I’m the type of person who uses Google Calendar to make plans with friends. My time is always accounted for because, honestly, I have too little of it. Often, this has been my excuse for eating poorly. I’d say things like, “I need to eat McDonald’s because I don’t have time to make something before I go to class.” While this is sometimes true, it doesn’t change the fact that I can make time.
That’s why I’ve begun meal planning. I know it may sound tedious, boring, and downright stupid to some people, but it’s actually been super helpful to me.
Here’s this week’s meal plan:
As some of you know, I’m on a bit of a SoulCycle kick as of late. I also happen to be obsessed with their feed your SOUL blog segment . I used several of their trainers’ Week on a Plate as the inspiration for this meal plan. So, let’s talk about it:
One of the things I love about SoulCycle is the fact that they make you register for each class. Not only does Google automatically add it to my calendar, but having my seat reserved adds an extra layer of accountability when it comes to exercising.
Another benefit of knowing when I’m going to be riding is that it lets me know how I’m going to eat for the day. I want foods that are going to keep me full and give me the energy and nutrients I need for the day. I also know to take it easy on dinner (since I normally ride between 5pm and 7pm) when I come home because I don’t want to go to sleep with a full stomach.
2. REPETITIVE MENU
You’ll notice that my menu doesn’t have a whole lot of variation. While I’d love to eat something different every day, my wallet and the amount of space in my kitchen (which I share with three other people) doesn’t always allow for it. Additionally, rotating snacks and meals ensures that no food goes to waste (since I just cook for myself).
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve looked at a diet/meal plan and thought, “That sounds great, but how much does it cost?” When it comes to eating healthy, cost is a major factor for me. That’s another reason why some of the meals in my meal plan use the same ingredients.
On this week’s groceries (I didn’t have much in the house since I just got off a stint of eating out), I spent: $47.18
Here was my shopping list for Trader Joe’s:
- Frozen strawberries – $1.99
- Fresh strawberries – $2.99
- Rolled oats – $3.99
- (2) oranges – $1.58
- (3) bananas – $0.57
- Whole Wheat Pitas – $1.39
- Italian meatballs – $3.99
- Low-sodium turkey breast – $4.98
- Vegetable medley (Harvest Hodgepodge) – $1.99
- Brown rice – $ 1.69
- Hummus – $1.99
- Lite Shredded Mozzarella -$3.99
- Bell Pepper Melange Trio – $1.99
Here was my shopping list for Stop & Shop:
- (4) Strawberry Siggi’s – $7.56
- (2) Vanilla Siggi’s – $3.78
- Skippy Reduced Fat Creamy Peanut Butter – $2.69
4. HOUSEHOLD INGREDIENTS
Now, if you’re just starting out, your cost is going to be a little higher. But as you continue to lead a healthier lifestyle, some of these ingredients (almond milk, rolled oats, fruits and vegetables) will become household staples that you won’t have to buy every week.
Items I already had in the house were almond milk (Almond Breeze’s Original Unsweetened), pasta sauce (Vincent’s mills sauce), and Stonyfield Organic Berry Yogurt Smoothies (the ones I use for snacks) which I believe you can buy in singles or (4) packs, Quest bars (I usually go for the cookies and cream) I usually get from 7-Eleven (sometimes they’re 2/$5).
5. FAVORITE BRANDS
Siggi’s is my go-to yogurt because it has the lowest amount of sugar I’ve been able to find. It also tastes amazing and they have coupons most of the time. The only downside is that Trader Joe’s doesn’t currently carry it. However, it’s such a non-negotiable must-have for me that I will make a trip to another store to get it!
Anyways, I hope this has helped some of you on your journey to being healthier. Recipes will be posted eventually (sometimes, there just aren’t enough hours in the day!), and please remember to read the disclaimer (I’m not a professional, people!).
Banner Photo Credit (from the left): Recipe Hubs, EW.org, Sahale Snacks, Pinterest.