Meal Planning

Sunday is winding down, are you ready for the week? Part of the time I set aside every weekend is getting myself prepared for the week, so I can stay on track. Doesn’t mean that I don’t slip now and then, but preparing for the week helps me stay more on track.

So, how do I get started, or maybe you’re asking yourself how you get started. One thing that has helped me is once a month I am in a clean eating group that runs for a week. It helps get me some good clean recipes. Outside of that week, when I think about dinners, I try to cut bad carbs, use whole grains, veggies, and a good protein source.

I start first with checking my fridge, freezer, and cupboards to see what I have to work with. Then I check to see what is on sale at the store, esp. the buy one get one free deals.

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Once I know what is on sale, I plan my dinners around that, and I try to plan for crock pot dinners. For us, this is because both my husband and myself work outside the home, and are gone for 11- 12 hours a day, so having a home cooked dinner means using our crock pot. Sometimes I will make something ahead of time, or at least get the meat cooked, anything that helps save time. Check out Meal Prep Helpers for more saving time tips.

This week pork loin and chicken was on sale. So I made some chicken dinners and two bags ready for pulled pork dinners.

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Some of these are more than enough for two nights, so this will take us through a week and into the beginning of the next.

For lunches, I have been using salad kits and a rotisserie chicken. I use to think there was no way I could salad every day. However, with the kits, I am getting a variety so not eating the same salad every day. Having my lunches ready to go, helps me not order something or go grab a calorie filled lunch that is full of fat and probably enough calories for a whole day if not two.

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For snacks, I get already cut veggies and some hummus or guacamole for my dip. Sometimes I use the whole grain sandwich thins with guacamole and sandwich meat. Fruit is always a good option as well, however I recommend eating any fruit before 2 in the afternoon.

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If you have anything you can share with us, what helps you, how do you stay on track, what methods do you use for meal planning, we would love to hear them.

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