Summer has kicked my tail when it came to planning and cooking healthy meals for me and my family. I’ve definitely fallen off the “clean eating” wagon. I could give you a million reasons as to why, but really all that matters is that I’m ready to get back to my old self again.
My husband and I are starting another round of Whole 30. It will be my third. It is my favorite way to eat. Even though I’ve been paleo for years, I’ve been finding more reasons to sneak in those non-paleo things like tortilla chips!! (Can I get an amen!)
I feel better when I’m 100% clean, but that isn’t realistic, so the Whole 30 is the next best option for me. I can do anything for 30 days!! We will probably do a Whole 40, which is the number of days until our trip to Hawaii!!
The secret to success for eating paleo and Whole 30 is….PLAN YOUR MEALS. Seriously. Fail to plan, plan to fail.
I found a really cool site to plan my menus. My friend, Kelly, told me about it and now I’m addicted! It’s called Plan to Eat. This website is genius. I’m doing the 30 day free trial right now, but I will be joining at the end of it. Everything I need to plan for my menu is stored in my account. I can add recipes from pinterest or even my blog. The best part is when you are finished with your menu, they put together the grocery list for you!!! (Y’all, I’m not getting paid to say this. I really just love the site.) You need to check it out. The first time I looked at it, I thought I wouldn’t use it. I went back a second time and decided to try if for free. Oh my word. I’m having so much fun adding new recipes!
This month we start volleyball so I already know that I’ll be gone most of the evenings. I know that I need to plan my meals accordingly. What do I do? Plan meals using my Instant Pot. I’ve only made a few meals with it, mainly bone broth, but I’m excited to use it more often.
This is my menu for Whole 30/Week 1:
Monday: Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala/cauliflower/salad
Tuesday: Shepherd’s Pie/spinach salad
Wednesday: Sun-dried Tomato Chicken/Salad
Thursday: Grilled Salmon/grilled zucchini/roasted beets
Friday: steak/baked sweet potatoes/salad
Saturday: grilled hamburger wrapped in lettuce and homemade mayo/vegetables
I didn’t add my breakfasts and lunches this time because I plan to keep those simple. I’ll eat eggs and veggies or eggs and 1/2 an avocado. For lunch I’ll salad or leftovers this week. I know all of these meals will make enough for leftovers. My goal is to keep things simple so I’m not in the kitchen all day.
Are you interested in doing the Whole 30? I’d love for you to join me.
What is your menu this week?