Trim Healthy Mama What to Buy for Success on Plan

Thinking about starting Trim Healthy Mama? What to buy to have success on plan and to understand how THM works.

Trim Healthy Mama What to buy to understand the plan

While it is entirely possible to do THM without any special ingredients, I would NOT recommend trying to work TrimHealthyMama without reading the plan book. (See also: How to do TrimHealthyMama without the book.)

Also important to buy for success on THM? The cookbook. I use my cookbook every single day.  The recipes are delicious, and cooking from the cookbook for a while will help you figure out how to “Trim-ify” your other recipes.

How to do TrimHealthyMama Without the Book

Trim Healthy Mama What to buy to eat

Of course, you need to buy plenty of health food to eat on THM! Meats of all kinds, non-starchy vegetables, sweet potatoes, dairy products such as butter, sour cream, cottage cheese, cheeses, cream – all on plan. Stock up on brown rice and oats, berries and fruit too.

Trim Healthy Mama What To Buy

What about special ingredients? Which ones do you need to buy to do well on TrimHealthyMama?

One must have (in my opinion) for success on THM? A good-tasting stevia!

These vary a lot in their quality and taste. TrimHealthyMama’s stevia products are hands down the best I’ve tasted, and I’ve been using stevia for almost 20 years. I’m partial to Super Sweet. Gentle Sweet is also very popular. And the straight up Pure Stevia is very economical, as you only have to use the tiniest amounts.

I also like the stevia from ALDI. Buy the one in green packets, not the large bag (it is mixed with maltodextrin and is not on plan). The packets are great to keep in your purse.

Buy Trim Healthy Mama Baking Blend. Trust me on this. It’s delicious and makes your life easier. You need it to create the yummy desserts (pies, cakes, cookies and muffins) you can enjoy on plan. You can also make a delicious pizza crust and several on-plan breads with the Baking Blend. If you’re gluten-free, you’re good, as Baking Blend is also GF. (See also: Can you do THM gluten-free?)

I consider the above products to be absolutely necessary for success on plan with THM. Buy them right away when you start Trim Healthy Mama.

Without them, you’re going to make life much more complicated and far less delicious. Without a good stevia product, you’ll be tempted to eat sugar. Having a yummy on-plan treat around means you won’t succumb when people around you are eating sweets.

The following ingredients are always stocked in my kitchen too:

What to buy to make Trim Healthy Mama much easier and more delicious

Whey protein is also super-helpful for THM. You use it to make smoothies puffy and creamy and to add protein, among other things. Whey protein is something you have to shop very carefully for because much of it contains added sugar or other unwanted, unhealthy ingredients. The TrimHealthyMama whey protein is wonderful and has no suspicious junk in it. It’s also priced more reasonably than other brands.

Collagen is an ingredient that’s not only great for your health, but it makes you prettier!

Peanut flour – if you are a peanut butter lover like I am, you must get your hands on some peanut flour. You can find it in grocery stores these days, but some of them have added sugars. Play it safe and buy the THM brand.

Flavor extracts – I get mine from OliveNation because their prices on organic flavorings are great, and they send out discount coupons to your email regularly. I order lime, caramel, raspberry, strawberry, maple, and other flavors for smoothies, desserts and other yummy things.

Oolong Tea – I love oolong tea now. Before THM, I had never drank it. I use it to make Salted Caramel Oolong (sooo delicious, it feels like a decadent dessert) and for the Shrinker. I buy the Prince of Peace brand because it’s organic and very budget-friendly.

You might want to visit my TrimHealthyMama Amazon store to buy THM-safe products all in one spot. See more of my favorite TrimHealthyMama products to buy here.


Cleaner, inside and out

This year, my husband and I are buying a house. Because this home was babied by the current owners (we close in a few weeks, then we’ll be the current owners!), I feel highly motivated to take care of this place.

I’m thankful to TrimHealthyMama for teaching me how to take care of my body and to eat “clean” every single day.

When it comes to my home, though, I’m challenged – I have 7 kids and we homeschool; that’s a lot of bodies inhabiting a place all day long.

I wrote on my other blog how I plan on tackling this and doing better with cleaning this year. And I shared a company and an awesome freebie that helps me in that endeavor and that you might love too!

Go here to read more: Clean With Pretty Things


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.

Free Mrs. Meyer’s Seasonal Scents cleaning kit!

Grove is back with another one of their amazing deals. Grove offers non-toxic cleaning and personal care products, and I love this company! Their prices beat Amazon Prime, they offer free shipping to VIP customers, and are constantly offering free bonuses.

And for me, the biggest benefit of all: ordering my toothpaste, deodorant, cleaning products, lip balm, all-natural hand sanitizer (flu season is upon us – I keep one of these in my car and another large one in my kitchen) and organic skin care products online KEEPS ME OUT OF THE STORES this busy season.

Staying out of stores means I spend less money, I don’t have to schlep my 7 kids around who would rather stay home and play, and it eliminates those budget-busting impulse buys. Give Grove a try. You’ll love it.

free Mrs. Meyer's seasonal scents cleaning kit

I ordered my kit last week. And when I smelled the Orange Clove scent (and experienced an overwhelming desire to lick my countertops), I immediately went back to the site and ordered more!

This is their Mrs. Meyer’s seasonal scents special, and here’s what you get if you’re a new customer:

  • Mrs. Meyer’s Seasonal Hand Soap
  • Mrs. Meyer’s Seasonal Dish Soap
  • Mrs. Meyer’s Seasonal Multi-Surface Spray
  • Grove Collaborative Bubble Up
  • Shipping & VIP Trial
  • … a $35 value ?

Existing customers will still receive the Grove Bubble Up at 50% off. The kit is for a limited time and they have a limited number available, so don’t dilly-dally ok?

(I know this post doesn’t have anything to do with TrimHealthyMama, but hey – we THM types spend a lot of time in our kitchens washing dishes and cooking, no? Might as well make the experience a little more fun with some lovely-smelling cleaning products!)

THM Hack: How to clean your muffin in a mugs quickly and easily

If you’ve been doing THM for a while and have ever made a muffin-in-a-mug recipe, you will probably encounter a common problem: the mug or baking dish you use to bake it is so difficult to clean!

I have tried putting mine in the dishwasher, on the bottom rack, face down. They still don’t get clean. I’ve tried soaking them (for a day or two, even!) before washing. They’re still hard to clean.

Eventually I would just break down and scrub them hard with baking soda for a few minutes. It was frustrating to spend so much time on one dish, especially since I eat muffins in a mug nearly every morning for breakfast.

I decided there had to be a better way to keep muffin-in-a-mug batter from sticking so badly.

I grabbed a coffee filter, placed it in the baking dish, then poured the batter in.

I didn’t use anything to grease the coffee filter or bowl.

I microwaved the muffin and when it cooled a bit, took it out of the bowl. Then I peeled off the coffee filter… it came off cleanly and left no muffin sticking to it! The coffee filter is basically acting as a large cupcake liner.

And the best part, the bowl I baked it in was almost CLEAN. 


I don’t consider myself a genius, but when I posted this tip on the THM Facebook group, dozens of ladies declared me such. 🙂

Since the muffin recipes in the TrimHealthyMama cookbook are large (enough to fit into two standard-sized muffin cups), the coffee filter is just the right size. This is a standard size coffee filter, but a 4-cup size filter would probably be even better.

THM hack: clean muffin in a mug container
Sick of cleaning your baking dish or mug for THM muffin-in-a-mug? Try this easy hack!

The muffin shown is the Skinny Chocolate Chip muffin from the THM cookbook.

I make my muffin-in-a-mugs in the microwave or my toaster oven so I don’t have to warm up the oven. A standard muffin tin doesn’t fit in either appliance, so I use a Pyrex baking dish or bowl.

I hope this little THM hack helps you spend a little less time cleaning!

How to do TrimHealthyMama when you hate cooking (or don’t have time!)

Last week on the TrimHealthyMama© Facebook page, a discussion was prompted by one woman’s lament that she couldn’t do THM because she just didn’t love cooking. She complained that she didn’t want to spend hours a day in her kitchen, that crafts were more her thing.

There were a ton of comments. Some people took the stance that cooking for oneself is a worthwhile endeavor. You’re worth it, your health is worth it… etc.

That’s very true.

However, for those who hate to cook or just don’t have much time, it’s of little help.

It’s a misconception that you must spend hours in the kitchen every day in order to do TrimHealthyMama.

If you hate cooking or simply don’t have much time to do so, pay special attention to the Drive Thru Sue sections of the Plan book.

Everyone has to eat, so we all have to devote SOME time to food prep, but it’s possible to spend only minutes a day cooking if you think ahead a little and are prepared.

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

That conversation inspired me to come up with a list of easy meals and snacks that don’t require any real “cooking”. I do enjoy cooking, but because I have 7 kids, my husband and I are both self-employed and I homeschool, I’m also a very busy lady. I don’t wish to spend hours a day in the kitchen either.

Note that NONE of these meals and snack ideas require buying the THM cookbook! First, before I list the easy, no-cook THM-friendly meals and snacks, here are a few general bits of advice for simplifying meal preparation.

Tips for making meal prep easier when doing TrimHealthyMama:

  • Cook once, eat twice. When you do prepare a meal, cook twice as much and freeze (or refrigerate) half.
  • Cook a batch of oatmeal once a week (even simpler, make overnight slow cooker oats – Google for a million recipes). Separate into smaller containers and freeze or (refrigerate) and you have “E” breakfasts all week.
  • Do the same with brown rice, which freezes beautifully. Instant side dish for “E” dinners or lunches. Go here to learn how to cook brown rice in half the time.
  • Make a family-size cake or batch of muffins. Separate into portion sizes and freeze. You’ll have breakfast or snacks for the week! (I do this often with Bust-a-Myth banana cake and Trimtastic Zucchini Cake.)
  • Cook several sweet potatoes in the oven or slow cooker at once and refrigerate. You can have one small sweet potato for lunch or dinner in an “E” meal.
  • Throw several chicken breasts (FP or E) or thighs or drumsticks (S) into the slow cooker with salt and pepper. When cooked, separate and refrigerate or freeze. You now have an easy protein source for lunches and dinners. Just add a frozen veggie or a bagged salad (or sweet potato or brown rice) and it’s dinner.
  • There are some helpful bloggers who do freezer cooking, THM style. A quick internet search turned up these three: the Sunny Patch, Artful Homemaking, and Working at Homeschool. I’m sure there are many more.
  • Buy pre-sliced, frozen bell peppers and seasoning mix (frozen onion/celery/bell pepper, diced) for super-simple sides with eggs or ground meat skillet “hash”. No chopping, no mess.
  • Cook a large stockpot full of soup (such as chili – easy and filling and can be made E or S style) and eat lunch and/or dinner all week.
  • Cook a large batch of hard-boiled eggs and keep them in the fridge for easy protein.

And here is my list of easy-peasy, (nearly) no-cook TrimHealthyMama-friendly meals and snacks! 

Quick Trim Healthy Mama Breakfasts

These breakfasts can be on the table in less than 2 minutes time.

  • Eggs prepared how you like them (scrambled/fried/hard-boiled), with or without cheese (S)
  • Bacon or pork sausage (S)
  • Canadian bacon or lean ham (FP)
  • Turkey bacon or turkey sausage (FP) (note: these meats are probably not enough to fill you up, I’m listing them here so you know what fuel type they can mix with)
  • Oatmeal (E) (with fruit, cottage cheese, eggs whites mixed in while cooking, collagen or 0% Greek yogurt for protein)
  • Slow cooker oatmeal: 1 cup old-fashioned oats and 3 1/2 cups water, dash salt cooked on Low 4-6 hours. (E)
  • “Instant” oatmeal. Blend old-fashioned oats in the blender until chopped (stop before it’s flour-like). Store in plastic zipper bags or small storage containers. Use 1/2 cup for a serving. Add 3/4 boiling water to each, cover and let sit for a few minutes. (E)
  • Leftover brown rice, warmed, with chopped apples or other fruit (E)
  • Sprouted grain toast with fruit and 0% Greek yogurt (E)
  • Smoothies (the THM cookbook is helpful here, but there are thousands of THM-safe recipes online for free)
  • 0% Greek yogurt with peanut butter (S) (can add up to 1/2 cup berries too)
  • 0% Greek yogurt with serving of fruit (E)
  • 0% Greek yogurt with small serving berries (FP)
  • Overnight Thermos oatmeal: Place 1/4 cup steel cut oats in a Thermos, add 1 1/2 c boiling water. Seal and leave until morning. In the morning, pour out excess water or just stir in. (E)
  • If you have an electric rice cooker, it’s perfect for easy, hands-off oatmeal (as well as rice of course!). Just place water and oats in it and press the button. (E) I love my rice cooker and use it several times a week. It’s no fail, perfect rice or oatmeal, every time, with no burning.

Easy Quick Trim Healthy Mama Lunches

All of the lunch ideas would be fabulous for dinner too, and vice versa.

  • Bagged salad with leftover cooked meat, storebought creamy (sugarless) dressing (S)
  • Bagged salad with cold canned beans, fruit on the side, sugarless vinaigrette (E)
  • Smoothies (there are legions of THM-friendly recipes online, Google them) FP/E/S, depending on ingredients
  • Canned beans of choice with brown rice and salsa (E)
  • Canned beans with sweet potato, top with 0% Greek yogurt and seasonings (E)
  • Avocado, tomato, cucumber salad topped with mayo (S)
  • Tuna with mayo on salad or bell pepper cups or cucumber slices (S)
  • Tuna with Tabasco on bell pepper cups or cucumber slices (FP)
  • Small baked sweet potato topped with cooked frozen seasoning mix (onion/celery/bell pepper) and small amount of low-fat cheese, cottage cheese or 0% Greek yogurt (E)
  • Small baked sweet potato topped with chicken breast or lean ham (E)
  • Hamburger patty cooked, served with salad or frozen green veggies (S)
  • Ground turkey cooked with frozen veggies to make an easy skillet “hash” (FP)
  • Ground beef cooked with frozen veggies to make an easy skillet “hash”, with or without cheese (S)
  • Avocado/tomato/mayo sandwich on open-face sprouted grain bread (S) (1 slice ok in an S meal)
  • Turkey or lean ham lunch meat on sprouted grain bread (E)
  • Lettuce wraps – a large piece of Romaine wrapped around tuna, leftover cooked chicken or beef, ham – (S, E or FP depending on the filling)
  • Black bean soup – can of black beans, drained and rinsed. Add chicken broth, salsa and seasonings (cumin, salt, pepper, Mexican-style spices) (E)

Easy and Quick Trim Healthy Mama Dinners

  • Rotisserie chicken with bagged salad and store bought ranch or Bleu cheese dressing (S)
  • Fast-food burger with NO bun (order it “low carb” or “lettuce wrap”) (S)
  • Fast-food grilled chicken nuggets with side salad (S)
  • Pre-formed hamburger patties with salad or green veggies on the side (frozen veggies are easy and quick)
  • Hot dogs (S)
  • Pre-chopped, bagged coleslaw cooked with Bratwurst (S)
  • Quesadilla – use a sprouted grain tortilla or Joseph’s wrap, stuff with cheese, serve with sour cream, avocado and salsa (S)
  • Sprouted grain tortilla or Joseph’s wrap pizza – spread with jarred spaghetti sauce, cheese, pepperoni, melt in toaster over or under broiler  (S)
  • Veggie scramble: frozen sliced bell peppers, cooked with eggs. Add cheese if you wish. (S)
  • Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken: throw a few chicken breasts, frozen or fresh, into the slow cooker along with frozen chopped bell peppers and a jar of salsa (if you don’t have salsa, use canned diced tomatoes, or just Mexican spices). Add seasonings (salt, pepper, cumin, chili powder) and cook on High for 4 hours. (E if served with brown rice or beans. Add cheese and sour cream for S.)

Quick Trim Healthy Mama Snacks

  • olives (S)
  • slices of pepperoni (S)
  • beef jerky (S)
  • cubes of cheese, cheese sticks (S)
  • part-skim mozzarella cheese stick (FP)
  • celery with peanut butter (S)
  • celery sticks or baby carrots with hummus (E)
  • celery sticks or (just a few) baby carrots with 0% Greek yogurt (FP)
  • small handful of nuts or seeds (S)
  • piece of fruit with cottage cheese or 0% Greek yogurt (E)
  • berries with cottage cheese (FP)
  • berries with 0% Greek yogurt (FP)
  • piece of fruit with 0% Greek yogurt (E)
  • 0% Greek yogurt with peanut butter (S)
  • 0% Greek yogurt with peanut flour (FP)
  • 000 Dannon Oikos yogurt (FP)
  • a bit of dark chocolate (I love Lily’s chocolate,  which is sweetened with stevia) and nuts (S)
  • Laughing cow cheese (FP)
  • Avocado with salsa (S)
  • Pickle wrapped with thin-sliced lunch meat (FP)
  • Lunch meat and cheese (S)
  • Sliced cucumber with tuna atop (FP)
  • Popcorn with nutritional yeast (or garlic powder, cinnamon and stevia or other fat-free topping) (E)
  • Plain whole milk yogurt (S) (add stevia and berries)
  • Smoothies – search THM-friendly recipes
  • Instant cheesecake” – cream cheese, sliced strawberries, chopped pecans (S)

That should be enough to keep you busy for a while, no?

What do you think? Does eating TrimHealthyMama-style require spending hours in the kitchen? What are your favorite quick and easy meals and shortcuts?

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