Meal prep 

Do you meal prep?  


Before I started caring about my health, I didn’t. We used to plan a dinner menu for the week at best. Then every night we would come home from work, kids sports, school activities or whatever other busy activity we were doing and cook a meal for our family. The nights  that we didn’t feel like it or it was too late, we would hit a local restaurant or fast food. 

A few years ago, I started making menu planning and meal prepping a priority. It really helps when trying to eat healthy. It helps when short on time. It helps cut out trips to the store and save on money too. 

Each weekend, I figure out which meals I want, shop for them, cook them, then separate them into individual servings and refrigerate or freeze them. This is a lifesaver in so many ways. 

I hate cooking. This allows me to cook once for the entire work week. It allows me to portion out my meals and calories. On the weekends, we still stick to our low carb meal plan but change it up a little and cook something else or go out for something, but we still try to keep in on the healthier side. 

I try to stay clear of corn, soy and wheat always. I try to keep my processed foods to a minimum as well as dairy. I do cut corners and buy healthier versions of things like salsa verde as opposed to making it, but again, that’s because I hate cooking! 😩. 

This week, I even meal prepped my breakfasts which I don’t typically do. I am striving to get more vegetables in my diet as well as fermented foods and overall healthy things like collagen. 

Last week, I posted my intake for the day on Monday. I will do the same this week on my Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/wellnessRNinCA. Starting my Monday out right as well as food planning and prepping sets me up for success each week and helps keep my health in check. 

Let me know if you would like help on your journey to a healthier you!

J-E-L-L-O

Sometimes I just want a little something sweet….  just a little touch of something. I bought some sugar-free jellos and had one or two but couldn’t stand the artificial crappy ingredients they consisted of. I knew there had to be a way to make it healthier. I mean, gelatin, is actually a very healthy product. It is making a huge hit as it is a component of bone broth which is becoming increasingly popular. 

Gelatin helps promote a good nights sleep, helps with joint pain, is known for making your skin and hair healthy, improves your digestion system (so important as many ailments truly begin in the gut), lowers inflammation and oh so much more. 

I boiled a cup of water, then submerged three tea bags in it for five minutes. (I used blueberry green tea for the green tea and blueberry benefits, and because I had it on hand, but you can use any flavor you wish.) While I was waiting, I mixed four teaspoons of gelatin into a cup of water. I then mixed the two together. I added some collagen  (which is really not needed as collagen is quite similar to gelatin….will do another post on why collagen is so awesome soon) and stevia to taste. When I tasted this before the gelatin set to jello, it was sweet. I thought maybe I had too much stevia. But after tasting it once it set, it actually lost a fair amount of flavor. Despite losing some flavor and sweetness, it was a great bit of sweetness after a meal and oh so benficial to my health as well. 

So ditch the store bought jello, premade or powdered that you make at home, and purchase some gelatin and make your own far healthier version today. So easy and so much better for your body. 

I would love to hear from you if you try this and hear what wonderful flavors you came up with! ☺️

(I had this brand of gelatin at home already, once I use it though, I will be purchasing the Great Lakes brand gelatin. I use this brand of collagen and LOVE it and love that is is made from grass fed beef!).