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๐ŸŒฎ ๐—ช๐ž๐ž๐ค๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐Œ๐ž๐š๐ฅ ๐๐ซ๐ž๐ฉ & ๐๐ฅ๐š๐ง๐ง๐ข๐ง๐  ๐“๐ข๐ฉ๐ฌ โฃ๐Ÿฅ—

When Iโ€™m planning for the week I try my best to be realistic & make things easy.

I choose foods I enjoy, while aiming for a variety of foods that are filling as well (๐˜ ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฌ ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ฉ ๐˜ง๐˜ช๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ, ๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ฉ ๐˜ท๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ถ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฅ๐˜ด, ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜บ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ค๐˜ญ๐˜ถ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฉ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฉ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ญ).
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Stop aiming for perfection and start making a plan for foods that will fit within your lifestyle. โฃ(๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฆ๐˜น๐˜ข๐˜ฎ๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ, ๐˜ ๐˜ฌ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ ๐˜ ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ด๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฌ ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ฉ๐˜ต ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ ๐˜ ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜บ๐˜ด ๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜ข ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ฉ๐˜ต๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฌ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ง๐˜ช๐˜ต ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฎ๐˜บ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ ๐˜จ๐˜ฐ๐˜ข๐˜ญ)
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๐„๐ฑ๐š๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐Œ๐ž๐š๐ฅ๐ฌ ๐ˆโ€™๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฌ๐ž ๐จ๐ฉ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ: โฃ
Breakfast & Lunches: Pumpkin Oats, Egg Whites, Turkey Sausage & Veggies, Superfood Shake, or Protein Cookie Dough โฃ
Lunches & Dinners: Zucchini noodles with cherry tomatoes and ground turkey, or cauliflower rice or broccoli with eggs & ground turkey โฃ
Snacks: Air-popped popcorn, yogurt bowls, protein fluff, or rice cakes with protein frostingโฃ
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I sprinkle in healthy fats with all of my meals by cooking with oil, drizzling with peanut butter, or sprinkling in flaxseed or coconut. โฃ
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๐˜ˆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ด ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ฑ๐˜ง๐˜ถ๐˜ญ? I get so many questions about nutrition and what I eat so I’m trying to share more. โฃ
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How to Meal Prep

๐—ช๐ก๐จ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐ฎ๐ ๐ ๐ฅ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐ฆ๐ž๐š๐ฅ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐ž๐ฉ? I hear this a lot and I honestly like to keep it super simple so that I actually follow through with it. ๐Œ๐ฒ ๐ ๐จ๐š๐ฅ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐‚๐Ž๐๐•๐„๐๐ˆ๐„๐๐‚๐„!โฃ
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Here’s a little hack: I break things up into 4 categories and try to have 2-3 choices for each to choose from during the week. โฃ
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๐๐ซ๐จ๐ญ๐ž๐ข๐ง๐ฌ: chicken, ground turkey or lean ground beef, fish, eggs, egg whites, protein powder, Greek yogurt, cottage cheeseโฃ
๐‚๐š๐ซ๐›๐ฌ: sweet potatoes, oats, rice cakes, quinoa, brown rice, beans, popcorn, cereal, frozen fruit, bread or tortillasโฃ
๐…๐š๐ญ๐ฌ: oils, nut butters, coconut flakes, nuts & seeds, dressings, cream cheese, avocado, higher fat cheesesโฃ
๐•๐ž๐ ๐ž๐ญ๐š๐›๐ฅ๐ž๐ฌ: greens mixes, frozen vegetables, roasted veggies, etc…โฃโฃ
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I like to prep any meats ahead, and eggs you can hard boil, make egg muffins, or cook throughout the week. โฃ
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If I have non frozen veggies, I’ll usually chop and pre roast along with things like sweet potatoes. Brown rice, quinoa, or any grains will get cooked ahead too.โฃ
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And that’s honestly it! I’ll do a lot of frozen veggies, random grab and go snacks, smoothies in the blender, mug cakes, oats in the microwave, Greek yogurt bowls etc…โฃ
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The simpler you make it the better! ๐˜ž๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ฑ๐˜ง๐˜ถ๐˜ญ?! I get asked about this a lot and want to assure you that there’s no right or wrong way to do this. You have to do what works best for you and make sure you have foods you ENJOY on hand. Keep it simple! ๐˜ˆ๐˜ฏ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฑ ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ด? ๐˜ž๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ฒ๐˜ถ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ด ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฐ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ท๐˜ฆ?
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Tips for Meal Prep

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Chances are, you probably kick off each week with every intention of eating healthy, home-cooked, veggie-packed meals. Then reality happens, and the next thing you know, youโ€™re grabbing fast food on the way home from work or staring into your empty fridge until you give up and polish off a bag of pita chips for dinner.

Eating healthy food is easy. Cooking healthy food is the real challenge. But a few simple meal planning strategies can help you get your nutritional game on pointย โ€”ย and you donโ€™t have to be a domestic warrior to pull it off. Here are five to get you started.

1. Set Your Goals
Your nutritional needs are the foundation of your meal plan. So before you start bookmarking recipes, do a quick assessment of your personal goals. What do you need to eat more of? Less of? Do you have a target calorie count? What foods are best for you? โ€œMy main piece of advice for someone who wants to start meal planning is to find out what foods are right for his or her body,โ€ says Sagi Kalev, creator of Body Beast.ย โ€œWhen you meet the bodyโ€™s fuel requirements, hunger disappears. Food cravings are nonexistent. Energy, mood, mental function, and well-being all improve. When that happens, it becomes very easy to follow a diet plan.โ€

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2. Make a Master Plan
Once you know what you need to eat, compile a master list of recipes. That way, you can pull easily from that list rather than combing through cookbooks every week or falling into the rut of repeating what you made last week. Use whatever organizational system works for youย โ€”ย Pinterest, meal planning apps, index cards in a recipe box, or even an Excel spreadsheet. โ€œWhen I find a recipe I want to make, I print it out and add it to a binder,โ€ says Autumn Calabrese, creator of 21 Day Fix.ย โ€œEach week I go through it, find a new one, and add thoseย ingredients to my shopping list. Itโ€™sย important to keep variety in your plan so youย donโ€™t get bored.โ€ When youโ€™re planning your meals for the week, itโ€™s okay to leave some flexibility. Some people make a school cafeteria-style calendar and schedule every last snack in advanceย โ€”ย but itโ€™s also okay to stock up on healthy staples and then wing it at mealtime.

3. Shop Strategically
Make a grocery list based on your favorite healthy foods and any new recipes youโ€™ve pulled. โ€œHaving your favorite things ready to go is key,โ€ Autumn says. โ€œMake a list of the foods you know are a part of your meal plan, and make sure you stock up on those.ย I always have tons of fresh fruits and veggies in my fridge, along with a few differentย types of proteins,ย peanut butter, raw nuts, and lots of seasonings.ย This way, no matter what I want to make for a meal, I have theย ingredients I need.โ€

4. Bang Out the Prep Work
When you get home from the grocery store, donโ€™t just stuff your purchases in the fridge. Peel your carrots, slice your cucumbers, scrub your sweet potatoes, and dice your onions. Not only does it become a one-and-done task rather than a daily chore, but it makes you more likely to grab those healthy foods when youโ€™re hungry. โ€œPrepping your food is a huge part of success,โ€ Autumn says. โ€œI cook enough protein to get me through at least three days.ย I also cook a few sweet potatoes and sometimes a little bit of brown rice.ย This way, when Iโ€™m running out the door,ย everything is made and I can grab it and go.โ€

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5. Donโ€™t Sabotage Yourself
Once youโ€™ve planned and prepped, the hard work is done. Now all you have to do is avoid the usual stumbling blocks. One common mistake, Sagi says, is trying to eat foods you donโ€™t really like. (If you hate the taste of kale, youโ€™re not going to grab it when youโ€™re hungry.) And Autumn cautions against buying junk food. (Itโ€™s easier to avoid ice cream when itโ€™s not in your freezer.) But as long as you plan ahead, shop for healthy foods, and keep some go-to recipes in your arsenal, healthy eating will become a no-brainer. โ€œWhen you eat right for your own body needs, you feel terrific,โ€ Sagi says. โ€œSo it becomes very natural to gravitate towards eating properly.โ€

Reposted from the Beachbody Blog

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Meal Prep Monday

Meal Prep Sunday!! I am NOT PERFECT nor do I aim to be but this helps me find a healthy balance. Are my weeks perfectly prepped and planned out all the timeโ€ฆABSOLUTELY NOT.
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BUT I do make an effort to get a head start on the week, do what I can to eat healthy the majority of the time, and set a good example for my challenge ladies. But, itโ€™s also important to note that there are plenty of spoonfuls of peanut butter, meals eaten out, and chocolate during my weeks too.
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Life is about BALANCE!!!!
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Do you follow a super strict diet, or try to find a HEALTHY balance?! Comment below โฌ‡๏ธโฌ‡๏ธโฌ‡๏ธ

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