It’s been two months since my last post to Strong. Healthy. Confident. YIKES! I need to get this back into my regular routine. The end of summer and beginning of the school year made things very busy in our house, but I’ve managed to get back on track with my daily workout (today is day 32 of consecutive days!) and I’m back to counting calories for every bit, lick, taste (BLT). If you are like me, a busy summer finally started to catch up to me and the scale and I found myself 5 lbs heavier end of August.
One thing I slip a little this summer was planning our dinners. This is something that I find to be extremely helpful and really shows on the scale when I’ve had a good week of planning and prepping.
Step 3: Menu Plan
Pick a day of the week and plan your meals for the next week. I typically do this over Saturday morning breakfast with the family. We all get to chime in on what we would want. I use my notes section in my phone to list out Sunday-Saturday. First thing I jot down on each day is the meat selection. We try to do a variety of beef, chicken, pork and fish. Right there is 4 days. Add on a day (or two) of left overs and an “easy” day (pasta, frozen/takeout pizza, breakfast for dinner), and you are done with the base of your dinners.
Then I add the veggie to go along with it. Be it carrots, salad, roasted peppers, potatoes (sweet potatoes are a favorite in our house), etc.
We have crescent rolls, bread or muffins once every week or two and I make sure to add that in next.
We have a fruit option at every meal too but I typically don’t list that out on the menu since that is a favorite in our house that we always have on hand.
Side note: Your meals don’t have to be complicated recipes. I cook simple meals to keep my sanity. Working full time, running a part-time photography business, and three kids doesn’t give me a lot of room to cook. Keep the menu “clean” (ie: as little processed food as possible) and you won’t have to worry about much else. That brings me to my next blog idea…Clean Eating.
Until then, I’ll leave you with some of my favorite, quick meals for the family:
- Tacos (chicken or ground beef), corn, homemade corn or whole-wheat tortillas (if possible, but let’s be honest, that doesn’t happen every time)
- Chili (in the slow cooker)
- Steak kabobs on the grill (with red onion, red pepper and green pepper)
- Ham steak with mashed sweet potatoes
- Baked cod with grilled asparagus
- Pork chops and carrots
- Jambalaya (in the slow cooker)