Look what I woke up to this morning…

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Beautiful snow!  I had no idea.  It is freezing around here (so much for running in short sleeves a couple days ago) but we’re not suppose to get much accumulation.  It’s kind of nice to have it feel like winter though.

This week I’ll be bringing you tips to make your resolutions a little bit easier.  Todays tip has to do with making healthy eating more manageable…

AAH Tip #1.  Pick a time each week to do meal prep.

This helps on so many levels.  Throwing together meals is so much easier, quicker, and you’ll be less likely to go for unhealthy options.  You can prep all your healthy go-to options:

-Veggies: prepare cooked and raw by chopping veggies for salads and snacks or roasting a bunch

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-Whole grains: cook up batches of quinoa, brown rice, barley, steel cut oats, and other grains.  I make a big pot and divide them out into single serve Tupperware to use later.

-Proteins:  baked chicken breasts, baked tofu, cook batches of beans

 

How are you going to go out for fast food when you have all these healthy options ready to go in your fridge?  Single serve storage is also really helpful for keeping your portion sizes in check.

So how do you incorporate all these delicious foods into your actual meals?   Here is one example.  Don’t be intimidated by the ingredient list, it is easy to throw together and most stuff you should have on hand.

Chipotle-Style Burrito Bowl

Serves: 1 but can be multiplied to serve more

Ingredients

1 cup romaine lettuce
1 serving cooked brown rice (from a bigger batch made earlier)
1 precooked chicken breast (I baked it earlier with cumin and chili powder)
1/2 medium green pepper, precut into slices
1/2 medium yellow onion, precut into slices
1/4-1/2 cup mushrooms, bought sliced
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp garlic powder
2 T fresh cilantro, chopped
Juice from 1/2 lime
Optional toppings: greek yogurt, avocado, low-fat shredded cheese, salsa

Directions:

  1. Coat non-stick pan with cooking spray, sauté onions, peppers, and mushrooms by adding 2 T water to medium-high heat pan and covering for a few minutes.  This will soften your veggies.  Once water is mostly evaporated, continue to cook a few minutes and add chili powder, cumin, garlic.
  2. Add chopped chicken breast to pan to heat and add lime juice.IMAG0202-1 (2)
  3. Layer romaine lettuce, brown rice, cilantro, and veggie/chicken mixture. 
  4. Add additional toppings as desired.

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The lime juice and fresh cilantro really give it that pop of flavor.

See how easy it was to throw pre-prepped items together for an awesome well-balanced and healthy meal?

 

Do you have any tips for prepping food/meals ahead of time?!

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