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Meal Planning or How To Save Money And Eat Well

I have never been a fan of planning my meals ahead, simply because I have never been good at planning… anything to begin with!

However, being a soon mom-to-be, getting on schedule is going to be quite useful. So I have decided to try meal planning and see how it goes at least for a week.

Here’s the Meal Plan:

Monday:
Breakfast: Oatmeal with chia seeds and flax-seed powder.
Lunch: 3 Scrambled eggs and Cucumber Tomato salad with white cheese.
Dinner: Ciabatta sandwich with yellow cheese, bacon, Philadelphia Mousse, tomatoes and cucumbers.

Tuesday:
Breakfast: Overnight Yogurt Oatmeal.
Lunch: Sliced Baguette bread with Philadelphia Mousse and Cucumber Tomato salad with white cheese.
Dinner: Pasta Bolognese.

Wednesday:
Breakfast: 300-400 g fruit.
Lunch: Cucumber Tomato salad with white cheese and toasted bread.
Dinner: Oven-baked Pork Steak with Cucumber Sour cream salad.

Thursday:
Breakfast: Oatmeal with chia seeds and flax-seed powder.
Lunch: Cucumber Tomato salad with white cheese and 2 boiled eggs.
Dinner: Oven-baked Pork Steak with Cucumber Sour cream salad.

Friday:
Breakfast: Pancakes with honey.
Lunch: Cucumber Tomato salad with white cheese.
Dinner: Junk meal by choice.

Saturday:
Breakfast: Macaroni and white cheese.
Lunch: Pizza with tomato sauce, bacon, mozzarella cheese and corn.
Dinner: Pizza leftovers from lunch.

Sunday:
Breakfast: 300-400 g fruit.
Lunch: Sandwiches with Philadelphia Mousse, bacon, cucumbers and tomatoes.
Dinner: Oven-baked Fish Fillet with Boiled Potatoes side.

Snack choices: Fruits, veggies, nuts, bread sticks. Occasionally, some ice cream, chocolate, etc.

Put all the ingredients in a shopping list with their approximate amounts you will need for the week and there you have it! You will, of course, buy some stuff that you can eat for more than just a week, so keep your favourite meals on the plan!

A few useful tips:

  • Less is more! Avoid complicated meals, especially if you are not a very experienced cook.
  • Buy good quality ingredients. Choose fresh over canned fruits and veggies.
  • Always have a junk meal! It keeps you motivated.
  • Stay hydrated, choose water over any other drink.
  • Do your shopping weekly and plan your shopping list ahead before going to the supermarket.

The Bottom Line:
I found that keeping a planner for your weekly meals saves you the trouble of daily thinking what to prepare for lunch and dinner, and most importantly saves you the bigger trouble of going shopping everyday. This on its own will save you some money for gas if the supermarket is far from your home. Doing your shopping weekly is the best solution for your time and money, of course! Not to mention the convenience of planning the meals a week ahead! Great tactics for moms and their precious time. This will also keep you away from the easy to get junk food and prepackaged snacks. But don’t forget to have an occasional cheat meal at least – this will keep your motivation on track!

Diet & Nutrition

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