Meal Prep 5 | Morefitme

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I kept things simple for meal prep because I want fresh ingredients for my meals this week. For breakfast I am having my favorite breakfast bowl (will do a recipe card later this week), which requires a good bit of chopping to save time in the mornings. Otherwise, the meal prep was mostly chopping to skip the prep step in the evenings. I was able to hit my freezer up for beans, rice and meaty marinara sauce, which means my beginning of the month prep is not going to waste. As you can see below, meals this week are best if prepared in the moment:Meal Plan

This time I misspoke in the video. The fajita vegetables I prepared are for burrito bowls, but the same principles apply. Fresh cooked veggies are really the most flavorful and nutritious. Like I stated, this weeks meal prep was simple and finished in under an hour due to frozen ingredients. Details can be seen in the video below:

 

#whatiatemonday | Banana Nut Oatmeal

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Every Monday I have been sharing my meals on Instagram. One of my followers suggested that I share recipes on the blog, thus begins my #whatiatemonday posts. Today I am sharing my breakfast from last week, Banana Nut Oatmeal (a personal favorite).

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This recipe stems from my love of all things banana nut bread, muffin, ice cream, etc. Unfortunately banana nut bread, in its most delicious form, is decidedly unsuitable for daily consumption. At the same time, I do not want to make my favorite treat “healthy” just to eat it on a daily basis.

 

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Instead I followed my own advice. I took something I enjoy eating, and found a healthier way to enjoy the same flavors. I do not particularly enjoy oatmeal enough to eat it daily, but this recipe is the exception. Truly, I could eat this every single day and be happy. 

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Best of all, its nutricious, filing, and tasty. I used a combination of almond milk and water to cook the oatmeal. Instead of butter and sugar, I added honey to sweeten and vanilla extract for that baked treat flavor. Lastly frozen banana creates the perfect texture, but especially that baked banana flavor.

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I enjoy the oatmeal with cooked nuts as well as topped with fresh nuts (usually walnuts or almonds). Post workout I combine the Banana Nut Oatmeal with a green smoothie with added protein. Please let me know if you try this delightfully healthy breakfast and share with me your favorite breakfast treat!

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Meal Prep | June 23, 2014

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This past Sunday, I filmed my weekly meal prep. This weeks meals include Quiche for breakfast, Mason Jar Salads for lunch, Smoothies for meal 3 and watermelon for snack. Dinners are Spaghetti with red sauce, Mahi with vegetables, Salmon with vegetables, and shrimp stir fry. Prep was simple, and I broke it up into morning and evening.

My dad came over with watermelon and his melon slicer in hand, it was a father’s day gift to him that has turned out to be very very useful for all of us (purchased from Sam’s Club). Last week my sister made me a quiche and I loved it, so this week I made my first quiche using a recipe from Savory Simple. I have been enjoying my Mason Jar Salads since the beginning of the month mainly because the possibilities are endless! I did not need to prep anything for this weeks dinners, and so far, this week is going very smoothly.

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My Go To Breakfast Choices

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I have finally conquered breakfast. After trying many things last year, I keep certain choices that make my stomach happy:

1. Fruit and Yogurt Parfait

I love to combine Plain Greek Yogurt, fruit and flax granola. I buy a tub of Greek Yogurt from Trader Joe’s, it can last 5 days with leftovers, as I only use 1/2 a cup. Then I buy some berries (strawberries, blueberries and/or blackberries), prep them and store them in a container in the fridge. I freakin’ love Whole Foods Flax Granola varieties. I simply get some from the bulk foods section and put it in one of my Mason Jars in the pantry. I add a 1/3 cup of Granola and a 1/3 cup of berries to my Yogurt. I finish it off by adding a sprinkle of Cinnamon and Tupelo Honey for a flavorful sweet touch.

Nutrition: Protein, serving of fruit, oil, gluten free and more
Calories: 238

2. Cereal in Almond Milk

Lately (meaning like the whole month of March) I have turned back to a favorite of mine. Remember last year I discovered Ezekiel Cinnamon Raisin Cereal and I fell in love. Well, I have discovered that all of the Ezekiel cereal varieties are pretty darn great. I use Almond Milk because I really just do not like the taste of Cows MIlk, and then I add a banana for sweetness and more flavor. I just follow the serving size recommended by using a 1/2 c of cereal and 1 cup milk. I do not add any sweeteners because the almond milk and fruit are sweet enough together.

Nutrition: So much nutritiousness here! Protein, oils, fruit, grains, gluten free, etc.
Calories: 355

3. Eggs w/toast and bacon

Another quick and easy favorite is two eggs and toast with two strips of bacon. Sometimes I put the eggs on the toast, other times I put peanut butter on the toast and eat the eggs separately. I really do not add anything here. Its a simple and quick breakfast. Nutritious, tasty and filling.

Nutrition: Protein, brains, oils, etc
Calories: 295

4. Cream of Brown Rice Farina w/fruit and seeds

The last, but certainly not least ideal choice for breakfast is Cream of Wheat/Farina. I use almond milk to cook the cream of wheat and once done I add 1/3 cup of fruit and chia seeds. This little bowl only contains 3 tblsp of COW, 3/4 cup of milk, and 1 tblsp of seeds.

Nutrition: Wheat, Protein, Fruit
Calories: 236

I occasionally have the full southern breakfast as a treat (grits, eggs, bacon, pancakes/waffles), maybe once a month or more. Regardless, these breakfasts are fillings, low in calories, tasty, customizable and very satisfying. I usually drink a cup of lemon water alongside breakfast. All of these meals also make great post workout meals. I prefer to exercise in the morning on an empty stomach and these meals are a great way to start my day of healthy eating.

Product Review: Ezekiel 4:9 Cinnamon Raisin Cereal

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I am not usually a cereal girl mainly because I do not like the taste of cows milk. However, since discovering Almond Milk, I have wanted to try healthy cereals as another quick breakfast option. This is my first healthy cereal and it is so very delicious. It tastes like Raisin Bran without the bad sugars and with tons of additional great nutrients. I use the Original Diamond Almond Milk, so I do not add any sugar to my milk, but I do add 1/2 a banana or any fruit in my arsenal to add that extra touch of sweetness.

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This cereal is made by the Food For Life company, of which I have fallen in love. I have this cereal, the sprouted bread, tortillas, wraps, and pockets all from this company. This cereal contains: Organic Sprouted Whole Grains, Water, Organic Raisins, Organic Barley, Organic Millet, Organic Lentils, Organic Soybeans, Organic Spelt, Sea Salt, and Organic Cinnamon. As you can tell by the ingredients, it is incredibly healthy, and yet it doesn’t have that typical health food taste. YOU KNOW that taste I’m talking about, its food that doesn’t taste great, but its healthy and doesn’t taste bad, really, so you endure. This is not that food, it tastes just like Raisin Bran, but it doesn’t have any added sugars. This cereal is all natural, organic, it has no preservatives, no cholesterol, no artificial flavors or colors, and is completely flourless.

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If you can’t tell, I am surprised by how much I enjoy this cereal. It is in the $5-$6 range, so it is not cheap, but its not expensive, and considering the fact that I do not eat cereal every day, its economical for me. All of that protein in each spoonful makes this an ideal cereal for me, for those that are interested, it also comes in other flavors, including the Original Flavor, Almond, and Golden Flax.

Grocery List: 06/03/13

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I realized that its been awhile since I posted a grocery list, but to be honest, my last set of groceries lasted awhile. This grocery trip was focused on getting more fruits and veggies because I was out of almost all of them. I bought some new items to give a try, and I bought some things to try a new recipe. I should mention that I realized today that I forgot to buy Almond Milk, so I will purchase some today, and I will purchase more fish when I intend to eat it. I am also going to the farmers market today, I think I will film that trip…..maybe.

The List

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Fruits & Vegetables

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Baby Bella Mushrooms

Vine Ripened Tomatoes

Kale

Kiwi

Bananas

Lemons

Fuji Apples

Sweet Potatoes

Asparagus

Strawberries

Yellow Onion

Packaged Foods

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Ezekiel Sprouted Bread

Brown Rice Tortillas

Chobani Greek Yogurt

Lakewood Pure Apple Juice

Ezekiel Prophet’s Pocket Bread

Boneless Skinless Chicken Tenders

New Items to Try

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Earth Fare White Tortilla Chips

Ezekiel Cinnamon Raisin Cereal

Fresh Peanut Butter

Jacks Medium Salsa

Meal Options

Chicken Tacos

Chips & Salsa

Green Smoothies

Cereal

Pitas

Salad

Fruit Desert Delight