Happy Monday friends! I spent yesterday prepping and getting my meals ready for the week and thought I’d share with y’all.

Do you meal prep? I sometimes do when I have big goals ahead. My prep looks different than what you think. I don’t cook everything in one day. First I make a list of what I’m going to eat. I actually try to do this before I go to the store. If I do that, then I end up saving money and don’t buy unnecessary foods. But this week I had to go to the store Friday to prep for the birthday party we just had.

This is going to be very detailed because I have some goals now that school has started and I need to get back to feeling good and fueling my body with good things! Workouts are a whole other blog post!

So like I said, my prep seems different than those you see all over instagram or Pinterest. I start out by writing what I plan to eat for the week. I label out the days and then write down breakfast, lunch and dinner. You can see this below.

Then I start filling in the blanks. It’s that easy!

For breakfast this week, I am planning ahead. I normally eat 1 egg + 2 egg whites scrambled on an English muffin. Lately I’ve found that I’m so tired of making this everyday! I can sure eat it everyday because it helps me stay on track, but the making process is what I’m over. So yesterday I decided to just make some egg muffins! I still did 1 egg + 2 egg whites (which makes 3 egg muffins) and added a little bit of mozzarella and a pinch of bacon bits. I plan on adding my green smoothie with it which is a hand full of frozen spinach, a few cubs of frozen pineapple (add a 1/2 banana if you don’t want pineapple) and water. This is what I will be eating everyday this week. I typically eat this around 11 because I like to eat after I workout and I normally workout at Benton’s first nap time.

For a morning or afternoon snack, I will be drinking a protein shake or eating a green apple and some mozzarella string cheese.Eat one for the first snack and the other for the second snack. Protein shake: I like the Premier Protein shakes. These can be found at Walmart or target. I even have the Walmart brand and it is pretty much the same.

My lunch will have some options. If I have left over chicken from a dinner then I will use that. I love grilled chicken or bbq chicken out of my instant pot. I love both on top of a salad or turn it into a wrap with low carb tortillas. If I don’t have left over chicken then I’ll be eating a turkey sandwich or a Turkey grilled cheese. With anything I’ll also add a big salad with shredded carrots and low-cal dressing. I like to keep my options simple because I’m a simple eater.

Dinner is my favorite! I will definitely repeat meals or eat left overs! So the first dinner option is a taco salad. I love these! The second option is BBQ Chicken Sandwich! Third is grilled or bake chicken breast. Eat this on a salad or with some healthy sides (shared later). Fourth is Twice-Baked Spaghetti Squash. Brody doesn’t like this so I also cook some whole grain noodles for him and the kids. Fifth, if you are just wanting something simple you could just cook chicken, steak or fish. I would eat whole wheat pasta with a tiny bit of butter and steamed veggies ( I like broccoli or green beans). My sides with the other dish (except the spaghetti squash) would be Zucchini with parmesan, whole grain rice, steamed broccoli or a healthy green salad with carrots and cucumbers.

I’m all about treating yourself! So for dessert, yes I said dessert, you could do 1. greek yogurt cup with 1/2 Tbs. of mini chocolate chips 2. 1 cup of strawberries with 1/2 Tbs. of mini chocolate chips melted and drizzled over strawberries 3. 1 cup of Halo Top ice cream 4. 1 rice cake. Honestly sometimes I just do a small handful of chocolate chips and call it good.

Some things to remember: I try and eat mostly green veggies. I only have 2 fruits a day. I only eat grains with two meals a day. I don’t drink much coffee when I’m looking for results. If I’m out and about and need a quick lunch, I stop at Chick-fil-A. Get the grilled nuggets and a large superfood side salad. Lastly, It’s ok to eat a cheeseburger. And don’t stress out over food and DRINK 1/2 YOUR BODY WEIGHT IN WATER!

Well there is this weeks meal prep with some recipes! I hope this helped give you some ideas on what to eat and how to eat and fuel your body with some good foods. Add these meals in with 3-5 workouts a week and you’ll see some major transformations!

Have a great week everyone!

Kari

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