I am working full time again, so I have to prepare my meals ahead of time. There just is not enough time after work to prepare a meal unless it is very simple and fast. I also need to bring a lunch to work, and put together a lunch for my partner because it is $12+ for lunch in the cafeteria at his work! There are more important things to us to spend money on than convenient lunches.
Sure I could buy some cheap frozen dinners, but I feel like food tastes better made in a kitchen near you. Frozen dinners can be loaded with sodium. When I looked the other day, one Hot Pocket has an average of 500 mg of sodium and I do not even feel like single pocket satiates my hunger. Plus, I am trying to eat better. I want to lose the excess weight I gained. I physically feel the strain of it on my body.
Meal preparing is different this time though. I am not so focused on the macro-nutrient profile of each meal and how it fuels muscle growth or weight loss. I am concerned with what I feel like eating and how I can satisfy that in a nutritious way. For instance, eating good bread toasted or a fluffy pancake is almost euphoric. So lately on my days off, I have toast or pancakes for breakfast with nut butter and fruit.
Then as we move into cooler weather here in New York state, it is becoming oatmeal season for me. Nothing is more satisfying to me than a warm bowl of porridge on a cold morning. Thankfully, most of my breakfasts are things you can make quickly. So I only need to focus on making enough for dinner that can spread throughout the week. Dinner this past week involved pesto mozzarella tomato salads (made plenty of pesto over the weekend) and pumpkin chili (made on my day off). Then I make large batch, simple lunches like coconut lentil soup or quinoa crusted quiche, also on a day off.
It so different not looking at the “macros” when “meal prepping.” When I use to meal prepare for the week, it was a massive undertaking. Now I just want to be able to eat when I am hungry without breaking the bank or feeling stuck eating junk.