Meal Planning for Breakfast and Lunch

Happy Sunday! I just got my chili in the slow cooker and am getting ready to go to three afternoon basketball games for my 8th grader, but wanted to share a little thing I’m doing differently with my meal planning this week.

As some of you know, I joined my friend Mollie Lawniczek’s 4-Week New Year Healthy Reset. Each week, we have a 30-minute Zoom session with her. Even though last week’s session was dedicated to exercise, there were a number of us who still wanted to pick her brain about meal-planning discussion from the week before. While I’m pretty good at laying out what our family will eat for dinner over the course of a week, I’m not great at applying this same planning to what I will eat for breakfast and lunch. So my big take away from Mollie is that this level of planning for my daytime eating is just as important as it is for dinner.

To keep things simple, here’s what I’m going to do for breakfast and lunch this week.

Breakfast Smoothie


  • 2 scoops Keto meal shake (or any protein powder you like)
  • 2 scoops MCT Powder (lots of benefits: helps with brain health, controls blood sugar, helps reduce risk of heart disease)
  • 2 scoops Vital Proteins Collagen (great for joints and hair and nail growth)
  • 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed (helps digestion)
  • 1 teaspoon  turmeric powder  (great anti-inflammatory)
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 cup ice


My plan is to alternate between chopped green salad or a piece of all-grain toast with 1/2 an avocado and a scrambled egg for lunch. I bought the pre-made Dill Salad mix from Costco that has a lot of great crunch to it. I won’t mix in the bread crumbs or dressing it comes with, but it’s super filling when I add a few extra veggies I have in the fridge.


I bought some apples to have on hand to eat as a snack in the late afternoons when I’m starving with a little almond butter.


Finally, I’m bringing my big water bottle out of retirement so I can be back on the water train. It’s funny how when that darn thing is actually out on my counter how I’m motivated into using it. 

How about you?? Do you have any easy systems in place to help you keep your healthy habits going?


Photo by Jenn Marie Photography

My name is Ann Marie Scheidler and I'm thrilled you've decided to check out my blog. I'm a pearl-loving yogi with a thing for travel, a weakness for beautiful bags, and a passion for storytelling. In this space, I'll be sharing stories about my family, go-to recipes, my wellness journey, fashion and beauty favorites, and my love for Chicago’s North Shore. I find new inspiration wherever I go. Thanks so much for coming along for the ride!


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