Well the week is almost over and ending my 2nd attempt at the menu planning! If you remember I kind of fell off the wagon after the first week. I am pleased to report that I did a lot better this time around!!
I did make some alterations but for the most part I stayed on task. By the time Thursday rolled around, I had gotten home late from class which I am usually home by 1pm but I didn’t since class/training ran late. Plus my sinuses reared it’s ugly head and by the time I got home I didn’t want to put together my leftovers, I was hot, stuffy, and tired so I settled for a Lean Cuisine meal but I had some unsweetened apple sauce with it then prepped hard-boiled to have for a light supper along with a bowl of cereal (I know an odd combination).
This weekend is when I will grocery shop so I will do a tentative menu plan. I think going week by week is way better than two weeks out. So look for pictures of everything soon.
I am excited I found some more mushroom recipes that I am going to try! (Post on that soon!!)
I thought what would help me maybe to make better decisions in my eating habits is to menu/meal plan. I have never really done it before so I thought as they say “Give it the old college try” and it’s fitting since I am a college student!
As I’ve mentioned before, I go with the flow on my meals mainly because:
I work overnights
I go to school part time
My schedule is way different
I grocery shop every two weeks
Whatever I have on hand is what I prepare
Plus it’s just me, myself and I
So why plan? For starters it will help me eat out less, not eat junk, stop relying on processed food as much and maybe help drop the weight I gained. Also to try new recipes too. Plus also to use leftovers more too so I don’t waste food.
I typically eat your three meals a day plus I suppose an extra since I work overnights where most would consider that lunch? I’m not sure but working 8 hours does make you hungry and you have to fuel your body.
I do eat breakfast depending on the day if I have class I will eat a bigger breakfast to help curb my appetite until I get home, I also take a small snack if need be, I have lunch then I sleep and then in the evening, on those days I will have a light meal mainly because I sleep later those days and I want something quick and easy to eat. Then I take something that I prep ahead. On non school days, if I go workout I eat a lighter breakfast, followed by lunch, sleep and then a filling supper.
Well, I had a great menu all planned out and I didn’t follow it. Basically it feel through after a week!! #EpicFail.
The original plan was to cook Sunday supper then meal prep for the week…. I ended up falling asleep at 4pm and I got once had a snack then went back to bed and I got up later in the morning. I did throw stuff in the crock pot for the week on Monday plus I did put together tuna salad as well, but it wasn’t I had planned originally and I tried to alter my menu as I went along but I gave up too quickly I might add. Although, I may start over and try it again for next week. It is definitely trial and error!
I am back on campus the semester after being on-line during the winter months so I would not have to commute in the snow. It’s an adjustment like everything else!
Once of the things I started doing since starting school this fall is a snack prep. I am at school for about four hours twice a week, so I’m not getting home until late afternoon. That’s a long time between breakfast and lunch!
As always meal prep is important so is snack prep. Because it keeps me going until I get home, and also I don’t have to run to the vending machine for unhealthy snacks. Yes the machine does provide some healthy snacks, but you’re saving money by prepping your own snacks (with items you already have at home) and it’s better for you too!
I try to bring simple yet filling items with me here is an example of what I took Monday to class:
Baked Goldfish crackers only 150 calories. It says a serving is 55 but I just poured to fill my Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles container so approximately about a 1/4 of a cup.
Colby jack cheese pieces. I LOVE cheese and it is my snack go to (I love string cheese too)
Of course a cutie
I carry them in my thermal from Thirty-One, and I use ice packs that I got with another container:
My backpack also contains a thermal part too which is awesome so if stuff doesn’t fit in my mini sized one I can just throw my food in, the ice packs and I’m good to go.
School does have a fridge too, since I have a long drive in the mornings I want to keep my food nice and cold!
Finally! I am now getting around to talking about meal prep!
As you know, I work graveyard (11pm-7am) so that makes my eating schedule uber hard. I am in the process of changing my diet a little too (going Keto), so prep is super important! Since doing prep it has made my life 100% easier.
Mainly, I prep for my meals at work. That way I am not deciding (at last minute) what to eat at work. It’s been an adjustment of trail and error (there’s another post for that). I prep the mornings I don’t work. I am sharing what I prepped for this week. (sort of I didn’t get a chance to photograph my food. Prepping with a cat is fun said no person ever).
Usually, I have a main course of some kind, fruit or veggie, and yogurt. This week I am using Tyson Grilled frozen chicken by itself, fruit this week is blueberries and raspberries, I also had some babybel cheese wedges left over, so I used them and string cheese. Then of course yogurt. I use My Fitness Pal as I’ve mentioned before to keep track of everything for my daily intake. In the past, I have paired the chicken with seasoned rice but I am cutting back on that (carbs).
Of course when you prep you’re going to use a lot of containers:
Then finding lids is a challenge too but it is worth it!
If you don’t have to meal prep, I recommend these awesome sites: