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!

WIAW #2: Almond Milk Latte, Happy Hour & Everything In Between

It’s that time again!  WIAW: numero dos.  Thanks again to Jenn for hosting!

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And by Wednesday, I mean Monday. 🙂

Breakfast:

I was in a hurry to get out the door on Monday, so just grabbed some trail mix and a Homemade Protein Bar to save time.  Ok, so really I just wanted to have enough time to stop and get a latte on the way to work.  Priorities, people.

IMG_20130923_074626Meet my Monday saving grace: Sugar-free Caramel latte with Almond Milk.  Doesn’t it kind of look like the heavens are shining down on my coffee in this picture?  I’m now a regular at Kaldi’s when it’s in close proximity to me, solely for the fact that they have unsweetened almond milk AND they put two shots of espresso in the tall latte.  In the words of Carrie, hello lovahhh.

Mid Morning Snack:

It goes without saying that I was hungry a couple hours later so I grabbed the apple that I brought with me to work and dipped it in this Trader Joe’s Unsalted Peanut Butter.  I’m usually not a crunchy peanut butter fan, but I like the extra crunch with the apple.  I also was really skeptical about this unsalted business.  I wouldn’t suggest eating it straight from the jar with a spoon, but when paired with something sweet, like an apple, or on a rice cake or celery, I can’t really tell the difference.

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Lunch:

For lunch, I had leftovers from lunch on Sunday– buffalo chicken salad.  Delish.  I also had about a cup or two of grapes.

DSC01249Mid Afternoon Snack:

Non-fat vanilla Greek yogurt topped with chopped walnuts and chia seeds.  I swear, it never gets old. 🙂

IMAG0116Dinner:

Now THIS was the highlight of my day!  I had plans with some of my best friends for happy hour at one of our favorite new spots, EdgeWild Winery.  It’s a great atmosphere and with half off wine, wine slushies, and all appetizers…we’re hooked.  I will preface this by saying that when we go to happy hour, we all know we are going to splurge.  I’m pretty sure it’s required for any and all girls’ nights, no?

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IMAG0118Margherita Flatbread, Steak Bruschetta, Olive/Artichoke/Goat Cheese Flatbread and Goat Cheese dip were our apps of choice.  Yes, it was as good as it looks.  Annnd now I want to go back…

 

We’re halfway there!  Have a great rest of the week. 🙂