One of the most important factors for achieving a long-term fitness goal is consistency. In order to see real results, you have to stick to a plan and follow it day in and day out, week after week, until hopefully it becomes a lifestyle. However, I’m not just talking about exercise and working out at the gym, that’s just half the battle. The other is nutrition! Fueling your body throughout the day with lean meats, vegetables, fruits, water and so forth is important, too. Doesn’t seem too hard, right? But what about those moments in our busy lives that completely derails the chance to get a good meal in or even worse, no food whatsoever. Without a chance to consume the macronutrients that your body craves, you’ll have less energy to workout, resulting in fewer calories burned, leaving you one step further away from the goal at hand. The best way to keep this from happening is to be prepared. Being prepared for the week ahead is an extremely effective way to eliminate bad food choices, and it’s totally easy to do! Here are 5 meal ideas to keep your diet on track all day!1. Meal prep on Sundays. Make extra portions, even double or triple the amount, and store the rest in Tupperware. Cut up fruits and veggies and have them ready in bags for a quick snack. I have found this to be a useful strategy. Making sure you always have healthy food options accessible in the fridge will help decrease the chance of eating a box of Pringles for dinner on a night you don’t want to cook, or even worse, telling your trainer the next day you ate a box of Pringles for dinner.
2. Stash healthy snacks at your desk and in your car. Keeping healthy snacks on hand at all times will help prevent time gaps between meals, giving you more energy throughout the day, and also prevent you from grabbing a candy bar from the vending machine. Some healthy snack ideas include almonds, rise bars/kind bars, clementines, bananas, and granola.3. Set a timer for every 3-4 hours to remind you to eat. Most of us lead busy lives, finishing one task then moving on right to the next. Often times we forget to eat completely, leaving us with limited energy and dragging by the end of the day. If this sounds all too familiar, set an alarm to remind you to grab a bite to eat and refuel. This will raise your metabolism and give you more energy.
4. Carry a refillable water bottle. Just like forgetting to eat consistently throughout the day, the same can be said about water. Keep a refillable water bottle on hand at all times so you remember to drink water anywhere you go, whether it be at the office, in the car, or at the gym.
5. Protein shakes. Protein shakes are a great meal replacement when you’re on the go and don’t have time to eat a well-balanced meal. Try this delicious recipe: Almond milk, Teddy’s Peanut butter, a banana, and a scoop of 100% whey protein.
Now that you have some great meal ideas to keep you on track all day, get up and start meal prepping! There is no excuse now, make it a habit each Sunday evening to prep your weekly lunch box for work. If you still need some help, or you want more ideas, let us know! We are always happy to help you stay on track on your road to a healthier lifestyle.