Meal Prep Is The New Way Of Life

Well I have to say that I am on a mission and that is to be lean. How lean? Lean enough to where I can get rid of those crazy love handles.  I have come to the conclusion that I may never have six pack abs and I am ok with that. What I want is to be healthy by any means I see fit.

I never thought that this blog would be mainly a fitness blog. When I started to blog a  few years ago, I never thought that a few years later I would be writing about fitness and living a healthy lifestyle. I just find it amazing how life’s twist and turns lead to a better you. On that twisted road I found how to meal prep.

When I was approached with the idea of making my entire meals for the week in one day, I thought it was crazy. I mean how are you suppose to do that? Is it expensive? How much time was it going to take? Will the food spoil? These were just a few of the many questions that were going through my head.

Like anything I do in my life, I researched the hell out of it. What kind of meals to make, the best meals to make, the easiest meals to make were all burning questions that I needed answered. I found this great little website call Youtube, where people like me were making videos on how to meal prep. After hours of watching these people cook I decided to give it a try.

#1 I had to decide what meals I was going to make.
I decided go with this meal below as my alternate meal. I have another one listed below. 

For breakfast, I got a great egg white muffin recipe from one of my crossfit friends. Here is a recipe that is almost just like it.

I love to snack and I love something sweet after good healthy dinner. It takes everything I have not to go on a massive Oreo bendeR, SO I found a recipe for some amazing protein energy bites that are out of this world. Click here to get that.

#2 Grocery Shopping

I am cheap when it comes to buying groceries  I mean look at the name of this blog. It’s called The Thrifty Running Dad for a reason!  I have had a lot of people tell me that eating healthy is expensive, which is why so many people don’t do it. Are they right? NO! 

Healthy food is way easier to get then the other kind. The trick is to know where to look. I am a huge fan of Harris Teeter. My local Harris Teeter knows me by name when I walk in with my blue coupon binder on my shoulder. They know that this guy means business and he is about to rob them blind. Even my fellow ear crossfit peeps know I will skip a WOD if that mean saving big. It’s a skill and a rush at the same time. Couponing is better then sex. True story. Anyways, I recently discovered a new store to save big on some expensive items and that is Aldi. Where has this store been all my life? Surfing my most recent trip I manage to walk out with a buggie full of stuff and I only spent $40. Here are some things I found:

1. Ground turkey -$3.29 a pack ($5.99 at Harris Teeter)

2. Chia seeds- $3.99 a pack

3. Flaxseed- $2.49

4. Almond butter- $4.99

5. Coconut oil- $4.99

If you ever shopped anywhere else but Aldi you know these are the most expensive health foods out there. 

So all and all I managed to score two weeks of meal prep food for $100, which is exactly what my budget for food every two weeks! 

#3 Get the right equipment  

It’s hard to meal prep when you don’t have everything you need. For example, containers to put the food in ūüėä. So I found these great containers on Amazon for around $10. You get seven complete with a lid and they are on Prime so you get the two shipping. Well worth the price. Check them out here.

Now I was ready to start cooking. This past week made turkey burgers, brown rice and broccoli. Here is how it went. 

TURKEY BURGERS

2 packs of ground turkey

1 cup of diced jalape√Īos (Save time and buy the jar)

4 tablespoons of minced garlic

Salt and pepper to taste. 

I measure my patties with a 1/3 measuring cup and then I push down to make a 90 gram patty. When I did this I got 12 patties out of the two packs of ground turkey. Melt 2 tablespoons of coconut oil in a pan on medium heat. Once hot place your burgers on the pan and cook each side for about 3:30 minutes. This recipe was given to me by my two good friends Kristy and Brian Helms. Best burgers you will ever have! 

BROWN RICE

2 cups of brown rice

3 1/2 cup of water

1 tablespoon of coconut oil

Put rice in the pot along with the water and coconut oil and cover and bring to a boil. Once at a boil, stir the rice and cover and let it cook until all the water has been cooked out. I usually add an additional 3 to 4 cups cause I like my rice extra soft. I usually measure about 100 grams of rice per meal which is a little under 1 cup. 

BROCCOLI 

2 or 3 broccoli crowns

Cut the florets off the crowns and throw them in a pot of water. Cover and cook until the broccoli is tender. Drain water and place back in pot. Add a tablespoon of coconut oil and let it melt. Once melted toss broccoli around. 



There you have it. Meal prep is easy. After prepping my breakfast and lunches and snacks. I can say that it only took me about two hours to complete it. Well worth it to not have to fiddle around in the mornings to find something to eat. 

Let me know if you try any of the recipes and how they turned out for. I love hearing feedback from others and if you have any tips for me please leave the, in the comments section below. 

Here Is To Hope In 2016

  
So now that the tree has been dragged to the curb, the lights are rolled up, and the ornaments are boxed up, it’s time for that annual New Years post…

2015 has not been an easy year for my little family. We have struggled to make ends meet more then people will ever know. Once thing I am hopeful for us to get a little more financially secure as a family. Saving money has always been a struggle for my wife and I. My plan is to cut back on expenses and put a little back each week and slowly pay off our debt. To also plan for big events like Christmas and to coupon like a beast. 

This year I want to get lean. I want to work on building muscle and getting that lean body I have struggled to get my whole life. I am turning 30 soon so it’s time to get lean and get big. My diet will have to change a lot but I will get there. 

I want to run more races. 2015 I ran both a half and full marathon which were huge accomplishments but it did nothing but make we want more “bling” for my wall. The more metals the better. I at least want to run six races this year and I want to also keep a steady running routine. 

I want to get more organized this year. Throw away useless stuff that I don’t need a make more room for useful items. 

I want to get more closer to my wife. This past year we did a lot of our own things. I was running marathons and she was growing our second child. There was a lot of distance between us. Date night stop happening and the “awe” effect of our marriage was gone. We were going through the motions. I don’t want that. I want a more steady date night with my wife. I want to experience the best things about our relationship and I am willing to work for it. She is an amazing woman but I want to make our relationship better. She deserves that. 

I want to blog more. In 2015, I stopped blogging as much. I want to document more for my readers so this year I am going to write more and post frequently. I want to build my readership up like it use to be and post more recipes and funny stories as they happen. 2016 is going to be a great year for this blog. I just know it. 

Well, there you have it. What I want out of 2016. I am so happy to have you along for the ride. Stay tuned.