*Tips* Getting Ready for Another Week

Watching shows like the Biggest Loser, it sometimes seems like it would be wonderful to be able to go somewhere, away from all of your responsibilities, and just focus on your health (aside from the whole having-your-weight-on-national-television thing). Of course, this isn’t really an option for most of us. Instead, we have to figure out how to balance work, family, etc. with trying to fit in exercise and healthy meals. And we all know healthy meals can take a little more planning than some of the not-so-healthy ones.

When I come home from work, I am a little swamped with the typical responsibilities involved with children and keeping my house from being condemned-level filthy (I set my goals high, ha ha). So, in an effort to NOT make 50 healthy treats next week and to see a big LOSS on the scale this week, I’m taking some steps to make my work week a little easier. Feel free to copy!

Breakfasts

  • 1 package low-calorie, whole grain English muffins
  • 1 package roasted red pepper hummus
  • 1 can black olives
  • 1 jar green olives, sliced
  • 1 package grape tomatoes
  • 5 oranges
All I have to do is slice some black olives, wash and slice some tomatoes, divide it into 5 portions, and I’m set. Breakfast for FIVE mornings, DONE. (About 400 calories each breakfast)

Lunches

  • 2 c lentils
  • 1 c baby carrots
  • 1 package grape tomatoes
  • 3 stalks green onion
  • 1 package frozen spinach, thawed
  • 5 eggs, hard-boiled
  • 5 slices low-calorie, whole grain bread
Simmer the lentils for 20 minutes (I add garlic powder and black pepper), dice your carrots, tomatoes, green onion, and eggs. Divide it into 5 portions, and lunch is DONE. I’ll admit this one is a little hard to stick with for five days, but it’s do-able. I try to focus on how well-balanced my meal is – protein (lentils/eggs), veggies, dark greens (spinach), whole grain (bread).

Dinners

  • Sunday: Chicken and Dumplings
    • Tips: I saved time by using rotisserie chicken instead of cooking my own!
    • For Monday: Cook beef and onion, chop green pepper. Mix all ingredients in crockpot and put in refrigerator overnight.
  • Monday: Kidney Bean and Beef Chili with Creamy Cornbread
    • For Tuesday: Prepare lasagna and place in refrigerator overnight.
  • Tuesday: Magic Lasagna
    • For Wednesday: Wash and chop veggies for Chef Salad Night. Hard boil eggs.
  • Wednesday: Chef Salad Night
    • No cooking needed! Just pull everything out of the refrigerator and you’re set! Don’t forget low-calorie salad dressing…. FYI, if you’re a big fan of ranch, Hidden Valley Light is the best of the low-cal ones out there! Newman’s Own Light Sesame Ginger is also super tasty!
  • Thursday: Omelet Night (made with leftovers from Chef Salad Night)
    • Tips: Save calories by making your omelet with egg-whites only (go easy on the cheese, too!), or use two egg white and one whole egg. Want to spice it up a bit? Add some salsa while you’re cooking the eggs. Or, want a completely different flavor? Mix in some ranch salad dressing mix (the powder) with your eggs, a dash of milk, and then start cooking. It is DELICIOUS!!!
  • Friday: Carryout (I’ll look up nutrition info online first!)

 

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