What is up? Happy Sunday evening. I think today was international make your yard look better day because everyone is out doing yard work.. including my man, Dan, who has spent quite a few hours making our yard look great over the past couple of days. I’m glad he knows what he’s doing, because I surely do not at all. 

But I did manage to spend most of this day outside. After church, we met our friends Lindsey and Colin and Emerson at Earle Street because they have a BOMBBBBBBB Brunch buffet. Did y’all (as in Anderson people) know about this? It’s like all of your Earle Street favorites, all on one big buffet table. Whenever we go to Earle Street, I’m all about that peaches n cream salad, but I always have FOMO because I want all the goat cheese grits, chicken n waffles, and mac n cheese. Well, no menu today, so I had to get the buffet. Dang. Oh well. We went a little overboard probably, but it’s been over a year since I’ve done that. 

And we did walk the 2.5 miles round trip from our house to get there – so at least we weren’t totally worthless. Andddd today I practiced riding my cruiser bike more. I rode it to the gym, and I’ve already PR’d my time – down from 32 minutes to 19 minutes – mostly because I didn’t get lost this time. I still went pretty slow though, so I’m totally going to go sub 15 minutes soon. I’m always trying to make a competition out of everything. And just so y’all know, sub $100 cruisers from WalMart don’t go as fast as road bikes. 

Ok, moving on to the reason you’re here…food. And not for brunch buffets. But instead, good food – the kind that your bod appreciates. 

My body is craving more good food. Not that I ate terrible this past week, but I definitely had a week of very little working out to rest my body, and therefore, I was a little more lenient with what I ate. I’m only telling you this to be upfront and honest. My body always lets me know when I don’t eat as great, so I’m ready to get back to eating better tomorrow. 

I don’t have a recipe today. But here’s the thing…People are always wanting to know how they can lose weight and see more muscle definition in their arms, legs, and stomach. And while the gym is a huge part of making that happen, food is just as important, if not more. But some people don’t want to take the steps to make healthy eating a priority. Prepping your food is one of the most important things you can do to set yourself up for success. I promise, if you can find time at the front end of the week to cook some food, you’ll be thankful later on. Because once the week gets going, who has time for that?

We prep our food so Daniel can take his own lunch to work during the week. As for me, I get home from the gym around 1:30 every day, and I most likely haven’t had food in awhile, so I want to eat everythingggggggggg I can get my hands on. BUT, when I have food ready for me in the fridge, I can make a plate and get food in me asap, so nobody gets hurt. If I eat out during the week, it’s solely to spend time with someone. I never eat out because I don’t have food ready in the house. We also both don’t get home at night until rather late, so having food in the fridge for dinner is great. This also saves us a bunch of dollars – and that adds up big time. 

Most of what we prep is lunch and dinner (mostly lunch). I used to prep my breakfast. but I eventually learned that Daniel was better at that than me, so now he cooks my breakfast most mornings. If I’m coaching at 5 am, he just cooks it the night before. I know, princess life, for real. But he swears he loves it, so I let him have at it. 

I took some pictures of our food this afternoon. It’s so basic and so simple. It did take an hour to cook it all, BUT it’s worth it. There is no right way to prep your food. You just have to figure out what works best for you. For us, we don’t measure anything on the front end. We just separate each food into different tupperware containers. But some people are a little more extreme, and they go ahead and put an entire meal in a tupperware container with labels and everything. I’d rather have options though and eat based on what I’m craving that meal. But I’m always open to suggestions, so if you have any tips, send em my way, por favor. 

And as always, the purpose behind this is to make your life easier – not to make you obsess more about food. Nobody got time for dat. 

 Some of our go to frozen veggies. All the carbs. 

Some of our go to frozen veggies. All the carbs. 

 Food for this week. Ok, so usually we have some ground turkey, ground chicken, and/or ground beef thrown in there as well. But not today because we didn't have any in the fridge, and I didn't go to the store. In the next couple of days, I'll pick up some more meat. Because more meat ----> more gainz.   From top to bottom, we have diced sweet potatoes, spaghetti squash, fresh salsa, mixed peppers, brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauli rice, red potatoes, and shredded grilled chicken. 

Food for this week. Ok, so usually we have some ground turkey, ground chicken, and/or ground beef thrown in there as well. But not today because we didn’t have any in the fridge, and I didn’t go to the store. In the next couple of days, I’ll pick up some more meat. Because more meat —-> more gainz.  From top to bottom, we have diced sweet potatoes, spaghetti squash, fresh salsa, mixed peppers, brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauli rice, red potatoes, and shredded grilled chicken. 

  • For the sweet potatoes, preheat oven to 425 degrees. Peel, dice and throw on baking sheet with coconut oil and sea salt or garlic salt. Bake for approx. 30 minutes.
  • For the spaghetti squash, preheat oven to 425 degrees. Cut squash in half, hot dog style (long ways) put face down on baking sheet with about 1/3 cup of water. Bake for approx 1 hour. 
  • For the salsa, this was left over from having people over last night. People didn’t finish it, so their loss is our gain because we’ll eat off of it all week. Salsa is great on plain food. 
  • Mixed peppers – sauté on a pan. No need to add spices because you can do this later before you eat them. 
  • Brussels sprouts – boil on medium- high for about 20 minutes. 
  • Broccoii – same as brussels sprouts. 
  • For the cauli rice, I cooked 2 frozen Trader Joe’s bags on a pan. When cauli rice was almost done, I scrambled two eggs on the pan, cooking the eggs fully, and then mixing with cauli rice. I then added some cilantro + coconut aminos sauce. 
  • The red potatoes were left over from last night as well, so we’ll eat them at some point. My body feels the same after eating red potatoes as it does after eating sweet potatoes, so I think I’m ok with them. I just try to not eat too many potatoes if I’m not working out hard -( like over the past several weeks).
  • Chopped/shredded chicken – usually Daniel grills this on Sundays, but we grilled it last night for some tacos with friends. Obviously we don’t have a lot of hungry friends because there was a lot left over, so we’ll eat it the next couple of days. 
 When you eat as basic as we do, you need good spices to make your food not taste like paper. And white, plain paper at that. Right now, here are my favorite things to cook with right now. 

When you eat as basic as we do, you need good spices to make your food not taste like paper. And white, plain paper at that. Right now, here are my favorite things to cook with right now. 

Hope this helps! As always, I’m learning as I go, trying to make life easier (for me and you), and just trying to make sure I’m eating good foods to fuel my body and make me feel great.