Aside from being hotter than the Devil's oven, this summer has been a hot mess for a multitude of reasons. Did we not already mention that summer is nearly half over & I have yet to do anything super fly with my children? I thought so.
Add in some non-exercise, non-healthy eating habits and you have yourself a finely uphostered hot mama--aka ME. Looking ahead to Vegas in a couple of weeks has me pondering exactly what I will wear because Lord knows I don't do summer skivvies anyhow and there is nothing bearable about this bod at the moment.
It's been decided that the next couple of weeks will be a gigantic overhaul at the house--I'm not sure everyone received the memo, but I'm really the only one who needed it anyhow. I would love to think that M2 would get one board with eating things that don't come in a box or bag more often than not, but that will take some doing, I think. M1 has always been my would-rather-eat-salad-than-fries kid--as a toddler, she once gnawed a raw zucchini through the veggie bag while I was distracted in the produce aisle at Kroger.
Fort Warthman climbs aboard the healthy train with the following meal plan for the upcoming week:
This weekend, I'll be trying my hand at making a few healthier snacks. Namely, Cauliflower Poppers, Homemade Cheese-Its and Roasted Chickpeas. My hope is the poppers will keep me from craving french fries, that M2 will try and like the homemade cheese-its and that the roasted chickpeas will keep me from wandering to the vending machine in the middle of the afternoon at work. Spiced correctly, I could definitely see them encouraging me to forgo chips.
Tomorrow is supposed to be hot, so we'll be staying in and enjoying a light something for lunch. Namely, I plan to try this Lemon Orzo with Tomatoes & Asparagus recipe that I've been oogling on Pinterest since sometime this past winter. M1 isn't a fan of tomatoes, but I think she'll make do. She used to eat orzo with her hands as a toddler...she was such a good eater! M2 will not try any of said dish, I can almost guarantee that.
On Sunday, I plan to make some egg cupcakes for breakfast (which we can keep in the fridge for re-heating through the beginning of the week) because the idea of an omelet in your hand is very appealing to me. For lunch, we'll whip up some tuna salad using our homemade mayo & some crunchy apples or red peppers and celery. For dinner, I'm thinking a nice piece of grilled salmon & some grilled diced sweet potatoes.
During the week, I'll be keeping my blender busy in the mornings by whipping up various smoothies for breakfast that contain a healthy dose of baby spinach. I have lots of frozen fruit to use in those plus I may toss in whatever I find fresh at DLM this week.
For lunches, I plan to have the tuna salad in lettuce cups plus try my hand at making the eye-catching, mouthwatering chicken, black bean, red pepper salad I found on Kalyn's Kitchen via Pinterest. Holy cats, but that looks good! That should get us through the week w/some fruit or veggies on the side each day.
For dinners, we're looking for variety, but not a lot of fancy schmancy. Monday is piano lesson night, so I'm looking at grilled chicken (M2 will eat!) and grilled sweet potatoes. Tuesday night, we have a soccer meeting that I will need to leave work early for, so it's crockpot pot roast & veggies. Wednesday is M2's birthday (sniffle, sob!) so I thought we'd let her pick. Hoping she will request her favorite (steak) and I can make sweet potato fries for myself and regular fries for her. M1 is to be baking a cake. Thursday night, I want to make a big salad (with perhaps some leftover steak?) with a bunch of delicious fixings & a homemade balsamic vinaigrette. Friday night we will probably do burgers and I'll make more cauliflower poppers.
Lots of fresh fruit planned for snacks and deserts as well as veggie-fied snacks. Gallons and gallons of water to be consumed.
We shall see what happens. I really hope I start feeling better and have more energy to do my daily life.