Trim Healthy Mama Fuel Cycle Day 4: E fuel

It’s day 4 of my first Trim Healthy Mama fuel cycle week! And like yesterday, it’s an E fuel day. This morning when I put on a favorite skirt, I noticed it was easier to zip. Woo!

Trim Healthy Mama Fuel Cycle

Breakfast @ 6:30Oatmeal with diced apple and collagen, soaked overnight in a little almond milk. I sprinkled on a little stevia and cinnamon, then topped it with a Vanilla Gluccie Pudding to help fill me up. Had a small cup of coffee with a dash of half and half.

 

Snack @ 9:30 – Trim Healthy Mama E waffle, topped with 0% Greek yogurt and strawberries and two strips turkey bacon. Chamomile tea. Did you know what two strips of turkey bacon (at least the ALDI brand) contains only 3 grams fat?! That means I stayed well under 5 g.

Trim Healthy Mama Fuel Cycle Week Day 4: E fuel

Tip: When I make pancakes, waffles or oatmeal (in other words, something I eat warm), I like to put a few strawberries, sliced, into a small bowl with some Super Sweet and microwave it for 1 minute. It makes a nice juicy strawberry sauce!

Lunch @ 1:30 – Broccoli stir-fry. It was rather delicious and I made it up on the spot. And it’s a Fuel Pull so I’m definitely remembering this. I could serve it over rice for E fuel, or make it with beef for S. I simply browned lean ground turkey with red onions and broccoli, then sprinkled on ginger, garlic, salt and pepper and red pepper flakes and a dash soy sauce. Yummy!

Trim Healthy Mama Fuel Cycle Week: Day 4, E fuel

For dessert I had a microwave Apple Crisp. (This is what gave me my E fuel, the broccoli stir-fry had no carbs.) I tried to cook it in my toaster oven, but it started burning on the top, boo! So microwave it was. I also pretty much made the recipe up on the spot. I sliced a small apple and topped it with 1/3 cup oats, a dash almond milk for moisture, dash salt, stevia, cinnamon. I would have added a little vanilla but I ran out.

I really hope my order of Baking Blend and Oat Fiber arrive today, because it will be hard to do two days of Fuel Pull without them!!! Note to self: never, ever run out of either of those things. I really wish Trim Healthy Mama had autoship. I was forced to order those from Amazon because THM’s shipping is slower.

I sipped on a Caramel Roobios Shrinker today. I made it with two Roobios tea bags and added caramel extract. Yum!

Dinner @ 5:30: Sweet Potato Oat Soup 

Bedtime snack @ 7:30Half an apple with apple dip (from the THM cookbook)

I’m a little nervous about the next two days, which are Fuel Pull days. I’m concerned that I’m going to feel hungry all day! We’ll see how it goes. 🙂

Trim Healthy Mama Fuel Cycle: Day 3 – E Fuel

Today’s day 3 of my Trim Healthy Mama Fuel Cycle, and I can now eat CARBS. Days 3 and 4 are E fuel days. Woo!

Trim Healthy Mama Fuel Cycle

Breakfast @ 5:30 AM – For breakfast I enjoyed an Apple-Cinnamon muffin, with an extra half apple and Salted Caramel gluccie pudding: a lovely combo and it kept me full for the entire 3 hours! Plus a small coffee with a tiny amount of half and half.

Snack @ 8:30Vanilla Gluccie Pudding – again, I love this stuff! So glad I finally tried it, and it’s Fuel Pull!

Fuel Cycle Day 3: E fuel!

Lunch @ 11:30Half a sweet potato, ground turkey patty, sauteed onions and zucchini. GGMS to drink.

Snack @ 3:30 – I made a Trim Healthy Mama “E” waffle and enjoyed it with mock maple syrup (recipes for both are in the THM cookbook) and a couple of sliced strawberries.  I had a cup of half decaf coffee with 2 T half and half (which has only 3 grams of fat, keeping me well under 5 grams!).

And would you believe, I discovered I had run out of oat fiber AND baking blend!? For me, running out of baking blend especially is an emergency. I was craving Sheri Graham’s Fuel Pull chocolate cake which calls for oat fiber and couldn’t make one! Plus, with Fuel Pull days coming

Trim Healthy Mama Waffles for Fuel Cycle Day E fuel

Dinner @ 6:00 – Another ground turkey patty, this time with a salad and half a sweet potato. For dressing, I stirred together a bit of 0% Greek yogurt, a dash mustard, a bit of stevia for a “honey mustard”. It was good.

Tip: one of the ways I save time while doing Trim Healthy Mama is to cook several things at once for use them later. For example, I cook several sweet potatoes at a time and eat one every day until they’re gone. Or I cook Bust-a-Myth banana cake or Trimtastic Zucchini cake, cut into portions, and freeze so I have an easy snack or meal. I often make a family-size portion of muffins, freeze and do the same. Etc.

Tomorrow is another E day. See you then!

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.