Meal planning and meal prepping are always on my mind and I've gotten really good at it. As an athlete I see food as fuel. As a human being I see food as fuel. I also just love to eat. And I truly believe that good food should taste good. Isn't that what we all want? Healthy food that tastes delicious so that we can eat what we enjoy and live a healthy life? As a nutrition coach, I work with a lot of clients who have a wide variety of goals, but who share very similar struggles when it comes to their diet. I often hear people say they don't have time to plan and prep, or that whole foods are too expensive. So this week I want to share some of my tips and tricks for planning out your week so that you always have good food on hand. We all want to feel great, look great, and have the energy we need to tackle whatever life throws our way. For me personally, that's fueling my lifestyle as a competitive athlete. But it doesn't matter what you do, you need energy to get through your day. Even if you have a desk job, you need energy to stay alert. Or you might be a parent or a grandparent who wants to chase your children and grandchildren around. It's all the same. And that's the beauty of it!
Many people see flexible dieting as a system that involves weighing, measuring, tracking and counting. But flexible dieting is so much for than that. If we’re constantly obsessing over numbers, how could that be considered flexible? In reality, flexible dieting is an approach to nutrition that teaches us how to properly fuel our bodies day in and day out with the right nutrients to support our goals. Everyones approach will be different. We all have different needs and dietary preferences. Flexible dieting is really not a diet at all. It’s about finding something that’s sustainability, flexible and enjoyable that supports health, body composition and any other goals we have. For me personally that also includes optimizing athletic performance.
I recently started working for Black Iron Nutrition as a sports nutrition coach and every week we have a recipe challenge. This week was tacos! And since it's Tuesday and I love tacos, I had to participate. Taco Tuesday is literally my favorite day of the week! I'm also going to be totally honest here and admit that I didn't actually prep my own salmon tonight. I've been crazy busy lately and Trifecta System (a premade meal company) has been making a lot of my food for me and it's an absolute lifesaver! They do premade paleo meals, macro friendly meals, vegetarian meals and you can also just order precooked food in bulk. I had some precooked salmon so I decided that tonight would be salmon taco night. If you want to get some precooked salmon for this meal, go for it! I've also included a simple recipe for salmon below as well.
I just love granola! It's one of my favorite things. I also love it on yogurt, although I prefer to eat dairy free as much as possible. So when I came across some almond milk yogurt at Whole Foods recently I knew I needed to make some yummy grain free granola to go with it!