Looking for ideas for some fast healthy summer meals? We’re sharing a full day of simple Trim Healthy Mama (THM) S and E meals.
Do you struggle with putting together healthy meal ideas? Any time you make a change in the way you eat one of the hurdles is creating new healthy habits.
Re-learning What Makes a Healthy Meal
When I was growing up, I learned how to put “healthy” meals together using the food pyramid. Does this sound familiar to you? A “healthy” dinner needed to include a meat, a starch (or two) and a vegetable. I used those same principles for the first 21 years of my marriage and found myself about 30 lbs overweight and approaching menopause.
Trim Healthy Mama (THM) was how I broke that cycle of gradually gaining 1-3 pounds a year. You can read more about my weight loss story here!
Now I put my meals together differently, but learning how didn’t come easily at first. I struggled with separating my fuels and creating S meals and E meals for the first month or so.
What Makes Trim Healthy Mama Different from a Diet?
Most people discover THM as a way to lose weight. And while slimming down does happen when you eat this way, THM isn’t a diet. It’s a healthy lifestyle. Here’s a link for the THM Plan book that teaches you the basics.
There are no strict meal plans. Portion size depends on each person because we all have different dietary needs. And those needs will change over time!
When following Trim Healthy Mama, you don’t count calories, or log macro-nutrients. You simply separate your fuels and avoid foods that cause your blood sugar to spike. The best part? Once you learn the basics it’s so easy to change to fit your body’s needs!
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Fast Healthy Summer Meal Ideas
Today I’ll be sharing four of my favorite fast healthy summer meals with you. As a work-at-home mom to three active teens, I don’t have a ton of time to cook. My favorite meals are the ones I can throw together quickly.
Our What’s On My Plate posts are our way to help you put THM meals together. Whether you’re new to Trim Healthy Mama or a veteran, you’ll find ideas for switching things up. We also love to share tips for making this lifestyle work with a family that includes people who don’t follow THM.
Be sure to check back often for new healthy meal ideas from both AnnMarie and I.
Breakfast | E meal
This is such a simple E breakfast, and one I often eat on busy mornings. Two slices of sprouted grain toast topped with Polaner’s All-Fruit jelly.
I added protein with a cup of Triple Zero Greek yogurt. And what summer meal isn’t perfect with strawberries? Have you tried AnnMarie’s mason jar trick to keep your berries fresh? My mug is filled with a Trimmy Light flavored with some caramel extract.
This is a THM E meal because it contains under 45 net grams of healthy carbs and only 5 grams of fat.
Lunch | Light S meal
I really enjoy tuna or chicken salad for lunch. Sometimes I eat it on top of a bed of lettuce and sometimes I scoop it up with crackers. Other times I wrap it with a low carb wrap.
To make fast low carb crackers, just toast half of a Joseph’s lavash flatbread! You can also spritz the flatbread with olive oil before and sprinkle mineral salt or other seasonings on top before toasting it.
I strive to include veggies with most meals. For variety, I sprinkled the cucumber with some Trader Joe’s 21 Season Salute.
This is a light S meal. The only fat is from the mayonnaise I used to bind the tuna salad and I only use about 1 Tablespoon per serving. I add a little dill pickle juice and a bit of mustard and hot sauce for more moisture.
Snack | S meal
It’s so easy to be tempted by off plan foods when running errands. My trick is to plan ahead. Before leaving the house, I put some sliced sopressatta sausage, a mozzarella cheese stick, and some mini bell peppers in an insulated bag with an ice pack. A container of Cream Soda Good Girl Moonshine came with me too.
This snack is one of my “go to” fast healthy summer meals. Add some more low carb items to make a quick lunch or dinner. It’s perfect for us Drive Thru Sues! To make this truly “grab and go,” I slice up a whole stick of sausage when I buy it. Pre-washed mini bell peppers are so easy too: no knife required.
Dinner | S meal
My family loves Hamburger Stroganoff, so this is a dish I whip up often. The kids love theirs mixed in with pasta. My husband and I usually eat ours with different veggies such as sauteed cabbage, riced cauliflower, or spaghetti squash.
As you can see, this night I made spaghetti squash with a little butter, garlic, and Parmesan cheese. Steamed broccoli filled the rest of my plate. This plate is a great example of how I try to fill 2/3 of my plate with vegetables!
Are there any types of meals you would like to see more of in our What’s On My Plate posts? Just let us know in the comments below. And if you have any other questions or suggestions, contact me or leave a comment! Follow us over on Instagram and Facebook to see everything we’re up to.
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