Meal Planning


 

“Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance!”

Many people wonder how it is possible to eat clean on a daily basis when there is just not enough time in a day to cook healthy! It’s so much easier to swing by McDonald’s on your way to work rather than to wake up an hour earlier to cook breakfast. Right!? WRONG! By taking an hour out of your day, twice a week, you can plan your meals so that you don’t have to waste precious time cooking EVERY day! The thought of meal planning may seem overwhelming but I promise you it is not as intimidating as it seems.

The grocery store is step one. Make a list and have a plan so you can be quick and avoid the temptation of the cookie isle! Your grocery list should include a few different sources of protein such as eggs, boneless/skinless chicken, or tuna. Include a healthy carbohydrate such as oatmeal or brown rice. Next, pick up some almonds or natural peanut butter for your healthy fats. Lastly, you should spend the majority of your time in the fruit and veggie isle picking out your favorites to add to smoothies, dinner, or simply just to snack on.

Next comes the fun part! The cooking! Instead of cooking enough food for the day, you want to cook enough for at least a few days. You can start by cooking chicken on a large baking sheet. You can use seasonings such as Mrs. Dash (sodium free!) If you still don’t have time to wait around for chicken to bake in the oven, try cooking it in the crock pot. Next, you can work on cooking some veggies. If you are still worried about saving time, try the steam fresh veggies which you can stick in the microwave for about five minutes and that’s it! Plan on cooking some rice or sweet potatoes to go along with your meat and veggies. You can also spend some time making single serving baggies of almonds or raw veggies for snacks throughout the week.

Once everything is done cooking, pull out your Tupperware! Place a single serving into each container so the next morning all you have to do is grab and go! To keep your meals fresh, keep the wet foods separate from the dry foods. If your making a salad, keep the dressing separate until you are ready to eat. Also, it’s a good idea to put an extra baggie of almonds in your car just in case hunger strikes! That way, you won’t feel the need to search out the dreaded vending machine.

Get creative with your cooking! Eating plain chicken and broccoli every day will get boring and you will be more tempted to eat that Big Mac. If you are unsure of what healthy foods to buy, try consulting with a dietitian. The dietitian at Fitness Together is the queen of creative cooking! She has lots of great ways to make healthy eating enjoyable and easy. Meal planning takes a little time and effort but the feeling of being prepared and seeing the results will be life changing! Be sure to give us a call at 330-702-1311 or visit our website at www.FTYoungstown.com

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