For the past two weeks, my life/health coach has been having me keep a daily food journal. After our meeting this past week, she told me that I need to really cut down on my sugar intake. I was honestly quite surprised, because I like to think of myself as a very healthy eater, and I hardly ever eat “junk” foods or desserts. However, she *gently* helped me realize that there are vast quantities of sugar in foods that we may not generally categorize as “sweet.” For example, almond milk seems like a very healthy option at first, but after looking at the sugar content one will quickly see that it actually contains quite a bit of sugar. Given that every other meal in my food journal was most likely cereal with almond milk and/or a granola bar… it quickly became apparent that sugar/carbs were the primary staples of my diet. She also encouraged me to cut back on sodium, because even foods that we don’t typically think of as salty can contain a lot of sodium.
She challenged me to cut back on my sugar/salt intake and focus on incorporating healthy proteins (both plant-based and animal) and filling, nutritious whole foods. Being constantly on the go in a big city makes it so hard to not constantly eat out, so I knew that in order to succeed I needed to consciously plan out my meals. I had always wanted to try “meal prepping” for a week, so here is how I did it! P.S. This entire process literally took me just over an hour. Buy pre-cut veggies if you’d like to save some time 🙂
Grab your ingredients…
- Blend of quinoa, millet, brown rice, and amaranth (or whatever else you fancy!)
- Free range eggs
- Wild salmon or grass-fed bison
- Veggies! I usually use carrots, brussel sprouts, mushrooms, spinach, red/yellow peppers, broccoli, yellow squash, zucchini, onions, and baby potatoes
- Peanut sauce (my personal fav) or balsamic w/ olive oil, soy sauce, tahini sauce, etc.
- Toppings/garnishes such as avocado slices, chickpeas, chopped peanuts, cilantro, etc.
- Cook your grains. Set aside.
- Hard-boil or poach/fry your eggs. Set aside.
- Cook your wild salmon and/or bison on the stove or pop it in the oven. Set aside.
- Roast (or stir-fry) your veggies for maximum flavor (lightly coat in olive oil, salt, pepper, and any spices you might like to add). Set aside.
- Combine your grains, veggies, and meat. Mix it all up in a big bowl with your favorite sauce!
- Top with your cooked egg (or with slices of hard-boiled eggs)
- Separate into individual resealable containers (makes about 5 or 6). Freeze!
- When ready to serve, simply warm it up for a few minutes in the microwave (or in the stove) and top with some avocado slices, chickpeas, edamame, shredded cabbage, or whatever else your heart desires!
- EAT IT. SUPER EASY AND DELISH ❤
Thanks to my roomie Aline for being a superb hand model. ^^^
Here’s to a week full of happy, healthy meals 🙂