Good Monday, everyone!
I am very active in the instagram fitfam, and a huge deal for health nuts and fitness freaks is the concept of meal prep Monday.
This is not something I participate in every single Monday, because I am a stay at home, work from home mom, so I have a little more time to dedicate to meals (sometimes). Last week I knew I would have a crazy week, so I jumped on the MPM bandwagon… and I thought you might enjoy a photo post about how to go about prepping for your week!
The first step is kind of obvious- make sure you have enough containers for everything. I know this is probably a “duh” moment for a lot of you, but you would be surprised how many people don’t have a pantry full of tupperware and bento containers.
Step number two- take stock of what you have in your kitchen, decide what you want to make for the week, make a grocery list, and buy what you need. Technically, that is 4 steps, but I am going to lump them all in to 1. I don’t particularly enjoy this step.. ok, I’m lying. I love going to the grocery store. I could seriously read labels for hours and not get tired. Unfortunately, my 2 year old does not share the same fondness and she often gets cranky way before I am ready to leave.
Step number 3- start with breakfast- the most important meal of the day! Last week, I opted to make pumpkin pie protein pancakes.
These are super easy to make. And so delicious.
So, I don’t always play with my food… but when I do… I was practicing my pancake art- Valentines’ Day is coming up and I plan to make gorgeous pink heart lace pancakes for my husband and children!
Time to prep for lunch! And dinner. Chili was a fantastic choice for dinner, its cold out- and there’s not a better way to pack a protein punch! Plus, you can make chili in the crock pot! If you have chosen to make a crockpot dinner, go ahead and throw that together before you prep lunch. I used organic ground turkey, diced tomatoes, and lots of fresh vegetables.
For lunch prep, I sliced up some brussels sprouts and threw them on a baking sheet with some olive oil, crushed red pepper, garlic powder, and pine nuts. This is one of my favorite ways to eat sprouts!
After everything is in the oven/crockpot, I packed what I could in to the containers (I use Easy Lunchboxes- they’re fabulous, strong, dishwasher safe, adorable, and provide the perfect portion sizes.)- salads, fruit, etc.
This is a photo of my lunches after the sprouts were finished. Don’t they look awesome!? They tasted delicious, as always. The protein I chose for lunch: tuna. Quick and easy. I mixed it with mustard and put 1 serving on top of a bed of spinach and baby kale, with tomatoes and raw sunflower seeds.
I put the chili in the same type of containers- with a small salad in the middle sized section and raw walnuts in the small section. Always pack the protein!