Have you been able to find that surefire way that keeps you on track with your nutrition each week yet? For me, through trial and error, and a lot of "winging it", I have finally found the absolute best way to keep myself on track with my nutrition. And you may be like, "DUH". I know. I know. My surefire "trick" is meal PLANNING! (not to be confused with meal procrastinating -- ha!) Do you all take a few moments on the weekend to sit down and plan out your next week's meals and grocery list? I'm not exactly on point with this all the time, but I have found that if I have 2-3 dinners planned each week, I'm pretty much golden for having a solid plan in place for the entire week. If I don't have my meals and snacks planned and I get overly hungry or don't pack snacks for on the go, THAT is when things can start spiraling downhill. You know how it is. When you are starving, you just want ANYTHING and EVERYTHING! Those 2-3 dinners I plan for each week are awesome because not only are they used for dinner, they're also used for leftover night, and for lunches later on in the week. And for me, the repetition is good. I LIKE eating the exact same thing on a different day of the week -- to me, that's part of keeping the simplicity, not overthinking things, and not having to spend extra time meal planning and prepping. Honestly, I spend as LITTLE time as possible meal planning and prepping, and that's the way I like it because we just don't HAVE the extra time to complicate things. Our schedule is WAY too busy for that! So, I wanted to share some of my favorite quick and easy go-to meals for lunches and dinners. The cool thing is that my favorites have been super easy to incorporate into my Hammer and Chisel meal plan. I love that I can still eat my favorite things while working towards my goals and still be 100% on point!
First of all, I wanted to share 2 of my staple lunches with you (if I'm not eating leftovers).
My first staple lunch is egg salad, and its so so easy. If you think, BLEH, that's too bland, spice it up to suit your tastes. I really don't need anything fancy and am super happy with super simple. How I make it: 2 hard boiled eggs, 1/2 cup cottage cheese, salt and pepper to taste. Mix well.
Yep, its that simple. You can definitely make it more exciting, but I am personally super happy with this! I sometimes eat it in a pita pocket, or on a slice of bread and usually add a fruit to go along with it.
My second staple lunch is one of my very favorites! Its a black bean and cheese quesadilla. How I make it: 1 Flat Out wrap, 1/2 cup Annies Organic Vegetarian Refried Black Beans (I'm obsessed with these --- so good!), and 1/3 cup cheddar cheese. Warm it up, and you are SET for a yummy lunch (and I usually add a fruit and/or veggie as a side).
As I mentioned, these simple favorites fit right into my Hammer and Chisel meal plan (and by the way, I'm still in love with this program!!!) The cool thing about this meal plan is that its interchangeable with any nutrition plan that incorporates the color coded container system -- the 21 Day Fix, 21 Day Fix Extreme, Cize, Insanity Max 30 -- I love that they're all interchangeable! It fits into my "simplify" philosophy perfectly and allows me to NOT have to think it through too much.
Check out this week's meal plan.
Sound good? Heck ya! Hope you enjoy this simple and delicious dinner from my meal plan this week!
Sweet Potato and Bacon Turkey Burgers
- 1 cup ground, lean turkey
- 1 cup finely shredded sweet potato
- 6 strips turkey bacon
- Salt & Pepper to taste
Precook the turkey bacon and microwave the shredded sweet potato until slightly tender, but not mushy.
Combine the ground turkey, cooked and chopped bacon, sweet potato, and seasonings into six patties.
Cook on the grill, frying pan, or griddle until cooked through. You can also bake these in a muffin tin in the oven at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes, making sure the bottoms do not burn.
To serve, place on a bun and top with your favorite condiments. I suggest a drizzle of maple syrup or a chipotle mayo.
Makes 6 turkey burgers
If you are following Hammer and Chisel, 21 Day Fix, or any program that uses the container system, per patty, serving is 1 Red, 1/4 Yellow
Recipe from rxforhealthyliving.com
I told you that Hammer and Chisel has been added to my list of soul mate workouts. It truly is absolutely amazing, and I LOOK FORWARD to it every day. I am LOVING lifting and lifting heavy. Its unlike anything I've done before. And you know the way to create change? Do something different! Can't wait to see what happens after 60 days! Hammer and Chisel is on sale with Shakeology for this month only. Don't miss out on your opportunity to save and try out an amazing program!