Meal Preppin

I used to hate cooking, mainly because I was terrible at it!

I would look recipes up and follow them to a T and try to get way too fancy. I had no idea about portions, hell all I knew was to finish my plate and if the food was really good I’d go for seconds. Eventually, I got sick of feeling so bloated and full all the time. It’s not normal to want to just pass out after every single meal. I was practically eating for 2 people at every meal!

So, here I am years later and I love to cook. I look up recipes, but will always add my spin on it. I’m not afraid to try new things and experiment, but most importantly I keep my meals very simple. I aim to have plenty of healthy carbs in my diet (brown rice, quinoa, oats), good fats (almond butter, nuts, avocado), lean meats (turkey meat, chicken breast, fish), all while getting as much veggies and fruit as I can.

If you are new to cooking then keep things very basic, less is always more. The best meals I make are the ones 5 ingredients or less and can be tossed together in less than 10 minutes. Sometimes we overthink things in the kitchen, so breathe and have fun with it!!

Back to the whole point of this post, Meal Prepping! I do not meal prep for the whole week because I like things fresh and different each day. So, I have come up with something that works for me.

I made 1lb of turkey meat, sautéed peppers and onions, quinoa, brown rice and homemade granola with a twist. These are all basic foods that I can mix into any meal. This will all most likely last a few days (for my husband and I) and by Wednesday/Thursday I will cook some chicken breast and fish. Also, having frozen veggies really helps with meal prepping. I am always steaming edamame, broccoli and corn. Get to preppin’ people :)

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Below are my meals #1-5 for today! I typically eat 5-6 meals a day that are 2-3 hours apart. With all the exercising I am doing it is important to constantly fuel my body with healthy/fresh foods and plenty of water (about 1 gallon a day).

IMG_8524Meal 1 – Breakfast

Breakfast Tostada
1 Banana and Pineapple

Breakfast Tostada 
1 whole wheat tortilla
1 egg, scrambled
6 cherry tomatoes, cut in half
1/4 cup homemade beans, mashed
Feta Cheese
Cilantro, finely chopped

Directions: Preheat oven to 375*. Meanwhile, warm up tortilla and then spray both sides with canola oil. Place tortilla in oven and bake until crispy for about 5 minutes. Mash 1/4 cup of beans and spread on to tostada. Top with scrambled eggs (seasoned with a pinch of pepper and sea salt), cherry tomatoes, feta and cilantro.

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Meal 2 – Snack

Greek yogurt (non fat Fage is my fav)
1/3 cup homemade granola

Coconut & Peanut Butter Granola
2 cup old fashioned oats
1/2 cup nuts (I used pumpkin, pecans, sunflower seeds, sliced almonds)
1/3 cup coconut oil
2 tbsp honey
2 tbsp organic peanut butter
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Directions: Heat peanut butter and then mix with coconut oil. Add all ingredients together in a large bowl. For the rest of the directions click here.

Meal 3 – Lunch

Quinoa Spinach Salad
Homemade Dressing

Quinoa Spinach Salad
1/2 cup cooked quinoa
1 cup spinach
Cherry tomatoes
Cucumbers, sliced

Homemade Dressing
2 tbsp Red wine vinegar
1 tbsp Dijon Mustard
1 tsp Honey
2 tbsp Olive Oil

Directions: Mix all ingredients in a small jar and shake.

Meal 4 – Snack

Apple
2 tbsp almond butter

Meal 5 – Dinner

Turkey Tacos
Brown Rice

Turkey Taco
4 oz cooked turkey meat
1 whole wheat tortilla
Sautéed bell peppers and onions
Feta
Cilantro, finely chopped

Directions: Add all ingredients in tortilla. Serve with 1/4 cup brown rice.

Happy Meal Prepping!

xoxo

Fit Andy

 

4 Comments

Cara-Mia

Part of why I’m not very good at meal prepping for the week is because I also like having a variety in my meals. However, now that I started school this week, I think I’m going to have to bite the bullet and just deal with it!

Speaking of school, how goes it for you? I’m REALLY hoping to only have to spend one year at Grossmont!

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fitandyy@gmail.com

Well then hopefully my post kinda sorta helped ya? I definitely can’t have chicken, rice and broccoli all day everyday, I would go crazy!

Ahh you have started school? That is awesome! What are you taking? Are you full-time?

I just started too and it’s a little overwhelming, but I’m up for the challenge! Taking a kines class and science lecture/lab. Only taking two classes at a time since I am working part-time.

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Cara-Mia

Yes, it totally helped!

I’m taking chemistry and a math class; the math is to get into statistics, because I never took any of that before. I’m working full-time right now and am so grateful that the math is online! I feel a bit out of my element, but I like the challenge because it’s been a few years since I’ve had any sort of challenge like that. :) Good luck this semester!

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