When you think about the meals that need to be cooked for the week, do you cringe and think, “Can’t someone else just come in and decide what we will eat?” Or maybe it’s the thought of cooking and not so much the planning. Whatever your struggles are, know that you are not alone. Meal planning is not sexy, it’s not fun and it’s time consuming. I am sure you can think of many other things you would rather be doing then deciding what is good for your waistline, right? Well, I am hoping that through this series I will not only teach you how to incorporate more slimming recipes into your meal plan, but also to inspire you that the foods you eat in a day do not have to be boring and that can honestly be easy to prepare. So let’s dive in to what this dietitian eats in day!
The first step in getting more nutritious, body slimming recipes into your meal plan is to, well…plan them! Remember that post I did a few weeks back with the journal pages? Grab one of those now so you can start jotting down your ideas from what you will see here. Because, hello! We are busy moms, right? I hate to be the bearer of frustrating news, but we are not going to remember everything from our beautiful minds. Ok, so print one of these gorgeous pages out.
During school, which was when this particular days worth of food was, I typically don’t eat until I get the kids off to school. And even still, many days it ends up being a smoothie since all I want to do it get writing or planning out meals for the members of Super Healthy Kids. On this particular day I had some leftover sweet potato so I tossed it in the blender with 1 cup almond milk, cinnamon, my favorite vanilla protein drink mix and some frozen cherries.
When I feel like taking the time, I will make a good, hearty lunch. On this particular day, I had leftover ground turkey with corn, broccoli and green onions…yum! There are also days when I am ambitous and I will intentionally make more than what is needed for dinner so that I do have it leftover for lunch. So anyways, I used about 1 cup of spinach and spread it out onto a plate. I topped that with 1 cup broccoli slaw, 1 cup of the ground turkey mixture, diced orange pepper, chopped grape tomatoes and some avocado chunks. I already had my tomatoes and pepper cut so it was simply a matter of sprinkling it on. Easy!
So, this was a day that I wanted to eat a meatless dinner, especially since I had a pretty filling (and late!) lunch. The rest of the family had the stir fry veggies with some basic sauteed chicken and linguini (well, my daughter ate the soba noodles with me). For myself, I simply sprayed a skillet with the avocado cooking spray and then tossed in the veggies with a bunch of herbs and seasonings (turmeric, garlic and onion powders, and fresh herbs from my garden). I cooked the noodles while I was also cooking the family’s pasta and chicken. I then tossed my veggies and noodles with a little low sodium soy sauce and sesame oil. Yum!
In addition to above, of what I eat in a day, this particular day I also ate some almonds and sliced out 1/4 of an avocado for two different snacks. Yes, those may seem like lame snacks to some people, but I am in love with avocados and anytime I can sneak those in to the tally of what I eat in a day, I DO! What do you think? Is this something similar to what you eat? Or do you need to see more days to really figure out what foods could fit into your meal plans? Let me know! I will continue to share and if I have some ideas of what you would like to see, I can incorporate your favorites into my own days worth of food.
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