Author’s Note: This is NOT an official THM post. This is my story, my strategy, a portion of my journey down the THM road. THM stands for Trim Healthy Mama, the title of a book written by Serene Allison and Pearl Barrett. The book outlines a break from the (or at least my) American tradition in terms of thinking about food, a call to eat and enjoy food the way God intended it. Besides owning the book and subscribing to this way of eating, and routinely purchasing and enjoying their sweeteners, I am not otherwise associated with or employed by THM. I’m ‘just’ a regular Mama…like you. This post was written under the assumption that the reader has/has access to the book and holds a basic understanding of the meal types and eating cycles. If you don’t currently have the book, go buy it, man!
While there are few guarantees in life, I guarantee that any errors made here are completely mine and absolutely unintended. If you’ll let me know about them in a most gracious and loving manner, I’ll try to fix ’em quickly. If you’re determined to be mean and nasty, eat some cake. That always helps me feel better.
Author’s Note, Part Deux: To learn more about my weekly meal-planning process, click here.
Author’s Note, III: I’m going to make Peanut Squares now. Amen.
If you like FREE stuff, you’ll want to read all the way to the bottom of this post!
Last week, I offered up my meal-planning strategies to you in the hopes of helping other Mamas. I included my personal first week’s meal plan and grocery list, in addition to a blank, meal-planning printable so that you could go forth and meal-plan like a boss. Remember this? 🙂
I also included a survey asking for feedback on further meal planning, and, boy did you respond! Thank you!
You said you wanted more Fuel Pull meals and snacks, and you’ll see them added to this week’s meals. You said you’re on a budget (me, too!), and this week’s meal plan is perfect for that, offering lots of inexpensive options and opportunities to stretch one food staple across many meals (whole chickens are cheap, man!). You said your kids were starting back to school soon (already?) and you wanted school lunch ideas. Coming right up…sometime this week, so stay tuned (I’d love to include YOUR ideas if you’d be willing to leave them in the comments section of this post)! I hope I hit all of your highlights, but, if you want more or less of something on next week’s plan, I welcome your feedback.
Here’s this week’s plan >>>>>> My THM Meal Plan Week Two
Simply print it out, make your grocery list (You’re ready! You can do this! I believe in you! Don’t forget the toilet paper!), cross off what you already have at home (This makes me feel so accomplished and powerful! I really should get out more.), and shop away. And don’t worry if you can’t start it on Sunday. Just start Sunday’s meals on your Day 1 of the week. There should be no super-secret-squirrel ingredients in any of these meals, with a few exceptions. In those cases, I’ve noted a work-around, or you can substitute that meal/snack with something else entirely. If you’d like to order the defatted peanut flour mentioned on the meal plan, this one is the one I use.
On the meal plan, I’ve utilized primarily recipes from the book. They feel safe. However, I did start being more adventurous in my second week and branched out to The Blogosphere, Pinterest, and other forums for recipes.
Here are direct links to the non-book recipes I reference on this week’s meal plan:
Gwen’s Easy Bread from Gwen’s Nest: We would be eating this if we were not on THM! I use 4 1/2 cups whole wheat flour and 2 cups all-purpose.
Cousin Carolyn’s Low-Carb Cabbage from Adventures in Womanland
Cheesy-Cheese Garlic Biscuits from Satisfying Eats
Coconut Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies from Counting All Joy
Brownie Batter Overnight Oatmeal from Dashing Dish
Cheeseburger Quesadillas from Gwen’s Nest
Almond Flour Cheese Crackers from The Grassfed Mama
Pretzel Dogs from Gwen’s Nest
Apple Pancake Bake from Mrs. Criddle’s Kitchen
Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas from A Home With Purpose
And now for the best part! FREE STUFF!
Next weekend, my teenager is going to choose one person from my subscriber list to receive a free goodie! Winner has the choice of receiving ONE of the following:
Three bags of THM Sweet Blend sweetener
Camelback water bottle in winner’s choice of color
Once you enter your email address in the box at the top, right corner of this page and become a subscriber, you’re entered. Current subscribers are already entered to win! Get crackin’!
**Giveaway sponsored solely by AinW.**
On deck this week: Mom Hack designed to stop the sippy cup/dirty glass madness
Creamy New England Crab Spread (THM-S/Low-Carb)
School Lunch Ideas that are THM-Friendly