#SHSHeats: Healthy meal planning – Dinner, lunch and breakfast ideas

One of the most frequently asked questions of fitness instructors and personal trainers is, “What do you eat?” For me, it is all about quick, simple, nutrient-dense meals — and it’s not always glamorous. During the work week, I opt for overnight oatmeal in the morning, salads at lunch and then something more creative at dinner.

Follow me through a week of Stay Healthy, Stay Happy eats below, and then head over to Instagram/Twitter to see even more under the #SHSHeats hashtag.

Monday: office, teach 2 virtual classes

On Monday, I like to take part in #MeatlessMonday. I’m mostly vegetarian and choose to be that way for a couple of reasons: 1. To save a little $$$, 2. Sustainability reasons/I’m picky and care about where my meat comes, and 3. I feel better when I’m not weighed down by meat. Now, don’t misinterpret that. I love a fish, chicken thighs and some good steak tips here and there. I most-frequently eat meat when I’m eating out or sharing dinner with others.

Tuesday: work from home, walk around the reservoir, gal pals dinner

On Tuesdays, I usually teach outdoor Zumba in Post Office Square. As of late, it seems thunderstorms love to roll in around 4 p.m. Tuesday evenings. When the rain comes, I try to get to a yoga class, go for a run or spend some solo time at the gym. A little extra me time is always nice.

Wednesday: office, lift weights, teach zumba

Zumba doesn’t start until 6:30 p.m., which gives me a little time to run errands after work or do a workout of my own. If I’m feelin’ it, I try to lift weights on Wednesdays.

  • Breakfast: Overnight oats in an almost empty sunbutter jar (the best!) 

  • Snack:Raisins + almonds + walnuts (1/2 cup total) 

  • Lunch: Salad (leftover arugula salad from gal pal dinner with 1 grilled chicken thigh and 1/2 cup quinoa)
  • Pre-workout snack: 1/4 cup chia seed pudding with 2 Tbsp homemade gluten-free granola
  • Dinner: Creative take on shakshuka (ground turkey, egg, tomato, greens, spices) 

  • Dessert: Last four bites of my FoMu ice cream I’ve been saving for a special occasion (the night before teaching a 6:30am Kick It By Eliza™ class seemed appropriate)

Thursday: teach Kick It By Eliza™, office, teach Zumba

This day was one for the record books — out the door before 6 p.m., back in around 10 p.m. To get through a day like this it is ALL ABOUT THE MEAL PREP. If I didn’t prepare everything the night before, I would have easily derailed and fueled up improperly. Give your body what it needs to get through a long, taxing day. And then, treat it with a Life Alive smoothie at the end.

Friday: work from home, teach Bags+Dance

TGIF! On Friday, I sleep until I need to log on for work (usually around 8 a.m.). I move slow in the morning, cook a wholesome breakfast and tie up loose ends from the work week. What’s tough about Fridays is that the fridge starts to look sparse. See below.

If you’re still with me, thanks for following along! It’s not always glam and Instagram-worthy, but it’s always tasty.

Stay healthy, stay happy!


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