$10 days: healthy meals for your week (cont…)

5 stressful words: eating healthy through the holidays.

Yeah, it’s hard. I feel it. Not only because there are cookies, candy, and WINE available everywhere you go — there were even wine & cookies at my spin studio this week, the one place I thought would be a sugar, flour, & butter free-zone! — but it’s hard too because…

Who has time for anything right now?

For real. December is such a fun month in spirit, but the reality is, it’s also full of obligations…stress…budgeting…and gingerbread men on fancy trays.

Let’s face it, finding time to take care of yourself in December is about as tricky as finding a Christmas present for your Aunt’s boyfriend… But it’s also super important if you want to enjoy all the charm this month has to offer, and enter the new year on the right foot.
…you know, the foot already half-way through the door to Whole Foods.

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If you can relate, don’t worry. I gotchu.

Today I am continuing my grocery list + meal plan blog series, which I plan to continue into the new year…and maybe beyond! The reality is, meal planning, meal prepping, and grocery shopping on a budget is a part of my life. I do it every weekend and sharing my plans here is p easy. So why not?

You may think some of my recipes are weird, plain, or include too much kale for your liking, and that’s OK. Even if the recipes aren’t your style, hopefully the weekly habit itself inspires you to try this  meal prep thing out. After all, when life is busy, strong health is essential. And as I’ve learned throughout my life, strong health is not a given. It has to be worked for, and one of the ways we work for it is through providing our bodies with proper nourishment.

So dig in and give your brain a break.

The holidays are busy enough as it is. Let eating be one less thing you have to worry about!

For more information on this blog series, please check out the OG post here. Wishing you a happy holiday season, and a blessed new year!

 

Sarah’s grocery list:

  • 1 package Bob’s Red Mill buckwheat groats = $4
  • 1 carton non-dairy milk = $3 
  • 3 single-serve lactose free yogurts = $6 
  • 2 medium organic sweet potatoes = $3
  • 4 organic zucchinis = $4
  • 1 lime = $.99
  • 1 bottle coconut nectar = $6
  • 1 bag organic, raw cashews = $7
  • 1 bag frozen, wild-caught shrimp = $10
  • 1 avocado = $1.50
  • 1 mango = $2.50
  • 1 inch fresh ginger root = $.50
  • 3 organic boxed soups by Pacifica = $10.50
  • 3 organic frozen veggie burgers = $5
  • 1 bag organic rice chips = $2
  • 1 large container hummus = $3
  • 1 can organic garbanzo beans = $.99
  • 1 bag frozen blueberries = $5

Total cost = $75.00

 

Ingredients already in my kitchen: 

  • Tahini
  • Quinoa
  • Whey protein (undenatured & grass-fed)
  • Avocado oil
  • Green kale
  • Tuscan kale
  • Pomegranate juice
  • Coconut Aminos
  • Carrots
  • Pasta sauce
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Coffee
  • Sunflower butter
  • Raspberry jam
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Garlic
  • Spice set

 

Healthy Meal plan:

Monday Recipes:

  • B: cooked buckwheat groats + coffee (I top my buckwheat groats with sunflower butter, jam, and 1/2 container of yogurt)
  • L: zucchini noodle pad thai (recipe to be posted 12/3)
  • D: superfruit kale & quinoa salad (quinoa and massaged tuscan kale dressed with this ginger pomegranate vinaigrette+ chopped mango, crushed cashews, & avocado)

Tuesday Recipes: 

  • B: cooked buckwheat groats + coffee
  • L: superfruit kale & quinoa salad 
  • D: veggie burger + carrots & hummus

Wednesday Recipes: 

  • B: cooked buckwheat groats + coffee
  • L: Pacifica black bean & kale soup + rice chips & hummus
  • D: superfruit kale & quinoa salad 

Thursday Recipes:

  • B: cooked buckwheat groats + coffee
  • L: Pacifica’s cashew carrot soup + chips & hummus
  • D: superfruit kale & quinoa salad 

Friday Recipes: 

  • B: cooked buckwheat groats + coffee
  • L: veggie burger + carrots & hummus
  • D: 1/2 can garbanzo beans + 1 chopped & roasted sweet potato with pasta sauce & parmesan. Add a 7 minute egg for extra protein.

Saturday: 

  • B: power smoothie with vanilla whey protein, 1/2 frozen banana, 1 cup frozen blueberries, 1 tbsp sunflower butter, handful green kale, almond milk to blend.
  • L: 1/2 can garbanzo beans + 1 chopped & roasted sweet potato with pasta sauce & parmesan. Add a 7 minute egg for extra protein.
  • D: veggie burger + carrots & hummus

Sunday: 

  • B: garbanzo bean pancakes + coconut nectar for syrup substitute.
  • L: power smoothie with vanilla whey protein, 1/2 frozen banana, 1 cup frozen blueberries, 1 tbsp sunflower butter, handful green kale, almond milk to blend.
  • D: Pacifica’s black bean & kale soup + chips & hummus

 

If you enjoyed this post, I’d love to hear from you! I post meal prep videos of these recipes on my Instagram story each weekend. Follow me @thecultivateblog to join in!

xoxo, Sarah

 

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