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4/13/2014

Meal Prep


Its been a full weekend of Grillin', sipping Vodka sodas, jammin' out, hitting up Top Golf and laughing my ass off with my little sister. What a blast. There's nothing better than having a best friend and sister that you can just be silly with and gets your jokes. So much fun. 

The last thing I want to do tonight is meal prep, but its better to do it now then be stuck running out the door to my interview and next workout without food in hand. I have spent too much time grabbing a protein bar on the go because I didn't prep my meals or have a snack ready for my workout. Please know that most protein bars are overpriced and loaded with sugars and preservatives. Eat it if you absolutely must get fuel in your system, say during a 3 hour bike ride with hills or a hard workout, but otherwise, steer clear of these. 

This week's meal prep was quick and easy: 

  • Cabbage rolls stuffed with lentils, herbs, and carrots
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Overnight Oatmeal
  • Peanut Butter Protein Bars
  • Paleo Fudge Bars
  • Spring Salad Mix with tomatoes


Tomorrow nite I plan on adding some chicken breast and turkey and zucchini meatballs to the mix. I always have cooked sweet potatoes on hand. They are absolutely delicious and start to caramelize in their own natural sugars when baked (I chopped and baked mine for 45 minutes on 350). Sweet potatoes can be added to almost any meal and they work great for protein bar and muffin recipes. :)

THE MONEY SHOT: 


Nutrition is the most important part of your fitness regime, so plan for your success.

Have a variety of prepped and cooked foods available for cravings, workouts, and unexpected trips or outings where you may be tempted by food. For weeks, maybe months, I survived on kale and couscous and avoided a diverse meal prep, but eating Kale and couscous got old fast. Even if you just prep a basic menu, or just chop veggies, have something in place.

Yes, you are an athlete, eat like one.

Do tell! Let me know in the comments below:
What's are your go-to meal prep items?  How often do you meal prep?