I will be honest, this lifestyle does require a little more planning ahead and perhaps a little more effort than pulling out a bowl of cereal and a gallon of milk. But the reward of feeling great, looking great, and not eating a bunch of processed junk is worth it. However, we live busy lives! I am often running late in the morning and lucky to barely make it to work much less make breakfast and lunch. So I plan accordingly to make sure I have options that are quick and easy so I stay on track.
1. 2 hard boiled eggs, 2 microwaveable sausages, and a cup of coffee with heavy cream – You can buy already hard boiled and peeled hard boiled eggs at Trader Joe’s or just make your own on the weekend to last you for the week
2. Make a frittata on Sunday and cut up into individual servings, put in baggies and refrigerate. Just pull out as needed. I will be honest, eggs are not as good when they are not freshly made, but this works if you are always out of time
3. Save some of your steak or hamburger patties from dinner and add to a couple of eggs
4. If you have more time, save some veggies from the night before to add to an omelet along with Italian sausage, yum!
5. Make bacon on Sunday for the week. Just place bacon on a pan and put in oven at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes or until desired degree of doneness. Then refrigerate and pull out to reheat for a minute when you want it. Great for adding to salads for lunches as well.
6. Think outside the box – you don’t always have to have eggs, last night’s dinner leftovers work as well!
I like to always make my lunch the night ahead – I do go out sometimes, but I like being able to control what goes into my food.
1. Taco salad – on Sunday night make a pound of hamburger along with taco seasonings and refrigerate, pack a container with just enough for lunch on Monday. Then make a salad with whatever veggies you like and a little cheese. I also bring along a little container with a guacamole and salsa mix. I keep salad dressings at work (make sure they are low carb) to add to my salads at work. This meat should make you a salad for Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
2. Cook veggies for the next day when you are making dinner, and then cook up a few hamburger patties to take along with them for the week
3. Leftovers, plain and simple – when you are cooking just make more to take for lunches! You can always freeze for the next week or so too, so you dont’ get tired of anything.
4. Cut up veggies on the weekend so you can make a quick and easy big salad the night before work – I also keep canned tuna and pre-cooked chicken on hand to take along to add to it. And your dressings should have natural fats! Just use ones that have natural ingredients not a bunch of junk, or use olive oil with a little vinegar or lemon juice.
5. Make up a stir fry for the week for lunches, just take your favorite meat, add veggies, along with your favorite low sugar sauce and divide into lunch containers