Why meal prep

Meal prepping has become a biggest part of my life since my life style change. It has not only helped me build a healthy relationship with food but also changed my family dynamics in a positive way. Being a mom of 3 active kids with varying taste buds and good appetite, preparing meals ahead has helped reduce “fusyness” if there’s any word like that.. hahaha<a href="http:////pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({ google_ad_client: "ca-pub-4083265031148074", enable_page_level_ads: true }); “>http:////pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({ google_ad_client: “ca-pub-4083265031148074”, enable_page_level_ads: true });

Everyone ate what was on the table, kids and husband now have a healthier palate. I couldn’t be happier! here are some other benefits if you are ever wondering why you should prepare your meals in advance.<a href="http:////pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({ google_ad_client: "ca-pub-4083265031148074", enable_page_level_ads: true }); “>http:////pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({ google_ad_client: “ca-pub-4083265031148074”, enable_page_level_ads: true });

  1. Improves your family health : What we eat, how we eat and when we eat have a huge impact on our health. If You meal plan you will reduce the risk of exposing your loved ones to unhealthy options, because your meal is already prepared, and it’s healthy! What better way to introduce healthy eating habit early in life. It helps teach your young ones about good nutrition. plus the added advantage of the whole family eating well-planned, nutritious meals. good habits are formed early in life!
  2. You will save money

Eating healthy doesn’t have to be expensive if you plan ahead! Buying your ingredients in bulk and taking advantage of your freezer space, if you don’t have a freezer trust me it is the best investment you’d ever make . Planing ahead will help you know exactly what you need to buy, instead of multiple trips to the grocer each week to pick up last minute ingredients.(been there!) you will save money on pricey lunchtime meals. Plus the added advantage of knowing exactly how much you spend on food a month. You really want to try it if you have a family and want to free up some cash for other things.

2. Reduces food waste

Have you ever had to throw away vegetables or other ingredients that went bad before you had a chance to eat it? I used to that a lot and feel it’s an avoidable way of throwing hard earned money away. It’s not a good feeling. But when you meal prep, you tend to use up all of your ingredients for the week or month reducing the chances of any left over if you plan well!

3. Quick and easy grocery shopping

once you’ve planned what meals you will be eating for the week or month, wandering aimlessly around the aisles will be history. I go to the grocer prepared with my food list categories like -fruits, vegetables, meat, frozen food, dairy, grains, and fats. This has helped me to avoid the aisles I don’t need to be in. time saver!

3. It will help you lose weight

Weekly or Bi-weekly meal plans will allow you to know exactly what you are eating and control how many calories you are loading up . and in return reduce or prevent extra body flabs. Tried and tested but consistency is key!

4. Will teach you portion control

The best part of meal prep is that it teaches you balance. Portioning your meals in tubs stops you from over eating and in turn help you loose weight. Eat the right amount of nutrients and experience the magic of balance( tried and tested).

5.Time saving

All it takes is one saturday or sunday a month or week to plan out your meals properly and cook them, Once that is done and dusted , all you then need to do is take them out of the fridge, heat them up and eat. less washing up and kitchen time for the rest of the week or month

6.Increased willpower

All it takes, is 21 days to form a habit. and once you get into the swing of consistently eating healthy, you will gradually stop craving unhealthy foods. having a routine in place is key to healthy eating, and you will find it easier to turn down the foods you know you shouldn’t be eating!

7. It will reduce stress

Coming home from work and trying to figure out what’s for dinner can be stressful. definitely not with meal prep! You can say goodbye to the “what’s for dinner” and chill knowing that your meal just needs to be heated up! wrong food choice can cause digestive problems and affect your sleeping pattern( Avoidable stress).

7. It will help you eat a varied balanced diet

If you are able to consciously plan your meals ahead of time, it will become easy to eat from different food types such as protein, carbohydrates, fat, grains, vegetables, etc in order to get the right mix of nutrients you need to fuel your body. I tend to mix it up every week, sometimes the same main base and different toppings You won’t be limited to the basic foods or bored as most people think, Meal prep helps you get more adventurous!

Remember, there is no right or wrong way of creating a meal prep routine. Everyone has their own way of doing things once you start you’ll find a rythm. If after reading about all this benefits and you still can’t find time to cook your meals ahead shmply outsource it to a trusted healthy meal prep vendor close to you and you will still enjoy all these benefits!

Thanks for stopping by and hope this helps you make changes towards becoming the best version of you!

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BLACK EYED BEANS PLANTAIN PIZZA

Black eyed beans is a nutritious plant based whole food with a good proportion of dietary fiber 4g, total carbohydrate 16g, protein 9g and calories 128kcal per 100g serving.(according to nutritionaldata.com and fitnesspal).

I grew up eating beans pottage served with plantain, yam or rice as it was thought that black eyed beans is a complete protein so needed to be balanced with carbohydrate and most of us still believe that beans is a complete protein and still eat this way. from the nutritional composition we can see that it is more carb than protein. knowing the nutritional composition of an ingredient helps with choosing the right ingredient that will pair well with it so as to not only maximize the nutritional benefit but also reduce the impact on the waistline.
Black eyed beans is quite versatile, it can also be eaten as a pudding ” Moin-Moin” the skin of the beans is peeled, blended with onions, peppers, oil, salt and steamed in plantain or banana leaves. A delicacy traditionally eaten in the western part of Africa(recipe coming soon)

So I have paired black eyed beans with half ripe plantain which is also a nutritional bomb to create a delicious , fluffy, chewy crust different from other healthy pizza alternatives out there (bready in texture).
Good news is, this pizza is a combination of complex carbohydrate with a low glycaemic load, so takes time to break down when eaten, this means no blood sugar effect, you’ll be feeling full for a long time, less appetite and consequently no extra flabs!!

If you are from west Africa precisely Nigeria, you know how precious moin-moin is ? talk about something quick and healthy moin- moin tops the list.
So I made black eyed pudding for the week and by day 3 my kids were bored already, so I thought to try something close to what they enjoy eating without a fuss PIZZA!. with the left over ingredients (about 100g peeled black eyed beans and half ripe plantain) pinch of salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, oregano and a table spoon of extra virgin olive oil I was able to put together this delicious healthy pizza crust..
It is gluten free, flourless, no raising agent, just as natural as can be. easily adaptable to vegan, simply swap toppings and you are good to go.
It is super filling and can be served with or without salad and oven baked wedges and spicy chicken wings for a complete pizza night experience.

let’s get cooking!

INGREDIENTS FOR CRUST
– 100g black eyed beans
-1 half ripe plantain
– 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
-I Tsp garlic powder
– I Tbsp Italian seasoning/oregano
– Pepper and pinch of salt to taste.

INGREDIENTS FOR SAUCE
-Half canned tomatoes or fresh tomatoes
-peppers,
-1onion
-2 garlic cloves
-1/2 tsp salt,
-basil leaves
-1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
Blend all ingredients and cook in extra virgin olive oil over low medium heat till fragrant and cooked.(8mins or less) take off the hob and set aside

METHOD FOR CRUST
1. Blitz all ingredients in a blender

2. Grease lined pizza tray, pour your batter and cook in pre-heated oven for 20-25mins (flip other side to cook half way cooking time) turn off heat. 20180728_174428
Allow to cool, then spread the marinara sauce over it
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layer with toppings of choice.
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Enjoy!!

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. thank you.