Yep, it’s that time of year where everyone is starting a new healthier life or diet. I am totally included in that statistic this year!
This year I am going to start a diet with my sister’s and mom and am actually looking forward to it.
What am I crazy? No I just really am tired of being tired. Plain and simple. I want to have more energy for my kids and for my business. I am constantly feeling like crap and just want to fix it.
Healthy New Year
Of course, I jumped on Pinterest and starting searching things and came up with an option I think is best for me and my family. The keto diet. I am not going to go into that much detail on the diet itself I just thought it would be a good fit because you can eat meat and more fats.
A lot of the dinners and recipes were ones my husband would be fine with. Steak and eggs! I can do a lot with proteins and vegetables.
The one thing I found a lot of people saying was their “best advice” or “how to keep at it” secrets were staying organized. Being organized and having the information handy made the diets and new lifestyles much easier. I can totally understand that. My life is chaotic and anything that helps me get more organized is welcomed.
Being organized can be meal prepping or even just scheduling out your meals on Sundays. I am going to try both of these. I just finished the free breakfast boot camp and learned so much from it on how to make breakfasts easier. Below I share some of the things I learned.
The breakfast boot camp was a 5 day boot camp telling you each day how to conquer breakfast. Which by far is the hardest meal of the day for me.
We started off by writing down our favorite or go to breakfasts and the ingredients they needed and what we had on time. They offered a list of breakfast ideas to keep in mind.
- Yogurt with berries
- Scrambled eggs
- Overnight chia pudding
- Fruit smoothies
- Egg wraps
- Hard-boiled eggs
- Sous Vide Egg Bites (You can make these in the Instant Pot!)
- Sweet potato hash
- Egg casseroles
- Gluten-free waffles
- Egg muffins
- Smoothie bowls
- Tofu vegetable scrambles
- Breakfast burritos
- Breakfast burrito bowls
- Slow cooker oatmeal
- Waffles (Savory waffles, too!)
- Sheet pancakes
- Crepes (sweet or savory)
- Baked Oatmeal
- Oatmeal muffins
- Yogurt and granola
- French toast
- Eggs and bacon
- Baked eggs
- Breakfast cookies
Handy Tricks to Help Along the Way
Up next we learned a handy little trick about how to add more vegetables to your breakfasts. They said a lot of people struggle with having more vegetables in their diets and gave these pointers on adding more to your morings.
- Add spinach or kale to smoothies.
- Add leftover roasted vegetables to scrambled eggs. (If you don’t usually have leftover vegetables, we’ll batch prep those later – stay tuned!)
- Change your sweet or plain oatmeal to a savory version. Add sauteed onions and peppers, or spinach, and top with a fried egg.
- Sprinkle sprouts on your avocado toast.
- Shred zucchini and add it to muffins.
- Add cooked, diced sweet potatoes to a breakfast sausage hash.
The boot camp is definitely something I am glad I signed up for and it was free. Starting off with some new tricks will help me stay organized. The other tip they shared was batch prepping. This is going to me and I really want to nail this part. Meal prepping ahead of time.
Batch prep meal starters. Grab your list of favorite breakfasts. Can you cook or prep anything ahead, to put aside for a rainy/busy day? Set a timer to brainstorm for five minutes.
Here are some examples:
Brown sausage or precook breakfast sausage links. Once the meat is cooked, divide into servings and store in the fridge if you’ll use it over the next few days. You can even pre-chop some of it before putting into containers for adding to omelets or scrambles.
Roast or cook vegetables. Cook sweet potatoes to be repurposed into sweet potato sausage hash, or for a quiche or frittata. Roast a large pan (depending on your family size and how quickly you’ll eat them) of assorted vegetables. Once roasted, they can be added to scrambled eggs, warmed and topped with a fried egg, added to hash, a quiche, or a frittata.
Chop vegetables. Even if you don’t roast the vegetables, you can wash and chop spinach, tomatoes, onions, anything. One of my favorite breakfasts is halved cherry tomatoes, red onions and mushrooms sauteed, with a couple of eggs and a piece of toast. I like to chop enough for several days so I can just toss them in the pan each morning.
Mix up a double batch of muffins. One of my favorite ways to survive crazy mornings? Pull out a savory or applesauce muffin and nourish my crew, even when we’re in a time crunch. Egg muffins with veggies, meat, cheese, etc. are one of our favorites and freezer well, too.
Hard-boil eggs. Pair an egg or two with berries for a filling breakfast. Or chop an egg and add to warm roasted veggies.
Healthy Meal Planning Made Easy
The boot camp was a great jump start from me. I am so glad I was apart of it and I am sorry it is over and I can’t share it with you but I can share some exciting news with you!
Some of my recipes from my blog were chosen to be included in this year’s Healthy Meal Planning Bundle from the pros over at Ultimate Bundles. A pretty cool thing for my blog! That’s how I heard about the boot camp.
Now I can finally share the bundle with you and all of the amazing things included in it. After seeing it and all the amazing recipes and the easy shopping list tool I was hooked.
The bundle and all of the excitmenet is what got me to start researching diets and actually commit to one. I am really looking forward to a healthier me in 2019. Check out this video to learn more.
The list of what included is crazy long and I am so excited to share it with you!
Healthy Meal Planning PRODUCT LIST
Recipes (12 categories with 1,072 recipes worth $360)
- Baked Goods (87 recipes)
- Breakfast (124 recipes)
- Dinner: Celebrations & Holiday Meals (54 recipes)
- Dinner: Everyday (93 recipes)
- Dinner: Freezer Meals (65 recipes)
- Dinner: One-Dish Wonders (72 recipes)
- Dinner: Quick & Easy (85 recipes)
- Dinner: Slow Cooker / Instant Pot (96 recipes)
- Light Meals (76 recipes)
- Salads & Sides (122 recipes)
- Snacks (97 recipes)
- Soups (101 recipes)
OPTIONAL: Beverage & Dessert Recipes (2 categories with 202 recipes worth $60)
- Beverages (75 recipes)
- Desserts (127 recipes)
Meal Plans (30+ meal plans worth $380)
All meal plans include dinners + sides unless otherwise specified.
Healthy Eating (5 products worth $258.99)
- 21 Days of Eating Empowerment by Jenny Eden Berk ($14.00)
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- Flavor Crash Course by Courtney Polivka ($200.00)
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- Kids Cook Real Food: Knife Skills & Safety Lessons by Katie Kimball ($20.00)
Online access to 5 videos + PDF lesson plans and printable memory tools that will help you teach your kids knife skills and safety at every age.
- Why Won’t My Child Eat: Simple Steps to Bring Joy and Nourishment Back to Feeding Kids with Allergies, Pickiness, Oral SPD and More by Mary Voogt ($9.99)
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Meal Planning (8 products worth $119.46)
- Complete Family Meal Planner Set by Laura Rizer ($2.99)
The Complete Family Meal Planning Set is a comprehensive organizer with tools for meal planning, grocery shopping and more.
- Dinner for a Dollar: How I Feed My Family a Simple, Allergy-Friendly, Whole-Food Diet for One Dollar per Person per Meal by Shelly Longenecker ($9.99)
Shelly shows readers how she feeds her family a simple, allergy-friendly whole food diet with lots of fruits and veggies for $1 per person per meal.
- Freezer Meal Blueprint: The Framework to Make Ahead Meals Without Wasting Your Weekends by Elisa Giorgio ($19.00)
The Freezer Meal Blueprint is a step-by-step framework to stocking your freezer with make ahead meals your family loves, without wasting an entire weekend to prep them.
- How to Host a Stress-Free Holiday Meal by Tara Ziegmont ($5.99)
- Magnetic Menu Board Ultimate Meal Planning System by Megan Duesterhaus ($19.00)
Featuring color-coded recipe magnets with coordinating recipe binder printables, The Magnetic Menu Board Ultimate Meal Planning System allows you to save time and money by helping you efficiently plan, shop for and prepare a month’s worth of meals.
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- Printable Meal Planner from Carrie Elle by Carrie Lindsey ($5.00)
Get dinner under control with the printable Carrie Elle Meal Planner – you’re going to love having everything you need for stress-free dinners in one handy location!
Simple Healthy Meal Planner by Tracy Lynn ($24.00)
A step by step guide that will help you to plan out healthy meals without the stress so you can stick to a plan and learn to love meal time again!
Healthier Me & You
Thank you for stopping by and letting me share my new 2019 plans with you! All the above photos of the food are recipes included in the Meal Planning Bundle. I cannot wait to start using them!
The bundle is only available for $37 for 6 days. Don’t lose your chance for all of the amazing goodies! I hope your 2019 is a good year 🙂