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Meal Planning Saves You Time and Stress

For many people, healthy eating is a chore. I have a passion for finding ways of eating healthy tasting delicious. I love cooking and I have a  huge desire to show that living a healthy lifestyle can actually be easy and fun!

Lastnight I hosted my very first live video showing others the kind of meals my family and I love to eat  on a weekly basis. I shared how much eating clean has really made a huge impact on our overall health, energy levels, and our way of living. Im extremely passionate about showing others how eating the right foods is the key to living a well balanced lifestyle. Im in this  to help others and let others know that there is a way out of feeling so tired and sluggish. There is a way we can experience great energy without fueling our bodies with toxic chemicals.   Having good health is one key component to experiencing true happiness and content. Its important to love ourselves and take care of ourselves . We cant take care of others if we aren’t taking care of ourselves. We must constantly remind ourselves how grateful we are for our health and the  ability to be able to care for our bodies and mindset.

IMG_7998 Never take this for granted. It is not something that happens overnight,  and it’s not easy. But being open minded and trying new food groups together is the only way to really find out whether or not it works out for you. For this event, I provided a meal plan and a grocery list .

When you’re caught in a situation where you need to eat and you don’t have a clean and healthy meal at hand, you’re more likely to opt for convenience foods that are processed and less nutritious.

FAIL TO PLAN, PLAN TO FAIL

It may seem like a daunting task. Honestly, it often FEELS like a daunting task.
HOWEVER!
Once you’ve dedicated a few hours over the weekend to preparing healthy and nutritious meals for the week – guess what? You don’t have to worry about cooking for the REST of the week!!! I’d say that’s a fair trade. I literally spent a little over two hours making food I can easily grab and prepare when its time to eat. I save all the time it would originally take for me to do it each day.

SO, I’d like to invite you to see what’s in store for us this week.

Breakfast foods: pre measured baggies of rolled oats , flax seed, and a side of fruit to make overnight oats. I will also be having egg whites with spinach and cherry tomatoes over my favorite Ezekiel sprouted english muffin. I will even have some sweet potatoes with my egg whites one day and replace the muffin. Sweet potatoes are really good with egg whites too.

My favorite mid- morning meal is my most healthiest meal of my day. I drink shakeology every single day. We are huge shakeology fans in my house and Im getting in all my superfoods and whole food nutrients. Shakeology helps keep me on track nutrition wise and the best part is that there is no artificial ingredients, fillers, dyes , or chemicals.

Snack food options: organic apple with almond butter, carrots , cherry tomatoes, and red peppers with hummus, apple with laughing cow cheese,  blueberries and almonds, and air popped popcorn! I also always have a protein bar in my purse in the event that I have nothing on me and end up on a low.

Meals this week:We made some salmon , sweet potatoes, asparagus and brussel sprouts with turkey bacon, chicken fajitas, and we also made barbecue chicken in the crockpot. I also made turkey meatballs with my kids and they find it super fun to help mommy in the kitchen. These meals are staples in our household and Brussels has become such a consistent purchase in my weekly grocery shopping . I switch up my proteins and incorporate other veggies for my kids sometimes too. I think that by incorporating these meals on a weekly basis, its quite easy to throw together a quick meal or two out of them. With our turkey meatballs, we will have zoodle spaghetti for dinner and turkey meatballs with sweet potatoes. These are all great together.

I seasoned my salmon fillet with a lot of lemon because we definitely aren’t fond of the fish taste. I find that seasoning with lemon, himalayen salt, pepper and smoked paprika gives it a really tasty flavor! I also added lemon pepper. I love the way my salmon comes out. I think that salmon over my favorite brown rice and quinoa  pasta taste so great together . Having some already made veggies makes putting together a healthy meal extremely easy for those who are always busy. You can also make extra salmon for lunch the next day and it will still taste really good.

I also peeled and cut my sweet potatoes on the round side and tossed them lightly in olive oil. I love throwing them in the oven because I can multi fast and do something else while they are baking. I season them with cinnamon and a little Himalayan salt. How do you like your sweet potatoes cooked? There are many ways you can eat them and different ways you can incorporate them into a meal . We always use them as a side to a dish and both of my kids really love them. Another way you can eat sweet potatoes is by simply boiling and mashing.

At the same time, we made chicken fajitas. I love having fajitas throughout the week over some brown rice, pasta, or even just by itself! Pretty delicious as  leftovers too!

Have you ever noticed that seasonings are full of sodium and chemicals? If you can make your own it is so much better for you because its a sodium free recipe!! Salmon usually ends up being cheaper too if you can find a way to break it up into two meals.

I’ve been looking for a “clean eating” taco seasoning for quite some time now…and I finally found one I love!! These are all taken from the nutrition guide of theIMG_6069 21 Day Fix!

Taco/ Mexican Seasoning 
1 Tbsp chili powder
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp coriander
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp sea salt

Mix all the ingredients together. I made a large batch so that I didn’t need to make it each time.
When we made our brussels, we cut the ends off and cut them into small pieces. We also cut our asparagus into pieces.  I love having this mixture as a side a lot. We seasoned with all purpose seasoning that I made on my own. I made the 21 day fix approved All Purpose Seasoning. Before we started sautéing our veggies, we cut up some nitrate and sodium free turkey bacon and let that cook in the pan for our about 3 minutes. Then we added our vegetables.

21 Day Fix All-Purpose Seasoning
4 tsp onion powder
2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp. mustard powderIMG_6071
1/4 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp sea salt
Mix together and use on meats or grains!

I also like to add extra garlic while its cooking.

At the end of our video, this is what we came up with. I love when I get to plan my week out. I feel like I always end up having really great nutrition when I just take that extra time out and prepare as much food as I can. Fail to plan, plan to fail. If you don’t have the time to meal prep, you will still save time by just getting your food prepared to cook. This way its already stored in your fridge pre cut and ready to cook.

I had a blast last night. I plan on doing this more often. I think it can be pretty useful for my health and fitness groups . We all learn more by watching videos and getting a visual .

 

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