Quick Meal Prep {For the Teaching Week!}

Apr 3, 2016 by

Quick Meal Prep {For the Teaching Week!}
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After years of struggling with my weight since having my son, I decided this was the year I was going to take control and get healthy and fit. I recently started to consume andarine and attend the Zumba class to burn fat as soon as possible and the results look promising. Upon reflecting on the unhealthy habits that contribute to my struggle, I realized that not planning my meals in advance was #1. If I don’t pack a lunch, I end up hitting up the local sandwich shop for a huge calorie-filled meal, or zipping over to McDonalds for some comfort food.

Not good.

Since Jan. 1st, I’ve been meal prepping on Sunday evenings so I have complete control over my time and food. There are weeks where I have enough time on the weekends to look up creative recipes and cook everything from scratch-no processed food to be had! Other weeks, I’m short on time and need to figure out a healthy menu that I can prep in a hurry.

I’ll give you one guess as to which type of week this one is! We had wonderful friends in town all weekend and now it’s 6pm on Sunday and I need to meal prep-FAST. Below is my go-to meal plan. I’ve realized that restricting my calories too much (1,200-1,400) is actually detrimental to my weight loss, so I aim for 1,600-1,800 calories a day along with a solid workout.

Post-AM Workout: Protein Shake (450)

Quick Meal Prep {For the Teaching Week!}
Love ’em or hate ’em, these suckers have helped me build some serious muscle in the past few months. I only drink them after a workout, as I believe the protein powder is meant to repair the broken down muscle and make it stronger. I use the following recipe for a delicious chocolate banana peanut butter shake:

1/2 cup rolled oats (I use the 1 min. cook ones)
1 medium banana
8 oz. milk
1 scoop chocolate protein powder
2 tsp peanut butter (I use one cereal spoon full)

Yuuuuuum! Drink up, me hearties!

Breakfast: Instant Oatmeal (150)

Quick Meal Prep {For the Teaching Week!}
I like to make this while the kiddos are at morning recess, and I love the spice and raisin flavor.

AM Snack: Turkey (50)

Quick Meal Prep {For the Teaching Week!}

I take this super yummy protein and portion it out into small baggies to grab each day. And then I just eat it plain.

Lunch: Soup and Snap Pea Crisps (300)

Quick Meal Prep {For the Teaching Week!}

This soup is SO creamy and delicious, and super quick. I can get at least 2 lunches out of a box of it. I also portion the snap peas into little baggies to grab each day. The crisps are a great crunchy carb to satisfy me while chatting in the lounge!

PM Snack: Beats, Pears and Walnuts (130)

Quick Meal Prep {For the Teaching Week!}

Ok, this was inspired by a salad I saw on a menu at lunch today. But I’m not a huge fan of lettuce, so I tossed that out and just used the amazing toppings. And yes, I got the candied walnuts. Just be careful with your portion sizes.

Post-PM Workout Snack: Apple and Peanut Butter (300 calories)

Quick Meal Prep {For the Teaching Week!}

Right now I’m doing a resistance workout each morning, and then fitting in a run in the evenings to train for my upcoming race. I use this treat to bribe myself out the door-if I put in the miles, I get to indulge! I prefer Fuji apples, but really, they all work well!

Dinner: Changes daily!
I try to keep it as lean as possible, around 400 calories-my favorite is chicken marinated in pineapple teriyaki sauce with wild rice.

Quick Meal Prep {For the Teaching Week!}

So there ya go-my meal prep for the weak. Perhaps next week I’ll be in a place where I can cook from scratch or perhaps finally give the Whole 30 a go. Or maybe even go gluten free as I keep telling myself I might do someday. For this week? This looks pretty great to me!

I’ll add that since I moved to meal prepping on Sundays and doing regular workouts (more on that later this week), I’m down 16 pounds and 2 clothing sizes. In 3 months. That’s a good enough reason to me to get this done before I hit the hay every Sunday night!! Have a great week, lovely teacher friends!

-Kat

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