Healthy Meals Planning for this week(1)

This week I am planning all my meals around Kroger sales since that is where I shopped this week. Normally, I “stockpile” which means I find a good deal and buy as much as possible. So I tend to have lots of items on hand for recipes. But, the past few weeks have kicked my tail and I am pretty low right now!

Here is my plan:

MONDAY- Amy’s veggie burgers, whole grain buns, sliced veggie tray and whole grain pasta salad (whole grain pasta, grape tomatoes, olives, onion and Italian dressing

TUESDAY- Chicken and Mozerella Cheese Quesadillas with fresh salsa (diced tomato, cilantro, onion, garlic) and rice

WEDNESDAY- grilled chicken breasts, roasted red potatoes (slice and sprinkle with dried Italian dressing mix and put in the oven at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes), steamed broccoli

THURSDAY- Breakfast for dinner! Scrambled eggs, waffles, and cereal (my daughter is going to LOVE this!!)

FRIDAY- Applegate Farm’s chicken nuggets, Annie’s Mac and Cheese, and fruit salad

SATURDAY- DOG DAYS OF SUMMER MEAL!!! Ribs, Hamburgers and Hot Dogs on the grill (we still have some left in the freezer from Whole Foods FILL THE GRILL in June), watermelon, corn on the cob, green salad

SUNDAY- Steak on the grill, baked potatoes, roasted squash (in the oven with garlic and olive oil at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes)

BREAKFASTS: Barbara’s Fruit and Yogurt Bars or Nature’s Path waffles or cereal

LUNCHES: using leftover chicken and tortillas for wraps, gensoy chips or PB&J; and Gensoy chips or leftovers

SNACKS: Peaches, Annie’s Cheddar Bunnies, Power OF Fruit Bars ($0.69 this week after coupon!)

I will post the grocery list by 10 am tomorrow! Our internet is down at home and I need to get back and get the kiddos to bed!!!

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Healthy and Easy Snacks !

6Looking for healthy and easy snacks for after school or on the go?

Here are a few easy recipes for snacks that are both tasty and nutritious!

Great snack foods:

1. apples, cheddar cheese, and turkey

2. hummus, carrots and whole grain crackers (add a little fun by putting the hummus inside small plastic dipping cups and slide dipping cups inside tiny terra cotta pots. Add baby carrots to the top. Your kids will think they are eating their own little carrot plants!)

3. apple slices and a few spoonfuls of peanut butter for dipping (if you don’t have allergies in your family)

4. peanut butter and banana sandwich on whole grain bread

5. Make your own trail mix using unsalted peanuts, whoe wheat pretzels, raisins and cheerios. (You can also add almonds or M&M;’s as well)

6. Pack string cheese and grapes in small sandwich bags. (Freeze the grapes the night before so that they can keep the string cheese cold if it will be a couple of hours before the snack is eaten.)

7. Save the ranch dressing packets from fast food restaurants to use as on the go dip with carrots and celery.

8. Individual cups of unsweetened apple sauce make great on the go snacks. Sprinkle wih cinnamon fo extra taste and antioxidants!

9. Instead of candy, try giving your children dried fruit instead. (Just limit the amount. Dried fruit can be high in calories and can cause loose bowels!!)

10. ANTS ON A LOG: celery stcks with peanut butter in the iddle toppe with raisins

11. Air popped popcorn (healthier than microwave popcorn)

The Bottom Line…

The bottom line on snacking is to combine healthy fats, lean protein and carbohydrates to help maintain healthy blood sugar levels, increase energy and keep you full until dinner.

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