5 Reasons to Meal Prep

There are 5 important reasons you should start to meal prep.

 

5 reasons to meal prep

If you want to save money, get better fitness results, eat better meals, never get “hangry”, and have fresh food “on tap” then read on. Making your meals in advance, whether that be 1 day, 3 days, or 5 days in advance, can have enormous benefits on your health and on your wallet. Here’s why:

1. Save Money

Bringing home-cooked meals to work can cost you as little as $2-3 for that meal. Compare that with closer to the average $10 that people generally spend on lunch and you can see how those savings can add up over time.

How Meal Prepping Can Save You Thousands

2. Get better fitness results.

Meal prep means you have more control over the exact amount of protein, carbohydrates, fat, fruit, and vegetables you’re eating. This puts you in the driver seat on the road to fat loss and muscle building.

3. Eat better meals.

When you meal prep you put yourself in charge of how the meals come out. You don’t have to be a great cook to make great meals. My recipes are easy to make (with the exception of some of the more extravagant ones) and take very little time. No disrespect to the classic bagel & cream cheese, but you could have a protein packed Greek yogurt parfait instead and be full way longer.

Cinnamon Vanilla Greek Yogurt Parfait (Recipe)

4. Never get “hangry”.

Like the Snicker’s commercial, are you not yourself when you’re hungry? Are you more irritable, sleepy, or light headed? When you meal prep you have access to high quality food every 3 hours which means just as you’re really starting to get hungry again you have a meal waiting.

5.Have fresh food on tap.

Piggy-backing off of #4, when you meal prep you have fresh food on tap. Being able to make your diet at least 80% whole food means you can eat high quality, nutrition dense food when you eat, instead of eating greasy pizza and calling that a meal.

High Protein, Low Carb Seafood Zoodles (Recipe)

I highly recommend checking out 6 Pack Fitness if you plan on getting into meal prepping. They make several lines of meal management bags ranging from backpacks and totes, to purses and briefcases.

Boneless Rib Sandwich Recipe

This Boneless Rib Sandwich recipe will be your next BBQ all-star!

Boneless Rib Sandwich Recipe

Sweet & smoky Sweet Baby Ray’s barbecue sauce glazed boneless ribs on top of whole wheat ciabatta Texas Toast makes for an unbelievably delicious BBQ sandwich that will blow your friends and family away. Add a large side of garlic & herb zoodles for a surprisingly healthy twist on specialty BBQ cuisine. Here’s what you need to make this Boneless Rib Sandwich recipe:

Ingredients
4 oz. boneless ribs (or shred the meat off of regular ribs)
1 whole wheat ciabatta roll
2 tbsp. Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce
1 tbsp. butter
1 tsp. chopped garlic
1 tsp. mixed herbs
1 tsp. olive oil

Instructions
1) Brush the ribs with olive oil and grill them on a medium-high flame until crispy and thoroughly cooked (about 15 minutes).
2) Rub them with Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce and put them back on the grill for another 30-45 seconds.
3) Spread 1 tbsp. of butter, 1 tsp. of chopped garlic, and 1 tsp. of mixed herbs on a sliced whole wheat ciabatta roll. Grill for 30-60 seconds.
4) Place the boneless ribs on the toasted ciabatta roll and serve.

Nutrition Info
Protein: 26 g
Carbohydrates: 34 g
Fat: 18 g

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This Boneless Rib Sandwich recipe came out AMAZING but keep an eye out for my next Boneless Rib Sandwich recipe. I’m going to turn it up a notch by topping it off with mac & cheese & jalapenos and I’ll be using Bubba’s Boneless Baby Back ribs! Make sure you follow me on Instagram and Twitter so you know when it’s coming!

Announcement: Website Upgrade to alexcurtisfitness.com

Hello everyone,

By June 4th 2016 this domain, acurtisfitness.com, will automatically redirect you to my new and improved website, alexcurtisfitness.com. My new website is still under construction but will have a lot of great advantages to you including:

1) Easier, faster navigation.

This website is through a different host which will allow you to click through and load content much faster and easier. I’ll also be able to provide more content to you even easier.

2) Access to more content both internal and external.

Relevant posts, mine and others, will be located along both sidebars so when you’re done reading my new posts you can find something else that may help you.

3) Relevant ads.

No more random ads popping up under my posts. Only ads that are relevant to your shopping history, my content, or great deals that I find and put up for you to access.

4) Newsletter subscription.

You’ll have the option as soon as you go to alexcurtisfitness.com to subscribe to my newsletter which will provide several recipes directly to your email every week. I’ll never spam you or trick you with misleading headlines.

5) And more…

A lot of big things are happening over the next several months. They’re top secret for now. Bare with me while my new website is under construction for now and be on the look out for the new updates!

Make sure you follow my Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook for live updates on everything!

Top 5 Testosterone Boosting Foods for Men & Women

Whether you’re just starting a bodybuilding routine or just looking to put on a few pounds of lean muscle mass, you want to make sure you’re supplying your body with the right resources so it can thrive. Boost your testosterone levels naturally and pack on some serious muscle with these 5 testosterone boosting foods:

Top 5 Testosterone Boosting Foods

1) Meat

Animal meat is a high quality source of protein and saturated fats which both support healthy testosterone levels in both men and women. Opt for lean meats like chicken breast, lean steak cuts, and turkey breast.

2) Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is a medium-chain triglyceride and saturated fat that supports testosterone production in the body but is also low in cholesterol making it a fantastic substitute for butter.

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3) Eggs

Eggs are one of my favorite ingredients to cook with because they’re a high quality source of lean protein, saturated fat, vitamin b12, and fat soluble vitamins. I typically mix one whole egg with a few egg whites and cook them with mixed vegetables, low fat cheese, and complex carbs like potatoes or have a complex carb on the side like oatmeal.

4) Spinach

Spinach is a great source of magnesium which supports healthy testosterone levels. An easy way to get spinach in your diet is to add it to smoothies, omelets, sandwiches, and or juice it.

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5) Shellfish

While I’m not a big shellfish eater, these little guys add testosterone boosting protein, flavor, and variety to your meal plan. I mostly use shrimp but you can also try oysters, mussels and lobster.

Try this Cajun Shrimp Quesadilla

Low testosterone levels could mean:
+ Low sex drive
+ Increase risk of obesity
+ Increased risk of reduced muscle mass in the body.

A lot of my recipes include meat, coconut oil, eggs, spinach and occasionally shrimp (shellfish) making them great for putting on lean mass, increasing testosterone and burning fat naturally.

Cajun Shrimp/Chicken Quesadilla Recipe

I said it back when I posted my Healthy Enchiladas recipe, Mexican cuisine is one of the easiest cuisines to make healthy. This is technically one recipe with two options: either you use chicken or you toss some shrimp in Cajun spices and use that. Here’s all you need:

Ingredients
1 whole wheat tortilla
6 oz. shredded chicken breast or cooked shrimp
1/4 cup low fat shredded cheese
1/4 avocado (sliced)
2 tbsp. mild salsa
1 tbsp. plain Greek yogurt

Instructions
1) Lightly coat a medium sized pan with oil spray and heat on a low-medium flame. Place the tortilla on the pan until it’s warm and pliable.
2) Sprinkle cheese evenly across the tortilla and continue to cook until melted.
3) Add chicken or shrimp to 1 side of the tortilla.
4) Add avocado slices to the same side.
5) Once the tortilla is crispy, fold the half that only has cheese over the half that has cheese, meat & avocado.
6) Plate, then top with salsa and Greek yogurt.

Nutrition Info
Protein: 53 g
Carbohydrates: 32 g
Fat: 11 g

Want a healthy dessert after? Try one of these recipes:

High Protein Peppermint Patty Ice Cream (Recipe)
Protein Packed Vanilla Cinnamon Cappuccino Recipe
Maple Glazed Jelly Pronuts Recipe made with Kodiak Cakes Powercakes Mix

Check out my Instagram for more healthy recipes!

MEMORIAL DAY GIVEAWAY!

Today (May 29th, 2016)  is the official launch of my Memorial Day Giveaway with Nine Line Apparel, 6 Pack Fitness, and Scivation exclusively on my Instagram and exclusively for U.S. Veterans. These are the rules:

1) Follow me and Nine Line Apparel on Instagram.
2) Like the post.
3) Tag a friend or family member in the military in the comments section.
* If you’re in the military you can nominate yourself by shouting out your branch in the comments section (#army, #navy, etc.)

That’s it! A winner will be chosen and sent a direct message by myself to get shipping info, a congratulations and of course, a thank you for your service.

Here’s what they’ll win (or you if you nominate yourself):

Instagram-Mens-Bundle

+ A Nine Line Apparel tee, tank top, shorts, stainless steel water bottle, and hat.
+ 6 Pack Fitness Innovator 300 Meal Management Bag
+ Scivation Xtend Perform 44 servings

Scivation Xtend Perform Review

6 Pack Bags Expedition 300 (Review)

Go on Instagram RIGHT NOW and nominate a friend or family member so they have a chance to win this awesome prize pack!

Enlightened Crisps Review

Enlightened is a health food company that makes health alternative snacking options including good-for-you crisps and low sugar, high protein ice cream. They sent me a sample box of their crisps which come in the following flavors: mesquite bbq, sriracha, wasabi and sea salt. The crisps are made of roasted broad beans (fava beans), sunflower oil, salt and the spices that make up whatever flavor you choose. That’s it. They completely satisfy the need to eat something crunchy like potato chips or veggie fries (what a joke). They aren’t light like a traditional flour crisp that you would get in the grocery store though. These have some density to them, they’re like a cross between a regular crisp and a nut. They’re definitely worth trying out if you’re looking for a healthy, high protein snack to bring to work to replace things like Gold Fish, chips, corn chips, and pretzels.

My personal favorite flavor was the sriracha. Click the picture below to hunt for a good deal on them!

Stack them with this smoothie for a healthy, satisfying meal.

Want more healthy snacks? Click the links below or go to the Healthy Snacks tab of my Recipes on my homepage:

Maple Glazed Jelly Pronuts Recipe made with Kodiak Cakes Powercakes Mix

Lenny & Larry’s Protein Cookie Review

Protein Packed Vanilla Cinnamon Cappuccino Recipe

High Protein Peppermint Patty Ice Cream (Recipe)

Tips for Buying New Supplements

Your plastic scooper scrapes against the bottom of the container reminding you that you need to place an order for more whey protein, pre workout, BCAAs, fish oil or whatever your weapon of choice is. You’ve been stretching out your supplements to last as long as possible so you don’t have to empty your wallet on the stuff again. Here are some tips on how to soften the blow and spend as little as $25-30/month on your favorite supplements.

1. Understand the ingredient list.

If you’re looking for a whey protein supplement, all you need to do is look for a reputable brand (preferably one you’ve tried before) with a great flavor whey protein. A $20 tub of whey protein will produce the same effect as a $50 tub of whey protein if the primary ingredients are the same. I generally buy whatever is on sale at bodybuilding.com or amazon and I try to keep it around $40 for 50+ servings. I base my main decision off of point #2.

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2. Servings/Price.

If I can get a 70 serving tub of whey protein for $50 vs. a 50 serving tub for $40, I’ll choose the former because that’s the better value. The same thing goes for pre-workout (which generally comes in 30 serving containers). I generally don’t spend more than $20 on a pre-workout because that market is also pretty saturated and competitive.

Budgeting Your Supplement Plan

3. How long will the product last if you take it consistently?

If you have a 30 serving container of product that you use every day then you can expect it to last you 30 days (obviously). Are you going to take pre-workout every day? Probably not. You’ll probably only take it 4-5 days per week so it should last you roughly 6 weeks. Keep that in mind when you’re budgeting. If you only want to spend $30/month on supplements then look into the servings/price and how long the container will last you so you know exactly how much you’re spending on your supplements each month.

4. Do you need the supplement or is it hype?

The guy at GNC that sold you the 90 servings container of rare African mango skin extract that will “TARGET AND TORCH BODY FAT!” is just pumping up his commission. I’ve been ripped off and millions of other people have been ripped off like this. Look into only seriously researched supplements like whey protein, BCAAs, caffeine, and of course only consider reputable brands.

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My Current Stack

Xtend Perform BCAAs Black Cherry

Scivation Vanilla Whey Protein (30 g of protein/serving)

Neon Sport Volt

I do the majority of my supplement shopping on Bodybuilding.com and Amazon, hunting for the best deal. With Bodybuilding.com you generally get impressively fast shipping and some free goodies but at $8+ for shipping it’s really your best bet only if you plan on buying in bulk. With Amazon you can typically pay a little less and get free shipping but you don’t get samples, magazines or become a part of the Bodybuilding.com community.

Check out my Instagram & Facebook page for more advice!

 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Squares

I saw these posted a few days ago and it was easily my favorite food post of the day. Check out these Chocolate Peanut Butter Squares

Peanut Butter & Chocolate Slice Peanut butter and chocolate – hands up if you don’t like that combo? No one, ok let’s move on. This slice is super easy to make and is guaranteed to please whomever you serve it up to. I used shop bought 85% organic chocolate for the top, but you could […]

via Peanut Butter & Chocolate Slice — Goodness Wrapped in Happiness

Maple Glazed Jelly Pronuts Recipe made with Kodiak Cakes Powercakes Mix

Nothing on the internet needs to go viral more than these Maple Glazed Jelly Pronuts (protein donuts). These sticky, sweet, crispy donuts are made with Kodiak Cakes Power Cakes mix and filled with organic mixed berry preserves before being lightly fried in coconut oil and then rolled in a sweet maple syrup glaze and sprinkled with cinnamon and powdered sugar. With over 15 grams of protein, these donuts are worth every bite.

Here’s how you can make your own:

Ingredients
1 cup Kodiak Cakes Power Cakes Mix
6 tsp. organic mixed berry preserves
1 whole egg
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 tbsp. coconut oil
1 tsp. powdered sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
* Makes 6 Pronuts

Prepping Instructions
1) In a large bowl combine the Power Cakes mix with 1 whole egg and 1/4 cup of water and mix until the batter has a cookie dough-like consistency.
2) Mold the mix into patties and make an indent in them with your thumb.
3) Add 1 tsp. of organic berry preserves, jelly, jam or whatever filling you’d like into the indent.
4) Fold the dough over the jelly filling making sure the indents are completely sealed.

Cooking Instructions
1) Heat a large skillet on a medium flame and melt 2 tbsp. of virgin coconut oil.
2) Place each donut on the skillet and fry until both sides and edges of the donut are golden-light brown.
3) Place the donuts on a plate and rub them with maple syrup (dip a spoon in maple syrup and rub it evenly across the donut. Repeat until each donut is fully and evenly glazed).
4) Sprinkle 1 tsp. of powdered sugar and 1 tsp. of cinnamon evenly over each donut.

 

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