The One Meal Prep Tool You Need

I swear I’m constantly looking up new meal prep ideas.

Something that I can make on Meal Prep Monday (or usually Sunday for me) and not have to cook lunch, sometimes dinner for the rest of the week.

I find all these delicious but pretty extensive recipes. Like, more like 4 ingredients.

I’ll pass.

The one meal I always come back to:

Chicken and broccoli.

I have been given plenty of strange looks when I tell people that’s what I eat for lunch EVERY DAY. But my husband has instilled in me something that makes total sense:

Eat for performance, not pleasure.

Though it sounds more for athletes, who wouldn’t want to look like they are as fit as a professional athlete? I’d love to!

Every once in a while, I’ll try a different prep, but this is always the easiest. And somehow I do not get tired of it!


I’ve made some changes over time, such as adding shredded cheese, as well as bacon-flavored ranch (OMG, yum!)

I’ve always tried a few different ways to cook the chicken. Boiled, baked, grilled.

My absolute favorite:

Grilled on my George Foreman.

It’s so funny, because all of my favorite kitchen utensils and equipment have been either birthday or Valentine’s Day gifts from my husband. We don’t do romantic gifts—he knows a new dining set or crock pot gets me excited 😝

It’s so, so simple to cook chicken this way.

Just trim the fat off and throw the chicken pieces on.

I don’t even season the meat.

The grill helps bring out the natural flavor of the chicken itself, so there is no need to add anything!

I can have a week’s worth of chicken cooked in approximately five minutes! That’s my favorite part.

Another aspect about these grills that I love is how easy they are to clean. Once the removable plates are cooled down, remove them and scrub. The gunk leftover is so easy to wash off, even if you are lazy and let it for a day or two 😲

Throw the chicken in a meal prep container along with some frozen broccoli and you’re good to go!


 

I usually have approximately 4 oz. of chicken and 1 serving size of broccoli. Plenty of much-needed protein, plus the many benefits from the broc.

Sometimes I’ll use green beans instead to switch it up, though I don’t add r anch to this mixture, doesn’t taste as great in my opinion.

My George Foreman has helped me stick with my meal plan, which is often the hardest part of losing weight. It can also be used for TONS of other meals! You can make breakfast foods, other lunch recipes, or entire dinner meals with this nifty grill. Grilled cheese, easy peasy!

 

I’ve always recommended it to friends and love hearing from them how awesome it is to cook on. Let me know if you have one and what you like to make with it—or if you’re new to meal prep and you are excited to try out this technique!

My Favorite Mommy (or Anyone!) Workout

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Guys!

If you’re anything like me, you’ve looked for tons of workout programs and plans and fads to join.

And if you’re even more like me, you can never stick with it.

Let me tell you about the one I have been able to stick with.

It is a 15-day challenge, so it short enough to not be too overwhelming.

Best of all, it’s FREE.

Have you ever heard of IdealShape? I hadn’t either until I saw an ad on Facebook. I ignored it for a while, didn’t have any money to spend on extras like that sorta thing. But then I saw their ad for a fitness challenge, with my favorite word: FREE.

And it was geared towards mamas. A dream come true.

So I clicked the ad, gave it a quick lookie and signed up.

Holy sweat stains, Batman.

I was (still am) in love!

Click here to check it out yourselves.

Here’s how it works: Trainer Nicole, the gorgeous, superfit mama in charge, leads these 25 minutes workouts. She has two different modifiers, a pregnant mama and a post-baby mama. I LOVE this because just starting out, I needed a bit of modifying to be able to finish the workout.

Also, I HATE seeing workout videos where EVERYONE is fit and can run 10 miles without breaking a sweat. Seriously, shove it.

Anyway.

There are two blocks (or group of moves) each workout, which you do three times each. These contain both strength and cardio/core moves. There are also a few cardio-only days, which involve walking and sprinting (or high knees, burpees, anything that gets your heart going), as well as two rest days. I love cardio days cause I’ll throw on Dragon Ball or something on Netflix and walk in place for 60-90 seconds and then use my foot stool for toe touches for 30 seconds.

When you sign up, you receive a few free goodies! You get an individual meal plan for pregnant, nursing, and post-baby moms; free live support from Trainer Nicole herself and other Fit Mommy members; and my favorite part, the Facebook group. This group is jam packed full of other ladies who are trying to get fit. Check this daily for inspiration, some gym and mama humor, and tons of advice.

I also highly recommend trying out some of the IdealShape products, which go hand in hand with this challenge and meal plan. I’ve tried TONS of different proteins and meal replacements, and IdealShakes are so great!

Another must-have to use during this program (or any other workout you do, or just life!) is a fitness watch/band. I absolutely love my Garmin Vivofit 2. It tells the time, date, steps, steps until daily goal, calories burnt, distance traveled, and can be paired with a heart rate monitor. All this info is right on the watch, you don’t have to check the app to access your stats. Oh, and the battery lasts ONE YEAR. Yeah. At roughly $10 LESS than a Fitbit Flex, which tells you..one dot, two dot..red dot, blue dot..:P  I’m extremely happy with my Garmin. Get yours here!

I’ve seen great results from this program and can’t wait to see what the next month/six months/year brings! I hope to post an update in the near future with some before/after pics, but let me get rid of some more pudge, first! Give it a try and let me know how it works for you (:

 


 

Hi!

Well I did it! I’ve been thinking about blogging for a while now. I’ve always loved writing, and Lord knows I could vent for decades, so I went for it.

Over the years, I have acquired tidbits of knowledge regarding marriage, mom life, fitness, a little bit of everything. The purpose of this blog is to share some of this knowledge with the world, whilst throwing in a few funny kid stories occasionally.

No, I am not a feminist. Yes, I will probably offend you at some point. I typically keep swearing to a minimum, but f*ck it, my kids aren’t reading this.

Keep an eye out for posts to come, featuring budget-friendly recipes (is there any other option?), mom-friendly fitness tips, and even some ways I pay the bills while being a stay-at-home-mom.

Later!