WIAW #10: Putting That Meal Prep to Work!

It’s been a while since I have posted my daily eats as a part of What I Ate Wednesday, and today I wanted to feature the benefits of my weekly meal prep. In order to keep myself sane, I have to make the extra effort on Sundays to make some of the food I know I will use during the week in advance.  Less cooking during the week = a much less-stressed Christa.  Trust me, it’s better for everyone involved.

As always, I post most of what I eat throughout the day…aka it doesn’t include the random handfuls of trail mix, extra bites of this or that, and the ever present chocolate. 🙂

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Thanks to Jenn for hosting!

Breakfast

Meal Prep #1: Breakfast “Potatoes”

For the past couple of weeks, breakfast “potatoes” have been #1 on my list of meal prep items. I’ve been trying to change up my breakfasts from the standard eggs and fruit or smoothie to something a little more hearty, yet still healthy. Usually, I make some kind of combination of sweet potatoes, butternut squash, turnips or parsnips.  Today, it was just butternut squash. Chop ’em up, toss in olive oil, salt and pepper, and then roast them at 400 degrees for about 30 minutes, or until golden brown.  Then you have an easy and healthy option to heat up quickly in the morning.

DSC01947Of course, I love my coffee and almond milk in the morning; can’t leave the house without it! Target came out with a new flavor that is a MUST try.

DSC01942Paired with my new favorite mug (love the vintage Tiger) and a little vacay reminiscing, and the morning wasn’t allll bad. 😉

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Do I even have to say it? Apple and almond butter, naturally.  Have you tried Justin’s almond butter yet? Delish!

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Meal Prep #2: Crock-pot chicken

On Sundays, I make chicken for the week in a crock pot. It literally could not be easier…7 frozen chicken breasts, cook on low for 6-7 hours and then shred. Sometimes I add in salsa or just olive oil, salt and pepper. It’s so nice to have chicken already made for both Matt and I for the week.

Today added the chicken to a salad and topped it with chickpeas, carrots, zucchini, chopped almonds and chicken.  Dressing was homemade and simple – olive oil, apple cider vinegar, salt, pepper, and stevia.

DSC01951I also had a few of these. Trader Joe’s for the win, always!

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Meal Prep #3: Protein Bars

I’ve changed my usual recipe up, eliminating the oats and experimenting with more of a paleo-esque  approach. I’m still making tweaks, so I’ll share the recipe when I think it’s worthy. 🙂

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Mahi Mahi with roasted broccoli and topped with avocado. Avocado is a great healthy fat that I’m going to try and incorporate into my meals a little more. It’s so good!

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That’s it for today! Have a great one!

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Comments

  1. Ok, just another sign that I NEED to get a Crockpot. Love that you can do such great Sunday Prep with it.

    I bought some almond butter a couple of weeks ago and I still haven’t broken into it!

    • Once I realized how much time the Crockpot could save me, I can no longer live without it! If you are a peanut butter lover, it might take a bit to get used to the taste of almond butter but I actually like it better! The chocolate flavored almond butter is pretty much heaven in a jar, if you ask me.

  2. Justin’s almond butter is my favorite! I like to make banana, honey, cinnamon and almond butter sandwiches with it!

  3. Team almond milk! 🙂

  4. Yummy…those sweet potatoe chips are delish!!!

  5. Obsessed with Justin’s Vanilla AB! Now if only I could find it easily in Canada…

    • I know, it’s not easy to find! Whole Foods has it here, and even then it’s hard to find every flavor. 🙁

  6. We had to leave our crockpot behind before moving to Kuwait, and have yet to purchase a new one. I’m thinking it’s time I cave & get a new one. I’m not quite sure where’d it’d go though – we have quite a small kitchen and many appliances already. Ha Ha!

    Looking forward to the protein bar recipe. They look so soft & delicious.

    • That IS the one downside- that sucker takes up a lot of room!

      The bars are actually a little on the dry side, so I’m trying to make them even better!

  7. Ohhh those breakfast potatoes look so good! Why have I never thought to make those? I need to start. Also–YES Justin’s AB 🙂 So good.

  8. This post goes to show just how delish a healthy diet can be! I love love love the salad, the sweet potato chips, and the dinner. The protein bars look so hearty and satisfying!

    • I know! I’m so glad I got out of the chicken-and-veggies-only mindset! Healthy eating is SO much more enjoyable now. 🙂

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