Many of you were curious as to what was in all those prepped meals I posted a few weeks ago. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you can check out this mini-blog post I did on my Facebook Page about meal prepping and planning meals.
Since there was some interest, I have been taking pictures of my dinners for the past couple weeks so you can get an idea of how I eat and what I eat. This will be valuable to you for a couple reasons.
I don’t eat anything super fancy and nothing that takes a long time to cook or prepare. There isn’t a magic formula or super food that allows me to be healthy. I just try to cook as much as possible so I always know what I’m eating. The more cooking you do, the healthier it’ll be. It is about simple foods and being consistent.
The reason I didn’t do this over one week – I usually eat the same thing for a few nights in a row, and that would be a boring post. So here are all of the different dinners I have had over the past couple weeks:
Chicken thighs (had another after this), russet potato and some spinach sautéed in olive oil.
Eggs and ground beef cooked in pasta sauce with green peppers.
Ground beef and sweet potato and bacon bowl with asparagus cooked in coconut oil.
Eggs, sweet potato, cheese, spinach and bacon
Bison burger with spinach, avocado, green beans, peppers and onions.
Turkey, asparagus, spinach and onions.
Now before you tell me that you can’t believe how much I eat, let’s clear a few things up.
I eat very light throughout the day. I don’t like letting food slow me down and I have an active job that requires moving and lifting. I make up for a small snack and small lunch (no breakfast, more coming on that soon though) by having a large dinner. I train hard and I am very active – I need to make sure to properly fuel my lifestyle. Also, a large part of my dinner is vegetables. If you’re not eating at least a few servings of vegetables each day, that’s where you need to put some effort in. We can train as hard as you want, but if you aren’t providing nutrients for you body, you’re cutting yourself short.
Now, the take aways for you:
Simplicity always wins. Are my dinners anything fancy that you would crave at a restaurant? No, but they are simple and require minimal effort. Think about what you can cook, that you enjoy, that requires minimal effort? Pick one or two things and make them go-to dinners. We always have some extra chicken or beef or something cooked and ready to go for dinner so all we have to do is cook veggies. I always sauté my vegetables in coconut oil, olive oil or butter (to get healthy fats, yes fat). While that is happening, I can heat up the protein and carb source and just like that, dinner is served in 5-minutes.
When there isn’t anything prepped for dinner, my go-to is breakfast for dinner. Cook some eggs, bacon and mix in whatever veggies are left in the fridge. Again, fast and simple.
When thinking about what to make for your dinners, you’ll notice that every, single meal I posted has a protein source, a serving of carbohydrates and a large serving of vegetables. The same formula I use to prep my lunches. I’m currently on a potato kick, but white rice usually makes an appearance once or twice a week as a substitute for potatoes. When something is boring, change it up by adding different spices or marinating in something new or different.