Monday, July 9, 2012

Menu Plan Monday {6}

It's time for another menu plan Monday!
Breakfasts and lunches are going to be boring this week, but we need to eat up the leftovers in the freezer!
I was able to keep our grocery bill to under $50 this week! Whee!
 
Breakfasts:
Eggs, any style
Cereal
Lunches:
Tuna Noodle Casserole (me)
Sandwiches (hubby)
Snacks:
Fruit (grapes, watermelon, peaches, apples)
Smoothies
And now on to dinners for the week! I'm really excited to be trying out a few new recipes.
Monday
Tex-Mex Chicken Quesadillas
with Homemade Queso Dip (no Velveeta!)
Corn on the Cob
Tuesday
Garlic Green Beans
Wednesday
Caesar Salad
Thursday
Leftovers
Friday
Honey BBQ Chicken
Baked Beans
Dinner Rolls
What's on your menu this week? Any new recipes to try?

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Menu Plan Monday on a Wednesday {5}



















Hello blog world!
It's time for menu planning again! I was a little late this week & did all my meal planning and grocery shopping on Tuesday night!

I also planned a little differently this time. I didn't pick what I would eat each day. I just gave myself options to choose from depending on what sounds good that day. Here goes:

Breakfasts:
Mini Zucchini Quiche (3-4) & Smoothies

Lunches:
Turkey-Bagel Sandwich with Avocado, Green Apple, & Sprouts
Best-Ever BLT

Dinners:
Slow Cooker Lasagna
Turkey & Cheddar Burgers
Tex Mex Rice, Bean, & Chicken Casserole

Snacks:
Healthy Banana Split
94% fat free popcorn
fruit
light yogurt


That's it! I've spent the last two hours prepping all of these meals for the week. I just have one more to go, but I needed to take a break for lunch. =)

I'll let you know what I'm having today:
Breakfast: 4 Mini Zucchini Quiche & Blackberry-Peach Green Smoothie
Snack: Homemade Iced Coffee
Lunch: 1/2 apple, 1/2 c raspberries, Turkey-Bagel Sandwich with Avocado, Green Apple, & Sprouts
Snack: popcorn
Dinner: Slow Cooker Lasagna


What are you eating this week? Trying any new recipes?



Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Healthy Banana Split

Okay, so I HAVE to share this recipe from the Beach Babe edition from Tone It Up! I had it for breakfast this morning and it was so delicious!

Ingredients:
1 banana, peeled
1/4 plain fat free Greek yogurt
2 strawberries, sliced
1 Tbsp unsweetened carob chips

Directions:
1. Top banana with yogurt, strawberries, and carob chips.
2. DEVOUR

I mixed a teensy bit of vanilla extract & honey to my yogurt.



Carob chips are really similar to dark chocolate chips. They're a clean, healthy alternative with a slightly different flavor, but still SO yummy! I found mine in the baking aisle at Sunflower Farmer's Market.

I hope you ALL try this. I might just change my plans for dinner and have this again!

Thanks for reading!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Menu Plan Monday {4}


I'm back from my competition at Win Lose or Blog! I came in 6th place. To see the full results, click here.

The Tone It Up girls have just released a new Bikini Babe edition of their diet plan and I am sooo excited to try out their 5 Day Slim Down! Here's what the next 5 days look like.

Monday
Breakfast: Bombshell Spell, Pineapple Pancake
Snack: organic kiwifruit
Lunch: Tempting Mango Wrap with chicken
Snack: Kahuki's Colada Smoothie
Dinner: North Shore Garlic Shrimp
Snack: blackberries

Tuesday
Breakfast: Bombshell Spell, Banana Split
Snack: Grapefruit
Lunch: Grapefruit & Shrimp Wrap
Snack: Kiwi Crush Smoothie
Dinner: Grilled Hawaiian Chicken with Pineapple Salsa
Snack: strawberries

Wednesday
Breakfast: Bombshell Spell, Pineapple Pancake
Snack: blackberries
Lunch: Sweet Meadows Kale Salad with Chicken
Snack: Mango & Coconut Cream Smoothie
Dinner: North Shore Garlic Shrimp
Snack: grapefruit

Thursday
Breakfast: Bombshell Spell, No-Huevos Wrap
Snack: Grapefruit
Lunch: Tempting Mango Wrap with chicken
Snack: Beachy Peachy Smoothie
Dinner: Grilled Hawaiian Chicken with Pineapple Salsa
Snack: blackberries

Friday
Breakfast: Bombshell Spell, No-Huevos Wrap
Snack: organic kiwifruit
Lunch: Grapefruit & Shrimp Wrap
Snack: Kahuki's Colada Smoothie
Dinner: North Shore Garlic Shrimp
Snack: grapefruit

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Menu Plan Tuesday!



I'm a day late on this post, but I wanted to post it anyway. Accountability is a key factor to success!

Tuesday
Breakfast: 2 hard boiled eggs, coffee w/creamer
Snack: mango chunks
Lunch: leftovers
Snack: hummus & carrots
Pre-workout snack: Lara Bar
Dinner: turkey & avocado sandwich on whole wheat, spinach salad w/pecans, berries & apples

Wednesday
Breakfast: 2 hard boiled eggs, coffee w/coconut milk creamer
Snack: yogurt w/mango chunks & pecans
Lunch: turkey & avocado sandwich on whole wheat, spinach salad w/pecans, berries & apples
Snack: hummus & carrots
Dinner: grass-fed beef burgers, salad

Thursday
Breakfast: Strawberry Shortcake Pancakes, coffee w/coconut milk creamer
Snack: yogurt w/mango chunks & pecans
Lunch: turkey & avocado sandwich on whole wheat, spinach salad w/pecans, berries & apples
Snack: hummus & carrots
Dinner: sweet & sour chicken & veggie stir fry

Friday
Breakfast: 2 hard boiled eggs, coffee w/coconut milk creamer
Snack: yogurt w/mango chunks & pecans
Lunch: turkey & avocado sandwich on whole wheat, spinach salad w/pecans, berries & apples
Snack: hummus & carrots
Dinner: leftovers

Saturday
Breakfast: Strawberry Shortcake Pancakes, coffee w/coconut milk creamer
Snack: cheese omelet, apple w/almond butter
Lunch: turkey & avocado sandwich on whole wheat, spinach salad w/pecans, berries & apples
Snack: hummus & carrots
Dinner: something in the slow cooker :)


Friday, January 6, 2012

Toned in '12




The last time I posted, I mentioned that I had just started the Tone It Up diet plan. My first week was a huge success! In one week, I lost 6 lbs and 8.25 inches overall!

Then Christmas happened. We traveled to Texas to visit my husband's family. Came back from break, I had gained back 8 lbs. It was a tough blow, but it's nothing I can't bounce back from, right?!

My goal for this year is to hit my goal weight of 150 lbs. My goal is to hit the 150-160 lb range by June 9th for a good friend's wedding, which means I need to lose 2.5-3 lbs per week in order to make that happen. I met with my trainer and she said that is totally doable!

So here's my plan.

Nutrition
I'm going to start following the TIU plan again. I've joined in with their Toned in '12 challenge, which is a 6-week challenge to kick-start the new year. My goal is to follow it 90% of the time. This will allow for occasional splurges and special occasions, but it won't allow me to get heinously off track.

Fitness
After meeting with my trainer, my plan is to start strength training as much as possible and supplement with Zumba on top of that. In January, I plan to start going to TRX classes 4 days a week. In February, I plan to increase that to 6 days a week. I work in the evenings at the fitness studio, so making it to Zumba classes will be simple. Right now, my Zumba workouts total to 4 days a week.

Goals
I've already stated that my long-term goal is to reach the 150-160 lb range by June 9th. As of January 1st, that's a 68.6-lb loss in 23 weeks. I've broken down my large goal into smaller, more manageable pieces with (non-food-related) rewards to help motivate myself along the way. These are broken down to reach the goal weight of 150 lbs, so there is a tiny wiggle room, but I'm trying not to tell myself that so I can stick to it.
  • January goal: 12 lbs lost
    Reward: Heart Rate Monitor

  • February goal: 12 lbs lost (24 lbs total)
    Reward: Pedicure

  • March goal: 15 lbs lost (39 lbs total)
    Reward: Massage

  • April goal: 12 lbs lost (51 lbs total)
    Reward: A pretty new dress for the June wedding

  • May goal: 12 lbs lost (63 lbs total)
    Reward: A new swimsuit for summer

  • June 9th goal: 5.6 lbs lost (68.6 lbs total)
    Reward: A fitness photo shoot with a local photographer
What are your fitness goals for 2012?