Meal Prep: July 24-30th & Gym Talk

So I decided to update you guys on my meal prep for the week.  Next month I am going on a strict plant-based diet. I have looked into this for the past two months and I am finally taking the plunge.  I am wanting to shock my body and do a really good detox. So this week was me basically getting my mindset to plant-based foods.  I still have to try a vegan type cheese,  so this week that’s the only big thing that wasn’t plant-based.

Breakfast

 So for breakfast every day this week I had overnight oats. These are really good if you’re in a rush in the morning.  I am always in a rush so I prep three at a time  just so that the oats don’t get too soggy. In the morning I usually add my toppings so that I have a nice crunch. I do however  put the banana in the overnight oats the night before as well. The total calories for my overnight oats are 220. Depending on what you add determines your calories.

Ingredients: 1/2 cup of rolled oats, 1/2 of a banana, 1/2-1 cup of unsweetened almond milk, 1 tbsp of unsweetened coconut, 1 tbsp of granola, 3/4 cup of blueberries, 1 tbsp of chia seeds.

Directions: I get my three bowls and add the oats first and then 1/2 – 1 cup of the almond milk. I say 1/2- 1 cup depending on how I want the consistency of it. I then add the chia seeds and mix it all up. Then I add 1/2 of a banana. I let them sit in the fridge for at least 6 hours. I wake up the next morning and add the coconut, granola, and blueberries. Sometimes I add a splash more of the almond milk as well.

 

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Lunch

 For lunch this week I had quesadillas with black beans and corn. These were surprisingly really good. The total calories was 330.

 Ingredients: 15oz of black beans(can be made or store-bought), If bought make sure you get the ones with no salt added or preservatives and make sure to rinse and drain them even if they’re in a can, 2 tsp of Mrs. Dash Taco Seasoning, 1/2 cup of fresh chopped cilantro, 1 cup of shredded cheese of choice, A pack of low carb/high fiber wraps

Directions: In a bowl mix together beans, corn, taco seasoning and cilantro. Pre heat a large skillet and place one tortilla on skillet. Scoop half a cup of filing on tortilla with 1/4 cup of cheese and close the tortilla in half like a taco. When the bottom starts to brown flip over and press down till brown. I do the same thing with another tortilla. So in the meal prep containers they will have a total of 4 because you’re using 2 tortillas per meal prep. After they cool down I cut them in half. Since I am making them for the week after they are cut, I put them on a pan with parchment paper and freeze them for one hour and then transfer them to my meal prep containers. When you’re ready to eat them you can let them thaw out a little and then heat them up in the microwave for 30-60 seconds.

 

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Dinner

Lastly, for dinner I had a Quinoa Enchilada Casserole. I am always afraid of trying new things and not liking it because that is a waste of money. I surprisingly love this! It taste so good and since I love it so much this will be my dinner on and off for August (without the cheese -I’m substituting it with vegan cheese)

Ingredients: 1 cup of quinoa, 1 (10) oz can of mild enchilada sauce, 1 (4.5) oz can of chopped/drained green chiles, 1 cup of corn, 1 cup of black beans, (make sure you get the ones with no salt added or preservatives and make sure to rinse and drain them) 2 tbsp of chopped cilantro, 1 tsp of chili powder. 1tsp of cumin, 3/4 cup of shredded cheddar cheese, 3/4 cup of shredded mozzarella, 1 Roma tomato diced, and salt/pepper so people can add taste if they want it.

Directions: Pre heat oven to 375 and lightly oil. In a large bowl combine all of your ingredients and stir. Spread the mixture on the greased dish and top it off with remaining cheese. Stick it in the oven for around 15-20 minutes. When it has cooled off I cut them into an evenly 6 squares and put them in a meal prep container. This meal has 286 calories. I add one corn street taco, this are extremely small. The calories from this brand was 20 calories.

 

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Overall

Meal prepping has saved me so much money, it makes it easier for me not to cheat, and it makes me happy. Sounds weird but I love knowing how many calories are going into my body. So for this past month I am down twelve pounds. I told myself I wasn’t going to be weighing myself a lot and if I was going to do it, it had to be at the end of the month. I have a goal of losing ten or more pounds per month and I reached that so I’m happy with that. I can’t lie to myself, I was a little disappointed in that because I have been working my ass off. However, I’m not going to let that get me down. I know I had that goal of losing ten pounds per month but in my head I wanted it to be more. I think that it’s good right now for me to be slowly losing it. So it can stay off in the long run. I can definitely feel it. I am not having my normal mood swings. I used to get mad for no reason and now I can say I haven’t been. It feels good not to. I would put myself in this funk and stay sad and that has gone away. I am lifting weights as much as I’m doing cardio so I feel that plays somewhat into my weight loss journey. I was at the gym this week and there was this lady who pulled me aside and told me that she has seen me in here a lot and that if someone hasn’t told me she would and she said, “I’m proud of you.” She also shared that she wish she would’ve lifted weights instead of just fully doing cardio because now it’s hard for her to obtain muscle. So thank you to the lady who notices me in the gym. This week was my first time going twice a day and getting up at 5:30am is no joke! I had someone tell me that fasted cardio burns more fat so I was all for that. I have been switching up my cardio and I run a mile first and then I do intervals. I set my treadmill at an incline on 10 and sprint for 40 seconds and rest for 10 seconds. I do that 10 times. It sounds easy but I have threw up twice this week from doing that. I love running now but this running is a different kind. My heart isn’t used to it yet but it will get there. My heart rate definitely stays up doing that.  I also started doing more arm workouts and I felt the burn! At the end of the day I am completely wiped out. As soon as I shower and my head hits the pillow I am knocked out. Until 5am and it starts all over again. I had someone ask me this week was I doing this because of a break up and the answer to that is NO! I am doing this for myself. I have no one motivating me to do this but me! The break up just made me depressed and I picked myself up and took that depression out at the gym and the gym really has been just that.

So next month, I am going on a plant-based diet. I know I mentioned it at the beginning but this is a huge step for me. I want to go plant based to just have this as a detox. If I really like it then I am going to keep it going. This week my meal preps were made with that in mind. I wanted to try some new stuff that didn’t revolve around meat and I did it. I’ve found a ton of new recipes that I am going to use for next month. So for this week my meal prep cost me roughly $35.00! That’s breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I was like wtf when that’s what my total was at check out. The only thing I would have to say is don’t buy a lot! I buy for the week not for the month. I feel like I want to try new things so I won’t get bored and end up cheating. This week my parents invited me out to eat and I had to decline. I always cave in but I did it for myself. I have nice meal preps waiting for me and just because they go out to eat doesn’t mean I have to.

Okay, enough of that. Thanks for catching up!

Until next time

lots of love,

-esswest

 

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