If you find healthy eating and meal prep intimidating, you’re not the only one. I didn’t do it for most of my life, and then when I started, I was overwhelmed. I started reading every health/fitness article that I would see and googling things I didn’t know the answer to. I downloaded apps, read nutrition labels and ingredient lists and started making almost all my own food. (I was in college so I did still eat at the dining hall and on a tight budget. Lean cuisines were also involved.)
I still don’t have it all figured out, because I’m adjusting from borderline orthorexia, to finding balance and eating everything in moderation. But, I have learned a lot over the past few years and try to apply it whenever possible. Here’s a look at what a typical day of eating looks like for me.
Breakfast: 1/4 C Oatmeal with blueberries and 1/2 C vanilla Greek yogurt
Lunch: Zucchini noodles with bruschetta and grilled chicken
Snack: Apple & 2 Tbsp almond butter
Dinner: Chicken or turkey with steamed veggies and brown rice or sweet potato
Snack: Cottage cheese with fruit or nuts
My days vary based on what type of workout I’m doing or what’s going on in my life, but I try to get 3-4 servings of greens, 4 servings of protein, 3-4 servings of healthy carbs, and 2-3 servings of fruit in every day.
I only drink sparkling water, black coffee, almond milk and unsweetened green or black tea, because I love food too much to drink my calories.
I also try to get in at least 30 minutes of working out in a day, even if I just end up going for a walk.
I plan all my meals on Saturday, then grocery shop and meal prep for the entire week so I’m not tempted by cake in the office break room or a surprise happy hour. And I’m never forced to rely on unhealthy snacks because I’m starving and didn’t prepare. Preparation is key!
Fail to plan; plan to fail. Sorry, had to.