Fun With Meal Prep!

by - April 13, 2016

Lately I haven't been feeling great about my diet, my health, or the way my clothing fits. So I decided to make some changes for the better. I started working out, cleared out my refrigerator and cabinets, and started to plan my meals. That's what brings me to this post. I searched Pinterest and found some healthy recipes to try out. I have been able to revamp my diet and have some fun along the way.

I have been doing good so far with my new fitness journey so I wanted to share some of the meals I've been having with you all. Keep in mind that portion control is important. I have been using a portion control cup set that I found on Amazon to keep myself on track. You can use measuring cups to help with your portions or just eye ball it using guides for portions which you could find online.

Now let's jump right in to check out some of the things I've been trying!

Lunch and dinner meals for the week:

The first meal is lean grilled steak with onions or grilled fish, red potatoes, green beans, and mushrooms.

The second one is oven roasted chicken breast with onions, brown rice and edamame.

*Seasoning is important when it comes to healthy food. No one wants to eat bland or boring food!

*Some of the veggies i used are from the frozen section. They're the steam-able ones so they cook right in the bag. I find that they are tastier than canned ones and sometimes faster to prepare than fresh produce.

The first meal is mini pizzas. They have tiny pieces of pepperoni, tomatoes, black olives, green peppers, onions, 2% mozzarella, feta, tomato sauce, and thin sliced bagels. Mini cucumbers and kale with garlic are the sides that were paired.

 The second one is turkey meat with onion and green peppers in tomato sauce. The portion control limits my pasta amount so I offset it with sauteed zucchini. This way i feel like I'm eating a lot but its healthier.

*I used the same sauce for the pizzas and the pasta so that I could save some money and some time.

The first meal is a clean burrito with mexican flavored quinoa. It has roasted chicken, corn, tomatoes, onions, a little bit of cheese, green chiles, and black beans. I used low calorie wraps and baked the whole thing. I even made some  yummy homemade guacamole to go with it.

The second is wheat spaghetti noodles, zucchini noodles, and lean beef meat sauce. It has green peppers, onions, and tomatoes in the sauce.

I like to switch up my proteins and veggies so that I don't get bored (being that I am a Gemini, you know i get bored way to easy).

The first meal is thin sliced steak, green beans, and I alternated between sweet potatoes and garlic mashed cauliflower. The cauliflower is new for me but it was yummy and tastes surprisingly similar to potatoes.

*I made a homemade steak sauce instead of buying one and it tastes great with the steak and the chicken too!

The second meal is oven roasted chicken with teriyaki flavor, broccoli, and cheesy quinoa.

This was one of my more adventurous meals. They are California sushi bowls (similar to California rolls). They have crab meat, sticky rice, cucumber strips, edamame, avocado, and cream cheese. I bought some seaweed crisps to snack on with them.

I found some yum yum sauce and sriracha mayo in the international section of the grocery store which added to the flavoring.

It was fun to go international for the week. I think I will have to try some more meals from around the world.

Next I want to share some of the breakfast and snacks that I have been having along with my meal prepping. They are lighter than the meals I used to have but they still keep me full.


Oatmeal Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes!

Why not have all the stuff I enjoy packed together in one big bite?! These were easy to make and tasted amazing. I topped them with a little of my favorite maple syrup. They are great for Saturday mornings.

*They're are healthier because I used less flour and substituted with the banana and oatmeal.

*Make sure to keep the size of the pancakes small so that you don't over do it on the portions. I made mine three to four inches a piece.

French Toast and Turkey Bacon!

I know french toast gets a bad wrap but you can tweak it to make it a little better. I used 2% milk, one egg (or just egg whites), lots of cinnamon, and a splash of vanilla to dip the slices of wheat bread in.

*Instead of using butter, I used coconut cooking spray (which i swear by these days) to brown the bread on both sides.

I topped it with a little maple syrup, because bacon and maple syrup are a match made in heaven!

*I try to keep the bacon lean because I know regular bacon has more sodium and fat. This way I still get my bacon with none of the guilt.

Veggie Omelet and Turkey Sausage!

Eggs will always be one of my favorite foods to eat, I try to make the omelets lighter by using one whole egg and then using the whites from another. This creates a healthier balance while still allowing for the golden color.

I chopped up some spinach and tomatoes in this one but you can use whatever veggies you like. The turkey sausage is also another great substitute for regular pork sausage.

I wanted some fruit to go with it so I added a banana to help keep me full.

Fruit Salad!

This is always a great idea when you are eating healthier. Fruit is full of great vitamins and yummy goodness.

There are tons of different kinds, so the combinations are endless!

*Just make sure to keep up with your brushing if you eat a lot of fruit so that the acids from them don't harm your teeth.


Veggies and Dip!

I love raw veggies but I can't eat them alone so I always have some kind of dipping sauce to go with them. There are lots of different ones to choose from.

My favorite dip so far has been the fiesta ranch powder from hidden valley that you can mix with greek yogurt or sour cream.

Some of the combos I have been enjoying are carrots with green peppers, mini cucumber with carrots, and tomatoes with cucumbers.

Bananas, Strawberries, and Chocolate!

I have a major sweet tooth so I keep a jar of chocolate chips in my pantry, They are great for when I have a craving. You can just grab a couple a go.

The sweetness from the chocolate pairs great with the fruit.

Granola, Chocolate, Peanut Butter, and Apples!

This snack has more yummy chocolate chips, but this time it is paired with savory peanut butter. I mean come on, peanut butter and chocolate is obviously one of the best matches out there.

It's a satisfying combo that holds me over until my next meal. It also a great snack to eat before the gym.

Strawberries, Peanut Butter, Graham Crackers, and Chocolate!

Strawberries are one of my favorite fruits so I try to have them often. I paired them with graham crackers because they are light and airy but I still feel like I am eating cookies. The chocolate chips are a yummy little extra.

I found these handy little peanut butter cups at the dollar store. They are easy to throw in to my snack pack and go. Peanut butter can get high in calories so I generally only eat half of the pack and save the rest for next time.

Even with all of the things I have added to and taken away from my diet, there is one thing that remains the most important in my new healthy lifestyle. Water! Drink lots of water to flush out your system, I personally stopped drinking most of everything else and stuck with water. From time to time I will have tea, apple, or orange juice, but I always go back to my water.

If you don't like the taste of water, you can flavor it with pieces of fruit. I like to use lemons and cucumbers in my water, because its tastes refreshing.

I hope you enjoyed this post and hopefully you will try some of my meals on your own!

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