Hi friends I’m glad you enjoyed my recipe for the Cinnamon-Almond Flax Bars! Please try it out and let me know what you think – I’d love to know what it’s like with a twist, too. I made a pumpkin variation, a chocolate one and vanilla as well by playing around with ingredients.
Hope you all had a fantastic weekend! I got to catch up with a close college pal and am super glad that she’s back in my life. I know she reads my blog, so HI KAIT! We went out for drinks Saturday night. Speaking of beverages, I’m currently sipping my FIRST iced coffee of the season and I’m way too excited! Apparently other people are way too excited to get their iced coffees too, cause driving here was almost a disaster. Seriously, I don’t understand why people drive like anuses when it’s either a) snowing (the obvious,) b) raining or c) super sunny and beautiful out. That leaves overcast days for normalcy on the road I guess. I passed a motorcyclist who decided it’d be a good idea to lift his ass up in the air – I don’t care how badly you have to fart or how nice of a tush you have, no one needs any extra distraction on the roadways these days.
Anyways, after caffeinating myself, I’m heading to my bros with my boyfriend to hang with the fam bam! Hoping to take the wee one to a park to play Before that, I’d like to share with you several tips on meal prep! I work full time and definitely don’t have the time to fix meals or snacks at work, so I set aside a day or two out of the week to bake, grill or put together a few days worth of Tupperware to take. Some things I’ve found super helpful and savvy:
1) Buy in bulk and cook in bulk – save money and reap the benefits of the convenience factor of cooking it ALL at once. For my meat, I’ll either broil fish, chicken or make a meatloaf or patties out of ground bison and wrap them individually for each meal. Same with veggies.
2) Grab some good seasonings to spice up your meal. No one likes bland veggies. Personal faves? Paprika, garlic powder and Old Bay I find that seasonings make all the difference when you can’t cook a meal at home – now I know there’s definitely no comparison to Tupperware and a kitchen table filled with just-fixed, homemade food, but spices help a tad for sure.
3) Invest in good, sturdy Tupperware…and A LOT of it. If you’re like me and need to eat every few hours, Tupperware is going to be your lifesaver. After meal prep, my fridge is stacked high with it and it’s super easy to grab and go. Write your name or initials on it too, cause whatever genius designed it decided to make it all look the exact same. You could be all fancy and buy super cool unique Tupperware, but for the rest of us, a Sharpie will do the trick.
4) Write down your plan for the week and shop accordingly. Keep your meals organized and decide loosely what you’d like to munch on; this makes it easier to dish out each day and always have enough to eat. (Sometimes I even pack a little extra, just in case and especially on workout days.)
5) Always bring extras, as briefly stated above. Bars are a good option because they’re less likely to go bad or melt and they’re super portable in all situations. Personal faves? Quest and KIND bars. I utilize these especially before/after workouts if I’m working out on the go. Scooping protein powder into little baggies is also a lot cheaper and less wasteful than buying single packets…just make sure you re-use the baggies!
6) Use blogs and websites as inspiration for cooking in bulk – you can find MANY recipes for great, portable multi-serve dishes that you can cook up to keep your meals from getting boring! I have a few I can share with ya’ll – like my Tomato Garlic Bison Bake, which I’ll share soon
I’d love to hear your tips and how you meal prep, if you do!
Peace and love!