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Meal Ideas: Simplified

3.23.2014
I always found meal planning a daunting task. Too big to wrap my mind around. Turns out I was making it too difficult on myself the whole time. Trust me when I say I've learned the hard way, making it much easier for me to share with quick and easy options to prepare ahead of time.

You don't need to be extravagant. Save the gourmet meals for dinners and/or weekends. Your meals during the day just need to be filling, healthy and don't forget yummy.

Jon and I chow down on 5-6 proportioned meals a day. All of which are prepared on Sunday normally because that is what works for our schedule.


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| Breakfast | In the mornings Jon and I are usually rushing out the door. So something quick and easy is right up our alley. Overnight oats are prepared the night before and ready to eat without any preparation. Try Pinterest for yummy recipes! Smoothies are also great. I chop all the fruits and veggies and put them in little baggies in the freezer so in the morning we pop it into our Nutribullet and seconds later, off we go!

›› Overnight oats
›› Protein shake
›› Green smoothie
›› Omelet
›› Protein pancakes








 

| Snacks | As for snacks, we eat two small snacks a day. One about 2 hours after our breakfast and another 2-3 hours after lunch.

›› Celery, carrots & hummus
›› Yogurt
›› Apple & cheese string
›› Fresh fruits
›› Handful of raw almonds & fruit

| Lunch | This is where I used to screw up and try and get too fancy. I thought we had to eat something completely different every day, but the truth is that's not easy or economical. Now when I make dinner, I make sure to make enough for lunch leftovers the next day. We basically eat chicken for lunch every day, just in different ways. So on Sundays I make a chicken breasts with a couple different seasonings for a change up in flavor.

›› Baked chicken & sweet potato
›› Grilled chicken salad
›› Chicken & stir fry veggies
›› Quinoa & veggies

| Dinner | This is where the options are endless because you are making it fresh to eat. We eat out quite a bit for convenience, unfortunately, because we are always on the go and rarely home in the evenings. But when we are we like to have a yummy home cooked meal.

›› Steak & veggies is a personal fav
›› Quinoa & ground turkey stuffed peppers
›› Lemon chicken & steamed veggies
›› Lean turkey chili
›› Turkey burgers & kale chips

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| Dessert | I'm not a big dessert eater. I prefer to drink my calories, but for those that like to snack in the evenings, here are a few options to satisfy those cravings.

›› Piece of dark chocolate
›› Tofu pie - don't knock it until you've tried it. 
›› Flavored hot tea
›› Greek yogurt with some chocolate chips
›› Flavored water with Mio. My personal fav is strawberry watermelon!




And there you have it. Some healthy meal alternatives that are simple enough to prepare on a weekend and throw in your fridge to keep you from falling off the wagon during your hectic week.

18 comments on "Meal Ideas: Simplified"
  1. Protein pancakes - what a great idea! I might have to pick up some tomorrow!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

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  2. Great healthy choices! I feel so much better about myself when I actual prep healthy lunches!

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  3. GIRL, DID YOU KNOW THAT THE NUTRIBULLET IS BASICALLY MY BF???? (all caps were necessary)

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  4. I love the idea of if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. It is so true! & Nutribullet is the best thing in the world. I would kill for one.

    xo. Kailagh

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  5. Even though I stay home with the kiddos, our days are always full & busy & meal time is one of the craziest. I faithfully meal plan each week, but I really should prep at the beginning go the week to simplify meal prep time.

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  6. I want one of these Nutri-Bullets so badly!!! And I agree, meal planning is so daunting, but so worth it. I HAVE to get better or I will not be anywhere near swimsuit ready in a few weeks. Hope you had a great weekend!

    xo,
    Stephanie
    Diary of a Debutante
    www.thediaryofadebutante.com

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  7. Thanks for the ideas and inspiration!
    It's amazing how a little planning goes such a long ways!
    If I sit down and make a menu each weekend.....eh, way less stress during the week!

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  8. I really try to plan our dinners so that we get lunch the next day at least half the time! It saves money and time! But I agree a meal plan can be quick and easy!

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  9. I don't get really fancy when I cook or plan meals, either. A lot of foods are just a variation of each other, anyway. A lot of times, I use the strategy of making a huge soup/stew/chilli for dinner and then packing leftovers that we can eat for lunch the next day. I've learned which meals reheat and still taste good--haha! Chicken fried rice is another one I use the make a lot--eat a couple meals strategy with.

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  10. I made shakes allllll the time last year & drank with my breakfast. I need to start back again! I used to make protein pancakes for myself, then regular ones for B! Lately I've just been making regular ones for both of us. Whoops :/ Oh, I', not a big dessert eater either!! Just another reason why we are twins... :)

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  11. Love this! Thanks for all the ideas. I just made a green smoothie this morning and it was delish!

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  12. Love love love your precious planner self. Cheers to that!! xx

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  13. These are some great suggestions! Dessert and after dinner snacking are what always get me! I'm a huge sweets person!

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  14. I am with you on smoothies for breakfasts! I think I have a smoothie almost every day whether it is for breakfast or just a snack.

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  15. We eat very similar things, I am such a meal planner!

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  16. Great tips! making shakes for breakfast is the easiest thing :)

    christelpaola.blogspot.com

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  17. I'm still working on putting together my menu board so I'll have what to eat for dinner planned out, but I love the breakfast ideas! I seriously feel like I need a nutribullet!

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