Trim Healthy Mama Fuel Cycle Day 6: Fuel Pull again

Today’s the 6th day of my first Trim Healthy Mama Fuel Cycle. As with yesterday, today’s a Fuel Pull day.

Trim Healthy Mama Fuel Cycle

Breakfast @ 6:00 – For breakfast I had a Berry Gummy, and a little creation I invented myself. I made the sweet Swiss Bread (it’s for the Bread Puddin’, but I ran out of almond milk so couldn’t make the pudding, so I had to come up with something to top it with). I ended up making a batch of Slim Belly Jelly, so I topped my bread with that, then a vanilla Oikos 000 yogurt. It looked pretty!

Trim Healthy Mama Fuel Cycle Fuel Pull Day 6

Snack @ 10:30 (wow, my breakfast lasted me a while eh?) a Fuel Pull spice cake (Sheri Graham’s recipe), topped with a vanilla Oikos 000, coffee with half and half, a Berry Gummy

Trim Healthy Mama Fuel Cycle Week:  Fuel Pull

I need to keep these berry gummies on hand at all times! I used to make them frequently but had gotten out of the habit. They’re incredibly filling, easy to transport, and quick.

Lunch @ 1:30 – Loaded Fotato Soup and a chocolate Fat Stripping Frappa  

At around 3:30 I was totally starved so I had another Berry Gummy (since this has NO fat whatsoever, I think I’m okay here!)

Dinner @ 5:30 – Loaded Fotato Soup, salad with Slim Belly Jelly Vinaigrette

I made it! I’m done with my second full Fuel Pull day!!

Tomorrow I go back to Deep S for breakfast and lunch, then an E dinner. And I’ll be done!

Trim Healthy Mama Fuel Cycle Day 5: Fuel Pull!

Today is day 5 of my first Trim Healthy Mama Fuel Cycle. Today and tomorrow I’ll be eating ONLY Fuel Pull meals and snacks.

Hold me.

I’m scared. I always have a fear of being hungry, even as a child I tended to gobble my food and eat frequently. Sadly, that let to a lot of stomachaches. I’ve been working on slowing down and reminding myself, “Carrie, this is NOT your last meal!” for years, it seems.

To get ready for the Fuel Pull days of the Fuel Cycle, I added new recipes to my Pinterest Fuel Pull Recipe board. I also created a new one named Fuel Cycle and began pinning to that too. I bought extra celery, cucumbers, salad greens – and treated myself to several 000 Oikos flavored Greek yogurts (a bit pricey, but I needed the emotional security of having them on hand!). I also made two Salted Caramel Gluccie Puddings to keep in the fridge.

Trim Healthy Mama Fuel Cycle

Breakfast @ 5:30 – I had an Oikos 000 with Fuel Pull Overnight Oats topped with 1/2 cup strawberries. From this recipe. Small coffee and a teeny-tiny bit of half and half (under 2 T keeps you well under 5 grams of fat).

Snack @ 8:30 – A Salted Caramel Gluccie Pudding and a Hot Chocolate Trimmy (with just 1 tsp MCT oil)

Trim Healthy Mama Fuel Cycle, Day 5: Fuel Pull
Ahh, gluccie pudding. I heart you.

Aaaaand it’s 9:42… and I’m starved. This is when this thing starts to feel like a diet and not food freedom. Good news is, I could definitely tell a difference in my tummy when I got dressed this morning. I wore a shirtdress to work today that I’ve never worn before. It looked great! I realize I should have added berries, veggies or some other non-starchy thing to fill me up. Will do better next meal!

I made an Earth Milk Sip (with no MCT) to distract me from my hunger.

Trim Healthy Mama Fuel Cycle Day 5: Fuel Pull

Lunch (praise be!) @ 11:30 – Loaded Fotato Soup with Swiss Bread. I doubled the recipe so I would have some for tomorrow. I ate a hearty serving of the soup along with berries topped with 0% Greek yogurt. 

I may have repeatedly moaned with pleasure while eating lunch! Food tastes SO good when you’re really hungry.

Note: I didn’t have Laughing Cow cheese for the recipe, but I wondered if I could use low-fat (Neufchatel) cream cheese. An ounce is 6 grams fat. So I had to find out, what’s an ounce of cream cheese look like? As it turns out, an ounce of cheese resembles a pair of dice. So I cut a little less than what looked like a pair of dice and popped that into my soup before pureeing. 🙂

Snack @ 3:30 – I guess I ate enough this time to fill me for 3 hours. 😉 For a snack I had a turkey-wrapped pickle, a few berry gummies (from the Trim Healthy Mama cookbook), celery sticks dipped in peanut junky butter mixed with 0% Greek yogurt, and a Trimmy Light. 

Dinner @ 6:30 – Egg Roll in a Bowl, FP version.

Whew! I made it through today. I actually felt quite “light” and energetic today. I don’t know if it had to do with all the fuel pulls or not, but I do know I need more of them in my diet. And my beloved Baking Blend and Oat Fiber arrived! That means that tomorrow I can enjoy some Fuel Pull chocolate cake. 🙂

Except I’m out of cocoa powder. 

Ah, the life of a Trim Healthy Mama! Always at the grocery store. 😉

Artichoke and Chicken Casserole

I made this forgotten dish for supper recently, and it reminded me how easy and delicious it is. I love artichokes, and this casserole is another way of getting them into my diet. Not only are they delicious, but artichokes have many health benefits.

Chicken-artichoke casserole is a Fuel Pull fuel if you serve it alongside non-starchy vegetables. However, I serve it over rice for an E fuel. It makes a lot of delicious sauce and the rice helps soak it up. The almonds are optional but add a nice bit of crunch.

chicken-artichoke-casserole

Artichoke and Chicken Casserole – THM “E” or “FP”

Preheat oven to 350. Assemble:

2 tsp olive oil
1 pound chicken breasts, sliced thinly
1 tsp diced garlic
1 10 ounce package frozen artichoke hearts (if your store doesn’t have these, use two jars of canned artichokes – I use the quarted artichoke hearts from ALDI)
8 ounces sliced mushrooms
1 cup almond milk
1 can diced tomatoes
1 tsp dried tarragon and 1 tsp dried basil, or 2 tsp Herbes de Provence
1 tsp sea salt
3 T chopped almonds (this amount won’t take you over 5 grams fat per serving)

Heat oil and cook chicken pieces until golden brown. Add mushrooms, garlic and artichoke hearts to the pan and cook for a few more minutes.

In a mixing bowl, combine the almond milk, tomatoes, herbs, salt and stir well.

Combine chicken mixture with milk and tomato mixture, stir well.

Grease a baking pan with cooking spray. Add all ingredients to baking pan, then sprinkle with chopped almonds.

Bake for 30 minutes.

How I get my TrimHealthyMama collagen

Sometimes a person new to TrimHealthyMama© will ask, “How do you take your collagen?” on the THM Facebook page.

I thought I would share how I get this important superfood ingredient into my diet every day.

But let me first backtrack a bit.

For years before I started TrimHealthyMama, I used gelatin and collagen (simply different forms of the same superfood) because I had read extensively about them and was convinced of their value in the diet. I have also made my own bone broth for years and never shied away from eating the skin of chicken. Collagen isn’t a “THM thing”. Our ancestors ate a lot more collagen/gelatin because they ate the animal from head to tail. They didn’t buy prettily packaged slabs of chicken breast at the store.

See this homemade bone broth? It’s gelatin/collagen that makes it gel up like that!

Collagen is a powdery substance that doesn’t clump or gel in liquids, and gelatin does – it’s the type you use to make gummy candies or pudding, for instance. So, they both have their place in the THM kitchen.

There is excellent information in the TrimHealthyMama plan book about why collagen and gelatin are important additions to the diet, but if you don’t have the book (or even if you do!), I recommend Serene’s excellent (long but worth it) article on the why of collagen.

I make it a goal to get around 2 Tablespoons of gelatin and/or collagen in my diet every day. Here’s how I do it.

  • Collagen in my morning coffee – I put half and half or cream in the bottom of my mug, add the collagen and stir until it dissolves. Then I add coffee and stir again. Even if I’m going to Starbucks, I put this mixture in the bottom of my travel mug, and I ask the barista to please NOT pour it out before adding my coffee!
  • Collagen in my iced coffee – Most afternoons at around 3 I need a snack (and a caffeine pick-me-up!), so I blend cold coffee with a bit of almond milk, stevia, collagen, a bit of cream (if I’m in S mode, if not I leave it out) and whey protein powder. It blends up creamy and delicious and then I pour it over ice. To save money, I use leftover brewed coffee from the morning’s pot instead of brewing fresh. I also make coffee ice cubes from leftover brewed coffee so my iced coffee doesn’t get diluted.
    Collagen in my iced coffee
    Collagen in my iced coffee – see that lovely creamy head of foam on top?

     

  • I add collagen to my *Fat Stripping Frappas and other shakes – some of the recipes in the THM cookbook call for collagen, especially those that don’t have another source of protein.
  • I add collagen to my oatmeal. Here’s how I make oatmeal, THM style: In a bowl, I put 1 T. collagen, 1 T. whey protein, stevia to taste, a dash vanilla extract with a few tablespoons of almond milk. I stir that until it’s a smooth mixture. Then I add 1/4 teaspoon glucomannon to thicken it. I add hot oatmeal and up to 1 tsp. butter, stir and serve (I love chocolate oatmeal, prepared the same way – with a T of cocoa powder added to the above mixture).
  • I drink *Hot chocolate Trimmy with collagen. This is a delicious Fuel Pull recipe from the cookbook. Since my blender is the type that cannot blend hot beverages, I mix up the ingredients cold in the blender jar, then pour it into a mug and microwave it. This is my favorite bedtime snack. The calories are minimal but the taste is amazing.
  • I make gelatin gummy desserts. These are so fun. They can be made as a Fuel Pull snack perfect for when you need juuuust a little something to tide you over until a meal. And of course kids love them! A couple of recipes: Orange Creamsicle Gummies | Strawberry Delight 
  • Collagen and gelatin can be added to soups and stews. It’s easy to boost your intake of either by just adding a bit to your soup. Voila! Instant protein boost and many, many other health benefits.

What’s your favorite way to eat collagen and gelatin?

p.s. Before discovering TrimHealthyMama, I bought my collagen and gelatin from Great Lakes brand. I think their products are very high-quality, and some prefer the ease of the canisters that you can pour directly from, instead of the plastic packages from THM. If you’re an Amazon prime customer and get free shipping, it may be cost-effective for you to get your products there. You can also use Knox gelatin from the grocery store, but it’s not made from grass-fed beef which I feel is important, and I don’t know much about Knox’s manufacturing process. I have researched Great Lakes and THM so I recommend their products wholeheartedly.

Since I place an order with THM frequently and am already paying shipping, I get my collagen and gelatin from them now, but I thought I would mention it. 🙂  THM has great prices and the quality of their products is exceptional. Their stevia sweeteners are the best I’ve ever tasted.

Burrito Bowls: Gluten free, THM “S”, “E” or “FP”

At least once a week, I eat something for dinner that around here we like to call Burrito Bowls. (I suppose you could call them Taco Bowls, but alliterations are just fun).

Basically, Burrito bowls are all the ingredients you would put in a burrito – in a bowl, sans the tortilla. We’re gluten-free in my household, even before I began eating TrimHealthyMama© style.  We just haven’t located a gluten-free tortilla that we love (yet). Either they contain soy, an ingredient I avoid, or they’re too crumbly and not at all soft and flexible like a good flour tortilla should be.

Burrito bowls - THM "S", "E", or "FP"

Plus – with 7 kids and a husband who want to eat dinner every single night (the nerve of them!), I prefer to keep it really simple.

Burrito bowls are simple because I just put all the ingredients together and everyone can pick and choose what they want. I often serve this cafeteria style, leaving all the stuff in the kitchen instead of bringing it to the table.

And here’s a really cool thing: I can make my bowl an “S” or an “E” (or even an “FP”!) just by changing what I put in my bowl a little. So it’s super flexible. As an example:

  • small amount of ground turkey, chicken breast, shrimp or fish, lettuce, lots of sauteed veggies, salsa, 0% Greek yogurt – “Fuel Pull”
  • ground beef, cheese, sour cream, olives, guacamole, sauteed veggies, salsa – “S”
  • ground turkey, chicken breast, shrimp or fish, brown rice, Mexi-style corn, lettuce, sauteed veggies, salsa, 0% Greek yogurt, beans – “E”

See what I mean? This recipe is a THM’ers dream. Here’s how I do it.

Burrito Bowls

(THM E, S or FP)

  • Choose a meat. I use whatever I have on hand: chicken breasts browned in coconut oil spray in a non-stick skillet (for E or FP meals), ground turkey (E or FP), or grass-fed ground beef (S!). You could also use shrimp or fish. Yum! I cook it then season with chili powder, cumin, garlic, onion, salt and pepper.
  • Saute vegetables. I usually do onions, bell peppers (to make life easier, I buy these chopped and frozen. This tip makes eating more vegetables so easy), zucchini, whatever you like.
  • Cook brown rice and make gaucamole. Brown rice is if I’m eating this meal “E” style, but it’s nice anyway because I have lots of kids who need crossovers. Guac is easy enough – I mash several avocados into a bowl and add a bit of lemon or lime juice or salsa, salt and pepper.
  • Put other toppings in bowls. Shredded cheese, salsa, sour cream (or 0% Greek yogurt), chopped black olives, pico de gallo, lettuce, beans of choice, Mexican-style corn, etc.

Sur la table!

Call everyone to the table and have them fill their bowls. Everybody’s happy!