Organized Kitchen For Meal Planning and Weekly Recap

Wow!!  The first two weeks back to school and teaching 3rd grade flew by so quickly.  I barely had time to catch my breath!  These last two weeks back to school were a bit exhausting though, following the two week winter break.  I was reminded of how important it is to me, that I stay focused on healthy, whole foods and minimize my need to reach for processed junk! Healthy, whole foods give my more sustained energy for the long school days!

Saturday morning, I was up bright and early, to make my monthly trip to Annapolis for groceries from Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods.  I live an hour and a half away from Annapolis and Washington, DC.  Once a month shopping keeps me on track and on budget.  I also enjoy the “me time” to wander around the markets and sample all the new and healthy food products!

Whole Foods Whole Living

Saturday at Whole Foods Market! I love all the healthy and unique food samples!

Weekly meal planning, sometimes requires a bit of maintenance.  So,  before I could really map out my week of meals, I cleaned and organized my fridge and freezer.

I love using labeled ziplock bags and glass jars with lids to store dried grains and cooked beans. I spent time on Saturday cooking and then dividing up chick peas and white beans into glass jars for the fridge and labeled ziplock bags for the freezer.  

Cleaning out and organizing helps me to see what I have in stock and make everything “easy to reach”! When whole, natural foods are within easy reach, your more likely to make good food choices! strong>

Fridge and Freezer Makeover

Organizing the fridge to maximize healthy choices!

I have an obsession with glass jars! I food prep and store ingredients in glass jars in my fridge for the week! Having an assortment of cooked beans, brown rice or quinoa and veggies makes it easy to toss together healthy meals! 

Glass Jars for my cooked brown rice, edamame, chick peas and cannellini beans

Glass Jars for my cooked brown rice, edamame, chick peas and cannellini beans

Weekly Meal Planning Link Up with Mommy Run Fast this week! Also, check out the wonderful blogs of Happy Fit Mamaand Jill Conyers!

  • Sunday- Chicken Enchilada Soup {Love This Easy Soup Starter Mix}
  • Monday-Ground Turkey Shepherd’s Pie with Smashed Cauliflower and Sauteed Mixed Baby Greens
  • Tuesday-Red Lentil and Black Bean Stew from Runner’s World Cook Book
  • Wednesday- Baked Potatoes with Broccoli
  • Thursday/Friday- Roast Beef Minestrone Soup {Another Easy Soup Starter Mix}

Last Week Workout Recap: Focusing on my goal of core fitness, strengthening my hips/glutes! 

Monday- Rest Day

Tuesday- Rest Day

Wednesday- Snow Day and Running {4.5 Miles}

Thursday- Hour long Core Fitness Session with Personal Trainer {Read About it HERE

Friday- Easy 3 mile Run

Saturday- Yoga and stretching, really focusing on improving my balance! The goal is improved foot stability and hip/glute strength leading to more efficient running!

What are you targeting in your fitness routine to become a stronger runner?  How do you organize and prep for weekly meal planning? 

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