It hardly feels like a Monday when you work not one, but both days of the weekend! That said, I did actually enjoy myself at the conference. It’s kind of fun and rewarding in a way to see everything you’ve worked on for so long finally come together. Today is actually the biggest/longest day of the conference, so I’ll be heading to the hotel this afternoon – I’m not done yet!
Luckily I got out of work around 2 yesterday, so I still had some of the day left. I ended up grocery shopping at Whole Foods on the way home since I drove right by it, and had brought printed coupons with me so I was ready to bargain shop. Just as a refresher – my goal is to spend under $75 weekly, do better at meal planning, and show you guys what I buy/meal ideas once a week for the month on March. You can see the first three weeks here, here, and here.
First up, the meal plan. I’m trying to eat particularly clean this week and have absolutely no booze since my half marathon is Saturday (!!!). I’ll do a post this week about my exact pre-race plans, but here’s what my eating plan is (for now):
|Monday||(at home) eggs scramble w veggies, goat cheese and dill||Leftover Cilantro Rice w Black Beans + Mango Salsa||(bring to conference) – almonds, apple, babybel cheese, apple||Shrimp (Wil is cooking)||The Shred/Yoga|
|Tuesday||Wheat Berries w Greek Yogurt + Frozen Berries||Leftover Shrimp||cottage cheese w/mango, apple||English Muffin w/pintos, salsa, cheese + salad||4 easy miles|
|Wednesday||steel cut oats w/pb flour + banana||Leftover bean, salsa and cheese||Greek yogurt w strawberries, apple||Polenta w sauce and mozzarella, salad||30 minute tempo run|
|Thursday||Wheat Berries w Greek Yogurt + Frozen Berries||Out to Lunch||cottage cheese w/strawberries, apple||buffalo tofu w blue cheese + celery||Bikram|
|Friday||steel cut oats w/pb flour + banana||leftover buffalo tofu w blue cheese||cottage cheese w/mango, apple||Pasta with egg, garlic, parmesan, evoo||rest|
Tonight Wil is cooking dinner for us since I won’t be home until 8ish (and I requested shrimp), and tomorrow night I have another training for Weight Watchers, so I wanted something quick. Other than that – pretty standard!
Now in terms of shopping, I was really proud of myself this week. Check out the loot from Whole Foods:
- Organic Bananas
- Organic Fuji Apples (sale 1.79/lb)
- Organic Red Grapes (sale 1.99 lb)
- Organic Cilantro
- Romaine salad mix
- 2 lbs carrots
- Vegan Roasted Veggie Pizza ($1 off coupon)
- Organic Low-Fat Cottage Cheese (WF + Product Coupon = 2.39 total)
- Frozen Broccoli
- Roasted, Unsalted Almonds
- Italian Style Sausages (WF + Product Coupon = 1.49 total)
- Oikos nonfat greek yogurt (WF + Product Coupon = 3.24 total)
- Organic Lentils
- Organic Diced Tomatoes (WF + Product Coupon = .69 total)
- Canned Kidney Beans
That roasted veggie pizza is something I’ve never tried before, but had a $1 off coupon from the Whole Foods site so I couldn’t resist.
Obviously there is no cheese, which is a little sad for pizza in my opinion, but I think it’ll be fun to try. Worst case scenario I can add my own cheese if need be. Plus, the nutritionals and ingredient list are pretty fab:
The whole pizza is only 4 pts+ and the ingredient list quite short for pizza, full of things I can read! It was only $2.99 with the coupon, and I figured it would be good to have a quick option in the freezer for a night when I don’t feel like cooking.
And now for the moment of truth – the receipt.
All of that for $37.92!! Plus you can see on there that I used $8.25 worth of coupons – a record.
After I got home we went back out to Shoppers to pick up a few extras since Wil needed some things too, and who am I to argue with another trip to the grocery store?
- 4 Limes ($1)
- Red Bell Pepper ($1.50)
- Jalapeno Pepper (8 cents)
- 3 Mangos ($2 for all 3)
- Green Grapes (on sale for $2/lb)
- Celery Hearts ($2)
Under $9 for that extra bit of produce, making this week’s total under $47! Booya.
How do you feel about frozen meals? Do you eat them often, sometimes, or never? What are some of your favorites? I used to eat Lean Cuisines and Smart Ones A LOT, but now I usually freeze leftovers or buy the occasional item I can’t resist at the store (like the sale frozen pizza) but for the most part I only eat homemade frozen meals now. My favorite was always Sante Fe Style Beans and Rice, even though I ate meat back then. I’ve never tried any of the Amy’s Indian meals but have heard good things about those ones, too.