Get Healthy With This Macros-Friendly Meal Prep

Hey everyone! I’ve been pretty excited to share this week’s meal prep with you! For the first time in quite a while, I’ve done some major changes to my snacks and I think you are going to love these new recipes!

Enjoy!

Get your week started off right with this healthy meal prep!

For this week’s snacks, I actually decided to switch things up a bit! I’ve been tracking macros for a few months now and hitting my daily protein is hard. Especially if I don’t want to go over on carbs or fat! So I’ve been searching a TON for new snacks and these are a few that I found! (Isn’t Pinterest the best?)

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These No-Crust Pizza Bites are so tasty! I couldn’t get them to “sink” into the muffin tins as much as I would have liked, but I think that might just need some practice. But tasty-wise? They are SO good! Definitely going to be making these ones again.

Another new snack of the week are these Quinoa Omelette Bites. Guys…these are so good. Seriously. Super easy to make, macros-friendly and worked perfectly as my second snack of the day! Plus they are just as good cold too, which works great for me at when I’m at work.

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Now for the last new snack of the week! I’m honestly not surprised at all to love these Cinnamon Vanilla Protein Bites. They aren’t the first ones I’ve tried from Cotter Crunch and they are always delicious! I can’t wait to make them again, especially after I get some vanilla protein powder.

For the salads and the rest of the snacks, things were pretty standard. I decided to switch back to my normal Buffalo Chicken salads for this week, plus Draz’s favorite protein balls and, as always, my grapes with cheese!

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For the main dishes this week, I went with two of our recent favorites and one new one! Draz requested both the Low Carb Sausage and Peppers Mock Lasagna and the Low Carb Deconstructed Pizza Casserole. Yes, he actually asked me to make something! Usually I just decide and he eats whatever I make haha. Both of these are delicious and so easy to put together, so I was happy to make them!

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Our new dish for the week was this Bacon and Cheese Crockpot Quiche. Now, I love pretty much everything breakfast-related, so this was an easy decision! Plus it’s in the slowcooker, which makes it even better! Now, I know the picture doesn’t look the best. This was my first time baking turkey bacon and well….I overdid it a bit, but it still tasted pretty good. Lesson learned for next time – bake for a lot less time!

Other than sightly overdone bacon, this dish turned out wonderful. I will definitely be making this one again! I will say, I will probably split it into 6 servings next time instead of 8. The servings were a little on the small side for us.

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I also made up a bunch of our breakfast burritos and ended up making some extra with the leftover bacon. I don’t think it will be part of our normal ones, but was a nice switch-up!

Tracking macros? Here is the breakdown for this week!

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What are your favorite high protein snacks? I’m still looking for new ones and would love to hear yours, so please leave a comment below!

Sunday Meal Prep 1/15/17

Hey everyone! I don’t know about you, but I think the New Year energy is still keeping me super motivated right now! The great thing about this week’s meal prep? It works perfectly for that! Pretty quick to make, budget friendly and fit pretty well within my macros too!

Enjoy!

Eat healthy all week with this quick and budget-friendly meal prep!

This week’s lunches and snacks were pretty basic! One thing that has been changing lately? The salad dressing I’m using! I am having a lot of fun trying out new ones right now, all from Bolthouse Farms. This week’s is a Carmelized Sweet Onion Yogurt Dressing and is delicious!

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The other thing I’m loving right now? These new 5-Ingredient Banana Bread Muffins! They are so tasty and fit pretty nicely as a treat for my macros, at least sometimes ๐Ÿ™‚ Our other main treat for this week was my favorite Sweet Potato Banana Bites! They taste like a dessert, but are much healthier.

For our main dishes, I picked a household favorite and a new one this week! The household favorite: Thai Peanut Chicken! Draz was very happy about that and so was I. This is still one of our favorite meals and I love how easy it is to prepare too! The only changes I usually make to this recipe:

  • chow mein noodles instead of thin spaghetti
  • I use more cabbage. Usually around 4 cups instead of 2

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For the new dish, I picked this Slow Cooker Paleo Jalapeno Popper Chicken Chili. Now, the recipe calls for a mixture of chicken and ground beef, along with sweet potato. I used all ground turkey and a russet potato. The potato part was fine. For the meat, I have to say that the original recipe probably had it right! This turned out ok, but probably not nearly as tasty as the original recipe would have. Sometimes that happens when you play around with recipes, trying to make them healthier! So for the grocery list this week, I have included the original recipe’s ingredients instead of my substitutions.

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Have you ever tried to substitute ingredients, only to realize that the original was probably better? Ever done it and made the recipe even better? I would love to hear about your experiences, so please leave a comment below!

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 Chicken,ย Chicken 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!

sunday meal prep 12/11/16

Hey everyone! It’s time for this week’s meal prep! I hope you are all enjoying your holiday season. I know how hard it can be to balance all of the things that the holidays entail…extra family gatherings, more cooking, less available time. This is where meal prep can come in to help! In this week’s meal prep, I’m not only prepping food for this week. I also made up a bit extra for the freezer as well, to help when things get really busy.

Enjoy!

Use meal prep to help deal with your busy schedule and eat healthier!

Our snacks and salads were pretty much the regular line-up this week. Grapes with cheddar and my current favorite protein balls were the highlight and our salads turned out great! Not pictured, I also made an extra batch of our breakfast burritos to make sure we have plenty in the freezer….we now have almost a month’s worth!

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For the main dishes this week, I stuck mostly to simple ones I know we enjoy! Some Baked Beef Chimichangas (or in our case turkey), Sesame Noodles with Broccoli and Almonds and a relatively new Slow Cooker Red Pepper Chicken Chili were our repeat recipes for the week. Our new dish: Easy Chicken Fajitas, paired with Cauliflower Rice!

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I have been working hard lately to try to make things a bit healthier in my diet lately, so that inspired a change up for both my chimichangas and the fajitas! I ended up using FlatOuts wraps on a portion of the chimichangas just for me and those are what I used for my fajitas too. It worked out great! They are a bit pricier than most regular tortillas, but they are quite a bit healthier and, in my opinion, worth the cost.

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For the chimichangas, I do make them slightly different: I don’t brush them with butter or anything else. I just bake them for 5 min, sprinkle a little cheese on them and then bake them a couple minutes more. I also use a slightly larger package of ground turkey (1.25 lbs), because that is what is usually available for me. So this recipe makes a bit more for me than it says it will in the original.

This was my second or third attempt at making cauliflower rice and I think it turned out pretty good! I didn’t use a specific recipe this time around. I chopped up some cauliflower, tossed it in the food processor and then stir-fried it in a large skillet, seasoning it with a little bit of fajita seasoning towards the end. Still needs some work, but was a pretty good alternative to regular rice!

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The Sesame Noodles and the Chicken Chili were both delicious and perfect as pretty quick recipes for the meal prep. This chili may be my new favorite overall…healthy and tasty!

You may end up seeing some changes coming up soon on my meal prep posts. Nothing major, but I have been changing things up with my diet and our meal prep will be a bit along with it. As of last week I started tracking macros! A good friend of mine who is also a personal trainer set them for me and I can’t wait to see how this helps me work towards my fitness goals! (You can learn more about herย here!)

I do plan on writing more about that and sharing my progress on here, but for now I’m still learning and figuring things out. So for now, I am going to start including a basic chart with the macro breakdown for each of the foods that I cooked that week! So for this week, here is the macro breakdown:
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Want to follow along with your own meal prep? Get your grocery list for this week’s main dishes here!

Do you track macros along with you meal prep? Or maybe use some other method to eat healthy? I would love to hear about your experiences and thoughts, so please leave a comment below!