Posted on 03 April 2011.
Welcome to Fit Meals Monday!
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Our family just got back from a week long vacation to Sun Valley, Idaho. It was gorgeous! We stayed in a beautiful 5000+ square foot home with floor to ceiling windows featuring 360 degree views of the snow covered mountains. Everyday from our kitchen window we’d watch about 14 elk coming down to the golf course for a sip of water. It was simply amazing! We drove to Sun Valley with my sisters family. The 5 cousins had a blast skiing and making snowmen together. My sister and I got some much needed girl time.
When we got back home we celebrated my brothers birthday with the little dance party that you saw above. The craziest part of the party was that we had cake and ice cream at about 10:45 am! NO judgment (see party post). Did you notice I actually said we “had to”. eat cake and ice cream. LOL! I was really good. Why did we “have to” eat cake and ice cream at 10:45am? My sister’s family had to head back to Santa Barbara for their church service that evening. My brother-in-law is a pastor at Light and Life Goleta, which is next door to beautiful Santa Barbara. We had to eat breakfast, eat cake and ice cream, and have a quick dance party all before noon! It was some special party.
Mya, Victoria, and my cutiepie nephew.
As you see this week is starting out super sweet! I’ve been meeting a ton of cool moms through the Ultimate Blog Party. I’ve been entering a TON of contests hoping to win some of their amazing prizes (like a $100 Amazon gift card from Wendy Hagen). The icing on the cake today was that I came in under budget on my weekly shopping trip!
I hear people say ALL the time, that the reason they can’t eat healthy is because it’s too expensive. My goal this month is to spend under $100 each week in Southern California on groceries. The catch is, I can’t buy ANY junk. So, no chips, no cookies, no packaged mac n cheese! If I want something sweet, I have to make it from scratch. If I want something like chips, I’m making kale chips instead.
HERE’S HOW I DID
I spent $96.67! How did I do it? As you see I went to 3 stores, Sprouts, Valley Produce Market, and Costco. I didn’t have a meal plan in mind this week. Instead, I decided to shop ONLY for sale items, and then make my plan based on what was on sale. If it was not on sale, I didn’t buy it (except for Costco items, and about 4 items from the store which were already priced low). The best deal at Costco was the Almond Milk which was just $8.79 for 6 cartons of milk! At other stores they cost about $2.50 or more EACH! So, that was a super price! As you see, the only thing I didn’t buy was toiletries, paper goods, etc. We are set for awhile on those items. I’m budgeting $50 per month for all of those types of things (separate from our food budget).
Here’s My Meal Plan For The Week!
Monday- Healthy Stuffed Red Bell Peppers, green salad. You’ll notice green salad just about every day on my plan this week. Romain lettuce was just 3 bunches for $1! I’ll add this veggie or that to it. Maybe use some of the pears and nuts I have one day. We’ll never just have plain old lettuce! I like to make fun creative salads. You see that I bought apples as well. We can have a salad with apples and walnuts one day…and maybe blueberries and strawberries another, etc…
Taco Tuesday- Fish Tacos in a Lettuce “Tortilla” served with cabbage, tomatoes, avocado slices, and cilantro cream sauce
Wednesday- Healthy Chicken Tortilla Soup I will be using the left over rotissere chicken from Costco (our meal yesterday), green salad.
Meatless Thursday- Crustless Veggie Quiche, green salad. We usually have meatless Monday, but I have to use up my red bell peppers before they spoil this Monday. So, we’re having Meatless Thursday.
Fish Friday- Hoemade Panko Crusted Tilapia Nuggets, green salad, squash
Saturday Buffet- No we aren’t going out to eat. We are eating any leftovers from the week. If I have left over veggies I can make a veggie omelet, or make a quick stir fry out of it.
Simple Sunday- Cabbage and Turkey Kielbasa Sausage, green salad
Breakfasts: baked blueberry oatmeal, eggs with green onions and tomatoes, yogurt parfait with fresh berries and granola on top, whole wheat pancakes with fresh berries, granola and fresh fruit (repeat our favorites of the week)
Lunch: tuna salad, tuna sandwiches on homemade honey whole wheat bread, boiled eggs and fruit, Annett’s favorite chocolate smoothie, homemade broccoli soup, leftovers
What’s Your Fit Meals Monday Plan? Tell us in the comment section below? You can just share one meal if you like. We’d LOVE to see what’s for dinner, lunch or breakfast!
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Annett Davis, Olympian & Founder of Fit Moms Fit Kids