Let’s start off week one with a BANG! Take some time to prepare…know what you are going to eat…have a plan…and then a back up plan. And remember this isn’t a calorie restrictive challenge…if you feel hungry eat more.
I have been doing basically the same breakfast for the last few years with some minor adjustments and swaps, but this is what it generally looks like…..Eggs, sweet potato, and some meat product. Because I wake up at 4:30am I make all my breakfast ahead of time so I can just grab and go. Yes, even the eggs.
Eggs: keep it simple. Just scrambled egg whites
Sweet Potato: I spiralize the sweet potato and toss it in a fry pan with some water & spices….usually salt, pepper, garlic powder. Then I put a lid on it until they are soft and the water has evaporated.
Meat: Lazy Moe’s Breakfast Chicken Sausage
I use to make a ton of breakfast sausage at the beginning of the challenge, but I won’t have time to do it and it’s still too hot to turn on the oven. Here is the recipe usually do . I usually make enough to last the whole challenge and just freeze them using a combination of ground chicken and ground pork.
But since I won’t have time, I’m going to start with the lazy version. Ready?
Ground Chicken, small container of the mixed italian spices (I think it’s rosemary, Sage & Thyme) and some onion….maybe garlic too. Anywho I just saute it all in the fry pan. Usually I will only use less than ½ the italian mix and save the rest for marinating grilled chicken.
Lunch & Dinner
I don’t really separate out my lunch & dinners, rather I think of the rest of my food prep in terms of Macro’s….that is….Proteins, Carbs, and Fats.
For me…I really focus on Protein first and coordinate the rest of my macros around the protein source.
Grilled Chicken….quick & easy yet extremely versatile.
Remember that leftover Italian Spice mix that I used for the breakfast “sausage” well, the rest of it is going on the chicken. I slice the chicken breast in ½ so the cook more evenly and won’t dry out. Then toss them with a bit of olive oil & the spices…throw them on the grill…and tada! Now I can use this for tons of different things…add it to salad, pair it with veggies, throw it together with spaghetti squash and red sauce, or eat it whenever I need a protein snack.
Like I’ve mentioned…I don’t have a bunch of time this week to prepare….so tossing a pork loin into the crockpot is about as easy as you can get. Plus I found this recipe...Easy Shredded Pork over Mashed Plantains…..and remember how delicious the mashed plantains were from Kettlebell Kitchen….I think it’s time to recreate the deliciousness.
Fresh Fruit so delicious and easy to grab…this varies week to week usually just depends on what is on sale/ what looks good, but I can guarantee there will be grapes in the mix ( I have a grape addiction)
Veggies without pasta, bread, and grains you’ll need to eat lots of veggies to get your carbs. You don’t need to get fancy….frozen veggies will do the trick, just make sure they aren’t covered in that weird cheese sauce.
I don’t “prepare” a lot of fats…mostly I get them from adding things like avocado, nut butters, and cooking with butter/olive oil. But I will say that making your own mayo and then making into other delicious dipping sauces is awesome and can make that “boring” chicken into chicken you can’t stop eating.
Watch this video……Once you have the mayo base you can add any flavor…a simple..super easy one is to add Smoked Paprika.