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Fitness Minutes: (128,009) Posts: 19,250 4/3/12 3:32 P
I also make my own protein/energy bars maybe once a month and freeze for when I'm on th run. Check out the team cookbook. TONS of great protein bar recipes in there. I also sometimes make a large batch of brown rice and have it in the fridge for a quick side dish or add to a stir fry during the week.
I get a box of veggies every Tuesday and chop up a huge salad so we always have that on hand for the rest of the week. I like to put chickpeas or other kinds of beans in it for a little energy. This has saved me on many many occasions when I'm short on time. Then we make a big soup on Monday with any veggies we didn't eat throughout the week with some ground turkey or chicken or something. I usually take some of that with me to work the next day. I'm really big on leftover dinner for lunch and I always have greek yogurt and cottage cheese in the fridge for my protein. I like the idea of cubing some grilled chicken to have on hand, as well!
Pounds lost: 5.2
Fitness Minutes: (128,009) Posts: 19,250 4/3/12 10:41 A
When I chop my veggies I chop a bunch extra and store in airtight containers with a couple of ice cubes so they stay crisp and fresh. When I make dinner, I make extra and portion out individual servings into small containers and freeze or eat for lunch the next day. When I grill some chicken, I cube up some extra and have on hand in the fridge for during the week. I also keep frozen berries, nuts, cottage cheese and Greek yogurt on hand for snacks.
Fitness Minutes: (50,447) Posts: 3,434 4/3/12 9:45 A
i agree with cooking extras. I am the only cook in our house so there is no break when I am feeling lazy. So we have left overs which works out really great. We have a fresh salad, veggies and the meal is done. Very easy!
Donna from Surrey, BC, Canada Pacific time
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an art, but a habit. - Aristotle
current weight: 1.0 over
Fitness Minutes: (5,040) Posts: 320 4/3/12 9:22 A
Thanks for the tips and encouragement! I'll definitely try those things! :)
Posts: 1,441 4/3/12 9:14 A
I buy family packs of chicken and grill the whole pack to make things during the week and I also like to crockpot soups/chilis for lunches at work. But, I am one of those people that can eat the same thing for a few days without getting bored. My husband...not so much. I cook at least every other day and we take care of leftovers pretty quickly. Once you get into a routine it will be easier. There are always hard weeks where things happen though. Just keep at it :-)
current weight: 162.4
Fitness Minutes: (5,040) Posts: 320 4/3/12 9:09 A
Thanks for the advice! I really should try that... Maybe I'll try and do my shopping on the weekend and plan out at least part of the week, with quick fix things for hurried days...
Posts: 1,441 4/3/12 8:21 A
Not sure if this will help or not...I try to batch cook on weekends things that I can warm up during the week. If I plan ahead for the busy week it makes it much easier. I also keep some fruit portioned in my fridge, hard boiled eggs, trail mixes, and yogurt for snacks so I am not as apt to eat something "bad" when I get hungry. Maybe you can keep salad items prepped in the fridge as well for something you can toss together when you are rushed? The thing with Clean Eating that helps you be successful is planning and prepping in advance.
I wish you the best!
current weight: 162.4
Fitness Minutes: (5,040) Posts: 320 4/3/12 7:59 A
So, I'm having a lot of trouble finding time to cook the last week or so, and when that happens, I end up just eating snack foods as meals, because that is all that will be in the house. Or I'll just eat spoonfuls of peanut butter, granola bars, crackers, etc. Problem is... Then I eat a lot of them, because I get hungry. Any ideas for ways to get in actual, healthy meals on the fly? I love to cook, but I'm not finding the time lately...
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