One of the reasons I love meal planning is that it takes the last minute (bad) decisions off the table. I don’t know about you, but the number one topic of discussion around my workplace and home is always what are we going to eat. There is typically a lot of debate on this and usually one of two things will happen - either no one wants to decide OR someone wants something awful (which in the absence of any healthy suggestion will usually win). If you’ve already planned and prepared what you’ll eat for a meal, then there’s no need for debate. The decision has already been made, and chances of a poor choice are greatly diminished. Also in the work-day grind, this means you won’t be eating out, which saves you $$ - WIN.
Today’s lunch was incredibly easy to plan and prepare. I had egg salad (made with dijon and paprika) with spinach on an ezekiel wrap, paired with a nice side salad (romaine, cucumbers, grape tomatoes & matchstick carrots) with homemade balsamic dressing (from the #21DayFix guide). I noted the corresponding Fix containers in the pic so you can see how this adds up. I actually threw all this together this morning before work. It took only a few minutes to pull out the salad fixings, chop, stuff into the appropriate color container & then dump into the blue container for travel. I did this while the eggs boiled. I left the eggs whole in the shell for portability, to peel, chop & stir in with the mustard & paprika when I ate lunch. Throw it all in my cooler & I’m out the door.
This meal was quite filling, as was breakfast, so I’m pretty full at this point. As you’ve probably noticed, I eat a lot of calories at the start of the day, then I’ll snack during the afternoon until my workout after work, which is followed by dinner. Stay tuned for the rest of today’s eats. Obviously my targets will be different than yours since I’m not on a deficit plan due to being pregnant - I’m just maintaining - so don’t set any expectations for yourself or your own container targets in that regard. If you’ve got questions on any of this, feel free to ask!