Meal Planning and Mason Jars

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Hi Friends

I'm feeling great today, heading to Wisconsin right now. Looking forward to visiting the midwest, not looking forward to the crazy weather. 



I did a quick cardio session this morning and even had enough time to find a thick winter jacket at 
Ross. I packed 2 of my thickest, sturdiest, weather resistant boots, and I also threw a pair of sexy boots in just for good measure. My luggage is weighted down with thermals, leggings and undershirts. I refuse to be cold this weekend. I hope I packed enough clothes. I have a feeling that I overpacked... hehehe

Today we are talking about...

Meal Planning 


I'm not good at meal planing. Since I work for myself, I travel 6 months out of the year, and my schedule is all over the place, I know I could benefit from planing out what I'm eating on a weekly bases. 

Now that I'm thinking about it, I'm actually an avid meal planner, and I didn't even realize it. 

Every morning I eat oatmeal and flaxseeds with a touch of honey. 

A few hours later I usually gobble down a salad for lunch, which can usually hold me until dinner. 

Sometimes my boyfriend surprises me and takes me out for a romantic lunch. As much as I love his surprises I also strive to stay on track during these outings. I usually order a salad with grilled fish for protein. If no salads are available then I try to go with a lightly cooked vegetable stir fry, avoiding heavy sauces and anything fried. 

As much as  my man complains about all of my eating restrictions I know he loves it. he is the first one to ask waitresses if something has any meat products in it. I actually think he gets a kick out of it. He's also lost some weight recently, and he's loving his new physic. 

I know I can get a lot better on my meal planning game. 

Lets dive into todays topic

Taking the time to sit down and plan future meals will save your time, effort, and money as well as improve your eating habits


Advantages of meal planing
You Will Eat Healthier
This is usually the number one reason to begin planing meals
When you already have a menu of the foods you are going to prepare for the next several days, you can avoid eating out or ordering takeout. 

You Shop More Efficiently  
Since you already know what you will be eating serval days in advance you can comprise a grocery list before heading to the supermarket. This can help you cut down on grocery waste, and also keep you in line to purchase healthier foods then you usually do. Leave those high calorie snacks on the shelves if they are not on your list. 

You Can Enjoy More Variety
Instead of eating the same dish first times a week, you can plan your menu so you are always enjoying something new. Maybe you can cook fish on Monday, Beef on Tuesday..... This is helpful if you have picky kids, or picky significant others.

Disadvantages of meal planing
I couldn't find many disadvantages to meal planing other then its time consuming, and you have to think ahead, and be a little creative. Other then that Meal Planing is a good idea of anyone that consumes food. 

Creative meal planing
I'm all about Mason Jars now a days. They are cheap to buy and have multiple uses such as....
Efficient Meal Planing  

You have to check out this site!
Mason Jar Meals by Big Red Kitchen
http://www.bigredkitchen.com/recipes/mason-jar-meals/

I learned so much about Mason jars, and how to correctly pack them, and how to get creative and think outside 
the jar. 


Breakfast

Quiche 

Paleo Breakfast Bowls!!!!

Oatmeal (Not on Big Red Kitchen)
found on www.amybites.com

Lunch  
Classic Wedge Salad

Salmon Nicose Salad (my favorite salad)

Kale Salad

Snacks
Mixed Fruit

Smoked Salmon Roll Ups



Dinner
She got really fancy on me with these Corn Dogs! I can't wait to try them



Mason Jar Cordon Blu

Cheese Steaks


I know, I just went mason jar crazy, but how could you not with all of these creative meals???
I hope they excite you as much as they excited me. All recipes can be found on www.bigredkitchen.com or www.amybites.com

Check out these blogs for some great meal planning menus:
http://laurenfromtexas.com/2013/02/12/meal-plan-breakfast-lunch-ideas/
Lauren is awesome, she has some creative healthy meal ideas, her blog also rocks

http://www.sewcreativeblog.com/get-out-of-dinnertime-rut-with-meal-planning/
This blogger is an brand ambassador for Old El Paso, she has some great recipes to keep dinner fun and exciting
while thinking ahead (good for people with familys)

http://www.kitchendaily.com/dinner-tonight
This site is pretty cool. The recipes are easy to follow, no nonsense,and they look delicious 


Starting next week, I'm going to take some of my own advice and do some Mason Jar Meal Planning, I'll let you all know how it turns out. 

Thats all today folks
I hope you all enjoyed this post. I enjoyed writing it. 

Blessings my friends
Mary 






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My name is Mary! I was obese for most of my life, around 7 years ago I decided to take control of my life and successfully lost over 150 pounds. But that's just the beginning of my journey. Join me as I evolve into the person I was born to become. I love to cook, craft, read, and make people smile. I'm happy you've stumbled on by. Let’s Evolve Together.

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