Easiest THM E Meals Ever For Busy THM’ers
Easy Ways to Get More THM E Meals Into Your Day
Never fear, friends! I am a (reforming) carb-a-holic! Getting to eat carbs often (anchored in a protein-rich environment) is probably my favorite part of THM. Yup, THM E meals (or energizing meals) are my favorite! And I’d love to introduce to my favorites that are easy and tasty.
These healthy meals are SO fast for those super busy days!
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Why You NEED Carbs and THM E Meals:
As a holistic healthcare provider, I want you to be equipped with some medical insights about carbs to help you embrace those THM E meals!
There are some great health benefits to eating complex carbohydrates, and I dive into that deeper here when I write about adrenal fatigue. But, I want to give you a little teaser here with some great reasons to add carbs in your diet:
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- As carbs break down, they stimulate the release of serotonin in the brain. If you’ve ever wondered why (pre-THM days) you just feel like you need a pastry to help you feel happy, here’s the culprit! Serotonin also breaks down into melatonin, so eating carbs (especially in an evening snack) can help you fall asleep more easily.
- Carbs can soothe the adrenal glands. If you have any issues with adrenal fatigue and/or are going through some stressful times (this includes illness, as sickness can wear on the adrenals), get some E meals in there! It’ll help your adrenals have a healthy stress response. For more on Adrenal Health, check out these speedy suggestions!
- Carbs are fun. Okay, I might be a little biased, but I really like actual bread and pancakes. I have yet to find an S-based bread or waffle recipe that I really, really love (send ’em to me if you’ve got ’em! I’d love to find one). Eating carbs and sinking my teeth into real bread products makes me happy. Haha, I guess I should just write, “See #1 again.”
If you’re coming from a strict keto background, you might need to repeat #3 to yourself every day for a week. Seriously, this is going to be fun! 🙂 … And if you’re still tempted by the Keto Diet, please read this post about the potential long term effects of Keto!
So, here’s my favorite, easy THM E meals by meal type:
- Baked oatmeal, Greek yogurt, and berries (here’s my favorite pumpkin-style baked oatmeal)
- Stovetop Crunch Granola (First THM Cookbook, p. 255) over Greek yogurt and fruit
- Cottage cheese with fruit, 2 slices of sprouted toast with a smear of butter and topped with cinnamon and sweetener
- Oatmeal with blueberries, small slice of sprouted toast with a little butter, collagen tea (for added protein)
- Healthy McGriddles
- Egg white omelet with lots of veggies and one wedge of Laughing Cow cheese, 1-2 slices sprouted toast
- Sprouted French toast made with egg whites and a side of turkey bacon; or even easier– prep some Overnight Stuffed French Toast the night before and just pop it in the oven to bake the next day!
“E”xtra Easy Lunches:
- Sandwiches!!! This one word makes me so happy! For fillings, you can use lean deli meats, chicken breast, tuna salad (my recipe is coming, but I find it tastes the same if I sub fat free yogurt for mayo). I like some lettuce or fresh basil on mine, and sometimes I add a touch of hummus or Laughing Cow cheese for moisture and flavor. Pair with yogurt and fruit, just fruit, or crudites and low fat hummus.
- Lentil or black bean soup. Beans are an incomplete protein by themselves (they’re missing some essential amino acids) so you can use a small amount of brown rice to complete it. You can also add some chicken breast to the soup for a touch more protein. Depending on the carb amounts in your soup, you may be able to add a slice of toast or a piece of fruit.
- E supper leftovers. I love how incredibly easy this one is– just reheat and eat! I even portion out lunches into individuals servings after dinner to make lunch even quicker the following day.
- Stirfry. I love this one for the simplicity and variety! I usually google “low fat stirfry” and the majority of these recipes are low fat, and I put them over brown rice. This recipe from KitchMe for Chicken Fried Rice is one of our favs, but we divide it into 3 servings instead of the recommended 4 (it’s easier for me to stay full after an E meal if I eat enough protein and get close to the 45g carb maximum). The newest THM cookbook also has a great recipe for Chicken Fried Rice (page 53) that we love. We also make this sugar-free Sweet and Spicy Stir Fry… All. The. Time.
- Ugh! So the KitchMe website seems to be GONE! So so sad! Here’s a Chicken Fried Double Rice recipe from the THM sisters themselves that’s also super yummy.
- I grew up eating simple suppers, and this one is pure comfort food for me as THM E meals. Bake sweet potatoes and white fish or chicken breast in the oven until done (about an hour for the sweet potatoes and 15-25 minutes for the fish at 400 degrees). We add a salad or another veggie as a side. I usually make extra sweet potatoes so I can have them in the Turkey, Black Bean, and Sweet Potato Chili below.
- Chili. To make this an E, use lean meat or rinse in hot water after cooking to flush out the fat and toxins. My chili recipe is coming, but the main parts are lots of beans, +/- a can of corn, tomato paste, and spices. You can top with some yogurt and reduced-fat cheese (or just a garnish of a higher-fat one).
We also love Turkey, Black Bean, and Sweet Potato Chili for a flavorful twist on a classic dish. It makes amazing leftovers!
- Trim train taco soup. Love this one! It makes a great big pot, so you can try it as an E meal, an S, or even a Fuel Pull! For an E, add some baked tortilla chips, beans, or brown rice for an “E”xtra touch of delicious!
- We just created this amazing Instant Pot dinner of Chipotle Chicken Bowls! You’ve got to try it! And you’ll love how it whittles your waist, keeps you full, and stabilizes your blood sugar levels!
A great E dessert makes my THM life complete!
- We love the Apple Crumble from the first Cookbook (p. 338), but I’m allergic to apples so we sub blueberries. It’s amazing with a squirt of FF Rediwhip on top!
- The Just Peachy Muffins from the first cookbook (p. 286) are delicious, especially when you use my Crave-Worthy Crumble Topping.
- Sprouted Cinnamon Rolls can make a nice treat, but they’re a bit more work than I usually do.
- In the fall, we love these Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies. To stick to THM recommendations, use old fashioned oats and no more than 3 cookies a serving. Also, please use 85% dark chocolate.
- Whenever I have overripe bananas, you’ll find me making these delicious Banana Bread Bites. These little gems are amazing fresh from the oven, and you don’t even need a sweetener! Be sure to use rolled or old-fashioned oats and 85% dark chocolate, and to keep it an E, don’t add in any of the extras that she mentions. Stick to just 2-3 cookies (1/4 of the batch) to be within E guidelines.
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I hope this helps with your Energizing part of your THM journey! Was this list helpful?
Do you need more THM E meals in your life?
What are your favorite, easy THM E meals? I’d love to hear from you!
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Thank you so much for these great E ideas. I need to find some sprouted bread!
Hi, Laura! You’re so welcome! And sprouted bread is such a great addition to the THM life! It’s been a little harder to find lately (my fav, the Nature’s Own brand has been discontinued). If you have an Aldi, they carry one that my kids and I like, and I think that Walmart carries a couple of brands (Arnold’s and sometimes Ezekiel bread). 🙂
did you ever post the crave worthy crumble topping for the peach muffins? thanks
Hi, Jill! Oh my goodness– I totally forgot! Thanks so much for mentioning it! I’ll work on that and get it up for you soon! It uses up the 5g of fat allowed in an E meal or snack (I want to double check my math so that it’s spot on), but it’s totally worth it. 🙂
Hi, again! It’s up and paired with these delicious, fluffy apple pie muffins: https://early2bedearly2rise.com/apple-pie-muffins-thm-e/
I’m wondering about the baked tortilla chips you mentioned with the taco soup. Are these just regular “baked” tortilla chips, or are they blue, or a special brand?
Thanks for the post. It’s very helpful.
Hi, Marsena! So glad that this post is helpful! 🙂 The baked tortilla chips that I was thinking of are Baked Tostito’s (so regular baked chips). When I originally wrote this post, Trader Joe’s sold low fat, organic, blue tortilla chips that I had in mind, but I believe that’s been discontinued. 🙁 When I’m in the mood for a crossover (sometimes a good XO hits the spot and keeps me from going off plan), I use the organic blue tortilla chips from Walmart (walmart brand)– they’re really inexpensive and sooooo good!
I have adrenal fatigue and did not know this about E meals! Thank you for sharing! Lots of great ideas here!
Hi, Joan! You’re so welcome, and I’m glad that it helps! Praying for a swift recovery from adrenal fatigue! Check back here later this month– I’ve got lots more posts about adrenal fatigue coming (including my story of recovery from it twice). <3
Is pure maple syrup (chocolate coconut banana bread) THM friendly! If not, what do you use?
Hi, Diane (great name! ;)! Do you mean the Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies? If so, those have xylitol listed as an option in the ingredients. Or did you mean the Banana Bread Bites? Those don’t need any sweetener; we find that the banana is sweet enough, and we just make them with oats, bananas, and cinnamon. Sometimes we add in some coconut flakes or nut butter as a healthy crossover for my toddler and myself when I’m nursing a baby. Hope that helps!
I am new to THM, I found your post very helpful. Thank you for sharing
You’re welcome, Raquel!! I’m so glad that this is helpful, and best wishes on your THM journey (it’s been a game changer for us!)! 🙂
Thank you for the tips! I enjoyed this post a lot!
You’re so welcome! So glad that you liked them!