Oh hay Friday, didn’t see you there (JK I always see Friday).
I thought it might be helpful to show how well I stuck to my plan and what I actually ended up buying and making for a week of Whole30 meals.
Meal planning and food prepping can seem pretty daunting at first, but if you’re strapped for time during a busy week of classes or work then it can actually be a life saver when you’re focusing on eating healthy, nutritionally dense foods. Meal planning is helpful when I feel like I’ve gotten into a food rut, which I often do. If I don’t try to do something different I’ll end up eating the same thing… over and over and over again. Is anyone else like that (having a fall back meal that you stick to)?
As for the prepping? This past Sunday it took me approximately an hour and half to make everything I needed for the week. (Next week I’ll do a better job at actually taking pictures of prepped food) After that my fridge was full of delicious building blocks I can use throughout the week.
My best analogy for a meal plan using items that you prep is that it’s like those fashion magazine features where they show you how you can have a week/month’s worth of outfits using 5 main staples. With the main components in place, you’re free to adapt your sides/sauces/preparation based on how much time you have and what your body (and taste buds) want.
It’s funny, some days or meals I know exactly what I’m craving whether it’s for taste or nutritional value (most often both) while other times I’m just hungry and a little agnostic, which is why having the plan is so nice to fall back on, rather than staring into the fridge hopelessly in a downward spiral of hunger, waiting for answers that never show themselves. So it’s nice to have some food ready or a plan or both.
What I had planned for this week:
get the blank printable of this meal planner here
What I Bought:
In purple are things that weren’t on my list (oops). This week’s list was a little pricey (my average week of groceries is anywhere from $40-80 depending on what I’m buying) but I suspect it will come down because I won’t have to buy a lot of those items again next week (olive oil, nuts, seeds) – Also I did have some butternut squash in my fridge which is why it was on my prep list but not my shopping list.
What I Prepped:
On Sunday I’ll show you a full recap of everything I made (and ate).
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- Do you make a shopping list each week?
- How closely do you stick to it?
- What’s your favorite impulse buy?