Weekend Warrior Food Planning

Apr 28, 2016

Who struggles with a busy life where you are late getting home from work, and still need to get a healthy meal on the table within 10-15 minutes?  You might consider  some weekend hustling to help us conquer the week successfully!  

1. Prepare grocery list and shop on Saturday or Sunday!
 Consider what type of week is coming up and what you have time for in the evenings.  "Soccer 5:30pm Mon., Piano 7pm Wed., etc....."  After you choose your menu, write down what ingredients to purchase.  Also, you may want to consider making more than just one night's worth, so that you can take leftovers for lunch or have it for dinner the next night.  Grocery shop with your list on a full or somewhat content stomach!  This will help you avoid impulse shopping that is more related to your current hunger.  

2. Start food prep.  Marinade a few different types of meats that you are going to make that week and put them in gallon size glad bags or plastic containers.  Wash and cut up any vegetables and fruit that you plan to use, put them "see through" (so that you remember that they are there) glad bags or plastic containers as well. 

3. Prepare lean meats ahead of time.  If you are cooking grilled chicken, go ahead and make extra for your chicken fajitas that you are preparing on Tuesday night!  Brown extra lean ground beef for spaghetti served over zucchini noodles.  

4. Create your own portion controlled snack packs.  Take snack bags and separate cheeses, veggies, nuts, and more into individual portion-size bags so they are ready to go.  A few examples might be lite greek yogurt, 1/4 cup of nuts, raw carrots or celery or cucumber with 2 tbsp Oikos greek ranch dip, or 1 light string cheese with 8-9 grapes.    


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