Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Clean Eating Meal Plan #3

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Ryan and Caleb drink a lot of milk, so I stocked up this week. 

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We all love snacking on frozen fruit pieces at night. 
I absolutely love frozen mango! 
It's better than any sugar filled dessert to me. 

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When I'm looking at tortillas, breads, bagels, and flatbread, I watch for the "Made with 100% Whole Wheat". I use the flatbread for lunches and it's really good. 

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We eat a lot of spinach and I love it fresh and frozen. 

The bags of frozen chicken have quite a bit in them. I think they are a great deal for the money and they always taste fresh. One bag feeds all five of us easily. 

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I'm going to try to address some of the questions I've gotten on the whole eating clean thing....

1. I will make a copy of my receipts at Aldi so you can see them. Yes, I was going to share this week's receipt with you but unfortunately I cannot. My oh so dear husband literally threw my receipt away before we ever got the groceries put away. I asked him where it was and he looked at me like I was crazy. He apologizes to each and every reader today. So on his behalf, please forgive him for interfering with what we're doing here. He promises not to do this again! Bless his non-blogging heart! 

2. Yes, I am temporarily using paper plates. I like those over styrofoam any day. Yes, I do care about the environment. If you have read my blog for a bit (which you totally should), you would realize that we are typically a family of 3. My two stepchildren have joined us for a few weeks on their summer vacation. Basically, I have gone from 3 to 5 overnight. That means laundry, cooking, cleaning, and taking care of 5 people when I am used to 3. I also work 50+ hours each week while trying to run a household. If I was a stay at home mom and wasn't awake until 11:30 each night trying to keep up with things around the house that I obviously cannot do while I'm working plus blogging around here in the evenings, I would absolutely wash all of the dishes from those 5 people instead of using paper plates. Seeing as though I'm more focused on feeding my family properly, the environment will have to forgive me for the six weeks they are here. I will return to using dishes as soon as they leave. 

3. I am so proud of all of you that are eating clean as well! Please take the time to share your recipes with me too! I love new dinner ideas and it's tough finding great recipes. 

4. I buy my almond milk at Aldi as well. From what I'm seeing, some of the Aldi stores carry different brands/products. We have two local stores. I will go in one, but I absolutely refuse to go in the other. 

5. As I post these recipes on the blog, I am linking them to the Eat Clean section located at the top of the blog. If you're wanting a recipe, check there for a link to it. 

6. I have been asked how I prep for this whole eating clean thing. Normally, I start out by looking for great dinner ideas on Pinterest. If you search for "eat clean" or "clean eating" there will be tons of ideas out there. I look for ideas that are quick and easy. I save the more complicated recipes for the weekend when I have a little more time to cook. Sometimes I find ideas on Pinterest, but change it up a bit to appeal for our family or fit what I can find at Aldi. 

7. We've got in the habit of eating leftovers for lunch or using whole wheat tortillas with different clean "fillings". We experiment a little and find what we like. I'll eat my salads. We tend to not complicate the lunches! Same with breakfast. We all know what we like and we stick with it. Oatmeal is always my go-to breakfast. Ryan prefers eggs. Our dinners are where we get diverse! 

I did not get the pizza night stuff at Aldi this week. I found a special at Earth Fare for organic pizza supplies and I am going to run over there to grab them. We also eat dinner with Ryan's parents on Sunday so I have left that as our "cheat day". Ryan's mom always makes pretty healthy food anyways, so it doesn't kill my diet anyways! We try to eat 80% clean and it works well for our family. 

16 comments:

  1. Wow...I love shopping at Aldi's too and you gave me some great ideas. Thanks for sharing. I really would like to focus on eating clean most of the time too. I have 5 kids so it's hard to make different meals for everyone.

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  2. I do most of my shopping at Aldi too so I LOVE seeing these posts! P.S. - we do paper plates too. All the time...like maybe one meal a week with real plates :)

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  3. Thank you!!! I am new to your blog and fairly new to clean eating. This summer I have focused on eating clean and educating myself. Your blog has restarted my motivation to keep going. I am working on figuring out how to plan, prepare, and budget weekly to keep this going. I teach, so once I go back to school I will need to have a good routine in place. You are giving me awesome tips!!!!! Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!

    Ps....don't feel any guilt for using paper plates! We do what works in each season of life. You are smart to do so!

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  4. We do 90% of our shopping at Aldi's and Sams Club and at my last trip on Sunday I was quiet impressed with the increase in organic products that Aldi's has been carrying.

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  5. Funny what you said about the two different Aldi stores. We have two stores within 10 miles of each other, and they are as different as night and day! One store I love to go into and buy 75% of our groceries from. The other...I hesitate to even go in for a gallon of milk. I'm new to your blog and enjoying reading about your clean eating. Cheers!

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  6. In love with your blog. Found you about a month ago when I was kind of in a slump with food. Got me motivated again and inspired to get more creative. I am a SAHM who is a homeschooler of five and even the kids are doing well too. Oh And I am out in Oregon...what is Aldi? I am stuck with walmart and the farmers market and do quite well.

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  7. Awww such great ideas girl!! I love the frozen fruit for desert I will have to try that!!

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  8. I always go to ALdi's first! I LOVE shopping there! They have almost everything we need and you cannot beat their prices!! I love seeing peoples meal plans so I can get new fresh ideas for my family!! Thanks for linking up with us!!

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  9. Well done - looks like a great menu!

    Allison

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  10. Just discovered Aldi and am so super excited to have found a store that sells reasonably priced organic foods!! I'm definitely making it my go-to grocery! New follower from the linkup and new mostly clean eater ;)

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  11. We've been going to Aldi's more lately too, they have some great deals! Looks like you did a great job shopping for a family of 5!

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  12. I gave up Aldi when I switched to my Real Food and mostly organic diet. Looks like I need to go back and take a look around. I feed 6 so anywhere I can save money helps. Next week starts two-a-days at football so my high school son's appetite goes way up. This is good timing for me. I do a "What's For Dinner?" Monday feature on Facebook. I would encourage you to drop off a recipe to share. Your readers may also enjoy the Pinterest board I devote to this feature. We all struggle with dinner it seems so I am trying to collect lots of recipes for all of us to share. Some need to be modified a bit and others are just perfect how they are written.

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  13. What a great post with great ideas and information! It can be hard for me to feed my family each week w/out spending a small fortune. Thank you so much for linking up to The Weekend re-Treat Link Party this week! Hope to see you again this Friday :)

    Also pinned your post to my Link Party Recipe/Craft Board while I was here tonight too!

    Shauna
    http://thebestblogrecipes.com/

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  14. I found your blog from MLFC. Just trying to learn more about this clean eating thing so I am thrilled that I found your page :)

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  15. Your blog is inspiring! Keep it up! And don't worry so much about using paper plates. They are biodegradable and come from a renewable resource (as long as the trees are replanted). Styrofoam is none of those things and toxic in more ways then one. Yes paper plates take resources to create, but cleaning dishes also consumes electricity, water and chemicals (and your time of course). Choosing this type of convenience product, one that is of lesser impact on the environment, makes your daily life easier so that you have more energy to reduce, reuse and recycle in other BIGGER and more impactful ways.

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