How’s the meal planning going? We’ve challenged you to try a new ingredient in your big ass salad, and we’ve also given you a couple of easy meal planning ideas, so I’m hoping you’re getting the hang of planning out at least a few meals each week. Hey, baby steps are still steps in the right direction!
Now, we’re focusing on healthy meal plans, but here’s the Fit Bottomed twist: Rather than focusing on what to take out of your weekly meals, we’re going to focus on what you’re adding in. Sure, ideally you’ll create healthful meals around the suggested ingredients (and we’ll recommend some recipes to help you out), but the main idea this week is to add healthy, fresh ingredients into your dinners. It’s a great habit to get into and will make healthy meal plans a cinch.
Your Healthy Meal Plan for the Week
Monday: Cauliflower. It’s so much more than a boring side dish! Try seasoning and roasting it, or mash it for something way better than potatoes. You can make a bunch to use as a main dish or just enough to accompany the meal — whatever works best for you.
Tuesday: Salmon. It’s a superfood, it’s delicious, and we’ve got an awesome salmon recipe for a totally memorable meal. ‘Nuff said.
Wednesday: Kale. You didn’t think we’d let the week go by without including our favorite green in there, did you? It’s great blended in a smoothie, sauteed with some eggs on top (breakfast for dinner, anyone?), or even mixed in with your favorite healthy taco ingredients (like sweet potato!) for some added nutrition. Or you can go with a big ass kale salad. So many options!
Thursday: Avocado. It can make you feel fuller, which might be reason enough for some of us to eat it, but the fact that it’s delicious (raw or grilled) in a wide variety of dishes? That makes it a perfect choice. Of course, it’s delicious in salad (like, really delicious), amazing paired with just about any sort of spicy dish, and it’s also great when spread on bread or a bun for sandwiches or burgers. And if you’re looking to make a smoothie or shake a little thicker? Avocado is your new best friend.
Friday: Quinoa. Know why we left this for Friday? Because we want you to have awesome leftovers all weekend. Quinoa is such a versatile food that you can make it for one meal and enjoy the leftovers in about a billion different ways — with chicken and veggies, stuffed in peppers, sprinkled over salad, you name it.
Which of these days looks like a piece of (healthy) cake to you? Which is going to be a challenge? Don’t forget to take pictures and share your healthy meal plans progress with us on social media using #fitbottomedeats! —Kristen