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.
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 it did not come easily. I struggled with creating S meals and E meals for the first month or so. And I still am always looking for new meal ideas so I don’t get caught in a rut.
What’s On My Plate (WOMP) Wednesdays are Simply2Moms’ answer to help you put meals together. Whether you’re new to THM or a veteran, you’ll find ideas for switching things up. Plus we introduce you to new recipes! And we’ll give you tips to make this lifestyle work with a family that includes people who don’t follow THM.
This week’s plates show a fairly typical day for me. I generally have a mix of E meals and S meals during the course of a day. So let’s check out What’s On My Plate:
Meal Ideas for Trim Healthy Mamas (or Trim Healthy Men!)
Breakfast | THM-E
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. My favorite sprouted grain bread is from Silver Hills. I like all their varieties! The easiest sprouted grain bread to find is Ezekiel bread which is in the freezer section of most grocery stores. I added protein with a cup of Triple Zero Greek yogurt. Honestly that would usually be it, but these strawberries were going bad (I need to use AnnMarie’s mason jar trick!) so I had washed and cut up the whole container for the girls that morning and I finished the ones they left. My mug is filled with a Trimmy Light.
This is a THM E meal because it contains under 45 net grams of healthy carbs and only 5 grams of fat.
Lunch | THM-S
After seeing AnnMarie’s post a few weeks ago, I’ve been craving tuna salad for lunch! Sometimes I’ll eat it on top of a bed of lettuce, but I was craving crackers for a change. You can toast half of a Joseph’s lavash flatbread to make low carb crackers! Sometimes I’ll go to the trouble of brushing the lavash with a little olive oil and sprinkling it with mineral salt before toasting it. They’re really good and were perfect to dip my tuna. If you want a wrap, you could also skip toasting the lavash and use it as a soft wrap. 🙂 The cucumber has some Trader Joe’s 21 Season Salute sprinkled on top for a little flavor.
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.
Weird and random fact: I really don’t like mayonnaise! I only eat it when it’s used as part of a recipe and only if there’s lots of other seasoning so that it doesn’t TASTE like mayonnaise… LOL
Afternoon snack | THM-S
I ran errands that afternoon and knew I wouldn’t be home for a snack. It’s so easy to be tempted by off plan foods when I’m out, so I try to plan ahead. Some sopressatta sausage, a mozzarella cheese stick, and some mini bell peppers tossed in an insulated bag with an ice pack did the trick. I also had a container of Good Girl Moonshine in there.
This is a super easy S snack–perfect for you Drive Thru Sues! I slice up a stick of sopressata when I buy it so it’s easy to grab a few pieces for a snack either at home or on-the-go. The mini bell peppers are one of my favorite grab-and-go veggies: just give them a rinse and they’re ready: no knife required!
Dinner | THM-S
A THM meal with pasta? What in the world?! Every so often I use Dreamfield’s pasta to make some old favorites. THM doesn’t recommend eating it often, but it’s a real treat once a month or so! The flank steak had been marinating for almost two days and was so flavorful! I modify a recipe I’ve been using for years to make it THM-friendly by using 1 Tablespoon of Pyure and 1/2 teaspoon of molasses in place of the brown sugar. The mushrooms and asparagus were grilled with just a sprinkle of garlic powder, salt and pepper and a drizzle of Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO). The noodles are The Pioneer Woman’s Sesame Noodles using 1 Tablespoon of Pyure instead of sugar and 4 Tablespoons of EVOO instead of the canola oil.
This is an S meal even with the Dreamfield’s pasta. I’m usually careful to actually measure my serving when I use it so that I don’t create a Crossover meal (XO). While XO meals are still on plan, pasta tends to affect blood sugar more than other healthy carbs so I don’t like to do crossovers using Dreamfields. If I don’t want to worry about a possible crossover, I like to make these noodles with konjac noodles and pile my plate high without any worries of carbs!
What do you think? Are there any types of meals you would like to see more of in our What’s On My Plate series?
More Meal Idea Posts:
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