My Food This Week

My days off are Wednesday and Thursday right now. I utilize those days to do my meal planning, grocery shopping, and meal prep. I like to make something new every week. I dislike having to eat the same thing over and over but as a single person, sometimes that can be hard, and in order to cut down on my grocery bill, I’ll eat the same foods over and over all week long.

So around Wednesday, I start looking at recipes and getting ideas on what to cook and eat for the next week. This week I decided on strawberry smoothies for breakfast, hummus and pretzels for snack, laughing cow cheese wedges for snack, jambalaya with a side of roasted brussels sprouts for lunch, thai ground beef over rice with mixed vegetable soup for dinner, and multi-grain Cheerios for a late evening snack if I’m feeling hungry later in the evening.

My food schedule for today looks like this:

Saturday
Breakfast-smoothie
Snack-pita chips, salsa
Lunch-jambalaya, roasted brussels sprouts
Snack-laughing cow cheese wedge, saltines
Dinner-thai ground beef over rice, mixed vegetable soup

Every Wednesday, I will write out each days food schedule for the week so that I know exactly what’s planned. That way, there’s no, “I’m hungry, and tired, what should I make for dinner?” Every meal is literally planned out a week in advance. Obviously things happen and it could change, but I try to adhere to the food schedule as best I can.

Right now, I’m shooting to be under 1900 calories. This is a little high, but I’ll slowly work on getting it down.

Here are some pics of my delicious food from this week!

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I couldn’t help myself. I had to sneak in a doggy pic. 🙂

My vegetable soup was fantastic. It has celery, onion, zucchini, squash, carrots, corn, tomatoes, and green beans. It also has lots of water, some beef bouillon cubes, salt and pepper, and some garlic powder.

Unfortunately, the Thai ground beef over rice wasn’t a success. It was ok but definitely not my favorite. I think I’ll sorta rinse off the ground beef and add it to my vegetable soup for the next couple days to make a hearty filling soup. Improvise. It’s what I do best.

Anyways, that is the latest update. Things are slowly getting better each day. Hopefully soon I’ll see or feel some results! Until next time!

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Ways To Incorporate Veggies Into Your Diet

I just recently started mentoring the BFF in what to eat to help her lose weight before her wedding in October. I’m teaching her a lot of what I’ve been doing, which is to eat lots of vegetables, a little bit of carbs, some lean proteins, and no sugar.

While I’ve been telling her to eat more veggies, I realized I don’t have a ton of ways to show her how to make the veggies. I’ve gotten pretty boring lately in that I’ve just been steaming my veggies which doesn’t exactly require any recipe or time.

So I did a little thinking today as to how I get my veggie intake in and here’s how I incorporate vegetables into my diet.

First, I roasted vegetables for my meals this week. Roasting vegetables almost gives veggies that fried taste but without frying. I roasted green beans to go with my dinner and I roasted okra to eat as my vegetable at lunch.

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If you’re a fan of fried okra, I highly suggest you try roasting it instead. It gets nice and crispy the longer you leave it in the oven and it’s absolutely delicious!

Another great way to incorporate vegetables is to purée them and put them into something else such as a smoothie or meatloaf. You’ll never even know they’re there! You can also try chopping the veggies up small and adding them into ground taco meat or adding them into your marinara sauce. These are super simple ways to up your veggie intake.

As you probably know from some of my past posts and recipes, I love using a vegetable as a vessel. Stuffing a zucchini or acorn squash is the easiest way for me to get in a lot of the veggies I need.

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I also love using lettuce as a taco shell. You can stuff pretty much anything into lettuce. One of my recent favorites is an Asian chicken lettuce wrap.

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Mmm…yummy!

Another recent favorite way to get in my veggies is to make a big bowl of vegetable soup. It’s seriously the easiest thing in the world. In my vegetable soup I add carrots, celery, onion, green bell pepper, corn, zucchini, and canned diced tomatoes. I use chicken broth for the liquid and add just a touch of salt.

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I made this large bowl and all together it’s a little over 300 calories. I have a cup with my dinner and it ends up only being about 65 calories. This is the perfect way to get a rainbow of vegetables into your diet!

My last favorite way to eat vegetables (and the easiest!) is to buy Veggie Krunch.

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It’s raw and dried out veggies such as onion, arugula, cabbage, kale, etc. They’ve got a few different flavors and they’re all super delicious! I’ve started buying these regularly and having them with my snack. They’re a little pricey ($5.99 a bag) but I personally love them and think they’re worth it.

These are the current ways I’m adding in vegetables to my diet. I love being creative and I’m sure I’ll find new ways soon and I can’t wait to share them with you!