Tuesday, July 1, 2014

A Typical Week of Trim Healthy Mama Meals (southern style)

In continuation with my previous posts about Trim Healthy Mama, I am going to break it on down to what it's like on a day-to-day basis (for me). I'm a southern girl, and love some southern food. We also like Tex-Mex and Italian. Tex-Mex is probably the easiest types of meals to convert over. You don't have to do a lot changing up, just nix the flour/corn tortillas and replace with Joseph's pita or lavash bread. So you'll see a lot of that in this list.

Let's start with breakfast:
  • Eggs, eggs, eggs. Eggs boiled, eggs fried (in butter or coconut oil). Egg casserole, omelets, etc. Load on the cheese, the sausage, the turkey bacon. Anything with whole eggs are "S". 
  • Smoothies. The book has some very tasty smoothy recipes, and there are also tons of recipes out on the WWW. They consist of ice and whey protein as your base, with almond milk, berries, chocolate, peanut butter, and even coffee (think McDonald's frappe) combined to your preferences. Yum! The type of meal depends on what you put in it.
  • Trim Healthy Pancakes. These are made by grinding up oatmeal into a flour, adding a few more ingredients into the blender, and cooking with a little butter. I eat them with either SF syrup or some blueberries that have been stewed down with a little water and Truvia. These are "E". 
  • There are other options like Cottage Berry Whip and Ricotta Cream Parfait, which are recipes from the book. They are cold, ice-cream like dishes that are great for hot summer mornings.
  • Muffin In A Mug: Also a recipe out of the book. This recipe is on my THM Pinterest board. It's made with almond and coconut flour, truvia, an egg, and baking powder (along with your flavoring of choice).
Onto lunch:
  • When I can afford it, I buy salmon in the can. Red salmon, not pink (this is greatly encouraged in the book). I brown it with a little butter in a skillet and eat it on a salad with a baked sweet potato on the side. I use a light vinaigrette dressing on the salad and put just a teaspoon of butter with some cinnamon on the potato. Very slimming meal. If you eat this 2 - 3 times a week, you will have speedy weight loss. 
  • Green salads with all your favorite toppings and ranch dressing. Add in some diced chicken breast with full fat Ranch--"S". Or use a lower-fat, higher-carb dressing, go light on the cheese, and you've got an "E".
  • Sandwiches--oh, my. Joseph's pita or lavash breads are a great substitute and make great sandwiches/wraps. 
  • Tuna salad, Egg salad, chicken salad. Either on a Joseph's bread or with some celery sticks. 
Supper: A Few of Our Favorites
  •  Cream Cheese Chicken Enchiladas. "S". Throw some chicken breasts in the crock pot in the morning with a little bit of butter and fajita/taco seasonings. By suppertime, they will be fall-apart tender. Drain off some of the broth and add a block of 1/3 LF cream cheese and a can of Rotel or Salsa (be careful that your salsa does not contain corn).  Save some of the cream cheese mixture and set aside. Using your Lavash bread like tortillas, spoon the mixture onto the lavash and roll up, placing in a casserole dish. Spread remaining mixture you put aside on top and bake until bubbly. Serve with green breans, squash, or another non-starchy veggie. 
  • Chicken Alfredo: "E". The key here is to find a good alfredo sauce that has 3 grams or less of fat per serving. I can't remember the brand, but there is one at Wal-Mart that works. Cook up a box of Dreamfield's pasta (from WM) and you have Chicken Alfredo! I consider this an "E" because of the pasta, although it is low-crab, it's still pasta! Since you've got your "E" going on, have a starchy veggie with it--peas, butterbeans, etc.
  • Cheesy Broccoli Casserole with Hot Wings and Cabbage. "S". You make the casserole by pouring a bag of frozen broccoli into a casserole dish, adding one block of chopped cream cheese, chopped green onions, bacon bits, and whatever other cheese you desire. Bake until hot, stir, cover with tin foil, and bake again until bubbly. My, my, my! Tastes just like a loaded potato! Cook your hot wings however you like 'em, and cook up a pot of cabbage. Don't add sugar to the cabbage--this would mess up your "S" flow :). 
  • Victory Garden Casserole: "S"-- This is kind of like hamburger helper, de-carby-fied. I brown 3 lbs of ground beef (or ground deer when I have it on hand), sautee onions and bell pepper, add a can of Rotel or spaghetti sauce and about 1/2 head of cooked cabbage. The cabbage is your pasta sub and it is delicious! You're gonna love it.
  • Brown Rice Stir-Fry: "E"-- Cook up your favorite stir-fry with a lean meat, and serve with brown rice. Only a 1/4 cup of brown rice per serving at first, and as you start losing you can add in a little more, but no more than 3/4 cup per meal. You can have any starchy veggie alongside this. 
Well, I hope this gives you an idea of what the food is like. There are also lots of snack and dessert options, but I think I will save that for another post!