Working in a job that requires lots of travel can be a struggle. There are so many convenience restaurants and stores all around. Most stores do not have items that fit in my plan so what do I do?
The simple answer – I have to be prepared. At times I can find better choices at convenience stops but in addition to it being a struggle it can be hard on the wallet. On average even I used to purchase my lunch on the go I would spend from 10-15 dollars. That mean on an average week I used to spend 50-75 dollars on lunch – JUST FOR ME. That is absurd. Now I spend between 35-115 dollars a week for items for my entire family depending upon what I have in my stock.
I now pack on the go snacks in my bags – most prepared at home and some convenience foods from my local grocery store.
I pack items that are easy to eat in the car if needed such as cubes of grapes and celery.
Every week I also portion out cottage cheese which is a good source of protein and low calorie.
Lastly, I cube cheddar and portion it into one ounce portions.
The amazing thing about making healthy choices is that my children see it and they make similar choices.
Here’s to another week.
As I said last week prepping is key for me. What’s amazing is that with my food planned out I save so much. I can feed my whole family for less than $80/week! And we eat well!
This week we will be eating a cheesy cauliflower casserole, vegetable soup, salad, buffalo drizzled cauliflower, a sour cream/salsa dip, strawberries and radishes.
I’ll be in honest I never enjoyed the idea of devoting time to cook on Sunday’s until I realized the benefits. I spend 2-3 hours and feed my family well for the first half of the week.
What really helps when you prep like this is having a theme or a few recipes with minimal steps.
I try to make something that cooks in one pot for at least one dish – this week my soup!
To keep it low carb ingredients include: chicken stock, cauliflower (surprise!), carriers, broccoli, corn and 1/2 cup of pasta which made for a total of 8 servings. The smell was amazing and best part ALL three of my kiddos ate it. They said it was, “delicious.”
Our other meal for the week is rich and delicious. Once it is done cooking and played I add a drizzle of Franks Red Hot Sauce! All you need is 1/2 cup and you’re filled up! Cauliflower, cheese, ground turkey and bacon – how can you go wrong? YUM.
I enjoy finding a good recipe maker online where I can input ingredients and get my calorie and carb totals.
Now let’s talk progress. I have made some progress so I am going to briefly celebrate my victory – I have lost a total of 18lbs since cleaning up my diet. Here’s hoping for another 50! I have come to terms that I did not put weight on overnight so it’ll take time to take off weight and see progress. My ultimate goal for the moment is around 100 pounds but I am hoping to be down 50 by July 4th. Baby steps.
Have an awesome week.
Yesterday, I say down and went through recipes to figure out lunch for this week.
I then made a shopping list which I sort based upon where I locate items in my local grocery store. This saves me times and also helps me avoid going through unnecessary aisles where I king pick up something that is not needed.
It was a small list this week. In general since I’ve transitioned to a low carb lifestyle my grocery bill has reduced.
After going to the store I came home and began prepping. I like to get all my ingredients together and then cook!
I cooked up my bacon and then made my soup for the week. It had basic ingredients and is low carb.
Once I’m done I package everything for the week. I get out my food scale and my awesome snack bags that have measurements on them.
Once I’m done I have the satisfaction of knowing that I am ready for a stress free week!
Here in these containers is soup for lunch until Wednesday and cottage cheese which is high in protein! In my snack bags I have measured out cheddar cubes, turkey, steak cubes, beef jerky and bacon. These protein packed snacks not only work for me but also my children.
I also prep fruit and veggies for the family.
Here to a wonderful week ahead!