We’re back to a (somewhat) normal food schedule this week! I learned a lot during this Daniel Fast, but I certainly have a lot more energy and motivation now that I have my coffee back.
However, there are two things going on right now that are affecting the way I eat: the Transform 20 workout program and being gluten free for a month.
If you’re familiar with the 21 Day Fix, you probably know that there’s a container system and that you get a certain amount of containers to eat each day depending on your calorie needs. So for me, on the 2,100-2,299 calorie plan, I’m currently eating all this every day:
- 6 servings protein
- 6 servings vegetables
- 4 servings fruit
- 4 servings carbs
- 1 serving healthy fats
- 1 serving nuts/seeds/dressings
- 6 teaspoons (nut butter, oil)
That’s quite a bit of food. Which means I’m buying more food. Which doesn’t allow me a lot of wiggle room to stockpile the good deals.
Add to that the fact that I’m trialing a gluten-free diet for 30 days and I’m a little stuck. Do I buy gluten-free bread and pasta for everybody? Just for myself? Do I alter my recipes so they get the bread and I have something else? For now, everyone else is getting wheat products and I’m just replacing it with another carb, like potatoes or rice.
It’s a learning curve for sure. And I’m determined to keep our budget at $75. Trying to raise it even more for a simple family of 3 doesn’t make sense to me, even though I know I’m filling our house with healthier foods. I’ll try this for a few weeks and then we’ll see!
By the way, I’ve been gluten-free for a week and a half and the redness on my face has cleared completely. It might be coincidence, but I’ll stick it out till the end of February and then try adding foods back in. Anyone else gluten-free and can give tips on how to make food still delicious without bread?
2 bags Goldfish: $.99 with Buy 6, Save $3
Swiss Miss hot chocolate mix: $2.19
Butterball turkey bacon: $2.49 with Buy 6, Save $3
Butterball turkey breakfast sausage: $1.79 with Buy 6, Save $3
Larabars: $3.49 with Buy 6, Save $3
- Used $.75/1 Kroger digital coupon
Bolthouse Farm dressing: $2.50
Epic bar: $1.49 with Buy 6, Save $3
- Used $1.00/1 Kroger digital coupon
Vegetable broth: $1.99
- Used $.50/1 Kroger digital coupon
Total: $18.65, plus $.45 back from Ibotta rebates!
2 bottles hot sauce: $.85 each
Almond milk: $1.69
3 containers cottage cheese: $1.59 each
Romaine hearts: $1.99
Roma tomatoes, 16 ounces: $.89
Bananas, 4.39 pounds: $1.88
3 packages broccoli: $1.79 each
2 dozen eggs: $.58 each
Yogurt tubes: $1.55
Ground turkey: $1.99
Blueberries, 1 pint: $1.69
Yellow potatoes, 5-pound bag: $2.99
Vanilla extract: $3.55
Greek yogurt tub: $3.49
Tortilla chips: $.89
Fresh green beans, 1 pound: $1.39
Chicken breasts, about 6 pounds: $12.16
Chocolate chips: $9.98
Starkist tuna pouches: $8.98
Kids gummie vitamins: $7.98
Maple syrup: $9.98
Starbucks coffee: $13.98
Lunch is always leftovers. Items marked with an asterisk (*) were purchased in previous weeks.
Superbowl party: Making Buffalo Chicken Dip
Turkey meatballs, mashed potatoes, roasted green beans
Broccoli Cheese Soup, French Loaf
Cracked Out Chicken wraps, salad
Flour Free Pancakes
French Toast* (Bread in freezer)
Protein shakes* with almond milk and spinach
Cocoa Banana Oat Bars
Cottage cheese with pineapple
Blueberries, Goldfish, string cheese*, yogurt tube, Peanut Butter Energy Bites
What’s on your menu this week? Share in the comments below!