I love Pinterest but a lot of their meal plans are quite elaborate. I am a simple girl. This has worked for me.
I try to come up with a meal plan every week so I can prep and be successful in the nutrition department. I find that I drift when I don't plan. It doesn't have to be complicated. This took me about 5 minutes.
First, I checked the weather to make sure that we have a rainy or cool evening because if so, I will have a soup night.
Secondly, I also look at what engagements I have for the week (think dinners with family members, parties etc).
Thirdly, I look at what I need to use from my pantry/freezer/fridge.
Instead of assigning a meal to a day (example: Monday - Grilled salmon, Tuesday - Tacos), I just plan about 3 or 4 meals. I don't commit to a dish to a day, because I can't do commitment like that. This way, I am free to decide if I am in the mood for salmon, or tacos or chicken on the day. I make enough for leftovers and sometimes lunches.
Back-up stash: I usually keep some lunch meat and bread as my emergency stash so I can throw together a sandwich.
|Vanilla Shakeology + spinach + banana|
+ almond milk + ice
For breakfasts during the week, I usually have my Shakeology because it is quick and I can consume it on the road. My favorite is chocolate, and second favorite is cafe latte. I typically blend it with water, ice, and some natural extract with an immersion blender.
I usually have it at 7:15 a.m. and it tides me until at least 11 a.m.
On the weekends, sometimes I am lazy and continue to drink my Shakeology. Other days, I will whip up some eggs and spinach and eat it. I am easy.
So far, this has helped me immensely in making sure I don't run out of my clean food. It has also helped with the grocery bills too.
I find that I just go to the grocery store once a week and I am done. If i don't plan like this, I usually run to the grocery store to pick up last-minute thing and you know how it goes, you go in to buy a gallon of milk and you come out of Wal-Mart with a pressure cooker and shoes and that smoked salmon you want to have because you thought it would be so good for tomorrow. BUT wait, since I have a pressure cooker now, let me buy some stuff to cook in it. Yep. You get my drift. :)
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