Menu Plan Monday: The Whole30 Continues!

Grilled Salmon with Avocado SalsaI have about a week and a half of the Whole30 Program left and I cannot believe I have lasted this long!  At the end of my thirty days, I’ll post about my process and how I felt.  It’s been easy at times and then super hard sometimes.  After shoe shopping with three kids by myself yesterday I was ready to whip into Orange Leaf and load up on New York Cheesecake yogurt and white chocolate chips.  But, I did not.

I’m staying strong and using Pinterest like crazy for Whole30 and paleo recipes. Here is our menu for the week.  The salmon is AWESOME!  Try it!

 Cracklin’ Chicken with Green Beans and Sweet Potatoes

Pork Carnitas and Salad

Well Fed Chocolate Chili

Grilled Salmon with Avocado Salsa (a favorite last week!) and Fish Fillets for the kids with Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Seasoned Drumsticks and Bacon Spinach Stir Fry

If you need more inspiration, check out The Organizing Junkie’s Menu Plan Monday!

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

Menu Plan Monday: More Paleo & Whole30

Menu Plan MondayHappy St. Patrick’s Day!  I’m still on The Whole30 Program, so while I can’t have any green beer today, I can have a spinach smoothie right?  Just humor me.

Actually, after almost two weeks on the program of no sugar, no processed foods, no grains, and no dairy I feel great and it’s not as hard as I thought.  Meal planning is very important though.  One of my favorite meals from last week was the Healthy Chipotle Chicken Sweet Potato Skins.  In fact, I am eating one for breakfast right now.  They are great to freeze and have later.

I found a lot of great meal ideas on Pinterest and started my own board, so feel free to check it out for great paleo and Whole30 meal plans and recipes!

Here’s what we are having this week:

Spaghetti Squash Casserole and Stir Fried Kale with Bacon

Vegetable Omeletes and Pancakes (I’m going to sneak in spinach juice to make them green.  Wish me luck)

Coconut Chicken Strips (dip in egg/almond milk bath and roll in unsweetened coconut flakes), Chopped Salad, Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Turkey Burgers, Avocado Slices, Steamed Broccoli and Fruit Salad

Paleo Mexican Soup and Grilled Cheese

If you need more inspiration, check out my Pinterest Meal Plan Boards and The Organizing Junkie’s Meal Plan Monday!

 

 

Menu Plan Monday: The Whole 30 Program

fruit saladI just finished day six of The Whole30 Program!

Some days are hard, but for the most part it has not been as bad as I thought.  It does take a lot of meal planning.

What have I been eating?  A lot of fresh fruit and vegetables.

What have I not been eating?  Sugar, processed food, grains, dairy and alcohol.

I do miss my chai tea and a glass of wine.  But, I’ve found my trigger points…stress.  At night when I am on my own and making dinner, helping with homework and doing the bedtime routine, I’d love to sit down and eat a big piece of chocolate cake and drink a glass of wine!  Instead, I’ve been keeping fresh fruit on hand to satisfy my craving.  Or a sweet potato with walnuts and cinnamon.  Surprisingly, it has helped.

Something else that has helped?  You will think I’m crazy, but you may thank me later.  When I am stressed and want to scream, I leave the room and do a round of speed bags…sounds like drugs right?!  You know when you hit a hanging punching bag over and over super fast?  That’s a speed bag.  I hit an imaginary one while I count to fifty.  It wears you out and is an amazing stress reliever.  I even taught the kids.

They think I’m nuts.

On to the menu for this week…

chicken salad plateWell Fed Chocolate Chili

Healthy Chipotle Chicken Sweet Potato Skins with Paleo Broccoli Salad

Slow Cooker Roast Chicken and Gravy with Green Beans, Mashed Cauliflower and Raw Carrots

Turkey Burgers, Avocado Slices, Salsa and Salad with Sweet Potatoes

Spaghetti Squash with Italian Meat Sauce

Chicken Fajitas with Green Peppers, Onions, Avocado and Salsa with Salad

What do you have for breakfast if you can’t have your beloved oatmeal with fruit every day?  I love my steel cut oats…

I’ve had scrambled eggs with peppers and onions, with mushrooms, with kale, with chard and with salsa.  When I get sick of eggs, I have a sweet potato with cinnamon and walnuts.  Another option is fresh fruit salad.  I love bananas, blueberries and pineapples at the moment.

If you still need inspiration for your weekly menu, check out the Organizing Junkie’s Menu Plan Monday!

Have you tried The Whole30 Program?  How did it go?  What advice do you have?  Leave me a comment!