Monday, January 4, 2016

Happy New Year and Healthy Meal Prep

Happy 2016!
I love the start of a new year and a fresh perspective.

Our holiday decorations have been packed away and the house is back to normal.
I'm really excited to get back on track with healthy eating and exercise, like many
of you I over indulged over the holidays and now my body is paying the price.
To get back on track I have joined Liz from The Lemon Bowl and Dara from Cookin' Canuck
in their Healthy New Year Six-Week Challenge.  I would love for you to do it with me!

Since I work full-time outside of the home I find that if I pack my lunch and snacks I make
much healthier choices.  I'm using Sundays to plan ahead for the week and do some meal
prep.  I don't mind eating the same thing for lunch several days in a row, so this works for
me.  Today I am prepping chicken and veggie bowls.  My Hamilton Beach Searing Grill
works perfectly for this time of year when I don't want to freeze my butt off grilling outside!

To start my meal prep I drizzle olive oil over six boneless chicken breasts and season them
with McCormick's Montreal Chicken seasoning.  I grill them on the Hamilton Beach Indoor
Searing grill for about five minutes or so on each side.  I love this grill so much! It's super
easy to clean and is so convenient for quick grilling.

While the chicken is grilling I roast the vegetables I have cut and tossed with olive oil, salt
and pepper. Today I'm roasting sweet potatoes, baby carrots and green beans.

I love this Quinoa and Brown Rice so I heat a package of it on the stove top while everything
else is cooking.  I buy it at Costco.  It's a quick and healthy side dish to have on hand.

Time to prep the bowls!  To each container I add 1/3 C of Quinoa and Brown Rice, some
roasted vegetables and sliced grilled chicken.  I also add a few Almond Nut Thins for crunch.

I usually make about 3 bowls to take to work.  The other two work days I will pack turkey
lettuce wraps or leftovers from one of our evening meals.  I also make a lot of soup, so I may
pack a bowl of soup if I'm not traveling and can heat it up in the office.

As far as snacks go you can read about my favorites here. I always keep organic apples,
carrots and almonds on hand too.

Next on my to-do list is to plan all of our evening meals.  Any healthy meal suggestions?

Let's get healthy and organized together!

Disclosure:  As an Ambassador for Hamilton Beach I received an Indoor Searing Grill for 
review.  As always, all opinions are my own.

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