It’s been SOOOOO long since I have done this!! And not only is it so important for good meal planning, and for wise money budgeting but it’s also important for making sure that we eat right, too. So I’m hopping right back in and getting on the meal planning horse again.
As always, I’ll plan meals for each day, but we often switch things around a lot as our whims and daily activities desire. In the end all these meals will be stocked, prepared and consumed in a somewhat organized manner.
- B~ Cereal, so we’re not late to church. ; )
- L~ Turkey sandwiches on 7 grain wheat, baby carrots, string cheese, chips
- S~ Breakfast for dinner: Wheat Oat Flax Pancakes with Blueberries & Almonds, turkey bacon
- B~ 7 Grain french toast, fruit, yogurt
- L~ Homemade “Lunchables” – ritz, turkey, cheese, apple wedges
- S~ “Super” Nachos with salsa fresca and guacamole (I leave out the meat, go light on the chips and go heavy on the fresh veggies for a healthier version)
- B~ Cereal & fruit
- L~ Chef salads w/egg & deli meat
- S~ 15 Bean Soup w/ Smoked Sausage, brown rice
- B~ Oatmeal & fruit
- L~ Bean & Cheese Quesadillas, with salsa fresca
- S~ Spaghetti w/ Ronzoni Extra Fiber Pasta & Salad (with carrots, cucumbers, spinach etc.)
- B~ Eggs & bacon, toast & OJ
- L~ Turkey sandwiches, apple wedges, chips
- S~ Grilled chicken, corn, steamed broccoli
- B~ Cereal
- L~ Fried egg sandwiches, fruit
- S~ Porcupine meatballs, ranch beans, salad, bread
- B~ Bread machine bicuits, gravy, turkey bacon, fruit
- L~ leftovers, etc.
- S~ “Salisbury steaks,” veggies, rice.
We have several fresh and frozen fruits to choose from with breakfasts and lunches so we can choose what we are in the mood for each day. We also have a snack every day and we’ll try to incorporate either fruits or veggies depending on what the menu for the rest of the day looks like. For snacks we have things like peanut butter and crackers, string cheese, fruit smoothies, yogurt and fruit, etc.
My version of “healthy” is a combination of eating more whole foods, increasing grains and fibers, eating a variety of fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables, eating balanced meals, monitoring portion control and limiting the amounts of processed foods and high fat or high sugar items. My husband still has certain foods/menus he refuses to give on so we often compromise where we can. It keeps things.. interesting. ; ) I think, though, that exercising regularly will allow for a certain amount of compromising here and there. We shall see. =)
This week I had to menu plan from the food I already bought, but next week I’m going to do it the other way around, and I’m going to revisit some of my healtheir recipes from the past to see I can get our menu even healthier than it is now!