Tuesday, March 10, 2015
How to Make Meal Planning Easier (21 Day Fix Approved)
It has taken months of trial and error for me to figure out how meal planning and prep works for me. I'm still not perfect at it. I still have moments of panic because I don't know what to make or pack.
I finally had an epiphany the other night while chatting with some fellow coaches about the 21 Day Fix and the 21 Day Fix Extreme.
When meal planning for those programs, it is easiest to work backwards.
Sound confusing? Let me show you what I mean:
For 21 Day Fix Extreme, I get 4 red containers, 3 green containers, 2 purple, 1 blue, 2 yellow, 1 orange, and 2 teaspoons. That's overwhelming to me to think about. So, I break it down and decide when I'm going to eat each container.
Once I've decided when to eat my containers, I figure out how to fill them. Generally, I drink my Shakeology for breakfast which counts as a red container. I struggle with the red containers because that is protein and I'm not a huge meat eater. Very grateful Shakeology has a serving of protein in it!
Mid-morning, I usually have a snack of fruit. Some days I have grapes, strawberries, an appple, etc.
Lunch is my biggest meal of the day. I try to incorporate my yellow containers (carbohydrates) during this meal because I have time to burn them throughout the day. I usually eat cottage cheese, Greek yogurt, and/or some deli meat to get in a few red containers as well.
A typical lunch might be a wrap with turkey, a slice of cheese, lettuce, tomato, cucumbers, and mustard with a hand full of almonds.
Dinner is usually centered around chicken with vegetables as sides.
I tend to be a late night snacker so I save a purple container for after dinner. I love apples with natural almond butter - tastes like dessert!
I realize one way isn't the right way and honestly, I could change this all again in the next few weeks or months, but for now, this is what works for me.
Do you meal plan? What works best for you?
Be on the lookout for my arsenal of favorite recipe sites and resources soon!