It has become very clear to me that eating well while caring for a newborn is going to require some pre-preppin’ and organization, so I thought I would share my POA for the week..
Now breakfast, lunch and snacks are pretty easy for me. Breakfast can be one of many quick options… some of my go to favorites are cereal with fruit and nuts, oatmeal, smoothies, Ezekiel bread with nut butter and bananas and yogurt/cottage cheese and fruit. These are all quick, simple and nutritious options that take no time to make.
Lunch. Well lunch is easy too. I either do dinner leftovers, veggie burgers, a turkey sandwich or some tuna or salmon. I always cut up veggies for a crudite on Sunday so I usually have a heaping plate of them as well. Sometimes raw, sometimes quickly steamed with garlic powder and olive oil. I think I’m gonna pre-cook a few sweet potatoes for another quick lunch option!
Snacks. Easy too! Smoothies, fruit and yogurt, nuts, graham crackers and peanut butter, hard boiled eggs/whites… basically a smaller portion of what I have for breakfast and lunch.
But dinner… dinner is where things can get tricky! So this is why I am planning five meals for the week, buying the groceries, and doing a little pre-preppin’ on Sunday.
Here is the menu I am planning:
Monday: Grilled Salmon over Caesar Salads (I’ll make extra salmon and dressing for meals later in the week)
Tuesday: Black Bean and Zucchini Tacos (I’m trying to work with ingredients I have on hand in the pantry) Black Bean and Kale topped Sweet Potatoes [last minute change of plans]
Wendesday: Wild Salmon and Roasted Veggie Penne (using the leftover salmon from Monday and I’ll make extra veggies for lunch)
Thursday: Buffalo Chicken Butter Lettuce Cups
So that’s the plan… I’m going to shop and pre-pre on Sunday.
Here’s the pre-peppin plan:
- Wash and prep my veggies (this is always a make or break-er for me! If the veggies are ready to go, I’m that much more likely to cook with them)
- Make a few sweet potatoes for a quick head start ingredient for lunch
- Hard boil some eggs (easy snack)
- Make my salad dressing
- Chop up a big salad for quick lunch
That’s the plan.