Hope you’re all having a great week so far. I’ve seen many people posting they’re meal prep and I’ve been so eager to try it, Monday I went and bought groceries & I began to cook.
If you plan to meal prep start with 1 meal per day for the week. Lunch is my busiest time of the day so it makes sense to prep my lunch for the week and I even portioned out some snacks.
Note to self:
Saturday plan menu & go grocery shopping.
Sunday cook & meal prep for the week. (Lunch & Snacks)
Below are the groceries that I bought. I didn’t really have a planned menu. I knew I was going to do chicken and salad.
In the picture below you’ll see my lunch & snacks.
4 oz grilled chicken breasts
3 oz baked sweet potato with coconut oil
2.5 cups mixed greens
0.5 cups shredded carrots
1 Tbsp Caesar dressing (not shown)
Net Carbs: 19
Baby Spinach & Strawberries (for smoothies)
Blueberries (for protein shakes)
1 cup watermelon 11 gr carbs
Mini bell peppers
I’ve seen many mason jar salads and I thought I’d give it a try. Well I have to say it was a huge success, even my husband took it to work. It’s just as convenient as a crockpot, you know when it’s time to eat that you have a nice meal waiting for you. Food prep is about making your life easier. Sure it takes a little effort and time upfront but it is worth it. It is so rewarding to open up the refrigerator door and see healthy delicious meals ready to eat. All week I didn’t have to wonder what to make for lunch since it was already waiting for me. For the salad I chose to go with a variety of pickled veggies, but a high carb option is to add pasta, couscous, quinoa or rice etc.
The options are endless when in comes to preparing food ahead of time so there really is no right or wrong way to do it. Basically, it comes down to just making time and getting it done. I used chickpeas as my protein since that’s what I had but you can use hard boiled eggs, tuna, grilled chicken etc.
Here’s the ingredients for the jars below but I plan on changing a few ingredients for this weeks batch. Start with dressing at the bottom of the jar and then the more sturdy ingredients go in first and work your way up to the more delicate veggies, such as lettuce.
2 Tb Ranch dressing 2 g
1/2 c chickpeas 13g
1/4 c corn 8g
3 cherry tomatoes 2g
62 grams of marinated artichokes 0g
3 slices of pickled beets 2g
30 grams garlic pickle slices 1g
43 grams shredded cabbage 2g (I used the bagged coleslaw)
43 grams broccoli slaw 2g (I used the bagged broccoli slaw)
1 cup chopped romaine lettuce
I used 1 litre mason jars.
Fat: 16 g
Fibre: 12 g
Net Carbs: 34g
***Note to self*** Omit the corn, way to high in carbs for lunch. 🙂