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. 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!


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