Meal Prep Like A Boss!

Hey friends! Happy Friday!!

Let’s talk about every health and fitness enthusiast least favorite thing to do….meal prep!! I know, I even dread it sometimes, but now that I’ve been doing it consistently there are some tips and tricks that I have found that work for me and I want to share them with all of you!

 

1. Plan Ahead

Okay now you probably just read that and thought…meal prepping IS planning ahead…so what are you talking about? Just hear me out okay!

Write it out. For me I’m a visual person so in order for me to be successful with meal prepping I need to know what I want to meal prep and for what days. So I write out menus for the week so I know what I need to get at the grocery. This will make your life easier I promise. Some people can go with a list of things they need and come back and just make a menu from that…not ya girl here. I am a planner and a list maker so I need to have it in my mind ahead of time otherwise it’s a one way ticket on the hot mess express! And nobody wants that!

 

2. Prep for a few days at a time

Now some people can prep for an entire week and be set, you do you boo! BUT, ya girl over here is not about that “same meal for five days straight” life, ya girl needs options! So what I usually do is I prep my veggies and fruit for the entire week (those things I can handle the same thing for 5 days). Then I make my lunches and dinners (breakfast is a shake so I don’t prep those!) for the first 3 days of the week on Sunday night and have those ready to go. Then on Wednesday night I will prep for Thursday and Friday. I know it seems like a lot but that’s what works for me so that’s what I do!

 

3. Do it as soon as you get home from the store

I know life is crazy and busy but think about it for a minute. When you get home from the grocery store you have to put it all away…just to get it out again later? Why not just prep it all then?

If you don’t have time to do it all at least try to do the quick stuff (fruits and veggies). Wash them, cut them (if necessary), measure them out and place them in baggies. Pop them in the fridge and you’re ready to go!

 

4. Don’t stress about it!

This is one thing that it took me forever to not do! Sometimes I still stress about it, but hey we’re all human right?? Play around with the process, find what works best for you and your household and stick to it! No one is going to be a pro at meal prepping the first time they do it. It takes time, but I promise once you find your groove it is well worth it!

 

BONUS ADVICE!

Here are some of the things that I normally prep on a weekly basis!

Veggies – carrots and celery. I usually alternate them one day I’ll have carrots and one day I’ll have celery. Usually I pack some peanut butter to dip them in. When they’re good I also add cucumbers into the mix. I love to cut them up and put some pepper on them and maybe a little bit of some type of dressing.

Fruit – apples, oranges, strawberries and blackberries are my go-to fruits!

Protein – chicken is usually my go to. You can cook it so many different ways. I usually prep a bunch of it and then I’ll make chicken salad, BBQ chicken or sometimes I’ll mix it in with other things to make certain dishes (like chicken stir fry). I also use lean ground beef or turkey and of course can make a bunch of different things with it!

Carbs – usually rice, specifically brown rice. Sometimes I’ll bake a sweet potato but not too often. I have to be in the mood for those.

 

Do you meal prep? What are some of your favorite things to prep for the week? Let me know!

 

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A Week of Outfits

Hey friends!!

So today I thought that I would do something a little different and do a week of teacher outfits!

Monday:

The top and bottoms for this outfit are both from Kohl’s. I got them last spring so I’m not so sure that you can still find them.

Boots are from Zulily (if you’ve never shopped zulily you should it’s amazing!)

Tuesday:

Black pants are leather in the front and regular pant material in the back. I believe they are from Target. The sweater is honestly so old I don’t remember where I got it. And the White top was a Christmas gift. I wore this with the black flats which are from Target.

Wednesday:

One of my favorites! A shift dress (with pockets!) Both the dress and boots are from Zulily.

Thursday:

I told y’all this was one of my favorite outfits. I bought it in purple too! Same shift dress just a different color and same black boots!

Friday:

Usually on Fridays I wear jeans and a T-shirt or a nice shirt depending on what we have going on. And of course I have seemed to have lost my Friday OOTD pictures. So my apologies!

What do your outfits look like throughout the week? I would love to know!!

TREAT yourself…don’t CHEAT yourself…

Hello friends!

 

I know it’s been a minute since I’ve posted anything and for that I apologize. Sometimes life just gets crazy and well…life happens but that’s okay! I’m back now and I’m doing my best to stock up on some posts so that this doesn’t happen again! But that’s not what this post is about so let’s get back on track!

 

Raise your hand if you have ever heard of the term “cheat meal“….I’m sure every single one of you reading this raised your hand (or maybe you thought to yourself well yeah of course I’ve heard of a cheat meal). I know the term “cheat meal” is a very popular term and I used to use it all the time….until I met my good friend Danielle (I swear I’ve probably dedicated over half of my fitness related posts to this girl because she’s just got some amazing ideas!). Danielle taught me to stop using the term “cheat meal” and to start using the term “treat meal“. You’re probably thinking to yourself “what’s the difference and why does it matter? Either way I’m eating what I want!” Well let me tell you that I thought the same thing, but now that I’ve been doing this whole fitness thing for a while and actually taking it seriously….I see the difference and I recognize the difference and I’m here to share with you those differences!

Let me just start by asking you this question, when you are having a “cheat meal” are you not making a conscience choice to put that food into your body? The correct answer is yes, yes you are! If you’re making the conscience choice to only do that once a month or once every so many weeks then guess what you’re not cheating on yourself, you’re not cheating on your fitness and nutrition plan, you are deciding that you have been working hard and that your body deserves a TREAT and guess what that is okay!!

After I finished my 6 week shift shop program I am not going to lie I had a treat meal. Did I turn it into a treat week? Nope. Did I have a treat day? Maybe….okay I’m not going to lie to you I’m going to keep it 100% with you…I did have one treat day! But I felt that I had earned that treat day and I had been following the meal plan and the workouts strongly for 6 weeks, I had great results, I felt that my body was ready for a treat. There’s nothing wrong with that but I made sure that I went back to my meal plan after my treat day.

Now you’re probably thinking to yourself “why in the world is someone who is so into health and fitness encouraging me to have a treat meal?” Well according to some studies there is a psychological component to having a treat meal. Without rewards, it can become difficult to keep up with a healthy lifestyle day in and day out. Occasionally allowing yourself that treat meal can help you to get through those tough times in your health and fitness lifestyle. Like I said earlier, it’s better if you allow yourself a treat meal not a treat day. There’s a difference! Allowing yourself a whole treat day can take a toll on your body and all of the hard work you have put in for the week. Just be mindful of what you’re deciding to treat yourself with, how often you are deciding to treat yourself and how much of that treat you are indulging in. You will be a lot happier when it comes to sticking to that healthy eating lifestyle you have committed to!

What’s your favorite treat meal?? Leave it in the comments below!

Xoxo Shelby

 

2 ingredients…1 healthy snack!

Do you have a sweet tooth but you’re trying to eat healthy?? If you do then I know that you’re feeling the struggle, and it is real!

But I may have something up my sleeve (thanks to my friend Danielle!!) that can help with that. Oh and did I mention that it’s super easy too!

Ingredients:

1 banana
Peanut butter

 

Directions:

Honestly you can do this one of two ways….

  1. Peel and slice the banana
  2. Put a little bit of peanut butter on each slice of banana
  3. Place banana slices on a cookie sheet and place them in the freezer, let them sit in the freezer until the banana is frozen.
  4. Take them out of the freezer and enjoy

 

Now if you’re impatient and don’t want to freeze them, you can always just take out that step and just slice the banana and put some peanut butter on it and enjoy! This is seriously one of my favorite snacks and it’s super easy and delicious too. Oh and healthy for you too which is always a plus!

What is your favorite healthy snack?
If you have a sweet tooth, what is your go to? Mine is anything chocolate…but I really like chocolate ice cream! Leave your answers in the comments below!!

Xo’s Shelby

How much water is ENOUGH water???

I’m sure you’ve heard this about 1,000 times but let’s just talk about it some more, shall we??

Water is something that is very important! The cells inside of your body need water to function properly. Those cells contain water and are even surrounded by water and when the body becomes dehydrated the cell membranes become less permeable, hindering the flow of hormones and nutrients into the cell. This also prevents waste products that can potentially cause damage to those cells from flowing out of the cells. When this occurs, your energy is depleted and fatigue can take over your body. That’s not all it does either!

Here’s a list of other things that water can do to help your body:

  • Help with headaches
  • Improve your mood
  • Flush toxins out of the body
  • Improve Digestion
  • Promote weight loss (hey who doesn’t want help with that?!?)
  • Boost your immune system
  • Improve your complexion
  • Prevent hangovers
  • Regulate body temperature

See why water is so important???

 

So how much exactly is enough?? Well take your body weight, divide it by 2 and that will give you the amount of water you should be drinking in ounces. For example if you weigh 150, divide that number by 2 and you get 75; that’s how many ounces of water you need a day. Now, if you are more active then you need to drink a little bit more to compensate for the loss of water during exercise. The recommended amount of water for those who exercise daily, is 100 oz.

Now you’re probably thinking “100 oz is a lot of water!!” and I totally agree with that! But there are ways to make drinking it easier! Here’s a few…

  1. Use a straw: You can drink more at a faster rate if you do! It seems simple but it makes a difference I promise!
  2. Buy a pretty water bottle: Yes…I said to buy a pretty water bottle. When I purchased my Bubba Cup it made it so much easier for me to drink more water! It also helps that It holds about 48 oz. of water! Fill it up twice during the day and I’m just a little shy of that 100 oz. goal!!
  3. Add flavor to your water: I know sometimes water can be…boring! But you can always spice it up with different fruits and stuff like that! Pinterest has a lot of great ideas for flavored water!!
  4. Make it a game: This might sound silly at first but it helps! I make it a game with myself. I tell myself that I have to fill my Bubba Cup up one time and drink it all before lunch (which is around 11:15 sometimes 12:00 depending on the day!). Then I fill it up again and I have to finish it before I leave work. Sometimes it is definitely a lot harder than others, but it makes it easier to get my water in when I know I have a challenge!

 

Do you have a fun way that you make sure you get your water in each day?? If so be sure to share it in the comments below! I would love to hear them!! Happy guzzling!!

Xo’s Shelby

How 1 Shake Changed My Life!

What if I told you that you could wake up every single day and have a chocolate shake for 1 of your meals (or a snack) and that it was healthy!!!

Now you probably think I’m crazy don’t you? But I promise I’m not lying to you!

Shakeology® is the name of this amazing shake! My favorite of course is the chocolate but that’s not the only flavor (just in case chocolate isn’t you’re thing!). Keep reading and I’ll tell you all about it!

You’re probably wondering what this Shakeology® thing is right? (I mean other than an amazingly tasty and healthy shake of course!). I promise that I will get to that but first I feel like there are a few things that I need to tell you about Shakeology®. As I was doing my research on this product (so that I could give you nothing but the facts) I found some “myths” about Shakeology® and the truth behind them! So here they are…

  1. It’s just a protein shake…..no!!! Here’s why: Not all shakes are created equally (people aren’t so why should shakes be?!?). Shakeology® has a ton of awesome superfoods in it. It is a whole food nutrient-dense shake that can replace any meal! The majority of people in the world are more nutrient deficient, not protein deficient!
  2. It’s all about carbs, proteins, and fats….. If you are eating clean, shouldn’t the supplements or shakes that you’re putting into your body be clean too?? I mean think about it. If you’re doing all this hard work why ruin it with a protein shake filled with artificial sweeteners, artificial colors, artificial stimulants, artificial flavors and soy products?? Well if you drink Shakeology® you don’t have to worry about that because it doesn’t have any of that in it!
  3. Shakes are just fillers and extracts…. It is very difficult to use whole, plant-based ingredients and be able to maintain all of the nutritional value. However, Shakeology has an amazing team of scientists whose mission is to maximize the nutrition in every single ingredient that goes into the shake! How awesome is that?!?
  4. Shakeology is expensive….. I’m not gonna lie, it is expensive BUT hear me out on this one! Let’s do a little math (yes I know I hate math too but bear with me!) A healthy meal costs anywhere between $3 and $7 (keep in mind fast food meals are also that much!). Shakeology comes to you in a single bag that has 30 servings in it, and if you divide the price of one bag by 30 you get $4.33 per shake. So technically it comes in on the low end of the average price for meals. On top of that it will provide you with a solid base of whole-food nutrients and replaces your vitamins and probiotics. If you tried to duplicate the quality of the ingredients and nutrients in one serving of this amazing shake…it would be so much more expensive!
  5. It’s only for weight loss….. NOO!!! This is about your health! When you put the right nutrients in your body that it needs then you are going to see certain results. Weight-loss is just a by-product of all the amazing nutrition that you’re putting in your body!

 

Okay now that we’ve gotten that out of the way let me tell you more about this amazing shake that I love so much!

Not only will it transform your health with ease but according to clinical studies and customer reported benefits include (everyone loves statistics right!!!) after 90 days Shakeology® will…

  • help with continuous weight loss (remember because of all of those amazing nutrients that it’s putting into your body!! That’s your bodies way of saying thank you!!)
  • help lower cholesterol
  • help lower blood sugar
  • help to reduce your hunger and cravings
  • noticeable healthier hair skin and nails
  • increased energy and stamina (again those amazing nutrients!!)
  • boosted immune system (nutrients….seeing a pattern yet?!?)
  • improved digestion

 

Just in case I haven’t thrown enough information at you about this amazing shake, let me tell you why it’s different than most shakes…

  • All Natural and Whole Foods
  • It’s a Natural Meal Replacement
  • It’s One Daily Serving of Veggies!
  • Great source of Protein
  • It comes in 6 different flavors and has Vegan options!!

 

Okay enough fun facts about the shake!! Let me share with you which flavor I’ve been drinking and how I like to make my shake!

I chose the Vegan Chocolate flavor for my first round. (I just received my second shipment and this time I changed it to the “Barista” pack which comes with Vegan Chocolate, Vegan Vanilla and Vegan Mocha I believe — so an updated recipe blog will be coming soon!!).

This first recipe has been my go-to recipe since day 1…

  • Water
  • Ice
  • 1 scoop of Vegan Chocolate Shake-O
  • Peanut Butter
  • 1/2 of a banana

 

This second recipe I’ve been doing more recently because one day I ran out of banana’s and this is what I had in the fridge….

  • Water
  • Ice
  • 1 scoop of Vegan Chocolate Shake-O
  • 1 cup of fresh fruit (either strawberries or blackberries)

 

This third one I tried the other day and it was so good….

  • WaterWater
  • Ice
  • 1 Scoop of Vegan Chocolate Shake-O
  • 1/2 of a container of banana flavored Greek Yogurt

 

Honestly the options are endless with these shakes! If you go to Pinterest you can find just about any recipe for any of the 6 flavors which is amazing!!!

This shake has honestly changed my life. I can definitely say that Shakeology® has done all of these things for me and I am so glad that I have it in my life!

Do you drink Shakeology®? If so what flavor and what’s your favorite way to make it?? Leave it in the comments below please!

Xo’s Shelby