A Taste of THM…

As some of you know, I started my THM journey about 6 months ago. Trim Healthy Mama (THM) is an excellent eating plan to follow. But it is more than that. It is a new way of life. A new way to view eating. THM is so easy and fun to follow, it doesn’t even seem like you are following a plan while doing so. There are so many quick and tasty recipes that a person could never get bored with following the Trim Healthy Mama plan.

I don’t think I could ever forget the day I received my Trim Healthy Mama book. It arrived in the mail a day before my birthday, but I had no idea it was coming. I had been attempting to follow THM for about 5 months by simply reading other blogs or finding THM recipes online.  It is pretty rare that I go out and spend money on myself, so I wasn’t about to order the book online any time soon. I never even mentioned it to my husband that I would love to get it for my birthday. But being the wonderful man he is, he already new how much I wanted the book.

Once I knew he actually ordered a gift for my birthday, I kept begging for hints. I found out that he had ordered it online and that it would be shipped from out east. He also said he had to pay extra to make sure it was here in time for my birthday. My first guess was that a relative would be flying over for a visit (I am horrible with directions, took me a good hour to realize that the majority of my relatives live on the WEST coast!) Obviously I was wrong. So the night before my birthday as I was making supper, the doorbell rang. I went to the door and no one was there, but I saw a postal truck driving away. I looked down and saw a brown package on the porch. I didn’t think much of it as my husband often has packages shipped to the house for work. But then I noticed that it was addressed to ME!! The second I picked it up, I knew exactly what it was. Forgetting about supper on the stove, I ran up the stairs in excitement and hurriedly opened the package. There it was. The beautiful shiny white cover with its fresh new-book smell. People thought I was crazy to be so excited about a “DIET“ book for my BIRTHDAY! But I think they thought my husband even crazier for BUYING me a “diet“ book for my birthday!

THM book

Now that my story is out, it`s time to talk a bit about the plan. I mentioned earlier that it is an easy plan to follow. I should clarify, the first week or so is not easy, but once you get the hang of it, the plan and delicious food is so worth that first bit of confusion. I wish I could explain how much better I feel after starting THM and how much more energy I have. My attitude towards things and my mood swings have also greatly improved! So I must say my husband is all for this plan!

So, to put it simply, the main goal is to keep carbs and fats (fuels) in separate meals. An example of a carb meal (E meal) would be Chicken Chili or Stuffed Peppers. Some fat meals (S meal) include Lettuce Burgers or Loaded Chicken and Cauliflower Casserole. (These are all recipes that I hope to have up on the blog soon, so stay tuned!)

Another big thing is to cut out sugar. But don`t worry, this does not mean you can no longer enjoy scrumptious, sweet desserts! Some of our favourites include Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bites, Whipped Dessert, and a variety of Smoothies.

Let me also mention how I LOVE that this book is written by two Christian sisters. Their bantering back and forth throughout the book is so entertaining and I really appreciate how they tie everything in with Scripture. This book includes more than just an explanation to the plan. It also has an abundance of recipes, exercise plans, gives examples of how to make this plan work well for you and your family, and more.

For more info on Trim Healthy Mama, check out their Website or Facebook page. Even if you don’t have weight to lose, I encourage you to try some of their recipes. So satisfying and delicious!

To get a taste of THM, perhaps your first, check out my Taco Soup Recipe. Let me know what you think!

Pistachio Pudding Dessert

Pistachio Pudding Dessert2

This is one of my go-to dessert recipes. It is so good and always a hit! I love the creaminess with a hint of crunch – so delicious! If I am in a hurry, I often skip the crust and just divide the layers into individual serving dishes; this makes the whole process quick and easy when last-minute guests arrive.

Pistachio Pudding Dessert

Pistachio Pudding Dessert

Pie Crust:
1/2 cup Butter
1 cup Flour
1 cup Chopped Walnuts

First Layer:
1 cup Powdered Sugar
1 (8oz) package Cream Cheese
1 cup Cool Whip

Second Layer:
2 regular sized packages Instant Pistachio Pudding Mix
3 cups Milk

Topping:
Cool Whip
Chopped Walnuts

Mix first three ingredients; press into a 9×13 inch pan. Bake at 350F for 20 minutes. Cool. Mix next three ingredients; spread on cooled crust. Beat together pudding mix and milk until thick. Spread on top of first layer. At this point, I usually refrigerate the dessert and add the cool whip topping and chopped walnuts just before serving. But feel free to add toppings before refrigerating if you prefer.

Hope you like it as much as I do 🙂