Have A Plan on Hand

No Cook Meal Prep – It’s All About the Groceries

I’m getting busier at work, thankfully, while making maintaining a balance in my life that gives me enough downtime/ self care time. To that end, I decided to keep #mealprepsunday super simple this week. Yesterday I went to Trader Joe’s and bought a package of Nova Lox, 2 cans of tuna, veggie burgers, a bag of Power Greens, and a bag of Broccoli Slaw. My pantry and refrigerator contain everything else I need to turn these ingredients into work lunches for the week. I have 100 calorie multi grain English Muffins (3 points), Everything Bagel Thins (3 points), Ole Whole Wheat Tortillas (1 point), and the fixings for the homemade classic vinaigrette I enjoy so much. Today I put together the tuna with celery, diced red onions, and light mayo I had on hand, and the salad dressing. My other options, the lox sandwiches, and veggie burger sandwiches can be put together on the fly at work.

Easy salad and vinaigrette prep. The recipe for the Vinaigrette came from the June issue of Prevention magazine. This is the 3rd time I’ve made it. 2 alterations – I didn’t have a shallot in the house, so I finely chopped the diced red onions I did have, and instead of 1/2 cup of olive oil I used 1/4 cup + 1/4 cup water. Note that you can use any vinegar in this that you like. You can also switch out the shallot or onion for a clove of garlic. So many good options.
Lunch is ready. I also do have a little fruit as an afternoon snack with me. This week it’s Plumcots. I love summer stone fruits.

During what I refer to the “dog days” of the quarantine, my husband and I started eating serious deserts after dinner. Ice cream, gelato, ice cream novelties, and the like. My clothes started getting a little tight…. During the last few weeks since we have both been getting out of the house again during the day for work, we have made adjustments. I have been prepping fresh summer fruit to have after dinner most nights. We do still indulge in a cheat dessert or 2 on the weekends, but the fruit has been working great for us. The first week, I cut up watermelon. Last week, I prepped strawberries, and bought whipped cream to have with them, and this week we are doing the same with cherries. It’s all been really delicious and satisfying.

That’s my cherry pitter in the foreground. I picked it up at Bed Bath & Beyond a while back for about $12.00. You can also find them on Amazon. I prefer real whipped cream over the processed whipped toppings. This can (and the name brand) are 15 calories/ or 1 point for 2 tablespoons. It is cleaner eating, and tastes so much better.

For breakfast these days I switch off between yogurt, banana, berry bowls, with a hard boiled egg, and scrambled eggs topped with salsa, and rolled into an Ole Whole Wheat tortilla, with a banana. These choices work for me, and keep me full until lunchtime. Easy peasy.

In addition to today’s prep, I wanted to inspire you with this article about the benefits of aquatic exercise, as pools will be opening up soon, and of course, it’s summer. https://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness_articles.asp?id=1500. You know me – I cannot wait to get back in the water!

Thanks for stopping by today. Stay safe and healthy. And continue to take good care of yourselves.

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