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WIAW #22 and Planning Ahead

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Happy WIAW! So far my week has been grand!  The wonderful weather we have been having here in North Texas is drawing me to the outdoors and I have gotten in some good runs.  Although my days are busy, I have made a commitment to fit runs or cross training workouts into my schedule before or after work.  Sometimes you just have to make the commitment to yourself, for yourself.

Funny how I skip workouts because I’m busy, and feel tired, but when I workout I have more energy for those busy days and my tired changes from a run-down tired to a feel good tired. Dose anybody know what I’m talking about?

The past few weeks I have been taking the time on the weekends to sit and plan my meals for the week, making quick and easy meals and preparing enough to take for lunch during the week. I also multi task some of my ingredients, I prepared enough quinoa to use in several dishes during the week.

Monday started with silken tofu and cherry smoothie sprinkled with vanilla granola, coffee and pure aloe vera with carrot juice, aloe vera is good for the digestive and immune system, joint function and circulation and it supports the overall healing process. I drink 2 to 4 ounces twice daily. You can drink it alone, but I choose to drink it with just a little carrot orange juice.  For those of you who don’t have a juicer or don’t always have the time to juice and clean the juice machine, (I hate cleaning the juicing machine), I have found an amazing omega-3 carrot orange juice at TJ’s. My daughter loves this stuff, and she is a picky eater.

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Lunch was leftover pasta salad on top a bed of fresh romaine lettuce. The pasta salad I made over the weekend was prepared with mini heirloom tomatoes, red, orange, yellow and jalapeno peppers, black olives, grated vegan cheese and vegan mayo and I finished off with a sprinkle of TJ’s 21 Seasoning Salute.

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 Snack was Lotus Biscoff Spread with sliced apples. I found it at Target and it is a good stand in for TJ’s Cookie Butter, which happens to be out of stock until mid May.

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After work and a three-mile run I sliced and sautéed TJ’s Italian Sausage-less Sausage with sliced jalapeno and simmered them in creamy red pepper soup, served on top a bed of quinoa.  This meal took about 15 minutes to prepare because I prepared the quinoa Sunday to use throughout the week.

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Taking the time to plan my meals has paid off with more time to do the things I love. Like running and most of all spending time with my daughter, who will be leaving for college next year.  I’m trying to make the most of the time I have with her everyday, soon it will be phone calls, skype and occasional visits.

I challenge you to meal plan if you don’t already. It has saved me time and money.

Stop by Peas and Crayons for a peak at what others are eating. Thank you Jenn for being a great host each week.

Questions of the Day.

Do you plan your meals?

What would you like to have more time for in your life?

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