what’s good around the web + weekly meal plan

meal plan February 2-6 // www.heynutritionlady.com

Here we are again. Another week, another meal plan. I started writing this one way in advance, and I suppose I could have left it as is, but I wanted to show you that the meal plan is a fluid thing. For example, last weekend I didn’t get around to making those veggie burger patties and so this week ended up being more about eating down the freezer than anything else. Also I left my lunch at home on Wednesday (threw the empty lunch bag into my backpack, doh!) so ended up buying lunch and eating Wednesday’s lunch on Thurs.

Next week I’ve got long in the making lunch plans with my former thesis supervisor (who, by the way, writes an excellent blog about obesity research) and since we’re taking an early lunch (around 11:30 since the place we’re going doesn’t do reservations) I won’t be needing breakfast that day (I normally eat breakfast at around 10). And, I’ve got after work drinks planned on Thursday which might preclude me from the usual omelet night, but it’s always nice to shake things up by that point in the week. The wraps, by the way, will probably be these chipotle hummus wraps, which I’ve discovered freeze like a charm if they’re made with roasted butternut squash instead of grated carrot. But if I’m busting out my roasting pan why not burrito bowls / freezer burritos instead? Time will tell.

As we discussed, I’ve been trying to better plan our Friday dinners, though I’m still finding it difficult. It’s near impossible to get the husband to commit to a particular Friday dinner even the morning of, let alone the week before when I write out these plans. Not sure if the planned pizza night will materialize this week as I’ll be coming back from a biz trip to Helsinki and will be fairly tired. We did takeout last Friday, and if takeout Fridays becomes a thing in our world, I’m more than okay with that. If not, I’m going to push for a taco night next week!

On to the links!

MM_Web_Icon_FINAL1. Coconut water – is it all it’s cracked up to be?

2. Is healthy eating really too costly? What do you think?

3. How broth became New York’s latest trendy delicacy. I love the tone of this article! Are you brothing these days?

4. Statins save fewer lives than exercising and eating sensibly, scientists say. Makes sense, no?

5. Reinventing the potato. Potato!



  1. Tessa says

    I love potatoes, part of my Irish heritage I suspect. This article on potatoes made me realize the importance of biodiversity, artisanal varieties, new varietals etc. Plus I wanted to taste each one of those potatoes named in the article. I have asked “the husband” at my house to dedicate a planter box or so to the cause.

    • Katie Trant says

      Ah yes, now that you mention it that garden was sadly devoid of potato. So much other good stuff, though! I’m sure you could find fabulous heirloom varieties to plant and we can have a potato feast in the summer!

  2. [email protected] says

    I like coconut water but don’t use it for anything other than the nice taste in smoothies or a wee glass on its own. I shall read the link to see more. As for broths, bone broths are recommended for those with low white cell counts. Some small evidence that it can help before chemo. I don’t know how it actually works in this respect but I have heard directly that it does help. But I prefer vegetable and herb broths myself 😉 Lovely links as always. I hope you get your pizza night!

    • Katie Trant says

      Interesting stuff re: the broth, Kellie! I always enjoy your perspective as it’s such an unfamilliar niche to me. I also prefer vegetable broths, but I can totally get on board with the bone broth trend. And yes, had the pizza night and it was fab! Made a mostly spelt crust and got really creative with the toppings.

  3. Cammy says

    I love the idea of broth, just like that, as a hot and comforting drink instead of a coffee or tea and think the broth window is genius. I feel like it’s a trend I can get behind (which says a lot you know!). And you’re right the article was well written; both approachable and entertaining!

    But alas, now you’ve got me dreaming of those cool and freshly chopped coconuts waters which hit the spot so perfectly on a long day of beaching, surfing, swimming and just generally existing in the tropics….

    • Katie Trant says

      I think that the coconut water on the market and the coconut water cracked out of a fresh’un on the beach are two totally different beasts. But yes, oh to be back on the beach with a fresh ‘nut! I also think the broth trend is a good one, although I wouldn’t drink the bone stuff myself. Apparently Finnish rye bread is also trending in New York, and that I can get on board with as well.

  4. Linda @ Veganosity says

    Those wraps look amazing! I want one now!

    I jumped on the coconut water bandwagon for about a month, then I decided that it only made sense to drink it if I was running long distances. Now I’m back to water and a banana after a long run. Is it surprising that a healthy diet and exercise would save more lives than drugs? 🙂

    Have a wonderful weekend Katie!

    • Katie Trant says

      The wraps are one of my favourites! I love drinking coconut water when I’m in a tropical place and can get it right out of the coconut (and then enjoy the delicious coconut meat afterwards, yum!) but I’m not really on board with the packaged coconut water craze. And no, not surprising at all!

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