For me, meal planning is essential to stay on track with healthy eating. If I didn’t meal plan every week, I would end up eating pizza rolls and cookie butter every night for dinner.
Wednesday is my grocery shopping and meal prep day. I’ve noticed Sundays tend to be a popular prep day, but Wednesday is my day off so that works best for me. The important thing is to find a day that works and stick with it. Not only does meal prep help prevent eating fast food or making unhealthy impulse decisions, it also makes my wallet much happier.
First, I write down my schedule for the week. This helps me decide what days I can make a more time consuming recipe, if I should have something cook in the crockpot while I'm working, or if I need something that will come together quickly. I write it out like this:
Then I write down some recipes that sound good to me and that will likely fit with my schedule. Pinterest is my favorite resource for recipes, but I also have some cookbooks and easy recipes in my brain. I write down anything that sounds good:
The last step is making the final menu for the week. I tend to choose recipes that use perishable ingredients earlier in the week so I don’t waste food or have to make extra trips to the store. I also try to make sure I don’t have too many similar things in a row:
I really enjoy going through this process every week. I get too bored with my meals if I have a set meal plan for every week and I like to try new recipes. Not to mention, this really satisfies the obsessive list-maker in me. Really...here's what the finished product looks like each week:
I have my dinner meal planning down to a science. And I found a breakfast that I love and have yet to get sick of- Kashi Go Lean Crunch with almond milk. My biggest struggle is lunches. I get bored quickly with eating the same thing every day and my work schedule doesn’t always allow me to heat up food (or eat at all sometimes). Plus, I always forget to prep my lunch the night before and then I’m too lazy to pack it in the morning. Most of the time I end up packing a yogurt or a Larabar, which doesn’t always fill me up. What I need are some quick lunch ideas that I can rotate throughout the week.
What are your favorite easy and healthy lunches?