You have to be hiding under a rock now a days to not have heard about “Meal Planning”! There are whole blog post, websites and Facebook pages dedicated to this.
What is it? It is taking a few hours on one day to prepare meals for the week. And I SWEAR by it for sticking to the Whole30 plan! IT has what has saved me many times over.. I take a few hours on the weekend, plan my meals for the week and then go to the grocery and purchase what I need…come home and make up my meals for the whole week. depending on what it is, as to if I freezer it after properly cooling down first.
If it is fish and I am not eating it the NEXT day. I freeze it. Period. For me , it goes bad quickly and this can be a loss of money if I don’t keep track of it well. OTher things like cooked chicken or hamburger I will keep in the refrigerator.
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Healthy Weekly Meal Plan The Nourishing Home’s
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There is a really cute weekly meal plan sheet she gives you for free..it is great and is what I use to plan my weekly meals.
Why do I like to meal plan? Because some days I work long hours, or have after hours meetings which make me getting home after 8pm and when I walk in the door the last things I want to do is..cook..so to know I have something I can just warm up and still be able to stick to my whole30…is a life saver! Also in the mornings I don’t want to always spend a lot of time on breakfast..so this way I can “grab and Go” with a prepared whole30 dish! As I walk out the door for work, I grab another prepared meal and side salad and go! IT make me happy to stay on whole30!
Am I so rigid that I never eat anything except what I’ve prepared? No. Some days I like to eat out, so I save my lunch in the frig for another day. And sometimes my son calls and ask me over for dinner, so what I have can wait another day. But on the other hand, it does help me say yes to a whole30 meal with no fuse.
How do I do it…I have 5 colored containers for breakfast, 5 different colors or style for lunch and 5 for dinner. WHY? so I don’t have to search for what I want. I know if I have a divided container it’s dinner, a single serve container is breakfast. and a bowl is lunch. No brainer really!
This really can make a difference if you work and be the difference of being successful on w hole30 and failing. do it.. it doesn’t take that much time, really… and it is so worth it..
Last night I made a quick breakfast hash, and placed them in little containers, this morning I cooked up 3 eggs over easy and added them on top of the hash..bam! 3 minutes tops!
I also made some acorn squash porridge that was the bomb! Even less time to heat up than the eggs!
Earlier in the day I grilled chicken out and packaged it in the seal a meal and put it in the freezer! Now when I want chicken…I just lay it out that morning and heat it up with a side salad and some homemade whole30 ranch dressing…and a veggie or two!
Some people will say that whole30 just takes up too much time, but I am here to tell you , it is soooo worth it and meal prepping helps you!