If you've ever scrolled through Instagram past a post of a week's worth of perfectly laid out and planned healthy food, each meal neatly placed in it's own container, and it's given you instant anxiety..... don't worry, I've been there!! In fact, I've been there as recently as just a couple weeks ago. So I feel ya!
The past two weeks I've made some changes to how I view (and tackle!) meal prep, and I can honestly say that it no longer freaks the hell out of me. So I wanted to share them with you while they'e still fresh!
My biggest piece of advice.... Keep it simple! I was driving myself crazy and wasting wayyyy too much time on Pinterest trying to find recipes for each meal.
Now I just focus on THREE parts...
• 1 green veggie
• 1 starchy veggie
• 1 protein
Start with this formula of one green veggie, one starchy veggie, and one protein, and then once you get the hang of this and start to feel comfortable with it, then you can play around with different recipes. But until then, keep it simple!!
This week I chose chicken and salmon as my proteins, but when you're first getting started, feel free to just stick with one to start. Time saving tip: cook your protein at the same temperature if possible so you can cook them at the same time, and better yet, cook them on the same baking sheet to save on dishes.
I used a southwest seasoning on one chicken breast, a red curry spice on another, and left the last one plain. For the salmon I used a fisherman's seasoning on one and left one plain. They cooked for a total of 15 minutes. I set the timer for 10 minutes, flipped the chicken, then cooked for the remaining 5 minutes. After that, I put the chicken in a glass container and covered it with a lid for 10 minutes. (Pinterest said this will keep it juicy.)
This morning I was out of the area and near a Wegmans. (Yay!!!!) This is the first time I've been to a Wegmans since I moved from Buffalo, NY to Arlington, VA a little over a year ago. I missed it!!! I got one big package of veggie noodles... 1/3 beets, 1/3 sweet potatoes, and 1/3 butternut squash. Literally all I did was spray some coconut oil in a skillet, toss these in, and sprinkle with some sea salt. Super easy! (PS if you're not used to eating beets that aren't canned, I'll warn you now, they'll give you beet pee. Yep! Pink beet colored pee. And tomorrow? Beet poo. So before you head to Web MD to self diagnose, trust me, it's normal!)
For my green veggie, I cheated a little bit. (Which is totally ok!!) I steamed a bunch of broccoli, but wanted a little more, so half of the broccoli was fresh, and the other half was frozen. I buy big bags of frozen veggies to keep on hand. They're super quick and convinient! Especially if you've been busy and haven't had time to buy and prep fresh veggies.
8 meals for the week in less than 40 min!!
• Buy things pre prepped (like these veggie noodles)
• Cook proteins together on the same baking sheet
• Use frozen veggies
• Use reusable meal prep containers (Amazon has simple ones like what I have, and some with different compartments)
• Put 1/2 in the fridge and freeze the other 1/2 for later
If you need help with workouts or help choosing the right meal plan for yourself, be sure to reach out! I have a private women's only community on facebook for everyone I coach. You're only one click away from getting started!!
Cheers to a healthy 2019!!
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