Preparing and having a plan is the best way to make sure you're getting nutritious meals while saving time and money. I thought it might be helpful to share what our weekly prep looks like and what a typical day looks like for me. Please remember that there isn't one way that fits all. This is a way that works really well for me and my husband and might be helpful for you too!
First things first,
My husband and I are in the process of paying back student loans so we are on a budget. We budget everything out for the month. Each week we have $110 (in cash so we can't go over) to spend on food. Eating organic, fresh food is a priority for both of us. Fridays are grocery shopping days for us so before we go I take some time to make a list. I choose 7 meals that sound good for the week and write out which ingredients we need. I don't always plan which meal we will have each day but I try to plan for an easier meal or a crock pot meal if I know we're both working late. From there I usually plan which snacks we want to have. I usually make a big batch of something to last for the week. These could be power balls, granola bars or muffins. The staples we always make sure we have in our home are:
Sundays are usually the days where we take some time in the morning to prep together. My husband makes the pasta, rice and potatoes. I'll prepare the granola bars and a big salad to have in the fridge. We also clean the house, start the laundry and I'll go over my calendar and plan for the following week. All of this takes less than 2 hours. I would say it's closer to 1 hour. It makes our week so much easier, I couldn't imagine not doing it. Sunday's are usually our day to go explore and do something together. We grab a coffee (yes we budget that in too) and drive, explore and brainstorm about life together. I don't do tupperwares for each meal when I plan my sundays out. Each day I want something different! So in the morning we usually go through the fridge and make what we want to eat with the bulk foods we have prepared.
My typical day is pretty normal and consistent. I don't count calories or macronutrients. My body is so much on a schedule I just listen to it when it's hungry.
6:00am- Wake up and eat breakfast. I wish I could be a green smoothie and piece of fruit type of person when I wake up, but, I need coffee and my toast. I've been having this breakfast everyday for years and It's my favorite meal of the day.
1 cup organic french pressed coffee with almond milk
1-2 slices of toast with natural peanut butter (sometimes I'll add in a banana or honey)
9:30am- Veggies and Hummus with Mary's Gone Crackers- or green smoothie- or power ball
11:30/12:00- Lunches vary for me. Sometimes I crave a salad, sometimes I make avocado toast. A lot of the time I will just throw a bowl of goodies together like beans, rice, veggies and hot sauce.
2:30/3:00pm-Veggies and Hummus with Mary's Gone Crackers- or green smoothie- or power ball
7:00/7:30pm- Dinner varies every night. I usually don't get home from the studio until about 7:00 or 7:30 so it's typically a later meal. Some of our normal dinners on the schedule are pizza, tacos, power bowls, a date night and some sort of crock pot meals. All dinners are homemade and made with a healthy twist.
9:00/10:00pm- Bedtime. I usually sip on some tea or have a piece of dark chocolate if i'm craving something.
Let me know if you have any questions,
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