If there is one secret I’ve learned about how to eat healthy, it’s PREPARATION.
Preparation, preparation, preparation…I cannot stress this concept enough.
You know the days where I complain and moan about my crazy week on this here blog (here or here or here to name a few)? Like having to eat breakfast on the go and lunch out to eat and how am I ever going to make dinner, workout, blog, read my new Oprah magazine, wash five-day-old dishes, shave my legs, watch incessant amounts of How I Met Your Mother, PediEgg my feet and pick the leftover spinach out of my teeth all in one night?!?!
Those days usually occur during the weeks I don’t take time to adequately grocery shop or prep food in advance. And weeks I don’t shave, wash dishes or smile with my teeth.
But most of the time, when I do make the effort to plan ahead for the week, the foodie stars align and being able to eat healthfully comes quite naturally…dare I say even easily?
Step #1: The Pantry
The very first thing I do is check my refrigerator and pantry to see whether or not I have my top 5 pantry staples and other food staples on hand. Ezekiel bread, Greek yogurt, nut butter, milk, eggs, Earth Balance vegan butter, beans, pasta and/or other dried grains – these are my basic essentials. If they are there, awesome. If not, I immediately put them on the list.
Step #2: The Brainstorm
Next, I decide what meals I want to eat for the week based on what I already have on hand, what I am craving AND what recipes I want to feature on the blog. Since I am just a single gal still looking for Mr. Converse Shoes, this part is rather easy for me because (a) I am shopping for one, (b) I am not a picky eater and to me and (c) meal planning is FUN!
Step #3: The Menu
Make it. This menu outline happens to be mine for this week…
Amy’s canned soup
veggie burger sandwiches
Spicy Buffalo Hummus + veggies
trail mix (raw almonds + dried tropical fruit mix)
Wasa crackers + cream cheese
apples + oranges
Step #4: The List
Based on the menu (see above), I write down the master grocery list of items I need and keep it tightly in my hand. There’s NO losing the list. Losing the master list = #foodiefoul.
Step #5: The Grocery Shop
My total bill? All of this for just over $60.
Although, I will note I shop at my local co-op where nearly every product is natural and/or organic, so my grocery bill is usually higher than if I chose to shop at a regular supermarket. But since it’s just me eating all this food, it’s a financial decision that I have made a priority. Also, my $60 bill may also have included a large $5 apple, kale, lime + cucumber juice.
When I got home from the grocery store this morning, I roasted apples + squash…made the soup…put the soup in Tupperware containers…did some dishes…cut carrots…whipped up the hummus…organized my freezer…and packed my junk salad lunch for tomorrow.
But not before making + eating the acorn squash pancakes first.
Preparation is best accomplished with a satisfied appetite.
What is your best preparation and/or grocery shopping tip? As always, sharing is caring!