What type of food you eat is really going to be essential in your weight loss and maintenance journey. One thing I learned quickly was that lean protein was best, dark green vegetables leaned me out and healthy carbs gave me energy and kept me feeling full longer. Fruit acted as my “sugar” and helped my sweet tooth. I made sure to incorporate all these foods in my everyday eating. I also drank about a gallon of water a day which helps flush out any toxins or fats in your body. Water also keeps you feeling full so drink your water! Its ZERO CALORIES!! LOL.
Choosing a Protein:
LEAN chicken or turkey were my go to proteins for my weekly meal prep. I would either Saute, Grill, or Oven Roast these. At the time I didn’t really care for a crockpot, but now that I’ve grown to LOVE my crockpots (i have 3!) I use them weekly as well. I’d usually season my meat with Mrs Dash Salt Free seasonings, pretty heavily for flavor. While those were cooking I’d get my veggies chopped and prepped. If I wanted a carb that week, have those on the stove or oven as well. On weekends, when I was tired of poultry, I would have seafood for dinner. Either oven roasted Salmon or Tilapia.
I went for dark green often because I quickly learned that they leaned me out. Fresh Green Beans and Broccoli are my favorite vegetables. Add some minced garlic and soy sauce and stir fry and that’s a meal for me! I also like Spinach, and Asparagus. Drizzle some lemon juice and garlic on some asparagus before you pop it in the oven and its delicious… I would load my containers with more vegetables then anything to try and lean out.
Now I didn’t always have carbs for meal prep. If you are trying to lose weight, honestly you should limit your carb intake. The healthiest carbs or fats I chose were Sweet Potatoes, Jasmine Rice (its white so 1/3 cup will do), Avocado, Whole grain brown rice pasta.
I always had fruit on hand as a snack. Strawberries, Blueberries, Peaches, Nectarines, Grapes and Bananas were some of my favorites. Berries especially, because they are high in antioxidants and promote flat bellies! Fruit is high in sugar though so make sure you know this. I would keep a serving to no more than 1 cup as you notice in the picture above. Sugar goes to my midsection.
Example of how a weekly meal prep looked for ME.
Prepping is Key to Success folks. You don’t want to be tempted to make bad choices and by not having healthy foods on hands at all times, you will be. It’s just our nature as humans. And with all these fast food chains ready to take your money, this is a much cheaper option. I’d rather spend 25 bucks a week on preparing my own meals and knowing what’s in them, than going the cheap route and eating processed food and artificial colors. Doesn’t sound appetizing at all.