Glad you all enjoyed the recap of last night’s event – it was SUCH an amazing time and for such a great cause, too. I am looking into ways to get more involved with March of Dimes because I was so touched by the event last night – I’ll keep you posted on that!
I had no idea what I wanted for breakfast today, so I just threw a bunch of random things in a bowl and called it a meal.
A breakfast mess, if you will.
Into this bowl went:
- Nonfat Greek Yogurt (~ 1/3 of a cup – rest of the container)
- 1 small mashed banana
- 1/2 cut rolled oats
- sprinkle of chia seeds
- the rest of that life changing granola
Adding the mashed banana to the mix was an awesome idea – it made it so sweet and gave the bowl an awesome texture against the crunch of the granola. The other best part was it took 2 minutes total to throw this together. Check and check.
Lunch was the last leftover piece of grilled rockfish (caught on Monday!) on a very lame sandwich.
I had sprouts and greens in my fridge but totally forgot to bring them so the sandwich couldn’t have been more plain. Luckily the fish was out of this world fresh and it was marinated in that awesome “dressing” of red chili paste, olive oil, shallots, garlic, citrus, salt and pepper.
I was looking everywhere for info on those new arnold sandwich things I spotted and bought and couldn’t find any info, so I snapped a photo of the package this morning.
They have the same nutritional stats as the original ones (1 pt on WW) but these ones have flax seeds on the outside of the roll so that is semi-exciting.
Along with the sandwich and sliced bell pepper, I had a kale salad with more of that dressing that the fish was marinated in, plus some feta.
So, one of my goals for this week is to work on Meal Planning, something I am traditionally very bad at. I did a little online research and found a TON of great tools for meal planning, so I wanted to share a few of them with you.
There are lots of ways to do meal planning – in your head, on paper, on a chalkboard, in a word document, excel spreadsheet, etc.
I first found these cute little planners with space to plan breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the weeks that you can print out. You can find it here.
This one is cool because its super simple, free, and has space for all three meals. I do wish there was a little room for snacks though but I guess I don’t need to plan those as much.
After I printed that out, I found an even cooler thing for meal planning in excel. Basically, this is a weekly planner that allows you to do breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but also snacks. The main page of the spreadsheet has drop down menus with all your pre-loaded options for breakfast lunch and dinner. The other pages on the spreadsheet are where you can customize and add a list of your go-to meals. It is pretty intense, but I feel like once you got it set up with a lot of your meals, especially if you tend to repeat meals a lot, it can be an extremely useful tool. You can download that spreadsheet here and its called the Weekly Meal Planner.
I thought those were two pretty cool things that I honestly didn’t even know existed before yesterday. I plan to do another post a little later in the week with tips and tricks specifically for meal planning, so please share comments on this post with your experiences.
Are you a meal planner? How do you plan out your meals? Which ones do you plan? Do you find it helps you save money/trips to the grocery store? Any tips/tricks you can suggest?