I’m typing this on a Monday, but by the time this is posted it most definitely won't be a Monday. That's how I roll. Monday’s are sucky when you have a sore upper back from shoveling. I’m actually pretty frustrated because I took a couple days to rest and nurse my 'injury' instead of going to the gym. Of course there were clean and jerks, burpees, and front squats in workouts this week. Can you tell I'm a bit salty? It' been a tough week limiting how much I go to the gym, but I don't want to tweak my back any more.
I guess I should also admit that I just finished chugging my casein shake. Not going to lie, it’s growing on me. I blend it with 2 tablespoons of nut butter (either peanut butter or TJ's mixed nut butter) in ice cold water and it’s the perfect consistency every time. I've also been making casein 'pudding,' mixing a scoop with ice cold water until it reaches a smooth consistency. I’m a total fan of having this before bed every night. I typically wouldn’t drink casein, but RP strongly recommends it ;).
I wanted to spend some time talking about RP and my experience thus far. I'm almost two weeks in and I'm still sort of skeptical. I think it's because I haven't been working out, so my body just feels super lazy. I don't like scales (food or body scales), counting anything, or portions. I've opted to eyeball out most of my food based on the pictures they use in the templates, but I do use the food scale for certain portions like carbs and fats. Truthfully, I've been eating more nutrients than before. I've also stopped mindlessly snacking, which is something I'm super guilty of doing. I eat more at every meal and eat every 3-5 hours...this week in particular, I didn't have any urge to snack. I also realized that eating before bed is freaking amazing, and I don't know why I had this idea where eating before bed would somehow make me gain weight/bloat/etc. I will be honest, fell through with a 'non-compliant' meal one weekend night. I had lots of chicken and broccoli, boneless spear ribs, chicken teriyaki, and rice (plus maybe a sweet treat). Weirdly enough, I didn't feel guilty for eating those foods because my body was literally begging me for some spear ribs. They tasted so good. I think it's a good step in the right mental direction for not being guilty about eating 'indulgent' foods. You just have to be mindful and know when to put the fork down- which is what I did and put the egg roll back onto the pu-pu platter. Lol.
It appears as though I will stick with the RP templates for the time being. I've still managed to make my mint chocolate chip smoothie on higher carb days, which makes my soul super happy. I've also been adding a tablespoon of Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips into my casein pudding at night for an extra sweet treat. This week I bulk prepped my lunch and dinner. I'm staying away from prepping breakfast for now because I find that egg whites taste much better when they are crispy and fresh out of the fry pan. For next week, I also decided to order Paleo Power Meals and bought my veggies at Trader Joe's. Since I don't really keep track of exact measurements, I'll give you guys a rough estimate on my meal prep recipes for this week! I hope you can get some ideas!
3-4 Egg whites with a handful of spinach, tablespoon of salsa, with warmed tortillas. This doesn't need a recipe. Just throw it in a pan and cook it.
Lunch: Instant Pot Soup
Mirepoix veggies (carrots, onion, celery)
2 large stalks of leeks, chopped
2 large zucchini, chopped
5 cloves fresh garlic
1 carton of lower sodium chicken broth
2 cups water
big dollop of tomato paste
eyeball seasonings: paprika, onion powder, pink salt, cracked black pepper
*Turn instant pot on sauté mode
-Add 2 tbsp olive oil
-Add mirepoix, garlic, and leeks, cook until soft
-Put in the tomato paste and seasonings, sauté for 1 more minute
-Add water and chicken broth, stir, then add zucchini
-Turn on manual setting and adjust time for 12 minutes, switch to seal and let cook.
***To add after soup is done in the Instant Pot:
-1 pound 99% lean ground turkey
-1 tbsp tomato paste
-oregano, crushed red pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, pink salt
-roll into mini meatballs and cook at 375 for 15 minutes, plop into soup when done
*1/2 pound of whole wheat pasta slightly undercooked
Dinner: Instant Pot Shredded Chicken
2 pounds chicken breasts
4 cloves garlic
1 jalapeno, remove seeds
2 tbsp coconut aminos
1/2 cup chicken broth
*Add everything to the Instant Pot, cook on manual setting for 12 minutes, sealed. Once chicken is cool, shred.
I ate this be this chicken with some steamed broccoli and brown rice for dinners this week! It's versatile and light in flavor, but a little spicy from the jalapeno.
Maybe someday I'll start writing down recipes, but for now I shall eyeball everything. I need exact directions & instructions on everything I do in life or else I panic, but I'm the total opposite in the kitchen. Cooking is fun and sometimes you don't need to live by any rules once you start creating and thinking of different food combinations. Until next time friends!