I fell asleep again after eating too many carbs for my system the other day. The food may help the baby but me falling asleep at the drop of a hat with five kids running around was not going to cut it. I needed to get back to Trim Healthy Mama!
Why Trim Healthy Mama, you wonder? Because I actually LIKE their food. I don’t feel neglected or feel like I am starving myself half the time. Because there is so much more to eat out there and it’s okay to eat it, if I can remember to eat it right
So, where do I start? Personally, I went on my search engine and wrote “Trim Healthy Mama eating plan.” Since I am mostly a Drive Thru Sue, I need someone who has already laid the path out. My brain right now, after baby number 5, really can’t handle more than something basic.
After looking around for some time, I found Working At Homeschool’s How I Fed My Family of 6 for Under $100 a week. (Oh, did I mention that we are on a VERY TIGHT BUDGET right now?). I downloaded her ideas and shopping list and that day went food shopping.
I didn’t actually stick totally just to her list. Oh, I did buy everything she mentioned to buy, I just found myself trying to do two weeks instead of just one, thinking of extra things that would be really good to have on hand. I used her list as a main guideline and, Eureka! I hit about $225! (And it probably will go through for two weeks! Thank you Aldis, and thank you God!)
Then, after food shopping, I put food away (because that is what we all do, right? I actually think I got my fifteen minutes of exercise going back and forth to the car hauling it in while my kids were with their grandma. Success on getting those 15 minutes in!).
After that I was going to prep but after being at the store for as long as I was, with a baby who has to eat and had a few gas bubbles in between, I was beat! I sat down and looked at the computer for awhile. This Mama was tired! And had a birthday party to go to the next day…so I had to think about when I should prep.
If anything, by that night, I had begun to plan my meals! (I had to do that then because sooner or later I had to plan my homeschool week three. So I got to work! And that menu looks quite nice, as far as filled in and easy. I borrowed the template from Gwen’s Nest.
Since the party (which was also a family reunion) was at 2pm the next day, and was two hours away, my husband had decided we wouldn’t be able to go to church. So after spending some one on one time with my kids watching a silly movie, I began prepping for the week.
I sliced up two cabbages, I made Seasoning Mix (3 peppers, two onions and celery chopped up and put in a baggie), my daughter and I shredded four small/medium zucchinis and I split my hamburger meat into at least two meals and had an extra pound of beef for something random.
I wrote what meals they were for on the baggies and stuck them in the freezer.
I felt very accomplished! It feels good to prepare when you don’t know what your week will look like!
Then after the party, just recently actually (the time here being around 10:25 pm), I made five bowls of Peach Spice Overnight Oatmeal from Brianna Thomas’s website.
I am so excited to try something new!
I didn’t want to have to worry about hungry kids, or their hungry mama, first thing in the morning, especially if the baby decided he wasn’t going to sleep tonight. So all I have to worry tomorrow morning is my husband getting some kind of food for breakfast (probably eggs) and possibly prepping lunch (since dinner is pretty much prepped already! Say What?!).
Would you like to see my menu for the week, Lord willing?
Monday-Breakfast: Peach Spice Overnight Oatmeal, Lunch: Salad with Tuna and Vinaigrette, Snack: Muffin in a Mug, Dinner: Cabb and Saus Skillet Meal
Tuesday- Breakfast: Sprouted French Toast, Lunch: Mexican Cottage Cheese, Snack: Veggies and Hummus, Dinner: BLT Frittata or Iron Man Frittata
Wednesday- Breakfast: Cheesey Eggs, Lunch: Nicey Ricey Salad, Snack: BLT Salad, Dinner: Egg Roll in a Bowl
Thursday- Breakfast: THM Pancakes, Lunch: Salad with Boiled Eggs and Ranch, Snack: Frozen Yogurt Pops, Dinner: Spicy Chicken Wings and Veggies
Friday- Breakfast: Eggs, Lunch: Crispy Salmon, Snack: Cottage Berry Whip, Dinner: Slim Sloppy Joes
Saturday- Breakfast: Muffin in a Mug, Lunch: Lettuce Wraps, Dinner Whole Baked Chicken, Salad and Rice
I better go, because the baby is stirring! Have a great week and let me know what will be on your menu!
Be inspired today!