Wednesday, June 8, 2022
Lots of blog posts are tailored to feeding our kids in the summer, but what about the moms?
I am already enjoying taking a break from my prepping of 5 breakfasts and 2-3 lunches each week, but I had a thought yesterday that I still need to do some prep – cutting up veggies to have with dip, making some cauliflower rice, or just planning ahead with having the right foods to help me eat healthy lunches.
I will be honest and tell you that I feel like I have been slacking since about Easter. I have had a sweeter tooth and I have been enjoying more cocktails as the weather has warmed up. I am increasing my exercise this summer, but I felt like I needed to get back to basics with tracking, so I buckled down on Monday. I don’t want to obsess, but I know that I need to track my WW points a little bit more strictly because I haven’t reached my ultimate goal.
I am doing the WW Personal Points, but basically I am trying to eat lower carb/higher protein. I am reducing my sugar, processed foods, and trying to eat high fiber. So, I think these tips will help anyone just trying to live a healthier lifestyle. Some people think it’s easier to eat well in the summer because of the abundance of fresh vegetables, but I have more time and freedom in the summer to eat whatever I want and it’s always been harder for me, I think!
By eating a really good breakfast and lunch, I can save my calories for those happy hours and dinners out that I want to enjoy. I still am ordering smarter than I have ever ordered before (except for french fries – my nemesis!)
So, maybe this post is more for me than for you! I am getting back to the basics that helped me lose 60 pounds…
First of all, let’s talk staples and condiments to have on hand:
mustard, dill pickles, ranch powder to mix with plain non-fat Greek yogurt, buffalo sauce, Laughing Cow cheese to spread on bread or a low carb tortilla, La Banderita low carb tortillas, Keto buns, Keto bread, slimwiches or bagel thins, frozen cauliflower rice in place of regular rice, quinoa – these are a few of my MUST HAVES. And, my favorite snack foods are popcorn, string cheese, and Dum Dum suckers.
I am also trying to reduce food waste, so I keep a list of possible lunches on my memo board in my kitchen. I also do this for my kids so they know what they need to eat/make for their breakfasts/lunches.
I always keep the Boca burgers and the Boca “chicken” patties in my freezer. I think both of them taste amazing and I have said before that I am not willing to sacrifice taste. I will only eat foods I enjoy! I also make it a point to always plate my food and sit down to eat.
I make a faux Chick Fil A sandwich and this is 5 points for me.
I have really been enjoying these chopped salad mixes lately. I just use the mix as is – sometimes reducing the nuts or the crouton elements and I add…
grilled chicken to make it higher in protein and more filling. Yum! I also added extra dill pickles to this. The variety of these salads is amazing. If you haven’t gone in to your grocery lately, check these out.
Here is the kale salad where I added chicken.
Laughing Cow is so good – I spread it on a tortilla or I use it to make a pasta sauce. I put it on a cracker or celery, too. It is also an element of my buffalo chicken dip.
These sandwich thins are really good. They are big!
Here is my favorite summer sandwich:
For this recipe, you can add as many things as you like, but this is my favorite combo.
-Slimwiches or bagel thins or any bread of your choice (This slimwich is 4 WW points for me)
-garden vegetable cream cheese
-thinly sliced tomato
-thinly sliced cucumber
You can add pickles, banana peppers, lettuce, mushrooms, onions, or anything really!
Spread both slides of your bread with a thin layer of the garden vegetable cream cheese.
Add your vegetables.
Cut in half and enjoy!
It just tastes so good in the summer!
I am sure this won’t be my last summer lunch ideas post, but that’s it for today!
What are your go-to summer lunches and do you struggle with this?
Thanks for reading,