For those stepping their game up with the NEW 21 Day Fix EXTREME you may notice that some of your 21 Day Fix staples that were “okay” are no longer there. First thing I noticed was —-> NO bacon!! I was sad for a few minutes, but quickly got over it. Heck it is only 3 weeks and I have given up harder things than that before.
Me smiling even after learning about the NO bacon thing!
As each new week starts my mind is always racing on what the upcoming days hold. What appointments do we have, who is going where and what in the world are we going to eat. I found out quickly that the more complicated I made things, the more I stressed. Instead of getting super fancy with my meals in the kitchen I do my best to simplify things, break everything down and work with what I have.
Here is hoping I can do the same thing for YOU! :)
Some of my tips on meal prep and planning (no matter what nutrition program you are following):
- Get inspired. Pinterest is a great resource for recipes and doubles as a place to store your collection.
- Keep it simple. Too many fancy recipes can be hard to keep track of and gets costly. Pick one meal per day to be more elaborate and then keep the rest of it easy-peasy. (I usually save more lavish recipes for dinner).
- Don’t forget to plan your snacks! Having snacks already prepared and portioned out will ensure you stay on track, especially when you’re on the go.
- Make a list. Look at the recipes you have decided to use and make a shopping list of the ingredients.
- Create a schedule. Plan your grocery trips our meal prepping time. Put it on your schedule as if it were any other important appointment.
- Prep food as soon as you get home from the store. Wash produce, chop veggies, brown meats, and assemble salads. You will thank your past-self for this later, trust me.
- Prep meal components. Instead of cooking full meals, prep foods that can be used in several different meals.
- Plan for leftovers. Make a little extra during dinner and take it for lunch the next day.
- Cook extra. If prepping all of your food at once doesn’t work for you, than cook extra of the things you will need later in the week. For example, when cooking your chicken breast for dinner, cook a few extra to eat later in the week.
- Start freezing. Make double batches of crock pot meals, sauces, soups, etc. and reward yourself for your preparedness in a month.
- Keep a list of what’s in your fridge. A visual reminder will help prevent meals and items from being forgotten and spoiled.
- Stock up on good storage. Invest in quality storage containers. Glass containers are best, especially for reheating. Save the cheap, disposable plastics for items you don’t need to heat in the microwave.
- Do whatever works best for you. Just make sure to have some sort of plan set. Planning and then implementing that plan (prepping) is NECESSARY. The people who fall off track with the eating plan are those who try to wing it. STAY PREPARED!
I hope some of the above tips help you out a bit. Like I said —> make it work for you. If it seems like a chore then you will be less likely to do it. For extra encouragement on the meal prep and planning topic check out this short video by me:
As I venture through the EXTREME side I will be sharing some of our recipes and meals along the way. Be sure to check back for NEW ideas and as always SHARE your favorites as well.