Meal planning is probably one of the hardest part of any healthy lifestyle change. It can be time consuming and overwhelming and for the most part it is NOT fun. Thankfully I like to eat the same thing over and over so it makes planning a little easier when I can plan my leftovers. When I’m meal planning I pull out all of my old plans and nutrition guides to make it easier.
I just wanted a share a quick tip regarding meal planning. I try and get my meals planned the week BEFORE so that it’s DONE. Also, make your shopping list while you’re making your plan, seems like common sense but trust me people try to wing it in the store and are not prepared.
We travel a lot on the weekends and I work Sunday afternoons and don’t always have time to hit the store up on Sunday (though I try really hard to make time). One of the biggest excuses I hear is I don’t have time to plan my meals. Having the plan done is half the battle, the other half is cooking and preparing the meals. Suck it up and get it done, it makes life SOOOO much easier to be prepared as possible. That hour you’re watching TV in the evening…. open pinterest and find 1 new recipe for next week. Write down what you need and add it to your planner.
Oh, and while we’re talking tips… print out a bunch of planners ahead of time so they are ready! Or maybe you’re ahead of times and doing it digitally.. great! I suggest saving all the different meal plans so you can go back and reference them. AHH so many great ideas I should actually write a better blog post about meal planning… hmmm… more to come!
What are some tips you have for making meal planning easier?
You know by now that I support meal prepping as much as possible to set yourself up for a week of success. One super easy way of doing this is by making sure all of your veggies and fruit are washed and ready for the week. That way in a moment of hunger you’re not reaching for temptations when an already washed apple is sitting out waiting. Every little bit you can prepare before hand is worth it. I try and throw my veggies and fruit that need to be washed in the clean sink when I get home from the grocery store. This way they soak while I put away grocery and are done when I’m finished. Then I just need to dry them and put them away. AND they last longer when they are washed and don’t taste like vinegar… I swear!
Vinegar Wash for Fruits and Vegetables
*1 cup white vinegar
Fill your clean sink with cold water half way and add 1 cup of white vinegar
Peel the stickers off of your fruit and add to the water
Let soak for 10 minutes (about half way through I’ll rearrange the fruit/veggies so all sides get soaked)
Rinse and scrub the fruits/veggies
Remove fruit and let completely dry before storing
This is my go- to FAVORITE clean eating yogurt using plain greek yogurt and fruit and it’s Fix approved! It’s the perfect filling snack or addition to a lunch. It’s great made the night before, the morning of or right before you eat it!
“Frozen” Yogurt (21 day fix approved)
Makes 1 serving
1 serving PLAIN greek yogurt 2% (1 red)
1 cup frozen fruit (1 purple) -My favorites are cherries, blueberries, raspberries
OPTIONAL: 1 tsp honey for a touch of sweetness
Put plain greek yogurt in dish (either bowl or tupperware container)
If you’re using honey drizzle that on next
Stir in the frozen fruit!
That’s it! You’re done
Notes: Store in the fridge until you eat it! If you want the frozen/thick yumminess eat within an hour of making. I would eat this within 24 hours of making or else the fruit gets super mushy. When I worked in the school system I would prep my yogurt in the dish the night before with honey and then add the fruit before leaving for work. I’d store in the fridge and by lunch it was ready to eat and delish!
This counts as 1 red and 1 purple container if you’re following the 21 day fix.