22 Trim Healthy Mama Pies

Pie is amazing anytime of the year, but it’s especially appropriate for cool weather holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas, right?

And these 22 Trim Healthy Mama Pies prove that you can enjoy a pastry shell filled with goodness and be kind to your blood sugar at the same time!

Pumpkin Chiffon Pie (S) via Northern Nester

Coconut Buttermilk Pie (S) via My Table Of Three

Key Lime Pie (S) via Northern Nester

Vanilla Fudge Chocolate Chip Pie (S) via Joy Filled Eats

Strawberry Cream Cheese Pie (S) via A Home With Purpose

Blackberry Custard Pie (S) via Joy Filled Eats

Broccoli Cheddar Bacon Quiche (S) via Northern Nester

Fudge Brownie Pie (S) via Joy Filled Eats

Peanut Butter Cream Pie (S) via Briana Thomas

Peanut Butter Custard Pie (S) via My Table Of Three

Chocolate Pudding Pie (S) via Mrs. Criddle’s Kitchen

Chocolate Custard Pie (S) via My Table Of Three

Coconut Cream Pie (S) via Northern Nester

Caramel Brownie Pie (S) via Mrs. Criddle’s Kitchen

Frosted Peppermint Pie (S) via Briana Thomas

Hot Fudge Pie (S) via Nana’s Little Kitchen

Pecan Custard Pie (S) via Briana Thomas

Deep Dish Samoas Cookie Pie (S) via My Montana Kitchen

Sugar-free Strawberry Cream Cheese Pie (S) via Nana’s Little Kitchen

Snicker’s Pie (S) via My Montana Kitchen

Boston Cream Pie (S) via Northern Nester

Low-carb, DF, GF Pumpkin Pie (S) via MamaShire

Blueberry Cream Cheese Pie (S) via Northern Nester

Trim Healthy Mama Easter Menu

Here’s an easy Trim Healthy Mama Easter Menu that doesn’t require any special ingredients to make! All of the dishes are suitable for an “S” meal, so you don’t even need to Crossover for your fancy dinner!

The soup, cake, and sipper can all be prepared several days in advance, leaving you with plenty of time to enjoy the holiday with your loved ones as we commemorate the death and Resurrection of our  Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

I hope you enjoy this Spring-inspired Trim Healthy Mama Easter Menu as much as our family does!

Strawberry Spinach Salad | THM: S

Mom’s Tomato Spice Soup | THM: FP

Maple Mustard Bacon-Wrapped Stuffed Chicken Thighs and Steamed Green Beans | THM: S

Lemon Raspberry Mousse Cake | THM: S

Peach Melba GGMS | THM: Sipper

12 “Sweat Pants” Meals

The thing about having a food blog is that I am always experimenting with new recipes, and my family always eats them whether or not they end up being good enough to publish! However, just like Serene and Pearl, I have my Sweat Pants Meals: those recipes I know like the back of my hand and are so “comfy,” I make them again and again. (You can listen to the Trim Healthy Mama Podcast on Sweat Pants Meals here.)

However, unlike sweats, these recipes are also fancy enough to serve to guests because they’re tried and true!

Here are 12 of my Sweat Pants Meals: the recipes I make over and over. I’ve listed my 2 favorites for each of the following categories:

  1. Breakfast
  2. Lunch
  3. Dinner
  4. Snacks
  5. Desserts
  6. Drinks

You don’t need any special ingredients for any of them. They’re all fast, easy, and guaranteed no-fails. I hope you enjoy them as much as our family does!

Breakfasts

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Oatmeal | THM: E

I could literally eat this for breakfast every single day and never tire of it. This dairy-free, Energizing Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Oatmeal taste like a warm cookie straight out of the oven! No special ingredients. A THM E.

Coconut Macaroon Cereal | THM: S

I love a handful of this cereal over 0% fat Greek yogurt and fresh strawberries. It’s sweet and satisfying, and if you keep a jar on hand in the fridge, breakfast comes together in less than a minute!

Lunches

Creamy & Crunchy Broccoli Salad | THM: S

I make this salad several times a month. Not only is it incredibly delicious, but it keeps well for several days in the fridge so lunches are a breeze! Broccoli is a great source of lean protein so I don’t even have to add anything to this meal (except a Sipper) to make it complete.

Trim Healthy Mama-friendly Lunch Platters | THM: S, E, and FP

These Smorgasbord lunch platters make up my lunch most days. They’re so easy to adjust to the fuel I need at the moment.

Dinners

BBQ Chicken | THM: S or FP

BBQ Chicken is one of our go-t0 suppers because the whole family adores it. The recipe is so versatile and can be used to make an S, E, FP, or XO meal (great for the kids!). If I want an S, I enjoy the chicken in a Romaine lettuce boat topped with sour cream, mustard, and cheese. If I want an E, I use chicken breasts instead of thighs and serve it over rice with green beans on the side. If I want an FP, I use chicken breast and eat it with a side of steamed broccoli. If I want a Crossover, I enjoy the chicken in a sandwich with sprouted bread and cheese.

Brad’s Favorite Chili | THM: S

I can’t even begin to count how many times I’ve made my husband’s favorite chili. The recipe makes a huge batch that I either store in the freezer, serve to company, or gift to someone as a meal. Everyone asks for the recipe, and I’m always a bit sheepish when I give it out because it’s SO convenient and easy to make! We love it topped with sour cream and grated cheddar. My husband usually crushes baked corn chips on his serving to make a Crossover.

Snacks

3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cheesecake In A Bowl | THM: FP

This is the snack I make most often! Not only is it a super filling Fuel Pull that actually tastes like peanut butter cheesecake, but it literally takes less than a minute and just 3 ingredients to make! If I have fresh berries in the house, I throw on a handful for some fiber and a wonderful PB&J flavor.

Salted Almond Chocolate Coconut Squares | THM: S

This recipe makes a huge batch of incredible delicious squares and totally takes away any desire to eat an off-plan chocolate bar! They are sweet, salty, creamy, crunchy, and never was there a more pleasurable way to get your coconut oil in! Our whole family loves these squares and even though they keep for weeks in the fridge, they never last that long over here!

Desserts

Lemon Yogurt Cake | THM: S

Lemon Yogurt Cake is a no-fail, pleases everybody, 10 minute prep cake that is a cinch to make. It keeps well in the fridge and can be frozen, too. Our whole family loves it. It’s great as a snack with a cup of coffee, and can even be dressed up with whipped cream and berries for a fancy dessert.

Pink Strawberry Delight | THM: S

If someone asks me to bring a gluten-free or diabetic friendly dessert to a special occasion, this cake is always my first choice! It’s so easy to make (I actually prefer using raspberries instead of strawberries) and I am always asked for the recipe! It’s very easy to pretty up with additional berries, whipped cream, and kiwi (here’s another version from my Facebook Page that I did for my sister’s engagement party).

Drinks

Butter Caramel Hot Sip | THM: S

Hand down, this is my favorite cold weather drink. It tastes just like Tim Hortons’ Butter Caramel Hot Smoothie from years ago. It’s a great way to enjoy the benefits of bulletproof coffee without any caffeine. It’s a regular drink/snack for me in the Winter.

Southern Shrinking Sweet Tea ‘Shine | THM: Sipper

My husband and I down a pitcher of this Sipper between us almost every day. It tastes just like a Brisk Iced Tea (or Arnold Palmer)! It’s so refreshing and I love that it combines both the shrinking powers of oolong tea and the metabolism boosting, digestion enhancing wonders of apple cider vinegar!

Do you have any favorite “Sweat Pants” meals? I’d love to hear what recipes you are most comfortable with and enjoy most often!

 

Introducing: The Slim And Satisfied Handbook

Stuck in a rut?

Tired of menu planning?

Wish someone would just tell you what to eat when?!

YOU NEED THE SLIM AND SATISFIED HANDBOOK.

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This 4-week, low glycemic menu plan is complete with recipes for every meal of the day!

Alternating low-fat and low-carb recipes for the ultimate metabolism boost, these gluten-free, sugar-free, high-protein family favorites will leave you feeling slim and satisfied.

THE SLIM AND SATISFIED HANDBOOK IS DESIGNED FOR BUSY WOMEN

As a mother of 5 young children, I understand that time is of the essence! This Menu Plan was designed to reflect that by:

  1. Excluding labor-intensive recipes
  2. Avoiding the use of special ingredients
  3. Making use of leftovers
  4. Utilizing make-ahead recipes
  5. Providing you with a complete grocery list each week and recipes for every meal

WHAT SETS THIS MENU PLAN APART?

The Slim and Satisfied Handbook is different from other menu plans in that it has a special emphasis on:

  • Alternating low fat (LF) and low carb (LC) recipes
  • Hydration
  • Kefir
  • No Special Ingredients

ALTERNATING LOW FAT (LF) AND LOW CARB (LC)  MEALS

Science has proven that, when paired with protein, alternating low-fat/healthy carb meals with low-carb/healthy fat meals revs up the metabolism and promotes weight loss. For this reason, you’ll notice I’ve included 1-2 low-fat/healthy carb recipes in each day of the Menu Plan.

  • Low-fat/Healthy-carb meals are marked as – LF
  • Low-carb/ Healthy-fat meals are marked as – LC
  • Low-fat and low-carb meals are marked as LF & LC

WHAT KIND OF FOOD WILL I BE EATING?

I’ve chosen over 50 of our family’s favorite Low GI recipes for this Menu Plan!  Here’s a sneak peek at some of them to whet your appetite!

WHAT’S ALL INCLUDED IN THE SLIM AND SATISFIED HANDBOOK?

The Slim And Satisfied Handbook is 63-page Digital Download that will get sent straight to your inbox after purchasing. You can print off the PDF file and get it coil-bound, or access it from any of your digital devices. At the store or in your home, you can have it available whenever you need for $9.99.

Highlights

Each week of Menu Plans in The Slim and Satisfied Handbook is color-coded. You will find the corresponding grocery list and recipes following the menu plan for each week in the same color. Some recipes will be used more than once throughout the 4 week plan. A short note directing you to the original recipe is given rather than reprinting the whole thing.

If you’re a once-a-month shopper, I’ve also included an additional Master Grocery List in this handbook to help you stock your blood-sugar friendly kitchen. All of the ingredients listed will be used in the recipes.

Some recipes are noted “Make-Ahead” to help you save time.

Table of Contents

  • The Scoop on The Slim and Satisfied Handbook
  • How To Use The Slim and Satisfied Handbook
  • Master Grocery List
  • Sipper Recipes
  • Week 1 Menu Plan
  • Week 1 Grocery List
  • Week 1 Recipes
  • Week 2 Menu Plan
  • Week 2 Grocery List
  • Week 2 Recipes
  • Week 3 Menu Plan
  • Week 3 Grocery List
  • Week 3 Recipes
  • Week 4 Menu Plan
  • Week 4 Grocery List
  • Week 4 Recipes
  • Recipe Index
  • Sample Menu Photos
  • Progress Report

The goal of The Slim and Satisfied Handbook is to help you stay on plan effortlessly. I hope you find it does just that!

What Other People Are Saying:

The Slim and Satisfied Handbook takes the guesswork out of healthy, trimming meal planning! Easy to follow, simple but tasty recipes the whole family will enjoy, all written with the busy woman in mind.” – Dawn from Oh, Sweet Mercy

“As a homeschooling mama of seven, I dread menu planning. “Slim and Satisfied” is a time (and money) saver, providing fresh meals and snacks in an easy to read plan.  Clearly explained, and delightfully presented, “Slim and Satisfied” is exactly what I’ve been searching for! No special ingredients, and no confusion on what to eat when. Jacinda provides a detailed guide to eating healthy without sacrificing hours searching for meals and kitchen prep! I was hoping it would win me over with scrumptious, uncomplicated recipes and I was not disappointed!” – Stephanie H. 

Love,
Jacinda

54 Trim Healthy Mama Snacks {Kid-Approved}

Recently, a reader requested a round-up of  kid-approved Trim Healthy Mama Snacks! I pitched the idea to my THM blogging buddies (you can get all of our latest recipes combined in the THM Blogger Test Kitchen Group or on the Trim Healthy Mama Recipe Bloggers Page), and they came through with an impressive collection of Trim Healthy Mama-friendly snacks for every fuel type!

Each of the 54 snacks listed here have been kid-approved! Let’s face it – if it’s been kid-approved, they’ll fly with the whole family, right?! Sweet or savory, it’s all here.

This Trim Healthy Mama Snack round-up is divided into two parts:

  1. Trim Healthy Mama Snacks you can make yourself
  2. Trim Healthy Mama snacks you can buy pre-packaged

…because sometimes you just need convenience to stay on plan!

Trim Healthy Mama Snacks You Can Make Yourself:

Fruit Kabobs with Yogurt Dip via Northern Nester (E)

Strawberry Yogurt Protein Pops via My Montana Kitchen (FP)

Low-Carb Nacho Chips (with guacamole) via All Day I Dream About Food

Easy-Peasy Pizza Bites via Wonderfully Made & Dearly Loved (S)

3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cheesecake In A Bowl via Northern Nester (S, E, or FP)

Surprise Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting via My Montana Kitchen (S)

Dairy-free Coconut Cream Pie Bowls via Northern Nester (S)

Sugar-free Cream Cheese Dip via Nana’s Little Kitchen (S)

Blueberry Cupcakes via Northern Nester (S)

Pepperoni Bites via Mrs. Criddle’s Kitchen (S)

Salami Chips with Sweet Mustard Dip with Northern Nester (S)

No-Bake Snack Bars via Briana Thomas (S)

Low-Carb Pumpkin Muffins with Maple Frosting via Northern Nester (S)

Easy Snack Balls via Briana Thomas (E)

Berry Delicious Yogurt Pops via Briana Thomas (E)

Reesicles via Northern Nester (S)

Copy-cat Orange Julius via MamaShire (FP)

Razzle Rhu Push Pops via Wonderfully Made and Dearly Loved (S)

Peppermint Whoopie Pies via MamaShire (S)

Orange Creamsicle Gummies via Joy-Filled Eats (S)

PB & J Mini Muffins via Northern Nester (S)

Low-Carb Fried Ice Cream via Nana’s Little Kitchen (S)

Peanut Butter Cups via Briana Thomas (S)

Strawberry Delight Popsicles via Briana Thomas (S)

Sugar-free Chocolate Snack Cakes via Wonderfully Made and Dearly Loved (S)

PB Cup Dip via Mrs. Criddle’s Kitchen (S)

Fried Pickles via Mrs. Criddle’s Kitchen (S)

Salted Almond Chocolate Coconut Squares via Northern Nester (S)

Nutty Butter Snack Cakes via Wonderfully Made and Dearly Loved (S)

Bacon-Wrapped Buffalo Bites  via Mrs. Criddle (S)

Blueberry Muffins via At Home With Purpose (E)

Deviled Eggs via Nothern Nester (S)

Cinnamon Cereal Snack Bars via Wonderfully Made and Dearly Loved (S)

Strawberry Scones via MamaShire (S)

Pumpkin Muffins via Darcie’s Dish (S)

Low-Carb Black Licorice via Northern Nester (S)

Sugar-free Vanilla Cream Snack Cakes via Wonderfully Made & Dearly Loved (S)

Mock Jello Popsicles via Briana Thomas (S)

Turkey Bacon Ranch Pinwheels via Joy-Filled Eats (S)

Dairy-Free Peanut Butter Cup Pudding via Northern Nester (S)

Low-Carb Easy Peanut Butter Cups via All Day I Dream About Food  (S)

Meat-Lover Pizza Cups via Northern Nester (S)

Cottage Banana Whip via A Home With Purpose (E)

Trim Healthy Mama Snacks You Can Buy Pre-Packaged:

Cello Whisps (S)

Baked Tostitoes (A personal choice for an E snack – great with sugar-free salsa! Needs to be paired with protein)

Pork Rinds (S)

Wasa Crackers (1 with S, 2 with FP, 3-4 with E)

Laughing Cow Cheese (FP)

Smartcakes (FP – I love these!)

Lily’s Chocolate Bars (S)

Unsweetened Apple Sauce (E – needs to be paired with protein)

Snack-Pak Nuts (S)

Skinny Pop Popcorn (E – needs to be paired with protein)

Moon Cheese (S)

Pickles (FP – needs to be paired with protein such as deli meat)

 

How To Make Bone Broth

Making your own bone broth is not only fun, frugal, and flavorful, but it’s also incredibly easy, healthy, and rewarding! All you need is a chicken carcass or leftover bones, apple cider vinegar, vegetable scraps, herbs, water, and salt.

Why is Bone Broth Good For You?

If you’ve been doing Trim Healthy Mama for any amount of time, you’ve probably heard of collagen and how good it is for you. A lot of people can’t afford to buy collagen in its powdered from regularly, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it at all! Bone broth is a rich and flavorful way to consume collagen, which is released from animal bones as they simmer (along with proline, glycine, and glutamine)!

Powdered Collagen

Bone broth is also an excellent way for your body to absorb essential minerals that can be hard to fit into your diet otherwise. It’s rich in calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, and sulphur which help relieve joint pain and reduce inflammation.

Bone broth can also:

  • build up your immunity (it’s especially good to consume during cold and flu season!),
  • heal your gut
  • improve digestion
  • boost your metabolism
  • maintain healthy skin
  • improve joint health

Bone broth is mighty powerful stuff and costs just pennies to make – it is well worth the small amount of effort!

Here’s a tutorial on how to roast a whole chicken. When you’re done eating the meat, freeze the bones until you’re ready to make your bone broth. Alternatively, you can also use the carcass of a store-bought rotisserie chicken.

You can drink homemade bone broth plain, or use it to enhance the flavor and health benefits of soups, sauces, stews, and casseroles. It freezes very well, so it’s well worth making a large batch at a time, cooling it, and storing in the freezer for future use.

I recommend using these jars for freezing bone broth:

There are two types of bone broths you can make:

  1. Light stock – from raw carcasses
  2. Brown stock – from a cooked carcass

It’s more normal for homemade bone broth to be made from a cooked carcass because it’s the natural way to use up the leftovers of a roasted chicken.

One chicken carcass will yield approximately 4 cups of bone broth (or stock). You can wait until you have 2-3 carcasses saved up in the freezer to do a bigger batch and simply double or triple this recipe as needed. Also, this recipe is just a guideline; you can add more or less of each ingredient as desired. Boiling your bone broth again for more than 30 minutes after it has been cooled and had the fat skimmed off the top, will reduce the stock and intensify the flavor.

Yield: 4 cups

How To Make Bone Broth

How To Make Bone Broth

Here's a tutorial on how to make your own bone broth. It is Trim Healthy Mama-friendly and can be used as a sipper or in any on-plan recipe that calls for chicken broth/stock.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 days
Total Time 1 days 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 carcass from a roasted chicken
  • 6 cups of water
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 onion, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 carrot, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 2 stalks of celery, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 sprigs fresh parsley
  • mineral salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 garlic clove

Instructions

  1. Break up the chicken carcass and place it in a large stockpot. Add the water and vinegar and let it sit for 30 minutes before adding the remaining ingredients. The vinegar will help release more of the collagen and nutrients from the bones.
  2. Add remaining ingredients (except for garlic and parsley), and bring to a boil over medium heat. Simmer all day, or even overnight, if you prefer, and add the garlic and parsley to the last 30 minutes of cooking. Use a large spoon to skim off and discard any foam that rises to the surface.
  3. Remove from heat, allow the bone broth to cool slightly, and strain into a large bowl. Discard the contents of your strainer. Chill the bone broth in the fridge until the fat solidifies. Scrape the fat off the top (there probably won't be much, if any, if you skimmed off the foam while it was cooking), pour into air-tight containers to freeze or keep in the fridge, covered, for up to 5 days.

To skim the fat or not? That is the question.

Personally, I skim the fat off my broth. If I was using grass-fed chicken, and organic herbs and spices, I wouldn’t see the need to. I can still enjoy a nutritionally-dense bone broth using budget-friendly ingredients (or leftover rotisserie chicken!), but I’m leery of consuming the toxins that settle in the solidified fat that don’t get removed from skimming off the foam during cooking, so I take it off.

Favorite Recipe to use bone broth in?

Definitely this Creamy White Chicken Chili!

Can I use other vegetables to flavor my broth?

Not really. Other vegetables do not stand up well to the extensive simmering time that’s required to make bone broth. Using vegetables like potatoes and broccoli would cause a cloudy brown broth with an unpleasant flavor. You can add more or less of the carrot, onion, or celery and herbs to tweak the flavor to your own liking though.

Can I use the bones from another animal to make bone broth?

Yes, you can also use fish or beef bones in place of the chicken. You will not need to simmer fish broth nearly as long since the bones are much smaller; 6-8 hours of is plenty.

Roasting your beef bones in the oven before making your broth will produce a better flavor and cut down on the time it needs to simmer. To do so, pre-heat your oven to 450 F, add the bones to a roasting pan and cook for 25-30 minutes, turning the bones occasionally. Then proceed to make your broth as directed above.

More Or Less: Trim Healthy Mama Challenge

One of my health goals for the upcoming year is to eat smarter on the Trim Healthy Mama plan. I’ve been indulging in too many Frankenfoods and calorie-dense, dairy-laden desserts and not eating enough veggies or consuming enough hydrating, immune-boosting, life-giving liquid throughout the day. To help myself get out of my rut, I’ve decided to do a More Or Less: Trim Healthy Mama Challenge, and hope that you’ll join me in the fun!

The idea behind this challenge is to eat less of the less nutritional foods that have become crutches to us and more of our healthier options. My hope is that doing this faithfully for a month will not only shed a few pounds that have crept on over the holidays, but that I will break my dependency on calorie-dense, on-plan food and learn to enjoy lighter, healthier, nutritionally-dense things that do my body more good.

The More Or Less: Trim Healthy Mama Challenge will last for 2 weeks, beginning January 1 and ending January 14, and include:

More:

  • double-fermented low-fat kefir (1-2 cups a day)
  • salads (1 a day)
  • E meals (1 a day, meal or snack)
  • sippers (1 jar of Singing Canary, GGMS, Shrinker, or bone broth a day)

The Singing Canary recipe can be found in the Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook. I have several GGMS recipes here, and be on the lookout for a bone broth tutorial coming soon! 

Less:

  • dairy (limit dairy to kefir, butter for cooking/baking, half & half in coffee, cheese in garnish amounts)
  • Frankenfoods (eliminate for the duration of the challenge)
  • nuts, nut flours, and nut butters (use sparingly)

You can participate in this challenge silently, or on Instagram or Facebook. I plan to post pictures of 3 meals/snacks I eat each day in my Instagram Stories under the handle @northernnester. If you use the hashtag #moreorlessthmchallenge, you can connect with other THMs who are participating in the challenge and be inspired by their meals! Also, I plan to post my meal pictures at the end of the day on my Facebook Page, Northern Nester. You are invited to post your accountability photos in the comments of that thread. Note: I don’t post on Sundays. 

What would a challenge be without a prize?!

Up for grabs? Your choice of:

To qualify for this, you must:

  • be a resident of U.S. or Canada
  • complete the entire challenge (perfection is not required; only your best attitude and effort!)
  • post your meals on IG (stories or feed) or the More Or Less Challenge Thread that will appear on my Facebook Page at the end of each day. On Instagram, use the #moreorlessthmchallenge hashtag, and tag @northernnester so I can be inspired by you, too!
  • follow Northern Nester’s Facebook Page or Instagram

This is not a requirement, but I’d encourage you to take pictures, weigh yourself, and take your measurements before and after the More Or Less: Trim Healthy Mama Challenge. My hypothesis is that you will be thankful you did!

 

 

The name of a qualifying participant will be randomly drawn at the end of the challenge. 

So, who’s in?! Who wants to focus on eating more nutritionally-dense foods and less calorie-dense ones? Let’s do it together; it’s way more fun that way! 🙂

Back On The Wagon: Restocking Your THM Kitchen For Healthy New Year

The holidays got me.

Again.

But, unlike other years where I’d beat myself up for not making good healthy choices, I have a better understanding of what “Food Freedom” and grace means when it comes to things that enter my mouth. Trim Healthy Mama taught me that, and I am forever grateful. I’m no longer in vicious cycle of eating terribly for a whole day because I already messed once. Instead of self-loathing for a few weeks and following it with a month of unparalleled devotion to eating purely before burning out, I can make a small, off-plan choice and jump right back on track 3 hours later.

On Trim Healthy Mama, I can eat from all the food groups. I can enjoy sweets and treats and decadent desserts. There’s never a reason for me to feel deprived and eat foods that are not good for me, but when I do, there’s grace in this plan, too. That’s why it’s sustainable. That’s why it works. (Read my testimony here)

I’m about to head out to the grocery store and restock my THM kitchen for a new year of eating well. I thought I’d post what’s going to fill our fridge, freezer and pantry here, in hopes that it may help you, too. This list is by no means exhaustive and it really conforms to our own family’s preferences and budget (the only fish I have listed is canned tuna, because it’s the only kind my people will eat)! Everything is NSI: no special ingredient items that you should be able to find in your local grocery store (or Amazon).

What’s In My Fridge

Fuel Pull Non-starchy Vegetables & Fruit

Examples:

  • peppers
  • broccoli
  • cauliflower
  • green beans
  • okra
  • zucchini
  • cucumber
  • onion
  • garlic
  • celery
  • boston lettuce
  • fresh spinach
  • iceberg lettuce
  • romaine
  • strawberries
  • raspberries
  • blackberries
  • blueberries
  • lemons

E Vegetables & Fruit

Examples: 

  • sweet potatoes
  • butternut squash
  • corn
  • carrots
  • apples
  • pears
  • peaches
  • oranges
  • bananas

Dairy

Examples:

  • butter
  • heavy cream
  • half & half
  • kefir
  • 0% Greek yogurt
  • cottage cheese
  • other cheeses
  • cream cheese
  • sour cream

Other

  • nut milks (we like cashew best)
  • deli meats
  • eggs
  • carton egg whites

What’s In My Pantry

What’s In My Freezer

S meats

Examples:

  • ground beef
  • steak
  • roasts
  • whole chickens
  • whole turkeys
  • chicken thighs
  • chicken drumsticks
  • pork chops
  • pork roasts
  • bacon

FP meats

Examples: 

  • chicken breasts
  • pork tenderloin

Other

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For those who love kitchen tours, here’s a few pictures of ours.  My husband and I spent 8 weeks last year putting it together ourselves using IKEA’s Grimslov cabinets! We had so much fun, but I’m happy that job is done and grateful every day that I can prepare meals for our family here!

Tell me! What’s on your restock grocery list?!

10 Amazing Low-Carb Appetizers

Do you have any New Year’s Day traditions? I must confess that we’re a bunch of party-poopers: with 5 young children, we don’t even try to stay up until midnight to ring in the New Year! We usually head to bed the same time as always, and if we happen to wake up in the middle of the night, we groggily whisper a Happy New Year to each other before rolling over and going back to sleep! However, New’s Years Eve does involve good food, goal-making, and reflections, so it’s pretty special in my book.  Here’s a collection of 10 Amazing Low-Carb Appetizers to ring in the New Year!

You don’t need special ingredients for any of these recipes, and they are easy to put together. Each one is gluten-free, THM S and keto friendly.

Bacon, Herb & Garlic Stuffed Mini Peppers | THM: S

These Bacon, Herb & Garlic Stuffed Sweet Mini Peppers are loaded with flavor and make for a crowd-pleasing, low-carb, THM-friendly S appetizer, snack, or lunch!

Salami Chips with Sweet Mustard Dip | THM: S

A small miracle happens when you bake salami slices in the oven: they turn into real, bona fide, crispy, crunchy chips that have all the good things about chips but none of the carbs. It couldn’t possibly be any easier to make your own low-carb, keto and Trim Healthy Mama-friendly S chip that you can use to scoop up creamy, cheese-y dips and sauces without crossing fuels!

Meat Lover Pizza Cups | THM: S

These Meat-Lover Pizza Cups are essentially the very best parts of a pizza scraped off into a tasty little low-carb bowl!

Low-Carb Nacho Chips with Guacamole | THM: S

 A truly crispy, very low-carb alternative to tortilla chips that stands up to dipping in salsa or guacamole.

Veggie Pizza | THM: S

This low-carb Veggie Pizza is the THM S version of the Pillsbury crescent classic! It keeps for several days in the fridge, making a quick and easy lunch all week long!

Assorted Platters | THM: S & E

I love the variety a platter offers.

Parmesan Chicken Wings | THM: S

This is one of the easiest chicken wing recipes you will ever find. Kids especially love them; they’re full of flavor, but not nearly as spicy as some other varieties.

Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers | THM: S

These 4-ingredient Cream Cheese Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers are an amazingly easy, tasty, affordable S appetizer, snack, or side that requires no special ingredients.

Deviled Eggs | THM: S

Deviled Eggs make a fantastic, high-protein, grab-and-go lunch, appetizer, or snack! This recipe comes from my Mom and is still my favorite!

Copy-cat Kelsey’s Spinach Dip | THM: S

This warm, creamy, flavorful spinach dip tastes just like Kelsey’s infamous appetizer! Delicious as a THM S with low-carb oven-baked chips, served with pepper and cucumber slices, or any of the chip alternatives above.

No Special Ingredient Trim Healthy Mama Christmas Dinner Menu

Have you planned your Trim Healthy Mama Christmas Dinner Menu yet? If not, I hope this low-carb, no-special-ingredient Trim Healthy Mama Christmas Dinner using some of our family’s all-time favorite S recipes will help make your life simpler!

I have 4 favorite things about this menu:

  1. You can serve it to non-THM guests and they will never know you’re feeding them food that’s just as good to their palates as it is for their bodies!
  2. Almost everything can be prepared a day or two in advanceeven the salad!
  3. You don’t need any special ingredients to make any of these recipes, which means this low-carb menu is pretty budget-friendly, too!
  4. It’s full of festive colors and flavors. From red and green vegetables, to a yule log, and a warm, comforting post-dinner drink, you may burst into the “Hallelujah” chorus. 😉

Also, this menu perfectly accommodates celiacs, gluten-intolerance, diabetics, and those who follow other low-carb or keto diets, so you only have to cook once!

Appetizer | Veggie Pizza | THM: S

Soup | Roasted Red Pepper Soup | THM: S

Salad | Creamy & Crunchy Broccoli Salad | THM: S

Main Course | Chicken Cordon Blue with Green Beans and Dijon Cream Sauce | THM: S

Dessert | Mocha Yule Log | THM: S

Drink | Butter Caramel Hot Sip | THM : S

I wish you all a very wonderful Christmas celebrating the birth of Christ our Savior with your loved ones! I’ll be taking a couple days off from blogging, but will be back soon, Lord willing, with some wonderful new recipes and inspiration for a new year of being trim and healthy!

With love,

Jacinda