Friday night and Saturday were mostly about fun things, but Sunday was mostly about preparation for the week. Living a healthy lifestyle is important to me, but it's not something that just happens. I think it's important to emphasize that as I think at times we can look at others and think that it's effortless for them to eat healthy or fit in workouts. But really, it's not effortless - at least not for most of us. In my case, it takes planning, preparation, and spending a good amount of time in the kitchen on Sunday.
Everyone's lifestyle is very different, but for me, if I'm not teed up (see how I threw in a golf reference there?) for a week of healthy eating, it's not going to happen. My week nights feel short as I work longish days and use my precious free hours in the evening to workout and spend time with Phil. So Sundays are my day to get myself ready for a week. Here's how I spent mine.
First up, I made Peanut Butter Runner's Mexican Quinoa recipe which was incredibly easy. I'll warm this up and eat it on top of baby spinach with some salsa for 2 lunches and 2 dinners during the week.
|Those containers look huge but each portion is about 1 cup.|
Next up, I cut up a watermelon. I love watermelon so much and am so glad it's watermelon season because this one of my favorite snacks. I timed myself and it took me exactly 20 minutes to cut up the watermelon, which was surprising because I thought it would take way longer. I can always find 20 minutes no matter how busy each weekend is so I will aim to buy a watermelon every weekend this summer!
After scanning my fridge, I realized I had some leftover kale. I had already bought spinach for my salads for the week so I decided to make kale chips with the leftover kale. I think kale chips are soo good! And they are so easy to make - you just toss the kale with olive oil and sprinkle it with salt (I used a fun seasoned salt from Penzeys) and bake them for ~15 minutes on 350F.
Lastly, I made a big pot of (GF) pasta e fagioli soup. Yes, I eat soup in the summer. I had a bowl for dinner last night, and will have leftovers for 2 lunches and 2 dinner and will freeze some.
So there you have it! All in all, I probably spent about 3.5 hours in the kitchen yesterday (plus time on Saturday meal planning + grocery shopping). Luckily cooking is something I enjoy so those 3.5 hours were fun for me, and they allow me to start the week with a fridge full of healthy eats!
What is your trick to healthy eating? Do you tend to make meals throughout the week, or are you like me and prefer to do most of your cooking on the weekends?