way of getting collagen/gelatin into the diet.

Eat more non-starchies: Put it on a salad

One of the easiest ways I’ve found to increase my intake of non-starchy veggies? Simply put everything on top of a bed of lettuce.

I made pizza using the perfect crust (from the cookbook). Put it on a bed of lettuce.

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I made ground beef for tacos (for the family). I put it, along with salsa and sour cream which make a sort of “dressing”, on a bed of lettuce. Voila. Instant taco salad.

Put it on a salad
Put it on a salad!

So easy. Eating a lot of non-starchy veggies is important on TrimHealthyMama because a) they’re good for you b) they fill you up with minimal calories c) they’re inexpensive.

I buy bagged salad mixes to make things easier. I know I would save a few pennies by chopping my own greens, but you know what? I eat FAR MORE veggies when I buy them pre-washed and chopped! My health is worth a couple of dollars more each week.

One of my favorite E meals: Tilapia Veracruz

I’m so glad I tried this recipe right away (also from the THM cookbook!). It’s become one of my all-time favorite meals and the family loves it too.

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It looks so pretty on a plate!

If you struggle with getting enough E meals, try this recipe.