When you still live with your parents, especially with a mom like mine, you usually don’t cook often. She loves her children and one of the ways to show it in our family is through food. Plus, when I was a teenager, I wasn’t the one showing interest in actual cooking. But, don’t get me wrong, I love food, all sorts of food! Since I live with my man, I kinda took over the kitchen. Not because he’s bad at cooking – au contraire! – but I love trying new things and I realized quickly that cooking was a way for me to relax, forget about a bad day and keep going!
Since I live with my man, I kinda took over the kitchen. Not because he’s bad at cooking – au contraire! – but I love trying new things and I realized quickly that cooking was a way for me to relax, forget about a bad day and keep going! So, for the past few years, I’m trying to develop better ways and less expensive ways too to cook and offer good and balanced food. Back in January, I also realized that I was doing something wrong for my body. Like I said, I love food. But, food doesn’t always love me: just by looking at a chocolate cake, I could gain weight. I then decided to use the MyFitnessPal app from Under Armour. It was the most helpful thing I could do for myself. I realized what I was doing wrong with my diet: not enough breakfast, too much food in the middle of the day. Basically, my daily food intake was unbalanced throughout the day and ”made me” eat more than I actually needed. After a few months, I got the grip of it and felt confident to let go of the app and do it on my own! Since then, I eat what I want but with a better conscience about the amount that I eat without restricting myself.
Now, I’ve set myself a new challenge in the kitchen: cooking from scratch and meal prep. Most of us would think that buying food that is already prepared or ready-to-go is the easy and quick way to go. At first, that’s what I thought too. But, beware! It’s maybe quick and easy but it’s also (usually) full of salt, sugar, and fat that will do no good for you nor your body. Thanks to my man, a few years back, he told me that I wasn’t doing good for myself and that it was influencing greatly and in a bad way my emotions and energy. That’s when I started to change things in the kitchen. Since then, I cook almost everything from fresh and non-transformed ingredients: sauces, snacks, meat in bulk, smoothies, juices, frozen yogurt, breakfast … That’s how I ended up with the challenge of meal prep on Sundays.
When you type Meal prep onto YouTube, they’re countless videos available to us. But, most of them – well the ones I watch at least – are without explanations and that’s why it felt like it was a challenge. Plus, a lot of them are vegan or vegetarian meal prep. It’s not that I don’t like vegan or vegetarian food, but we do love meat and fish in my household. Adding meat and fish within a meal prep meant to me that it would take more time to do so because of the cooking time needed and I still didn’t know where or how to start with all that food on my counters. That when Healthnut Nutrition YouTube channel came (again!) to my help! A few days ago, she did a video on meal prep for beginners. I finally had a better idea of the whole system that hides behind a meal prep after a month trying to figure it out by myself, haha.
Here is what I was able to cook on my last meal prep (recipes link down below):
– Slow Cooker Bolognese Sauce from Ricardocuisine.com
– Pineapple lemonade from Trois fois par jour (recipe available in the second Tome only)
– Smoothie packs for the week inspired by the Ziploc ad on Pinterest
– Blueberry bars from the fourth magazine of Cuisine futée (sorry, no links!)
I hope you enjoyed today’s blog post and that it will inspire you to try more food and easier ways to stay healthy without restricting yourself. Have a good week!