A bit of Health: Meal prep and more!

As an aspiring nutritionist and food scientist, I thought it might be about time for me to start incorporating some elements of healthy eating on my blog. I have created a “health” section for easy navigation!

I thought i’d share some meal prep tips, favourite healthy recipes and how I try to balance all the sweets I eat with a bit of health!

I think we all know by now that I have the biggest sweet tooth EVER, I LOVE sugar- who doesn’t? But I also “suffer” from acne and mild IBS (TMI, I know), but we’re all friends here. So recently, I’ve been trying really hard to cut down on my sugar and diary intake, which has been INCREDIBLY difficult, some weeks I’m pretty good and other weeks I just can’t hide from the sugary treats. I’ve managed to stay away from most diary but I’ve indulged in a couple slices of pizza once this past month.

Anyway, the whole point of this post is to give anyone who’s trying to eat a bit better some resources and tips that I use, and also to share a bit about my own healthy eating journey!

Meal prep 

I really enjoy being in the kitchen, so for me meal prepping isn’t a big deal, I also find that it saves money and time during the week. I know a lot of people find it quite hard but I think one step at a time will eventually get you there!

Many tips online for meal prep say “start by prepping one meal first”, and this is what I do. On Sunday’s which are my main meal prep day, I prep all my dinners. I make my breakfast either in the morning or the night before. For lunch, I make smaller batches during the week, so I don’t get bored. For example, on Monday I would make a cous cous salad that i’d have for lunch until Wednesday, and then repeat on Thursday!

Here are some photos of my past meal preps!

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Top row: Salmon with bulgur and green beans Bottom row: grilled chicken with stir fried bulgur
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Jerk chicken breast with potatoes or cous cous and green beans
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Chicken and Sweet potato curry with brown rice and green beans

2 years ago I would barely at veggies, like the only veggies I could tolerate were carrots, lettuce and cabbage. But I’ve made major PROGRESS with my veggie intake, I now include courgettes, peppers, green beans, spinach and kale into my meals regularly! I still have loads of work to do, but one step at a time friends!

Salads

We all know salads aren’t very filling, so to make my salads more of a complete meal, I’ve been loving making “loaded salads”. I load my salads with things like cous cous, chickpeas, falafel balls, avocado and chicken.

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For breakfast I usually go for overnight oats, but recently I’ve been trying to diversify my breakfast options. I’ve started having smoothie bowls and granola as well. Overnight oats are something very easy to prep ahead of time, so I really recommend!

Now for the resources! There are a couple of sites and recipes that I love.

For salads I usually go to this site . 

I also rely heavily on Pinterest, for meal ideas as well as Instagram. These Instagram pages are pretty great for meal prep – @denise_sweetpeasandsaffron, @mealpreponfleek, @deliciousfitnessmeals, @mealprepstarteroack.

Some of my favourite recipes:

This chicken stir-fry

This one pan salmon dinner

This recipe for overnight oats

This recipe for chickpea and chicken curry – add sweet potato and you’ll be in heaven!

A lot of the times I wing it while cooking, but I’m working on writing up my favourite recipes to share! Remember that google Is your best friend- utilise it to search for meal ideas!

Thank you for reading and stay tuned for more posts about health!

The Macaron Addict.

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