This past week was good all around. I got most of the things done on my long to-do list. there are always a few things left on the list at the end of each day. I am getting use to my "off-season" body since my last competition was almost 2 months ago. This year I've competed in 2 bodybuilding competitions, OCB Natural Bodybuilding Bikini Division. It's been such a journey, I look back and remember when it was just an idea and in the back of my mind never thought I'd be brave enough to do it. Here I am now having competed twice in the past year and hold a WNBF pro-card by winning 1st overall in the last show! Anyways, I will go more into that topic later, for now I'm talking meal prep and cookies.
Yesterday my husband had the kids out for half of the day at a dinosaur exhibit so I did all of our grocery shopping and some meal prep. I gave myself a limit of one hour for the prep so I would work quickly! (sometimes I get distracted with all of the Pinterest recipes and try to make a zillion different things) Though, here are some tips about food/meal prep I've picked up from the pros that WORK.
1. Keep it Simple.
Don't try to make a bunch of fancy recipes, keep it clean, you can cook your ingredients separately in bulk and then add 1 or 2 things to them for taste (salt and pepper, spices, low sugar condiments, etc.)
2. Prepare in Bulk!
Make sure you're not doing a lot of work for 2-3 little meals, you want to have meals for several days or a week. Buy pounds of 1 or 2 meats or fish and lots of a couple different types of veggies and starches.
3. Use Your Crock-pot!
Yesterday I didn't use mine, BUT it's so easy to throw ground beef or turkey in with seasoning, chicken breasts, endless possibilities.....
4. Plan Ahead.
Usually I like to grocery shop on Saturday and then meal prep early Sunday. I put everything away for Sat and then Sunday before anyone is up, I get into the kitchen in my PJ's with my coffee and watch recorded Housewives Episodes while I chop and cook!
Luckily yesterday I got my husband to fire up the grill. Here's what we ended up with...
Grilled chicken breasts and thighs, zoodles (spiralized zucchini........which is a whole different post entirely...I could go on and on and spiralizing!), steamed peppers and onions, and sweet potato "fries". I'm a huge believer in healthy fats and how they nourish they body and help with energy so I either snack on nuts or nut-butter in between meals or add avocado or olive or avocado oil to meals.
I have so many ideas and tips I want to share. I wish there was more time in the day! Going to try to post twice a week! recipes, recipe hacks, cake and cookie tips and tricks, fitness tips, workout stuff, etc
I'm just your typical girl with one too many hobbies, buff baker, bodybuilder, wife, and soccer mommy.