this week’s meal plan

Going back to Weight Watchers last week was just what I needed to set me back on track.  Hubs and I did have a night away in a hotel, and a day doing the Christmas shopping.  That meant alcohol, a three course meal, a buffet breakfast, lunch out and a trip to Starbucks for an eggnog latte (it had to be done).  So whilst I’m not totally in the zone I do feel a lot better about my eating compared to last week.

I’m loving the new Flex plan from Weight Watchers (you can read my reaction to the new plan here).  I’ve been mindful of the changes when picking my meals this week to really get the most out of it.  I’m keen to see what a full week on track will do for my weight loss.

I’ve been sharing my meal plans each week, and they’ve been getting a good reception on social media.  It can be hard to think of healthy meals every week, especially if you’re just starting out on a weight loss journey, or feel stuck in a food rut.  I’m going to make a point of sharing my plans each week – if you see something you like the sound of please let me know.  I’d love to share the recipes for the most popular dishes!

 

our meal plan this week

 

This week’s meal plan

 

Monday – fish stew

I made this last week and froze extra portions.  It was a new dish, and was meant to be a chicken stew but I switched it for fish. I changed a couple of other things too.  It was delicious!

I’ll serve it with green beans again.

 

Tuesday – green veg risotto

This is a new recipe, but I don’t see how you can go wrong with risotto and lovely fresh greens and peas.  I think I’ll add some zero point beans too, to add some protein.

 

Wednesday – Caribbean chicken

This is such a simple dish, but is a nice stew-like dish which is perfect for this time of year.

It has potatoes in it, so I’ll serve it up with the red cabbage I have sitting in the veg drawer.  And I’ll have enough left for lunch the next day too.

 

Thursday – zingy mince

This is a batch cook from last week, and it is such a delicious combination of light and zesty vegetable flavours with the pork mince.  But with Weight Watchers Flex making turkey breast mince zero SmartPoints, I’ll be switching up the meat I use!

 

Friday – cod bake

I meant to make this last week, but I couldn’t be bothered cooking and instead had a batch meal out of the freezer.   But I’ve still got the cod, so I’ll make it this week instead.

 

Saturday – fish cakes

I’ve not made this recipe before, but with cannellini beans rather than potato it means the only SmartPoints in them will come from the very light coating of breadcrumbs.  That means I can spend my allowance on a treat for pudding!

 

Sunday – BBQ pork

It’s our turn to host Sunday dinner with my in-laws!  This is a nice bit of a twist on a roast, I’ll serve it with family favourites corn on the cob and mash potato.

 

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this week’s meal plan

I confessed last week that after some bad health news I’d been comfort eating.  That is still going on, and I feel like it’s gone beyond comfort to binging. I’m too scared to stand on the scales, but I’ll be facing the music at Weight Watchers tomorrow.  I hope I’ve not undone all the good work and progress I’d achieved.  It’s that fear that is making me draw a line under it.  I think my body is craving routine and nutrients!At least I wont need to worry about my meals as I try to get back on track.  No matter what, I always sit down and make a meal plan.

I’ve been sharing my plans each week, and they’ve been getting a good reception on social media.  It can be hard to think of healthy meals every week, especially if you’re just starting out on a weight loss journey, or feel stuck in a food rut.  I’m going to make a point of sharing my plans each week – if you see something you like the sound of please let me know.  I’d love to share the recipes for the most popular dishes!

 

our meal plan this week

 

This week’s meal plan

 

Monday – steak chilli

I made this last week and froze extra portions.  It’s delicious – slow cooked beef with kidney beans and butternut squash.  I served it with brown rice and kale.

 

Tuesday – zingy mince

This is pork mince, but it has grated courgette through it and some light flavours like lemon in it.  It’s a good way of sneaking vegetables into kids!

I’ll serve it up with mash potato, and have enough leftover for lunch.

 

Wednesday – fish stew

As we are trying to eat less meat, we eat a couple of fish meals a week.  This is actually a chicken stew that I’ve switched up to have fish instead of meat.

It has potatoes in it, so I’ll serve it up with green beans.  And I’ll have enough left for lunch the next day too.

 

Thursday – falafel burgers

I made these last week and they went down a treat – I’ve finally found a veggie burger that doesn’t fall apart!  I froze extras, so I just need to thaw these and heat them up.

I’ll serve them with salad and potato wedges made in the Actifry.

 

Friday – cod bake

This is packed with Mediterranean vegetables so it’s really juicy and delicious.  We hardly ever have pasta, but I think I’ll mix some through this and do it like a pasta bake.

 

Saturday – meal out

Hubs and I are having a date night!  That means a restaurant, some nice wine…and of course, pudding!

 

Sunday – dinner with the in-laws

I’m not sure what I love most about this – my father-in-law’s cooking, or the fact that it means I don’t need to cook.  But it’s always a lovely meal.

 

 

 


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eating less meat without going full on vegan

I mentioned in my meal plan this week that I’m trying to include more vegetarian and fish dishes into our diet.  Eating less meat is becoming quite fashionable right now.  It seems like everyone is going vegetarian or vegan these days.  And while there is a backlash about this fad (how do you know if someone is a vegan?  Oh don’t worry, they’ll bloody tell you!), the hipsters might actually be on to something. I don’t tend to do things just because everyone else is, but I’ve been trying to cut down on our meat consumption for a year or so now. It turns out there’s more to eating less meat than just being on trend.

 

eating less meat

 

vegan or nothing?

Anything that tells you to cut out a whole food group just isn’t for me.  I like variety in my diet and try to avoid putting restrictions on things, as that leads to binging.  It’s important to get your nutrients from a wide range of sources too.

I always assumed you were either vegetarian/vegan, or you weren’t.  My family definitely fall into the aren’t category.  I’ve written recently about my tips on getting kids to eat vegetables, but couldn’t imagine the hell of getting my kids (or Hubs!) to eat a plant-only diet.  That sort of lifestyle just isn’t practical for us.  I don’t think I would enjoy it either.

It wasn’t until I read Michael Pollan’s book In Defence of Food last year that I realised you could be somewhere in the middle.  The book really made me stop and rethink how I see food.  I’ve always remembered it’s main message – eat (real) food, not too much, mainly plants.

Since then I’ve made changes to the way we eat. The main one is that I’ve tried to make sure we eat more fish.  I also try to have at least one meat-free day a week.  It’s not a massive change, in fact it’s been quite easy, but the benefits are huge.

 

the benefits of eating less meat

  • it’s good for the animals  I’ve been shocked by documentaries showing what some animals go through.  Living with a big family on a modest budget, we do tend to buy cheaper meat.  But cheap meat is often blamed for the worst animal treatment.  So by eating less meat, we are in a very small way reducing the demand for it.  It also means we have more money when we do buy meat, meaning we can make more ethical choices.

  • it’s good for the people  Earlier this year I read Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser.  It exposes the harm the worldwide demand for cheap food is causing. What struck me most was the harm it does to the people employed in the meat packing industry.  While the book is quite old now (though still as relevant) something tells me people are still paid a pittance for very dangerous, hard and unpleasant work.
  • it’s good for you  There are studies linking meat to things like cancer and heart disease. While the jury is still out on how concrete that link is, it can’t hurt to be cautious. If you reduce your meat intake, you need to replace it with other things – more vegetables, pulses or seafood.  That adds variety into your diet, meaning a wider range of nutrients and vitamins.  Eating less meat forces you to try new recipes and be a bit more adventurous in the kitchen, which is always fun!
  • it’s good for your bank balance  I can do a weekly shop for a family of five for under £70.  I couldn’t do that if we were eating meat seven days a week.  Compare a bag of lentils to a packet of chicken breasts and the saving is massive!
  • it’s good for the planet  Farming for the meat industry contributes over 50% of greenhouse gases.  Farming for plant-based food contributes a lot less.  Climate change is something we can all help to reduce. Eating less meat can be one way to do that.

 

simple ways to start eating less meat

Most of us grew up eating meat and two veg for dinner, and still do the same now we have our own families. It can seem like a big leap to change that.  I remember seeing #meatfreemonday a few years ago, and seeing it as such a challenge.  But you don’t have to make drastic changes – small tweaks can be all it takes.

  • have at least one meat-free day a week  It doesn’t need to be a Monday!  Just make it a routine part of your week.  Before you know it, you might have so many veggie dishes you love that you end up eating more than one a week.
  • mix lentils with your mince  If you’re making a lasagna, chilli or bolognaise, try using half the amount of mince you usually would.  Then pad out the meal using lentils.  I thought this was a strange tactic at first, but when I tried it I was totally converted!  You can also use mushrooms, beans or rice too.
  • make veggie versions of family favourites  You don’t need to start eating tofu (I personally am not a fan!) just because you’re eating less meat.  Try a bean chilli or vegetable curry.  Look at what your family loves to eat, and see if you can switch the meat for something else.
  • but don’t be scared to try alternatives  Get curious, and try things like Quorn, tofu or vegetarian sausages.  A lot of these products can be similar to meat, and that might soften the blow!
  • change your mindset  Don’t see it as missing out on meat, but as a chance to try some awesome new foods.  Make it a special part of your week.  Buy new vegetables, grains or beans that you’ve never tried before.  If you’re at a restaurant, try a vegetarian dish you wouldn’t make at home. Take a chance on that weird sounding recipe you always flick past in your trusty recipe book.  Have fun with it.

 

Just writing this has made me realise that I could be doing a lot more to reduce our meat intake.  Who knows, maybe I’ll aim for two meat-free days a week from now on?

 

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our meal plan for this week

I’ll start this with a confession – I’ve spent the best part of the last week comfort eating.  I had to have an investigation in to some pain I’ve been having, and something was found on the scan.  I wont know the implications of that until tomorrow, but having been down this road before I’m quite worried.  What do I do when I’m worried?  I turn to food.  I’m trying to keep my meals as nutritious as possible, to counter the very unhealthy decisions I’m making in between them.

I’ve written before about the fact that I’m a meal planning addict.  I’ve been sharing our plans each week, and they’ve been getting a good reception on social media.  It can be hard to think of healthy meals every week, especially if you’re just starting out on a weight loss journey, or feel stuck in a food rut.  I’m going to make a point of sharing my plans each week – if you see something you like the sound of please let me know.  I’d love to share the recipes for the most popular dishes!

 

our meal plan this week

 

This week’s meal plan

 

Monday – dinner at my parents’ house

My parents are just home from an epic holiday, and so we went to theirs for dinner last night.  I think we might try to make this a regular thing, as Middle Son’s new swimming lesson time means we’re walking home past their house right at dinner time!  For the record, it was good old mince and tatties.  They’d obviously been missing some Scottish stodge after enjoying exotic food for the past four weeks!

 

Tuesday – jacket potatoes with bean chilli

We were meant to have this last week, but with trick or treating ended up just getting an Indian meal from Waitrose on the way home!

I’ll serve it up with salad and save some leftovers for lunch.

 

Wednesday – fish tagine

I try to make sure we have fish at least twice a week, and this is a good way to tart up some basic frozen white fish.  There’s tons of flavour from the spices.

I’ll serve it up with green beans.  And I’ll have enough left for lunch the next day too.

 

Thursday – steak chilli

And by steak, I mean cheaper casserole steak!  As much as I’d love a proper sirloin, the maternity pay doesn’t stretch that far. But slow cooked in a chilli sauce, it gets really tender and delicious.

I’ll serve it with rice and some extra veggies.

 

Friday – falafel burgers

I love falafel.  Anything with chick peas really!  I don’t have a good track record with veggie burgers though, so I’m a bit worried these will be another fail.  But I’m trying to reduce the amount of times we eat meat in a week, so I need to expand my vegetarian options.

I’ll serve them with potato wedges and salad.

 

Saturday – homemade pizzas

Middle Son has a pizza kit that he’s excited to use.  Much like veggie burgers, my attempts at homemade pizza in the past haven’t been very impressive so we’ll see how these turn out!  I think in the past I’ve followed “diet” pizza base recipes, which may have been the problem.  This time I’m just going to embrace the traditional way and hopefully they’ll turn out better.  I’m thinking goats cheese and red onion for the adults, cheese and ham for the kids.

 

Sunday – gammon roast, followed by blueberry brulees

I’m attempting to make the brulees myself, so I’m going to keep dinner really simple.  Gammon with roasties (done in the Actifry), yorkshires, gravy and lots of veg.  I’m making lentil soup for lunch over the weekend, so we might have some of that as a starter too.  The brulees are a Weight Watchers recipe, and diet puddings can be a bit hit or miss, so I’m curious to see what these are like.

 

 

 


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getting kids to eat vegetables

There are certain battles which you can guarantee every parent has fought.  The do-your-homework confrontation, or the find-your-shoes struggle.  But the age old fight must be the one we all face in the dinner table trenches – getting kids to eat vegetables.

Now, I will throw my hands up and admit that I know I’m lucky.  I think my kids do quite well when it comes to food.  They eat pretty much everything that Hubs and I would eat, and for the most part do it happily.  And even though vegetables can still get a bad rap in our house, I can get my boys to eat them with most meals.  So I thought I’d share my tips for getting kids to eat vegetables, based on what has helped us.

 

make veggies part of every meal

When dinner time becomes a battlefield it can seem easier to just cut your losses and avoid veg altogether.  But even if you know they wont touch it, I think it’s important to still have vegetables on the plate.  It may seem wasteful, but kids learn through routine and familiarity.  My 15 year old eats more vegetables now he’s older.  I think that only happened because they were available to him.  His natural curiosity grew stronger than his childhood pickiness!

 

find a food they love…

…and then find a way to sneak veggies into it!  Middle son is a soup fiend, and that’s probably the easiest food in the world to cram full of veg.  Blend it smooth and they’ll never know that the tomato soup contains all sorts of other sneaky goodies.  Dishes like bolognaise or chilli are also good to smuggle veggies in to.  You can really finely chop them or even blend them and cook them right down.  It makes me feel a bit smug when I watch my kids wolfing down food containing peppers and mushrooms.  If only they knew!

 

find a vegetable they love…

…and serve it all. the. time.  Maybe love is a strong word, but even the pickiest of eaters will have one or two veggies that they will actually eat.  And most kids will happily eat the same foods over and over again – if you’re on to a winning thing don’t feel like you need to shake it up too much.  I know with my kids that corn on the cob, onions, broccoli and salad all go down well.  Making sure at least one of those is included in every meal is a sure fire way of getting kids to eat vegetables.

 

getting kids to eat vegetables

 

encourage them to try one bite

Sometimes kids just hate a vegetable on sight.  They’ve never even tried it, but they hate it.  In our house, we encourage the kids just to try one bite.  Usually, they still decide they hate it (stubborn boys, never like to be proven wrong).  But I like to cultivate an attitude of trying new tastes.  Every now and then, something is just too yummy for them to resist.

 

make food fun

I try not to labour the point of how healthy and good for you vegetables are.  What kid cares about that?  Kids are about fun, and so tapping in to that with food can be a good way of getting kids to eat vegetables.

My boys love corn on the cob, but I think part of that is the cute little corn-shaped handles we use.  I’ve also managed to get my kids to eat vegetables more easily if they’ve been involved in preparing them – shelling peas, peeling mushrooms, or even learning safe knife skills can all be fun ways to get them excited about food.  And as I learned from our trip the pumpkin patch, a Pick Your Own farm (or even growing your own) can also spark a kid’s curiosity about veggies.

 

chill out

So, your kids wont eat a single vegetable and you’ve tried everything?  Well, good for you for trying.  As a parent, that’s all you can do.  A lot of the time, the best thing for getting kids to eat vegetables is to wait for them to grow out of the picky stage.  Until then, don’t stress it.  Just make sure they take a good multivitamin and keep setting a good example by eating the veggies on your own plate.

 

I hope my tips help ease some of the dinner time stress that can come when it#s kids versus veggies.  If you have a tip, I’d love to read it so drop me a comment below!

 

 
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our meal plan for this week

It’s so important to me to make sure I’m putting good food on the table every night.  Not just from a weight loss angle, although obviously that’s a big motivation.  But I also pride myself in feeding my kids healthy, balanced meals.  I can’t always be sure they’re making the best food choices at school, so I like to know that when they’re at home they’re eating well.  When I grew up there was always home cooked food on the table, and I learned from that.  I hope by doing the same for my boys, it means they’ll grow up to have an interest in cooking for themselves.

I’ve written before about the fact that I’m a meal planning addict.  I shared our plan last week, and it got a good reception on social media.  It can be hard to think of healthy meals every week, especially if you’re just starting out on a weight loss journey, or feel stuck in a food rut.  I’m going to make a point of sharing my plans each week – if you see something you like the sound of please let me know.  I’d love to share the recipes for the most popular dishes!

 

our meal plan this week

 

This week’s meal plan

 

Monday – beef goulash

This is a freezer meal from one I made last week.  I love this recipe (you can find it here), and it didn’t let me down.  I made it in the slow cooker this time, such an easy meal.

I’ll serve it with brown rice and green beans.

 

Tuesday – trout with a Mediterranean vegetable bake

We’re having trout because Hubs got a bargain in the supermarket.  I actually just tend to just buy frozen fish, so a nice veggie dish is ideal to dress it up.  This one has mozzarella in it, so jazz it up even more.

I’ll save some leftovers for lunch.

 

Wednesday – jacket potatoes with bean chilli

I love a baked potato, especially on a cold day (which we’re meant to have a lot of this week).  I made the chilli when I was pregnant, stuffing the freezer full of meals so I didn’t have to cook in the early newborn days.  I’ve still got loads of dishes left in there!

I’ll serve it up with salad.  And I’ll have enough left for lunch the next day too.

 

Thursday – chicken chow mein

This was a new recipe I tried last week – a healthy fakeaway!  I made double and froze the extras for this week.  It’s packed with veggies, so I don’t need to add a side.

 

Friday – salmon in a tomato sauce

I try to have at least two fish dishes a week, and this is a new one for us.  But I doubt you can go wrong with those flavours.

I’ll serve it up with brown rice and veg.

 

Saturday – sausage, mash and beans

A request by my middle son, and I never say no to a lazy dinner on a Saturday!  Plus, we’ll be going out to watch the fireworks, so a nice bit of stodge will keep us cosy.

 

Sunday – dinner at the in-laws

My favourite way to spend a Sunday evening, I love to see what my father-in-law has cooked up.  And it’s always finished with his lush homemade ice cream…naughty, but far too nice to say no!

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peanut butter – my favourite healthy brands

When you’re looking for healthy swaps for the not-so-healthy food you love, it isn’t always easy.  There is no decent substitute for chocolate, and let’s be honest – who actually enjoys alcohol free wine?  Besides Daily Milk and a glass of red, another love of mine is peanut butter.

my favourite healthy peanut butter brands

 

The nutty loveliness is also a big family favourite.  Hubs dollops it into his smoothies, Oldest Son refuels on it after his swim training, and my idea of heaven is slathering it on toast.  Middle Son did used to say he didn’t like it; I considered disowning him but thankfully he changed his mind.

Unfortunately, when I was trying to cut out processed foods from my diet I realised that a lot of peanut butters have added ingredients like sugar, palm oil, stabilisers and preservatives.  So imagine my joy when I discovered that you can get peanut butter without any added nasties!

 

natural peanut butter

“Natural” is a bit of a marketing gimmick these days, a buzz word that doesn’t always mean much.  But there are peanut butters out there which contain only peanuts.  Nothing else.  You can’t get much more natural than that.

I think they’re even more delicious than the brands I grew up loving.  Unlike some healthy swaps, you don’t lose out on taste or texture with a natural peanut butter.  Even my kids like the natural brands – they didn’t seem to notice when we swapped!

But for the newbies to natural, a warning.  Natural peanut butter separates in the tub, meaning that when you open it you will find a layer of oil sitting on top.  Don’t despair!  You just need to give your pot a good stir to mix it all back up.  You can also help avoid this by storing the jar upside down.

 

my favourite healthy peanut butters

Pip & Nut

Pip & Nut were my intro into the world of au natural nutty goodness. It was love at first spoon-lick.  Their branding is cute af too.

Meridian

Easier to buy from supermarkets than my beloved Pip & Nut, these guys don’t disappoint.

Tesco

Whaaaat? An own brand natural peanut butter?  Goes to show that healthy is becoming mainstream.  And the best thing about the Tesco one (apart from the fact that is is just as yummy as the others)?  It’s super cheap!

 

weight loss tip

As tempted as you might be, resist the urge to settle down with a tub of Pip & Nut and a spoon.  Although healthier than other brands, natural peanut butter still packs a calorie punch. That’s down to all the good fats it contains.  Enjoy it, but don’t go nuts!

 

 


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our meal plan for this week

It’s been a while since I posted a weekly meal plan.  That doesn’t mean I haven’t been making and following them though.  Meal planning is second nature to me now, I can’t function without one.  If I didn’t have my trusty list stuck to the fridge, we’d literally have cereal for dinner every night.

It can be hard to think of healthy meals every week.  Especially if you’re just starting out on a weight loss journey, or feel stuck in a food rut.  I’m going to make a point of sharing my plans each week – if you see something you like the sound of please let me know.  I’d love to share the recipes for the most popular dishes!

 

our meal plan this week

 

This week’s meal plan

 

Monday – curried fish bake

This is a freezer meal from one I made last week.  I’d never made this before, and although I need to tweak the recipe a little I was quite surprised by it.  Curry flavours with fish is a new thing for me this year, and I’m liking it.

I’ll serve it with brown rice and green beans.

 

Tuesday – tuna steaks with ratatouille

I love ratatouille at this time of year, it’s a great alternative when it’s too cold for salad.  Because it’s so full of flavour, I don’t mess about with the tuna – just grill and serve.

I’ll save some leftovers for lunch.

 

Wednesday – beef goulash

Speaking of awesome cold-weather dishes, this is such comfort food!  Tender beef in a smokey, rich sauce…*drool* You can find my recipe here.

I’ll serve it with mash potato and some mixed veggies, and save some leftovers for lunch.

 

Thursday – pizza burgers

This was a new recipe I tried last week – turkey burgers topped with pizza sauce, olives and mozarella.  They were lush!  I made double and froze the extras for this week.

I’ll serve them up without buns, but with a nice big salad.

 

Friday – chicken chow mein

Fakeaway Friday!  I have a love/hate with Chinese food, in that I think I want it and then regret it when I overindulge…MSG is not my friend.  Thankfully, when I make my own I always love it!

I’ll add in lot of stir fry friendly veg.

 

Saturday – burger and chips

Burgers twice in one week!  But these are homemade too, so I don’t feel guilty.  A nice, lazy dinner made even lazier by the fact that I made these weeks ago. All I need to do is defrost them.  I’ll make the chips in the Actifry, and use up any leftover salad.

 

Sunday – butternut squash and apple soup / chicken tikka masala / fruit crumble and ice cream

It’s our turn to do Sunday dinner!  The soup is a new one, but the flavours sound lush and my soup maker never lets me down.  I’m a bit nervous doing a curry, as my father-in-law has made some incredible ones over the years, but this is delicious.  And the crumble will be apple, pear and plum with an oaty topping, served with light ice cream.

 


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why i meal plan + our weekly menu

 

I’m not doing a health update this week, as I’ve basically just eaten cake from Wednesday onwards.  I am so pregnant right now that I’m eating first and thinking second.  I’ve only managed one and a half workouts this week too, as the heat that kicked in towards the end of the week meant I had to abandon my efforts in a sweaty puddle.  Luckily, the sheer amount of calories I must be burning dragging my big ol’ bump around seems to be balancing things out and my weight has stayed fairly stable.

But I think another thing that has helped me is that although I’ve had more goodies than I should have had, my meal plan means that most of my lunches and dinners are consistently healthy.  Meal planning is like my anchor, my stabilisers, my compass.  Whilst I have the ability to go seriously off the rails when it comes to snacks and treats, because I’ve been using meal planning for longer than I can even remember it’s become an ingrained part of my life to have healthy meals built in.  It’s so ingrained that I’m actually surprised when I meet people who don’t meal plan.

 

Why I meal plan

I can’t sing the praises of meal planning enough, I try to convert everyone I meet.  It’s essential if you’re trying to lose or watch your weight, but even if you’re lucky enough to not need to focus on that there are still so many benefits to meal planning.

  • If you’re watching your weight, meal planning..
    • …helps you to think in advance of the healthy choices you will make that week
    • …means you are organised and prepared, and so less likely to reach for quick fixes like takeaways
    • …helps you identify what your syns/calories/points are being spent on, to help you make all the other choices around food you need to make
  • And even if your weight isn’t something you’re focused on, meal planning still…
    • …stops that “what’s for dinner” hassle at the end of each day
    • …helps you draw up a shopping list so you aren’t wandering aimlessly around the supermarket
    • …helps you stick to a food budget (if you stick to that shopping list!)
    • …reduces waste because you know exactly what you’re going to use
    • …encourages you to think about your meals, and maybe even try new things

 

This week…

Unlike last week this should be fairly quiet and a good chance to get my nutrition on track in the lead up to birth!  I’m taking the four year old (and maybe the teen, if he’s willing) to a local farm tomorrow so we may have lunch in the shop there.  I’ll try to go for something fairly wholesome…though I don’t know if I can resist the home baking!  We also have friends coming to help Hubs lay turf in the garden on Wednesday so there’s been talk of a takeaway – I’ll try to sway it towards a kebab so I can go for grilled chicken and lots of salad.  Other than that, I should be fairly on track, so what’s on the rest of our dinner menu this week…?

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weekly menu + health update

 

Last week…

I’m feeling pretty good this week, as after struggling for a while I found it very easy to get back on track.  I’ve had a week where moderation has been the name of the game.  Having said that, I’m 37 weeks pregnant and not on an out-&-out weight loss mission, so the form of moderation I’m taking right now is just to minimise the number of indulgences but not exactly the content of them!  So I went out on a lunch date with some of my friends on Friday where I temporarily appeased my one and only pregnancy craving (burgers…*drool*), and Hubs talked me into a curry last night (he’d been breaking his back in the garden all weekend and my SlimmingWorld-friendly syn-free lasagna just wasn’t going to cut it).  At the moment I’m ok with one or two little discrepancies!

I got good results too – a 1lb loss at SlimmingWorld on Thursday which it looks like I’ve maintained over the weekend so I don’t feel too shabby.  Ideally I’d like to avoid any massive gains from here on out, but I’m keeping an open mind as I’ve never watched my weight during pregnancy before and have no idea what the next few weeks could bring!

I did make the SlimmingWorld oat cookies (recipe by Kate @ WitWitWoo) as my evening snack, and I’ll have to be honest about them – Millies Cookies they ain’t.  But of course they aren’t.  They simply fill a hole, that hole being my need to nibble something whilst I watch the telly at night.  We have some sugar-free syrups for coffee and I’m tempted to try adding a few teaspoons of that to the mix to see if that makes them a bit more interesting.

 

This week…

It’s my birthday on Thursday, so I’m hoping to get out for a meal to celebrate.  We’re very lucky that the town we live in is a bit of a foodie haven.  I’m torn between the tiny artisan place where the chef is so passionate and creates his menus based on what he has in that day, the tapas restaurant with the huge selection, or the lush bistro restaurant which was the catalyst for all the other high-end restaurants to open up in our town.  Decisions, decisions.

Other eating-out-of-the-norm situations this week are lunch in a primary school canteen, and a buffet at a christening.   The school lunch is part of our youngest’s primary school induction and we’re basically at the mercy of the dinner ladies, and buffets (or any sort of free-for-all eating) are my kryponite.  Oh, and then there is a cake-based send off planned on Wednesday at work to see me off on maternity leave!  What did I say about wanting to avoid massive gains?!

I just need to make sure the meals in between keep me on plan, so what’s on the rest of our dinner menu this week…?

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