Your Meal Plan is your flight plan for the week ahead – what you will be making for dinner (and lunch, if you get that detailed with it).
Shopping Day is obviously the day you’re going to purchase all of the ingredients you need for the week ahead (i.e. Cut your chicken breasts horizontally into thinner breasts – thinner breasts cook faster and are also a better individual portion size. For a healthier, yet just as quick breakfast for your kids – phase out all those frozen waffles, pancakes and French toast brands you’re purchasing and replace them with your own homemade, healthier versions. Since our kids take their lunch to school everyday, healthy and easy kid’s lunch box sides are a must in the Smith house! Then why not download my free meal planning template perfect for creating your own weekly meal plans. It’s handy to run onions, carrots and celery through the food processor and fry them in coconut oil or butter in advance.
Speaking of which, I keep a large plastic container in the freezer, and all peelings, ends of things, veggies threatening to go bad, etc (except potatoes) go in it so when I have enough bones to do broth, I have it all handy.
I COMPLETELY agree with not shopping hungry as food you didn’t intend to buy seems to jump into your cart. Breakfasts are tricky because I am not a morning person and sometimes hubby’s mornings are WAY too early for me. I spend less than an hour on Fridays putting groceries away, cutting up most of my produce. Again, research shows that protein is especially important to start your day (after all you’re breaking fast) as it helps to regulate blood insulin levels. Just planning 3-4 meals a week, especially focusing on planning those meal for busy nights, will go a long way in helping you and your family eat healthier and save time and money! Yes, I do have a set day for meal planning and for prepping (usually an hour or two) and I highly recommend scheduling time on your calendar to make out you meal plan each week.
As far as meats and fish, I tend to get these at Whole Foods, Azure Standard (a co-op I belong to) and I love U.S. For your convenience, we have created a 4 week weight loss meal plan full of healthy, whole foods that will help you feel energized, lose fat, and be the healthiest you can be.
I’ve also simplified shopping and prepping by repeating breakfast and lunch every day for each week. If your goal is fat loss, make sure you are moving for at least 30 minutes per day in addition to following the meals. A note about whole grains – these can be tricky to pick out, because everything from cereal to breads to muffins to chips are deceptively labeled as whole grain, whole wheat, etc. For breakfast, choose a form of protein via eggs, meat, legumes, dairy, or whole grain like oats. At dinner, aim for centering your meal around a serving of healthy protein and a heaping serving of veggies.
I’m not totally familiar with porridge oats but from what I can find out on google, they would be a healthy alternative to oatmeal. Obviously not Deanna, but she would say that it would work but much of the prepackaged flavored oats have added chemical ingredients. Hi Kris, walnuts, cashews, brazil nuts, macadamia nuts (also called filberts) are all perfectly healthy.
Hi Deirdre, if you’re referring to the oatmeal, I mix it in with the berries and oats. I track my calories, and i’m finding that I generally get about 40% Protein, 40% Fat, and 20% carbs.
2-3 pounds that comes off in a week is only water weight, not fat, which is why we recommend using body fat calipers to track progress rather than the scale, which can be misleading.
Ive lost 45lbs in the las 4 months, im starting this plan on july at the same time i start crossfit 3 days a week form 1h..is there anything i need tu add to the plan to get all the nutrients i need? I am only 5 ft tall and at the moment I have 94lbs, but would love to be 85 and get rid of all fat from my body (like on stomach and around arms areas). I suggest using your hands to measure – a serving of veggies is enough to fill 2 hands cupped together, a serving of fruit is the same size as your fist (a medium piece). I have to say, this is one of the most helpful webpages that I have ever read…thank you. This diet is a smoothies only diet, which means you drink nothing but smoothies. Blended food diets are extremely good for you as blended food is so easily digested. The great thing about this diet is that because these smoothies are so healthy and natural, you can drink as much as you like of them. This smoothie diet is a great detox as it clears the junk out of your body and gives it a good rest.
The most important thing about this detox is that you don’t allow yourself to go hungry. No – they are a grain, but sometimes they can get cross contaminated with wheat or gluten which is why you can buy gluten free oats. I have one month to get ready for a cruise so I am really planning to try your healthy smoothie recipes for weight loss 7 day detox.
Including more fruit and veg in your diet is always a good thing but you have to be careful not to cut too many nutrients out of your diet while you are breastfeeding and it’s better to avoid stressful detoxes and just change things gradually.
I want to try the smoothie but I don’t drink green tea is there something else you would recommend? Katherine is the founder of Green Thickies, the popular green smoothie recipe blog with over 800,000 readers each month. Simply replace your breakfast and lunch with a delicious Green Thickie and make a healthy 400 calorie dinner and watch the weight fall off and your health soar. Or if you prefer to follow a structured plan, follow Green Thickies 7 Day Diet Plan to drop a dress size this week.
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WOULD YOU LIKE ME TO GIVE YOU THE EXACT DIET I FOLLOWED TO LOSE 56 POUNDS WITH GREEN SMOOTHIES? I measured myself and cannot wait to see results…the videos that you posted were great and helpful, and I am eating better too, less snacking in between and smaller portions at dinner. This strategy rarely works because the quality of the food you eat is far more important than calories.
None of us want to lose the weight only to gain it all back again, so trust me when I say this is the only way it can work as an effective weight loss and weight maintenance strategy. The other advantage is you can cook it overnight in a crockpot and have your hot breakfast ready cooked. My motto is: “YOUR HEALTH IS YOUR WEALTH” because there is nothing in this world that makes us more wealthy than having good health. You can now view my Mastering Meal Planning presentation as well as download the course handout I provide to local friends who attend my Mastering Meal Planning presentations throughout the Southern California area. I’ve also included a sample (picture) of one of my meal plans for your reference, as well as free pdf downloads of my meal planning templates for use in creating your own meal plans. For example, if you have a super tight schedule on Tuesdays, plan for it to be a quick and easy-to-prepare meal night.
By prepping ahead, you’ll save time and you’ll be less stressed out in getting a healthy, homemade meal on the table during busy weeknights. Use ground meat to mix and form into meatballs and burgers that can be frozen for later use. For example, I find it super helpful to pre-chop, rinse and store lettuce for salads for the week ahead. After cutting the breasts, place them in a ziplock freezer bag with your favorite marinade. Even the healthy brands are not as healthy as homemade and they are much more expensive per serving!
For example, a lot of people start with eliminating refined sugar and start making their own healthier sweet treats using natural sweeteners. I went through a nutrition class a few years ago at our local county extension service & that was so helpful in learning how to menu plan. So by adding eggs in some form, the meal becomes more satisfying and yes, also increases the protein content, which is great for many reasons.
That’s why, I also serve either a boiled egg or side of turkey bacon or sausage when having oatmeal or rice porridge for breakfast. If you start out slow and remain consistent, it’s a lot easier to build on that success. My challenge is that I am single and usually make small trips to different food stores during the week. So you are in control to determine what meals work for you based on your healthy eating goals (again see post above about setting goals) and can determine what portion sizes are best for you as well. Making meal planning a priority will really save you so much time the rest of the week, as well as keep you on track with your healthy eating goals. I actually have containers into which I directly portion off leftovers, so that they’re ready to go in the mornings. I recently read the book Nourishing Traditions that I got from my mother in law and I must just say I was in love with it.. Wellness Meats – wish I could afford more of their products as they’re excellent!
You do not have to follow the plan exactly: simply mix and match the below suggestions as needed. If after several weeks of this plan nothing is changing, consider eliminating 1 snack per day.
Look for very few ingredients on the label, all recognizable as something you might have in your own kitchen.
Choose from the above options, move for at least 30 minutes every day, and be prepared to feel amazing. I get burned out easily too which is why I had so many meals under my belt Let me know how it goes for you!
Some people need calorie counting at least for awhile just to get used to what it is they’re supposed to be eating and how much of it. Peanuts actually are very similar to almonds in calories and fat, just make sure if you’re buying peanut butter that the only ingredient is peanuts (no sugar, oils, etc). Tastes like pb&j and the peanut butter I use is simply ground peanuts, no salt or sugar added. Most of the suggestions you have in the example meal plan are self-explanatory, but some would be easier if there was a recipe. I started 6 weeks ago fitness program 6 days a week for an hour, and changed my diet to eating clean but around 900 to 1000 calories, drinking around 7 cups of water per day, however I lost only 2 lbs so far! Thanks for the helpful hints as my wife and I start getting back into this more than halfheartedly!
Its amazing that there is not much info out there for the beginner meal planner who is looking to eat healthy, lose weight, and be fit as well!
Remember drink as much of them as you like to fill yourself up and switch them around if you want. I am vegan and mostly raw, but I still gain weight sometimes so it is critical for me to focus on healthy weight loss methods. These filling nutritious energising green smoothie recipes will help you to naturally reach your ideal weight. Sure, preparing real food does take more time than grabbing a packet food but it’s well worth the effort.
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Taking time to really think-through this first step will save you a ton of time in the long run – no more racking your brain to try to think of what you should make for the week.
Or plan for it to be a “left-overs night” where you can simply warm-up a meal from a previous evening. Reorganizing your frig and pantry ensures you know what’s on hand, where it’s located and enables you to quickly and more efficiently unload your groceries when you return home from the market.
I also like to precook and freeze ground meat for use in meals like tacos, chili, soups, etc. Simply plan ahead to make a big breakfast (or have breakfast for dinner) and make a double batch of homemade waffles, pancakes or French toast and individually wrap and place in freezer bags the leftovers.
You can use either mini-snack-sized baggies, or if you want to be more sustainable, use mini-plastic containers that can be washed and reused. By going slowly, you’ll also find it much easier to get those picky eaters on board too. There are a couple of reasons why I would add eggs to a breakfast of muffins and smoothies. With that said, when my boys were little, I found that yogurt, a high protein muffin (such as a muffin made with almond flour or coconut flour) and some fruit was plenty to satisfy them.
So if you were doing a dinner meal plan only, then perhaps only plan 3-4 dinners per week for about 3-4 weeks and then add from there.
I also like variety, don’t fancy elaborate cooking weeknights, and want to get more grains and beans into my food regime, while having small portions to help reduce my chunky stomach and hips. I have a post that discuss how to develop a food budget, however, the tips provided are really focused on encouraging individuals and families to create a healthy eating game plan.
A great way to plan out portion sizes is to look at the number of servings listed in a recipe and then adjust accordingly. I am so glad you’re finding this site helpful to you as you begin adopting a healthy real food lifestyle.
As far as snacks, have you checked out my snacks section on the site, there are many different options from sweet to savory. I would love to just use your premade meal plans but my son wont eat alot of things on there. For simplicity’s sake, I have suggested one night of leftovers, one night of eating out (or more leftovers), and that Sunday night you prepare enough of your dinner to also eat for lunch the entire week (at least M-F).
You can also choose to eat your whole grains only within 2 hours of exercise or before 3pm. For extra efficiency, make large portions and use for lunches or freeze for upcoming dinners. As long as yore getting a variety of healthy fats, you’re good which it sounds like you are.
Other than Pinterest, is there a cookbook or website I should reference when following your 4-week plan?
What I did is I stopped to count calories and started to listen to my body, it seems it has a wisdom of its own.
For each recipe that you posted, do we drink 1 serving of each (half a recipe) and also do we include the oats in each one and the greens? Ensuring you actually have left-overs for “left-overs night” is simple when you plan ahead for it – just make extra of a meal that reheats well, and “voila,” leftovers night!
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Then simply take them right out of your freezer and place into your toaster oven for a quick, yet healthy breakfast. It helps to come up with a plan that you and your hubby agree about and then share the plan with the kids explaining why you and Dad have decided that healthy eating is important. For example, if you’re making two meals a week and eating out the rest of the time, start by planning those two meals and maybe adding one more day for a total of three planned meals. One is for the benefit of the extra protein since research studies show that high protein breakfasts better satisfy appetite, and also help to regulate blood insulin levels.
You can either reduce the recipe so you don’t have any leftovers, but I recommend having at least one extra serving that can be refrigerated or frozen for a later date. Sounds like you’re very committed to nourishing your family, which is so wonderful to hear. He is almost 3 and all he will eat willingly is sandwiches and fruit, but anything else, even just placing something on a plate in front of him, he will run crying to his room.
I am by no means an expert and I have had my share of picky eaters – be assured that the toddler age is a very common time for picky eating habits to develop.
I also started to go for a min 30 mins walk+run every evening and this seems to have the very good influence :). The only requirement for the Spring Into Shape Challenge is that you follow a healthy eating plan (even if you create your own).
So here you'll find easy and practical info to help you eat well, and feel your best everyday. And, as you start trying new recipes, remember to add the ones your family like to your Master List of Meals. Here’s a secret for making your own fresh-sliced apple sides for the week ahead: Cut apples and place into individual containers with a dash of pineapple juice, shake well to distribute the juice – they will stay fresh all week.
As you get comfortable with meal planning and see it’s benefits, you can increase from there. Of course, you can make a full portion if you want a lot of extra servings to store for future meals that are quick to reheat on busy nights. For example I need to remember to plan for 3 meals on Saturdays and Sundays, but only two on weekdays, or even just dinner, because I eat out with colleagues at least twice a week. He used to eat everything and was just so in love with food and he has slowly dwindled down to just a few things.
I was on a strict ketosis diet and platued hard…since that plateu I have consitintley added fat and carbs but have only lost 5 pounds in the past 3 months. This preteen phase is starting to make me think I may need to get a part-time job to feed them. So if I plan on Sunday for the week, I’m already having to figure out shopping for the next Sunday, without giving myself a monster list to fill on any given day on the weekdays. Its just been within the last several years that I have been changing my habits as far as eating and being more organic.. The Lord is so good in helping us to maintain balance when we remember to present all of our concerns and desires to Him and seek His direction (Matthew 6:25-33). There are lots and lots of theories and advice on how to deal with a picky eater, just do a quick google search and you will find a plethora of advice. It actually did work as far as getting more fit in less time, and now I do that twice a week, but also added HIIT and walking the days I’m not working out very hard so I can recover. So the best way to feed him is to model healthy eating and only stock your home with choices that are nutritionally sound. On the menu below if it says “fme” that means the recipe is in the FMFKC ebook you should have downloaded when you took the pledge on the right sidebar of the website. I tend to pick up bags of legumes as I need them, and at the end of the week I’m getting lots of produce and some meat. You want a balance of healthy proteins and fats, organic, pastured animal sources are terrific such as pastured poultry, eggs, beef and wild-caught fish rich in omega 3s. Other healthy fats come from nutritional powerhouses like coconut oil, olive oil, avocados, nuts, and whole milk dairy products, which if cultured are excellent sources of calcium and probiotics. If u can give me any tips on feeding a 4 and a half year old and kinda what he should be eating that would be greatly appreciated.. If he has no issues with dairy sensitivity, cultured dairy once a day is a great source of good nutrition. And of course the mainstay is to get those organic veggies in there, raw or slightly steamed is best.
But we Moms know this can be a challenge with some kiddos ?? I also highly recommend cultured veggies (also referred to as lacto-fermented foods).
They are excellent because they provide the added benefit of gut-healthy probiotics and enzymes.
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