Meal prep: major key! The start of a 12 week journey...

Meal prep: Major Key. (Side not, please follow DJ Khaled on Snap Chat if you're not already.) If you have close to zero time throughout the work week to cook, I have a few tips and ideas for you to make it a lot easier to eat healthy when time gets away from you!  I usually prep a few snacks, proteins and carbs to have throughout the week, but this weekend and last I've been really trying to make it easier on myself through the week and spend a couple hours on Sunday preparing healthy, wholesome foods that I can just grab and go in the morning. 

After I ran my first half in October, I kind of took it easy throughout the holidays and hit a little "slump," if you will, with my health and fitness goals. I never really set very specific goals because I've always had a very "go with the flow" attitude toward my health and fitness. I do what feels good and I eat what tastes good while making sure I'm still eating healthy for the majority of the time. The start of 2016 gave me some different kind of motivation that I've not felt before. I'm holding myself accountable right now and  I'm starting Jamie Eason's LiveFit training program. It's 12 weeks of workouts and clean eating and I'm totally ready for a challenge and to hold myself to it! I did Phase 1 of Jaime's program during my sophomore year of college and it's what fueled my love of weight training and kind of taught me the benefits of lifting - especially for women! 

I swear I have commitment issues when it comes to sticking to a plan! But following through with running 13.1 miles showed me that I CAN, I just need to DO. If anyone has done the LiveFit program before, have you seen results? Any tips? I'm excited to have a more specific plan to follow and also curious to see if it can kick my chocolate addiction even a little bit ;) Of course I'll still relax on the weekends and enjoy indulgences, but I'm going to try my hardest to stick to the plan during the week. 

Yesterday consisted of lots of cooking ahead and I know it's going to make things SO much easier this week! So I wanted to share what I made to give you guys some ideas! 

Turkey & Chicken Muffins

I adapted this recipe from Jamie Eason's - I just used one pound of turkey and one pound of chicken and added some different seasonings. 

Turkey Muffins from Jamie Eason's LiveFit program

I'll eat these for snacks! They're delicious - like little mini meat loafs. 

Sweet Potatoes

I prepared sweet potato portions for the week, about 4-6 ounces each. These will be great to have to bring for my lunch and for dinners! So easy. Just poke some holes in the taters with a fork, wrap in tin foil and bake at 375 for about 45 minutes. 

Sweet potatoes for meal prep!

Brown Rice

I made a batch of brown rice in addition to sweet potatoes to switch up the carbs. Sadly there's no cookies in this holiday cookie tin...

Brown rice for food prep!

Carrot Cake Protein Bars

These came out GREAT!! This is another one of Jamie Eason's recipes and I can't wait to make these again. I can already tell they will be a staple snack before or after workouts. I added some chopped pecans for some crunch. 

Carrot Cake Protein Bars from Jamie Eason's LiveFit program!

Chopped Veggies & Salad Greens:

I didn't snap any pics, but I chopped up some onion, olives, peppers and tomato so that I can easily throw it onto my salads for lunch!

I'll report back at the end of the week to let you know how everything holds up! 

Happy Monday!

XO - Rach

Do you do any meal prep for the week? 

What's your favorite food to make ahead of time?

Have you ever thought of trying out a workout and meal plan?