#MealPrep by Emily Drew Mash

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#MealPrep by Emily Drew Mash

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#mealprep is all the rage. And for good reason. If you follow any kind of eating plan: macros, bodybuilding diet, gluten free, low carb, etc., without some sort of meal prep you will inevitably fall victim to your starving belly telling you to just eat the cake. Having food READY day to day will, without a doubt, improve your success. I personally love to scroll through IG and see all the posts with 28 Tupperware bowls filled with chicken breast and broccoli. I appreciate the dedication, but I prefer to have a few options on hand and decide (within my eating plan, of course) what I want to eat at each meal.
My meal prep is a little unconventional. I cook several different things and then throw them together as needed. I like to keep it super easy so it’s not overwhelming.

Here is a list of 5 staples to always have on hand and prepped to get you through, without using 28 tubs of Tupperware…

1. Eggs: whether you eat the yolk or not, eggs are invaluable. They cook in minutes and are a great source of protein and fat. I mainly eat whites, so I feed the extra yolks to my dogs. I much prefer real eggs to carton egg whites.

2. Lean ground turkey: pan browned, drained, and seasoned. Throw some in the aforementioned eggs for any meal or snack, mix in some ketchup and Worcestershire for a “sloppy joe,” throw it on top of a salad, mix with salsa, or marinara sauce…

3. Protein bars: Personally I don’t like eggs until about 10am, something about them first thing in the morning… So, for my first meal I bake up a few batches of protein bars. {I will post my favorite recipes in the next blog post}. Just trust me on this: homemade protein bars are the way to go. They are much more affordable than store bought, and you can manipulate the recipe to fit your eating plan. And seriously, who doesn’t want to start the day with coffee cake for breakfast?

4. Prepped veggies: buy a bunch of vegetables that you like. Wash, peel, slice, and dice them. Have them ready to eat or cook. I can’t tell you how many well intended vegetables have been thrown to the compost pile because I didn’t prep them. Green peppers are one of my favorites. They are so versatile. You can sauté them with your eggs, eat them with your turkey, snack on them, throw them in a salad…

5. Sweet potatoes: Bake them at 400 for two hours. Yes, two hours. They are like candy. I bake about two cookie pans full at a time, about 12 potatoes. Then, keep out as many as you need for 2-3 days and freeze the rest. When you need more, just take them out of the freezer and microwave for up to 5 minutes, depending on the size. One of my favorite {so easy} recipes is sweet potato mash: baked sweet potatoes and coconut milk (the kind in the carton, not the can, unless your eating plan allows).

Meal prepping does not have to be overwhelming. In fact, if you’re like me and you enjoy cooking, meal prepping can be something to look forward to. Buy the items above and prep them as soon as they come out of the grocery bag. Having them on hand and prepped in your refrigerator will improve your success. Just do it.
{happy eating}

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