Sunday, August 12, 2012

Food Prep Sunday!

June and July were crazy months with lots of out of town events.  My food prep was shifted all over the place! I never lost sight of it, we just had to rearrange things a bit to be sure it was getting accomplished!!  Now that August is here it's time to blog about this again.

I have a group of ladies that are in an accountability group on Facebook and we've been talking a lot about food prep this week.  I'm a busy working Mom and so food preparation has been key to my weight loss success.  When I don't plan and prep, we eat horribly.  Lots of eating out, grabbing a Lean Cuisine and generally not paying attention to what we put in our mouths.  If there is one thing I've learned it's that you cannot eat horribly, exercise your heart out and still lose weight. The food is such an important factor.  It might be the most important factor! Your body needs to be fueled with healthy foods; fruits, veggies, lean proteins, whole grains and healthy fats.  That is the key to success right there!

So, here we go... I sat down last Thursday night with 3 cookbooks and set out to find a few things to prepare.  I have my go-to favorites, many of which I've already shared here.  30 minutes later and I had a few new recipes to prep for Sunday.  After that I made my list for my Friday shopping trip.  I usually do 2 trips: one to my local health food store and one to Meijer. (Lately, the farmers market and my Doorgranics box are being utilized quite a bit too) I enjoy my Saturday and gear up for a few hours on Sunday to get things done. If we have plans Sunday I may end up doing some of the prep Saturday night and the rest on Sunday. Curtis watches the kids during this time which is something they look forward to.  One-on-one time with Daddy for them and I get to work!  I usually chop fruits and veggies first in case I need any for my recipes. Then I prioritize the recipes to make sure I am using my time efficiently. The crock-pot item gets started first and down the line I go!

Today's prep took a total of 2 hours from start to finish.  As I get more and more familiar with this process and the recipes I like most, I find that I am getting more efficient as well.  My advice is to start slow and work your way up.  Pick 1 recipe to prep and portion and then rinse/chop fruits and veggies. The next week, add a crockpot item and another recipe and keep going until you find what works for you!

Here is everything I finished up today: I know it looks like a lot of work, but 2 hours is all it takes!

Coconut Balls, Honey Almond Sunflower Loaf, Power Yogurt for One, Tri Color Orzo Salad, Turkey Spinach Feta Burgers, blueberries, celery, strawberries, honey ginger chicken breasts, cucumbers and pineapple
(Not pictured above: Pumpkin Spice Protein Pancakes! Oops, they were already in the freezer :)

 I didn't end up using Simply In Season this week, but it is one of my all-time favorite cookbooks for recipes for your farmers market or other seasonal goodies!

Power Yogurt for One (or six :)

Tri Color Orzo Salad (with a little basil for Curtis and a lot for me!) 

Pumpkin Spice Protein Pancakes

Honey Almond Sunflower Loaf

That's it for this week! I will be posting recipes throughout the week.  Make it a healthy week everyone!


Party of Two said...

Looks awesome! Can't wait for the recipes!

Emily Uhl said...

AWESOME post! This has totally inspired me to get back into food prepping for the week. :)

xo - Emily