We live in a busy society, made even busier by the training we do as runners, cyclists and triathletes. Even with the best meal plans for each week, life can sometimes happen. You don’t get to the store, it was an even later night on the trails than you thought or you were just frankly tired. All of these things happen with us. So do you pick up pizza? Go to the store anyways and eat at 10pm? Or do you have a properly stalked pantry along with a freezer? The benefits of taking the time to make sure your pantry and freezer are stocked benefits your wallet since you won’t be ordering out, benefits your waistline since you won’t be ordering out and benefits your fitness because you sill still have a well balanced meal to get you through the next training session.
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Tackling what to put in the freezer is somewhat dependent on if you are a meat eater or vegetarian. No matter what though, veggies need to be in the freezer. The summer months are different than winter months as the weather can really dictate what type of food you are in the mood for. Example: I want corn in the summer and butternut squash in the winter. However, I always have puree’s of herbs, garlic, spinach and olive oil. You can actually buy them in the freezer section at Whole Foods right now, but I still prefer to make mine and freeze them in ice cube trays.
When it comes to what to put in and what not is entirely dependent on what types of food you like. However, I do believe that there are staples for everyone.
Potato: I buy Alexia
Red Bell Pepper: Diced and Sliced
Yellow Onion: Diced and Sliced
Red Onion: Diced and Sliced
Garlic Cloves, Whole
Sliced Ciabatta Bread
2 Chicken Breasts
4-6 Chicken Thighs, Boneless, Skinless
1 pound of Shrimp or Barramundi Filets
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That is all you need to have in your freezer to make complete meals. You can make succotash, marinara sauce, sausage and peppers with polenta, or chicken and peppers, stuff the chicken with spinach and serve over the ravioli, make a shrimp broth with the shells and you have a sauce with the gnocchi —- really, there is just so much you can do if you have a few staples. With just a little bit of planning, you have made your life healthier, easier and budget friendly.