don’t we love the picture before we tear into the food without regret

My first post was going to be about motivation but as I typed it out, I didn’t feel motivated. To be honest I haven’t felt very motivated the last couple months. I felt like a fraud typing it out even though I’m almost always motivated. So to get myself back into the swing of things I did some meal prep instead. Food always helps when I’m in a rough spot…emotional or otherwise.  I meal prepped the pictured meal above and took this picture with my Galaxy S8+.  I will note before I go into detail that I don’t count calories unless we are talking about how many I can get in a meal at once (haha), I’m not on a special diet, and I don’t believe in restricting myself from foods.

I believe M O D E R A T I O N is key!

What you need:

Rice a Roni Stir Fried Rice Mix (add Butter and water)

Shrimps (or other protein of your choice)

This took about a half hour from start to finish to make. I first thawed the shrimp under cold running water in a bowl. You can really get any shrimp but I opted for the grilling shrimp because they were already cleaned, cut in half and ready to cook. Then I started the rice, which once it browned, I added the seasoning and water and waited until done. By this time the shrimp should be thawed. You can add seasoning to them or cook them in some butter until done. I didn’t add any seasoning to them since I added them directly to the rice.

The serving size for this package of shrimp only has 3 serving if you have the recommended serving size with each meal, if not more. A little facts about the shrimp I used, for a serving size, which is 4 shrimps, there are 120 calories, 15 being from fat. There is only 1 gram of carbs and a total of 23 grams of protein. Note from my photo, I did get jumbo shrimps so the protein amount may vary depending on what you get. For the rice, a serving size in about one third of a cup. Once prepared the rice serving size has 250 calories, 70 being from fat. Has only 5 grams of protein and a total of 40 grams of Carbs! Total Carbo load! Only downside to a rice like this, is the sodium. There is 1,000 mg of sodium in a serving of this rice; that is 45% of your daily intake you should have.

If I wasn’t in a hurry to get my meal prep done after a long day of work, I would and/or could have made a few alternatives to this meal to make it a little better.

  • Make a whole grain rice or even a white rice to cut the sodium of the overall meal
  • Add veggies and tofu for a vegan option
  • Add veggies with the shrimp to get in a serving of veggies for the day. Note: adding broccoli adds source of veggies and more protein

Meal prep doesn’t need to be hard or complex and it doesn’t need to be plain and dull. Everyone has different goals they want to get to so eat based on your goals. If you just want to enjoy life and stay in good shape at the same time, I suggest just taking everything in moderation.  If you’re in competition mode then I would say chicken and rice is probably your best bet.

[I will eat what you can’t so you can live through me]

At the end of the day as long as I eat, I won’t get hangry and have to kill my boyfriend so it’s a good day. I think he would agree!

Until next time…


(All photos taken by me unless otherwise stated)

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