It’s amazing how the power of meal prepping can literally shape your week. It’s so simple to do that it helps to encourage proper self-care on yourself.
Not only is it important to be consistent but also staying on track will aid the success of proper health and fitness execution. To have a complete and successful meal plan, I list all the meals that I would like to eat for the week including breakfast, lunch, snacks, and dinners
For breakfast, I don’t really plan that much because most of the time it’s usually the same thing. I usually keep it simple and eat a bowl of oatmeal. In my bowl, I would put chia seeds, cranberries, blueberries, craisins, pumpkin seeds and a dash of honey.
My snacks are also simple which most of the time will consist of fruits, a protein shake, protein bar, peanut butter sandwich, granola yogurt (has to be dairy-free) or banana depending on what I’m in the mood for in that moment.
My lunch and dinner plans are usually what I pay close attention to because for me these two areas are the most important for me to get what I need before my day is over. I make a conscious effort to create at least 2-3 different dishes that I can rotate in what I eat throughout the week.
It’s important to be specific on what I feed my body because this helps me to recognize what I consume most of, what I don’t consume enough of, what needs to be cut out or reduced to hit my diet goals. I make sure I plan meals that consist of healthy fats, protein, carbs, fiber, iron and so forth for my health needs.
One great way that has helped me keep track of all my calorie intake is by using apps such as Lifesum and Samsung Health. These two apps have helped me tremendously especially throughout my busy day and it constantly keeps me aware and reminded what I need to do to hit my daily goals.
Tapping in and staying focus while building a meal plan to prep for the week doesn’t have to be tedious or boring. I use Sundays to create the meals I want to have for the week because it’s convenient for me. When planning your meals think about taste, flavor, and preference.
Try to keep it simple as much as possible. If you feel as if your meal preparation will take all day, try to split it for two days. Focus on prepping one meal at a time. For example, cook all your dinners for one day and the next day you can prepare your lunches for the rest of the week.
For the most part, try to consider meals that will take about an hour or less. Also, think about meals that can be cooked simultaneously such as baking fish, cooking rice and vegetables all at once vs. big meals that have to be baked at the same time at different temperatures which can get frustrating to do.
Another tip that’s helpful is to purchase a set of container bowls to get the process of your meal prepping fired up. Purchasing a set that has a variety of sizes will help because not all meals are one size fit all. Trust me, you will thank me for this tip later because it really comes in handy.
If you’re anything like me, to not meal prep can definitely affect your body in ways without realizing that you’re missing your goals such as skipping lunches, starving yourself for most of the day, prone to eating more junk food, not knowing or guessing what to eat on that day, and so forth. Like they say, you are what you eat and I prefer to eat my way to my best self.
Until next time, keep inspiring . . .