How to Choose Good Recipes
How to choose good recipes
There are many different ways to approach your food prepping and planning, and all kinds of healthy food and recipes to try.
Some people like to pack up every single meal for 5-7 days in advance ( organised Batch prepper).
Others (like you, probably if you identify as a Hybrid Eating Type) like to prep a few staples and do some light cooking on a daily basis. ⬅️ This is me!
Others just need healthy shortcuts so they can make it through the week without turning to junk food constantly (Minimals).
Whatever approach you take, having food that’s ready in the morning to simply pack into a couple containers for you and your family gives you more time to sleep, more time to enjoy your coffee and eggs, and more money in your pocket.
PICK YOUR PROTEINS
You’ll want proteins for breakfast, lunches and dinners. If you’re training regularly, consider including a quality protein powder to add to fun recipes like pancakes or muffins, or have in a green smoothie or protein shake. Of course if you know my style by now it’s plant-based eating but not everyone is quite there yet, so I have included some animal proteins in today’s list. Eat organic and fresh where possible.
Some good proteins include: chicken, turkey, fish, lean red meat, tempeh, edamame, black beans, red beans, navy beans, white beans, protein powder, eggs.
Pick Your Carbs
WHEN IT COMES TO CARBS, don’t skip eating them thinking they’re going to “make you fat.”
If you are trying to lose a significant amount of body fat, it’s important to monitor your intake of them and portion them carefully – and be mindful of the glycemic index (or how much they spike your blood sugar).
But it is important to know that to burn fat, your body needs a supply of glucose, the simplest unit of sugar or energy and the product of carbohydrates. When you’re trying to lose a little weight, sometimes not eating enough carbs can be a culprit in weight plateaus.
Some good carbs include: sweet potatoes, Quinoa, oats, amaranth, bread (gluten free or sprouted for me), millet, rice, pumpkin, fruit (frozen fruit for the win here)
PICK YOUR Fats
Have a couple good quality cooking oils on hand, like olive oil and coconut oil. Be sure to pick up some quality fats to include with your proteins and greens.
Some good fats include: avocado, nuts, chia seeds, coconut oil, coconut milk, olive oil, olives.
Pick Your veggies
Whatever you prefer, whether it’s cooking fresh veg each day, so prepping raw and eating plenty of salads. The important thing is to get those daily greens in your body. We need the phytonutrients, vitamins and compounds they contain.
Some good veggies/greens include: kale, swiss chard, spinach, collard greens, dandelion greens, parsley, mint, basil or other fresh herbs, cucumber, celery, sugar snap peas or other crunchy veggies, tomatoes, carrots, mushrooms, onions, garlic, broccoli.
I hope you enjoyed this read, and it made you think a little more about food prepping successfully for the week, choosing recipes you like and contain all the yummy food groups and making life easier by replicating the meal plan.
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