Eating Healthy: Planning and Budgeting

19 Feb

I have to say that I am really loving the Dear Food Diary challenge.  I have tried multiple websites and apps and My Fitness Pal is by far my favorite.  The biggest reason is because of the vast database of food that they have.  I rarely have to add a food because it is not listed.

As promised, I am going to share some of my favorite features of the app.  My absolute favorite feature is probably the recipe builder.  I use this feature to build my recipes before I ever make my grocery list.  This really helps me stay on track because:

  1. I can see ahead of time if the recipe fits into the calorie range that I want.
  2. I can tweak the recipe if it is on the high or low side on calories.
  3. It helps me plan my week out because I know what I am looking for snack wise to round out my day calorie wise.
  4. My recipes are saved for future use, and adding that meal is simple after the first time entering it.
  5. I know exactly how much food to buy at the store.

recipes

I am a budget girl.  I like to shop for exactly what we need for the week and only buy extra when there is really good sales/coupons or it is a staple must have on hand kind of food.  We spend around $100 to $120 a week for our family of 3.  We buy the majority of our food from the perimeter of the store.  This means clean eating, whole foods, limited processing.

In the past when we got on “healthy food” kicks, it seemed like we spent a small fortune on groceries, compared to when we bought all those boxed/frozen dinners and junk food.  The truth is we just did not have our health food groove down and did not have adequate planning.  We would spend the same amount of money or more, and then end up eating out 3 or more nights a week.  Food went to waste and money went down the crapper.

I like to plan all the way down to my exact snacks.  This probably sounds like the worst thing ever to some of you.  The thing is, I have not counted calories in the past, and it got me 332 lbs to show for it.  I don’t want to obsess daily about calories, but I have to know exactly what I am eating and keep control of it.  So, I think, plot, and plan 1 time a week and have all my eats planned out for the next week.  I do have extra nutritional snacks on hand for when I am more hungry.  A day after a big workout I will usually be hungrier.

Planning…

I think having a good idea of what and how much you and your family plan on eating for the week, definitely helps make the groceries you buy to not be purchased in vain.  You will stay on budget, eliminate food waste, and keep more control of the calorie range you are shooting for.  Be sure to keep extra healthy snacks on hand for when the hunger strikes.  If you keep your house stocked with healthy eats, then you will have no choice but to snack healthy.

Be sure to add me on myfitnesspal if you have not done so already (fatchick2fitchick).  My diary is public to friends so you can scope it out if you are so inclined.  Be sure to also join in on the #dearfooddiary challenge and share it with your friends and readers, if you blog. Grab the button below and share this business up!

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With that, I want to share a great protein lunch or snack recipe.  I am using this as my protein post workout snack at night.

Mayo-Free Avocado Egg Salad

Ingredients

8 hard boiled eggs peeled with whites and yolks seperated
1 small to medium avocado peeled and cut into chunks
Cumin
Garlic Salt
Lime Juice
Hot Sauce
1 to 2 slices of cooked bacon

Blend egg yolks, avocado, cumin, garlic salt, lime juice and hot sauce in a food processor or by hand until smooth. Gently mix yolk and avocado mixture with chopped egg whites. Crumble bacon and stir into mixture.

Serve plain, on bread/tortilla, or my favorite is in deli ham or turkey slices and roll up.

6 (1/2 cup) servings  136 calories, 11g of fat, 3 carbs, 1g of sugar, 9g of protein per serving.

5 Responses to “Eating Healthy: Planning and Budgeting”

  1. loseitbig February 19, 2013 at 7:34 am #

    You have this eating thing down and it really works. Thanks for sharing some of your habits.

  2. Brooke February 19, 2013 at 10:34 am #

    LOL, at the solid advice picture!!

  3. Kim Williams February 19, 2013 at 1:51 pm #

    Love your blog and love My Fitness Pal. But I can’t figure out how to add you by your user name. It only gives me options for Facebook, phone contacts, or email addresses. Tell me what I’m doing wrong. lol

    • fatchicktofitchick February 19, 2013 at 2:05 pm #

      It will let you do username only under the email option. It is really confusing! thanks for reading! If you can’t figure it out, give me your username and I will add you.

  4. Beth McCarthy February 19, 2013 at 9:59 pm #

    Can’t wait to try this egg salad recipe! I love egg salad!!!!

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