At heart, we are lovers. Especially of food.

SO, we have been working on re-integrating meal planning into our families routine.  This has been difficult due to pregnancy cravings and crazy schedules.  However, our little guy seems to consistently like fruits and veggies, so I thought that it would be safe to break back into some meal planning.  This perfectly aligns with my husband because, in addition to being an engineer, he’s also an Advocare distributor.

He has been planning to do another round of the 24 Day Challenge with a few of his buddies, and they’re all starting this Monday.  The first time that we did the challenge together, we learned that the best way to stay on track is through meal planning and plenty of prep work.  Although I will not be following the supplements that they will be utilizing, the meal guide aligns with my current food preferences.

Here is the menu that we will be preparing:

Monday, Breakfast: “creamed” spinach w/poached eggs and sweet potato hash; Snack: mixed nuts and mixed berries w/mint; Lunch: Tuna Romaine cups with veg relish* and kidney beans ; Snack: hummus & veggies; Dinner: Sweet Potato Shepard’s Pie with salad.

Tuesday, Breakfast: Oatmeal with berries and turkey bacon; Snack: Clementines and mixed nuts; Lunch: leftover shepard’s pie & salad; Snack: Almonds and string cheese; Dinner: Coconut Turkey Burgers and Quinoa with spinach.

Wednesday, Breakfast: Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes but with poached eggs & grapes; Snack: hummus & veggies; Lunch: Leftover turkey burgers & spinach quinoa; Snack: grapes and nuts; Dinner: Mediterranean Chicken*.

Thursday, Breakfast: Meal Shake; Snack: fruit & nuts; Lunch: Mediterranean Chicken with Salad; Snack: hummus & veggies; Dinner: we’re both working, so we’ll each have a “treat” night.

Friday, Breakfast: Oatmeal with coconut, bananas and almonds with a side of scrambled egg whites; Snack: Almonds & oranges; Lunch: Tuna and Romaine with veggie relish*; Snack: hummus & veggies; Dinner: Steak (will buy that night), roasted potatoes & sautéed veggies.

* making extra relish to make prep easier.

We have chosen to incorporate minimal dairy, to try to maximize the cleanse portion of Will’s challenge.  I might choose to add extra dairy back into my meals to help keep baby healthy.  Also, I’m only planning 5 days at a time, since that’s how his challenge guide is broken up, but also to keep food fresh 🙂  There are also some things that are in this week’s meal plan so that we aren’t wasting food that is currently in our kitchen.

Let me know if you try any of these and what your faves are!!