Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Importance of meal prepping

I'm not going to go into details of recipes for meal prepping in this post (eventually I'll be posting more specific recipes and ideas), but more focus on why its important and a very smart idea.

The two biggest things that make meal prepping a no-brainer:

1.) Healthy, nutritious food to hold onto your precious macros.
2.) Cost effective/Money saving.

Lets dive into number 1 first.  Gains/body shape happen in two places.  The gym and the kitchen.... simple as that.  You could have a great workout routine and be pumping all sorts of heavy shit, but if your diet is not on track, you'll be unhappy with your progress/results.  You ABSOLUTELY need to control your diet.  Get that under control, and you'll see huge differences rather quickly.  Bitches will be mirin (or dudes will be checking you out at the gym.. which women secretly love, but act like they hate.  logic much?)

Meal prepping allows you to use any healthy ingredients you want, while making it easy to grab the meal and go.  Time is precious now-a-days... family, work, school, ect.... all things likely to have us stray from eating healthy simply because we don't have the time.  Prep a weeks food in 1 day, and you have no excuse to eat healthy.

The second and equally as important topic is that meal prepping is cost effective.  In the past few years, fast-food has come a long way.  There are much healthier options available that can easily fit into your daily macro intake.  The problem is, you're paying double or triple what you would if you were to buy the ingredients fresh at the store and prepare the food yourself.  It is incredibly easy to buy a weeks worth of food for much cheaper than eating out or buying snacks every single day, and it gives you peace of mind that the ingredients are fresh, and the person making them is fresh (and/or clean).

Beyond all this, it gets us in the kitchen, which I believe is one of the most satisfying things a human can do. Whether your a natural Gordon effin' Ramsey, or someone whose cooking experience equates to a bowl of cereal, it's beneficial to learn.  It will help your diet in numerous ways, and add a hobby which will improve your quality of life and those around you.

Simple toasted cheesy eggs.

Morning bitches!

We'll start this off with something I discovered the other day which a 5 year old could make (barring he or she understands oven safety of course)  I consider myself a very "cultured" cook, and more advanced than most when it comes to cooking.... but sometimes, something as simple as this hits the spot perfectly!


2-3 eggs
2-3 slices of your favorite bread
Olive oil or vegetable oil
Cheese (your choice here... I prefer Cheddar or American for this dish, but use your favorite.
Fresh or dried chives
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste

Pre-heat the oven to 375f.  Place bread onto baking sheet.  Take the edge of a metal spoon, and compress the middle of your bread, leaving about 1/2'' on all four sides (You're basically making a little final resting spot for your egg).

Next, take some of your oil and brush along the edges of the bread.  Cover these edges with the cheese of your choice.  Crack egg into the pocket you created using the spoon.

You're going to want to bake these delicious mofo's for 6-10 minutes... a lot of it depends on how you like your eggs (6 minutes very runny, 10 minutes not so runny).  Remove from oven once it hits your desired level of runnyness.

Top with some chives, salt, and pepper and immediately scoff these things down.  Seriously, they are fucking delicious.