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Gym People Alert! Here Are 10 Amazing Meal Prep Ideas For all of you to Enjoy!

Gym People Alert! Here Are 10 Amazing Meal Prep Ideas For all of you to Enjoy!

No matter if you are a regular gym goer or just an occasional pre-summer visitor like myself, you are probably aware of the fact that only 20% of your results have to do with your workout efforts, while the remaining 80% of your fitness is dependent upon your nutrition. Eating healthy is not only crucial to our physical appearance, but it makes up the majority of our overall health as well, a fact we are all very familiar with, yet, for most of us the frustration comes as a result of not always being able to follow a steady healthy eating regimen. Fortunately, there is solution to all of our troubles, and it is called meal prep. Meal prep has been around for some time allowing athletes, fitness enthusiasts, families and children to stick to their healthy meals of choice, and not to get into a downward spiral of eating out and adding unnecessary calories.

Basic principles of meal prep

Tupperware

Make sure to set out the Tupperware according to the number of days you are going to meal prep for. Be careful with meat, as it usually goes bad after 2-3 days.

Carbs

As carbs take the longest to cook, meal prep best practices show that it is best if you start cooking them first. This way, you will be able to prepare the rest of the food while it is cooked. Best choices for nutrient rich carbs include sweet potatoes, brown rice, quinoa, and yams.

Vegetables

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Vegetables provide most nutrients to your every meal. It is best if you steam them avoiding seasoning that are rich in sodium. You can experiment with different kinds of vegetables to find you most enjoyable combination. By now, the carbs should be cooked, so make sure to leave them to cool as you continue with protein.

Protein

You can prepare your proteins in a number of ways, you can bake, barbecue, pan fry, or broil lean meats such as chicken, ground turkey, fish and lean beef in order to provide your meals with healthy protein.

Assemble

Finally, after everything is cooked and cooled it is time to put all of your ingredients together. You can measure the amount of each type of ingredient according to your nutritional needs.

10 Great meal prep recipe ideas

Time Saving Chicken Meal Prep

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    In order to add variety to your lean meat choices, try this brilliant idea of making three different flavored chicken dishes at the same time.

    Hard boiled eggs in the oven

      Time-saving idea for those of you who enjoy hard boiled eggs but lack time to prepare bigger servings. By preparing eggs in the oven, you can get a good dozen cooked in about 30 minutes while you prepare the rest of the food.

      Freeze blended smoothies in muffin tins

        Another great time-saving idea for smoothie lovers – prepare your favorite smoothies and freeze them in muffin tins. This way you can get a quick tasty breakfast in minutes, just by adding it to the blender.

        Spiral veggies

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          Use spiralizer or simply chop your vegetables ahead of time, place them in Tupperware and keep in fridge for quick dinner.

          Roasted veggies and Chicken Box

            As meal prep is all about saving time and eating healthy, you can additionally cut meal prep time if you roast veggies that take the same time to prepare together. For example, put asparagus, mushrooms and cherry tomatoes in the same pan as they take about the same time to roast, whereas carrots, cauliflower, onions, potatoes and parsnips take longer, so you can roast them together.

            Instant oatmeal jars

               Excellent breakfast idea that will help you prepare delicious and nutritious, energizing breakfast that will keep you full until lunch. Prepare jars of oatmeal, fresh fruit and add different flavors of choice and enjoy your healthy breakfast to go.

              Muffin-cup soufflés

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                Amazing breakfast frittatas you can enjoy entire week. Prepared in advance, they can be good for an entire workweek.

                Chocolate chip cookie dough protein balls

                  Rich protein snack that is easy to prepare and can last up to six days if kept in a fridge.

                  Grilled pesto salmon kebabs

                     Mix it up with protein rich kebabs that can provide protein addition for entire work week. You can either grill or bake them in your oven. If you are using wooden sticks, make sure to soak them in water before so they don’t catch fire.

                    Chopped Asian mason jar salad

                      Jarred lunch salads are a great way to enjoy your home made salads wherever you are. Make sure to place the dressing first, then add sturdier veggies like cucumbers or peppers. Put leafy greens or grains on top. Always put a paper towel on top to soak up the moisture if you plan to store it for a couple of days.

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                      Last Updated on August 21, 2018

                      30 Brilliant Camping Hacks I Wish I Knew Earlier

                      30 Brilliant Camping Hacks I Wish I Knew Earlier

                      Ah, camping. The great outdoors, the campfires, the food you’d never eat in civilised society: it’s a wonderful experience.

                      That said, things can get a little bit tricky when we are left to the mercy of Mother Nature. Here are 30 fantastic camping hacks you can use to make your camping experience as wonderful as possible!

                       1. Use sage to repel mosquitoes.

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                        Place some sage in your campfire and the smell is sure to ward off any pesky mosquitos.

                        2. Liquid soap + cotton balls = no ticks.

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                          If you or one of your fellow campers is having trouble with a tick, place the soap-soaked cotton on the tick for 20 seconds. The tick will eventually stop chewing and will come away with the cotton ball. If the tick was attached for a lengthy amount of time you may want to consider keeping it in a container so that you can test it for Lyme disease later.

                          3. Use an acorn cap as a whistle if you get lost.

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                            It’s remarkably easy to get lost whilst camping. Here’s a full tutorial on how you can transform an acorn into a whistle!

                            4. Corn chips for kindling!

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                              Doritos are a great way to start a fire, just be careful!

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                              5. Use the rest of the chips for nachos.

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                                Nachos are easy to pack, light and simple to make. Plus they’re incredibly tasty.

                                6. Use compact, microfibre towels!

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                                  These towels are incredibly easy to store and dry within an hour of use. Buy them here.

                                  7. Wrap duct-tape around your water bottle for emergencies.

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                                    You never know when you might need some.

                                    8. Make lamps out of jars and solar disks.

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                                      Get all the info you need here.

                                      9. Sangria!

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                                        We know what’s really important. How to here!

                                        10. One water bottle will hold eight eggs.

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                                          By keeping all your eggs in a bottle you save time and hassle. Plus, no need to carry extra bowls or a whisk!

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                                          11. Johnson’s Baby Creamy Oil is a surprisingly good mosquito repellent.

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                                            Keep the bugs and the bug repellent smell at bay.

                                            12. DIY shower.

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                                              All you need is a watering can and a large jug. Here’s the full instructions.

                                              13. Keep sandpaper handy to light matches.

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                                                Glueing some sandpaper to the lid of a tupperware box where you can also store matches is a foolproof plan.

                                                14. Make s’moreos easily.

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                                                  15. MarshJell-o shots.

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                                                    Learn how to make these delicious things here!

                                                    16. Or dip those marshmallows in Bailey’s. 
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                                                      Toast the marshmallow first and then dip it in Bailey’s.

                                                      17. Turn a bottle into a spoon.

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                                                        It’s that easy!

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                                                        18. Grits repel ants.

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                                                          Just sprinkle grits wherever you see ants.

                                                          19. Deodorant can be used to combat itchiness.

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                                                            20. Wrap your meat in cabbage to stop it from burning.

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                                                              That’s not an innuendo, it really will! The moistness in the cabbage creates the perfect barrier.

                                                              21. Foam noodles will stop any injuries.

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                                                                For any fellow clumsy people, you know how possible it is to smack your head and cause serious injury. Placing a foam noodle on the awning strut narrows down at least one accident waiting to happen.

                                                                22. Carry some essentials in a small tin with you at all times.

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                                                                  You never know what you’ll need and when.

                                                                  23. Take toothpaste dots instead of a whole tube.

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                                                                    Let the drops dry out over 3 days, add a little baking soda and put them in a resealable bag.

                                                                    24. Use a stick to secure your tent.

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                                                                      By placing a stick in the main centre line you ensure the pressure is even throughout, which will stop the grommets being pulled out.

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                                                                      25. Vacuum seal your food before you leave.

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                                                                        26. Popcorn on the campfire.

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                                                                          Popcorn that you can place on the stove at home can also be popped over a campfire. You can also make your own using this tutorial.

                                                                          27. You can even make bacon and eggs over it.

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                                                                            That’s right! Full instructions here.

                                                                            28. Keep your toiletries handy.

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                                                                              Buy this magnificent contraption here.

                                                                              29. Compact, unbreakable cups!

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                                                                                Get them while you can!

                                                                                30. Tic-Tac boxes are great for storing ingredients.

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                                                                                  With these 30 camping tips and tricks, you can work DIY magic into nearly every aspect of camping, and make your next camping trip a comfortable, easy blast. Good luck!

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