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Pacific Organic Steel-Cut Oatmeal + Meal Planning

Pacific Organic Ready to Eat Steel-Cut Oatmeal is perfect for the whole family to enjoy. | happyfitmama.comThis post in sponsored by Pacific Foods in partnership with Mambo Sprouts. All opinions are my own.

My love for oatmeal is no secret.

It’s something that I eat every single day no matter what the temperature is. A couple of years ago I switched to steel cut oats because it has a higher protein count and has more of a chewier texture that I like. While I love all oats, steel cut makes me feel satisfied longer. Which, let’s be honest, no one needs to see me hangry.

I always make time for breakfast but there’s some mornings when things get a little hectic. Like when I want to run JUST ONE MORE MILE to get the perfect sunrise pic or my daughter is having a I don’t like any of my clothes right now (Yes, she’s 6. I can’t wait for the tween and teen years) moment as I frantically throw clothes at her to put on. Some mornings, breakfast needs to be portable and eaten at my desk when I get to work.


Thankfully, I usually have a few minutes before my first round of clients/patients roll in. On those days, I’m thankful for Pacific Organic Steel-Cut Oatmeal. It comes in a convenient ready to eat package and is ready in 2 minutes flat. Packed with protein, fiber, and heart-healthy whole grains, it’s made just like you would at home by slow cooking steel-cut oats to maintain their homemade taste, hearty texture, and nutrition.

I love the unsweetened plain to add my own favorite toppings. Chia seeds, banana, blueberries and of course, a big scoop of almond butter are a must.


Other great flavors are Apples and Cinnamon, Chia and Flax, and Maple and Brown Sugar. They are all delicious and perfect for the whole family. My kids, who usually don’t like the texture of steel-cut oats, even like all the flavors.

I like to eat oatmeal as a pre-race breakfast. These would be absolutely perfect for a quick race morning fuel especially if you are staying at a hotel or need to take your fuel on the go with you.

It’s Sunday, so it’s meal planning time. Here’s what’s for dinner this week:

Sunday: Grilled Salmon + veggies

Monday: Black Bean & Quinoa Veggie Burger + roasted sweet potato fries

Tuesday: Slow Cooker Crispy Chicken Carnitas

Wednesday: Pick your egg + green smoothies (busy soccer night!)

Thursday: Peanut Chicken Zucchini Noodles

Friday: Homemade Pizza Night

Saturday: Spicy Fish Taco Bowls

What’s for dinner at your house this week?




Meal Planning Tips and Tidbits

Get on the meal planning train with these 4 tips and tidbits for finding recipe inspiration for healthy dinners all week.  happyfitmama.com

Hey there!

I hope you enjoyed the long holiday weekend. I know we sure did! How can you not, right?

I took a little blog holiday over the weekend so I didn’t share my weekly meal planning post. As I was putting it together, I thought I’d share some tips and tidbits that I’ve picked up over the years of planning.

Prior to kids, I rarely ever meal planned. I’d find recipes from cook books or magazines and make them whenever I felt like it. I rarely planned out the meals before I grocery shopped for the week. Don’t have the ingredients for a certain dish? It was no big deal to run to the grocery store to pick it up on a whim.

After the kids’ were born, I still didn’t meal plan. Winging it was all the time I felt I had for food. If I wasn’t trying to feed myself, I was trying to feed two other mouths. And then clean up those two mouths. Which rarely got said food only in mouth.

eating with kids  happyfitmama.com

But then around their one year birthday, I realized that winging it wasn’t going to work anymore. My free time was spent feverishly cleaning the house or doing whatever else I could cram into nap time. And with the magical witching hour always landing around dinner time, I couldn’t afford to be spending more than 20-30 minutes preparing food.


That’s also about the time I started reading food blogs. I began to find new easy, healthy recipes. I can’t remember exactly what blog it was, but the concept of meal planning was mentioned and I knew I needed to try it.

Since then, I’ve been on the meal planning train. It definitely helps a ton in grocery shopping and not living on eggs, toast and avocado every single night. Although I do really enjoy those types of dinners too.

kale blueberry superfood salad 3  happyfitmama.com

I let my meal planning slide a bit during the summer but I committing to it once again with the new school year. With kid’s sports and other evening activities going on each week, it’s essential to have a plan.

Here are 4 meal planning tips and tidbits that I use each week.


By far, my biggest source of meal planning inspiration is from Pinterest. Consulting my Crock Pot Recipe, Easy Dinners, Healthy Snacks, or Clean Eating Recipe Boards always gives me ideas. The genius behind the alogorithm of Pinterest knows what I like. I can go on there anytime and find recipes that I like.


If Pinterest is my first stop, it’s because I pin a TON of recipes off of blogs every week. When you are a blogger who loves reading blogs, you find recipes everywhere. Here’s some of my favorite food blogs to follow for delicious recipes.

Family Favorites

I don’t always feel like following a recipe. Sometimes I want to wing it. Maybe it’s making a simple stir fry, Broccoli Slaw Egg Rolls, Crockpot Veggie Chili or Brinner, family favorites that are quick and easy always happen at least once a week even if I did have something planned.

A great recipe for a healthy version of a favorite take out food - Baked Broccoli Slaw Egg Rolls  happyfitmama.com


I laughed when my mom sent me a subscription to Good Housekeeping Magazine. Isn’t that an old lady magazine? I was pleasantly surprised to find really good recipes (and home tips!). It’s not as old lady-ish as I remembered. Or it’s just because I have become an old lady who enjoys Good Housekeeping.

Runner’s World and Women’s Running are two of my other favorite magazines for recipes. They know what runner’s want!

When I find a recipe that looks good, I’ll rip it out and stick it in a binder I have full of recipes. I was looking at my recipe binder for this week’s meal plan and laughed at one recipe in there – Cooking Light circa 2006. There’s mention of margarine. Does anyone use margarine anymore? If so, please don’t!


Here’s what’s for dinner this week at my house:

Sunday: Make your own pizza night

Monday: Cook out

Tuesday: Peanut Chicken Zucchini Noodles

Wednesday: Crockpot Black Bean Quinoa Soup

Thursday: Homemade Pizza Bowls

Friday: Take out

Saturday: Grilled Honey Chiptole Salmon + veggies

Where do you get your meal planning inspiration?

What’s for Dinner? {Week of August 28}

Wondering What's for Dinner Here's 7 days of meal ideas for the whole family to enjoy. happyfitmama.com

Hey there!

It’s the weekend before school starts here so we are trying to pack in some fun before the daily weekly routine begins again.

Although my kids have school for two days before having a 4 day weekend for the Labor Day. We don’t want to jump right into school just yet. It’s better to ease in!

Back to school means back to packing lunches everyday. I’m planning on prepping with my kid’s favorite Easy Morning Glory Muffins and some cookie balls. Maybe Coconut Apricot Bites and 3 Ingredient Cookie Bites?

Our weekend plans for next week are still up in the air. I had hoped to run the Jay Peak Trail Festival – NOT the 25 or 50k but the three 5k races back to back to back. It’s aptly named Trail Runners with Issues because why else would you want to run a Black Diamond, Blue Square and Green Circle course all in one morning? But the hotel situation is looking a little slim. And I don’t want to sleep in my car so… We’ll see what I can work out.

What’s for dinner this week?

Sunday: Grilled Fish Tacos

Monday: Grilled Chicken + Pizza Pasta Salad

Tuesday: Quinoa Enchilada Bake

Wednesday: First day of school + sports practice = quick dinner of pick your egg + veggies

Thursday: Grilled Salmon + Kale Blueberry Salad

Friday: travel?

Saturday: Out if traveling

Linking up with Laura for more meal planning ideas.

What’s for dinner at your house this week?