Meal Prepping Ideas

If you are as busy as I am, then meal prepping is the answer to all of your problems. It’s a great way to eat healthy despite your hectic schedule, but the best part about it is that it saves time! And who doesn’t need more of that?

Here are some of my favorite meal prepping recipes most of which are Paleo, too!

-Boiled eggs 

-Egg Cups (stir 6 eggs, 1 cup of chopped spinach,  6 peices of fully cooked & chopped up turkey bacon in a bowl. Coat a muffin tin lightly with spray oil & fill each cup halfway with the mixture. Bake it in the oven for 20 minutes on 350 or until they look done. I like to wing things when it comes to cooking)

-Greek Yogurt & Granola

-Overnight Oatmeal (combine 1 cup of oatmeal, 1 cup of coconut milk, a tsp. of stevia in a 1 serving size tupperware container and let it sit overnight in the fridge) I add blueberries to mine in the morning too!

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-Fruit (I love asian pairs, oranges, and apples. Another really yummy thing is to make a fruit salad by chopping up and combining different fruits. You can usually make two breakfasts with that–or eat the other

-Salad from a salad bar (the grocery store in Pittsburg has an awesome salad bar! If there isn’t one near you, buy all the ingredients you like in a salad and prep multiple salads out of it.) Be careful about what dressing you are buying! My favorite kinds are these:

 

-Turkey Meatballs (Mix 1 pound of turkey, 1 cup of GF bread crumbs, spinach, chopped onion, 1 egg, and a tsp. of garlic in a big bowl. Roll them into balls and put them in a greased pan. Cook them for 30 minutes on 350. Scoop them out and put them into a crock pot and pour your favorite bbq sauce over them. Let them sit for an hour or two then place them into individual containers that are easy to grab & go in the morning!)

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-Cold vegetables & Yogurt Ranch (Carrots, celery,  cauliflower, broccoli, red pepper, really any veggie you like)

food3To make the ranch you need 1/4 of  a cup of plain yogurt & a dry ranch packet. Add the ranch a little bit at a time until it taste the way you like it! It’s seriously SO good and only about 25 calories for 1/4 a cup instead of 150 in 2 tablespoons of regular ranch! Huge difference!

-Ground Turkey Tacos

Browning the meat is what takes the longest. Prepare it and chop your toppings ahead of time so all you have to do at dinner is warm up a serving and bake the shells!

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-Baked Chicken 

This is my favorite because you can choose to cook/use chicken in so many ways. I despise chicken breast because it’s always so plain and dry but I have figured out a way I  do like it.

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Chop up the chicken breasts into small chunks and marinate them in your favorite sauces. I get sick of eating the same things so if you use foil as a barrier so I can cook it all in the same pan. That also makes for extremely easy clean up!

Meal prepping is a great way to kick off the New Year and reach your 2016 goals–

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Breaking bad habits

Seriously, the amount of bad habits I posses are annoying. Eating too fast, touching my face, spending too much time on social media, etc.

So, I have decided that I am going to pick one bad habit that I don’t like that and work on breaking it.

I did some researching and found that it only takes 21 days to break a habit. 21 days in the scheme of life is NOTHING. I also read that if you become conscious of that habit, then switch it with something else (like gum if you bite your nails) then it becomes a lot easier to break.

I wrote myself a post it note of all the habits that I want to break and I am going to work on a new one each week! I will keep you updated on how it is working, but I already feel better just acknowledging what I want to change. If you feel like you have habits that you want to break, I definitely suggest writing them down!

If you have any suggestions for me, leave a comment and let me know what they are!

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Things I’ve Eaten So Far Today:

I want to be skinny fit in such a bad way. It’s what I think about approximately 25% of the day. I am not blessed with a body that easily transforms, and when I eat one m&m I gain 5 pounds. (That’s an exaggeration but basically.) So every night when I go to bed I think “I am going to eat ONLY healthy stuff tomorrow. I can’t wait to see what my bod is going to look like come summer”– wrong. Here’s how today went:

8:00 am- An apple (started out strong, was going to stick to my meal prepping plan)

8:15 am- “I think i’ll just have this banana yogurt that is supposed to be my afternoon snack right now”

10:30- “I’M STARVING! Why isn’t it lunch yet?!?!” *Eats cucumber slices that were brought as a second back-up*

12:00- Chicken, zucchini and peas. (At least it’s all been healthy so far???)

12:30- Left for my actual lunch break to run to target and get some things I needed. Stopped at sonic. Got mozzarella sicks. Fail.

2:45- A cookie that some natzi decided to bring to work to torture me with.

Seriously what’s wrong with me?! Lets hope the rest of the night plays out better than my morning has. Some days (or weeks in my case) you just have to let yourself go before you can get back on track.

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Fake vs. Real: Blueberry Oatmeal

We all have busy lives and cheap, fast meals are easier than spending the time to make something healthy. But, what if I told you there was a way to make your breakfast oatmeal healthier and just as fast as the instant stuff?

If you like oatmeal but don’t ever have time to cook it in the morning, this is going to blow your mind. Overnight Oatmeal. You put a half of a cup of old-fashioned oatmeal in a travel container (so you can easily take it to work with you) then add a half of a cup of milk, almond milk, coconut milk, etc. to it. You can then add whatever else you like into the mix. Cinnamon, bananas, peanut butter… You name it. Then put it in the fridge overnight and in the morning you will have a perfect, easy meal waiting for you. I like to put a teaspoon of brown sugar and blueberries in mine. You can warm the oatmeal up in the microwave for 30 seconds, but it is even good cold if you are running late.

This alternative is so easy and not to mention has no added chemicals to it. Breakfast IS the most important meal of the day, don’t skip it because you don’t have time! 🙂

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Overnight Blueberry Oatmeal– Yum

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Big difference!!–

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10 Songs That Will Help Rock Your Workout

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Working out. Meh… It’s a love/hate relationship with basically everyone in the world. I started getting really serious about exercising about 5 months ago, and although it’s been a struggle at times– IT’S TOTES WORTH IT!

We all have different things we like to do that the gym, some people love to run, others would rather rip out their front tooth. And now days, a lot more women are lifting versus just doing cardio (you go girls!) But, no matter what you like to do at the gym– here are 10 of my personal favorite songs to ensure that you don’t give in to the voice in your head saying “I can’t do this!” because guess what? YOU CAN!

1. Sex, Metal, Barbie. – In This Moment (do yourself a favor and download ALL their songs- especially if you like to lift)

2. Otta Your Mind- Lil Jon (I also like to shake my money-maker to this one at the bar)

3. Fly- Nicki Minaj

4. The Distance- Cake (Good song to run to)

5. Chandelier- Sia

6. Beg For It- Iggy Azalea

7. Still Counting- Volbeat

8. Rap God- Eminem

9. Love Bites- Halestorm (Mz. Hyde is also amaze.)

10. Eye of the Tiger- Survivor (You should already have this one!!)

Download & get fit!

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For those of you who can’t live without coffee…

Blog Coffee

(Me before coffee- the living dead)

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(Me after coffee–Let’s get some work done Y’ALL)

Coffee is a game changer. You wake up in the morning feeling weak and helpless thinking about the day ahead of you. While rolling out of bed in your oversized, stained clothing, you’re probably thinking “I can’t go on.” But then, you drink a cup of coffee with a splash of your favorite creamer and BAM. You’re alive and ready to kick this Thursday’s ass.

The problem in this equation is the creamer– I hate my coffee black, but creamer is AWFUL for you. 1. It’s dairy– not good. 2. It’s either full of sugar or artificial sweetener. 3. It has a ton of trans fat, gross.  Thankfully, I found my saving grace.

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So Delicious Dairy-Free French Vanilla Coconut Milk creamer. (YUM!)

Ingredients: ORGANIC COCONUT MILK (WATER, ORGANIC COCONUT CREAM), DRIED CANE SYRUP, NATURAL FLAVORS, COLORED WITH TITANIUM DIOXIDE, DIPOTASSIUM PHOSPHATE, CARRAGEENAN, GUAR GUM.

Nothing artificial, and there are only 20 calories in a serving. Coconut milk is so much better for you than the other who-knows-what-is-in-this stuff. If you can’t drink your coffee black, kick your favorite creamer to the curb and give this one a try! My stomach doesn’t hurt anymore after having a glass and I don’t feel guilty for putting a little extra in!

And if you decide to give it a try- let me know what you think!!

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Energy Balls (That Taste Like Candy)

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I’m just going to come right out and say it–

I have the BIGGEST sweet tooth ever.

Whew, that wasn’t so bad… But seriously, I need to get a grip. I recently came across a recipe for “Peanut Butter Energy Balls” and lets just say my life will never be the same. Basically they are a healthier version of a candy/granola bar mix. In ball form. Does it get any better?  YES- it does. You don’t have to bake them! All you do is mix everything together in a big bowl and roll them into balls.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup (dry) oatmeal (I used old-fashioned oats)
  • 2/3 cup toasted coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup ground flax seed
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup honey or agave nectar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Mix all that together for what seems like an eternity until it’s smooth. Then seriously all you do is set them in the fridge for 30 minutes, roll them into balls and they are ready to eat. I ate one before the gym yesterday and I don’t know if they really gave me energy or if I was just pumped I actually got to eat something that tasted amazing- but I killed the workout.. So afterwords I ate another.

100 calories per ball (I try to limit myself to one a day) Also let’s be honest, this is really how I stored them:

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Although they do look fancy in that glass bowl.

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