Hey there! I hope you all had a great weekend and a productive start to your week. My weekend was busy and time definitely got away from me, but I still managed to get some food and other things organized for the week.
Actually, the food part was somewhat easy because last week I did a lot of recipe testing so I had a bunch of meals and ingredients leftover. All I needed to do was cook up some hard-boiled eggs, make a few smoothies, and roast up some asparagus (will go on the Naan pizzas). Everything else is ready to eat.
Another thing I did was get my exercise clothes ready for the week. Last week I got in 3 days of running/power walking. This week I want to run or walk 5 days. I also want to focus on toning so I plan to do a quick toning routine everyday after my run/walk. I know it would be beneficial for me to do more than walk or run but right now that’s what I love to do. I get in 4-5 miles so it’s still a decent amount of exercise. Not to mention walking or running outside keeps me sane.
Before I get to my meal plan I want to mention again how awesome our new OYS Facebook Group is. Truly, this group has brought weight loss support, motivation, and accountability to a whole new level for me and I’m sure for others too. I didn’t know what to expect when I started, but now that I did I wish I started it earlier. I love seeing OYS readers connect with one another by sharing food prep photos, recipes, and tips. I love that everyone can feel safe to ask and answer questions. I love that it’s not just me talking. haha! However, if you like listening to me talk then you can watch the weekly FB live videos I post. Every week, I talk about a couple of the topics readers were asking about in the group. It’s been fun and I’ve received a lot of positive feedback. I used to hate doing videos but they are starting to grow on me. If you want to join our group then you can do so here.
Okay back to my meal plan. Here it is on Plan to Eat. I did an interview yesterday with Dr. Eve Rosno from the Inspired Mom Summit to talk about meal planning. One concern people have with planning out meals is the time involved. The time it takes to find recipes, write out a grocery list, and then go shopping. I get it. My biggest pieces of advice is to 1. keep meal planning simple. You don’t need to have Pinterest perfect recipes everyday all day. Start with the recipes you already eat and then build from there. 2. Use a service like Plan to Eat. Plan to Eat makes meal planning beyond easy with their drag and drop menu planner. You can generate grocery lists quickly and even organize your freezer meals and pantry ingredients. I’ve been using Plan to Eat since 2012 and last year I started to partner more with them. They are a great company and offer the perfect solution to all of our meal planning challenges. You can try their 30-day free trial here.
Here’s a quick recipe “how to” video I did for the oatmeal recipe.
- I will make the smoothies a couple days ahead of time and store in mason jars in the fridge.
- The oatmeal I made last week, portioned out, and stuck in the freezer.
Here’s a quick video:
Here’s a quick video:
- Both recipes were made at the end of last week.
Tortellini with Chicken Sausage and Broccoli – new recipe
- I have the taco meat last week.
- I made the tortellini last week, portioned out into dinners, and froze.
That’s it for my meal plan.
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