Monday, September 30, 2013

Meal Prep Monday - Pumpkin Season

Happy Monday! I've been traveling a lot for work and haven't kept up with meal prep, so I made a big effort to get back on track this week and even prepped a little more than usual. And, because everybody's doing it it's that time of year, I used a lot of pumpkin!

Breakfast

I still can't get enough of oats in mason jars. They are just so easy to grab in the morning and eat at work since I am always late getting out the door. The macros on this version are pretty great (20 grams of protein and 13 grams of fiber!) and I love the combination of pumpkin and fall spices. 



Recipe:
(one serving)


Calories: 373 | Fat: 9 g | Cholest: 0 mg | Sodium: 148 mg | Carbs: 55 g | Fiber: 13 g | Sugars: 20 g | Protein: 20 g

1 cup canned pumpkin
1/4 cup non fat Greek yogurt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger
1tsp stevia
1/4 cup oats
1 tbsp unsalted raw sunflower seeds
2 tbsp dried cherries
1 tbsp chia seeds
1/4 cup almond coconut milk
3 tbsp egg whites

Mix canned pumpkin, Greek yogurt, and spices together in a mason jar
Add in remaining ingredients, stir, and refrigerate overnight

Protein

I made two main dishes this week. First, I made The Lean Green Bean's Greek Yogurt Chicken. I followed the recipe pretty much as written (for once), and it turned out really well. It was a little more involved than my usual throw-some-chicken-in-the-crockpot method, but I think it was worth it to get a different taste.



For my second main dish, I made a pretty fantastic vegan pumpkin chili. I started off following The Iron You's recipe but ended up changing it quite a lot, including making it in the slow cooker. I really like how it turned out and will have a separate post up with the recipe soon. UPDATE: recipe is up here!


Sides

Somehow still not sick of my usual sides, so I baked up some zucchini, sweet potatoes, and spaghetti squash.


Workouts

I'm a little behind schedule with my Fitness Blender 4 Week Fat Loss Program for Busy People after my work trip to NY (where I was busy pretending to be in the circus instead). This week I'm focusing on catching up with the program, as well as with my Zombies, Run! 5k training.

Monday: 2 Women's Rec League Volleyball games
Tuesday: Fitness Blender Workout Plan #9 
Wednesday: Fitness Blender Workout Plan #10, Zombies, Run! Week 2-2;
Thursday: Fitness Blender Workout Plan #11, Coed Rec League Volleyball
Friday: Fitness Blender Workout Plan #12;  Zombies, Run! Week 2-3
Saturday: Flag Football
Sunday: Indoor Volleyball Tryouts; Zombies, Run! Week 3-1

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