Happy Saturday! Today, was grocery shopping day for next week. If you were here last week then you know I spent over my 50 dollar food budget and was subtracting it from this week. That left 33 dollars for this week. We really don’t need much as we have so much leftover turkey and sides from Thanksgiving. There were a few low carb things I wanted, and we always need creamer. My husband did really good with the milk, so I didn’t need milk. But, he did ask me to see if turkeys were on sale, lol. There were no turkeys. Can you believe it? There was turkey breasts, which I prefer anyhow, and I did get one. But, it put me over my 33 dollars, but that is OK. I will just subtract it from next week, lol. The turkey breast was only 7.61 and that will make a lot of meals when we decide to use it. I really do not like shopping on Saturday, but I knew we only needed veggies pretty much, and I didn’t have to wait for the sale flyers tomorrow. Plus, I don’t really have a day next week I can shop until Friday, which starts the next week anyway. I did not make a menu for this next week, which starts tomorrow, because it will be mostly leftovers. If we run out of leftovers I have other options in the freezer. Below, see some of my lunch ideas with the items I bought. My husband will just eat turkey sandwiches until the turkey is gone. He doesn’t get tired of them.
Before I get to my groceries, and lunch ideas, I want to mention Toys for Tots. If you can donate a new toy to their cause, it is a wonderful cause. So many people are hurting this year, and while we give every year, I will try very hard to work it into my budget every time I go to Walmart to put something in their drive box. Now, I don’t know how long they are collecting for, so I may only hit it one time. I let my daughter pick the toy, and as long as it is reasonable I am OK with it. We also volunteer, and donate to dog rescue. The fur babies need love too. Being kind and giving to the community is a great way to have love for others, but also self care for yourself. It is a win win.
The first image is from Save A Lot and I spent $13.40. That cabbage was only .69 a pound and was 3 pounds in weight. For my leftover turkey low carb lunch, I used one of the Ole tortilla wraps, from Walmart then I fried up some of the cabbage, a tbsp of onion in olive oil. I added rosemary, and lemon pepper seasoning. Once they were softened I added about 2 ounces of turkey, and then once it was all warm I added one ounce of shredded cheese. I put it all on the wrap with a tbsp of sour cream, and it was super delicious. Those Ole wraps only have 4 grams of net carbs. Plus they have ground flaxseed in them, which is great for me as I do not get enough Omega 3s as I hate fish, and I don’t care for walnuts either. Be careful with these if you have CKD, and only eat one, as they will be higher in phosphorus than white bread.
The second image is from Walmart. I spent $26.42, but without the turkey breast I would have easily met my goal.
So, what are some lunch ideas I have in mind? The cabbage can be used for coleslaw, or fried and served with turkey, or the ham. The ham can go with eggs, or cabbage. I already have eggs on hand. I can only eat small amounts of ham, about 2 ounces, so the ham will last a long time, unless my husband or daughter decide to have some. The tomatoes, cucumbers and lettuce can be for side salads, and cabbage can be added to that as well. I really love cucumbers and tomatoes with sour cream and some ranch seasoning. That is my favorite salad, and of course cabbage can go in there as well. The cottage cheese I bought because I can’t stand yogurt and I don’t drink smoothies this time of year. So, I will defrost the berries I froze over the summer, blend them in my blender and eat with the cottage cheese. I also still have apples on hand, which can be eaten with the cottage cheese. That would also be great for breakfast. If you have CKD, be aware that cottage cheese is very high in protein and sometimes sodium. The bread I always just buy when they mark it down, and stick it in the freezer. We can have mini pizzas, garlic bread, or just with butter with any sauce meal. My family loves that bread and I have gotten it for as little as 50 cents a loaf. That little pizza is my daughter’s for when I work. The creamer is just creamer, not for a lunch. We just needed it,
Please remember, I am on a low carb diet, similar to what someone with Diabetes might follow. I do not have Diabetes, but I do have CKD and I do need to lose weight. I have lost 13 pounds to date, and have kept it off, which is most important. With CKD I can not eat high protein, or high fat. So, I have had to learn how to count Macros and how much my body needs. It is a balancing act and can change at the drop of a hat. I do not follow a Keto diet. Ketosis may be very dangerous for someone with Kidney Disease and or Diabetes.
The very last image is my first gift idea for anyone on your list, but most importantly for anyone with a chronic disease. If you are trying to manage your chronic disease eating at work can be very difficult. There may be vending machines, parties, and coworkers who eat out for all of their meals. These things make it harder to stick to a diet plan. The thermos in the image is just like the one I purchased. It wasn’t that name brand, but other wise it is the same. It has saved me so much headache when at work. I can bring warm or cold food, and I don’t have to use the microwave. It really has been a lifesaver for me. Each day until December 24th I will share great gift ideas for people managing a chronic disease. This one is not an affiliate link. Not only will this gift be better for health, but also will save money on eating out.
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