Healthy Meal Prep Ideas to Pack for the DayCategory: Fitness Recipes
As many of you know from reading my blog I am a HUGE advocate of meal prepping. I don’t think I would be able to stick to any kind of routine with what I eat on a daily basis if I wasn’t planning and preparing for what I am going to eat daily. With a hectic work schedule that leaves me little to no time to go out for lunch or snacks, I make sure to pack all of my meals with me in the morning. This has been a practice of mine for over five years now and has been a big part of my success when it comes to keeping my body fat in a normal range and still fueling my body with good carbs and protein to achieve lean muscle. I have a feeling if I didn’t pack my meals daily I would wind up just eating whatever was nearby or easy, or skipping meals completely, which would not help me to reach any of my personal health and fitness goals.
Now, let me put this out there, not everyone has time to meal prep. I used to cook all of my meals on Sunday for the week to take with me to work, but lately I just haven’t been able to do that. What I do now is have a few staple items on my grocery list each week and a lot of the time I just bring left overs from a healthy dinner I’ve made the night before. For me it is all about answering the question “What can I pack that is healthy, fits my macros and will be something I won’t be kind of disappointed to eat”. For me that always helps me to figure out what to bring. For example in the image above I packed:
A Double Chocolate FlapJacked Mighty Muffin – a great snack option to toss in the microwave for 20 grams of protein and only 220 calories.
A post workout drink to sip on made with 1 bottle of water and 1 scoop of BodyTech Critcal Aminos Fruit Punch
A lunch container with eggplant and zucchini grilled and some organic grilled chicken (4 oz) and 1/2 of a yellow sweet potato picked from the local farm near our grandmother’s house
An organic gala apple
A Nutribullet shake made with 1 tbsp of D’s Natural Vanilla Maple Fluffbutter, 1 scoop of NutriWhey Belgian Chocolate Protein and 1 scoop of Garden of Life Raw Food greens powder.
It’s important to also cook your food in healthy ways also, not just buy “healthy” choices. You can buy organic chicken then pour tons of sauce and other things on it and then it is far from healthy. I make sure to always have healthy seasonings and oils in my pantry in order to cook and marinate smart also. I like to use the Bragg’s Nutritional Yeast Seasoning on chicken along with some coconut oil for great taste and nutrition. Also, make sure you are aware of serving sizes when it comes to meats. The rule of thumb is to keep the size to the shape of your fist. Portion sizes is very important so make sure to gut check the size of your foods when meal prepping.