Monday, April 22, 2013

Leftovers? Yes Please!

Hello everyone! Since it's the beginning of the week, I thought I would share with you some ideas on how to eat clean and prepare your meals for the week. As an avid runner and health-conscious freak athlete, I always prepare my meals ahead of time in order to avoid:

  • From eating out
  • Eating processed and unhealthy food
  • Save time during the week
  • Save money

Preparing meals ahead of time may seem like a daunting task at first, but once you get the hang of it you will see how easy it is. Besides, your physique and your pockets will thank you later ;). So, where do you begin? First, clean out your refrigerator and get rid of old and moldy food. Once you have done that, make a list of the foods you need. I usually don't have a food list per se because I get the usual stuff:

  • Fresh veggies
  • Fresh fruits
  • Cage-free eggs
  • Organic chicken and fish
  • Nuts
  • Almond milk
  • Beans
  • Quinoa, brown rice, oatmeal, oat bran
  • Etc...
  • TUPPERWARE and MASON JARS (you will need this to store your food!)

After you buy all the food the fun part comes next...

First, clean all the veggies and fruits. Then slice them up and put them away in containers. For example, cut celery stalks into 4" pieces and put them away in a container with water. The small pieces of celery will make a great snack for the week.

After you're done, this is how your refrigerator should look like:

Next up: Cooking for the week. There are plenty of recipes that you can cook ahead of time that will make a great breakfast or lunch. I usually take about two hours to prepare my meals, but I am free to do what I want to do for the rest of the week. I usually make:
  • Quinoa
  • Brown rice
  • Grilled chicken in the oven
  • Grilled fish in the oven
  • Hard-boiled eggs
  • Oven-baked beans
  • Make a salad and store it in a mason jar
After cooking it, I put it away in containers and voila, I have lunch for the rest of the week. (Click here to see what my pre-made meals look like when I go to work).
How to use the leftovers:
  • Mix the quinoa and/or brown rice with grilled veggies
  • Add the chicken and/or fish with veggies and throw it in a wrap
  • Have the hard-boiled eggs as a snack or make an egg salad
  • Toss the beans into a salad or with quinoa
Have a healthy, clean-eating week! ;)
How do you prepare your meals for the week?
Here's a quick update on my knee injury. It's feeling a bit better but I still don't have full mobility on that leg. It's still difficult to bend it and to use the stairs. The throbbing has somewhat stopped.

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  1. I WISH my fridge looked like yours! ;) I love that you use so many glass containers... glass is the way to go! Have you ever tried sprouted quinoa? It's really good and supposedly even easier to digest. Glad your knee is feeling better!

    1. Thank you!! What's sprouted quinoa??

    2. I buy it at my local health food store... it's sprouted and then dried, then you just cook it like usual. I think you can sprout it yourself, though, maybe by soaking it overnight first?

    3. I need to look into that! Thanks =)

  2. Found your blog from SR, and you are such an inspiration!!! Your time at Boston was awesome! However your knee looks terribly painful!!!!! I hope it gets to feeling better soon! I have my second Half this Saturday at the KY Derby Festival!

    1. Hello Kelly and thanks for dropping by!! Good luck at the half. Have fun!

  3. I wish my fridge looked like that. Too many people living in my house to keep it that way, luckily 2 are moving out so it will be easier to manage soon! I would love to get on a system like this, quick easy and healthy! I have all those things in my fridge, just not that neatly! :)

    Glad the knee is starting to get better, fingers crossed for speedy recovery!

    1. Thank you Laura! It's definitely a task at first but all worth it ;)

  4. Great tips on stocking the fridge for the week. I also love leftovers and incorporate it into my next meal(s).
    Your fridge looks so beautiful with all of the different colors from the produce!

  5. Thank you!! How do you prepare your meals?