Weight loss meal prep ideas can be scarce, but they do exist. Here, I’ve listed a few of my favorite weight loss meal prep ideas. If you’re looking for a longer term commitment, try the 21-day Paleo Reset Program that contains over 21 days of unique weight loss meal recipes and more! If you’re on a weight loss diet plan and need some special directions, try out this post.
The first on my list of healthy meal preps is raw fruits. There are many kinds of fresh fruits that can improve your health, and they are the most natural food form on earth. Raw fruits contain no chemicals, artificial preservatives, or additives. This is why many male dieters prefer to eat their fruits and vegetables raw. Here are just two reasons why!
One. Eating fresh, natural fruit and vegetables will not only improve your health, but it will also help you lose weight much faster. Cauliflower, cabbage, and broccoli are excellent examples of good, raw vegetable prep choices.
Two. Many great “fun” recipes will only require a few ingredients and a short cooking time. Here’s a fun cauliflower recipe and breakfast (breakfast for dessert) that I have prepared for my family: Cauliflower Omelet With sausage, bacon, sausage pepper, onion, and garlic.
My husband loves butternut squash. So when we got home from the grocery store, he immediately started looking for breakfast in the can. The can said it had turkey and chicken breast, and he wanted the turkey again but with less fat. So we went to our local market and got him a low fat butternut squash and a turkey sandwich. He was thrilled!
What’s great about this recipe is that it only required four ingredients, and two of them are pretty common. You’ll need about one and a half cups of butternut squash, one tablespoon of ground Cayenne pepper (more if you prefer hot), three eggs, one cup of chopped mushrooms, one cup of skim milk or yogurt, and one teaspoon of lemon juice. Easy as pie! If the butternut squash doesn’t come in the smaller size pan, that’s fine – mine did.
Another one of my healthy meal prep ideas for carbs is a healthy spaghetti squash recipe. Spaghetti squash is so versatile that you can make delicious spaghetti squash soup as well as an amazing base for a delicious low carb lasagna. I love zucchini noodles! I’ve made zucchini noodles from scratch and from frozen, and they were delicious. Try zucchini noodles instead of pasta in your next spaghetti craving!
These two simple recipes gave me some great meal prep ideas for the day. I used my Vitamix to puree the foods, which cuts down on the time and mess in the kitchen. Plus, roasted vegetables have a tendency to stick to the Vitamix if they’re not pureed very finely. You can use the other ingredients in these recipes as you wish, and they’re healthy too!
After dinner, I ate a piece of sweet and sour chicken. This was actually the first time I’ve cooked a chicken in my mother’s new low carb oven, and I loved it. The sweetness of the soy sauce mixed with the crispiness of the chicken made this dish a real treat for me. The next day, while I was preparing breakfast for the children, I couldn’t find a wheat free and gluten free ice cream shop near where I live, so I went home and made my own. It wasn’t as good as the store bought stuff but it was a lot less expensive.
For lunch, I chose to have a chicken salad sandwich with grilled radishes, chopped carrots and a couple of tomatoes, an egg, and some spinach. Again, I used the Vitamix to puree this dish, and it was delicious. For my second serving, I chose a shrimp cocktail that included canned shrimp, a can of tomato soup, some dill, some bell pepper, and some basil. Again, using the Vitamix, the nutrition facts were easy to see and I was able to determine that this was a delicious and filling meal.
For dinner I decided to have a baked potato. I used the same nutritional facts that I used for the first course. It was delicious, and the only way I could estimate the amount of calories it contained was based on the serving size 1 of this potato. Based on the serving size 1 of this potato, it had about 4 Calories per serving. Based on other nutrition facts, such as the amount of carbohydrates, fat, and protein per serving, this might be a reasonable amount to estimate.
For dessert, I decided to have a chocolate chip cookie. This was actually the second time I had baked potato on a cookie – the first time was a year ago when I added some cherry tomatoes and a bit of yogurt to the mix to make a low-calorie chocolate chip cookie. The great thing about the Vitamix is that the chocolate chips were coated in a delicious sweet caramel sauce, so there were no worries about consuming too many calories! With this meal prep menu, I was able to easily keep track of the amount of calories I was consuming and was even able to estimate how many extra calories in the dessert needed to compensate for the sugar content. This helped me tremendously when planning my next meal.