Happy Monday everyone! I know, what a lousy way to start the week…and why is the weekend only two days? Why can’t it be 3? The workweek would still be longer – surely that would be enough?!?? Well I’m here on a Monday to do everyone a solid and take the guesswork out of your day today. I’m here to give you a sample menu plan for the day.
(from Gold Standard Women)
I know how tempting it is to go and get whatever the local fast food joint is proclaiming breakfast to be this morning. There is not enough morning on a Monday. Even those places that have “healthy” options, still make sure that they’re not as healthy as what you would have at home. I will give you three options for each meal and snack today. The others can then be rolled over (unlike that cellphone data) to the next days!
Oatmeal with nuts and berries
I like to get instant oatmeal (the Steel cut oat preferred just for texture) when I’m really in a pinch. Super easy to just dump the package in a container, drop in some nuts, and put boiling water in it when you get to work. Add some berries and you’ve got a nutritious and delicious breakfast that will keep you full until your mid-morning snack. I like to accompany this with some greek yogurt or a cheese stick as well so that we’ve hit all the major food groups.
(from President’s Choice)
For me personally, I think that the oatmeal is sweet enough with the berries added. However, if you need a little more, feel free to add some stevia or some honey to kick it up a notch.
Boiled Egg with Fruit, Cheese Stick, and mini pita (Peanut Butter Optional)
If you’ve ever been to Starbucks, you’ve probably seen their bistro boxes underneath their scrumptious looking scones and loafs. If you’re GOING to grab something on the go, grab this. I like to make my own DIY version of their Protein Box, even going so far as keeping those containers to do it in.
(from Cooking Light)
Yogurt with Granola
Try a nice healthy granola with low sugar and fat content. Add fruit and yogurt to this and shazam – quick healthy breakfast on the go!
Grab some leftover chicken and throw it in a whole grain wrap with a little lettuce and skim cheese. Add a little of your favourite condiment or my favourite substitution, avocado, to keep it from being dull.
Soup and Sandy
I like to get some of my favourite Amy’s Soups and take them to work with me with a half sandwich. I like the tomato bisque of theirs with a low fat turkey sandwich on 1 whole grain slice of bread. Keep the portions low on this one, and you’re golden! Some soups (especially bisques) can have a lot of fat and calories, so have a look at the label to see what you’re getting!
Homemade “Pizza” Bites
Take 8 Triscuits (I prefer the low sodium variety), your favourite (or homemade) pizza sauce, and some Mozzarella cheese, pop in the microwave or toaster oven at work, and you’ve got mini pizzas! Add some green peppers if you have them for a veggie pizza snack. Like a Lunchable, but way better for you!
Fruit with Peanut Butter
For snacks, you want to load up on fruits and vegetables to fill that gap between meals. Both have lots of fibre and water content to keep you hydrated and feeling full longer.
(from Peanut Butter & Co.)
If you want to add some protein to this, add peanut butter or another nut butter to dip fruits in.
Hummus and Dip
Another great protein source is hummus. Dip some veg in hummus and you’ll stay full even longer.
(from Body Balance)
Anyone else have any tips for setting yourself up for the dreaded workweek? What do you do that saves you time when you know you’ve got to eat away from home?