Theresa's Mixed Nuts: How to Maintain a Healthy Meal Plan During the Week #LiveHealthyChoice

Monday, March 14, 2016

How to Maintain a Healthy Meal Plan During the Week #LiveHealthyChoice




I always thought that I'd have more time for myself when my girls got a little older. Some weeks, it actually feels like the opposite. Between rushing to doctor and dental appointments, parent-teacher meetings, after school activities, and let's not mention my girls have a better social life than I do, I spend a lot of time chauffeuring them all over town. On top of everything else, I have to find time in my day to get some actual work done, clean the house, and squeeze in a little gym time. In all that madness, it can be difficult to stay on track with healthy eating habits. Living a healthy lifestyle is very important to me, so I've reorganized my kitchen in a way that it will encourage me to reach for healthier food options instead of letting myself get derailed into the not-so-good junk pile. Here's how I am maintaining a healthy meal plan during my busy week:

• I am placing high-fiber and whole grain cereals in the front of the pantry, next to the granola and oatmeal. First thing in the morning, I am too tired to dig in the back for the sugary cereals, so I grab what's convenient.

• For snacking, I keep fruits readily available on the kitchen counter. It's easy to eat fruit when it's within eyesight at all times.

• Yogurts and veggies are placed in the front of the refrigerator at eye level.

• I keep a pitcher of water filled with fruit in the fridge, which always looks refreshing.

• After workouts, I am starving! It's really tempting to swing into a fast food drive-through, especially when you have a busy day still ahead of you, or you are exhausted from the busy day you just had. But, that can KILL all of the work you just put in at the gym. So, I like to keep a high protein snack in my gym back to hold me over until I get home. Then, I can open the freezer and grab a Healthy Choice Café Steamers meal to satisfy my hunger quickly and deliciously as soon as I get home.

Healthy Choice Cafe Steamers

Healthy Choice Cafe Steamers

I am totally in love with Healthy Choice Café Steamers because it helps me maintain a healthy meal plan during my hectic week. Ready in about 4 minutes, I can have a hot, healthy and satisfying meal on the table in less time than it would have taken me to go to the drive-through.

Each Healthy Choice Café Steamers meal is made with real ingredients and contains no preservatives, so you aren't sacrificing taste or freshness. What I find really cool is the unique tray-in-tray steam cooking method, where the sauce is kept in a compartment below the veggies, so the veggies aren't frozen in the sauce. Meaning, you get crisp vegetables and you can control the amount of sauce that goes on your plate. Sounds like a winner to me!

Healthy Choice Cafe Steamers

Healthy Choice Cafe Steamers

Here's a fascinating little tidbit. Healthy Choice is the only major brand in the frozen meals section that can call 100% of its products "healthy" as approved by the FDA. That makes me feel good about keeping the Healthy Choice Café Steamers on hand as part of my meal plan for the week. At work, home, or on the go, the meals are perfect to keep stocked for a quick and satisfying lunch or dinner option.

Healthy Choice Cafe Steamers

You can find Healthy Choice Café Steamers in the frozen meal section of your grocers freezer nationwide.

To learn more about Healthy Choice Café Steamers, visit www.facebook.com/healthychoice or www.HealthyChoice.com.


I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

32 comments:

  1. Pfftt you did not mention any Jason time in that first paragraph, typical woman :) :P Kids, gym, cooking, where's hubby in that? :)


    Looks nom, minus the meat part. Broccoli is soo popular these days, I'm surprised it doesn't have it's Facebook page on itself :)

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    1. That's because he's at work during the day. Leaves before I get up, then I don't get home until 2 hours after him at night. It's probably why we've been able to stick together almost 20 years. We never see each other lol. We make up for it on weekends though :)

      Broccoli will always be my favorite green veggie! It's so versatile, I love how it can be incorporated into so many dishes!

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  2. Sounds like you have good tricks. Always seems to be something, with 2 kids way more so I bet.

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    1. Kids are major time suckers, that's for sure!

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  3. I really like these little steamer meals. I keep them around for when I don't have time to make a real lunch.

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  4. That is sssooo great. I can eat healthy all day long on Saturday and Sunday. Once the weekdays hit, it's all over for me. I have to pick up some of these.

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  5. I haven't bought boxed dinners in a long time. They sure are handy though.

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  6. I have seen Healthy Choice Café Steamers at the grocery store but have not tried them as of yet. They do sound like a healthier lunch then most of the items I buy!

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  7. I have such a hard time planning out meals for the week. Really need to look into utilizing something like this to lighten the load.

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  8. I really have to try those meals. I've loved other Healthy Choice meals but these sound even better.

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  9. I definitely struggle with lunch decisions since I am typically short on time, but something healthy and nutritious is always a must. These steamer meals look like just the right solution!

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  10. You motivated me to move the yogurt to the front of the fridge. Great idea! I've been leaving the fruit on the counter in plain sight lately and it's getting eaten at a good pace. I like the looks of the Healthy Choice Beef Teriyaki. On shopping day, I'll get a few of them. Thanks for the great tips!

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  11. All great strategies! It's hard to find time isn't it? As my kids have gotten older I seem to have less time and appreciate options like this too!

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  12. I like the healthy choices. Some great entres to choose from.

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  13. This is a great way to have a plan for eating healthy throughout the week. It's very convenient for a Working Mom like me that doesn't have a lot of time.

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  14. These look like great meal choices. I will have to look for this when i go shopping.

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  15. My mom eats healthy choices. They are convient for busy people.

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  16. Eating healthy food is important, I totally love this meal plan.

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  17. It is smart to eat right after you work out. And you're right, it's so tempting to blow it if you don't have a 'good eats' plan in place!

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  18. I have tried to stick with a weekly meal plan, but never succeed. These tips really are helpful to me and I must try them asap!

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  19. I definitely find it difficult some days to stick to healthy eating. Especially late nights when all I want to do is sit on the couch and not move.

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  20. I really like your utilization of the impulse principle to work in your favor with healthy eating. This is a powerful concept!

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  21. Those meals like really great. I know that I need to eat better and this would be a great way to do that. All of your tips are also helpful to keep the good foods for you where you can see them and not be tempted by others.

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  22. I love just about all of the Healthy Choice Cafe Steamer meals. There are so many ifferent options, and they are all so tasty!

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  23. I often eat these for lunch! I like to have them on hand so I'm not tempted to go out for lunch.

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  24. Meal prep really does make life easier when eating healthy. I have been doing more prep right after I do my grocery shopping and it save so much time and money.

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  25. I like Steamers. Those are yummy.
    Hope you're well, Theresa. =)

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  26. I have seriously been PIGGING out lately! I Need to start eating better.

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  27. I was almost tempted to pull into a McDonald's the other day on my way home from a job, but I actually thought about how I would feel after I ate it so I kept driving. I was so proud of myself but when I got home I ate a big bowl of Honeycomb :( LOL Guess I should stock up on some of these. They look yummy!

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  28. Well, I can totally relate! The boys are 11 and 14 and it's either play practice, or track and field these days. We just finished up with basket ball. The Healthy Choice Meals look healthy and delicious!

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  29. so true..it's not always that easy to keep it up in a week. Thanks for the tips

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Thanks for your comments! I appreciate every one of them :)

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