One of a few necessary steps in following the Trim Healthy Mama way of eating is to stock your pantry with ingredients that will make this way of eating much easier to follow.
One of the key components of a successful transition is preparation. If you’re not prepared by having a handful of recipes and some basic staples it will be hard to sustain any definite change.
So it’s important to slowly build up your Trim Healthy Mama pantry.
On The Path To Success With Trim Healthy Mama
The first step in a successful transition is to change a few of your habits. I wrote a post that has a few tips that help with the changes that can make your plan effective.
It’s easy to jump in with both feet, all gung-ho to begin, and then fail miserably after a few less-than-stellar meals or desserts. But, if you’ve changed a few habits it will be much easier to sustain your ongoing plan.
Even when you get off-track, just going back to those basic habits can make all the difference.
What Is A Trim Healthy Mama Staple Ingredient?
One way to ensure a successful transition is to have a pantry of ingredients that are ‘THM-friendly’.
It certainly is possible to follow this way-of-eating without buying a bunch of special ingredients (I’ll be sharing some tips about that soon!), but, especially if you have a sweet tooth, there are some ingredients that you will want to have in your cupboard.
These can be found in stores, speciality stores or online. These staple items are perfect to help you stay on plan and succeed and create delicious treats and meals without sacrificing anything.
Finding altetnative sweetners are great if you like baking, making chocolate and sweet treats. These will allow you to have all the goodies you desire without having to worry about the high sugars and fat intake.
Stevia is one of the main alternatives to sugar, it is a natural and organic fine sweetner exracted from leaves and is sweeter per teaspoon than sugar.
Meaning you need much less to achieve the sweet taste in your desserts and baked goods.
You can buy stevia on Amazon or in local stores.
Xylitol is a chemical compound which dissolves in liquid and is a refined crystal much like grains of sugar.
It is sweet and makes a great alternative for sugar especially in hot drinks, baking and home made chocolate recipes.
You can buy Xylitol on Amazon or in local stores.
A Boost Of Protein
These staple ingredients are perfect for putting into smoothies, adding to your breakfast pancakes to give you a boost for the day.
There are a number of ways in which you can use these within your faily routine and meals to boost your protein take in.
Orgain Organic Whey Protein Powder
You can find a number of different protein powders in your local store on Amazon. They aren’t essential in a Trim Healthy Mama plan but they are helpful to have on hand if you wish to add a little protein to your diet.
You can leave this out if you have a dietry issue or personally don’t like to add it into your diet.
There are many more things you could add to this list, but for me, these are the basic things I like to have in my pantry.
Your shopping list for speciality ingredients doesn’t have to be huge. Just a few things (especially for those sweet-tooth people like me!) that will help you along the way.
Alternative ‘Flours’ And Thickeners
Defatted Peanuts Flour
While peanut butter is always a healthy option if you’re looking for a good source of protein, defatted peanut flour is simply peanut butter that contains little fat. With this ingredient, you can now enjoy peanut butter with only a dram of calories to worry about. Plus, it contains only 16 grams of protein in every ¼ cup of serving.
You can find defatted peanuts flour at online stores like Amazon and even local grocery stores. They are quite affordable.
Most people consume xanthan gum every day, yet they know very little about it. Yes, it’s a food additive and is commonly used as an ingredient in products with zero gluten. However, it’s also known to reduce sugar and cholesterol levels in the body.
You may also use it as a stabilizer and thickening agent for your food. Recipes like syrups, ice creams, and even salad dressings are not complete without a little sprinkle of xanthan gum.
Although if you can’t seem to get your hands on xanthan gum, glucomannan is another interesting option that should do the trick. I use a bit of both, but if it comes down to it and I had to choose, I’d go with xanthan gum. It works just a tad bit faster for me.
I know what you may be thinking at this point. You’re probably wondering what pasta is doing on this list, considering its nutritional makeup of mostly starch which eventually becomes glucose. For someone trying to reduce carb, starchy foods are probably not the best option. Nonetheless, Dreamfields pasta is one of a kind. Even though it contains 41 grams of carbs per serving, it doesn’t affect your sugar levels.
Why? Because somehow, the contents of this product amazingly prevent the carbs from digesting. Yes, I know how it sounds but that’s just what it is. I’m able to eat as much pasta as I want without fear of my sugar levels going up. You can get yours for about $2 – give or take in stores or on Amazon.
Some may not agree with me but I think every list that contains essential ingredients for a healthy living plan should have vegetables as non-negotiable.
It doesn’t matter if it’s veggie burgers or salad, I just love having a few vegetables daily in my meal. If you haven’t been piling up on vegetables you should start now to enjoy a more nutritious meal.
If you’re a vegetarian and you’re looking for an alternative to meat as your source of protein, this is your answer. It not only offers as much protein as meat but it also reduces cholesterol and sugar levels in the body. Plus, some studies show that a higher intake of lentils reduces the risk of diabetes.
Since they’re shelf-stable, they should last for a long time so you don’t have to worry about spoilage. While I would suggest you shop for organic lentils, healthily soaked dried beans are not out of the question.
Nuts (raw almonds, roasted peanuts)
Even though they’re high in fat, nuts are tasty and I love them. Plus they aid weight loss and reduce the risk of heart attacks.
There are a lot of local stores where you can procure nuts but I prefer to buy in bulk from Amazon, that way I can get nice discounts.
Oils & Spreads
Don’t mind its position on this list. Always know that coconut oil is a no brainer as far as the THM staples list is concerned. Its importance isn’t only because it contains fatty acids that rapidly burns fat in the body, but because it also improves your overall health status. While virgin coconut oil remains my favorite, there’re plenty of benefits to derive from expeller-pressed coconut oil.
I’m yet to finish the 4 gallons of expeller-pressed oil I got as a gift last year. However, I’m not worried because coconut oils are naturally heat-tolerant and shelf-stable.
If you follow the Trim Healthy Mama lifestyle, what’s on your shopping list?