I had a little different motivation for my #PrepForSuccess this week than the normal need for healthy snacks on the go snacks, quick dinners, and office lunches. I had to prep to be HOME ALL DAY for what I hope to be 2 days max.
Here are my 3 rules for preparing to stay home all day long…. dangerously close to your kitchen with nothing to do.
1. I won’t have in my house anything that I can’t control myself with (ie. granola, chips, bread, ice cream!). Wine would fall in this category but I choose to lose control there…being snowed in with toddlers requires drinking.
2. No bread, pasta, chips, or processed foods allowed while “snowed in”. Only real food allowed. This is mostly because there is usually ZERO activity happening aside from walking to the kitchen and back to the desk/couch/bed or toilet so your calorie need is less than a normal day of activity. The easiest way to manage that calorie need is to cut out the big daddies… the gateway drugs….
3. Water all day long! How often do I get to have access to free, ice-cold water all day long? Not often when I am running around and forget to drink enough. I plan to have a large cup full all day and add lemon, apple cider, cayenne, and/or honey to it warm or cold all day.
On to what I have ready for the week.
The Grocery list:
- Bell Peppers (red, green, yellow)
- Mini Sweet peppers (the bagged ones)
- zucchini squash -2
- Tomatoes -2
- Brussels sprouts
- Kale – pre-washed bag
- Avocado -2
- Rotisserie Chicken
- Sweet Potatoes
- Mild Turkey Sausage
- Dozen eggs
- Goat Cheese
- Mixed greens – pre-washed container
- Spaghetti squash
The Prep Work
- First I put everything that requires washing in the sink and start spraying it all down. And pour a glass of wine:)
- Shaved Vegetables – I took one of the zucchini, 1/2 of each bell pepper, and 1/2 of the sweet potato and used the mandolin to shave slices. I sautéed some of this immediately for dinner with mild turkey sausage and some spaghetti sauce (added garlic, italian seasoning, parm cheese) The rest is contained for another night or topping for salad.
- Diced vegetables – the other zucchini, rest of the bell peppers were cut in chunks to dip into hummus, eat raw, or dice smaller for an omelet or salad.
- Roasting – Before I even started the washing, I turned the oven on 360 and let it pre-heat. This kind of gets me committed to cooking everything because it takes a while to heat up and its seems like such an ordeal to me:). It’s like getting to the gym..you dread it but once you go you are so glad you did. Go ahead and turn it on, once it is hot and ready you will want to keep going! I put the mini bell peppers in a roasting pan and added a little olive oil and salt then popped them in the oven for a good 20-25 minutes while I ate my dinner.
- Roasting #2: I put 1/2 of the brussels sprouts and the rest of the sweet potato in the same pan when these were done and cooked them for another 20-25 minutes. I drizzled olive oil, salt, and some herbs over it and added a clove of garlic.
- Shaved brussels sprouts – I took the other half of the brussels sprouts to the mandolin and made a little slaw. I diced 1/2 a tomato and avocado to add to this and lemon juice on top. I will add slivered almonds to it when I eat it and combine it with a salad or eat alone. You could use greek yogurt if you want to make a slaw, some salt & pepper, dried cranberries, EVOO… whatever you desire!
- Roasting #3: Once the pan came out again, I threw the asparagus in for another 20 minutes with the same dressing.
- Boiled 6 egg and sliced up the tomatoes in a container of their own.
- Shredded the rotisserie chicken for easy access
- Spaghetti squash was left out of my prep work… I got tired and decided that I would use it for lentil and rice recipe friday when I have time to spend cooking again. Until then, the above will get me through the week with great meals any time of day by just adding a couple of things like rice, making a salad, or simply heating it up!
- Fruit – I will make smoothies with bananas, apples, kale, and protein powder. I have blueberries for snacking on something sweet and nuts also.
- Kale/Salad and the rest of the avocado will be used to make easy salads massaging the kale and topping with the roasted or fresh vegetables above. I will make eggs with goat cheese and avocado, enjoy hummus and vegetables, pack fruit and boiled eggs for snacks, and have healthy food at my fingertips all day long!
Here’s to #MakingHealthyHappen with real food ready to grab!
Do you have a great #PrepForSuccess idea, plan, or go to? I would love to have it to share so send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org with pictures too!
Have a great week and stay tuned for my workout at home post coming next!