Thursday, January 15, 2015

Weekly Clean Eating Menu #1

Photo by Unplash, Edits by Me

Jamie's Mantra, which she shares in her Introduction Video is "If you Fail to Plan, You Plan to Fail."

Also, I meant to post this on Monday, but got sidetracked. Sorry!

Groceries

With that in mind, I started prepping on Saturday by going to Aldi for groceries. I would like to take a moment to share exactly how much I love Aldi. When I was a kid, I thought Aldi was like a poor person's grocery store, because they kept their food stacked in the boxes they come in. The reason for something like that is so they can pass their savings (no one to stock shelves, just clerks to put the product where it needs to go) to the consumer. In the last couple years, they've even started getting more healthy organic foods. They even have a gluten free line for those out there suffering from Celiac disease or gluten sensitivity.

On Saturday, I got the following:
  • 2 lbs frozen turkey (half the price of the fresh in the refrigerated section)
  • 4 pints of liquid egg whites
  • 1 lb fresh green beans
  • 1 acorn squash
  • 4 avocados
  • 1 bag of Gala apples
  • 1 bunch of bananas
  • 2 packs of goat cheese (I LOVE goat cheese!)
  • 1 pack of 3 zucchini
  • 1 bag of carrots (I prefer whole carrots to baby carrots)
  • 1 bag of green onions
  • 1 carton of sliced mushrooms
  • 1 carton of unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 carton of eggs (we were almost out)
  • 1 carton organic spring mix lettuce
  • Brown Rice Cakes
  • Organic Peanut Butter Energy Bars for those times when I forget snacks
  • Various non-food items
Without the non-food items, my bill was around $50. This is probably mostly enough food for two weeks, though next weekend, I'll need to get more of a few items (frozen turkey and egg whites).

Weekly Menu

  1. Breakfast-2 Egg Cups, filled with mushrooms, green onions, garlic, 1 serving brown rice or quinoa (These were amazing!)
  2. 2nd Breakfast-2 Jamie Eason's Protein Bars, 1 gala apple or banana
  3. Elevensies-2 Italian Mini Meatloaves*, 1 serving steamed green beans or salad 1 serving quinoa or brown rice
  4. Snack- Rice cake with an avocado and sea salt (Healthy fat!)
  5. Pre-Workout- Aldi Simply Nature Crunchy PB Energy Bar
  6. Dinner-Whatever my family is having, making sure to include 1 serving protein, 1 serving carbohydrate, 1 serving veggie
This will obviously change a bit so I can use up everything I bought (I'm thinking healthy tuna and avocados over spring mix for a lunch), because variety is the spice of life. Just so long as you plan ahead. ;-)

Meal Prep

As you can see up there, I put an asterisk (*) next to the Italian Mini Meatloaves. Honestly, I find Jamie's original recipe a little on the dull side. Don't get me wrong, pretty tasty for health food, but it doesn't excite me. What I did, instead, was follow her Italian Turkey Burger recipe, adding 3 egg whites and 1 cup quick cooking oats to hold them together, like meatloaves. They smell insane! I kind of want to add some goat cheese to them. ;-)

  • How do you change up recipes in order to keep things interesting?
  • Any recipes I should try?

2 comments:

  1. I usually do my food shopping with a bunch of meals in mind and then if I don't write them down I end up making entirely different menus with the same ingredients. I love having enough on hand for three of each meal so I can do whatever I am in the mood for in a particular day.

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    1. Me too. I jazzed up what I made just by mixing and matching. Kept things interesting. :-)

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