Happy Monday friends! This weekend flew by and I’m feeling like I need a rewind! My in-laws were visiting with us, so we kept things pretty low key and just hung out. I had some down time, so I went through all 46 pages of the women’s Nordstrom Anniversary Sale catalog online and narrowed down the “must haves” from each category so you don’t have to feel like you missed something- there’s too much!
Then, after going through everything, I had to place another order- shhh, don’t tell Jimmy!! for things I didn’t see in my store and wanted to try out. I’ll share them with you on Friday when the sale opens to everyone! In the meantime, if you find a field of money trees, send directions!!
On Sunday, I got to visit a very special friend in the hospital and I wanted to ask for your prayers for this precious little girl named Savannah. She’s just two days older than Jordan and has already undergone her second open heart surgery. On Sunday, she was doing well and in great spirits, smiling and scooting around her hospital room floor in her Minnie Mouse pajamas, showing me her toys and handing me books to read to her. She’s already been in the hospital for 3 weeks this time and so ready to go home. I don’t even know how her mom is holding up, but she says any mom would do the same. She’s asking for all the prayers she can get that the surgery was successful (she won’t know for 3-6 months) and if you leave your well wishes in the comments or on my Instastories, I’ll forward them onto her. Thank you so much!
I couldn’t think of anyone who would appreciate a warm, cozy circle cardi more than a mama staying with her baby in the hospital, and she loved it! I picked up 4 more for Christmas gifts too. 😉
Today, I’m answering two of the most frequently asked questions around here- what do I eat in a day and how do I plan my weekly menu?? Although my bikini contest prep days are in the past, I still try to eat healthy most of the time with protein at each meal and 4-5 meals each day. I’m hungry that often, so it’s no problem for me to eat that often and I never skip breakfast! I would chew my arm off!
I do indulge in sweets though- it’s my weakness! I workout 4 times a week and still prefer a strong, athletic build, and even though I’m still working on my ab separation, I have seen an improvement with consistent workouts and more ab-focused exercises.
HOW I PLAN OUR MENU
I’m not the biggest fan of grocery shopping just because it usually takes so long and it’s harder to complete with kids in tow, so I sometimes order groceries online for pickup at Kroger or my husband goes. Usually on Saturday morning, I take stock of what we have left in the refrigerator (not much), throw out the bad leftovers, and spend a good 30 minutes browsing my cookbooks or Pinterest boards for healthy meal inspiration.
I have to think about including Jordan in these meals now since she’s a good eater who eats a lot and thankfully, everything! James is still super picky and eats his same food without much branching out. I’ll usually pick 4 recipes to cook and plan for leftovers, along with a couple things to eat for lunch and snacks to have on hand.
Using this Grocery List magnetic pad helps me organize things because I can write on the left side what we’ll be eating and put the groceries we need on the right. I think it’s out of stock now and I might cry because it’s the pad I like the most!
Below is an example of the meals we ate this week, so you can get an idea of the kinds of meals I eat each day.
THE KINDS OF MEALS I EAT WHEN NOT ON BIKINI PREP
Since I now wake up early to workout and can’t workout on an empty stomach, I drink a cup of Muscle Egg (flavored egg whites) before hitting the gym. It’s convenient and fast and not a big meal to try to force down first thing in the morning. The chocolate is the best flavor I’ve tried and I buy them as four 1/2 gallons because once you thaw and open them (they arrive frozen), you have to drink it within a month before it goes bad and a 1/2 gallon lasts me right about that time. The downside is it’s expensive, but you can make them at home if you wanted with egg whites, skim milk and sugar free chocolate syrup.
After the gym, my breakfast is usually a protein pancake, so that’s what I have most mornings, but sometimes I’ll change it up with oatmeal or, on a rare occasion, a bowl of cereal.
This Kodiac Cakes protein pancake mix is so good! I make it with 1/3 cup mix, 1/3 cup All Whites, 1/3 cup water, and a splash of flaxseed for added fiber.
To make: Spray your small pan with cooking spray, then pour in the mixed batter. When it’s almost cooked through and looks mostly dry on top, then you can flip it. After it’s cooked through, I put it on a cooling rack for a few minutes so the steam can release or else I find it gets soggy. I eat mine with a bit of sugar free syrup and sometimes also peanut butter. It’s a filling breakfast, high in protein and Jordan loves them too! The way I make them makes 1 big pancake.
Slow Cooker Broccoli Beef
A slow cooker meal is always a lifesaver and this beef and broccoli recipe is so yummy! I got the recipe on the lovely Le Creme de la Crumb blog.
Burger with Mushrooms & Onions on Spinach
Here’s an example of a quick lunch this week. I used a pound of lean ground beef to make 4 burgers and once I cook them, I can quickly reheat them in the microwave for another meal. Topping them with sauteed mushrooms and onions and a burger spread makes them extra tasty! Sometimes I put my burger in a butter lettuce ‘bun’ but my store has been out of that lately, so I just ate it with spinach drizzled with olive oil and salt and pepper.
Spinach & Mushroom Omelet with Center Cut Bacon
This was another lunch and so easy to make. Sometimes my husband likes bacon and eggs for dinner too, so we’ll all have breakfast for dinner.
Honey Garlic Shrimp
Spaghetti with Meat Sauce
Jordan really likes spaghetti, so we’ve started eating that more too. I add lean beef for protein and just use a jarred sauce. Dinner done in 15 minutes!
I just cut Jordan’s pieces very small – and take her shirt off because it’s so messy!
Apples with Peanut Butter
I get lots of questions about what snacks I eat, and my most frequent is greek yogurt or an apple dipped in peanut butter. I buy those little natural snack size peanut butter and even James likes this snack.
After we grocery shop, I’ll usually put a note on the fridge of what we plan to eat that week and follow it loosely. It’s more just a reminder for me so I remember what I planned on the weekend, when I’ve already forgotten mid-week!
I hope this helps! I’ll start photographing more of our meals so I can give you more food inspiration in the future! And thank you again so much for praying for sweet little Savannah!