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I thought I would start a post all about my meal planning. Because I do Precision Nutrition and feed a family I try to plan my week and make meals ahead of time, so I’m not starving and left with the kids left overs.
For the meal prep I like to buy chicken season it and grill it all. That way I can use it as a snack, topping for salad, or in a main dish. I have found that bone-in chicken breasts with skin is much cheaper, so I buy them in bulk and spend the time boning and skinning. There are a few more steps involved, but the savings are worth it.
The vegetables come home from the store and immediately get chopped, sliced, and assembled into salads, or left by themselves as snacks. During the winter I do buy more frozen veggies then during the summer, but I have found some great mixed bags.
I like Quaker Oat meal, so I don’t precook it, I just buy a lot and keep it in arms reach. I have a great tool from the Pampered Chef called a micro cooker and it is the best dish I have found to make oatmeal quick.
After preparing all the food I tuck it all away in reusable containers.
That way it is convenient and available for travel if I’m going to be away from the house.
A day of eating
I typically workout in the afternoon, so my typical day would look something like this.
- Breakfast: Egg Whites, sauteed bell pepper strips (I buy these in the frozen section), and hot salsa to top it off.
- Snack: Shakeology mixed with Rice Milk (for no nutritional reason other then I prefer the taste)
- Lunch: Typically a salad topped with grilled chicken (pre-cooked from the weekend prep), cucumbers, celery, carrots, and sliced almonds. (I make these salads ahead of time and assemble them in to-go-containers)
- Snack: Oatmeal with dried cranberries and 1 scoop of protein powder.
- Dinner: This is typically harder because of the family and the simple fact that their not trying to loose weight. If its spaghetti night the family will eat pasta and sauce and I’ll choose to have the sauce over steamed veggies (from the freezer section).
I try not to be to creative or make my life harder then it needs to be trying a new recipe every day, so I stick with what I like and every so often add a new meal to the collection.