We know that our diet is the single most important contributor to our ability to maintain a good physique. So even during the busiest of weeks, if we aren’t able to find time to exercise, ensuring we don’t binge or seek convenience food is critical.
Doing weekly meal prep is a great way to free up a lot of time during the week. I know it seems daunting and requires a lot of discipline, but it’s actually not as time-consuming as it might seem. I don’t know how many times I told myself I was going to do it… Even bought a crock pot cookbook to meal prep the easiest way possible but I fell off the wagon after one attempt.
I decided this year would be the year that I disciplined myself to prep food for the week, allowing myself the weekends for dining out with friends. I’ve been doing well thus far and sticking to my plan quite well. Pat on the shoulder for me. *PAT*
Sadly, one of the biggest motivating factors for me was the purchase of fabulous glass containers for the meal prep. If only everything in life came so easy.
So… pictured above is my meal prep from last Sunday. It took me a total of 1.5 hours to complete and resulted in snacks, lunch and dinner for the entire week. Here’s a quick breakdown of each meal.
- Protein shake, or
- Greek Yogurt, berries, almonds and almond butter, or
- Organic Steel Cut Oats, berries, almonds and almond butter, or
- Whole wheat sandwich thins, avocado, 2 scrambled or sunnyside eggs
- Grape Tomatoes and Cucumbers, or
- Baby Carrots and Celery
- Salad comprised of baby spinach, kale, green peppers, red peppers, strawberries and avocado
- Protein of either 2 hard boiled eggs or tuna
- Bounce Protein Ball (LOVE THESE! Especially the peanut butter one. It’s literally a ball of peanut butter. YUM!)
- Either backed Chicken breast or Backed Turkey Breast
- Steamed broccoli
Some people find it boring to eat the same thing every day, and I admit I struggled with that too… But I infuse a lot of flavour with spices on the meat, trying a different combination for each piece resulting in a different flavour each night. Similarly, I cook my quinoa in chicken stalk and throw some spices in there for some flavour. And then I try a different sauce every night for additional variety.
Of course, knowing that I will treat myself over the weekend is also a nice motivator to stick to my plan.