Meal Planning & Groceries

A HUGE part of being able to run well is making sure that we eat well. I have learned so much about nutrition and what fuels me best by doing research, experimenting with my diet, and a lot of trial and error. I first started trying to eat healthier when I moved to Virginia three years ago. Since I lived alone, it was very helpful for me to plan out what I would eat all week. That way I knew exactly what groceries I needed to get to avoid getting too much  (I hate wasting food!) or not having enough to make decent meals throughout the week. It was also great because after long days at work I could come home and know exactly what was for dinner, rather than have no idea and be too tired to figure it out, which would lead to resorting to unhealthy options.

This routine is something that Kevin and I do together now. Every weekend we sit down and talk about what we want to eat that week. We get ideas from past meals that we had and liked, cookbooks, my favorite blogs, and other websites. We also make up our own recipes a lot of the time. We take into consideration what we have going on that week and if we’ll be eating at home every night. We also think about what days we are running, because we plan to eat a little more on those days and the night before a longer run.

Here is what our meal plan looks like for this week:

Based on that meal plan we then make a list of groceries. We have a lot of staple items in our pantry, refrigerator, and freezer (different grains, breads/tortillas, pizza dough, beans, canned/frozen fruits and veggies, etc.), so usually we just need to buy fresh food and occasionally some of the staple items to restock. We typically try to go to BJ’s first to get bulk items for less money (12 packs of yogurt, cereal, bananas, avocados) and then Wegmans for everything else.

With our meals planned and list written it’s really easy to get what we need at the grocery store. We spend about $100 a week on average- sometimes more or less depending on what we need that week. I don’t think that’s a lot of money when you consider that it is providing 3 meals a day for 2 people (plus snacks!). Especially when we could go out to eat for one meal and easily spend at least $25 for both of us. Much better in my opinion!

Here’s what we came home with yesterday!

Lots of greens! Baby spinach, romaine, and collard greens. Love it all!

Lots of produce! Peaches, bananas, mangoes, avocados, strawberries, blueberries, bell peppers, broccoli, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, asparagus, celery, and onions.

A few bread products. We have some bread in the freezer but we needed more bagels and some fresh ciabatta bread for our paninis.

Liquids included almond milk (vanilla and regular- both unsweetened) and coconut water.

Canned/jarred stuff – peanut butter, roasted red peppers, salsa, garlic, corn, refried beans, chickpeas.

Snacky items. Pita chips, hummus, peanut butter puffins, a box of larabars.

A lot of yogurt. Chobani greek yogurt for Kevin, soy for me.

I forgot to take a picture of my favorite dessert- mini coconut milk ice cream sandwiches. THE BEST!

Planning our meals and writing grocery lists really doesn’t take much extra time, and it’s so worth the effort to know that we have everything we need for meals for the week. I don’t like having to go back to the store during the week when life is super busy.

Here is my weekly run down for last week! (It was a cut back week)

  • Monday: 8 mile run (1:14:33 / 9:19 pace)
  • Tuesday: 6 mile run (56:14 / 9:22 pace)
  • Wednesday: Spin class (1 hour) + Body Pump (1 hour)
  • Thursday: 8 mile run (1:14:20 / 9:17 pace)
  • Friday: Body Pump (1 hour)
  • Saturday: 8 mile run (1:17:02 / 9:37 pace)
  • Sunday: Rest

Hope everyone has a wonderful Monday!

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