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Simple Meal Prep

๐’๐ข๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ข๐Ÿ๐ฒ ๐Œ๐ž๐š๐ฅ ๐๐ซ๐ž๐ฉ ๐ข๐ง ๐Ÿ‘.๐Ÿ.๐Ÿโ€ฆ โฃ

โฃI always get asked about how to get started with meal prep. Reality is if youโ€™ve never done it, it can definitely feel overwhelming, but if thereโ€™s one thing Iโ€™ve seen, itโ€™s that the reason most people fail throughout the week (and weekends) is they donโ€™t set up their environment for success. โฃ

Letโ€™s shift your perspective on meal prep. ๐˜๐˜ตโ€™๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ฌ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ด๐˜ข๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ. โฃ

BUT it doesnโ€™t have to mean that youโ€™re spending hours in the kitchen. In the summer I am all about convenience, so here are some of my favorite meal prep tips to simplify: โฃ

  1. ๐…๐ซ๐จ๐ณ๐ž๐ง ๐•๐ž๐ ๐ ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฐ๐ข๐ง. You can roast frozen veggies in the oven. Frozen is usually just as healthy as fresh produce since itโ€™s typically flash frozen. Look for options that are just vegetables, no sauces. Tear open your bag, pour onto a baking sheet, spritz with a little avocado oil and sprinkle with seasoning. Bake at 350-400 degrees for 20-30 minutes and done. Easy! โฃ
  2. ๐—ช๐ก๐ž๐ง ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ฉ๐ซ๐ž๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฆ๐š๐ค๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฆ๐จ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ข๐ญ! I always like to batch cook my proteins, crockpot chicken is my favorite, so Iโ€™ll usually make a double or triple portion in the crockpot, save some for the week, and freeze some for later weeks in individual portions. That way I can grab them as I go and defrost in a pinch. โฃ
  3. ๐‚๐จ๐ง๐ฏ๐ž๐ง๐ข๐ž๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐จ๐ฉ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ. You donโ€™t even have to prep if you donโ€™t want to. Sometimes meal prep can be as simple as pulling the chicken off of a rotisserie chicken, stocking your refrigerator with salad kits, buying pre cooked rice or quinoa, stocking up on frozen veggies, etc.. I shared some of my favorite convenient options here!ย 
  4. ๐Ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ง๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ญ ๐Ž๐š๐ญ๐ฌ. These literally take 2 minutes and theyโ€™re so simple. Theyโ€™ll last Monday through Friday so you have breakfast done all week and you can be versatile with ingredients and flavors so you donโ€™t get sick of them. โฃ
  5. ๐”๐ฌ๐ž ๐š ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ฆ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐š ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ฆ๐ž๐š๐ฅ๐ฌ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐š ๐›๐ฎ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ญ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ฒ๐ฅ๐ž ๐ฉ๐ซ๐ž๐ฉ. I prep everything plain so I can mix and match throughout the week. Pick a grain, pick a protein, pick a veggie, pick a healthy fat and you have a complete meal.โฃ

๐˜๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ฑ๐˜ง๐˜ถ๐˜ญ? ๐˜‹๐˜ฐ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ถ๐˜จ๐˜จ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฉ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ญ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฑ? โฃ

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Meal Prep Monday

Weekly Meal Prep! Since yโ€™all always want ideas for food, I wanted to keep these coming! It always takes me about an hour and sets me up for success for the week, and remember it doesnโ€™t have to be fancy! I use loads of frozen fruits & veggies, and pre prepped proteins through the week too.
Hereโ€™s what I meal prepped this week:
๐ŸซBreakfasts (gluten free):
โœ”๏ธBroccoli Slaw: Cooked with coconut aminos (tastes like the inside of a spring roll) and Iโ€™ll add eggs in the mornings
โœ”๏ธProtein Oats: Overnight oats with a twist, I promise Iโ€™m sharing the recipe this week.
๐ŸณProteins
โœ”๏ธCrockpot Chicken: So easy just put boneless chicken breast in your crockpot, add spices of your choice, ยผ cup water and cook on low 4-6 hours
โœ”๏ธ93% Lean Ground Turkey: Cooked in a skillet
๐ŸฅฆVegetables
โœ”๏ธGreek Beans
โœ”๏ธCauliflower Rice with Green Beans & Diced Tomatoes: Iโ€™ll add ground turkey to these for dinners
โœ”๏ธSpinach, Arugula, Shredded Carrots, & Tomatoes in the fridge ready for salads
Did you find this helpful? Do you enjoy seeing simple preps like this?
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๐˜ˆ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ ๐˜Š๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜–๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ฉ๐˜ต ๐˜–๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ด โฃ โฃ

This is the easiest breakfast to prep ahead for those mornings when you donโ€™t have time. Mix it together the night before and you have the perfect balanced breakfast. โฃ
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๐ˆ๐ง๐ ๐ซ๐ž๐๐ข๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ฌ: โฃ
ยฝ apple chopped โฃ
Cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice โฃ
28 grams plain oats โฃ
ยผ cup unsweetened almond milk โฃ
100 grams nonfat plain Greek yogurt (๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ต๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ยฝ ๐˜ค๐˜ถ๐˜ฑ) โฃ
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๐ƒ๐ข๐ซ๐ž๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ: โฃ
Microwave your chopped apple and cinnamon for around 60 seconds and let cool. โฃ
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In a mason jar, mix together your oats and almond milk. Add in your Greek yogurt and mix well. Lastly add in your cooled cinnamon apples and stir well. Let sit in the fridge overnight and enjoy. โฃ
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Recipe is for one serving. Meal prep a bunch for the week if youโ€™re able and get creative with the fruit you add in for some variety. โฃ
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๐‡๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ญ๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ง๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ญ ๐จ๐š๐ญ๐ฌ ๐ฒ๐ž๐ญ? โฃ
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Make Nutrition Convenient

๐’๐ญ๐จ๐ฉ ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐ค๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ง๐ฎ๐ญ๐ซ๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง. โฃ
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Stop expecting perfection of yourself. โฃ
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๐˜–๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ๐˜บ๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜จ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ด ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถโ€™๐˜ฅ ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ: โฃ
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๐๐ž ๐‘๐ž๐š๐ฅ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐ข๐œ. โฃ
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So many people come to me thinking that they need to completely overhaul their nutrition, never get takeout again, or meal prep an entire gourmet โ€˜cleanโ€™ dinner for every night of the week. โฃ
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Reality is, the chances of that happening consistently over time are slim to none. โฃ
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What usually happens is the veggies we never prep go bad on the counter, the chicken breast gets moved to the freezer because you never cook it, and you end up with pizza on Monday night because you have no time to cook. โฃ
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Instead, I like to focus on making the transition a bit simpler. โฃ
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Think about convenient healthier options that you can grab and go in a pinch. Stock your freezer with healthy options youโ€™ll actually enjoy and take 2 minutes to prep. โฃ
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Set yourself up for success instead of having unrealistic expectations and setting yourself up for failure. โฃ
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Because letโ€™s be real, if you have to choose between pizza and chicken and broccoli, youโ€™ll probably choose the pizza every time. โฃ
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๐‡๐ž๐ซ๐ž ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐š ๐œ๐จ๐ฎ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฆ๐ฒ ๐ญ๐ข๐ฉ๐ฌ: โฃ
๐ŸŒฎCome up with a list of all your go-to options and see if you can start searching for recipes of healthier versions (Pinterest and Instagram are great for this) โฃ
๐ŸฑSpend some time in the freezer aisle of your grocery store and pick up some new healthy options to try. โฃ
๐ŸฅชThink about the places you do tend to get takeout from and have a go-to list of healthy options you can pick up from them in a pinch. โฃ
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I’ve included a shopping list of some easy, convenient options to stock up on below! SAVE it for your next grocery trip and set yourself up for success.
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๐˜ž๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต’๐˜ด ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ ๐˜จ๐˜ฐ-๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜บ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ญ?
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Low FODMAP Butternut Chicken “Chili”

This wasn’t your traditional chili and reminded me more of a stew but it is low FODMAP friendly which essentially means perfect for a sensitive stomach!

I got the recipe from Katie Crokus here:ย https://www.instagram.com/p/CH0ypNrAsHx/
But made some changes to amounts and ingredients.
Here’s how I made it…
In a large pot on the stove sprayed with cooking spray, saute over medium heat:
200g celeryโ €
450g cubed butternut squash (I used fresh but bought a prechopped)โ €
300g diced bell peppers
Salt and 1 tsp turmeric
1 cup low sodium organic chicken broth
Once the veggies begin to soften, stir in 8.5 oz shredded rotisserie chicken, another 1 cup of chicken broth, and a sprinkle of Italian seasoning blend.
Stir in a 14.5 oz can of petite diced tomatoes.
Simmer until squash is soft, about 30 min.โ €
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Remove heat and stir in:โ €
4 cups fresh baby spinachโ €
4 tbs. whipped cream cheese
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After doing this I let it sit on low another 30 minutes or so! It made about 4 servings and was delicious!!
Who else craves comfort foods this time of year?!
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