Meal Prep (Preps You for Success)

Did you know that, according to z100 (most valid source EVER), January 14th is suggested by scientists to be the *most* depressing day of the year? Apparently, by January 14th the reality that, yeah, its still winter; the holidays are OVER; and its freezing have all sunk in…PLUS, all those shiny optimistic New Year’s resolutions have been abandoned & tossed to the curb.

So, as an aside, this is sort of hilarious because January 14th is my little sister’s birthday & its funny to think of her begging people celebrate with her on the most depressing day of the year. Hahahaha… No? I guess I’m still a mean big sis (Just kidding… I LOVE YOU, JILLIAN!).

Little sister aside, how upsetting is it that two mere weeks into the new year most people have totally forgotten their resolution?! TWO WEEKS! It takes three weeks to form new habits (did you know that?)…and the average Joe doesn’t even give that resolution a good three week stint before giving up…

GEESH!

Don't let the winter blues strip you of your motivation to succeed!

Don’t let the winter blues strip you of your motivation to succeed!

Anyway, I’ll admit that I was about to post this fancy schmancy long post about a delicious venison curry, but I am feeling quite lazy. So instead, I am going to share with you how I spent two hours of meal prep yesterday to make the next week chuck full of AWESOME HEALTHY meal choices!!

But, first, I just want to remind you that it is more important to take the time to meal prep than to squeeze in an extra workout. Abs are made in da kitchen, baby!

In two hours I made:

  • A huge tub (literally, like 6 quarts worth) of low starch, yummy chili. By the way, in the freezing tundra that is the Northeast, this is the most delicious recipe ever. Eaten with an avocado (or, if you’re fancy, a side of guac) equals perfection.
  • Scrambled half a dozen eggs with four pieces bacon (breakfast for 3 days!)
  • Chopped & blanched three florets of broccoli (to eat with my breakfast, duh)
  • Baked a spaghetti squash, which is now patiently waiting to be consumed in my fridge
  • Grilled 4.5 pounds of chicken breasts
  • Shredded a head of romaine lettuce for salads (I always think of Spongebob when I write the word salad)

I now have an overwhelming amount of high quality protein dense, veggie rich & healthy fat burstin’ foods to support optimal glycemic control & metabolic function this upcoming week!

Let’s see how this two hours may be put to use the next few days (bolding indicates items that were not pre-prepped):

Monday

  • Eggs, bacon, broccoli with hot sauce for breakfast
  • Two or three baby bell peppers for snack
  • A large salad with grilled chicken for lunch topped with olive oil & vinegar
  • A slice of grilled chicken topped with a scoop of ricotta & chocolate balsamic vinegar for a pre-workout snack
  • Chili with diced avocado for dinner (um, two bowls worth)

Tuesday

  • Eggs, bacon, broccoli with hot sauce for breakfast
  • Two or three baby bell peppers & or some sliced mozzarella for snack
  • A large salad with grilled chicken for lunch topped with olive oil & vinegar
  • A few scoops of almond butter for snack
  • Spaghetti squash topped with jarred tomato sauce & grilled chicken sausage (they’re defrosting in the fridge :D) for dinner

Wednesday

  • Eggs, bacon, broccoli with hot sauce for breakfast
  • Two or three baby bell peppers for snacks/nuts/a few slices of avocado for snack
  • A large bowl of chili for lunch
  • Maybe a nice piece of frozen fudge for snack? (And, sure, this may or may not count as pre-prepped… I always have something sweet but healthy hiding someplace in my house!) Otherwise, a few scoops of whole milk ricotta will suffice!
  • Grilled chicken with a side of cabbage for dinner

…You get my point? I will still have chili, grilled chicken, spaghetti squash & leftover cabbage to get me through the rest of the week. For those of you thinking, geeze, this gal eats the same things over & over again...the average person tends to gravitate to the same breakfast & lunch options every single day. So this meal plan is realistic & functional for me, but you could add diversity by using dinner leftovers as lunch instead of salads! Or, even by spicing up your salads with, say, blueberries & almonds one day & tomatoes & cucumbers the next.

Anyway, meal prep makes healthy eating the easy, obvious decision. And its how you’re going to show January 14th whose boss!!

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