Trim Healthy Stir Fry – Fuel Pull

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This easy stir fry recipe is low fat and low carb making it a “fuel pull” Trim Healthy Mama recipe. The Asian flavors are so delicious, you won’t even miss take out night!

Angela of Grassfed Mama shares healthy tips for busy moms.
Angela of Grassfed Mama shares healthy tips for busy moms.


Trim Healthy Stir Fry (Fuel Pull) Recipe

I love Chinese take out… I love Chinese food!

These do not make me a Trim Healthy Mama… But thankfully my favorite part of Chinese food is the vegetables.

What is Trim Healthy Mama?

The Trim Healthy Mama (THM) diet is a lifestyle approach to eating developed by sisters Pearl Barrett and Serene Allison. It is based on the premise of separating fuels, where meals are designed to focus on either carbohydrates or fats, but not both together, to optimize metabolism and promote weight loss.

Here’s an overview of the key principles of the Trim Healthy Mama diet:

  1. Separate Fuels: Meals are categorized into different fuel types: S meals (satisfying, focused on healthy fats and protein), E meals (energizing, focused on healthy carbs and lean protein), and FP meals (fuel pull, low in both carbs and fats). The idea is to consume meals that are either high in healthy fats and protein or high in healthy carbohydrates, but not a combination of both in the same meal.
  2. Healthy, Whole Foods: The THM diet emphasizes the consumption of whole, nutrient-dense foods, including lean proteins, healthy fats, non-starchy vegetables, fruits, and complex carbohydrates. Processed foods, refined sugars, and artificial ingredients are generally discouraged.
  3. Portion Control: While the THM diet does not require strict calorie counting, portion control is encouraged to help manage overall calorie intake. The focus is on eating until satisfied rather than overly restricting portion sizes.
  4. Regular Meals and Snacks: Eating regular meals and snacks throughout the day is encouraged to keep blood sugar levels stable and prevent overeating. This includes incorporating healthy snacks between meals to maintain energy levels and prevent cravings.
  5. Hydration: Adequate hydration is emphasized as an essential aspect of the THM lifestyle. Drinking plenty of water throughout the day is encouraged to support overall health and well-being.
  6. Exercise and Movement: While not a central focus of the THM diet, regular exercise and physical activity are encouraged for overall health and weight management. Incorporating a variety of activities, such as strength training, cardio, and flexibility exercises, is recommended.
  7. Individualized Approach: The THM diet emphasizes listening to your body and making choices that align with your own unique health goals and preferences. It is not a one-size-fits-all approach and can be adapted to suit different dietary needs and preferences.

Overall, the Trim Healthy Mama diet promotes a balanced approach to eating, focusing on whole, nutrient-dense foods and mindful eating practices to support weight loss, metabolism, and overall health. While I’m not currently following the THM diet, I share a lot of low carb and keto friendly recipes now that would fit into their “S” meals.

The Power of Glucomannan

This Trim Healthy Stir Fry uses glucomannan to thicken it. This is amazing stuff if you haven’t tried it yet. You can read more about glucomannan here. It is a thickener that is gluten free, carb free, and taste free (so you can add it to anything!). You can thicken puddings, soups, or low carb stir fries. 

Here is my take on a Better than Take out – or Take out-Fake out Chinese Stir fry.

Trim Healthy Stir Fry – Low Carb



Trim Healthy Stir Fry - Fuel Pull

Angela Parker
A quick and easy stir fry that is healthy and full of vegetables
Course dinner


  • 1 head of cabbage sliced
  • 1 pound of lean ground turkey
  • 1 Large frozen bag of mixed stir fry vegetables or 2 regular sized
  • 1 onion I only had 1/2, so that's what I used chopped
  • 1/2 cup Soy sauce Tamari, or Bragg's Aminos
  • .5 cup of water
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon of ground ginger
  • 1-2 teaspoons of salt depending on how salty you like food
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced or 2 tsp of garlic powder
  • 1/2 -3/4 teaspoon of glucomannan powder for thickening agent
  • Sprinkle of stevia extract optional, if you like a sweeter sauce
  • You can add more garlic, onion powder or other spices as you like!


  • In a Large skillet (I use an electric skillet), add maybe one teaspoon of oil into pan and add your vegetables, 3 tablespoons of soy sauce and water. Sprinkle salt over the vegetables, cover to steam while you cook your meat separately.
  • Cook meat and make sauce: In a separate skillet, brown meat.
  • Once meat is browned, add spices, and rest of soy sauce.
  • Then, sprinkle the glucomannan powder over the meat.
  • Stir to combine well into the meat and sauce.
  • Then pour over the meat into the skillet with the steaming vegetables.
  • Stir to combine.
  • Continue to steam in covered medium high skillet for at least 10 minutes more or until cabbage is cooked.

Trim Healthy Mama’s For this recipe to be fuel pull, your serving needs to have one teaspoon of coconut oil in it or less. You can omit the coconut oil in the steaming vegetables phase to reduce some fat per serving. If you want this to be an S meal full of healthy fats, then don’t worry about how much coconut oil is in the meal and just enjoy. 

If you are following a low carb or keto friendly diet, I would add in more healthy fats like sesame oil to finish it and add some extra flavor. You could also cook your meat in more coconut oil or your preferred cooking oil.

More Low Carb Recipes to Try

Keto Cheeseburger Casserole

Low Carb Philly Cheesesteak Casserole

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Thin Mint Chocolate Chip Milkshake 

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