My boyfriend and I have given up alcohol for the month of April, and whilst we’ve said this will be our clean eating month we’re not going overboard – hello, it was just Easter, we can’t let the chocolate go off.
We are however going to implement a meal plan and try and decide what to buy and eat weekly because I find that when we don’t have an idea in mind at 6pm we tend to opt for takeaway (because lets face it, it’s delicious and we often rationalize that it’ll cost less than going to the supermarket). This isn’t the case if you plan your meals with common ingredients in mind. Another reason for this (and the month off booze) is our trip to Fiji next month – we have become the kind of couple that love to unwind and discuss the days events over a glass of wine and whilst it’s certainly enjoyable, the cost (and the empty calories) add up.
Once I have finalized our meal plan I’d love to share it with you – our basic plan at the moment is to include some of the following on a weekly rotation:
- Lentil dishes (either with meat, or rice to make it a complete protein)
- Meat/fish dishes
- Quinoa dishes
(All full of veggies of course)
What else should we add?
When you decide to have meatless dishes you need to make sure that the meal still contains protein – an easy way to do this is to use quinoa or tempeh as they are both complete (contain all 9 essential amino acids). Most other not meat proteins are incomplete – missing one or two of the nine. This can be rectified by combining one type with another – ie:
Lentils are low in methionine and tryptophan, however this is present in whole grain rice, thus the reason these two are often served together.
Grains are low in lysine, however this is present in legumes and beans – beans on toast! (not a favourite of mine, but illustrates the concept :)
Another supercharged way to add protein is with eggs – they are the benchmark all other protein is measured against – nutritionally they are perfect, with everything in the correct ratio, and if anyone tells you they raise your cholesterol give them a quick slap up the side of their head for being ignorant. Please try and buy organic or certified free range from a farm you trust, or the nutritional content may vary.
I am hoping at the end of this month we will have added many new wonderful healthy meals to our repertoire, and feel great!
If anyone has any meal ideas/plans that they use I would love to hear them!