Even making a 3 minute smoothie before leaving for work can be a catastrophe some mornings.
Yes - I could make these things the night before...but it never happens. There are too many other fun things to do after work. Like biking, reading, or Netflix.
So, Husband exclaimed a few weeks ago that we should hone in our diets so we can gain optimal biking results.
Thank you, Pinterest and Beachbody for giving me full meal plans for 5 days. 5 days good wholesome nutrition, 2 days, try our best to eat well, with the occasional poutine slip-up. Poutine *is* Protein and Carbs though, so you really can't exclude it from the weekly diet plan.
So, Week 1, I prepped a Meal Plan designed for the 22 Minute Hard Corps (1200-1500 level) to see how easy it was.
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3.5 hours lately (90 minute prep time - my behind!), it was done. I feel I was so slow because I was also reusing dishes and cleaning them in-between.
I made 10 breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and cut up vegetables for easy snacking (with hummus on the side to encourage fullness and give some yummy taste to the veggies). I'm SO glad we recently got a slew of extra lunch containers a few weeks ago, as these came in VERY handy.
Breakfast: I don`t like spinach, but thought this egg recipe would be acceptable. Nope - it was so awful I ended up giving it to the birds; the oatmeal and strawberries were good though!
Husband enjoyed the egg muffins better once he added salt and pepper.
Lunches: I enjoyed both and they were quite filling!
Husband missed out on the Shrimp Salad, which I found was a nice change - filling, yet super healthy.
Dinners: These were also both quite tasty. I substituted the bison with ground beef we already had in the freezer, and added in veggies and just used ground turkey for the turkey and lettuce wraps. I am not pretending to eat a burger with lettuce buns.
There isn`t old food in the fridge going to waste, and it definitely saves while grocery shopping. I like having lists and direction, so this makes Systic happy.
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We both lost a few pounds each, and were full all day long. If we snacked, veggies and hummus was suffice.
Week 2 was a slight disaster with a Quinoa and Egg casserole - it was so dry and blech - these pucks just went into the garbage. I admitted it was awful before Husband sighed in relief that he felt it was equally awful. The lunches and dinners were delightful, however - and only a few substitutions were made with items we already had.
Week 3 I am going to prep today - PREP DAY SUNDAYS!
We have discussed breakfast, and are going with one egg muffin, oatmeal, and fruit. I`m going to go with the original 21 Day Fix Egg muffin recipe that I used briefly last summer to get more protein into our diets.
And I`m going to use rice and tofu in the Turkey & Cauliflower rice recipe - again - we want to eat healthy, but not compromise taste. Gagging down healthy food that just doesn`t taste good will not promote longevity of this plan and our health goals.
The rest of the meals are acceptable, and should taste divine!
For anyone wanting to cut down their grocery budget, time spent cooking every day, or meet fitness goals, this whole meal planning thing really IS all it`s cracked up to be!
Just do it!