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September 26, 2018by info0

Meal Prep 101

“Failing to prepare is preparing to fail”

Preparation is key

Preparation makes perfection. Regardless of what your goals are, success will only be achieved when you are prepared. Not only does meal prepping help you achieve your fitness goals, it saves you significant amounts of money and time!  

 

Pick your day

Pick your day for shopping as well as for cooking. Prior to your shopping day, make a list of everything you already have on hand you would like to use (proteins, veggies, etc.). Taking inventory of your pantry allows you to stretch your dollars and avoid excess food waste. Bringing a cooler or insulated bag with you allows you to stop at more than one grocery store or market per trip, so you can buy the freshest meats and produce at the best prices.

 

Calculate your macronutrients

To assess what ratio of protein, carbohydrates, and fats your body will need on a daily basis, visit http://www.iifym.com/iifym-calculator/ and enter your information as well as an accurate assessment of your physical activity. This will also help you determine the quantities of protein you will need to purchase.

A macro calculator of this sort will help you determine how many grams of Protein, Carbohydrates, and Fats you will need based on your goal. Take your totals and break them up into a minimum of four meals per day. Ideally, most meals should be broken down between 4 to 6 meals per day. This ensures that your body will metabolize and absorb nutrients properly while keeping insulin stable. 

For example: 

120g Protein divided by 4 = 30g Protein per meal 

165g Carbohydrates divided by 4= 35g Carbs per meal + 25g Carb Snack 

48g Fats divided by 4 = 12g Fat per meal 

For certain workout days (cardio and heavy lifting, or lifting targeting larger muscle groups) carbohydrates must be increased to aid in muscle recovery. For just cardio days, carbohydrate levels should remain at the suggested amount for general lifestyle activity. If you want a closer ballpark, try entering different levels of activity in the above calculator to get daily macros for rest, low activity, and high activity days.

For a precise, custom assessment of your body fat percentage, resting metabolic rate, and v02 output, visit www.thefitlabsd.com today to schedule an appointment.

Storage

Choose containers that are appropriate for your lifestyle. Some people like containers with multiple compartments to separate foods with sauces or dressings. Containers that are too large should be avoided for individual meals, as having a surplus of space on your plate will trick your brain into thinking the amount of food present will not be enough. It is also important to look for containers that are BPA-free as well as microwave and dishwasher safe. If you travel frequently or eat more than one meal at work, investing in a well-insulated lunch box and several ice packs will ensure your hard work does not go to waste!

Get creative!

Think of ways to incorporate the flavors of your favorite foods into your prep. Make your own salt-free seasoning blends as well as dips and sauces that can be pre-portioned into their own containers ahead of time that will last several prep cycles, or order The Meal Prep Co’s salt-free secret recipe rub at www.themealprepco.com

Keep breakfast simple. Limit your items to 3 to 4 ingredients to make breakfast a habit. Egg whites are always a perfect source of a clean protein. If you will be working out within the next 1-2 hour of your breakfast, add a complex carbohydrate to the meal (oatmeal). If you will not be working out, pair your eggs with 2-3 servings of vegetables.

Snacks

Stock up on snack size Ziploc bags or get small Tupperware containers to pre-portion snacks for grab and go convenience. Purchasing large containers of items like yogurt is cost-effective and eliminates overeating when it can be pre-portioned with toppings like seasonal or frozen berries, nuts, and granola. Preparing smoothie ingredients ahead of time makes it effortless to combine fresh or frozen fruit and veggies in individual servings, which can be put in a blender with a scoop of protein, and almond/coconut milk or water.

Make a plan

Plan a specific number of meals to stretch across a certain number of days. This is useful if you are carb cycling so you don’t end up overeating carbs on a rest day.  Plan to use the same side, whether it be your carbs (rice, beans, potatoes, etc.) or your veggies (crispy broccoli, roasted Brussel sprouts, sauteed green beans, etc). For multiple proteins significantly reduces the opportunity for waste.

Execution

Timing is everything: it will take you twice as long as you plan to execute. Start by defrosting your proteins in the refrigerator. Fire up the rice cooker, and then begin cooking your proteins and veggies, since they will require more attention.

The freezer is your friend! Placing meat in a ziplock bag with marinade and freeze until ready to cook. Protein staples such as meatloaf, meatballs, and burger patties can be cooked ahead of time and frozen until ready to use. Making your own chicken stock or bone broths and freezing in ice cube trays will also make any last minute dishes you’d like to whip up a breeze. These are great for the end of the week “kitchen sink” stews or soups- toss any leftovers in a pot and let the flavors meld together- shredded chicken, quinoa, onions, tomatoes, zucchini or seasonal squash, asparagus, and mushrooms make a beautiful cold-weather stew and can be topped with cilantro and avocado.  

Find your tribe

Staying on track is easier when you are accountable to someone other than yourself. Add meal preppers to your social feeds to get ideas. Create a private facebook page and invite friends that would also like to share recipes and success stories. Find workout buddies or hiking partners through meetup groups, or organize them yourself!

Recipes to get started

Inflammation Elimination Smoothie

-¼ cup fresh or frozen raspberries

-A handful of spinach, or kale

-¼ cup of parsley

-½ tsp ginger paste or a few slices of fresh ginger

-Juice from ½ a lemon

-One Persian cucumber (or about ½ a regular cucumber)

-Two stalks of celery

-One pear or apple

-One scoop of protein powder of choice

All of the ingredients in this recipe can be cut up and bagged or placed in a container ahead of time, except the protein powder and almond/coconut milk or water!


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July 25, 2018by Kimmy Newcomb0

Our Services

So if you’re on our website right now, I’m assuming you know a little bit about who we are. Our name, after all, is “The Meal Prep Company”; so I’m guessing you know at least that we do meal prep. And as you can imagine, our meal prep is pretty healthy since that’s the main reason for someone to meal prep; prep healthy meals for your week so you don’t eat fast food every day for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Some people only do meal prep for their breakfasts or lunches and that’s great! Any time you’re making healthy choices you’re one step closer to a healthy lifestyle.

In the next few paragraphs, I’m going to list out the different types of meal prep services we offer; meal prep can be from super simple to extremely detailed and counting macros. The Meal Prep Company does all of the in-between! So Let’s start out with the basics and work our way down!

The Meal Prep Company

We started several years ago as a dream to give people healthy meals that are simple, whole foods made with good ingredients. If you eat our meals then you’ll automatically start shedding some pounds because you’re giving your body what it needs. We evolved into a little more specific of a meal plan program since then. You come in for a consultation where we go over your specific wants and macro plan. If there’s anything you don’t like we’ll take it off the menu for you. We go over what you’re going to be eating throughout the day; when to drink a protein shake if you need it, what to eat for breakfast, how to eat food other than our meals made for you, things like that. Then we’ll make your plan! You can have as many meals per day as you want (min 10 meals per week) and they’ll be dropped off every week to your front door or at a local pickup hub.

On top of our main meal prep program, we offer a lot of other programs that no other meal prep does in San Diego! Let’s run through them real fast so you can get a feel for each of them and maybe find a program that fits you!

~Paleo: a great option for tasty food while living the Paleo lifestyle- also another great way to lose weight.

~Pescitarian (Fish Only): we create meals with different kinds of fish as the protein.

~Low Carb/ No Carb:  Still getting all the delicious food without the added carbs. This is a great option for a quick shred, and extra veggies give you the added boost of fiber to keep you feeling full.

~Carb Cycling: If you want to lose fat ASAP- this will have you shredding that extra weight in no time. If you want to gain muscle while losing fat at the same time, this is your best option! We sit down with you and write out the schedule that matches your lifestyle. Higher calories for the days you do heavy lifting, low calories for the days you are resting. 

~Performance Meals- High Protein, High Carb: for our athletes; NFL players, MLB players, MMA fighters, etc. For better recovery, we add in extra protein and carbs so your body has all the nutrients it needs. 

~Custom Meal Prep: Anything you can think of; diets for medical conditions, diabetes, specific diets to cut weight, do a clean bulk, etc.

~Competitor Meal Prep: for anyone doing bodybuilding, bikini competition, physique competitions, etc. If you have a plan already, shoot us an email and we’ll give you a price quote! 

~Bulk Food: We make bulk protein and carbs! Almost every kind of meat you want we can make it and season it to your specifications! Email us anything you have in mind and we’ll give you a price quote! We’re one of the most reasonably priced bulk food providers, and we’re known for our juicy chicken!

~Organic Protein: All of our meat is hormone free, and we can swap out any of our menu protein for the organic protein- just let us know!

Try us today by booking today https://themealprepco.com/consultation-booking/

Meal Prep To Go

I know you’re probably wondering why I started talking about The Meal Prep Company (MPC) and why you’re on the MPC website, yet I’m talking about Meal Prep To Go?…… Because we’re the same! We started MPC, but we realized there’s a demand for meals ready for pickup. With Meal Prep To Go, you can either go into one of our local retailers and buy meals for that day/week, or you can go online and order which meals you want for that week. They’re delicious, healthy, ready to eat meals that are delivered to your door or local pick up every Sunday.

We’ve got so many different options to choose from! So what are you waiting for?! Let’s get you started on your journey to a healthier lifestyle!


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