Monday, January 18, 2016

Plan for success

Most people who are successful had a plan to get where they are (I would assume), and didn't fall into success (okay, maybe some did but most of us aren't that fortunate).

When it comes to healthy eating you need a plan for success.  Until Target starts carrying carrot sticks and tomatoes in their checkout aisles instead of chips and candy, you're not going to fall into healthy eating.  You're going to have to work a little.
Make a plan for dinners, I use this dry erase planner that stays on the fridge so the whole family knows our dinner plans
Let's get you set up for success and start making a plan.  Admittedly, I like a good plan so this comes easy for me.  It may not come easy for you, but with practice it will become second nature.  Here are my tips:
  • Keep healthy snacks on hand (almonds, fruits, veggies, rice cakes, real peanut butter)
  • Make a dinner plan for the week (and know all of the ingredients on your plate)
  • Keep your favorite recipes in one place to go through when you need inspiration
  • Base your grocery list on your dinner plan with additions for breakfast, lunch and snacks
  • Have a few "go to" nutritious breakfast and lunch plans--eating the exact same thing every day, no matter how healthy, is BORING, and food should never be boring, it's deeee-li-cious
  • Prep food for the week to make quick breakfasts, lunches, and snacks--5 minute meals (more on these later)
  • Cook in large batches for your little ones, freeze in individual servings, and easily pull out a meal to reheat quickly (I'll do a blog post later about quick meals for littles)
  • Lots of fruits and veggies, even frozen ones are great
Variety of lunch, dinner and snacks

So, about those 5 minute meals for breakfast and lunch, I'm not talking about having chips and salsa for a meal.  Prep a few things on the weekend that can be used in various ways.  My favorite items are below and I use them in various combinations:
  • Hummus
  • Protein source
  • Guacamole
  • Salsa
  • Rice
  • Quinoa
  • Beans
  • Cooked vegetables
  • Frozen fruits and veggies
I use these items in various combinations, add sauces, spices, wrap them up, stuff them in a pita, put them on a bed of lettuce, or just toss them in a bowl and eat with a fork.  I believe in tasty, fast, healthy meals.  The most work I put in to my breakfast and lunch during the week is starting a blender, using the microwave, or heating up my protein in a skillet.  Seriously.  It's easy.  Get creative with your food.  You may make mistakes, we all have.  Eat your mistake, move on, and try again.

Through this blog, I'll be providing some healthy meal ideas for you to use and start as a jumping off point for your cooking adventures.  Let's get started on our plans!

1 comment:

  1. I am a planner by nature. I keep healthy foods on hand to avoid unhealthy snacking. I also make a grocery list because I otherwise come home with junk food.


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