In trying to accomplish my weight loss goal of 25 pounds, I realized I needed to take the nutrition portion of the weight loss equation more seriously. My biggest issue was finding time to cook healthy meals during the week. On days when I leave home at 8 am and return and 8 pm, I had no time to cook and I often found myself buying unhealthy food on the run. I had to stop making excuses and meal prepping was the solution. After watching Youtube videos and looking up ideas on Pinterest I took a stab at it, and honestly, meal prepping is the way to go.
Every Saturday night I spend no more than 30 minutes deciding what I will cook for the following week. That way when I go to the grocery store on Sunday, I buy exactly what I need. My diet is very simple and it’s a small variation of the same thing every week.
My breakfast is always a smoothie. Smoothies are great because you get a good amount of fruits and vegetables in one serving. I never add sugar, because the fruits are naturally sweet. There are tons of recipes online but as of recent, I have been using the recipes from JJ Smith 10-day green smoothie cleanse. I don’t necessarily do anything to prep for my smoothies since it takes less than 5 min to make in the morning. If you do not have 5 min you can put all the ingredients in zip lock bags and throw it in the blender every morning. Some people also blend their smoothie the night before, but I prefer it fresh every morning
My lunch is pretty much always 1 protein and two veggies. I do not eat meat so I have to get creative in this department, but Pinterest is my best friend. For veggies, I like to switch it up…there are lots of options.
I really like these bowls, because they keep me honest with my portions and they are stackable so packing in the fridge is easy
My dinner is always a big salad with some protein. When I first started meal prepping my salads would not be very filling and I soon learned I need to add more. I get very creative with my salad. I add nuts, seeds, and pretty much whatever I have in my pantry.
Always pack snacks. I always found myself running to the cafe for a quick snack, but not anymore. I have a snack a few hours after breakfast and a few hours after lunch. The time between breakfast and lunch can feel so long especially when you’re sitting at a desk. I like to have almonds and craisins. My second snack break is to ensure I get my daily serving of fruits in or eat something that will give me energy at the gym.
In addition to what’s mentioned above, I try to drink 1 gallon of water a day. Some days are better than others, but I do try.
Have you tried meal prepping? Have you been successful? Please share any tips in the comments.
As always, thanks for reading.