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Meal Prep

Friday, June 02, 2017

So today was the end of my first week of meal prepping breakfast and lunches for work and I'd have to say it was a success. Since my work is sort of in an industrial area of Irvine, there aren't any convenient places to shoot out to for my lunch break so I had been bringing all sort of stuff like canned soups, sandwiches loaded with cheese and mayo, snack foods full of sugar, etc. But my mom talked me into meal prepping and man it made such a big difference.

Since I need the carbs and fats in the morning to get the day going, my breakfast was simply a plain bagel with regular cream cheese, unsweetened cold brew coffee with sugar free International Delights French Vanilla creamer (4Tbsp.) and my once daily men's vitamin. for lunch this week I chose a one pan meal prep recipe I found online which I altered a bit to fit my tastes. I was boneless skinless chicken breasts with garlic, sweet potatoes, broccoli, and asparagus, all roasted in the oven with a minimal amount of olive oil and a bit of salt and pepper. The whole lunch came in at just 195 calories.

Since lunch was so low Cal. I had to bring a snack for afternoon break, I brought a medium sized banana. I've gotta say, since the change I'm no longer starving by the time I get home, which sometimes caused me to stop at fast food on the way. I'm able to make smarter choices for dinner, and I seem to have more energy, despite my new routine being low Cal.

So my advice for meal prepping would be...

1. Google tons of stuff and find things that fit your tastes.
2. Adjust said stuff as you'd like (within reason.)
3. Change it up as needed.
4. Enjoy all the time and savings you'll have if you keep at it!

P.S. This is my first blog ever, so if you have any tips or anything, constructive criticism. feel free to let me know your thoughts. Thanks!
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  • RHOOK20047
    Welcome to SparkPeople. We are all here for the same reason, no matter what our personal story is. We are here to help each other to get to that healthy point we want to be in our lives. It is not going to be easy, but it is attainable. Make small goals and they will lead to big successes. You have to make you #1 and tell yourself that you are worth it. If you don't take care of yourself you can't take care of anyone else. If I can help in anyway, feel free to reach out to me! Great first blog. And you are right, meal planning is a great key to success in weight loss. You can do it! We are here to help! Welcome and get active on this site. emoticon
    1472 days ago

    I always pack my lunch for work and find it much easier to stay within the calorie range. I plan my dinners for the upcoming week at the weekend, so usually add or take out snacks depending on where I am with the calories.
    1472 days ago
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    1472 days ago
    I usually get the rest of my protein from dinner. Usually more chicken or steak, salad and either potatoes or rice since I have so many carbs leftover for the day. I'm having a hard time meeting my potassium for the day though, even with my multi-vitamin and banana.
    1472 days ago
    It's hardest to reach recommended in Sparkpeople' s protein range given me, hopefully it works for you
    1472 days ago
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