Monday, January 19, 2015

Monday Meal Prep

Probably the most common question I get asked on a DAILY basis is related to MEAL PREP. Most people feel overwhelmed by the idea of meal prepping, but I am telling you it really isn't that bad when it is explained to you along with the process of it all.
 
When you are a busy women trying to lose weight, gain muscle, eat clean, or just get healthier meal prep is essential. It takes out all of the guessing of what you are suppose to be eating for that meal. I tell my challenge girls all the time IT'S ALL ABOUT THE PREP! If you have your meals prepared for the week the odds are in your favor to eat clean, healthy, nutritious dense foods versus a bag of chips or pizza.
The first time you meal prep can be quite overwhelming. But after you do one time it will only get easier and easier.  You then realize how wonderful it is to have your meals prepared for the week.
 
In my monthly health and fitness challenge groups MEAL PREP is #1 on my list for having successful results. 80% of your physical results is based on your nutrition while 20% is exercise.
And yes, the majority of my food that I meal prep I will use for my children's DINNERS. If I prep oatmeal and egg whites my kids will eat those for breakfast too.
 
My Meal Prep Tips:
1. Sit down on Saturday and plan out your meals for the week...so for example mine would look something like this...and make your grocery list. I prepare for the entire week, some of my challengers will cook Sunday for Monday-Wednesday meals then cook again Wednesday for Thursday-Sunday. I change up my meal plans a little bit each week for variety. But sometimes I feel like TOO MUCH variety can make it more difficult.
 
M1 - Shakeology shake with water, ice, 1 tsp of almond butter
M3 - 3/4 cup of chicken, 1 cup of veggies, 1/2 cup of brown rice
M3 - 1/2 grapefruit, 1/4c of berries, 1 tbsp. of nuts
M4 - 3/4 cup of ground turkey, 1/2 baked sweet potato, 1 cup veggies
M5 - 2/4 cup fish, 1 cup veggies
 
2. Go grocery shopping on Saturday so that you can cook and sort your food on Sunday. Buying in bulk really helps with meal prep if you have a large family. Costco is my favorite!
3. Sunday cook all of your food....3 proteins, 2 healthy carbs, cut up fruit, and then portion it all out for the week.
 
4. And then you can sit back and enjoy all your meals for the week. And now you don't have to worry about what you are going to eat for lunch or dinner.
 
IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT MEAL PREPPING, EMAIL ME AND I WOULD LOVE TO HELP YOU! My next health and fitness challenge group starts February 2nd, 2015, and you will learn ALL ABOUT MEAL PREPPING and eating clean. If you are interested please include that in your email.
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In my challenge groups I provide customized meal plans along with recipes to help my challengers have success with their nutrition. Saturday and Sunday are our PLAN & PREP days...my girls go over their meal plans, make grocery lists, and prep and sort their food so it is ready to go by Monday morning. Then they post and share their meal prep and any new recipes!
 
Below are pictures of some of my challengers meal preps...so if they can do it, YOU CAN DO IT!



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