Weight Loss

Mum makes three weeks’ worth of food for UNDER a DOLLAR a serve!

This mum is a MASSIVE advocate of meal prep!

In fact, Sarah Longbottom has made 131 meals (just over three weeks of meals if you eat the suggested six meals and snacks a day on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge) and it’s only cost her $120.91 – which works out at around 92 CENTS PER SERVE!

Here’s what she made…

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Mum makes three weeks’ worth food for UNDER a DOLLAR a serve!

Sarah has lost almost 10kg following the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge and says she’s on a strict budget when it comes to healthy eating.

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“I am currently on my second Healthy Mummy journey. Since having my second baby 6 months ago I have lost almost 10kgs with my goal to lose the last 4kgs to get back down to my pre-pregnancy weight, which I know I will achieve with the amazing support, simple and delicious smoothies and recipes The Healthy Mummy has on offer,” she says.

“Since having my second I haven’t rushed back to work like I did with my first so I needed to come up with ways to budget so my first thought was to look at the weekly shopping cost and decided to work out what it would cost to do a big meal plan that would last 2-3 weeks with then only needing to buy fresh fruit, bread and milk. “

Sarah uses the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge recipe hub and recently made 131 meals and it’s only cost her $120.91 – which works out at around 92 CENTS PER SERVE!

“It took all afternoon but I came up with my meal plan that included the following meals and snacks.”

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What Sarah made:

1. Mexican Lasagna with salad

This healthy and delicious version of a Mexican Style Lasagne is ideal when following the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge.

Get this recipe here.

2. Beef Stroganoff with veggies

This ONE POT recipe for the classic beef stroganoff is perfect. We’ve made some tweaks to the traditional recipe to give it the same great taste with some better-for-you ingredients.

You can find this recipe on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge recipe hub.

3. Porcupine Meatballs with cous cous

Slow cooked, delicious and full of hidden veggies.  If you’re looking for a healthy dinner to feed the kids, then THIS IS IT.

Get this recipe here.

4. Healthy Chilli Con Carne with brown rice

This healthy, filling recipe for Chilli Con Carne is made with lean beef and is packed with vegetables for a good dose of fibre, vitamins and minerals.

You can find this recipe here. 

5. Chickpea and Pumpkin Curry with brown rice

An easy to prepare curry that you can increase in quantity to serve the whole family or refrigerate or freeze the leftovers for another meal.

You can find this recipe on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge recipe hub.

6. Chicken Soup For The Soul

All around the world, people seem to agree that there is something so comforting about a hot bowl of chicken soup. It warms you up from the inside out.

You can find this recipe here. 

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7. Thai Fish Cakes with salad

These tasty Thai fish cakes are made with sweet potato and are high in protein.

You can find this recipe on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge recipe hub.

8. Moroccan Chicken with spinach

Fresh herbs, lean chicken and Middle Eastern flavours make this a healthy and delicious salad.

You can find this recipe on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge recipe hub.

9. Minestrone Soup 

Our Minestrone Soup is amazing as it features plenty of veggies, is packed full of flavour, and is low in free sugars.

Check out this recipe here.

10. Healthy Quiche Cups

While your standard quiche is made in a larger sized dish, quiche cups are baked in a muffin tray. This means they’re perfect for both portion control and for little people’s appetites – and even more perfect if you are trying to lose weight or are following our 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge.

You can find this recipe on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge recipe hub.

11. Savoury Pumpkin Muffins

These delicious muffins are so good it’s hard to believe they’re healthy! If you’d like to have this recipe more than once in your weekly meal plan use the ‘leftovers/ eating out / own choice’ thumbnail to allocate when you will eat the extra serves to avoid excess ingredients being added to your shopping list.

You can find this recipe on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge recipe hub.

12. Corn Fritters

These golden corn fritters will tantalise your taste buds and kick start your morning.

You can find this recipe on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge recipe hub.

13. Lemon and Coconut Bliss Balls

A healthy snack that is kid friendly. This recipe makes 15 serves. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for a week or more. Or freeze for up to a month.

You can find this recipe on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge recipe hub.

14. No Bake Puffed Quinoa Crackles

Coconut oil can slow digestion and regulate appetite which means it’s great to help lose some belly fat. If you’d like to have this recipe more than once in your weekly meal plan. Sarah made a chocolate version of this recipe.

You can find this recipe on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge recipe hub.

15. Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cookies

These cookies hit the spot when you feel like a sweet snack in between mail meals. Make a batch to store in the pantry and share with the family.

This recipe is available for Challenge members and can be found on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge recipe hub.

16. Homemade Chewy Chocolate Muesli Bars

Searching for the ultimate mid-morning snack? Look no further – we have found the answer to your snacking prayers.

This Chewy Chocolate Muesli Bar is so yummy and jammed packed full of healthy ingredients, perfect if you’re following a weight loss plan.

You can find this recipe here. 

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Sarah’s top meal prep tips

  1. Write down everything you want to cook
  2. Shop online
  3. Choose meals that freeze well
  4. Clean up as you go

“I was able to work out that there would be a total of 131 meals and snacks for $120.91 which equaled 92c per serve. I was blown away by it once I completed it. I then did my shopping online so I knew I wouldn’t be tempted to buy extra items,” says Sarah. 

“I believe meal prep is extremely important because it makes life that little bit easier and frees up so much time. Yes, it took a couple of days to complete all those above meals but it has been worth it because now all I need to do is get meals out of the fridge or freezer and there is the days snacks, lunch and dinner sorted which I know we will all enjoy.  

“It has allow me to spend the extra free time I have with my family. So to sum everything up my main tips would be to actually take the time to plan and write down everything you want to cook (I choose meals that I knew would freeze well), write down your shopping list putting down exactly how many items you need of each, double check everything, clean up as you go and then enjoy.”

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