As many of you know, I’ve been working very hard to rebuild my strength and stamina to start Crossfit again. Happily, I am now able to do one hour workouts, 5 to 6 days a week. However, that extra workout time has taken a big chunk out of my day. Even though I started waking up an hour earlier in the morning, I have also learned the importance of stopping work earlier in the evening. It’s very hard for me to keep up with everything lately. But, I know it’s all part of a bigger healing picture.
With less time on my hands, I have found it more important than ever to batch cook my meals. When I’m done working out, the last thing I feel like doing is cooking and cleaning. Plus, it’s best to get your post-workout meal within 30 minutes of ending your session. This Mardi Gras Breakfast Sausage Skillet has become my go-to post-workout meal. It has plenty of protein to help build muscle tissue, and starchy carbs to refuel your body and give you energy. Enjoy!
Besides my Mardi Gras Breakfast Sausage Skillet, I make sure to batch cook lots of chicken breasts and thighs, baked sweet potatoes, and some leafy greens, like kale, spinach, and cabbage. It’s also helpful to do some food prepping. You can chop all or most of your vegetables for the week, and store them in Mason jars, in the fridge. I bought this wonderful food chopper that I use to chop radishes, red onions, cucumber, and any other veggies I need. Then, I put them in my jars for when I need them to make my lunch salads or dinners. Usually a small jarful will last for 5 days or more. I also store my chopped kale and lettuce this way, too. I keep those in large jars. All you have to do is pull out the jars you need….and, boom….you’ve got a salad in minutes.
Trust me, time is a precious commodity. Planning, prepping and batch cooking your meals can help save you time. I usually do this twice a week, once at the beginning, and again before the weekend. Now I don’t have to worry about standing in front of the stove after I’ve done what feels like a million squats. It’s well worth it!
As always, I wish you good health………and, good food!
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