Wow! 3rd post in 3 days! I am trying here! Before I get to my title, here are some pics from last night/this morning:
Delicious take-out a BIG salad with a sherry vinegrette (so good) and a Tuna, Romaine, Tomato, Avocado, Swiss Whole Wheat Wrap- one of my fav places to order from in Hoboken: Mr. Wraps.
After that I met up with some friends at an outdoor bar on the water by the Statue of Liberty:
I totally rocked kicks with a dress haha
Compression socks, ice, coffee, and some blog reading this morning. My ankle has been irritating me so I’ve been icing and elevating it!
Then I went to Yoga. It feels SOOOO good after a long week of weight lifting and running. My body literally craves the stretching. I need to keep up with it!
Followed by a delicious smoothie:
How I Meal Prep:
As I began to work on getting healthier I found that taking the time once a week to plan my meals was the best thing that worked for me. I don’t feel like I have to scramble at the last minute for dinner or eat hummus and pita chips for lunch (yes I did that a lot last year). I have my staples for breakfast and lunch and then switch up my meal for dinner every week. I usually just think about what protein I want, then think of a good veggie combo, some sort of seasoning/sauce, and a carb. I use Olive Oil when cooking so I don’t really worry about getting a fat in because it is used in so many ways.
Next Step: Trader Joe’s Haul
I typically spend between $50- $65 a week on groceries. Sometimes it’s more due to needing something like Almond Butter or Nuts or something that normally lasts me awhile.
After the haul, I get right to work! I usually get my veggie sides chopped and in the oven for roasting. This week I did an eggplant and squash but sometimes I do brussel sprouts.
Then I get to work on my butternut squash which I eat for breakfast along with hard boiled eggs and a banana with nut butter.
Then I poke holes in my sweet potatoes and get them in the microwave. I eat these along with my salad at lunch. I usually have to keep microwaving, cut them open, see how they are doing. It depends on how big they are but in total probably takes 15-20 minutes of microwaving.
Then I get to work on the Main Dish. This week I bought this awesome TJs chicken breasts for about $5. It’s such a good deal. I decided to mix in sugar snap peas, frozen broccoli, and mandarin oranges, along with this really good TJs sauce. I made Brown Rice Quinoa Pasta as my carb this week because I have a race on Saturday so I like to have it the week of the race.
Voila! 5 meals for the week! Healthy veggies, protein and carbs for the win!
I really feel like meal prepping has been a huge time and money saver plus I feel so much better now! I used to heat up chicken nuggets and grab a bowl of cereal, and if that is your thing, good! I just feel better when I eat well balanced meals (ALL the food groups 😉 ) and when I am prepared! It has been a huge part of my happier and healthier lifestyle! 😉
Do you meal prep?
Any other good tips for meal prepping?
What are some of your favorite meals to make?