Find out what a Drive Thru Sue is and how it might help you on your Trim Healthy Mama journey to stay on plan!
Welcome to “D” day of our Trim Healthy Mama A to Z Series. If you want to follow along with the entire A to Z series, check it out here.
D is for Drive Thru Sue. If you read the THM Book, you already have an idea of what being a Trim Healthy Mama Drive Thru Sue means. Today we will talk about some DTS hacks and products to keep you on plan and moving towards your goals.
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What is a Trim Healthy Mama Drive Thru Sue?
A Trim Healthy Mama Drive Thru Sue is typically someone that doesn’t like to cook or maybe just doesn’t have time to do it. Drive thru lines and pre-packaged convenience foods may be more common than a home cooked meal.
As a DTS, you laugh at the thought of making homemade bbq sauce or heating up the stove for breakfast during your chaotic mornings.
But I like to expand a bit on the typical DTS. I consider myself somewhere in the middle. I do enjoy cooking but life with kids happens and I find myself an occasional drive thru sue. After a long day of work and picking up from ballet, I may be in the McDonald’s drive thru come 6:00.
Or on a business trip for work, I need portable convenience items that I can take to a conference in my bag or on a plane.
And sometimes I just want an ultra simple THM on plan meal that I cook at home but that is basically as simple as warming something up on the stove (no real cooking like measuring ingredients and messing up pots and pans).
THM At the Drive Thru
One of the nice things about Trim Healthy Mama is that you do have the freedom to eat out. And when you do eat at a restaurant, it doesn’t always have to be a salad!
You can check out this S Drive Thru fast food guide for some options at popular fast food chains.
You can also choose to have an E meal out but it is typically easier to eat Low Carb (S meal) than it is an E. One popular E fast food option is a Wendy’s small chili. Many like to get a side salad and pour the chili on top for a yummy E option on the go.
Drive Thru Sue Grocery Helpers On THM
The grocery store can be intimidating for the Trim Healthy Mama Drive Thru Sue that wants to stay on plan. You may be used to running to the frozen food section, buying a few TV dinners and calling it a day. You may not be up for much more than that.
But don’t worry, there are some great items that will make staying on plan easier for the DTS.
Pair it with a steam bag of veggies. Shred it up for super easy quesadillas. Make a simple chicken salad. Use it in a casserole. There are tons of options and not having to cook your protein is a major time saver.
Here are 5 lunch ideas that you can use to eat all week on one chicken. So it is cheap too. Maybe we will start calling you a Drive Thru Saver (Do it Sue)!
Pre-Packaged On Plan Options
When you start a new diet plan or lifestyle, it is easy to look at all the things that you can’t eat. But there are several things that you can buy that require no cooking and are easy to take and eat on the go.
Keep in mind that you can often times make many of these items at home in order to save money but if you need something quick and easy, the upcharge may be worth it.
Here are a few pre-packaged Trim Healthy Mama Drive Thru Sue items that you can get at the grocery store:
Pre-cut Fruit & Veggies
Bagged Salad (avoid the kits that have croutons/dried fruits/sugary dressings)
Whisps Cheese Crisps
Hard Boiled Eggs (usually in the deli section)
P3 Protein Packs
Beef Jerky or Meat Sticks (Look for <2 gm sugar)
Individual Nut Packs
Lily’s Chocolate Bars
Triple 000 Yogurts
Lite Laughing Cow Cheese
Fat Snax Cookies
Halo Top Ice Cream* (Personal Choice)
Natural Peanut Butter (Peanuts/Salt Only)
Polaners All Fruit Spread
Mission Carb Balance Tortillas
There are plenty of other things you can buy at the store on plan but those are just a few easy items that can be used in easy meals or snacks. Don’t be discouraged by this list! If you think this is all too expensive, read the Budgeting on THM article to find ways to make the plan work on you budget.
Personal Choice Items
One reason that I love THM is because of food freedom. You can find things that work for you and your weight loss/health journey. Now this doesn’t mean to decide that a candy bar a day is a personal choice for you because that probably won’t lead you to your goals.
But if you find an item that would be on plan other than an off plan oil, it might be something that you deem ok for you. There are several variations to this thought process but my recommendation is to test the waters.
If you start using something and quit losing wait, stop and get back closer to the principles of the plan.
I know everyone always wants to find new things that we are “allowed” to have but there are lots of personal choice items that have already been reviewed by the official THM team and deemed ok for occasional use. Try them out and see how you do.
*Note: there is debate on this topic within the THM community. As i stated, an off plan oil doesn’t bother me but it would technically be off plan. I choose it as a Personal Choice for me but that should be clarified to add that there are Personal choice items that are officially approved by the THM Admin team. This is your lifestyle plan, do what works for you.
Super Easy THM S & E Meals
Creating an arsenal of simple meals is a great way to stay on plan for anyone, especially as a Trim Healthy Mama Drive Thru Sue.
These are a few of our family favorites that literally require only minutes in the kitchen and result in simple but yummy meals that your whole family will eat.
- 15 Min THM E White Beans and Ham
- Grilled Chicken Sausage and Veggies
- Black Bean Tacos
- Zevia Crockpot BBQ (Only 3 Ingredients)
- 30 minute Salsa Verde Chicken With Cauli Rice (Make it even Quicker Using a Rotisserie)
- 2 Minute Microwave Egg Scrambles
- Bai Creamsicle (I love this for something sweet after dinner without having to get out a blender & certainly without having to cook anything else!)
Free 7 Day THM Drive Thru Sue Meal Plan
I put together a no cook 7 day THM DTS meal plan for ya’ll! It is filled with 7 breakfasts, lunches and dinners that are easy to prepare & most require no cooking at all! The ones that do require you to use the stove just require heating – no real cooking at all!
You can check out that meal plan and free printable grocery list here.
I hope this Trim Healthy Mama Drive Thru Sue review helped to give you some new and easy ideas to succeed on plan. If you need more help with cooking tips on THM, check out “C” day from the THM A to Z Series. Don’t forget to check back for what is coming up in our Trim Healthy Mama A -Z guide for “E” day.