Easy Meal Prep

Everyone is looking for an Easy Meal Prep!

When it comes to achieving your fitness goals, the majority of your success is going to come from what you put in your body.  Often, managing your nutrition is the hardest part of weight loss or reaching specific goals.

People often tell me that they are working out, but are not seeing results.  Chances are, you’re eating the wrong things or not eating enough of the right things.

Another question often asked is, “What do you eat?”  Me personally, I tend to stick to a basic fitness meal prep.  I eat the same things almost daily.

  • Oatmeal and eggs for breakfast every day except Sunday.  On Sundays, I treat myself to pancakes 🙂
  • Lunch and dinner, I typically eat chicken, fish, or turkey along with a complex carb (sweet potatoes are my favorite) and a green leafy vegetable.

Voila!  That’s my magical meal prep menu!  I’m often met with disgusted faces because they don’t like my choices or they like a little more variety in their lives.

I’m often met with disgusted faces because they don’t like my choices or they like a little more variety in their lives.  They say variety is the spice of life!

For those of you who’d like more variety and/or are trying to please other members of the family that may need their healthy meals masked, you may want to give PlateJoy a try!

PlateJoy creates custom meal plans for you based on your lifestyle as well as your goal!  They provide simple and easy meal preps.  You can even have a weight loss meal prep if that’s your goal.

You take a personalization quiz where you input information about yourself as well as other members of your family.  A meal prep menu for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks is created for you based off of your input.

The questionnaire asked questions regarding weight loss, whether you are following a specific diet such as gluten free or paleo, allergies, as well as likes and dislikes of each member of the family.

It also asked how much time you had to cook and prepare meals.  If you’re like me, you don’t have much time in the evening to prepare meals, therefore, all the meal prep recipes created for me were 20 min or less.

You are provided with a menu and recipes to prepare all of the meals in your plan.  No more guessing what you’re going to eat nor going through the struggle of coming up with a grocery list.  They do all of that for you!

Pricing!  I almost forgot!  Everything, of course, has a price.  I think their pricing is fairly decent!  You can get a 6-month plan for as little as $10/mo.  They do everything is except cook the food for you!  You can’t beat that!  If you happen to give PlateJoy a try, please tell me what you think.  I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Also, don’t forget containers for all of the wonderful meals that you have created!

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Healthy Tips for the BIG GAME

The BIG GAME is Sunday and everyone is excited about the matchup between the Broncos and the Panthers! However, the real matchup is YOU vs FOOD during your Super Bowl festivities.

At the start of the year, you made a goal to lose weight, change your eating habits, exercise more, etc. Now, it’s time for the BIG GAME and you’ll be faced with lots of temptation regarding your food choices. For many, while in the beginning stages of changing your diet, out of sight, out of mind works really well; but what do you do when you’re staring all the foods you love face to face?

I’ve composed a few tips to help you survive the day.

  1. Don’t go to the party hungry. Eat a nutritious meal prior to going to the party. You’ll be less likely to overindulge on the fatty, sugary options.
  2. Drink plenty of water. Drinking water will help keep you full and prevent you from overeating.
  3. Limit alcohol intake. Alcohol is filled with lots of empty calories. If you must drink beer or other alcoholic beverages, consume a bottle of water between drinks. The water will make you feel full and in turn drink less.
  4. Eat in moderation. Don’t feel bad if you have a few of the high fat snacks you enjoy. If you do decide to indulge, just limit your proportions.
  5. Take a healthy dish to the party. Find a healthy version of your favorite food and let that be your contribution to the party. No one will know they’re eating the healthy version unless you tell them 😉

 

Below are a couple of recipes to try:

 

Greek Yogurt Ranch Dip

A quick and easy creamy ranch dip that is completely guilt-free and tastes just as indulgent as the original!

YIELD: about 1 cup  PREP TIME: 3 minutes  COOK TIME: 0 minutes  TOTAL TIME: 3 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup plain, non-fat Greek yogurt
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Fresh, chopped chives garnish

Directions:

  1. In a medium bowl, stir together all of the ingredients: Greek yogurt, garlic, onion, dill, salt, Worcestershire, and cayenne. Garnish with fresh chives and serve.

Recipe Source:  wellplated.com

 

Debdoozie’s Blue Ribbon Chili

Prep  10 m  Cook  1 h  Ready In  1 h 10 m

Recipe By:Deb

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 2 1/2 cups tomato sauce
  • 1 (8 ounce) jar salsa
  • 4 tablespoons chili seasoning mix
  • 1 (15 ounce) can light red kidney beans
  • 1 (15 ounce) can dark red kidney beans

Directions

  1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine the ground beef and the onion and sauté for 10 minutes, or until meat is browned and onion is tender. Drain grease, if desired.
  2. Add the ground black pepper, garlic salt, tomato sauce, salsa, chili seasoning mix and kidney beans. Mix well, reduce heat to low and simmer for at least an hour.

Recipe Source:  allrecipes.com

**To make this chili healthier, use the leanest cut of beef, turkey (my preference), or chicken.  Use low/no sodium canned goods.  Use a fresh salsa vs jarred.  Aldi sells a delicious fresh salsa if there is one located in your area.

I hope you find these tips useful as you prepare for the BIG GAME.  If you try any of the tips or the recipes, please let me know what you think.

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