Yesterday, you heard a little about our experience with Trim Healthy Mama, and figuring out what works and what doesn’t for all those living in the Shoe. Now we’ll give you a few ideas of what we eat around here.
When ever I hear of somebody eating differently, I’m always curious as to what they eat. So if you have a strange curiosity like I do, we will appease that for you!
What does the Shoe eat the loose-THM way?
*a week usually includes a mixture of these
- Scrambled eggs with leftover meat such as crumbled bacon, fried ground sausage, or cut-up sausage links – top it all with cheese for an S meal (protein/fat). For the little children, I will add in orange juice, toast, or fruit so they get some carbs in there too.
- Fried eggs with bacon or sausage. Again, this is an S meal (protein/fat) and I will add in some carbs for the little children.
- Sausage links and oatmeal. In Trim Healthy Mama, this would be a crossover – meaning you are eating carbs and fat in the same meal. But my little ones need some good meals like this and it doesn’t hurt us to eat them sometimes too. However, even though I feed this to the kids, I don’t always eat it. I can choose to leave out the sausage (making it an E meal – protein/carb) or leave out the oatmeal (making it an S meal). Confused yet?!
- Saturday is “Hallelujah Day!” We get cold cereal! The kids look forward to this morning since it’s a “no-egg morning” and they can each have one big bowl of cold cereal. I love this morning because it means I can stay in my robe and drink coffee until nine o’clock if I wish!
- The children and Lowell get packed lunches which contain almost the same thing everyday. The kids take a sandwich or other main item containing protein, a fruit such as canned peaches or frozen strawberries or fresh apple, a vegetable such as carrots or broccoli with ranch dressing, and a treat from the drawer. Yes, we have one special drawer that contains “treats”. This is homemade granola bars, fruit chews, and Lowell’s specialty item “Adobe heat” mix.
- My favorite lunch is pictured below.
- A low-carb tortilla filled with a huge handful of spring mix lettuce, two slices of lunchmeat, one slice of cheese (this one has dilly havarti from Sharon’s Country Store), and two thick slices of bell peppers. Cucumbers and olives are good in this, too! Sprinkle it with salt and pepper (or garlic powder if you’re feeling adventurous) and drizzle it all over with Italian dressing. This would be an S meal (protein/fat) since the non-starchy carbs don’t count and my carb total for the tortilla is less than six. So I can load on the leafy greens, peppers, and cucumbers and lots of protein and fats. It really is yummy!!
- If I have a meal that doesn’t contain enough protein, I will sometimes make myself a shake using vanilla protein powder. I’m aiming to get in more protein and this is a simple way to do it.
I need to clarify that THM tells you not to count your non-starchy carbs in an S meal (protein/fat). This would exclude veggies such as potatoes, carrots, and corn. White potatoes are completely out of both E and S meals on THM, although sweet potatoes are included in E meals.
Most S suppers consist of a meat and two sides of good veggies. Here are some examples of menus:
- BBQ chicken with salad and cheesy broccoli
- Noodle-less lasagna with salad and green fries (in THM cookbook)
- Soft tacos using low-carb tortillas, served with salad
- Parmesan baked chicken with salad and canned green beans
- Zucchini pizza boats with huge side salad
We don’t eat very many strictly E meals (protein/carb), but found a couple that we love!
- Crockpot beans and rice served with salsa and 0% Greek yogurt. If you serve it with the yogurt instead of sour cream, it makes this an E meal (no fat, only protein/carb). 0% yogurt is surprisingly good in place of sour cream. Serve this with freezer corn and fruit! This is also a meal that is very budget-friendly.
- Elk roast (a lean meat) served with sweet potatoes and carrots.
Hope this gives you a little bit of an idea how we are trying to incorporate healthier choices in our eating habits at the Shoe. We will be sharing some of these recipes and more later on!