Meal Prep for my Macros – Higher Protein and Fat and Cutting the Carbs!

Hey everyone! I am SO excited to bring you this week’s meal prep! So I always tell you that meal prep should work for you. Well, this week I’m showing you the changes that I am making to my meal prep to make it work for me!

You might know that I’ve been using the If It Fits Your Macros method (IIFYM) method for the past few months to try to help my eating stay on track. While I have been loving it, it hasn’t quite been working for me as well as I had hoped. Basically? I was hungry A LOT of the time! I was feeling pretty good when I woke up and I did feel leaner, but I would get hungry between most snacks and meals. And not a little hungry either….REALLY hungry. I tried changing up snacks and meals, but nothing was really helping.

Around this same time, I had come to the realization that I needed some help if I want to get to my fitness goals. So I started looking for a personal trainer (more on that coming soon!) I checked out a lot of wonderful ladies, most of whom you have met here through my Finding Fitness series! When I ended up deciding on Jen from Burpees 4 Breakfast, I knew that I wanted to chat with her about nutrition too.

Jen helped so much and after some conversation, reworked my macros to give me something different to try! She cut down on my carbs and increased my protein and fat intake and I gotta say I’m loving it so far! It’s too soon to see if it will make much of a difference on my fitness progress, but I definitely feel more satiated than I have in quite a while.

So for now at least, my meal preps will be changing to reflect this! I loved this week’s meal prep so much and I really think you will too. Enjoy!

Satisfy your hunger with this high protein, high fat healthy meal prep!

Ok, to get started, snacks. You might notice that I didn’t take my usual photo of my snacks and salads. Well, I’m not going to be making the salads for a while! I still LOVE jar salads as a method of prepping salad for your lunch, but I was having a hard time hitting my protein goals with the salads. Plus, honestly, I’ve been eating salads for lunch almost every day for over 2 years. I think it is time for a break!

As for the snacks, well….I forgot to take my usual photo! So here is a collage shot of all of my different snacks throughout the week! I think my favorite is probably still my grapes, chicken and cheese.

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Now for our main dishes! I made 3 overall this week, 2 for Draz and I to have and one that was specifically for me to have for my work lunches. Overall, everything turned out wonderful! For the both of us: Slow Cooker Italian Red Pepper Chicken and Healthy Kung Pao Chicken. For Draz’s servings, I paired it with jasmine rice. Mine I served over steamed cauliflower rice! Both of these dishes turned out wonderful, though I think my favorite for the week was the Kung Pao Chicken. The one change I would make for next time – doubling the sauce for the Kung Pao Chicken! I love things to be a little more saucy and there wasn’t nearly enough with a large serving of cauliflower rice 🙂

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For my lunch dish, a new recipe this week – One Pan Roasted Chicken and Vegetables. Funny thing…I actually originally intended to make this with green beans, a bit of bell pepper and sweet potato for the veggies. Only to get started with the cooking and realize that I was out of sweet potatoes! So instead, I ended up with more bell pepper and some onion. It was very good nonetheless, but next time I would definitely love to add sweet potatoes to the mix!

Here is the macros breakdown for this week’s main dishes!

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Do you follow a particular practice for your food, like IIFYM? Have you had to make changes to your meal prep to make it work better for you? I would love to hear your thoughts, so please leave a comment below!

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sunday meal prep 12/18/16

Can you believe it’s almost Christmas?!? I can’t! With 2 weeks left in the year I’m sure many of us are thinking about 2017 and what we hope to achieve. For many of us there are some health and wellness goals in there somewhere…I know I have some! (More on that in an upcoming post!) And one of the practices that I believe has made the biggest difference to my health is meal prep! I know that with my busy schedule eating healthy wouldn’t happen nearly as much if I had to prepare it daily. And I’m sure you have your own busy schedules to contend with! So as this year comes to a close, don’t forget to either start or keep up with this healthy practice! It will make your week so much easier, just like it has mine!

This week I kept things pretty simple with our meal prep: A few of our favorite dishes and a LOT of healthy snack options! Enjoy!

With meal prep you can eat healthy all week and still have time for the things you love! And now you can download this grocery list to make things even easier! Tracking macros? You can now see the macros for everything in this week's meal prep!

Both Draz and I were running low on our favorite protein balls, so this week I made both! I have been having a couple a day right now and loving it! I usually have them right after I get home, before I head to the gym. They give me that little boost before my workout, plus I hate training when I’m hungry!

Mason jar salads help us to have a healthy lunch and having healthy snacks on hand helps keep our eating on track!

Along with those, I made up some of our favorite treats: Peanut Butter Banana Oat Muffins and Sweet Potato Banana Bites! Now, since I started doing If It Fits Your Macros, I’ve had to take a hard look at the foods I’m eating, especially the more “treat” type ones. Thankfully having 2-3 Sweet Potato Banana Bites usually falls well within my macros! The muffins are a bit harder to have and still fit in, but I did end up having one 🙂

Mason jar salads for lunch and healthy snacks on hand!

I did make one small change to our salads this week…a new dressing! I realize this might not sound like much of a change, but trust me, it was! When I was grabbing our regular Classic Ranch dressing off the shelf, I happened to see this Creamy Garlic one! Not only is it a bit lower in calories, it is super tasty! I’m sure we will still use the ranch one regularly, but this one will definitely be used again!

For our main dishes, I stuck with a few favorites: Slow Cooker Mongolian ChickenChicken Fajita Pasta and Spanish Chicken. Everything turned out delicious! In an effort to lower the carbs, I made some more cauliflower rice too. I learned a couple things this time around! One being that I really should put it in the food processor in small batches or it gets overly processed!

Mongolian Chicken, Spanish Chicken and Chicken Fajita Pasta to help us eat tasty, healthy food all week long!

For the Mongolian Chicken, I added in some raw broccoli in the last 30 minutes of cooking in the slow cooker, at the same time that you add in the rest of the sauce. It worked great! I did also make one change to the Chicken Fajita Pasta too: I used a chickpea pasta by Pasta Lensi. I think it turned out really well, though I might try it with the lentil pasta next time and see how that turns out.

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Spanish Chicken
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Servings Prep Time
5 people 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
15 minutes 35-40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
5 people 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
15 minutes 35-40 minutes
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Spanish Chicken
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
5 people 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
15 minutes 35-40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
5 people 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
15 minutes 35-40 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet, brown chicken in oil for 2-3 min on each side. Remove and keep warm. In the same skillet, saute the onion, green bell pepper, and garlic until tender. Stir in tomatoes, water, rice, chicken base, and seasonings. Bring to a boil.
  2. Pour into a greased 11x7 in baking dish; top with chicken. Cover and bake at 350 for 35-40 min. Uncover; pour salsa over chicken and sprinkle with cheese. Bake 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.
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Mongolian Chicken, Spanish Chicken and Chicken Fajita Pasta to help us eat tasty, healthy food all week long!

This week’s macros breakdown (according to MyFitnessPal):

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I think this week’s food turned out wonderful. What did you make for your meal prep this week? I would love to hear your thoughts, so please leave a comment below!

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