Thursday, July 3, 2014

Meal Prep

Do you meal prep for the week? Or a couple days at a time? I try to every week because it saves us money and time. It also saves us from over eating or eating food that's less than good for us. My clients often ask what's the easiest way to eat well so I'm going to share what works best at our house.

Butternut Squash sauteed with zucchini, Broccoli, and Tuna
Every weekend I cook a protein source (chicken, turkey, beef or pork mostly) steam veggies and cut up tons of veggies and fruit. Honestly it takes me no more than an hour to do everything. I package up 8 lunches and put all the other stuff (extra protein, veggies, and fruit) in big containers. We use the leftover meat and veggies through out the week to make dinners and the cut up fruit for snacks smoothies.

Our lunches normally look something like this:

Salsa Verde chicken with Quinoa, Broccoli and Pineapple
Salad Toppin's
Throughout the week our dinners consist of quick things like salads topped with protein and veggies with homemade dressing, quesadillas or healthy nachos, Tilapia with veggies with rice, green protein shake smoothies and omelettes. We both work late so our dinners are always quick and easy, but if I didn't meal prep we'd be eating take out (spending lots of $) or oatmeal (boring!) every night!

In my fridge you'll always find a big tub of chopped veggies, cooked and drained beans for salad and more. The best part about prepping is that if you have everything prepared in the fridge there's no reason that you can't eat well and when you're too exhausted to cook there's always something to eat, just throw everything in a bowl and you can create healthy meal like the ones below!

"Pork Fried Rice"

Roasted Veggies with Balsamic and Parm

Too Tired to cook, throw everything in a bowl and top with Siracha

Happy 4th of July! It's a 3 day weekend for most of you so make a little time for meal prep and let me know how it goes!

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