Welcome to my new series: Back to the Basics! I’m so happy that you are here! Today we are going to chat about meal planning. Some people love it and some hate it. Personally, I love meal planning, but with four small children, I have to keep meals simple.
When you first discover Trim Healthy Mama it seems like you need every special ingredient to follow the plan. It can be discouraging when you are constantly buying new products to make certain recipes.
I’ve been following THM on and off for almost 3 years now. I’ve learned that the “on plan” treats are wonderful and delicious but they shouldn’t be eaten everyday if you have stubborn weight to lose. But they are nice to occasionally have on hand to avoid temptations.
How I Plan Meals
We spend a lot of our time at home so it’s crucial that I have a plan for feeding my growing children. To keep things simple, I stick to a weekly meal schedule. Here’s what the kids’ breakfast schedule looks like:
- Sun- cereal and smoothie
- Mon- oatmeal
- Tues- eggs
- Wed- yogurt parfaits (prepared the night before)
- Thurs- cereal and smoothie
- Fri- cinnamon toast or baked treat (banana bread, baked oatmeal, breakfast cookies, etc)
- Sat- pancakes
I try to eat what the kids are eating (but THM friendly). For example, on Saturday when I make my family pancakes, I always try to have some THM pancakes in the freezer that I just need to heat up for myself.
On days that my kids eat something I don’t eat (like cereal), I will either have eggs or a protein shake.
For lunch, I usually do eat something completely different from my kids. Lunch is usually my biggest meal because it’s the one meal that I can take the time to prepare and eat in peace because the children are napping. We all have different schedules and ways of doing this, but just find what works for you.
For Dinner, I try to fix the same meal for everyone. My kids are not always fans of this but they must try everything on their plate’s. To keep it super simple, I try to pick a protein and a veggie. If it’s an E meal then I add a starch. Every now and then, I will make some chili or soup.
Recently, my weight loss stalled after having my fourth child and I’m currently doing a Fuel Cycle. You can read about what a Fuel Cycle is on page 429 of the old book.
So, I wanted to share with you what I plan on eating during this fuel cycle. It’s extremely simple and super easy to follow! I usually start on Sunday but you can start the cycle on any day.
Sunday-Tuesday: Deep S Meals
Breakfast options: Eggs and bacon, bulletproof coffee
Protein shake with coconut oil
Lunch options- Buffalo chicken (make a buffalo sauce with butter and Texas Pete, add chicken) over cauliflower rice, salad with olive oil and vinegar.
Chicken over greens with cucumbers, olive oil, and vinegar
Dinner- Steak with green peppers and steamed broccoli, Bunless burgers with cauliflower and salad, Parmesan tilapia with green beans
Treats/Snacks- skinny chocolate, deli meat, tummy tucking ice cream with skinny chocolate shell
Wednesday-Thursday: Fuel Pull Meals (The toughest part of the cycle!)
Breakfast- Cookie Bowl Oatmeal, Trimmie light
Lunch options: Turkey lettuce wraps with cucumbers and FSF, leftover turkey burger with broccoli
Dinner: Turkey burgers with steamed broccoli, Tilapia with green beans and salad
Treats/Snacks- deli meat, cheese stick, shake, gluccie pudding, cottage whip, tummy tucking ice cream
Friday-Saturday: E Meals
Breakfast: Oatmeal with collagen tea
THM pancakes with greek yogurt and berries
Lunch: Grilled chicken with sweet potato and salad, leftover chicken with quinoa and broccoli
Dinner: Chicken with quinoa and broccoli, Light chili (page 330, old book)
Treats/Snacks: gluccie pudding, apple and cheese stick, cottage whip, deli meat
Now that I am doing the fuel cycle, I will change the children’s breakfast schedule to fit my meal plan. For example, instead of having oats on Monday, I will wait until my E day. This way I can avoid making different meals for everyone and it helps keep me on plan.
I hope this has encouraged you to avoid over-complicating your meal plan. Following THM doesn’t have to be overwhelming or time consuming if you simply go back to the basics.