A Matter of Convenience
Thursday, August 06, 2009
It’s not really convenient to plan your meals in advance. It takes a lot of work, including research, depending on your goals. Then you gotta make a shopping list of needed items. If part of your planning includes lunches, you may pre-slice some fruit and veggies and portion them up. That way you can just grab and go.
Since I am currently unemployed it seems like I would have plenty of time to do just that. But then again, the fact that I DO have the time to slice and dice as I go has allowed me to avoid much of pre planning process.
Just the same, while I have not pre-planned our meals, I have pre-sliced and portioned veggies for a couple weeks now. I fill a reusable sandwich container with sliced peppers, cucumbers, carrots, celery or whatever I have around. That way, I just grab a container and toss its contents atop a salad, or just use it as a side dish; whatever is convenient at the moment.
The weekly produce bill has gone up since I’ve started doing this, though. Apparently it’s not that the boys have stopped liking their veggies, now that they are teenagers, it’s just that they must be more conveniently accessible. For the summer, the boys are on their own schedule; never up before 10 a.m., never in bed before midnight. Since I am not a short-order cook, they are on their own for breakfast and lunch. Now that it’s convenient for THEM, the veggies disappear twice as fast. Half a container for lunch, a full container tossed into their eggs for breakfast and the other half container for snack.
Next thing you know, I’m on my way to the store again, chopping up and portioning more healthy choices. WOO HOO! I’m definitely not complaining. I’m glad to see them making such great choices. And if it’s just a matter of convenience, and I don’t have to nag at them, I’m glad to help them along.