BBQ Chicken Breast Meal Prep

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Well, I know that meal prepping can be daunting and scary. But, I am here to guide you through it. I am here to ease your fears and show you that meal prepping is so stinking easy… Even if you are a self-proclaimed “terrible cook”.

I used to be a terrible meal prep-er. I would either make too much and end up wasting some food because it went bad before I could finish it or I would make too little and have to improvise for a few meals a week (and end up eating cafeteria pizza with a whole lot of potato chips or an ice cream bar… three days in a row). But, I’ve finally cracked the code and figured out how to make this whole meal prepping thing work.

So, when I meal prep, I like to meal prep things for either lunch or dinner. I can easily make breakfasts in the morning, but I don’t always have unlimited time to make lunch and often have no idea what to have for dinner. Sometimes I am so pressed for time while making lunch that I just thrown random things in my lunch or end up buying lunch (lunches at my school aren’t really good fuel for my body… as mentioned above). So, I meal prep to save time and also make me eat vegetables and healthier foods.

I don’t like to do too much meal prep, though. I stick to a few staples that I know I will use up the next week and then roll with that. I usually like to meal prep brown rice and some sort of protein at the beginning of the week. I like having already cooked whole grains on hand because they are just so easy to pop in the microwave and eat in less than a minute.

For this week, I decided to make some delicious BBQ chicken because I am a sucker for putting barbecue sauce on just about everything. The only thing that stinks about barbecue sauce is that they are really high in sugar. But, I found a really nice low sugar option that actually tastes really good.

This recipe is a crockpot recipe, which basically means that you can easily set it and forget it. You just thrown in some chicken with some sauce and let it do its thing for a few hours and voila! You have a meal for everyday of the week. It’s perfect for anyone who doesn’t want to spend a lot of time cooking over a stove or someone who is a little forgetful in the kitchen… You’re welcome.

So, let’s get into the meal prep:

BBQ Chicken Breast With Steamed Vegetables

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Time: 4 hours
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • salt and pepper
  • one bottle barbecue sauce of choice (I would go with a low sugar barbecue sauce)
  • one bag mixed veggies

Directions

  1. In a crockpot, add in the chicken breast and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Top the chicken with the barbecue sauce and cook on High for 3-4 hours (or cook on Low for 6 hours).
  3. Once it is done cooking, shred the chicken.
  4. Steam some veggies and place about a cup into a Tupperware container. Add the shredded chicken and place in the fridge until you need it throughout the week.


Note: If you want some more sweetness without added sugars, add some pineapple to the chicken and barbecue sauce mix. It gives a good amount of sweetness without being artificial. (And it just tastes really good.)

How I Meal Plan

So, I know you have heard this quote a million times, but “If you fail to prepare, you are preparing to fail”. That quote could not be any more accurate than it is right now. When I forget to meal plan or just get too busy to make some sort of loose plan at the beginning of the week, I always end up eating random unhealthy snacks (I AM LOOKING AT YOU SALTINE CRACKERS) and really just don’t make good choices on the fly. I need to plan a little in order to keep me loyal to a healthy lifestyle.

Meal planning and prepping is a big part of the whole getting healthy thing. If you want to start being a little more healthy, then meal planning was made for you.

I started meal planning about two months ago. For the first two years of my getting fit journey, I had just been writing down what I ate after I ate it and was logging my food and things that way. But, I had reached a point where I was getting off track a little because I didn’t have a set meal plan that I had to follow. The last few months, I’ve skidded a little bit and haven’t necessarily been eating as healthy as I would like to be.

So, I decided that I needed to come up with a new way to get back on track and get back to where I was before (and hopefully propel me towards my weight loss goal). I thought and thought and looked at Pinterest and then did even more thinking. THEN IT HIT ME. It hit me like a ton of bricks. It seemed so obvious– I needed to meal plan. I needed to have something put on paper that I just had to stick to.

So, for my meal planning, I use a Webster Page’s A5 Color Crush Planner. I have the pink one and it is the perfect size to place on my table or desk and meal plan with. If you want something you can take with you while you’re on the move, check out either the Webster’s Pages Traveler Notebook or their Personal Sized Planner. Both are great options to travel with and they don’t take up a ton of space.

And, for my inserts, I use this Calendar Pack I found at Michael’s. I love the bright and fun dividers and it is perfect for meal planning because there are nice vertical boxes that hold all of your food and fitness plans (and even some motivational stickers or quotes).

Now that you’ve got all of the essentials, you can get planning. Here’s how I did one of my weeks in January:

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So, I like to do my meal plan in the first vertical box section. I break it down into BLDS (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack) and I usually always fill out my breakfast, lunch, and snack options. For dinner, it’s a mystery because I never know if all of my family is going to be home for dinner or if I am going to have to make something for myself. I also like to leave one snack a week open just in case I want to treat myself (you have to treat yourselves guys!).

I like to leave my weekends empty also because they are also very hard to predict. I never now what I am going to eat during the weekends. The one spot I do fill out for the weekends is Saturday’s breakfast. That’s almost always a given for me.

After the food, I like to write down how many steps I get in a day. I am trying to get 10,000 steps every day in 2017, so I always make sure to track my steps everyday so that I can make sure I reach my goal. I separate my workout and the step counter with some washi tape because I have so many washi tapes it is ridiculous. The last thing I put in my planner is my workouts. I like to plan out my workouts so that I don’t just put off working out.

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I also love to add some quotes, stickers, and post it notes along with my washi tape. I will write out random quotes or use one of the bajillion stickers I bought from Me & My Big Ideas. I also like to add some recipes and meals to try (here’s a nice little homemade tomato sauce recipe for you. You’re welcome).

So, that’s how I meal plan. If you give meal planning a try, send a photo of your planner to me with #AvocardioAddict. I would love to see all of your beautiful planners. 🙂