Tips for Quick To Prepare Meals and Snacks
Lots and lots happening at FitterFaster. Here are just some of the ‘goings on’ :
- Free After Three. Every client at FitterFaster only ever pays for 3 sessions maximum each week. In an effort to improve consistency of training frequency, you can now attend as many sessions as you like in any given week and only pay for 3. And no, I don’t automatically charge you for 3 if you are only able to attend 1 or 2 in a given week. Although I expect a minimum of 3 attendances each week, I do understand that there are times when this is not possible.
- Revamp of Trial Package. Its now 21 days for $21. That’s an assessment before you start, unlimited attendances at Bootcamp, a Cheat Sheet for Nutrition and a free Box Out (or Personal Training session if available) session.
- A new 3 phase training system. Each week we rotate from Phase 1 – Metabolic Conditioning, Phase 2 – Meltdown to Phase 3 – Afterburn. Each week focuses on a particular aspect of fitness improvement. Aerobic and anaerobic capacity, strength endurance, strength and power. While each week also incorporates aspects of the phases preceding and following, there will be a definite focus on one energy system and muscle fibre type through each week. Expect even better gains in fitness, converting to better fatloss and improved body composition. Not to mention, the variety is great mentally and will also stop fitness plateaus in their tracks.
- Revamped Referral Rewards Program. Bring a friend to Bootcamp and automatically receive a $20 voucher. If your friend signs up for any package, including the 21 days for $21, you will automatically receive another $50 voucher.
So you can see that there have been a few changes around here, all in an effort to improve results for my current clients and new ones.
Effective training programs will work to change the shape of your body. You’ll have more energy when you’re fit, you’ll sleep better, clothes will look better on you and you just feel awesome knowing you can ask your body to do whatever you want, and it will be capable. Running with the kids, carrying heavy loads, gardening, playing sport, it all becomes easier or even just plain possible.
Losing body fat also requires that you clean up your nutrition. Following a healthy eating plan is a lot easier when you’re prepared and organised. Here are some ways to help you be prepared to eat healthy food all day every day.
- Start the Sunday Night Ritual: Integrate some time on Sundays to plan and prepare meals. Get your family involved in a fun way to help you prepare the meals for the week. Give everyone (kids and husbands) an appropriate job to help this get done more quickly. My family actually has all our week day evening meals planned 4 weeks ahead. On Sundays I look to the week ahead do 2 things. Firstly, make sure I have everything I need to make each meal. Secondly, what can I prepare ahead? Slow cook recipes, soups and some other dishes can be prepared and reheated on the day you plan to eat them. This saves me heaps and heaps of time during the week when I’m busy running my 5 children to their various sporting and other appointments. It means we eat a totally home made (not prepared, packaged or processed) meal every night of every week.
- Boil a dozen eggs at a time and refrigerate. You don’t have to eat the whole egg; you can break away the whites (protein). Hard-boiled eggs will last at least five days in the fridge, and are a great compact snack. This is so, so handy. Hard boiled eggs can be added to salads, vegetable dishes, mashed or just eaten as they are. Combine with a carb source and some fats, and bingo, meal or snack made in a few minutes.
- Cook lots of chicken breasts at a time. Grill, BBQ, bake or broil with your favorite seasonings. I often poach a few chicken breasts at a time. Simple simmer in stock or water with added herbs, spices or lemon. Don’t over cook and put into a covered container as soon as you get them out so they don’t dry out. Great for slicing over salad, or even having a portion as a snack. Keep 3–4 in the fridge, and individually freeze the rest. Take out a frozen breast the night before.
- Chop up vegetables and store in individual containers. Chop up whatever vegetables you like to eat raw. Keep in a covered container for best storage. You can eat them as is or cook them. Makes meal preparation on a day to day basis so much quicker
- Make a vegetable soup. Make your favorite soup recipes and make enough soup for a week. Store 2–3 servings in the fridge. Put the rest in individual containers and store in the freezer. A couple of our favourites are lamb or chicken soup. I simmer chops, shanks or chicken on the bone in water till the meat is falling of the bone. Cool (for a few hours or overnight) and skim off most of the fat and remove bones. Chop veggies finely, all sorts and in huge amounts. Simmer till vegies are soft and eat. Yummo. Eat some now and take the rest in portions to work for lunch or snacks.
- Cook a huge amount of vegetable stir-fry. Throw a bunch of vegetables into a wok and stir-fry with unlimited herbs and spices of your choice. Store in the fridge in individual containers, so they are ready to grab. Add your pre cooked chicken breast to it. Or eat cold with your hard boiled eggs diced through. This way,a meal or snack is almost ready without having to cook when you get home from work
- Pick 1–3 recipes and cook ahead of time. Using healthy balanced recipes, cook and freeze. Take out the meal in the morning, so it will be defrosted by dinnertime. Add a side of stir-fry or salad. As above, I do this a lot.
- Portion out nuts/seeds. Buy your favorite nuts/seeds in bulk and store in containers in the fridge. Portion out your weekly serving amounts into snack bags. This makes it really handy to grab and go. Always have one of these in your hand bag ready to go. Grab a piece of fruit or some cut up veggies and a hard boiled egg or precooked chicken and a complete meal, ready to go.
- Create a standard grocery list. Create a standard list of the foods you run out of on a weekly basis. Ask your husband and your children to get the items on the list for you. Have the standard list on a printed sheet of paper and just add the extra items you need this week.
- Eat the same lunches and snacks on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and then switch on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Planning to eat the same things on alternate days cuts down on the need to plan, grocery shop and prepare ahead of time. This way, you always know what you are having and can use the leftovers for lunches. Eating the same things can also stop you thinking about food all the time and make urges to eat unhealthy foods a less often occurrence.
I do most of these things most weeks. Its really not that hard to be organsied. So stop making excuses and get to it.
If you have any questions at any time about anything health and fitness related, contact me at any time. My email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org