Take 1, 2 and 3.
I am always trying to come across as the health nut mom who is trying to change my daughter’s eating habits.
We play the parts pretty good, I’d say.
Rachel and I have too much fun.
If you could peer into our time spent together, you would know that we laugh our heads off, even speaking in funny voices…imitating a recent co-workers heavy smoking voice or our more recent Russian accent conversations.
I’m grateful for her support and her willingness to be a part of my silly videos. It makes this adventure all the more fun.
So. This post.
To some, it comes natural. Easy.
To others, a daunting, laborious task.
I’ve always planned my menu for the week. For over 27 years now. Early on, I would pour over cookbooks and the store circular. Coupons were very important, so I planned my meals with them in mind.
Pillsbury Crescent Rolls
Frozen Veggie/Pasta Sides
Boxed Mexican Dinners
Ragu Spaghetti Sauce
Margarine! (Wayyyyyy back in the day)
You get the idea.
Processed and convenient.
I believe that planning ahead keeps you on the healthy track.
If you plan and have healthier options, you will be more successful.
On the go, I almost always have nuts and or a banana to reach for if I become hungry.
Before, I would almost always stop at where my craving took me.
Gas station: pop, candy bar, salty chips and even a Hostess pie!
Fast food: cheeseburger, fries and a shake.
It wouldn’t take much for me to cave.
I knew it was bad. But really didn’t have any sort of control.
Now, this wasn’t a daily or even weekly problem. I wasn’t driving around like a mad woman grabbing every junky food in my path.
But I really have come a long way.
I have had many people tell me that they just don’t know how to plan.
What to make. What to buy.
This is a sample menu and shopping list.
I forgot to include eggs. We go through a lot of those every week.
With Pinterest, it keeps things a bit easier to plan.
When searching, I scan the list of ingredients before “pinning” a recipe.
Sugar? Strike One.
White Flour? Strike Two.
For the most part, I want whole foods.
I’m not completely crazed about it, but I’m certainly not where I used to be.
I almost feel like Shari pre-fall 2014 didn’t exist.
But of course, I did. And I believe it’s my story that shows others what can be done.
Here is a link to my dinner ideas.
My meals are generally simple and nutritious.
I’m also typically whipping up healthy treats to keep on hand.
Almond Date Balls
All so easy and seriously delicious.
I’ll leave you with this.
Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Ina. But in my search for everything food and funny, I came across this.
Happy meal planning.