I know it’s only the 4th day of the year but I know it will start to get a bit more challenging to follow our meal plans into the next week if we don’t plan ahead.
Meal prep used to seem daunting to me when I would see someone sharing how to create a whole week or month’s worth of meals…you know what I mean! 🙂
Don’t get me wrong, there are times in my life where I’ve had to create a whole week of foods and meals just to make it through without either starving my body or eating cereal day in and day out. #youknowwhatImean But on a typical week, I just don’t have the interest or energy (or really the need) to create that many meals. Instead of just opting to “see what happens” (never ever a good plan, by the way) I set aside an hour on the weekend to write out all of the meals I will make in the coming week and list out every recipe and ingredient so that I’m not scrambling or left to find a less than awesome option.
What’s your secret to success? We all have our own systems and desires and interests in how to meal prep and plan so finding your own is going to make your life so much easier..and fun! I used to despise cooking meals, but I loved to bake. As I get older, I find that I’m loving to create fun and amazing recipes by just browsing through Pinterest or google for recipes I know I’d feel good eating and feeding my family.
Just to give you an idea, I’m going to share a simple snack idea with you. This has helped me (and my entire family) when things are busy or life pushes off our “perfect” meal time for another detour. Instead of caving into old bad habits, choose to have a simple snack like this one (or even fruit and some nuts) to get you through until your next meal.
It’s more important than you realize…foods are our fuel and our energy. If you put crappy foods into your amazing body or opt to eat nothing at all (gasp!) then you’re risking a binge or less than optimal results in every way in the long run. My tip today is to plan out your foods and to schedule your meal times in advance so they aren’t a surprise. If you do this for 10-14 days, I promise you that you’ll be amazed at the changes in your energy levels, body weight, skin tone and everything else you are looking to accomplish this year.
Will you give this a try?
How many crave a quick, easy snack and end up reaching for something we know doesn’t serve us just because it is convenient?
Here is a super fast alternative. It will only take you a few minutes to make on a Sunday for the week, or during your meal prep time.
They are even perfect for a breakfast on the go!
Today’s Recipe – Oatmeal Protein Energy Balls
Let me know if you give this recipe a go & comment below telling me what you thought of them…did you add anything to suit your tastes?
✅Add oats, protein powder, cinnamon and chia seeds to a large bowl.
✅Add in peanut butter, honey and vanilla extract. Stir to combine.
✅Add in raisins (or preferred add-in). Mixture should be slightly sticky but still crumbly.
✅Slowly add in liquid 1 tablespoon at a time and using hands (get dirty!) combine until it comes together in a sticky ball that holds together. If mixture is too dry, add in more liquid but not so much that it won’t hold shape.
✅Roll into balls using hands.
✅Place in a container to set in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
Store in fridge until ready to eat.
*Make sure it is drippy. If not you may need to add in extra liquid at the end.