You’ve probably heard of Trim Healthy Mama. I first heard about it when my friend Sally showed me the Trim Healthy Mama Plan book a couple of years ago. She was really enjoying it and experiencing great benefits from it. However, I had just gone through two very difficult surgeries in the previous three months and was very early on the healing journey, and it just felt overwhelming.
Fast forward 3 years. I am still in the healing process, but feeling better every month. And when I noticed that Blogging for Books was offering the Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook for bloggers to review, I snapped it up in a heartbeat. The recipes sounded fantastic, it had gorgeous photographs, and I had been thinking about it for quite awhile.
When I received the cookbook, from sisters Pearl Barrett and Serene Allison, who created the Trim Healthy Mama Plan, and since its creation, have been cooking up a storm in their respective households, I was immediately captivated. This cookbook has hundreds of recipes, organized into the following categories:
- One-Pot Meals (including recipes for slow cookers)
- Hearty Mains and Sides
- Sunrise Eats
- Sweet Treats
- All Things Smooth and Crunchy
Pearl and Serene have created scrumptious main dishes, amazing veggie sides, nutritious breads and snacks, healthy and tasty drinks, and even delicious recipes for healthy salad dressings. And…don’t forget desserts! Although the Trim Healthy Mama Plan eliminates most sugars and offers healthy (and non-artificial) sweeteners, they still know that folks will want the occasional dessert. So they’ve created ones that will satisfy the taste buds yet will still be healthy overall.
How I’ve Used the Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook (so far!)
When I received the cookbook, I sat down with a sheet of paper and paged through the recipes from start to finish. (I recommend doing this on your day off—there are a LOT of recipes!) As I looked at the recipes, I jotted down those that I thought I’d start with. I ended up with about 35! (Which naturally, will take me some time to cook.) But, here are the first few I’ve prepared:
And, I’m planning to make this roasted veggie bake for our dinner tonight:
What my family and I thought:
You’ll notice that, so far, I haven’t made any of the desserts, drinks, salads, or main dishes. Fear not, they actually ARE on my list!
What I am doing is just taking it slow and easy. The Trim Healthy Mama Plan is all about adjusting the way you eat, and the way you combine types of foods, to enable you to live a healthy life. I’ve personally found that, for myself, I do better in creating new habits when I add just a little, or a new one, at a time. So that’s what I am doing with these recipes.
What I have noticed, however, is that the meals I have cooked have been VERY satisfying. When I made the cream of mushroom soup (for myself, as the guys in my house are mushroom-haters), I made a single-serving size. I ladled half the recipe into my soup bowl and relished every single amazing bite. When I was finished, it had been so delicious that I thought I’d just finish the rest off. However, by the time (which was not a long walk, by the way) I got back into the kitchen to refill my bowl, I noticed that I was pleasantly full, and satisfied! So I put it in the refrigerator for another meal.
The bottom line
I do have to admit two things. First, I have not read the Trim Healthy Mama Plan book, which is probably the way that most folks are going to start all this. I just wanted to know before I read the plan book (because I’m really not much of a nonfiction reader) that the food I’d be preparing and eating was good. Well, it is! So my next step is to find a copy of the plan book and dive in. This is really important because the THM divides its recipes into several types:
- The Satisfying (S) Meal
- The Energizing (E) Meal
- Fuel Pulls
- Crossovers (XO)
- Satisfying Helpers (SH)
The way you eat these meals enables you to lose weight yet still be energized overall. So—I really do not have a good understanding of how the plan itself, and the food combinations, work. Yet. But there is a Trim Healthy Mama Plan book which explains it all.
My second admission is about the recipe substitutions that the Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook recommends. I told you already a little about the sugar substitutions. Well, there are many more that THM offers. There are a baking mix (almond, flax, and coconut flours), a thickener called glucomannan, collagen, psyllium flakes, special non-gluten noodles, and a few other things. Many of these you can get at either Walmart or your favorite natural grocery store, but others can be ordered from the THM website. I’m waiting on these, though. Pearl and Serene very kindly stocked this cookbook with tons of recipes that they define as NSI, or “no special ingredients.” If I end up loving this program the way I think I will, I’ll order some of those ingredients. But there are many you can make without them, so that’s the way I am starting out.
So far, what I’ve seen, I have loved! As with many recipes, there are some little tweaks I may make from time to time (like adjusting the seasonings to our own taste buds occasionally). But I love the overall vision. THM isn’t about taking away everything you love to eat. Rather, it’s teaching a healthy plan of eating that will bring lifetime benefits for you and for your family!
**I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.