I’ve got an internet confession. I’ve gotten deep in the fitstigrams and meal prep lately.
I would love to be as fit as the women I follow (& I probably never will be) but I think I have figured out their secret.
No one gets fit by starving themselves and nobody wants to be around me when I’m hungry. I want food to be part of my fitness journey but with a nut and soy allergy healthy food on the go is damn near impossible to find. So to save money and get those gains I have been meal prepping.
*DISCLAIMER* Personally I think food gets weird after like 3 days, and as a recovering vegetarian I am terrified of chicken sitting in the fridge longer than that so most of my meal preps are for two to three days at a time.
*DISCLAIMER 2* I am so very new to this world and I am not skilled in the kitchen (at all, I was literally banned by my parents from using the stove from the age of 12 until I went to college because I was a “hazard to myself and others”, sorry mom) but if I can meal prep, anyone can.
I started my meal prep mission by spending hours on Pinterest and Youtube trying to decide what kind of meals I wanted to prep. Much like picking a hair tutorial for my thin as fuck hair, meal prep videos often included food I couldn’t eat. (I’m sorry vegans I can’t have Cashews, DON’T HATE ME).
I decided that I feel best when I eat a diet high in veggies, fruits & grain. I went gluten free and vegetarian for all of the meals I made.
First and foremost I ordered these fun AF bento boxes off of Amazon after being inspired by Liv’s Healthy Life on youtube (she uses way fancier and cooler version of them but I wasn’t ready to invest in this lifestyle change yet). I got a pack of 15 for $15.99. Then I went on a Pinterest binge and ended up with the meals mentioned below.
This meal is portioned perfectly for meal prepping. You can either make the entire head of cauliflower for dinner and save the extra for lunch or you can prep for two days at a time. Literally all you have to do for the chick’n portion is cut up the head of cauliflower, mix it in your version of buffalo sauce (I used a sriracha and ginger mix) and bake for 15-25 minutes. I added lettuce for the shells, avocado and chopped cherry tomatoes for the lunch prep.
Snack 1: My snack box is veggies, grapes, and tahini.
I’m obsessed with tahini. It’s stronger hummus imo. Also, I absolutely love prepping snack boxes. They look adorable regardless of what is in them and prepping snacks is the only thing that prevents me from eating chips all day.
This is the easiest recipe I have ever encountered. Using chickpea’s to replace chicken is such a delicious and easy idea for a vegan meal. This meal can then be made gluten free by using gluten free bread (my favorite is from Trader Joe’s)
Snack 2: For my snacks I decided on dates (the dessert fruit that helps you poop!), grapes and a arugula salad.
Moving on to the most important meal of the day (that I used to always skip) – BREAKFAST!
My breakfast meal prep is still a work in progress. I’ve started by prepping a large serving of old fashioned oats and splitting it into four days of breakfast accompanied with dates (dessert fruit) and bananas. Boring, but healthy and filling.
For a little variation I happened upon a recipe for breakfast egg cups or muffies as I like to call them (since you make them in a muffin tin). This is the easiest recipe! Just mix 6 eggs with a half cup of milk and some veggies in individual muffin tins and bake on 425 for 20-25 minutes. I make a dozen of these at a time on Saturday or Sunday and pop them in the freezer once they are cool. Throughout the week I pull a couple out at a time to take to work to microwave for breakfast. SO EASY I TELL YOU.
If you’ve been debating meal prepping and don’t know where to start I recommend picking up some tupperware, making some veggies and rice, and get to prepping. Once I made it a habit it has become so easy, I’m debating trying some harder meals. 😉
Do you meal prep? And if you do, if you have any easy gluten free, soy free, minimal nut and yummy meal prep ideas please please please send them my way!