I think a big part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle is food prep. Before I got into running, exercise and healthy eating I would quickly grab something out of my fridge or not go food shopping for weeks and it was definitely not healthy. Some days I would have a can of soup for dinner or hummus and crackers for lunch. Yea- definitely not hitting all the important food groups. I would say in general my whole life I have been some what “healthy conscious” but now I would say I eat a “healthy balanced lifestyle.”
With my schedule and long commute, Sunday food shopping at TJs followed by meal prep has been great! I can’t cook during the week so having food to heat up that is nutritious and delicious has been very important for me.
This week I decided to peruse through one of the cook books that came in my baking basket: Giada’s Feel Good Food by Giada de Laurentis. Its a great book filled with healthy recipes. I found a recipe for grilled chicken with a mango/apple chutney to put on top and decided to give it a go.
The recipe called for chicken breasts but I always buy tenders because they are cheaper. I marinated the chicken for about 2 hours in yogurt, apple juice, vinegar, a little marsala wine, and salt and pepper.
I usually food prep at my parent’s house so my Daddy helped me with the indoor grill 🙂
The chutney was mango (I had to buy frozen, there wasn’t any fresh), an apple, dijon mustard, ginger, ground cloves, salt, pepper, mint and a little more apple juice.
I also sauteed some butternut squash in oil, cinnamon, salt and pepper as a side. And I cooked some quinoa for the week as well. I really recommend cooking your quinoa in chicken or veggie broth- gives it such better flavor.
Here it all is on my plate from tonight. With a side of kale of course 😉
I don’t mind eating the same thing all week. I usually prep enough for 4 nights because sometimes I stop at my parents or have dinner out with a friend. I can also switch it up by having a sweet potato instead of the quinoa, or maybe putting the chicken and chutney in a wrap.
Since I change things up each week, I don’t mind having the same things for a few days. It’s just me so I can’t go crazy making so many meals!
While I was at home I decided to try another Giada recipe:
baked crispy chickpeas:
Wash and rinse a can of chickpeas. Then mix them with olive oil and sea salt and bake for about 45 minutes to an hour at 350. Then let them sit for a little then they become crispy and crunchy. Yummy healthy snack.
Here is Sunday dinner- homemade sauce and meatballs and spaghetti:
I also brought a veryyy ripe banana back and made a little dessert for us:
Mix 1/4 cup melted coconut oil and 1/4 cup of cocoa powder, then 3-4 tables spoons of agave nectar. Put half of the mix in the bottom of a muffin tin (you could do a small tin) then stick it in the freezer. While that is freezing mash a banana and I decided to mix in some peanut butter. Then put the banana mixture over the cups and then add the rest of the chocolate mix. It was really good! The chocolate was a little bitter so next time I would have added a little more agave nectar.
One last food prep item:
Every week I try and buy different salad fixins’ just to change it up. This week I found a perfectly ripe avocado- so this salad is: arugula, carrots, tomatoes, turkey, avocado, goat cheese, chickpeas and raisins. Avocados make the world go round 🙂
Phew! What a lot of food talk! Meal prep is key to being healthy and making your life much easier.
In terms of working out- today I was all around sore especially my left calf from my run yesterday. I had PT today so I just decided that should be enough for me. Have to listen to my body- I am GOING TO run these half marathons this spring. I may try and do some more calf foam rolling, but the therapist said it makes sense- I haven’t run in a month so I would feel sore. The forecast this week isn’t sounding so great so I’m going to try and go for a run tomorrow night after double tutoring sessions. We shall see. 🙂 Going slowwww and steady.
Do you food prep?
Any food prep suggestions?
What is your favorite way to eat avocados? I loveee guac and chips with a margarita any day 😉