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