The Importance of Meal Prepping
Meal prepping is an important factor when it comes to staying on track with your diet. I have classes all day Tuesday’s and Thursday so I normally prep my meals the day before so that I do not fail and fall off my diet by eating other bad foods. At one time, I’ll cook around 4-6 chicken breasts for the week so I can incorporate it into whatever meals I may have. This saves me a lot of time and money (because I won’t be going out to eat or buying out anywhere). I normally cook my chicken the same way.
This goes for the same for anything else that I need to prep. For example if I know the week calls for a lot of brocolli, i’ll boil the brocolli and leave it in the fridge for when I need it. If I know I need some hard boiled eggs, I’ll boil eggs and leave it in the fridge. If I know I’ll use a lot of onions, I’ll pre-chop the onions! I don’t like to prep full meals all together like a lot of people because to me every day should be different. You don’t want to get sick of the things you eat by repeatedly having the same exact things. I eat the same things but I will switch it up by adding different seasonings or natural flavorings.
Once you fall off track with your meals, it’s so unbelievably easy to want to give up on your journey. Trust me, it’s happened to me before, even if that thought was just for a millisecond! You think to yourself, “ AH I just had a cookie. Might as well eat a donut and crab rangoons while I’m at it” (ew by the way, i’d never eat a donut or crab rangoons) so you continue to eat bad and then you REGRET it and you start to feel GUILTY . But what you need to realize is we are only human! We are bound to slip and make mistakes. That’s why the journey to being fit or losing weight is called a journey. Tell me the last time you heard of someone embarking on a journey that was trial and error free? Even Christopher Columbus made his fair share of errors. So DO NOT blame yourself and hop right back on track. To avoid this all in general though, THIS IS WHY YOU PREP YOUR MEALS! You won’t end up putting bad foods into your body and therefore you won’t have to deal with the feeling of regret and guilt!
Seasoned Chicken Breasts
1. Turn pan on med-hi heat and spray with olive oil spray
2. Add organic chicken and cover for about 4 minutes so it cooks the chicken thoroughly
3. Remove lid, add Mrs. Dash Garlic & Pepper Seasoning, a dash of the Mrs. Dash
Steak seasoning, a dash of paprika, a squirt of lime. Or sometimes I’ll just use an italian
4. Make sure you season both sides, turn the heat up a knotch and flip each side
until its nicely brown
5. Store in a tight container in the fridge and when you need to prep your meals,
your chicken will be ready for you!
Seasonings and herbs are so useful because they help to make your food tasty and they’re absolutely good for you. No matter the diet, it will not hurt to use seasonings! This is why I go for Mrs. Dash
because its salt free, gluten free. No harm there.