Meal Prep: Week of 5/29/17

I hope you’ll forgive me that I’m a little late on the meal prep post, but you know what they say: better late than never! Obviously the holiday weekend threw things off a little bit, but now it’s back to the “routine”–which isn’t much for me considering I’m still off until next week. I did most of my meal prep for the week yesterday, and I kept it super simple. I decided that I really liked the format of meal prep I did last week with the batch cooking, so I stuck to it this week. I’m not sure if it will work out as well when I start back at my internship rotations, but for now while my schedule is structure-less it’s a great option.

I also really liked the intermittent fasting. I never felt overly hungry and I feel like it helped control cravings, so I’m sticking to it another week. If you’re like “what are you talking about Michelle” then click here to see my post from meal prep last week to see what I’m referring to!

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Eating Out

I come from a very foodie family. We get excited about trying new things and get very crabby if we miss a meal. Half the fun of traveling for us is getting to try new restaurants. So for a weekend like this one, where my dad and brother are coming to visit me in Kansas City, I anticipate that almost all of my meals will be eaten at restaurants.

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Eating outside of the home has become so much more common in America than it used to be, and it is definitely a contribution to the rising obesity rates. When you eat at a restaurant, whether it’s fast food or five star, you lose the control of what is going in to your food. This means that sometimes even the “healthy” options really might not be so healthy. And don’t even get me started on portion sizes. And then there’s the free bread at Italian places, the free chips and salsa at Mexican places. Eating out frequently can be the downfall of a healthy lifestyle; eating at home will almost always be the better option. Continue reading “Eating Out”

Meal Prep: Week of 5/22/17

I haven’t really done a meal prep in a while because I have been off of school and internship rotations for a couple weeks, so there wasn’t really a need for it! I still have a significant amount of time off, but I wanted to get back to the swing of meal prepping just to keep me on track. With that being said, since I do still have a lot of flexibility in my schedule, I thought it would be a good time to try a new method of meal prepping. Instead of diligently planning each meal and using several specific recipes, I did more of a batch cooking type of prep for this week. I did come up with a few combinations and ideas for meals, but I don’t have a set “menu” like I normally do.

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Meal Prep IS BACK!

Okay, so I’ve been all about the easy throw together meals lately, and there ain’t nothin’ wrong with that! Some delicious roasted brussels sprouts and pre-cooked grilled chicken are a golden combination any day if you ask me. This week, it’s back to the grind in the kitchen on a Sunday! I finally had some time to plan and try out some recipes I’ve been wanting to try. If you saw my instagram story, I mentioned that this week I tried out some healthier takes on classic favorites. Everything turned out really delicious and I’m so excited to share.

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Meal Preppin’

This week, I held off on the meal prep until Monday again due to the holiday. I didn’t end up starting my internship rotation last week like I was supposed to because of some paperwork difficulties, but I finally started today so it’s back to the tupperware life and being too tired to cook fancy things when I get home!

Here’s what’s on the menu this week:

The Plan

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Breakfast -Carrot cake overnight oats

-Hard boiled egg

-Apple

-Toast

-Hard boiled egg

-Yogurt w/ blueberries

-Carrot cake overnight oats

-Hard boiled egg

-Apple

-Toast

-Hard boiled egg

-Yogurt w/ blueberries

Smoothie –OR- -Toast

-Hard boiled egg

-Yogurt w/ blueberries

Lunch -Egg salad sandwich

-Veggies

-Clementine

-Slow cooker balsamic chicken & veggies

-Quinoa

-Apple

-Chicken parm zucchini skillet

-Whole wheat pasta

-Clementine

-Slow cooker balsamic chicken & veggies

-Quinoa

-Apple

-Tuna sandwich

-Veggies

-Apple

Dinner -Slow cooker balsamic chicken & veggies -Chicken parm zucchini skillet -Pork fried cauli rice -Pork fried cauli rice TBD

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Meal Prep Sunday

 

Haaaaaappy Monday everyone!

Okay, I know it’s not actually Sunday and I’ve titled this post Meal Prep Sunday, but bear with me. Now that I’m back in Kansas City and about to take on the start of a new semester and dietetic internship rotation (its clinical time… yikes), that means it’s also time to get back into MEAL PREP!! I normally do all/most of it on Sunday, but this week is a little different since my schedule isn’t set. I did some breakfast prep on Sunday and the rest will be done throughout the week, but I wanted to get in the habit of sharing.

A lot of people dabble with meal prepping, but it has become CRUCIAL for me. It is the easiest way for me to stay on track with a healthy lifestyle when the workload becomes intense, but it also keeps me on track with my budget (which is very tight because hi… grad school…). If I’m being honest, I’ve grown to love meal prep Sundays because what is better than spending time in the kitchen creating delicious, nutritious food that I can eat for the whole week?!

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