This is the third post of a four-part series on meal planning like a boss–even when life’s crazy.
The first post can be found here.
The second post can be found here.
The third post can be found here.
Friends, we’ve covered how to stay healthy + energized during those crazy, zero-kitchen-time weeks known as Crunch Weeks.
We’ve gotten real about upping the fresh ingredients during your slightly sane, somewhat more balanced (aka: typical) weeks–the Breathing Space Weeks.
Today’s focus, then, is on:
- Making the most of your Vacation Weeks (the best weeks!)
- Effectively planning for each week to make healthy eating as hassle-free as possible (resources for this below).
A note on recipes vs. formulas
You may have noticed throughout this series that I’ve included links to specific recipes and to flexible formulas. Both have their perks.
Recipes allow cooks of any level create something spectacular, even if the only “cooking” you’ve ever done is burn a few Pop Tarts. I scavenge for new recipes like a fiend, and never really run out of new ideas that way. However, I realize you may prefer to spend your free time doing more exciting things than stare at photos of someone else’s food. If that’s the case, and you therefore keep reusing the same recipes over and over, you’re bound to get sick of them eventually—who wouldn’t?—and rebel, likely by way of the nearest takeout joint. This is where formulas come in.
Using a formula allows you to mix and match ingredients depending on your taste, on what’s in season, and on what you haven’t already eaten for three weeks straight. This is what keeps me from giving up on the grains + veggies + protein lunch; I can make it radically different from week to week, or I can keep enjoying the same thing if I happen upon a combo that I’m crazy about.
A note on “cheat” meals
- 7 (days) x 3 (meals per day) = 21 meals
- 7 (days) x 2 (snacks per day) = 14 snacks
Twenty-one meals, 14 snacks. That’s a lot of food, yo. And just as one salad won’t suddenly make you skinny or reverse all of your health problems, one stack of diner pancakes won’t do the opposite. Sometimes, it’s okay to indulge.
Download these meal planning + grocery list templates (they’re totally free) to make planning your healthy week super straightforward. They’re taken, page for page, right out of the Eat Well. Party Hard. ebook:
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