Improve ME

One of my goals for this year is to work on eating healthier and exercising more. It’s not about weight loss for me, but rather about living a little healthier.

As with the goals I posted yesterday, everything starts THIS week!

Today was grocery day and I made sure to do two things before I went shopping – meal plan for the week and make a list of things to shop for. The purpose behind these two things was to create a healthier plan for my foods (more eating at home) and avoid spending extra money at the store. So far, things are off to a great start. I have a full week of menus planned (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks – yes, I even planned out my snacks!). They may not be the healthiest, but I’m starting this all in baby steps. I also avoided buying too many extras at the store, which is another win for the outing!

Here are a couple peeks at things I did today to start the week on a healthier foot:

I bought lettuce and shredded it myself for salad. I’m hoping this lasts longer than those store bought salad mixes I usually buy.
 
I chopped cucumbers. I will be using these for two purposes – snack and salads – hence the two different sizes.

I did the same thing with baby carrots. I always like to have these on hand for snacks and for doggie treats (carrots are good for them!). I also chopped some smaller for the salads.
 
I created a salad for tomorrow’s lunch. Yes, you will notice cheese and bacon bits on this salad. I know these aren’t healthy for you, but I don’t want to waste food and these are still in my fridge. It’s still a healthier lunch alternative to canned pastas or easy Mac, which often make it into my lunchbox.
 
I need to find new containers for better storage. These took up a lot of space in my vegetable drawer. Those will be something I look for soon!
 
I also created a smoothie for tomorrow’s lunch from Greek yogurt, frozen fruit, and apple cider. I used the apple cider for the juice because I already had it on hand. I’m not sure what I will use in the future.
 
It’s all neatly in my fridge ready for tomorrow! One secret of healthier lunches and me is preparing them ahead of time. If I wait until morning, I grab the easiest thing possible, which is often the least healthy item as well. You’ll notice the yogurts on the next shelf – those make great breakfasts as well since I eat after I’m at work!
 
My snack for tomorrow is a banana and possibly celery with peanut butter (if I put this together in the morning). I have a meeting after school and will definitely enjoy a snack during it.
 
My first steps in a healthier me is eating at home more often and exercising each night. I will slowly start to modify the foods I eat as well.
 
 
I will be linking up in the future!
 
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