Sometimes being healthy is very difficult, especially when you have a full time job, you want to make time to workout and also do things you really enjoy. For a lot of people, cooking healthy foods at home gets pushed to the back burner and they are forced to eat out majority of the time and make really poor food choices. The problem with that is there is NO WAY you are going to reach your health and fitness goals (or get the abs you want) without spending some quality time in the kitchen prepping the foods you want.
I know that meal prepping sounds horrible, and it kinda is. But if you make cook quality foods, and don't let them sit for to long then food prepping is actually the best thing that will ever happen to you. Most times I make my lunches the night before or I just wake up 15 minutes earlier to make sure I have time to prepare something to eat that day. I do this because I know my goals are more important than that extra 15 minutes of sleep, and I also don't care to spend the extra $10-$15 on lunch or dinner each day.
There are so many reasons that you should cook and prepare your food at home every day. One, you know what you're consuming and how much of it, its WAY healthier, you will save a ton of money, you will learn how to cook new dishes, and you won't get uncomfortably full everyday from restaurant food. Of course, there are so many other reasons out there.
Stuffed peppers are one of my favorite things to make and its super easy. I start by cooking up a package of ground turkey, if I am just making one stuffed pepper I have a lot of turkey burger left over that I use for other healthy meals the rest of the week. All you have to do is cook the turkey burger, and add your favorite spices (my favorites: chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika). While thats cooking, microwave the pepper, it depends on the size of it but I put it in for 45 seconds, then check it and repeat that cycle until its soft. Next, stir fry your favorite vegetables, mix the turkey burger and veggies and add to the pepper and done! Some other things you can add to it: quinoa, beans, cheese or cilantro!
Another one of my favorites is spaghetti squash. Spaghetti squash is such a versatile dish, you can start by cooking the whole squash and enjoying it for many lunches/ dinners through the week. One option is to grill up some chicken and follow my Spaghetti Squash Chicken Parm recipe above. Another option is to add pesto and mix with regular whole wheat pasta, a simple yet delicious meal. Or you can add sauce and the leftover turkey burger you made from the stuffed peppers! Again, you can do SO MUCH with spaghetti squash, also check out my Turkey Meatballs recipe!
There is nothing better than a good sandwich and wraps are easy to make, and easy to eat if you have a busy, on the go job like I do. I make a wrap for lunch almost every day just because I love it so much. My go to for a good wrap is pesto, a bunch of spinach, sliced chicken or turkey breast and avocado, its simple, filling and delicious!
There is no end to what you can put in a salad. One tip I have is to cut up all your vegetables and keep them in the fridge, separate from the spinach/kale/ lettuce that you're going to put them on. I cut up cucumbers, radishes, celery, broccoli and carrots and then add in cherry tomatoes the day I'm making the salad. You can also add sweet potatoes, quinoa, chicken, turkey burger, avocado, nuts, cheese and the list goes on! Top with some homemade dressing or just vinegar!
Enjoy! Comment below with some of your favorite- easy to make lunches/dinners!