It has been three months since many of you made New Year’s resolutions to eat healthier, exercise more, or some other brand of self-improvement. I never make resolutions, I know myself well enough to know that a “new year” isn’t enough to push me to make a lasting change. If resolutions work for you that is awesome. I do make goals for myself, but I feel like resolutions just kind of set me up for failure.
If you made resolutions how are you hanging in there? If you have struggled to eat healthy be encouraged, spring is here (in some places) which will mean more fresh produce that is less expensive. Warmer temperatures will make it easier to get outside and get moving.
Today’s Meal Plan will be Resolution worthy; inexpensive produce, quick cooking to make time for play, and “lite” enough so you can still get moving. If you need a little more inspiration tomorrow I’ll be interviewing author Sid Garza-Hillman and giving away a copy of his book Approaching the Natural: A Health Manifesto.
Breakfast is usually oatmeal but I think it will take a backseat this week in favor of quinoa. Cooked quinoa, almond milk, chia seeds and fresh fruit. I bought strawberries on sale recently. We may have nut butter and fruit toast on a busy day. I’m not a big proponent of smoothies, I don’t think they are right for everyone but they are a great way for my kids to get more than their fair share of greens and they love them. Our typical smoothie contains half a blender of spinach, 1-2 oranges, 2 bananas, and any other fruit with some almond milk.
Lunch is usually quick and easy food, occasionally I’ll serve pasta but not often. It takes a little bit of forethought and I usually wait until the last minute. Thankfully my kids prefer sandwiches to just about anything else, if they don’t eat it all I let them finish it after nap. They love baked sweet potatoes (so does my husband) and will eat them plain. I usually opt for a mix of beans and grains with leftover veggies but I’ll have a peanut butter and apple sandwich when the need arises. My husband takes leftovers, assuming they are healthy, are a great way to have a healthy lunch and save money but not eating out or wasting food.
Snacks are big part of my day, my kids always want to eat. We usually stick to fruit and veggies, I feel like they can eat a lot of those without it ruining their next meal. Some days they get a handful of walnuts or leftover muffins for snack. My husband takes several pieces of fruit and a large container of chopped carrots and broccoli along with spinach leaves for a snack.
Dinner is planned much better than the rest of the meals. It often requires more planning, like soaking or cooking beans or cooking grains that may take a little longer. If you are short on time using a crockpot is a great solution, I prefer to just cook several large batches of beans and grains at the same time for reheating later. Last week I planned Grilled Avocado and Veggie Wraps/Tacos but had to delay those because the avocados took a week to ripen. We will be having those tonight! Leftovers will be delicious on a bed of cilantro rice. I’m also developing a new recipe that I hope to introduce soon, it has a lentil base. I think it will speak to the heart of my fellow lentil lovers. Taco Salad using mixed greens, my recipe for Quinoa-Lentil Tacos, fresh salsa (or diced tomatoes, onions, jalapenos, garlic and lime), corn, a variety of beans and fresh avocado makes a very filling and delicious meal. I’m also craving roasted (using broth) potatoes, broccoli, onions and garlic. Seem like this will be an easy one pan meal. Toward the end of the week I’ll make a pot of soup to use up random veggies that haven’t been eaten yet. I did this last week and came up with the best soup I’ve ever eaten. My husband didn’t even get a taste. I only plan on cooking about 4 big meals but I’ll supplement with beans and grains. I can also whip up a quick stir fry at a moments notice.
Did you make New Year’s resolutions? Have you done a good job of keeping them?