Planning for Extra Challenges with Meal Plan Monday

One of the ways that I’ve found to be most successful staying on track with healthy eating is meal planning, obviously. But aside from that, I also try to plan ahead for extra challenges by factoring our schedule and weekly activities into the plan.

Think you can't change your eating habits because you always get busy? Check out this meal plan and these tips to get started!

When I know that we are going to be on the go a little extra, I set myself up for success by:

  1. Planning grab and go options for those days.
  2. Prepping what I can ahead of time.
  3. Using leftovers in my meal plan.

Think you can't change your eating habits because you always get busy? Check out this meal plan and these tips to get started!

With these three strategies, I avoid some of the major downfalls of the week – like running through and grabbing fast food when we’re running late.

Click here for a downloadable PDF of this week’s meal plan and look below for a few new recipes!

Chicken Burrito Bowl – Prepare 1lb. chicken breast. Add to crockpot. Sprinkle with taco seasoning to taste. (I generally use 2-3 tablespoons.) Cook on low for 4-5 hours. Remove chicken from crockpot and shred. Prepare brown rice as directed on package. Combine chicken with rice and drained/rinsed black beans. Serve over spinach with desired toppings.

Meat Sauce with Black Beans – Saute a little onion and 2 cloves of garlic in a large skillet. Add cumin, dried oregano, and chili powder to taste. Add 2 tablespoons tomato paste and cook 2 minutes. Add 1 pound cooked ground turkey and 1 cup chicken stock. Bring to simmer. Cook 3-5 minutes or until thickened. Add 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed. Serve over cooked spaghetti squash.

Turkey Stuffed Peppers – I love this recipe for these, but I typically omit the cheese unless I’ve saved a blue container for it. 😉

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