My Weekly Meal Plan

It seems like I’m always talking about my meals, but I don’t think I’ve fully talked about my meal planning.

So here it is!

A little more about my weekly meal planning:

First, I start my week on Monday, so in my brain Monday is the first day of the week. Towards the end of my week, usually on Thursday night or Friday, I’m brainstorming about what I’d like to eat for the following week.

Once I decide on what to have for breakfast, lunch, and dinner Monday through Friday, I make a grocery list. That way, I don’t forget anything and I don’t end up buying extra, unneeded stuff.

I usually go to the grocery store on Saturday or Sunday, depending on what my schedule is like. On Sunday evenings, I start prepping for the next 5 days.

Here’s a look at what my meal plan is for this week.

Monday

Breakfast-Cheerios w/ skim milk.

Lunch-Tuna salad salad with celery, walnuts, apples, and fat free mayo served with a side of my homemade healthy honey mustard dressing and homemade chips and salsa.

Snack-Wonton wrapped mozzarella cheese sticks, Veggie Krunch, pecan nut butter.

Dinner-BBQ chicken foil packet w/ purple potatoes, red and green bell pepper, squash, and green onion topped w/ a little cheddar cheese and boiled cabbage on the side.

Evening snack-Small bowl of Cheerios.

Tuesday

Breakfast-Cheerios w/ skim milk.

Lunch-Tuna salad salad with celery, walnuts, apples, and fat free mayo served with a side of my homemade healthy honey mustard dressing and homemade chips and salsa.

Snack-Veggie Krunch, zucchini pizza bites, wonton wrapped mozzarella cheese sticks.

Dinner-Honey mustard chicken foil packet w/ red potatoes, green and red bell pepper, squash, and green onion served with a side of boiled cabbage.

Evening snack-Small bowl of Cheerios.

Wednesday

Breakfast-Cheerios w/ skim milk.

Lunch-Chicken deli meat sandwich w/ pepper jack cheese, can of low sodium tomato juice, cutie mandarin orange.

Snack-Wonton wrapped mozzarella cheese sticks, chips and salsa, Veggie Krunch.

Before workout snack-Tablespoon of nut butter.

After workout snack-Tablespoon of nut butter.

Dinner-BBQ chicken foil packet w/ purple potatoes, red and green bell pepper, squash, and green onion topped w/ a little cheddar cheese and boiled cabbage on the side.

Evening snack-Small bowl of Cheerios.

Thursday

Breakfast-Cheerios w/ skim milk.

Lunch-Chicken deli meat sandwich w/ pepper jack cheese, can of low sodium tomato juice, cutie mandarin orange.

Snack-Wonton wrapped mozzarella cheese sticks, chips and salsa, zucchini pizza bites.

Before workout snack-Tablespoon of nut butter.

After workout snack-Tablespoon of nut butter.

Dinner-Honey mustard chicken foil packet w/ red potatoes, green and red bell pepper, squash, and green onion served with a side of boiled cabbage.

Evening snack-Small bowl of Cheerios.

Friday

Breakfast-Cheerios w/ skim milk.

Lunch-Chicken deli meat sandwich w/ pepper jack cheese, can of low sodium tomato juice, cutie mandarin orange.

Snack-Wonton wrapped mozzarella cheese sticks, chips and salsa, zucchini pizza bites.

Dinner-BBQ chicken foil packet w/ purple potatoes, red and green bell pepper, squash, and green onion topped w/ a little cheddar cheese and boiled cabbage on the side.

Evening snack-Small bowl of Cheerios.

As for Saturday and Sunday, I try to use my leftovers from the week.

Saturday

Breakfast-Toast with either a vegetable egg scramble or maybe breakfast chicken sausage and skim milk.

Lunch-Leftover chicken and vegetables from the week made into something delicious such as a stir fry served with brown rice.

Dinner-Going out to dinner.

Sunday

Breakfast-Cheerios w/ skim milk.

Lunch-Leftover chicken sausage from a couple weeks ago that I put in the freezer served with leftover lettuce to make a salad and whatever vegetables I have still left in my fridge.

Dinner-I usually pick up a pre-made meal or salad from the grocery store and eat it for dinner on Sunday night.

Evening snack-Small bowl of Cheerios.

Then I just start it all over again!

I have found that meal planning has been extremely beneficial for me. I always know what I’m going to eat so there are no surprises and I don’t have to make last minute, unhealthy decisions.

As always though, things do come up and my meal plan might change slightly. Either way, I make the most of it and still strive for pretty healthy choices if I am put in a situation where I can’t eat my chosen meals.

I’ve also found that I LOVE meal planning. I could do it all day. It’s exciting to me to get everything structured out to make at least the food part of my life easier.

I’ve also found that my meal planning has gotten better over time. I’ve learned what works for me, what doesn’t, what keeps me full, what doesn’t, etc. I’ve learned how to utilize what I’m buying at the grocery store so I don’t waste food. I don’t let vegetables or meats or really anything expire because I have found ways to overlap the same foods for different purposes. It’s become sort of a game to me and like I said, I simply love it. 🙂

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