Have you ever heard, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail”? Odds are not only have you heard this but you have experienced this in one way or another.
As nutrition is the foundation to everything we do, the foundation to our nutrition is having a great plan! Here are 5 easy steps to help you food prep for success:
Tip #1: Pick 3 staple recipes that look good to you!
We recommend starting with 1 breakfast, and 2 meals. Not only do you have some tasty food to look forward to, but it will be easier on those busy days when you just don't have enough energy to plan out the meal.
Check out these favorites:
Breakfast: Sweet Potato Hash Egg Muffins
Protein: Crockpot Pulled Chicken
Side Dish: Cinnamon Roasted Squash
Tip #2: Plan your staples: Veggies & Snacks!
Pair your staple recipes with veggies for a complete meal!!! We love to put roasted broccoli with the crockpot pulled chicken!
Don’t forget the snacks! Balanced and healthy snacks are easy to forget about as we mindlessly grab processed snacks in the pantry. Instead, plan out some fruits like apples or bananas with your favourite nut/seed butter or maybe grapes with a few almonds on the side.
Tip #3: Do an inventory of your pantry and refrigerator!
Be sure to look over the things you have and write down the things you need on a grocery list! Taking the time to plan first before you shop will help you stay focused and ensure you are buying what you need!
Tip #4: Go Grocery Shopping!
Be sure to stick to the list and don't go shopping while you are hungry. Way too many chip bags and cookies have been bought on an empty stomach. Here is a common mistake: Not looking at the label to make an informed choice.
Tip #5: Meal Prep!
Once you get home, block out the hour after to bring everything in and begin your meal prep.
---> Get the slowcooker going with the Pulled Chicken
---> Preheat the oven for some Meatloaf Muffins
---> Get our famous Egg Roll in a Bowl going on the stove, and be sure to rinse, chop, and portion out those veggies.
Pro tip: Place them front and center in the fridge to remind everyone in the house to reach for them first!
Meal prep does NOT need to be an all day affair so consider recipes you can make simultaneously.
Be sure to check out all of our amazing recipes HERE and if you are looking to gain confidence in meal planning and prepping to hit your short and long term health and wellness goals, be sure to schedule a FREE intro today!
Ever had one of those days where you just can’t seem to get enough sleep and you keep hitting the snooze button? How about one of those mornings where you look up and you realize you should have left 5 minutes ago?
I know I have those days and when I do, I don’t have time to get a balanced breakfast in, so I skip it. Sound familiar?
Here’s the harsh truth:
Skipping meals can cause you to overeat later in the day.
One thing many of my clients have had success with is to prepare breakfast options that are grab and go- so when we are running out the door we can snag our breakfast on the way.
When making your grab and go breakfast options (or any breakfast for that matter), you want to work on balanced options that include protein, carbs and healthy fat. Check out the 3 balanced recipes below that are not only quick and easy, but also kid-approved (for you parents out there)!!
You can find all of these recipes on our website
Double chocolate overnight oats -- the secret to this recipe is the greek yogurt, it’s loaded with protein and makes the overnight oats creamy.
Green Machine Smoothie-- smoothies can be a great option. The problem is many times they are loaded with carbs and missing protein and healthy fat. This recipe is very balanced.
Egg muffins -- make it your own by adding your favourite toppings. Pair with fruit for a balanced breakfast. These are also great reheated!
Add these three recipes to your breakfast rotation for meal prep!
P.S.---> Don’t forget to set a reminder to grab your breakfast- my athletes like to put a sticky note on the front door that says “Don’t Forget Breakfast.”