Tuesday, April 28, 2015

THM Shrinker Recipe - The COOLest Way To Sip Your Fat Away

One of the things I love the most about the Trim Healthy Mama way of eating is that I was finally able to kick a two decade long addiction to soda and artificial coffee creamer. I ate fresh foods and tried really hard to follow a balanced diet but sugary drinks were my kryptonite.  I tried several times to change to different sweeteners or get used to diet soda. I even tried cutting sweetened drinks out of my diet completely but could never stick to it.

I heard about Trim Healthy Mama from a friend who had lost over 50lbs on the plan and whose weight issues and eating style were very similar to mine.  I hung out in the groups on Facebook and tried some recipes I found floating around on Pinterest but wasn't real sure I wanted to invest in the book.  Then I ran across a blog post about Trim Healthy Mama drink recipes and decided to try a few.  I WAS HOOKED!  I could do this, I could give up my soda.  I could master my weight and have food and DRINK freedom.  I tried one drink recipe after another and liked them all.

One day noticed a lot of people in the facebook groups saying that a drink called "The Shrinker" was a great weight loss tool for them. Wahooo, I was going to drink it by the bucketfuls. I whipped up a batch right then and there. I HATED it!!!  Not disliked, not "thought it was gross"... I HATED it.  Those that know me are quite aware that I don't give up easily.  I tried a LOT of different "tweaks" and took the advice of many other people following the plan until one day I took a sip and then another and another until the entire quart jar was empty.  I had found a winner!

I want NEED to share the finished recipe with you so that you can experience the joy that I do from this new healthier way of eating (And drinking!).

The COOLest Shrinker Recipe
(Makes 2qt)
1. Fill a 2qt saucepan with water and bring to a boil.
*You could also measure almost 2qt into any size pan.
2. Remove from heat and add regular and/or oolong tea bags.
*Oolong is important to the weight loss properties. I use 4 lipton and 4 oolong.
3. Steep until tea reaches room temperature and then discard tea bags.
4. Add 3 doonks of Stevia. (Sweeten to taste)
*"Doonks" are the measurement used for THM brand stevia and are equivalent to 1/32tsp. If using a different sweetener, I find that a doonk is equivalent to a tablespoon of sugar in sweetness.
5. Pour tea into a clean 2qt jar and then add the following:
    1/2c unsweetened almond milk
    1tsp caramel extract
    1tsp vanilla
    1/2tsp cinnamon (Some prefer to add a cinnamon stick to the tea while it is steeping)
    1/4tsp cayenne pepper
6. Put the lid on your jar and shake it really well.
7. Remove the lid and fill the rest of the way with water and then shake it again to mix.

I pour half of the finished drink into a 1qt jar and use that as my drinking glass with my nifty Ball Drinking Lid & Reusable Straw.  You may want to add some ice to this first jar so it is cold. I save the other half for later, or at least attempt to; More often than not my Husband or one of the kids gets to it first ;)  I hope you like our version of this AMAZING drink just as much as we do, happy sipping!


  1. Thank you so much! I love this drink, but am looking forward to making it in a larger quantity with your recipe.

    1. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do! I often drink the whole 2qts in one day :)

  2. I usually buy the Kroger decaf family size tea bags to make iced tea. Would I use one of the family size tea bags for this recipe and is decaf okay?

    1. The amount used is kind of a personal taste issue. One should be good but if you try it and think it tastes too weak then I would add another. As for the decaf, it is not a bad option but will not give you the full health benefits. Oolong tea has a big impact on health with a major plus being that it boosts metabolism. https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/beverage/health-benefits-of-oolong-tea.html talks about some of the benefits.

      That being said, decaf tea would have some of the same organic matter in it and would also help you get your fluids in and stay hydrated. The cinnamon and cayenne would act as a metabolism booster. Please let me know if you have any other questions!

  3. Where do you find caramel extract?

    1. You can sometimes find them at Walmart but I order them online at
      Amazon :)

  4. I am sorry for the silly question but what is Caramel extract and where would I find it in the grocery store?

    1. Not a silly question at all! Extracts are flavorings that are in a VERY concentrated form. You can usually find them at Walmart but I buy them online at Amazon. I hope that helps some!

    2. Yes. Bought mine at Walmart. Also use on the pay day candies.