Since starting up with my trainer again last week I’ve been focusing on cleaning up my diet. Blake firmly believes that a grain-free diet is best for fat loss. He wants me eating primarily veggies, meat, and eggs. He’s okay with limited fruit and nuts as well. This is a pretty restrictive diet and usually I’m not all about that but I’m willing to give it a shot at this point and see what happens. If I wasn’t he might not train me. After all, 80% of weight loss happens in the kitchen, right?
To help me eat better I’ve been doing a lot of prep work. One thing that I’ve found works well is prepping bags of veggies. When I come home from the grocery store with lots of veggies I take a while to get them prepped for either cooking or snacking. Storing them this way keeps my work to a minimum on busy or lazy days. Here are some examples:
Stir Fry Bags
These are my favorite because just about any veggies can be used for stir fry. Depending on how many servings I think I’ll make during the week I take a quart or gallon sized ziploc bag and fill it with an assortment of chopped vegetables. This week is peppers, green beans, and onion. Last week’s stir fry bag was broccoli, peppers, and onion.
When you are ready to cook just dump the bag into a hot pan with a little oil and/or soy sauce, add some meat if you want, and you have dinner in 10 minutes or less!
The second way to use the bagged veggies is roasting. This takes longer overall than a stir fry but less hands on time. I like roasted carrots and roasted broccoli but you could do cauliflower, brussel sprouts, or other veggies as well.
When you’re ready to cook preheat the oven to about 400 degrees. Pour a little oil into the bag of veggies, shake to lightly coat, pour on to a baking sheet, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Put them in the oven for between 20-35 minutes (depending on your oven and which veggie) and they are ready! I made the broccoli last night and shook up some minced garlic with it. Delicious!
The last and easiest way to use the bagged veggies I chopped up is to put them in sandwich bags to take for snacks. This way I don’t get caught at work or at home with the munchies and nothing to eat. Pair this with a hardboiled egg and you’ve got protein too.
This method has helped me eat more veggies this week than I have in a long time. It’s definitely worth a little extra time after shopping to make eating healthy easy the whole week!
Tell me, how do you prep your veggies?