Meal Prep Got You Going Mad? 😩
Meal prep can be stressful for those new to taking on a healthier lifestyle, but I am here to help take some of the burden off of your prep work.
First off, acheiving your health and fitness goals does not have to be complicated so don't let the concept of meal prep or eating healthy scare you. Second, sticking to an easy approach will contribute to long term success!
- consolidate your food choices. Yes, there are endless recipes that are 'clean', 'macro-friendly', 'keto-approved' and yada yada, but sometimes all of those diet 'fad' recipes can seem overly complicated and honestly, simple can be the most effective. Stick to simple ingredients and find easy ways to spruce em up by utilizing spices and marinades (or an abundance of mustards if you're prepping for a show 🤣).
- Focus on nutrient dense food sources so you will be supporting your body with necessary micro-nutrients and not just macros. The rule of thumb while grocery shopping is to stick to the aisles on the outside parameters of the store. Those will be clean whole-food sources versus the center of the stores which are primarily processed foods.
- Appropriately portion your meals. To make it simple include a protein source that is palm-sized, carb sources that are a fist-full and a vegetable source that is a fist-full. Of course these portions can be altered based on specific dietary needs, but atleast until you become comfortable with appropriate portions for day to day, this principle will be useful.
Some foods to utilize in your diet:
PROTEINS| Chicken Breast, lean ground turkey/chicken 93% or more, Eggs/Egg whites, Salmon, White Fish, Lean Ground Beef, Tuna, Whey Protein like @1stphorm
Phormula 1, Shrimp and even Flank Steak on occassion.
CARBS| Sweet Potatoes, Russet Potatoes, Basmati Rice, Oats, Quinoa, Bulgar Wheat, Sprouted Grain Breads and even Berries!
VEGGIES| Broccoli, Cauliflower, Zucchini, Asparagus, Brussels Sprouts, Mushrooms, Peppers, Onions, Green Beans, Spinach and Kale.
Be sure to also include some healthy fats in your diet as well, but watch portions as fats can be calorically-dense for even small servings. 🤗