After an insane week, lazy Sunday was the perfect follow up to lazy Saturday. Yep, there was a 90% chance that today was gonna be a Netflix and chill type of day and indeed it was. That’s not to say I wasn’t productive. I caught up on all the laundry after Goalielocks finished scorekeeping at the rink this morning. I even meal prepped for the week. Meanwhile Goalielocks fished and the Mayor watched Netflix from the comfort of my yoga silk.
As I continue to on the Graves/thyroid rollercoaster, meal prepping has become increasingly important in my attempts to stay healthy. I say healthy because while I see no change on the outside, I’d like to think under the layers I’m getting both stronger and healthier. We’ll see what Dr. G has to say when I see her on Tuesday. I’m sure she’ll be none to thrilled that I didn’t just complete the corporate run, but two other 5ks as well, but more on that later.
For my meal prep, I look for something easy, high protein and relatively quick to put together. This week I made five containers of chicken stir fry and brown rice. For my fasting days, I’m currently doing the 5:2 intermittent fasting plan, I did not include brown rice. For simplicity and time’s sake, I used Target’s Simply Balanced organic steamed in the bag stir fry vegetables. Tyson’s thin sliced chicken strips, non-gmo and antibiotic free, were the perfect protein for the stir fry.
I started my meal prep, by firing up my Instantpot to make brown rice. Fortunately, the Instantpot has proven to be a real time saver for cooking rice. If you’re not a fan of brown rice, you could definitely substitute white rice. Each weekend, I’ll cook up an entire bag of brown rice, which I’ll use for my weekly meals. In addition, I have enough rice to package up three portions of rice that can be used for family meals. This is where my Foodsaver plus is truly clutch. I cook the rice in a 1:1 ratio rice to water for 22 minutes on high pressure followed by 10 minutes natural venting. Lastly, I turn the knob and release all of the pressure.
Meanwhile on the stove, I’ve already browned my chicken. The vegetables, which were steamed in the microwave were then stirred into the pan with the left over oil from the chicken. Once I’ve cut up the chicken, I add it back to the pan with the veggies and teriyaki sauce. In the span of less than an hour, I’ve made my lunches for the entire week. Additionally, thanks to my beautiful egg cooker, my breakfast for the week was done even before the rice had finished cooking.
The key to maintaining healthy habits is ensuring it’s simple, easy and can fit into your lifestyle. If it takes too much time or is too cumbersome, it won’t stick. My Instantpot, Foodsaver and egg cooker have been complete life savers. These three handy appliances have been life altering. I can now plan ahead and meal prep my lunches as well as family dinners. We don’t time during hockey season to make family dinners. Fortunately, being able to prep on a rare free weekend gives us the help we need to eat healthy during the crazy hockey season.
This evening I was able to sneak in a 30 minute run on the elliptical as the roast cooked in the oven. My ankles have been a bit sore since the last 5k, so I’ve taken it easy on them this week by sticking to the elliptical instead of the road or treadmill. Tomorrow will be leg day – oh joy!
P.S. Tonight’s drama was our duck’s escape from its cage. Yeah, there’s a whole series of posts coming your way on our duck drama. I assure you it will be worth the wait.
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