Let’s Talk About Meal Planning
This morning, I was exhausted! I tried to wait up for Torrance last night but he didnt get home from his meeting until 11. He was in the next city over which is about an hour away so by the time him and his uncle were both done with work and headed that way they were a little late I guess. I was dozing off as he came home and then we ended up sitting around talking about his meeting for a little while… Zzzz.
I hit the snooze maybe four times this morning. Yikes. I guess it will be another night workout again! I have to say I am not sure that I really mind the night workouts too much!
When I finally rolled out of bed I took the dog on a very short walk and then hurried through my morning get-ready routine (….ok I always hurry through it) and then ran right to work. I’m glad I keep breakfast options in the office kitchen for times when I’m hurrying like this.
I enjoyed some regular oatmeal with a little honey and sliced bananas (of course!)
I also whipped up a quick iced coffee. This time I got the actual “iced” Via’s that dont need hot water to dissolve – it seemed to be a lot sweeter to me than the “hot” version I got last time so I will have to experiment with it a little.
I want to get some discussion going today!
Let’s talk about meal planning!
Every week when I go grocery shopping (which we all know I love to do) I go to the store with a little list of things I have to get – usually staples I am out of (peanut butter, eggs, bread, etc) and then just an idea of one or two things/meals I want to have for dinner for the week.
A lot of times I end up planning my meals while I am shopping – which I’m not sure if this is a good or bad thing. I will sort of paruse through what looks good or what is on sale. I usually start in the meat section and then to the produce, dried goods, freezer, etc.
I have also tried going about it a different way and planning out my entire week of meals by writing down a list of meals and what I will need for each and then shopping that way. It doesnt seem as fun to me for some reason – but I probably ended up not having to go back to the store later in the week for forgotten items (like I almost always do!)
Lunch and breakfast dont really get planned out like dinner does because I dont spend a lot of time in the kitchen cooking/preparing them, it is usually just a matter of throwing something together! As long as I have the basics on hand I can figure out something to make. And obviously, you guys all know I love sandwiches of any variation and they are a frequent menu item of mine ;)
Here are some of my staples I always try keep on hand:
- turkey sausage links (usually just for weekends!)
- FiberOne pancake mix
- Thomas Light Multi Grain english muffins
- fruit (especially bananas)
- Orange Juice! I prefer Simply Orange
Lunch & Dinner
- Whole grain tortillas
- lunchmeat (usually turkey)
- wheat thins
- PB & J makins
- multi grain sandwich thins
- sliced veggies
- chicken breast
I want to hear about your meal planning habits!
How often do you go grocery shopping?
Do you plan your meals ahead? Or as you go?
Do you tend to find that you eat the same meals repetitively?
What are some staples you always try to keep around?