Ready to Move!

This past week, on top of trying to eat healthy, I was busy packing for our big move, taking care of a sick pup (think he just missed his dad), and working from home while we had some renovations done on our townhouse. You could say it was a full week. However, I was even more glad that I decided to make the Vegetable and Bean soup from last week because it lasted the entire week! I changed up my meal plan some, but I did end up making most of the meals I listed and they were all delicious. Including some photos to get your mouth watering. Lots of vegetable chopping but your body will appreciate it!

I’m on to Round Two this week and here’s the plan:

Monday

Breakfast: Oatmeal (if you need a recipe)

Lunch: Quinoa Salad / Faux Fried Chicken* (we had this for dinner last night)
*Recommend leaving chicken in buttermilk mixture for at least 4 hours for best taste!

Snack: Apple

Dinner: Grilled Chicken and steamed broccolini

Tuesday:

Breakfast: Eggs and 1/2 Avocado

Lunch: Quinoa Salad

Snack: Banana

Dinner: Skillet Chicken & Quinoa

Wednesday:

 Breakfast: Protein Shake w/ Coconut Milk

Lunch: Skillet Chicken and Quinoa

Snack: handful of almonds

Dinner: Herby French Lentil Salad

Thursday:

Breakfast: Oatmeal

Lunch: Herby French Lentil Salad

Snack: Banana

Dinner: Breakfast for dinner! 3 eggs omelet with spinach, tomato, onion and mushroom

We close on our new house on Friday, so I don’t imagine we’ll have time to cooking or to even heat up leftovers, so that will probably be a cheat day. But, even over this past weekend I was good with my cheat meal, I opted for a salad with no dressing for my side instead of sweet potato fries. I did manage to lose a pound this week, but my goal isn’t necessarily to lose weight, just to feel better and more energized.

Sick puppy who missed his daddy
Sick puppy who missed his daddy

I’d love to hear of any clean eating recipes that you know and love! Always looking for new ways to excite my taste buds! Feel free to share in the comments!

Healthy & Happy

Ever noticed how you drag after a weekend of eating fried food and indulging in a few more alcoholic beverages than you normally do? I certainly do, and I’m the first to notice when I’ve gained even a single pound. Eating healthy takes more work and lots of self-discipline, but isn’t it worth it to look and feel better? I’m committing to making the change and fueling my body with what it needs to run (literally), and getting rid of the “bad” stuff. This does not mean that I actually think the wings and barbeque I had from Mac’s yesterday (yes, I had both) were bad, but they certainly aren’t the definition of clean eating.

I spent time with family yesterday after dropping my husband off at the airport and didn’t make it to the grocery store. I am planning to go this afternoon and I’m including my shopping list (Clean Eating Groceries) for you – and a meal plan for the rest of the week.

So far today, I’ve had two over-easy eggs and 1/2 of an avocado and a salad with grilled chicken, tomatoes, corn, black beans, onions and cilantro with lemon slices for the dressing. For dinner, I’m having left over ribs (thanks, Shelly & Doug) with sautéed garlic spinach and mushrooms. Since I plan on working out after work, I have a banana that I’ll have for a snack this afternoon. The grocery list is made based on what’s currently in my refrigerator and pantry, you’ll want to check your own before heading out to shop.

Here’s the rest of the week’s meal plan:

Tuesday
Breakfast: Oatmeal (if you need a recipe)
Lunch: Quinoa Salad (save the leftovers)
Snack: Apple
Dinner: Vegetable & Bean Soup (save the leftovers)

Wednesday:
Breakfast: Egg & Spinach Cup
Lunch: Vegetable & Bean Soup
Snack: Banana
Dinner: Skillet Chicken & Quinoa

Thursday:
Breakfast: Protein Shake w/ Coconut Milk
Lunch: Quinoa Salad
Snack: handful of almonds
Dinner: Herby French Lentil Salad

Friday:
Breakfast: Oatmeal
Lunch: Vegetable & Bean Soup
Snack: Banana
Dinner: Grilled chicken /spinach / broccolini

Most of it is pretty self-explanatory and I’ve included recipes for those items that require more effort. If you’re not a fan of plain oatmeal, try the overnight oats recipe that I included. You’ll need a crock pot, ramekins and some time for most of these items, but it will be worth it at the end of the week when you’re already seeing a difference. Instead of waiting until after next weekend, or until the beginning of a new month (or year), why not start now?

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