Wednesday, February 26, 2014

30 Snack Ideas - THM approved

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As a mom, I feel like I'm constantly being asked for a snack. We will be eating breakfast, and before they're even done they're asking me what they can have for snack. Seriously, people??? I got stuck in a rut of what to give them for snack so I finally decided to make a list. I hope this list gives you some ideas when you're struggling to come up with yet another snack. They're all labeled according to which fuel type they fall under for those of you eating the Trim Healthy Mama way.

  • Greek Yogurt sweetened to taste with strawberries and almonds mixed in (S)
  • Greek Yogurt sweetened to taste with 2 T. peanut butter mixed in (S) 
  • Cottage Berry Whip (FP)
  • veggies and hummus (S Helper)
  • cheese cubes (S)
  • (2) Light Rye Wasa crackers with wedge of Light Laughing Cow Cheese (FP)
  • meat slices - turkey, ham, salami, turkey, pepperoni (S)
  • small handful of nuts - almonds, peanuts, walnuts, pistachios, etc... (S)
  • Tuna or canned chicken breast mixed with 1 T. mayo on 1 Light Rye Wasa Cracker and topped with a hard-boiled egg (S) ***I realize this sounds like an odd combo but is really good. Trust me!
  • Hard-boiled egg (S)
  • Peanut Butter Cups (S)
  • 1/2 green apple with all-natural peanut butter (S)
  • celery with all-natural peanut butter (S)
  • Smoothies - here's a list of 20 of my favorite THM approved shakes and smoothies (varying fuel types)
  • string cheese with slice of deli meat (S)
  • 1 % cottage cheese with fresh veggies (i.e. cucumbers, bell peppers, carrots, celery) (FP)
  • sliced avocado on a Light Rye Wasa Cracker (S)
  • Greek Yogurt sweetened to taste, dip assorted berries in it and freeze on a cookie sheet until hardened - makes a delicious frozen treat (FP)
  • 1 % cottage cheese with assorted berries on the side (FP)
  • air popped popcorn seasoned with cayenne or cinnamon (E)
  • Greek yogurt parfait with assorted berries and apples (E)
  • avocado with cottage cheese and bell peppers (S)
  • guacamole with assorted fresh veggies (S)
  • tomato slices with fresh basil, mozzarella and drizzled with a tiny bit of balsamic vinegar (S)
  • pumpkin muffins (S)
  • deli turkey slices with mustard on top of (2) Light Rye Wasa Crackers (FP)
  • roasted chickpeas seasoned with chili powder and cumin (E)
  • Oikos Triple Zero Greek Yogurt - my favorite flavor is Mixed Berry (FP)
  • handful of toasted pumpkin seeds seasoned with cayenne pepper (S)
  • Snickers Hot Chocolate (S)

Monday, February 24, 2014

Meal Plan Monday: 2/24-3/1/14

Wondering how or why to meal plan? Read this first.

I was talking with some girlfriends last week and they suggested that I do a full meal plan this week. So this week I will be sharing what I eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner and include a full grocery list. Hopefully this will give you some fresh ideas on what to serve your family. As you will see I'm not very creative in the breakfast department, mostly because I loathe breakfast. Up until this year, I probably ate breakfast 5-10 times a year! I know, crazy right? My poor mom battled with me all my growing up years to just get me to eat something, anything for breakfast. Sorry mom!

My usual go-to was leftover spaghetti or pizza or cucumbers with salt. I remember the look of horror on his face when I revealed to my (then future) husband about my breakfast choices. It still grosses him out ten years later if I eat left over pizza for breakfast. Don't tell him, but that's partially why I continue to do it! :)

Here's what we will be eating this week:

Monday:
B - 0% Plain Greek Yogurt with Truvia and peanut butter mixed in
L - Buffalo chicken wrap with fresh veggies and fruit
D - Perfect Pot Roast with mashed cauliflower and green beans

Tuesday:
B - Scrambled eggs with bacon
L - Leftover buffalo chicken wrap with fresh veggies and fruit
D - Dinner at a friend's house

Wednesday:
B - 0% Plain Greek Yogurt with strawberries
L - Salad with hard boiled eggs and cheese
D - Stuffed pepper soup

Thursday:
B - Scrambled eggs with bacon
L - Leftover soup
D - Sweet & Spicy stir-fry served over brown rice

Friday:
B - 0% Plain Greek Yogurt with Truvia and peanut butter
L - Salad with hard boiled eggs and cheese
D - Homemade pizza with fresh veggies

Saturday:
B - Pancakes with fruit
L - Leftover pizza and fresh veggies
D - Rigatoni with broccoli and garlic with a side salad

Sunday:
B - 0 % Plain Greek Yogurt with strawberries
L - My nephew's birthday party
D - Italian night at Life Group - I will be bringing pizza casserole (post on this to come next week)

Grocery List:
  • 0% Plain Greek Yogurt
  • Truvia (stevia sweetener)
  • peanut butter
  • 3 chicken breasts or thighs
  • butter
  • Frank's Hot Sauce
  • parmesan cheese
  • tortillas or wraps
  • lettuce
  • celery
  • Ranch dressing
  • salad fixings
  • 3 lb. beef roast
  • 6 carrots
  • 2 onions
  • thyme
  • rosemary
  • beef broth
  • cauliflower
  • garlic
  • green onions
  • bacon
  • eggs
  • strawberries
  • 2 # ground beef
  • 3 bell peppers
  • 29 oz. canned diced tomatoes
  • 10 oz. tomato sauce
  • chicken broth
  • 4 c. rice, cooked
  • sugar
  • honey
  • Sriracha
  • cornstarch or arrowroot
  • soy sauce or tamari
  • rice vinegar
  • oil
  • ground ginger
  • bread flour
  • yeast
  • pizza toppings
  • (2) pizza sauce
  • all-purpose flour
  • milk
  • baking powder
  • brown sugar
  • vanilla extract
  • Rigatoni
  • broccoli
Have a great week and happy eating!!!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Meal Plan Monday: 2/17-2/23/14

Wondering how or why to meal plan? Read this first.

This week's meal plan is fairly simple. I've been feeling a little burned out lately (partially due to the never ending winter), so I've decided to cut myself a little slack in the kitchen this week. With that said, keeping things simple does not mean it has to be bland or boring.

Here's what we're eating this week:

Monday - Leftovers

Tuesday - Egg roll in a bowl

Wednesday - Sandwiches for the family, I'm going out with my girlfriends :)

Thursday - Asian Lettuce Wraps

Friday - Homemade pizza with veggies

Saturday - BLAT Wraps (bacon, lettuce, avocado and tomato) with veggies

Sunday - Appetizer night at Life Group ~ Jalapeno Popper Dip

Grocery List:

  • 1# ground pork
  • head of cabbage
  • sesame oil
  • 1 large carrot
  • 1 med. onion
  • garlic
  • green onions
  • ground ginger
  • soy sauce or tamari
  • sandwich fixings
  • (2) chicken breasts
  • sm. can of water chestnuts
  • honey
  • rice wine vinegar
  • Sriracha
  • head of ice berg lettuce
  • 1# bacon
  • tortillas or wraps
  • tomato
  • avocado
  • mayo or ranch dressing
  • bread flour
  • oil
  • yeast
  • sugar
  • pizza sauce
  • pizza toppings
  • (6) jalapenos
  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 1 1/2 c. cheddar cheese
  • BBQ sauce
  • Crackers/chips/ veggies for dipping
Have a great week and happy eating!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Meal Plan Monday: 2/10-2/16/14

Wondering why or how to meal plan? Read this first.

Raise your hand if you're sick of winter! I have both hands raised!! This winter has been nothing short of brutal here in Michigan. I've lost track of how many days in a row it has snowed here. And last night I nearly cried when my dear friend (Hi, Kelly!) who lives in Hawaii sent me a picture text of the sunset they were experiencing and said "wish you were here". I promptly wrote back, "wish I was too. We have 4 feet of snow on the ground". All of this snow and cold is making me lose my motivation to get things done. I almost didn't do a meal plan this week, but knew I would thank myself by Wednesday when I couldn't figure out what to make for dinner. Keep on keeping on!

Here's what we'll be eating this week:

Monday - Burrito bowls with Spanish rice, refried beans, fajita vegetables and salsa

Tuesday - Chicken Lo Mein (I tried this dish out last week and my family LOVED it. All four kids wanted more. Definitely calling this meal a success.)

Wednesday -  Cheesy Burger Soup

Thursday - Jalapeno Popper Chili

Friday - Pizza Casserole

Saturday - Simple Sesame Chicken

Sunday - Leftovers

Grocery List:

  • brown or white rice
  • salsa
  • (2) Rotel
  • (7) onions
  • (3) green peppers
  • (8) chicken breasts or equivalent thighs
  • pinto beans
  • cumin
  • paprika
  • chili powder
  • olive oil
  • garlic powder
  • 4 oz. whole wheat spaghetti noodles
  • soy sauce or tamari
  • oyster sauce
  • chicken broth
  • carrots
  • celery
  • broccoli
  • green onions
  • 2 lbs. ground beef
  • beef broth
  • half and half
  • cauliflower
  • 8 oz. cheddar cheese
  • (5) jalapenos
  • garlic
  • oregano
  • crushed red pepper flakes
  • 14 oz. cannelloni beans
  • 14 oz. canned or frozen corn
  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 1 lb. bacon
  • pizza sauce
  • mozzarella cheese
  • Italian seasoning
  • pepperoni
  • rice wine vinegar
  • honey
  • orange juice
  • corn starch or arrowroot
  • ground ginger
  • chili paste or Sriracha
Have a great week, stay warm and happy eating!!!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Perfect Pancakes

Pancakes....just the word makes my mouth water. We love pancakes here in our house. Every Saturday morning for many years we have made them. The kids look forward to it each week and every Friday night they remind me to make the batter before I go to bed. We used to buy the pre-made mixes, but they left a lot to be desired. Plus they are filled with additives and preservatives. YUCK! I looked and looked for the perfect recipe, but to no avail. So I just decided to make my own recipe. They are light, fluffy, sweet and everything you've ever wanted in a pancake.

 (I like to eat mine one at a time, not in a big stack. Yes, I realize I'm weird.)

These are not "healthy" pancakes by any means. They are a nice splurge once a week. They are great topped with just about anything - maple syrup, peanut butter, berries or cinnamon and sugar. Our favorite is cinnamon and sugar. Personally, I'm thankful that my kids have grown to love them topped that way so they aren't super sticky and don't smell of maple syrup half the day. Can I get an amen, parents? I double this recipe for my family of six, and we usually have no left overs, but my kids are big eaters. Lord, help the future of my grocery budget!

Perfect Pancakes  Makes 12-15 pancakes
  • 1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 2 t. baking powder
  • 1 t. salt
  • 2 T. white sugar
  • 2 T. brown sugar
  • 1 c. milk
  • 3 T. oil
  • 2 eggs, beaten well
  • 1 t. vanilla extract
  1. Mix the flour, baking powder, salt, white and brown sugar into a medium sized mixing bowl.
  2. Crack the eggs into a smaller bowl and beat them well. Add the milk, oil and vanilla extract and mix well.
  3. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and whisk until completely combined.
  4. Cook them over low to medium heat until golden brown on both sides.
  5. Top them with a dollop of butter and desired topping.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Meal Plan Monday: 2/3-2/9/14

Wondering why or how to meal plan? Read this first.

I'm excited this week because I'm trying three new meals. I love trying new meals. My kids aren't always as enthusiastic to try them, but they've learned that they have to at least try a few bites. I do think they will eat almost anything because I make them at least try a wide variety of foods. Or I could have just gotten blessed in the non-picky eater department. :)

Here's what we will be eating this week:

Monday - Chicken Lo Mein

Tuesday - Greek Marinated Chicken with Roasted Vegetables

Wednesday - Salsa Chicken Casserole

Thursday - Skinny Orange Chicken over brown rice

Friday - Homemade pizza with fresh veggies

Saturday - Chili con Carne

Sunday - Dinner w/ family to celebrate my Mom's birthday

Grocery List: 

  • 4 oz. dry whole wheat spaghetti
  • soy sauce or tamari
  • oyster sauce
  • chicken broth
  • olive oil
  • 9 chicken breasts (or a mixture of boneless skinless chicken thighs)
  • carrots
  • celery
  • 2 onions
  • broccoli florets
  • green onions
  • cauliflower
  • brown rice
  • garlic
  • 1/2 c. orange juice
  • honey
  • rice wine vinegar
  • corn starch or arrowroot
  • ground ginger
  • zest of 1 orange
  • plain yogurt
  • oregano
  • juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • fresh parsley
  • frozen corn
  • black beans
  • 16 oz. jar of salsa
  • chili powder
  • cheddar cheese
  • cumin
  • paprika
  • bread flour
  • yeast
  • sugar
  • pizza sauce
  • toppings for pizza
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • beef broth
  • 28 oz. canned tomatoes
  • 30 oz. kidney beans
Have a great week and happy eating!