Not such a frosty one out there this morning:
lots and lots of leaves…
Quick lunch before work takeoff yesterday:
Steamed Spinach with Parmesan Cheese
My food stash is officially nonexistent. Off I went to the grocery store this morning.
Healthy Eating Starts at the Grocery Store
Healthy eating starts at the grocery store, not McDonald’s. The key to healthy eating is not taking the lazy way out such as fast food. Granted, fast food restaurants are slowly taking part in offering healthy foods to eat, but it is not enough, and much more expensive.
I used to have a love/hate relationship with grocery shopping. Loved it because I have a sweet tooth and cookies, donuts, cake, candy were on my main course menu. But once I would eat them I felt like pooh and was hungry an hour later.
Hated it, because I still would feel hungry after eating so much junk food and feel terrible for not eating healthy..hmm.
I used to be the type of person that would walk into the grocery store, spend an hour walking around aimlessly, and then would leave $100 poorer still not being able to figure out what to eat for each meal of the day.
I did make grocery list attempts, but they would just backfire-too time extensive or spending more money than I had anticipated.
I finally decided that I needed to make smarter choices and discovered the combination of Meal Planning and Grocery Lists:
Instead of randomly jotting down items that came to mind that sounded good alone, I decided to categorize the items.
First I listed four or five meals that I wanted to make throughout the upcoming week.
Then I decided to list the four or five general sections of the grocery store that I would find these items in:
Then I decided to list out the ingredients of each meal for the week. Adding in miscellaneous other things that I would need such as laundry soap, trash bags, and milk, etc.
I then bring the list to the grocery store and go through each section of the store, selecting everything on my list and whatever else I find on sale that I may need.
One hour making the list, shopping, and putting them away. Done and Done.
Do you use grocery lists or meal planning? How to you make it work for you?