Food Budgets

A Health-Centric 7-Day Meal Plan That Won’t Break The Bank

Welcome to the second of a six-part collaboration between Mint and Brewing Happiness. I’m Haley, the girl behind Brewing Happiness – a blog about celebrating the small healthy choices we make in our lives, complete with recipes for everybody! Last time we talked about my top ten tips for making healthy groceries budget-friendly. Today we are going to take that a step further with a full, healthy week-long meal plan!

The two notes I want to preface this meal plan with are – this is not a “weightloss” meal plan. I don’t believe that health and body shape are always correlative, so I choose never to focus on that. The second is that my grocery list assumes that you will already have a few pantry staples at home. If you do not, this list may be more expensive than estimated.

Health-Centric 7 Day Meal Plan

RECIPE LINKS & NOTES

Blueberry Overnight Oats

Spinach, Avocado & Egg Wrap – Simply use one of your large wraps with spinach, ¼ large avocado, 2 scrambled eggs, and even a spread of vegan mayo if you want!

Chickpea “Chicken” Salad Wraps – use your large lavash or tortilla wraps for these

Chinese Chicken Kale Salad – The recipe calls for you to make your own dressing, but it’s probably cheaper to buy an Asian dressing that you like.

Asian Quinoa Snack Bowl

Spaghetti Squash Pasta with Chicken

Chickpea Street Corner Tacos

Marinated Mushroom Zoodle Pasta

Salted Chocolate Pudding – If you don’t have tahini in your home, just use the nut butter from your grocery list!

Speaking of, here’s the full grocery list needed for the above food plan (click on image to expand):

Grocery List by Brewing HappinessFeel free to swap what days you make the recipes on – this is totally customizable to your life! For instance, I suggest eating the Asian quinoa snack bowls on days that you workout, for some extra protein. So if those days are different than the chart suggests, then switch it up! Or if you are a person who likes to eat more meat than this meal plan allows for you could add shrimp to your chickpea street corn tacos or chicken to your marinated mushroom zoodle pasta.

The pricing in this meal plan obviously isn’t exact, but it can provide a good estimate of your costs for the week. Just remember to be smart about your grocery shopping – go to a store with bulk bins, so you can buy exactly the amount you need. That way you don’t have a bunch of extra food and empty pockets at the end of the week!

Follow along!

Over the next couple of months I’ll be covering tons of ways to be healthy on a budget. So keep an eye out for those and head over to Brewing Happiness for healthy recipe inspiration in the meantime!

 

Haley Hunt Davis is the voice behind Brewing Happiness, a food blog dedicated to celebrating healthier choices. Haley makes “health-ified” versions of everyone’s favorite foods, like pizza and chicken nuggets, as well as suggestions for how to make every dish fit one’s lifestyle. For more from Haley, follow her on InstagramFacebookPinterest and Twitter.