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Trim Tuesday Talks...NSI

Good Morning!

Today I am back with another Trim Healthy Mama blurb! I am a mama who is trying to run a large household. If you've read our previous posts on budgeting, you'll understand the need for this article. Today I am talkin' to you about NSI. No Special Ingredients while on Trim Healthy Mama.

If you want some more in depth FAQ's about THM, go here. They answer some all too familiar questions regarding this lifestyle change.

NSI are super helpful in this way of eating. It's true that there are some ingredients that come in handy - Glucomannan, Stevia - but those are things that last a long time and are beneficial to some of the recipes.

Oats - we go through a lot of oats/oatmeal. Porridge is a great breakfast (E) that we add egg whites to for added protein. Topped with berries, apples, yogurt...quick and easy breakfast that satisfies the family.

Eggs - eggs are a beautiful S (satisfying) They do in a pinch, and are great for breakfast, lunch, snacks, and yes, supper. I hard-boil 2 dozen every Sunday night! Egg whites are a great protein addition to an E meal (energizing meal)!

Plain Greek Yogurt - You need to watch the carb and sugar content on these. Not all plain G.Y are the same.

Cottage Cheese - 'nuff said. Add this to can't taste it. It is a great alternative to protein powder.

Almond Milk - We do not have any allergies here, so we use a lot of nut milk for smoothies, snacks, and baking (note* we do not send any nut milk to schools - for drinking or in baking!*)

Peanut Butter - Again, no allergies so we use peanut butter in a lot of baking, smoothies, etc. For school sandwiches my kids use WOW Butter (soy product, although I am not a fan of soy...what else can I do? Half my kids don't like meat and cheese sandwiches....actually most of the kids prefer taking leftover supper for lunch the next day!)

Butter - Bring on da' buttah! I know there is so much controversy out there with butter....take it as you will. I love butter and so I shall continue eating butter in all my S meals, and snacks!

Frozen Berries - CHEAP! Cheaper than fresh. Again, I know fresh is better, but budgeting and waste?? I go for frozen...

Frozen Veggies - SEE easy to cook up with suppers...with butter.

Sprouted Bread - This may be considered a special ingredient...I do not make my own. I kill the "wild yeast" EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. So I do splurge and buy it. Locally it is $7 per loaf, Costco has it for 2 loaves for $7. OUCH. Hello Costco once a month!

Laughing Cow Cheese - Again, it's one of those things that isn't cheap, I watch for sales. It makes a great addition to an E sandwich (instead of mayo - which is an S).

Light Wasa Crackers - Some people say they taste like cardboard. I have been on plan for 4 years....I've gotten used to the taste I guess. But I also pair them with yummy condiments...chicken breast, eggs, cream cheese, cucumbers, peanut butter...please don't pair all of these with them...that would be gross.

Zevia - refreshing alternative to many flavors!

There are other easy NSI meals and snacks out there...this plan is do-able without breaking the budget...Family of 8 here...I know this! Feel free to drop a comment letting me know more suggestions for No Special Ingredients on THM!



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