This past weekend was on the busy side, so I didn’t have the time for a full meal prep, but I’m pretty proud of how I improvised.
Saturday Mister and I went suit shopping, he wanted a good basic suit that could be worn to a handful of weddings we have coming up. We went to Lord & Taylors, Rothman’s, and Nordstroms. We eventually took a break for lunch at the Iron Tomato, and went back to Lord & Taylors for the first suit he tried on of the day. I think he finally has an idea what wedding dress shopping has been like for me!
Sunday, we went to see Cirque du Soleil’s Paramour on Broadway as a belated birthday present for my Mom. We went to Liebman’s in Riverdale for dinner after, which brought us back to Mom’s house with little energy and less time. I ran to the grocery store with a specific list, and managed to get my all the meals done in record time.
For this week, I relied on my pantry for breakfast; I’ve said it before, but I always have granola, almond milk, oatmeal, and protein powder on hand as a backup. This was perfect for this week, when I didn’t feel like baking something or eating anymore egg whites really.
Lunch was salad mason jars. I know that mason jars have been done to death, but these particular size and shape are just so convenient.
I brought in a bag of romaine lettuce and a bag of arugula to be mixed as a base for these toppings. Each jar has either chickpeas or red kidney beans layered with black olives, diced cucumber, and cherry tomatoes.
These new topper options, and I picked up some new salad dressings (Cesar vinaigrette and raspberry walnut).
Every day I can toss together the contents of a jar, over some lettuce, add any of the toppings, and or roasted red pepper and or tuna or salmon. Its like a choose your own adventure salad.
I’ve learned that I can eat the same thing every day, but I can’t eat the same salad every day. Even if they’re all practically the same, just the tweak of a different dressing, or a different crunchy topping, can make it a different salad for me.
As always, I made sure to grab some snack options as well; having my breakfast and lunches all planned out can still be a recipe for disaster when that 3pm sweet tooth hits if I don’t have a planned snack.
Snack options: sabra hummus single serve with pretzels, sargento balanced breakfs (cheese, nuts, dried fruit), and mini chocolate rice cakes. I try my best to include options that cover salty, sweet, crunchy, and savory. That way, no excuses for running out and grabbing a junk food alternative.