145.4...Planning Ahead

One of my tricks I use when trying to loose a few pounds is to plan my meals ahead. I usually know what I’m going to eat for the entire day ahead of time (that morning or even the night before). That helps me from making last minute bad decisions. If I’m going to a restaurant, I’ll check out the menu online and pick what I want ahead of time. 

Example was Tuesday night. We went to California Pizza Kitchen for dinner. Their menu items are notoriously high in calories. Finding a low calorie meal there is tough but I found one that was filling and delicious. I ordered the Asparagus and Arugula Salad (180 calories) and a bowl of Dakota Smashed Pea & Barley Soup (340 calories).

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Boom. Low calorie meal done. Plan ahead people!

Breakfast yesterday morning was my standard scrambled egg beaters. 

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After I took the kids to school, I went to the gym, an appointment, grocery shopping then home for lunch. Tuna salad with celery:

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I went to a PTO meeting then picked up the kids. We went to my son’s basketball game then dinner at Tio Leo’s. I knew before getting there what I was going to order: the Pollo Asado Tacos. They come wrapped in whole wheat tortillas and are served with black beans and a bean and corn salad. 

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Breakfast this morning was strawberry Chobani yogurt, Granola, strawberries and raspberries. 

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After dropping the kids off, I went to an appointment, then to the gym. 

Lunch was tuna salad on a bed of mixed greens. 

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When I plan ahead, it’s easier for me to make smarter food choices!

Do you plan your meals ahead?

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  1. Hi Melissa,
    I've read your blog for years but never commented. I can't even remember how I found it! I'm wondering if you've ever posted how you make tuna salad. Your pictures of it always looks simply delicious! Thanks!

  2. @Casey
    Hi Casey! Nice to meet you finally! ;) I've mentioned how I make my tuna salad a couple of times before but never listed it as one of my recipes...I should do that!
    There's no specific amount of the ingredients I put in the tuna....it's up to you. Here is my standard list of tuna salad ingredients:

    can of tuna
    garlic salt
    celery seed
    diced celery
    diced onion
    diced tomato
    yellow mustard
    pickle relish

    I top it off with a sprinkle of paprika. Sometimes I add other veggies too: shredded carrots, cucumber...whatever I have on hand.



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