Make it Simple- Lunch Prep with Ab
Good morning and happy happy Tuesday! Today I put together one of my simple go-to weekly meal preps. One of the consistent topics Britt gets asked about is health. What to eat, how to lose weight, what workouts to do, etc. Nutrition is without a doubt the most important factor when it comes to balancing a healthy lifestyle. Food is healing. Whether its your gut, skin, hair, joints, mental/emotional state (the list is endless), food is a healer.
One of the largest misconceptions with meal prep is that it is expensive… in full honestly that just seems like a lazy excuse and here is why… meal prep for 10 lunches this week (with leftovers) was $58.48 (sauces cost $12 of that and should last around three weeks). That breaks down to $5.85 per lunch. I know for a FACT that any fast food lunch will cost at least $5.85.
My main goal with lunch prep is a source of protein, healthy fat, and a good portion of veggies. Everyone is different, so if you need an extra carb for energy in the middle of the day I added that option as well. I hit a major wall mid afternoon if I eat a lot of carbs for lunch so I prefer to eat them with breakfast and dinner.
Another HUGE priority is making sure that you are maintaining a substantial water intake. Water regulates just about everything. I do my best to hit at least 130 oz a day. If this isn’t a high on your todo list, try it for one week and I promise you will feel and see a huge difference in your body. It is so so so crucial.
My go to is a quick simple salad with hella toppings. It makes it fun and super easy with prep. It also helps each day vary a little bit because you can swap out dressings or leave out certain toppings. Number one rule of thumb, make it “simple stupid.” I have found that the simpler I make any kind of healthy “routine” the more prone I am to consistently follow through with it.
Grocery List (for two) :
Four Sweet Potatoes
2 Bags of Brussel Sprouts
2 Bags of Broccoli
2 Boxes of Feta
Arugula (if you’re feeling fancy)
I prefer to dice the sweet potatoes into cubes and the brussels into halves because they end up a good bit crunchier.
I prefer to toss the chicken on the grill… its so much quicker and tastes SO much better than any alternative method. I use salt, pepper, and garlic powder to season just about everything. Its simple and tasty. It you like a little bit of spice, cayenne is a great seasoning to add also.
Set the oven to bake on 425
Drizzle the taters with olive oil (make sure to mix them around a good bit to get good coverage on all sides)
Top them with salt, pepper, and garlic powder
Bake for 30 minutes (Stir them at the 15 minute mark)
Heat olive oil in a skillet on medium
Toss the sprouts in with some salt, pepper, and garlic salt
Continue to stir every few minutes until they crunch up (I like them a tiny bit burnt)
Toss broccoli into a skillet with 1/4 of water on medium
Cover to steam for 5 minutes
Remove lid and allow water to evaporate out
Once the water is completely gone, drizzle olive oil along with some salt and pepper
Continue to stir until the broccoli is a crunchy
The last step is to prepare the rice if you are opting in for that option. I use the boil in a bag. It’s so quick and easy with minimal clean up. Make sure you grab the box with only one ingredient, RICE (not sure why this even has to be a concern but a good bit of boil in a bag rice has additives).
Zack (John’s youngest) got a hold of the chicken from the above picture before I could take a final picture… no food is safe in a house with boys🤦🏼♀️😂. Soooo the final pictures are taken with some of the chicken I had from the previous night. Should have labeled that container “Brussel Sprouts”… lessons learned 😂😂
The only thing to do the morning you are packing for lunch is add the avocado. I like to wait until the day of because they get so yucky in the fridge. I normally do half of an avo per meal.
The magic ingredient… fun sauces. Meal prep can get super boring so I like to shake it up with some fun sauces each day. It can completely change the flavor of the meal and keeps things interesting. The G Hughes brand is one of my favorites. Click HERE to browse a bunch of different options.
Yet again, dressing can help to change up your salad so that it doesn’t feel like you are eating the same thing day to day. Tessemae’s makes a bunch of awesome options and is definitely my first choice… Newman’s Own is also a good choice its just not the best on ingredients. Just make sure you aren’t ruining all of your hard prep work with a cruddy dressing option. There are SO MANY bad options out there. Watch for added sugar and cruddy oils. Keep it simple.
Seize this flipping Tuesday!!