Hi All, so Sundays during the school year are for meal planning. My school has non-traditional school hours. We go from 8:50-4:15 and then usually for me I sponsor clubs, so I am home much later. This means as a parent I gotta be on the ball in the feeding my children game. Most of my meals I make on Sunday or I have planned so my kiddos or guy can throw them together.
I have been doing this for almost 4 years at this point. I have a few small pieces of advice to aid in it. The first and most important is being flexible and forgiving with yourself. Meal prep requires time and sometimes what you plan either does not work out or doesn’t sound good. So if you are the two F’s you can still make it work.
You can move meals around if they sound better and you change the game up a little. I utilize Schwan’s frozen foods sometimes to aid when I need a change or an assist. Schwan’s is great about deals and then when you order from them you also earn points so you can spend the points like money. As well, I eat clean (low chem) most of the time Schwan’s brings pretty high quality as well.
MR’s BREAKFAST – I am soooo simple in this category. I eat 2 hardboiled eggs, fruit of choice and usually gluten free oatmeal with almond milk and sprinkle of cinnamon. I top with nuts and sometimes dried cranberries. I never change this unless I am giving up carbs for awhile. Then subtract oatmeal and add in 2-4 pieces of bacon (usually that would be if I were doing keto). I will include container counts if you do 21 Day Fix containers. 1 yellow, 1 red, 1 purple and 1/2 blue
MR’s LUNCHES – I typically have the same lunch for work daily. I have one pouch of tuna with a tablespoon of Duke’s mayo and 1 cut up pickle spear cut up. I mix it all together with a dash of pepper. I will usually have a fruit (banana is a fav) and then a salad with a sprinkle of some sort of nut such as sunflower seeds or pecans and then have it with a tablespoon of ranch dressing (make my own) or Makoto asian dressing. Sometimes if I snack at school I will have the 100 calorie pack of almonds or a granola bar. But usually I don’t snack too much or if I do I will have a VEGA shake. Yes I am a beachbody coach, but I cannot do Shakeology because it just does not do well with me. I have tried. When drama is in I will bring snack packs of granola or full on some veggies to munch on. If I am not feeling that lunch then I will have leftovers, but usually tuna does me just fine. 1 red, 1 tsp, 1 purple, 1 green, 1/2 orange / the snack will sometimes either be a 1 blue or 1 yellow.
Dinner Week of August 13th
Monday – Chicken Bacon Ranch – No linkable recipe. I bake chicken in ranch seasoning (dry hidden valley powder) and chicken broth. Make gluten free pasta, make bacon and then add in Alfredo sauce and mix all together. I usually will have zoodles on the side for me. I don’t really do pasta all that much and substitute with zoodles always or I find the healthiest version of pasta I can find. We are trying to move to a gluten free diet for one of my kiddos who we think has some gluten sensitivities. Mine will be the same just separate container. 2 green, 1-2 red, 1 yellow and sauce can be 1 blue or I omit if I can’t have anymore.
Tuesday – Hamburgers, salads, corn on cob from my garden and fries. If I am adventurous and have time which I should this week. I will make turnip fries or jicama fries. My sister tipped me off to this and they are soo good. I cut them like fries and drizzle with olive oil or coconut oil and then season and cook in air fryer. I usually go bunless since doing keto buns are soo dry on a burger for me. I just eat like you would chicken or steak. I top with ketchup and dukes. 1 red, 1 yellow, 2 green.
Wednesday – Chicken sandwiches, salads, corn and green beans (corn and green beans from garden). Chicken is from schwans and is breaded. Again I go bunless. Add in buffalo sauce for some spice. 1 -2 red, 2 green, 1 yellow and sometimes 1/2 orange.
Thursday – We always go out to dinner with my in laws. Usually it is to our local taco joint (I am obsessed with tacos🌮 if you didn’t know.) 1 yellow (2 if you have chips and salsa), 1 red and 1 green.
Friday – Usually a repeat of Thursday but date night with my guy. So container counts the same as Thursday.
Saturday is our day to kinda just make up what we want as a family. Usually the girls and I will try an new recipe and I work on teaching them how to cook.
My be flexible back ups this week if something falls through are Chicken Florentine or lunch meat sandwiches.
I hope to do this weekly to help you all see what I eat. I also should note I have eaten the portion sizing for so long I have it memorized and can do it spot on perfectly. I do check to be sure I am still on track, but so far so good. I recommend that you measure them out if you are going to calorie and portion control. You can buy them from Beachbody, but I have also found them at Walmart and Amazon.