Sometimes when we start new things we get overwhelmed with the desire to try everything all at once.
The biggest thing I have learned in the past year following Trim Healthy Mama is to Keep Things Simple. Seriously, there is a pitfall to trying all the great recipes found online (that coming from someone who writes a blog). Some recipes may be well within the guidelines of the plan, where as some may fall just short or may be written by someone who really doesn’t understand the plan at a level that their recipes help instead of hinder your journey.
I haven’t been posting a lot of everyday meals, because there is such a vast collection out there that I don’t want to step on toes, accidentally infringe on another bloggers ideas or inspiration. I use many recipes from the Trim Healthy Mama Book, Why?… because they are the core to the program. Keeping things simple also helps to manage our budget, keeps our meals on plan and let’s face it we invested in the book, why not use the information within it to be successful.
How I Keep Things Simple
- I didn’t start writing this blog until I was well into the program. I found that following the official THM Pinterest boards was really helpful in meal planning ideas. I still refer back to them almost daily.
- I pay close attention on the official Facebook boards. Why? Because we each learn in different ways. (Some women have been doing this far longer than I have and have a better insight into things that can cause a stall in weight loss as well as maintenance).
- I meal plan around our budget.
- I use on plan substitutes for many of the specialty ingredients, they are listed in the book.
- I make homemade Almond Milk, Almond flour, Greek Yogurt, Milk Kefir and Sauerkraut
I’ve had months that we had to be very basic in our grocery purchases. I haven’t always been able to afford protein powder, almond flour, glucomannan powder, peanut flour, oat fiber or sprouted grain flours( I am guilty of purchasing things that have off plan ingredients when I first began my journey)
Luckily for many of us, Trim Healthy Mama has developed their own line of food products that we can purchase through their website (this is my affiliate link, full disclosure can be found here). I dearly love all of their products.
A Few of My Favorite Recipes from the Trim Healthy Mama Book:
- Cottage Berry Whip (S, E, FP), page 379
- Cheesecake Berry Crunch(S), page
- Baked Grapefruit (E), page 379
- Baked Apples (E), Page 379
- Cake in a Mug (S), Page 379
- Bread in a Mug (S), Page 265
- Jelly Style Greek Yogurt (S,E, FP), Page 252
- Cottage Style Toast (E), Page 239
- Corned Beef and Cabbage (S), Page 312
- Kai Si Ming (S), Page 331
- Waldorf Cottage Cheese Salad (E), Page 300
- Mexican Cottage Cheese Salad(E), Page 302
- Mini Meat Loaves(S), Page 318
- Chicken Broth Anything Soup (S,E, FP), Page 293
- Cauli Rice (S), Page 358
- Cauli Potato Salad (S), Page 363
- Chili Relleno Casserole (S), Page 325
- Basic Whey Smoothie (S, E, FP), Page 243
As you can see the list is quite long and there are even more recipes within the pages of the book.
Other Ways I Keep Things Simple
- Overnight Oatmeal is breakfast or lunch 2-3 times per week
- I use homemade sour dough and sprouted breads
- Salad’s with canned tuna, chicken, salmon or burger patties
- I use recipes from the book and blogs I trust (the links are listed to the right)
How do you keep things simple?
What are some of your favorite recipes?