My 1st Experience with Meal Prep

Before we get started, let me just tell you this: I am lazy when it comes to food.

Yes, I have coached women through a popular health + wellness program. Yes, I have preached and preached how important it is to plan your meals or pre-log your macros. That was the old Chelsea.

I’m about to drop a bomb on you.

Here’s the truth: I have never meal prepped.

You read that right.

“But Chelsea, when you were my health coach, you told me that you did!”

I didn’t… Not really.

If you’ve followed me for a while, you know that I’m in the middle of a program with my Registered Dietician, Kaely. We’ve done loads of bloodwork that helped us determine what is pissing my body off so we can get it to calm the F down.

Y’all, I have a V E R Y specific diet. One that includes no garlic, chicken, corn, soy, wheat, gluten, dairy, or… well, lots of other very specific things. You get the point. I gotta be careful with what I put in my mouth if I want to decrease the inflammation in my body.

Last weekend while my husband was watching football, I decided to go through my fridge and prep all the food I could find. Honestly, it seemed more fun sitting on the couch wanting to poke my eyeballs out.

My prepped food in all its glory.

My prepped food in all its glory.

Before I share the deets with you, I’m just going to tell you that I am not a pro and have no clue what I’m doing. Here’s what I did:

Stove Top:

  • Cooked 1 lb ground beef

  • Cooked 1 lb ground pork

  • Cooked 1 lb bacon

Instant Pot:

  • Cooked 2 cups quinoa

  • Cooked 8 hard-boiled eggs

Oven:

Sliced & Diced

  • Green onion

  • Red onion

  • Brussels sprouts


Here are a few things that helped me:

  • Reusable silicone baking liners: I’ve had these things FOREVER! They make getting your muffin/cupcake out a breeze and they’re reusable.

  • Pyrex Glass Storage Containers: I’ve used these for years and they’re the best. If you don’t have a set of them, you need this in your life. An 18 piece set is only $33 and it’s worth it!


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Here’s what I’m looking forward to using next week:

  • Stasher Reusable Food Bag: First off, this thing is a winner because it is reusable, non-toxic and BPA free. It’s also freezer, microwave, oven, and dishwasher and boiling water safe. What? YES! You can use it for storage and then cook in it!

  • Cook Once, Eat All Week: The title has me veryyyyy intrigued. Just from flipping through it quickly, I can tell that it’s going to be helpful! Recipes are gluten-free and there are options for dairy-free, Paleo, low carb, egg-free and more. I’ll letcha know how I like it!

Have you meal prepped? I’d love to hear your experience! Comment below or connect with me on Instagram @Heychelseasmith!