We all have those moments. You’re eating healthy, you’re pretty consistent, and you feel damn good about yourself. And then, life happens. You wake up late and don’t have time to pack a lunch. Or you work late and end up too tired to even TRY to decide what you’re going to eat for dinner, let alone cook it. We want to help.
Part of the Unconventional Guide To Livin’ The Good Life Series is a mini meal plan. We don’t want to tell you every morsel to put in your mouth daily because we want you to take control. BUT we want to help give you ideas for various situations you might find yourself in. So we created one full day of meals and snacks for the work week, and one full day of meals and snacks on the weekend (aka a “cheat day.”) If you have any specific questions, situations, etc that you need help with, reach out to us and we’ll figure something out for you!
WEEKDAY MEAL PLAN
For breakfast, grab a smoothie. They are super simple to make and load you up with a bunch of energy to start your day off right. They also are great for pre-workout snacks for that extra boost. Try throwing together a banana, honey, milk, and ice in a blender. Simple but yummy.
For lunch, make yourself a turkey wrap. Add turkey, avocado, swiss cheese, hummus, spinach, and tomatoes and wrap it up in a whole wheat wrap and you’re on your way! For vegetarians: swap portabella mushrooms for the turkey. You’ll grab the protein and “meatiness” while still nixing the meat.
For dinner, try my favorite salad. In a skillet, sauté edamame, zucchini, mushrooms, and any other veggies you want to add. I also like to add garlic powder and cayenne pepper or cajun seasoning for flavor. While that’s cooking, I’ll throw spinach, tomatoes, cucumbers, celery, turkey, flax seeds, and green apples into a bowl. Right before the veggies are done cooking, I’ll throw in some almonds and saute them for a minute or two. Then I put the sauteed veggies in the salad, add my dressing, and I’m ready to go! The actual ingredients used aren’t important here. Get creative!
For snacks throughout the day, reach for nuts, a piece of fruit, or a protein bar.
WEEKEND MEAL PLAN
Since you have a little more time on the weekends to make your meals, try Peanut butter Irish porridge with fried bananas and toasted almonds. Picking up Irish porridge oats from the grocery store will give you the directions for how to make it. Stir in peanut butter while the oats are cooking to get the nutty flavor. Fry up some bananas, and toast some almonds and your ready to go. Add in some honey if you want some more sweetness.
For a summer lunch, get out the grill! Make some shrimp, pineapple, and onion shish kabobs. Add in as many veggies as you want. Make a side of grilled peaches and you’ve got a great meal! For vegetarians: Swap whole button mushrooms for the shrimp or pieces of tofu.
On the weekends, you might find yourself having a date night! The perfect dinner is 1 pot spaghetti and a side salad. Now you can make this simple by buying a jarred pasta sauce, with good (and few ingredients) some whole wheat or my new favorite, rice pasta. It doesn’t give you that heavy feeling like after eating most pastas. Boil your pasta, and add your sauce. Go easy on that parm! Back off a bit. If your sauce needs help for whatever reason, try adding garlic, and herbs. If want to get extra fancy, you can make your own sauce. Get some diced canned tomatoes, herbs such as basil and parsley, olive oil and red wine vinegar. Leave it this way if you like a more chunky sauce or simply blend ingredients in a blender and add to your pasta. For the salad, I like to have either a spinach or romaine salad with plenty of other veggies and a vinaigrette. For wine, we suggest trying a good Cabernet Sauvignon, such as Stagg’s Leap Artemis or try any new red wine! Feel free to have 2 glasses. You’re on a date after all!
For snacks, try hummus and veggies, greek yogurt with cocoa powder, celery and peanut butter and raisins and make it “ants on a log” and pretzels and peanut butter. You’ll be full, fit, and healthy all week long!
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