DIY Sunday: Weekly Meal Planner

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Let’s be honest, us gals (and guys) have busy schedules. So busy in fact, that planning out a meal and even more so making one, can be the last thing on our minds. We’re always off to work, skipping over to spin class, or heading out for a night on the town! But with that being said, it’s important to look after yourself –and food plays a big part.

To make things a little simpler in our action-packed days, try using a weekly meal planner. Why? Because  you can have your lunches and/or dinners all figured out before your week even begins (being ahead is never a bad thing). And on top of it all you can list your ingredients so you’re set to grocery shop and stay on track.

In other words, this little guy can not only help you eat better by encouraging you to skip the store-bought and take-out food, but also helps you save money because you pinpoint what you need to buy.

To make your own, select pretty paper and print out my template by clicking here. Make sure you set up the orientation as “landscape”. For a round-up of what you need, see below.

Tools:
7×5 inch coloured craft paper of your choice
Printer
Magnets(if you want to stick it on the fridge)

Once you’re done, you can hang it up on your fridge (because of course, it’s pretty enough to show off), or stick it in your agenda for a quick glance at what’s on your plate.

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Stay on Track with the Right Snack: Substitutes for Your Favourite Foods

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With the beginning of a new year, many people may resolve to eat better, healthier, and more nutritious foods. Of course, all goes well until one craving creeps up and threatens to spoil all that hard work and progress. So how do you stay on track? Well, you can start by being more selective with your snacks.

Instead of reaching for that sugary granola bar, or salt-loaded chips, there are healthier options to choose from. And that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice flavour! All of the alternatives below are just as tasty.

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1. Quinoa Chips: We all love Doritos, Cheetos, and the crunchy goodness of chips. But when you turn that bag around and take a look at the nutritional information, everything you munched on doesn’t seem to settle quite so well anymore. Fear not, there is something else you can eat that tastes great –quinoa chips. They’re so good you can’t even tell the difference, and are relatively low in fat and sugar. And it goes without saying, you’re getting the benefits of ancient grains.

2. Rice Cakes: Bread, baguettes, and buttery croissants may be a nice treat once in a while. And once in a while is key. If you like to have bread on the regular, and with almost every meal, then you may want to consider switching over to rice cakes instead. Choose organic, multigrain ones instead of the Quaker kind –with only 75 calories for 3 pieces and only 0.5 grams of fat, they are ideal for pairing with any kind of nut butter and fruit. Whole Foods or you local health food store should have them!

3. Hazelnut Butter: Nutella. If reading that made your heart beat faster, you’re not alone. We all love to eat it, until we’ve reached the bottom of the jar and the peak of regret. A great (and guilt-free) alternative is hazelnut butter. It’s unsweetened, but spread it on top of a rice cake, and drizzle it with a little honey or a few semi-sweet chocolate chips for a fantastic breakfast!

4. Banana Bites: If you’re in the mood for something sweet, stop yourself before devouring that chocolate bar. The coconut banana bites by Barnana are equally delicious, and help you get your serving of potassium. Not to mention, they’ll help kick that sweet tooth craving to the curb.

And there you have it, the best alternatives for your favourite foods and snacks! Have you tried any of these? Which did you like best? Do you have any other substitutes and alternatives to suggest? Leave your thoughts in the comment section or tweet @ThePoshDish!

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