A few weeks ago Neal and I decided to change the way we meal plan and grocery shop. Instead of me shopping for the two of us, we’ve decided to shop separately. What we realized is that I was buying too much food because Neal and I have such different tastes and dietary needs. I also put a lot of effort into our dinners and some nights Neal just wasn’t hungry. Although this is really different for us, and obviously not traditional at all, we really think this will work great for us at this point in our lives.
We’re both creating our own meal plans, making our own grocery lists, and doing our own grocery shopping. Funny enough, we collectively spent way less on groceries this week than I normally do when I’m shopping for us both. I think this new system will ensure that we’re not buying more than we need and it’ll help us both stick to our health and fitness goals.
Moving forward, I am going to meal plan on Saturdays, grocery shop on Sundays, and do all of my meal prep before the work week starts. I’ve loved having variety over the years but honestly, eating the same thing Monday – Friday and then changing it up the next week will work really well for me at this point in my life. My goal is to fuel my body, to stick to my Weight Watchers plan, and to lose weight.
Here’s a look at my meal prep for the upcoming week (January 5 – January 9)
Next I made a grocery list after looking through my pantry to see what I already had. At the grocery store I also picked up pre-portioned packs of peanut butter and mini dark chocolate squares to add to my snack/weekly points options.
With my plan in place and groceries purchased, I prepared my meals for the upcoming week yesterday after spin class. I decided against prepping my breakfasts as they’re really easy to throw together in the morning. I simply cook 1/2 cup of quick oats in 1 cup of almond milk for 2 minutes in the microwave and then add a sliced banana, pecans, and cinnamon. Easy peasy.
My meal prep to do list included:
-Cook Greek chicken in the Crockpot and assemble my Greek Salad Mason Jars
-Cut up celery and carrots
-Cook turkey taco dinner (brown ground turkey and then add 1 can of tomatoes and 1 packet of taco seasoning to the meat)
-Bake sweet potatoes
It was a lot of work but I’m so glad to have my meals prepped for the week ahead! I’ll have oatmeal for breakfast, a Greek salad for lunch, various snacks (apple with or without peanut butter, hard boiled eggs, carrots and celery with hummus, cheese, and/or a dark chocolate square), and 1/2 a sweet potato topped with turkey taco meat and Greek yogurt for dinner.