Weekly Menu Planning


There were some wonderful organizational tips shared last week that inspired me.  Here are some of my favorites.  And here’s what Stacy’s making this week to inspire YOU!  Crunchy Coconut Granola *swoon*

Here are my top 3 posts from last week:

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Trim Healthy Tuesdays

Stacy’s Trim Healthy Mama Notebook


Trim Healthy Tuesdays

Deep S Day On the Go


Trim Healthy Tuesdays

Key Lime Pie [S]

The post from last week with the most visits was this one

Before and So Far–50 Pounds GONE!

And now for this weeks Trim Healthy Tuesday Posts!

Please see updated posting guidelines below the linky.
Thanks so much for joining Stacy & I on Trim Healthy Tuesdays!

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Trim Healthy Tuesday Linked Posts Guidelines

  1. Accepted post topics will be: Trim Healthy Mama related recipes, kitchen tips, weekly menu, ‘how to’ articles, or exercise tips, and MODEST before and after photos may be attached to any of the above. Please do not link personal progress reports or non-THM recipes.
  2. You may post links from YOUR blog to recipes that are Trim Healthy Mama friendly. They can be S (satisfying), E (energizing), FP (Fuel Pull), or Crossovers. Please note which of these categories your recipe falls under. Nutrition information for your recipe is helpful, but not mandatory.
  3. Please respect the copyright of the book, and do not post recipes from the Trim Healthy Mama book on your blog. You MAY post recipes that you’ve changed up to make your own, but nothing verbatim from the book.
  4. Please link your post back to one of the hosting blogs above: Gwen’s Nest or Stacy Makes Cents. Your link will show up on both blogs! DO NOT LINK TO THE HOMEPAGE – instead link directly to this Trim Healthy Tuesday post: http://www.gwens-nest.com/family-favorite-recipes/weekly-menu-planning/
  5. Please post no more than 3 links each week.
  6. Post new links from your blog each week – do not post the same link each week.
  7. You may include recipes with “Splenda” and other similar products or foods that are considered “compromise foods”, but please note that in the recipe, and either make them optional or offer substitutions for on plan items if possible. Please do not use ingredients that are off plan…like white potatoes.
  8. No giveaways or advertising-only type posts are allowed. You may post about cookbooks that you like and you may include affiliate links, but the post MUST be THM friendly. Example – posting about an eCookbook that you like is acceptable when telling how it can help with THM. Posting about a cookbook just so you can sell it is NOT acceptable.
  9. Any post that does not meet the guidelines outlined above will be considered Spam and will be deleted.
  10. Though it’s not required, it would be polite if you would link directly to the Trim Healthy Mama website in each of your posts – they’ve done so much to help us all, and we’d like to increase their traffic. www.trimhealthymama.com
  11. For help with determining where your recipes fall, visit Gwen’s THM Quick Start Guide.



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  1. Jessica from SimplyHealthyHome says

    Thanks for hosting! I need to start putting my weekly menus on the frig. I think it will help me stay on track.

  2. says

    I love your weekly menu – mine is similar but why did I not think to put the grocery list right beside it on the same page! So simple it’s brilliant!

    • Its_Gwen says

      I decided to do this after wishing over and over that I had my menu with me at the grocery store. It’s worked out great!

  3. Julie says

    Oh Gwen!
    You are such a HUGE resource of great tips and helps!
    I’m just now seeing this post and was VERY interested in the weekly planner, but when I click on the free pdf, what comes up is a form with blurred rectangles instead of text. Any ideas on how to fix this?
    The THM menu comes up beautifully.

    • Its_Gwen says

      argh! .pdf files make me crazy! :/ I’m so sorry you’re having issues with it. I’ll play with it and see if I can fix it for you.

  4. Cynthia says

    I do something similar, but I make a copy of it on my copier before heading to the store. I had the frustration of losing it a couple times going to several stores with kids in tow lol! It is super disappointing to have to recreate (and attempt to remember) all that info to match all the food I just bought.

  5. Destiny Ramsey says

    I don’t like to sit down and menu plan either. So weird… Cause I LOVE to search for recipes for hours, but deciding is hard. I find it especially tough because my kids eat differently from me. And my husband is a yet another equation of meals. My list seems to be sooooo long for just 7 days! If I do make a really awesome week of meals or even more than week, it isn’t guaranteed that I’ll use it again. Even though it is all worked out for me. I have a hard time eating the same plan over and over. Sheesh! :)

  6. Deanna says

    Hello!!! Can you make a couple more weeks so that I mayhave some differentiation. I am going to try to help my husband and myself. :-) I would love for you to help out with a few more weekly menus… I have already printed out the example, but I am a BEGINNER!!!! Like today!! So do you think you can help me? 😉

    • Gwen says

      Hi Deanna!
      I’m so glad you enjoyed the menu. :) Try printing out a few blank ones and as you see recipes you want to try, just fill them in. I try to do at least 2 E meals per week, and then enjoy them as leftovers for lunch. I have lots of great recipes by type in the menu bar. :)

  7. Helen Krahn says

    I really enjoy all your good information, I am new to THM, really hoping I can get a grasp of all this cauce I want to lose 20lbs by summer & I’ve tried almost everything else but this looks like something I could do & most important to continue after the weight is off
    Thanks for your help


  8. says

    So glad I saw this in my FB feed today. It was on my agenda to work on a menu plan this week and now I don’t have to go looking for one! I shop 2x a week and am hoping to plan ahead enough to start doing once a week. It is hard when you work next door to a grocery store! Thanks Gwen! Headed to print one out. Doing good with getting back to THM, too!

  9. Renel says

    I am glad I found this my daughter just moved away from home and she requested that I send her weekly menus of the meals I make, being a in the moment meal maker lately I needed something to help me put my meal ideas and grocery list together. Your menu planner is perfect, thank you for all your hard work.

  10. Randi says

    When I clicked on your sample menu page to print… it wouldn’t upload so i could print it… is there something on my end that I have to do in order to print this?
    I love the idea of having the menu all made ahead of time
    Help please,
    Thank you,

  11. cam says

    just getting started i’m aliitle confused for e meals and s meals when looking at recipes is that all you eat or do you add anthing else like i from the old school meat, pototes, veg and bread please help

  12. Eileen says

    I love your site! I printed your weekly menu and noticed one dinner there was just popcorn and frappe. My husband would divorce me if I served him just popcorn for dinner! LOL! I’ll have to adjust it accordingly. Thank you for taking the time to do all this!

    • says

      Ha! Well, the frappe was a protein shake, and that was our easy Sunday night supper. We usually have a heavy lunch and a snack before the kids leave for church, and they’re home late. So it works for us to have a lighter supper that night. :) Definitely adjust accordingly!

  13. Susan Hamner says

    I am just starting this plan and your site was suggested to me before I took the plunge. You have been such a blessing so far. THANK you for all you share. Love the tips for meal planning which I need to start (cute magnet, too)


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