Jersey Girl, Texan Heart: Shape Up Saturday Series: The Secret to Meal Prepping
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Shape Up Saturday Series: The Secret to Meal Prepping

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If you’ve been following my social media or even my blog for the past 7 or 8 months you know that I’ve dialed into my nutrition and am living a healthy lifestyle.  A lot of people always say how they don’t understand how I did it, or they don’t understand how I can meal prep.  It’s a lot easier than it looks.  The first few times I did it, it was a little rocky and I almost gave up but I will tell y’all I’m so glad I didn’t!  Now, below are my secrets to an awesome meal prep.  All of those points are super important so make sure to read them!  Also, if you ever have questions or would like to join my online groups please email me and we will chat! mejmoda@gmail.com I actually have a group starting February 6th!  Or you can click this link to see what I offer!


Planning

This is basically the most important part.  How can you prep food if you don’t have a set plan?  Since I do the 21 Day Fix meal plan I’ll be basing my planning off of that.  So if you click this link it will bring you to the containers that I use.  Ok, I know, they look super small!  I promise they aren’t though, and you also have multiples of these containers throughout the day.  Trust me, it’s A LOT of food.  The meal prepping pictured here isn’t even all of it for Monday through Friday.  Back to the original topic!  Since I go by containers, I write down how many containers I need at the top of my page (you can also make a table if you’d like but I prefer doing everything by hand).  With the 21df, I’m supposed to be eating smaller meals but throughout the day.  Basically instead of eating 3 big meals to eat 5-6 little ones.  I plan my 5 meals with Breakfast, Snack, Lunch, Snack, Dinner, (and sometimes snack).  I cross off my containers at the top of my page as I go.  I also plan protein for breakfast, and after my workout.  I usually schedule my snack to have carbs (healthy carbs, not the bad carbs!) and eat that a little closer to my workouts.  I also add to my planning when I will be working out.  Sometimes I will workout on a whim, but most of the time I have a date with myself to work out for 30 minutes (yes, that’s ALL IT TAKES with the 21 day fix program).  Another little tip is make sure in the beginning that your plan is extremely basic.  Start getting creative once you get the hang of this whole meal prep thing.


List

I’m the queen of lists.  Anyone who knows me personally knows that I have a list for everything.  Some might actually say I have a problem with generating lists for everything, but hey it works for me!  When I make my shopping list I usually make it more than once because I start adding things to it, then it gets messy, and when it’s messy I can’t read everything and boom I go to the store and forget the most important thing I needed.  With that being said, what I do is write a rough draft take a look at it and then start writing a final list in order of where everything is in the store.  I have been going to the same supermarket for a good portion of my life and everything is usually in the same spot.  So I start off with listing what produce I need to get and then move into other things I need to buy.  I also do some shopping at Sam’s because my mom has a membership and get items that I can get in bulk so it saves money.  Or I get my meat from there because there’s a lot more of it for a fraction of the price and you can freeze meat until you’re ready to use it!  Bada bing, bada boom.  I always make sure to bring a pen with me to cross everything off as I go and yes, every once in a while I for whatever reason write things out of order and have to turn around.  


Shopping

My least favorite thing is grocery shopping.  I swear when I go food shopping it’s like I’m stuck in rush hour traffic except I’m pushing a cart not driving a car.  We all have to grocery shop though regardless if we are shopping for healthy or non healthy food.  Since I do my food shopping on the weekends (mostly Sunday) I will avoid going during busy times.  I usually go not too long before closing (not close enough to be the last customer because I used to hate last minute customers working in retail) this way I can look at everything on my own, compare prices if needed and not have to worry about the next person who will be running over my foot, or worse, running into my heel!  Once I put something in my cart I will cross it off of my list so that I know that’s done and taken care of.  


Prepping

This is where the magic happens!  This is where you take all of your ingredients and bake/cook.  I usually plan it out so that everything is being utilized in a time saving manner.  I always make sure I have my meal planning notebook in front of me so I know exactly what I should be making.  I’ll start off with the hardest thing first so for example in these pictures it was basically just cutting all of the veggies, so what I did was cut all of the veggies (I seriously hate cutting veggies) and baked/boiled them.  While that was happening I started with the chicken which was not dethawed before I had finished with the veggies.  Once all of that was done I still had enough room to make my other snack which was oatmeal. Once everything is cooked I let it cool off a bit and put it in containers.  The containers are separated in my fridge so that I can just grab them and put them in my lunch bag and not forget anything.

In conclusion, here is basically what I went over in the above paragraphs:

Planning
  • Plan your meals for a week ahead
  • Plan other things into your meals (like when you are working out or if you have an appointment)
  • Keep protein for breakfast and after a workout
  • Keep it simple your first two-three weeks of meal planning so you get the hang of it

List
  • Make a list and check it twice!  No seriously, do that!
  • Put everything in order of where it is in the store so you don’t have to turn around and go back for things

Shopping
  • Make sure to bring your list and a pen to cross off items
  • Go during slow hours so before closing or during a football game

Prepping
  • Utilize all tools and appliances in the kitchen!
  • Have your meal plan in front of you.
  • Dethaw chicken way before meal prepping (I forget to do this all the time)
  • Eat smaller meals continuously throughout the day rather than 3 large meals.


And of course don't forget about my Be Mine Challenge Group!  I still have some slots open to sign up so contact me mejmoda@gmail.com to get more information on how to join!

   


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