Since we just had our very first meal prep class, I thought it would be great to share with you a few of the things we learned.
The very first thing I learned was I loved every second of it!!! I loved creating the recipes, testing them in my own kitchen, being inspired by the food, the planning, the grocery shopping, the baking, the set up and most importantly the delivery.
I am so grateful to everyone who helped make that day happen. You unleashed a whole new passion for me that I hope I can continue until the end of time.
We started our day with a theme: “well, wasn’t that easy”. It was about not over complicating the process, keep it easy and simple and you will be done in no time and have extra time to enjoy the other joys of your life.
As a nutrition coach, I get so many “excuses” as to why people cannot eat healthy. They don’t have the time…their families won’t eat it…it’s too expensive…the list goes on and on. I want to take the time to teach people that it’s not so bad. Eating clean can be easy, especially when you get a group of sassy ladies together.
In true Lil’MissFit form a day would not be complete without me forgetting at least one thing. On this day it was the two eggs I needed to do the demo for the breakfast oatmeal bars I would be sending home with the ladies. But Sheila was off to the rescue and ran home to get me the forgotten goods. While we waited for her return we took a few minutes to talk about the setbacks to prepping and how clean eating can sometimes get overwhelming, especially with picky families. We also chatted about our food diaries and being accountable to our goals, which is what my next blog is all about.
Once Sheila returned with the forgotten eggs we were ready to rock!! In less than two hours, we had prepped and assembled 27 suppers for families of four, 45 oatmeal bars, 45 morning snacks and 45 afternoon snacks. Each person left with a beef stew, a balsamic marinated chicken with all the fixings and a chicken stir fry.
All the ladies received oatmeal bars and chocolate pumpkin muffins for easy breakfasts on the run, grab n’ go snacks of cheese and grapes, and raw vegetables with hummus. They had their food for a week and didn’t have to step foot in a grocery store. I don’t know about you, but I don’t think it get’s much easier then that?! Plus, we all had a blast, enjoyed each other’s company, there were many laughs and new friendships made. If you know me that’s always the most important part.
As with any first endeavour, there is always a learning curve. I know so much more for the next one. I learned more is always better. Make a list of everything and make sure the two eggs are on it. And when buying food from Costco always be prepared for a food recall. But most importantly always follow your dreams. This is something I have wanted to do for many years, but didn't know how to fit in to my life. Now it’s here and I could not have imagined it going any better and, even though it’s been almost a week, I am still smiling.