Meal Prep 101

 

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So I’ve gotten a lot of emails asking me how to meal prep…. therefore! I’m going to show you how easy it is, the trick is to do it all at once.

Meal Prepping is a great way to stay on track, especially when you are low on time and just want to grab something fast. Our first instinct is to go to fast food or something simple when were in a rush right? … So this way, you’ll already have it made and set to go so therefore your diet and all the hard work you’ve already put in with trying to eat clean and workout doesn’t go down the drain.

So what it basically is, is preparing everything you’re going to eat for either that week or more (depending on how much you cook). I like to do my meal preps about every week or even twice a week depending on what days I have off work.  In a nutshell- its cooking in bulk and eating left overs….

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First things first though, you’re going to need a good variety of Tupperware.

Then, you may be asking…. “but what do I cook???”

Well pretty much anything that your diet calls for… My meal preps usually consist of these things:

– LEAN PROTEIN ( chicken,  catfish, tuna, tilapia, salmon, shrimp, beef (shoot for the leanest you can find) , turkey, game meat(deer, elk) protein powders … eggs and egg whites would be good too. Hard boil them, it will make it easier too. )

– VEGGIES ( pretty much all is accepted. I like salads with different green blends, mixed veggies (frozen or fresh) zucchini, squash, carrots, celery, broccoli, asparagus…. you get the drift…)

– COMPLEX CARBS – Yams, sweet potatoes, brown and wild rice, quinoa, couscous, Oats, Whole wheat bread, beans.

– FATS (almonds, cashews, pistachios, avocado, coconut, walnuts, peanut and almond butters, flax, chia, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and oils and oil based dressings. )

– FRUIT – obviously you don’t have to “cook” these..  (pretty much any, Berries, apples, banana, peach, pear, orange, strawberries …etc. )

DAIRY- I don’t eat dairy for the most part, it makes me sick… every once in a while Ill have a Quest bar which has Whey protein isolate in it and I seem to do fine. If your going to add dairy, pick these! ( Low fat mozzarella, low fat cottage cheese, Greek yogurt (shoot for plain and add your own goodies!), low-fat milk and creamers for coffee and whatnot  )

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Now that we’ve got the basis of whats pretty much “healthy” and whatnot, how much do you cook? ? ?

Well that all depends on how many days your prepping for. You can do an entire week or a few days. Up to you. Best part of this way of eating (notice I didn’t say diet) is that you DONT STARVE and your constantly eating to rev up that metabolism to ultimately .. lose weight or gain muscle. You ideally want to eat every 3 to 4 hours so that makes about 5-6 meals a day. Now these meals .. since there are more than your average three, are going to be smaller in size, but that’s ok because every 3 hours your going to eat more.

Here is a basic every day meal plan for me currently.

Meal 1: Oats with 1 banana

(this is the time I workout usually)

Meal2: Protein Shake with a piece of fruit

Meal 3: 4oz grilled chicken, 1 cup brown rice and 1 cup mixed veggies

Meal4: 4 oz fish, Big salad with as much veggies as I want. 2 tbsp. oil based dressing  (you can add in a complex carb here if you’d like )

Meal5 : 4 oz turkey, 1 cup veggies (add carb if wanted)

M6: Protein Shake

SO in example I really only need to “prep” 3 meals per day. The oats and shakes take like 2 minutes for me to make on the spot … So when prepping keep in mind how much you actually need to make. Now I’m not saying to follow THIS plan, this is just an example .. Do what you want, make it fun, add in some fricken cottage cheese ( man I miss that stuff haha) and make it YOUR meal plan and make the food towards Your Goals!!

So basically cook like your having a party or barbeque haha. Light up the grill and grill up some chicken and turkey burgers, meanwhile while that’s going, cut up salad and veggies and also have either some rice on the stove or a few sweet potatoes in the oven. Its really quite simple, just start cooking and see how it ends up. Use different spices so things don’t always taste the same or seem bland. (I like Mrs Dash a lot because its salt-free yay!)

Put it all in Tupperware and you can even mark what day they are for on the containers if you want. The more organized you are the easier it gets. Preps usually only take me an hour (that’s 4% of my day) .. You have time, just find or make the time =)

Also, get creative, find new recipes and learn to have fun with it =)

HAPPY PREPPING!

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ps. I do a lot more “prepping” and what not on my instagram! FOLLOW ME! @amanda_fit_

 

 

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Benefits of Bell Peppers!

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Love bell peppers, whether they are in a salad, sautéed, stuffed of just dipped in some hummus… LOVE them!

Why they are awesome:

  • Help prevent against cancers, disease, inflammation and cell damage.
  • Awesome source of vitamin A and C.
  • Very low in calories so virtually you can eat like 3 whole peppers without many calories, plus they are nutrient-dense so they fill you up!
  • Skin looks healthy and glowing (because of the Vitamin A and C).
  • They are sweet on their own! Great for desert… yes I have ate bell peppers for desert.. call me weird. I don’t care lol.
  • There is keratin enzymes in bell peppers, great for keeping eyes healthy.
  • Good source of fiber.

How to pick the best!!:

  • Find peppers with the brightest colors. The brighter, the more ripe and sweet!
  • Cool fact: The green, yellow and orange peppers you see, are actually RED peppers that haven’t ripened yet! What?! I know! Fun little fact! (there is nothing wrong with eating the other colors btw)
  • Pick peppers with a glossy shine to them.

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How to eat and prepare: YUMMM

  • raw
  • raw dipped in hummus, salsa, or even guacamole.
  • sautéed
  • sautéed for fajitas
  • Cut the top off and stuff them with veggies and rice- bake.
  • In salads
  • Add to sandwiches.
  • Make stir-fry
  • Add to soups
  • In pasta dishes.
  • Grill them – make kabobs!
  • And many other ways! Get creative !!! =)

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Grilled Peaches with Honey

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***This is a Bethany Frankel Recipe, I did not create this on my own. ***

You’ll Need:

  • 3 peaches, pitted and halved
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. honey (preferably all natural)

How to:

  1. Preheat grill on high
  2. cut peaches in halves and take out the pits
  3. Brush the cut side of the peaches with olive oil and place on grill with the cut side down.
  4. Grill until golden brown and caramelized. (2-3 min)
  5. Turn peach halves over and grill other side until slightly soft and warm all the way through. (2min)
  6. removes from grill and drizzle with honey!

Looks soooooo yummy! Trying soon!!! I just had to share because I saw it in a magazine and was like OMG! =)

But I did get to thinking you could jazz this up with some light sorbet in the center, maybe come cottage cheese, or Greek yogurt. Also you could put it into a salad!!

Grilled Pork Chops with asparagus and baby potatoes

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(Serves 4)

You’ll need:

4 Pork Chops

Seasoning or marinade of choice (I used a little natural BBQ sauce, garlic powder, oregano, rosemary and cilantro)

1 container of sliced mushrooms

1 group of fresh asparagus

2 lbs.  of baby potatoes  (like Yukon or red potatoes)

2 tablespoons of EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil)

Preheat oven to 450. And light your grill!

Marinate or spice the meat according to directions of as preferred. and place on grill.  (Grill till centers aren’t pink anymore)

Wash, trim the ends and place the asparagus into a steamer bowl above a pot of boiling water and cover. (steam till tender)

Sauté mushrooms in small skillet till tender. (I like to  use olive oil or a dairy and soy free butter called Earth Balance. You can find it at any grocery store pretty much)

(Put potatoes into large bowl, and mix with EEVO, a dash of salt and pepper, oregano, and a little garlic if you like into the mix, and toss potatoes around till they are covered with mixture. Transfer potatoes to large baking sheet and spread out evenly. Roast potatoes will they are nice and golden and soft in the center.

Once all is cooked .. serve!. And top your Pork chop with the mushrooms! YUMMMMMM