Meal Prep Monday – 1.11.16

Welcome to the first official meal prep for 2016!

I have been prepping since the start of the year, however I got ill and was only eating soup and shakes as my throat couldn’t handle much else for days…not very exciting meal prep to share. So let’s see what I am eating now that I’m back!

21 day fix style meal prep with spaghetti squash, broccoli cheddar soup and shakeology

The back row some of my standbys: apples, spaghetti squash, soup and Shakeology. I prep the spaghetti squash by splitting it in two, scooping out the seeds, lightly brushing it with olive oil, sprinkling salt and pepper on it and roasting it at 425 degrees in the oven. Then I add no-sugar added tomato sauce, veggies and TVP (textured vegetable protein).

I’ve been drinking Shakeology for almost 6 months now and have noticed big changes! My hair and nails grow faster, I get more energy from it–less runs to the breakroom for caffeine– and I am losing weight by replacing a meal with it. It’s my favorite post-workout treat and it has 73 superfoods, vitamins and nutrients so it’s my healthiest meal of the day!

21 day fix style meal prep with sandwich thins, tofurkey, egg cups

The next row of prepped foods begins with a ripe grapefruit, followed by a Peppered Tofurkey sandwich with toppings, veggie and cheese egg cups and clementines. The Tofurkey sandwiches are made of whole wheat Sandwich Thins and each thin is one yellow container on the 21 Day Fix plan so I don’t use all my starches in one sitting. I add a slice of cheese, lettuce and mustard to top them.

The egg cups are a Pinterest project. There are a ton of varieties out there, here is a healthy one I like from Super Healthy Kids. I’ve seen some recipes that add a little bit of frozen hashbrowns or a few tater tots at the bottom of each cup, which sounds divine. Mine were made with kale, mushroom and cheese.

21 day fix style meal prep with salmon, tofurkey, spaghetti squash and more

The last row begins with the bananas. It contains two 50/50 salads of field greens and spinach, each with 3 oz. of grilled salmon with Trader Joes “Everyday Seasoning” on top. To the side is some Olive Garden salad dressing, because that stuff is addictive as heck! Next in the row are bags of bagged veggies with chipotle hummus to go with them. You will notice I have more veggies than hummus, that’s because the celery is cut and prepared with one wedge of low-fat Garlic Herb Laughing Cow cheese spread in it’s center.

Not a bad spread for this week! I prepped 8 meals total, plus my fruit and veggies. The rest of the meals will be Shakeology for breakfast/post-workout and freshly prepared items.

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21 day fix style meal prep with salmon, tofurkey, spaghetti squash and more

21 day fix style meal prep with salmon, Tofurkey, spaghetti squash and more

Meal Prep Monday – 11.16.15

I’ve neglected my blog since my PiYo results were posted – many apologies! I decided shorter blogs may be in order so I can stay on schedule and keep up fresh content.

One of the most popular parts of my past blogs have been recipes and meal prep suggestions. So I am gong to do my best to post weekly meal preparation photos to give guidance and inspiration to my fit friends.

I am still following a clean eating plan as closely as possible. I try to do 80% clean 20% everything else. Having a garden certainly helps. I also follow the portions suggested by Beachbody’s 21 Day Fix meal plan. With that in mind, let’s see what I am eating for breakfasts, lunches and snacks at the office this week!

November 16, 2015 Meal Prep.

November 16, 2015 Meal Prep.

In the back row, left is a veggie stir fry with pan seared seitan. I used this awesome 21 Day Fix approved teriyaki sauce I found by stalking top coach Melanie Mitro’s blog. To avoid using up my yellows, this is just veggies and seitan protein.

Next is a vegetarian mushroom barley with lentils (added protein!). I made this a few weeks ago, but the recipe didn’t turn out quite right so I am not sharing it until I’ve perfected it. This is all veggies so lots of green containers here!

Continuing to the right is baked spaghetti squash with mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, spaghetti sauce and TVP. TVP is textured vegetable protein that you can buy dried and when you heat it with water it plumps up and has the texture of ground beef. It is like the Morning Start Crumbles you get at the store, but cheaper and require no freezing. I use jarred spaghetti sauce, but stick to organic ones without added sugar. Standard spaghetti sauce has a ton of sugar, so watch out!

The next row is grapes, kiwi, granny smith apples, various hummus flavors and pears from my mom’s tree.

Row three starts on the left with broccoli from my garden, carrots with greek yogurt dill dip (love that stuff!) and some Babybel and Laughing Cow cheeses. Next to the cheeses are albacore tuna chunks mixed with pepper, lemon juice and Ms. Dash Salt-Free “Lemon Pepper” seasoning blend. And, of course, my healthiest meal of the day, strawberry, chocolate and vanilla Shakeology for every breakfast.

The final row has two quick Fix-approved snacks- Kind bars (the non-chocolate varieties just count as nuts/seeds!) and Nature Valley granola bars (1 bar per serving). Besides those are some portioned out cashews and unsalted sunflower seeds. Those circles in the middle are kale, mushroom and cheese egg cups. You can find a similar version using spinach instead of kale here. I love these because they are vegetarian, gluten free, about 50 calories each and freeze beautifully so you can make a ton in advance and let them thaw overnight before work.  Next to the egg muffins, you will see whole wheat crackers to go with the tuna, which is in the red container. And it ends, as always, with Shakeology.

Please note, this is for what I eat for breakfasts, lunches and some snacks. Dinners are not included because I try to prepare them fresh at home daily.

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