Meal Planning Pt 1

I was going to go broke if I kept buying the expensive food at the convention center, so I needed to plan my food for the week a little more than I usually do.

(What I usually do= open fridge. Grab cucumber, carrots, and bell pepper. Chop up and eat with whatever protein I have defrosted that day, usually chicken. Follow with chocolate and fresh fruit. If I forgot to defrost, eat veggies with hummus)

It’s a wonderful plan, when I don’t have to be in a convention center 10 hours a day and I get served 2 meals and a snack at work.

Since one of my favorite bloggers raves about her overnight oats all the time I thought to start there. Both grocery stores that I went to were out of chia seeds though! The next best thing I could find was ground flaxseed. My preschool experience has taught me that flaxseeds get thick when they’re wet (they’re a mess to clean up) so I decided to experiment. As per her suggestion I used a flavored greek yogurt (blueberry, in this case). Pre-sitting overnight and so far, so good I think.

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It’s fine…oatmeal’s supposed to be purple, right?

The final result, topped with blueberries and Trader Joe’s Mixed Berry Clusters (and coffee of course):

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This oatmeal is thick! I added a little more almond milk this morning to loosen things up a little and it was still pretty thick. But it tastes very good and is quite filling. I might make a few changes next time:

  • Add a little more milk than the half cup called for 
  • Take time to mix the flaxseed well with the yogurt or milk (I didn’t do this and found several flaxseed clumps, which was not pleasant at all. Phlegm-y is the best word to describe it)
  • Try it with Chia Seeds like the recipe calls for. I will be checking in on Trader Joe’s until they have them in stock again.
  • Split it into two portions. The flavor was yummy so I scarfed it down and am now feeling super full, but it could have easily become my breakfast and a snack.

All my food for the day is packed too! This should help me make it through without overspending.

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Apple, banana, yesterday’s chocolate milk, spicy hummus, and some pretzels, carrots, and some yellow bell pepper strips to dip. I took this as a great opportunity to load up on fresh fruits and veggies, and since it won’t be a very active day I think that should keep me full.

Question: what’s your favorite quick food to pack to-go?

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