So glad to see you over here on Eat Real Live Well! It’s been awhile and I apologize for my lack of planning for my maternity hiatus to keep delivering content. This post was meant to go live before baby came… and then again 2 weeks ago. Oh, new parenthood! The pregnancy was nauseating til the end, keeping my energy down, and a new opportunity with the Phillies organization ate up some of my time before delivery, too.
I’m happy to announce though, that while late, Cooper Vincent made his debut on March 15 at 7:14 PM! Other than the sleep deprivation (which no warnings can prepare anyone for) we’re both doing great and spending time in the kitchen!Side note: as you can assume, I’ve been lounging and cooking with Cooper in PJs everyday and these real clothes were all show for his newborn shoot 😉 I usually am not matching with all the laundry we go through too! #realtalk
Us former swimmers are thrilled that by bath #4 there was no crying. We’re convinced he’ll be a water baby and swimming faster than Michael Phelps and Caeleb Dressel before we know it!
Now for the food! While spring has technically been here for weeks, we finally have warm weather in the forecast! Flowers are ready to bloom and my favorite farmers market opens in a few weeks.
Warmer weather may mean more time outside, more traveling, and less time in the kitchen. Or, maybe you’re always busy and need some reserve meals for busy mornings and weeknights. Either way, taking time to make double of almost any recipe so you can freeze it for later is a fantastic way to save time and reduce stress.
Freezer Prep for Athletes
The change of season can often mean the start of a new training season for athletes, too! Before the training or competition ramps up, stocking balanced meals now can ensure you’re refueling and recovering adequately later when time is low. Weekly meal prep helps, but even that can get time consuming when you only have one off day, so a few dishes frozen away can be a big help.
Like the meals below, ensure you’re getting both carbs and significant protein after exercise. A handful of nuts or PB on an apple is not enough! Preworkout, you can focus more on carbs, which is why I always like to have pancakes or waffles in the freezer.
Intuitive Eating and Meal Prep
Intuitive eating (IE) involves honoring hunger as well as cravings – so yes, eating what you want, when you want to. This makes many people feel you not only will only want to eat less nourishing foods, but also that meal prep doesn’t work since it tries to predict what you’ll want to eat. But, it’s more complicated than that.
IE involves honoring practical hunger, not just physical and emotional hunger. It along with that embraces that every time you eat, it isn’t all about the taste and experience. Sometimes it’s just about getting some food in your body now to prevent excessive hunger later, or eating meals you generally like because they fit into your busy lifestyle without leaving you deprived.
That’s where meal prep comes in! It may not work out in the first weeks of IE for you if you’re used to meal prep as a form of rigidity and restriction, but eventually you may find cooking a pot of quinoa or extra proteins when you have time makes your life easier. Eventually, freezer meals fit in, too. You can pull them when “nothing sounds good” or you just rally need to feed yourself and your family, like, 5 minutes ago. Your eating patten will never be perfect, so just try to make it easier on yourself!
Freezer Prep Ideas
While we always prep some nourishing starches and proteins in the beginning of the week or on Sundays, when my pregnancy was winding down, prepping whole meals to freeze sounded like a must, so I got to it!
I have also wanted to make freezer breakfast burritos for awhile, so they’re all stocked up for when we get back to work. Lucky for you, that means you get a new recipe too!
Most American breakfasts lack in protein and fiber, the former obviously essential for muscle recovery, but also immune function, the latter for gut health and both for satiety. Between the eggs, beans and sprouted grain wrap, these give you plenty to start your day in a delicious and nourishing way.
You can also make them in advance and keep in the fridge for 3 days if you need them on demand, but I like variety in my breakfast so it’s nice to pull one out of the freezer randomly versus having these days in a row.
Want more info on freezer meals plus links to lots of other freezer and pantry recipes? Check out this Facebook Live I hosted over on The Recipe Redux Facebook page!
What’s your favorite make ahead meal? share below! I need new ideas now as a new Mom!
Vegetarian Breakfast Burritos
- 6 sprouted grain tortillas (I like food for life)
- 6 eggs, scrambled
- 1 can refried beans (I like Whole Foods 365 or Amy’s)
- Optional: 1/4 cup nutritional yeast or 1/3 cup shredded cheddar
- Optional: 2 ounce can green chiles
- 1/2 small butternut squash, peeled, cooked and cubed
- Stir nutritional yeast or cheese and green chiles into refried beans
- Lay tortilla on a flat surface (after warming, if necessary, as with Food for Life or brown rice tortillas) and spread 1/3 Cup of bean mixture in the center
- Top mixture with 1 scrambled egg and 1/6 of the squash
- Roll tortilla into a burrito and place in glass container or small aluminum pan
- Repeat with 5 other tortillas and store in freezer for up to 3 months
- When ready to eat, cook in microwave for 90 seconds and top with your favorite sauce (sriracha, enchilada, etc).