Trim Healthy Mama {Some of My Tips & Tricks}

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 Trim Healthy Mama {My Tips & Tricks}

I thought it would be fun to jot down some random tips and tricks that have helped me on my THM journey. There are many more that I could share and some that I didn’t think of, but this is a start. I’m sure I will have another post down the road with more! My prayer is that there is something here that will help you. Have a wonderful day!

1. I love to have my own THM pizza, but I would never use up the jar of pizza sauce before it spoiled.  To remedy this, when I open up a new jar I pour tablespoon sized portions into ice cube trays and freeze.  Once they are frozen, pop them out, place them in a labeled freezer bag, and store in the freezer.  When you want to make a pizza for yourself, just get out one or two cubes and thaw on the counter or in the microwave.  No more wasting pizza sause!

2. When making my Fudgy No-Bake Cookies or the yummy fudge recipe in the THM book, I use a small cookie scoop that holds about a tablespoon of dough. I simply scoop out tablespoon portions for my cookies and plop them onto foil to set up.  For the fudge, I use the scoop to scoop out the fudge and place them into ice cube trays to harden.  I then pop them, place them in a container or freezer bag, and store in the refrigerator or freezer. Using a cookie scoop is an easy way to set portion sizes for your cookies!

Sugar-Free with Sheri

3. When I am wanting to have a FP wrap, I just get a wedge of Laughing Cow cheese and smear it on my lavash bread (1/2 of a whole lavash), add some fat free lunch meats and lettuce and roll up. If you use some of the yummy flavored Laughing Cow cheese, this makes such a yummy wrap.

4. Quick snacks are a MUST! Many afternoons I take a half of a lavash bread and crisp it in the microwave for about 45 seconds.  I let it cool then break it up into four big “chips”.  Then I smear a wedge of Laughing Cow cheese on top or mix up some of the yummy yogurt dip in the THM book, and have some chips and dip!

5. Having some yummy desserts that are quick to make can be a huge help in avoiding eating desserts that aren’t good for you. Take your favorite THM cake (check out my yummy FP cakes!), and some little containers with lids.  Into each container add the dry ingredients for one recipe. Put the lids on, label, and store in the refrigerator.  When you are wanting a cake for a snack or dessert, take a container out of the refrigerator, add in the wet ingredients, bake and eat!

6. Need a quick pizza crust?  Just crisp up a Joseph’s Pita Bread, top with sauce and your favorite toppings, and broil. Yum!

7. I love to have 1% cottage cheese, mixed berries, vanilla, and NuNaturals Stevia all mixed together for a yummy FP meal. But there are times when I would like to add some fat to it and make it an S meal.  An easy and yummy way to do that is to add some chocolate! In a small glass dish, mix up 1 T. coconut oil, 1 scant T. cocoa, and 1 scant T. Truvia. If needed, slightly melt in microwave so it mixes to a nice sauce. Pour over top of your mixed cottage and berries and allow to harden. Then add a few chopped pecans on top. Once the chocolate hardens, I like to chunk it up and mix it and nuts in with the rest of the ingredients. This makes a yummy S meal!

8. Are you fixing grilled hamburgers for dinner? Grilled hamburgers, brats, and salmon have become our Saturday night meal for the last several years. Partly because it is quick and easy, does not dirty a bunch of dishes, and allows my husband to help while I get baths for the kids :)! I love hamburgers too, but know that the yummy buns are not on plan.  So, what I do is mix up a quick bread in a mug recipe, along with some added onion flakes and garlic powder. I bake it in a larger round ramekin in the microwave, pop it out and let it cool, then slice it in half for a nice bun for my hamburger!  It tastes SO good too! Oh..and don’t forget to add some bacon on top!

9. When I am wanting something cold and refreshing to drink, I make up my own version of the Good Girl Moonshine.  It doesn’t have all the ingredients that Pearl and Serene’s recipe does, but it is SO good. I think it tastes like Snapple – with that yummy zing to it! Here is how I make it:  Fill a quart jar half full of water. Heat in the microwave for a minute. Remove and add a Wild Berry Zinger (herbal tea) tea bag. Allow to steep until pretty strong. Remove the tea bag and add 2 tablespoons of raw apple cider vinegar, and several shakes of NuNaturals Pure White Stevia Powder. Then fill the quart jar with ice. Stir and taste test. Add more stevia if needed to make it nice and sweet. I LOVE this drink, especially in the summer months!

How about you? Do you have any tips to share? Share them in the comments!


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    1. Hi Patti, The recipe I referred to in this post was in the original Trim Healthy Mama book, that is why I couldn't share the actual recipe due to copyright issues. But here are some that are THM friendly that other bloggers have published on their sites. You can give these a try! Here they are: I hope that helps and gives you a recipe to try if you don't have one of the THM cookbooks. You can also check your local library! Many libraries are now carrying some of the THM books!
  1. Sheri, what are the measurements for ingredients to your skinny chocolate recipe please?
    1. Hi Gabrielle, There are so many different variations of skinny chocolate out there. Here is one for you to try: Put the following in a small bowl: 1/4 cup cocoa powder, 1/2 cup coconut oil (melted), 3-4 tsp Truvia (ground in coffee grinder) or Nunatruals to taste. Stir all ingredients together with a fork. Line a plate with wax paper and pour liquid chocolate on top. Freeze until solid (about 15 minutes) then move to the fridge to store. Good luck!
    1. Hi Sarah, I would assume so, since I would think that bratwurst is high in fat. Take a look on the package and see what the fat and carb counts are, then check that against the numbers for an S meal.
  2. Your FP cake recipe mixed up in a quart jar for use as needed has been great for me. I also make my own version of GGMS using a variety of fruity teas with lemon juice and ACV for a yummy flavored lemonade that's great hot or cold. My own tips would be to have boneless skinless chicken breasts and 99% lean ground turkey precooked and packed in serving size bags in the freezer along with a variety of vegies fresh and/or frozen. This lets me grab a protein serving to quickly make whatever I'm in the mood for...tacos, fajitas, stir fry, curry, sloppy joes, chef salad, or whatever all readily available.
  3. thanks for the helpful tips im having my first thm meal as I type.hoping I got it right..just wanted to say thanks..cant wait to buy some bread and sugar free sauce this weekend..can I get the book at walmart or k-mart..your food looks so eating turkey sausage with my first fat rich option..hope that's still right because that's what I had on hand.didnt want to wait till Monday to start..
  4. I signed up for wonderful and informationl newsletters. I did not receive the Free Top 10 THM Friendly Recipes ebook that comes with a subscription. I have already order the book and I will need all the help I can get. Please send me one. Thank you.
  5. There is a difference between a snack and a dessert. Snacks must be eaten 3 hours after and 3 hours before a meal. Desserts can be eaten with a meal of the same type(S or E). What we would normally call a dessert(cake, pie, cookies, etc.) is probably really a snack on THM. Adding a snack to a meal will probably overload you with too many carbs and/or fats. Just watch those yummy ideas on Pinterest called desserts. They may really be snacks. Desserts in the THM book may be eaten with a meal.
  6. I'm having issues with dessert! I love ALL of them! I'm just not sure how to determine serving sizes! I feel like I over eat dessert, and maybe that's why my weight is stalling. Any tips??
    1. Hi Abby, First make sure that you are eating good S and E meals and that you are not crossing over with those. If you are doing that fine, then you may be overdoing S desserts. You could try keeping all your snacks and desserts FP for a while and see if that helps. Fix any of my FP cakes to eat as snacks or dessert OR any other FP snack. Hope that helps!
  7. I should have read the comments before I made the cottage cheese FP meal for myself and hubby... I used the measurements for Cottage berry whip... 1/2 c each and had them for breakfast... thinking it did not look like enough food I added 2 Tblsp flax seed meal and still did not feel like I ate a meal... then looked it up in the book... over did the flax amount (silly me for reading the serving size on the label)... so I may have turned what I was thinking would be an E into a crossover... still learning. Great tips, love the sauce one! I use Kirkland spagetti sauce (yesterday on 2 finely sliced with a veggie peeler zucchinis for lunch) and sometimes do not get it all used in time :(
  8. Tip #7 question - what are the measurements for cottage cheese and berries for FP meal versus FP snack? I'm sure it is in the book, but can't find it quickly. Thanks for sharing! I've had the book for 5 days and am overwhelmed, but want to start eating by plan NOW!
    1. I usually use about the same amount of berries and cottage cheese. For a snack, just use smaller amounts if you want. For example, for a meal you may use 1 cup berries and 1 cup cottage cheese. For a snack maybe use 1/2 cup of each. Hope that helps! Welcome to the THM journey!
  9. Thanks for all the great ideas! I am loving the pizza sauce one, especially since I always seem to waste it. Now I can save the sauce and my money! =D
  10. Thanks - but am part THM (as much as I can) - I have food sensitivies/allergies (Egg & Dairy -the base of the diet!) and I can't stand the aftertaste of Stevia or Ethrytol (yuck!), Joseph's pitas/and lav. breads my body rejected VERY quickly so not an option for me. So, I did THM last year and had to quit after a while when diet fatigue made my body ill because I could only eat certain foods that were plan approved over and over. Finally my body said ENOUGH -so I had to quit. I'd like to do it whole plan again -if I could - and am trying but have to be careful so I don't fatigue out my body with the same foods. How about some posts of some fun foods - especially maybe treats and snacks that don't include allergen foods? Some menu plan ideas would be great. Is it possible? (dairy/egg free??) that's what I can't seem to find. But I'm also not on FB -so I can't see the site! Maybe even a series of posts on doing THM with restrictions? Thanks!!
    1. Actually here is my list of restrictions that make THM difficult: No Dairy (migraines) No Eggs (allergy) No Stevia/Ethrytol (occasional Xylotol ok) No Joseph's foods
      1. Hi again Wendy, There is a THM Facebook group for Allergen Free THMers. I posted asking for others that deal with these issues, if they could share their blog posts. One lady, Amanda, posted and said that she has a lot of information on her blog about doing THM with restrictions like yours, including no gluten. Here is a link to one of her posts: She said to feel free to contact her through her blog and she would be happy to help in any way she can. I hope that helps Wendy!
    2. Hi Wendy, Wow, that would be tough to do THM with those restrictions. I'll have to do some thinking on that before I do any posts. Since I don't have those restrictions it might be hard, but I'll see what I can find out. Maybe I can find others doing THM with those restrictions that I can post links to their blogs. I'll see what I can do!
  11. You mentioned using a cookie scoop. Is that a lot smaller than an ice cream scoop? Thanks!
    1. Hi Amy, Yes it is smaller than an ice scream scoop. You can find these smaller scoops at a kitchen store, sometimes at Walmart.

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