Sunday, May 11, 2014

Menu Plan Monday-Fresh 20 Week 1 +workout ideas!

Goedendag! Welkom op mijn tweede menu plan maandag in Amsterdam!

Just a little Monday morning fun for you all! Seriously though, this is my second menu plan from Amsterdam. So far we are absolutely loving living here. It has been a real dream come true for all of us. There are some things we are still getting used to...check out last Thursday's post on a few culture shocks we are dealing with ;) One thing we have noticed though, the weather here is crazy! One minute it will be cloudy, next it is pouring, drizzling, then sunny. We did have to deal with a big thunderstorm last Friday night. The lightening was too extreme for me to get a video of it, but I did get this from the other day:

So random rain, then it was sunny again! Anyone who has ever lived here is it always like this or is this unique to the area? Also, when the heck is it going to get warm?! I'm freezing my wee little tushy off!

Prior to leaving Vancouver I had bought the Fresh 20 cookbook. I'd looked at The Fresh 20 meal plans for years, but never wanted to invest in them because, well, my husband is wicked picky and quite frankly I don't want to waste the money on something I wouldn't use. But, a cookbook I can work with I can make my way through with no pressure and mix and match recipes if needed. 

The recipes in the book seem fairly "normal" and easy. For this first week's meal plan I only have to make a couple of changes so not bad.

Breakfast Options:
  • eggs, salad, and half a yam
  • egg "burrito" (stuffed with ham, cheese, tomato)
  • fruit salad with nuts
  • sweet bread with pb & sprinkles
  • overnight oatmeal
Lunch Options
  • salads: chicken, tuna
  • lunch meat roll ups
  • egg pizzas
  • grilled cheese
  • leftovers
Dinner-Fresh 20 based
  • Potatoes (regular & sweet), peas/mixed veggies, cheese, salad
  • Parmesan chicken nuggets with oranges, honey carrots, salad
  • Korean style short ribs with cabbage salad (hubby will have corn for his side)
  • Coconut curry style fish/omelette for the hubby
  • Eat out (will probably do a late lunch/early dinner at a new place)
  • Pan seared chicken Panzanella (this is like a salad)/Will serve hubby the chicken with a side of cucumber/tomato relish
  • Tomato soup and grilled cheese with leftover salad
Super easy meal plan and best thing is everything is cooked on a cooktop only a few little things using the oven. Coming up I will be discussing my oven woes, or lack there of so the fact these recipes use the cook top vs oven is a huge plus for me. Also, in the front of each week's meal plan there is  prep for the week! It totally takes all the guess work out of getting the food ready so your cooking time is cut short! Super awesome!

Now this week along with making sure we are eating really healthy I am of course focusing on my workouts as well. I finally got some new running shoes and a new yoga mat so I'm super stoked to use them this week.

Since I got new running shoes I will be focusing on running more. I decided instead of killing my legs right off the bat I would do the C25K programme to get me back in the saddle.

Then, each day I will do one of these workouts:

  • Monday: run +fitness blender barre workout
  • Tuesday: Cardio barre
  • Wednesday: run +barre workout for butt and thighs
  • Thursday: Floor Barre
  • Friday: run +The look good naked barre workout
  • Saturday: Ballet body sculpt
  • Sunday: The teenager has cheer for four hours on this day so I will fit in a nice walk and some stretching somewhere...maybe they can spare a corner of the gym for moi. ;)
If you want to join me in my workouts for a little accountability find me on FB or leave a comment here and let me know! I am always happy to have a virtual workout buddy! 

I hope you all have a great week!

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  1. I have never heard of that cookbook but I am going to check it out. I could use some inspiration at the moment! I did the C25K program a few years ago. It works well.

    1. The cookbook is amazing definitely check it out, Tara. The way it is organized makes it so simple to prep for the week I am working on a post about it ot go up this weekend :) I am loving C25K so far. I have never trained like this last time I was running a lot I just sort of did my own thing and ran two half marathons lol but kind of burnt myself out. I figured C25k was a good way to get me back into it without exhausting my legs!

  2. I have no idea what an egg pizza is. Sounds intriguing though.
    How do you find the barre workout? I've never tried it, but used to dance a lot.

    1. Emma...I will have to post a picture on my Instagram & Facebook page of it...but basically you take at least two eggs (I do an egg & two egg whites) and do them like you would an omelette only don't fold it over. Once the bottom is form you just flip it. Then when the whole thing is round & set top it with some tomato paste, salt, pepper, or whatever seasonings, some toppings (bacon, veggies, whatever) add some cheese and then melt the cheese in a warmed oven or under the broiler hehe :)

    2. Alos, barre is a lot of fun. It incorporates all the elements of ballet but at a faster pace and you often do more reps. The playlist I put together above is a pretty decent one. I've taken a few in studio classes they are usually offered outside of gyms and stuff, as a separate entity. I bet if you google barre classes in your area you'd find some! :)

  3. Meal plan looks yummy! Thanks for sharing at #smallvictoriessundaylinky !

  4. Thank you so much for stopping by Betsy! Glad you enjoyed! :)

  5. wow, great menu plan and workout plan. I am so glad you and your family have enjoyed Amsterdam so far despite crazy weather. Thanks for sharing at Small Victories Sunday linky and hope you link up again tonight! Pinning to our linky board!

  6. That is so awesome that you are living in Amsterdam! Can't wait to read about all your new adventures! Thank you so much for sharing on Whatever Wednesday!