Today was day 12 of my bridal boot camp! And I must tell you how much I hate meal prep. What I mean by that is that I have found out that I hate to have the same exact lunch for more than 3 days straight. I don’t even like to have the same meal more than two days in a row. I guess I am a true foodie at heart. So, here is my basic meal prep 101.
If you are working to achieve certain fitness or health goals it is of the utmost importance to prepare your meals (at least lunches and snacks) in advance. That way you can make sure you meet your protein, carbohydrate, and fat goals for the day (and of course, get overall good nutrition). An added bonus is that you know the meal will be healthier and you will stay fuller, AND your wallet will thank you.
I made the classic sweet potato, chicken, and broccoli:
The chicken was actually very lean ground chicken made into meatballs. I would top it with sriracha or one day, BBQ sauce.
After eating just 3 of these, I was so tired of these foods that I didn’t want to see them again for at least a week. I have still not eaten my favorite sweet potato yet. And the bad part is that the broccoli starts to smell terrible after a few days due to the sulfur components releasing into the container.
Anyway, what I recommend is that if you are trying to do this, make sure to switch out the types of foods you pack. Switch out the carb with peas, brown rice, quinoa or ezekiel bread. And then switch out your proteins with beans, fish, turkey, egg, and whatever else you like. Switch out the veggie with any type you feel like eating–salad, zucchini…
I am going to go back to what I used to do: take a part of dinner leftovers and make sure to round out the meal with the macronutrient that I am missing. If we have leftover chicken, I will add salad and a fruit or beans. If we have leftover veggie, I will add egg or tuna and a carb. You get the idea!