Easy Meatless Monday Meal Prep With Six Pack Fitness


Happy, happy MONDAY! Hope you all had a fantastic weekend! Mine was spent both throwing and attending kid birthday parties.  Since both of my daughters are born in March, we have a joint family party for them every year and while I always intend to keep it small, it turned out to be quite the event filled with lots of presents.  Then on Sunday we had to attend my daughter’s classmates birthday party right after I got my 10 mile long run in.  Needless to say, it took up a good chunk of my day BUT I somehow still found time to meal prep some meatless dishes for my very busy on-the-go Monday. 

To be honest, I am really not much of a meal prepper mostly because I’ve had the luxury of walking to the kitchen whenever I want and whip something up.  That was the case until recently, that is, and busier I’ve gotten, the less time I have to spend in the kitchen preparing breakfast and lunch.  

With the soon to be opening of my new studio and race season in full swing, meal prepping for the day is a must especially given my food allergies.  Having food with me on hand that not only fuels me but that I can also tolerate is incredibly important.  Far too many times I have either been traveling or at a race venue and found refueling to be a challenge so having something like a meal management bag on hand is the perfect solution for when I am on the go, go, go! 

 

Easy Meatless Meal Prep On The Go with Six Pack Fitness Meal Management Bags {gluten free, vegetarian}

As most of you know, I like to keep it as simple as possible with my recipes and I am the same with meal prepping especially given the fact that I am histamine intolerant.  Being intolerant even limits having precooked chicken, as the longer the chicken sits the more histamine builds so focusing on fresh vegetables and other sources of protein are a must for me.  

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Easy Meatless Meal Prep On The Go with Six Pack Fitness Meal Management Bags {gluten free, vegetarian}

While I realize that everyone is different and that we all have our own needs and restrictions, there are a few quick tips: 

  1. When eating a meatless diet it is important to choose foods that are balanced so including dark greens, fresh vegetables, nutrient dense (red/orange) colored root vegetables, starches and proteins are all important. 
  2. Choose whole foods that don’t require a lot of prep work: eggs, rice, greens, potatoes and fresh veggies take only a few minutes to prepare in the kitchen.  While you’re microwaving your potato and boiling the eggs, cut up your greens/veggies.  Less that 15 minutes of prep work will make you 2 meals
  3. Pick ingredients to pack that can be paired easily with each other.  Pictured above I chose a sweet potato, kale, hard boiled eggs, brown rice and mushrooms. The sweet potato and 2 eggs are the perfect breakfast or great way to refuel after a race or run.  The kale, rice and mushrooms (along with the extra eggs if you wish) make a great super salad bowl.  Just drizzle on your favorite dressing and you’re good to go! 

Once you have your foods picked out you’re going to need some way to tote them around and while a regular bag might get your meals from A to B it won’t keep your food fresh for long.  Fortunately, meal management bags like this one from Six Pack Fitness exists and makes healthy meals on the go just that much easier! 

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The Renee Meal Management Tote from Six Pack Bags offers not only style and a dedicated compartment for your laptop but it also acts as a cooler with that stores four Sure Seal Containers to transport and keep food fresh all day long. 

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Easy Meatless Meal Prep On The Go with Six Pack Fitness Meal Management Bags {gluten free, vegetarian}

Easy Meatless Meal Prep On The Go with Six Pack Fitness Meal Management Bags {gluten free, vegetarian}

Easy Meatless Meal Prep On The Go with Six Pack Fitness Meal Management Bags {gluten free, vegetarian}

The containers are kept cold by the 3 gel packs (2 small and 1 large) that fit in both front and top pockets surrounding the containers.  

The bag also features a Sports Nutrition Compact which is perfect for vitamins or supplements that you might need to store.  

Easy Meatless Meal Prep On The Go with Six Pack Fitness Meal Management Bags {gluten free, vegetarian}

While there are side pockets that you can fit a standard size water bottle as well along with smaller compartments to store items such as keys and lip gloss.

I personally love the tote because it looks (and feels) like a quality handbag and material used to construct the bag is top quality both on the inside and out.  So not only can you conveniently tote your meals on the go but you can also look good doing it. 

Totes adorbs, right?! 😉 

 

6 Pack Fitness Renee Meal Management Tote Giveaway

Which is why I’m excited that 6 Pack Fitness has offered to give a meal management tote away to my readers!!! All you have to do is use the rafflecopter below to enter.  Ends 3/24.  Good luck :) 

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This post is also linked up with Confessions of a Mother Runner and A Whisk and Two Wands for Meatless Monday and Running with SD & Erica Finds for Wednesday Giveaway Roundup and Nicole from Fitful Focus for Fit & Fashionable Friday. 


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Annmarie is a self proclaimed foodie, avid long distance runner and functional fitness coach. A DVRT Master Trainer, HKC Instructor and food allergy sufferer, she writes about strength training for runners as well as shares allergy friendly recipes for busy athletes.   She is also the owner of Strength In Motion Studio, mother of two sassy sisters and wife to a chronically busy chiropractor.   Subscribe by email for updates to get the latest workouts, advice and recipes straight to your inbox!

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41 Comments

Susie @ SuzLyfe
Reply March 14, 2016

This would be so nice with my new job! I TOTALLY need one! Like you, now that I am working at the gym, I am going to need to do meal prep, and this would be the perfect way to organize everything.

Kaila@HealthyHelperBlog
Reply March 14, 2016

Great tips and such an awesome giveaway!! Thank you!!

    aelicatese
    Reply March 17, 2016

    Thanks for entering!

Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner
Reply March 14, 2016

Looks like a great bag! I love that pic of you
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    aelicatese
    Reply March 17, 2016

    Thank you! <3

Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment
Reply March 14, 2016

Love the bag! It looks like a large purse which I love. Those little lunch bags are never big enough! Thanks for hosting the giveaway.

    aelicatese
    Reply March 17, 2016

    I love that it looks like a purse too!

Ivanna
Reply March 14, 2016

This is a cool bag. It's unlike other meal prep bags I have seen, very cool

    aelicatese
    Reply March 17, 2016

    It is pretty cool!

Pragati // Simple Medicine
Reply March 14, 2016

I'm so with Lauren, traditional lunch boxes are simply not big enough if you have a long day out of the house ahead. It's hard to pack enough into a tiny little bag to last all day.

    aelicatese
    Reply March 17, 2016

    It really is!

Rachel
Reply March 14, 2016

Super cute tote. And you're adorbs modeling it! Happy birthday to your little ladies!!

    aelicatese
    Reply March 17, 2016

    Aw thank you! :)

Jess @hellotofit
Reply March 14, 2016

Great tips for food prep! That's amazing that all of those containers fit in the bag haha. Happy Monday!

    aelicatese
    Reply March 17, 2016

    I was impressed too!

Mary Ellen @ VNutrition
Reply March 14, 2016

That is a really cool bag. No one would ever know it was storing food! Great tips, thanks!

    aelicatese
    Reply March 17, 2016

    That is my fav part about it!

Mary Beth Jackson
Reply March 14, 2016

That is a great bag! I try to get all my stuff in a regular lunchbox and it doesn't all fit! Great concept :)

    aelicatese
    Reply March 17, 2016

    I know, I love how much food it can fit!

Lauren
Reply March 14, 2016

What a cute concept!! Simple is always easiest for me too!! Thanks for sharing your tips!
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    aelicatese
    Reply March 17, 2016

    Yes, keeping it simple is key!

Nicole @ Fitful Focus
Reply March 14, 2016

I'm obsessed with this bag and I need one in my life!

    aelicatese
    Reply March 17, 2016

    Yes you do!!!

Meredith
Reply March 14, 2016

Love this bag!!!

    aelicatese
    Reply March 17, 2016

    Me too, it's awesome!

Heather@hungryforbalance
Reply March 14, 2016

Such a cool bag (and great picture of you)! That bag would be a lifesaver on days when we're rushing from place to place. I'm just learning about histamine intolerance- my husband and daughter have severe eczema and we just discovered the link between the two. I'm anxious to hear more about how you manage your histamine intolerance and foods you recommend.

    aelicatese
    Reply March 17, 2016

    Aw thanks so much! I can email you with some information that I have if you want me to? I am still learning but am happy to share!!

Mary Long
Reply March 14, 2016

I really need to get back to food prepping my lunch. I am in another food rut. I am looking forward to the spring and summer foods.
This is such a great bag!

    aelicatese
    Reply March 17, 2016

    I am looking forward to the fresh foods too!!!

Lucie P
Reply March 15, 2016

That's a great looking bag! I think I need one of those, I'm always struggling to fit all my containers in my lunch bag (I try not to use plastic bags).

    aelicatese
    Reply March 17, 2016

    I really has a place for everything and fits so much!

Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy
Reply March 15, 2016

Meal prep saves us SO much time. Just something as simple are boiling up some eggs can make a huge difference.

    aelicatese
    Reply March 17, 2016

    YES! So true!!!

Beverley @ Born to Sweat
Reply March 15, 2016

im so impressed with this bag! i remember my friend used to carry one of these around, and it was literally a suitcase. so big. this looks way handier and much less conspicuous

    aelicatese
    Reply March 17, 2016

    Yes, it really isn't too big that it's cumbersome!

Angie
Reply March 16, 2016

That bag looks so awesome and it's a beautiful color too. Would make a great travel bag (minus the ice packs for flying of course).

    aelicatese
    Reply March 17, 2016

    Yes, it can definitely be used for travel too if you check the ice packs!

Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table
Reply March 16, 2016

I've had my bag for a few years now and I LOVE it! It's really durable too. :)

    aelicatese
    Reply March 17, 2016

    Good to know! :)

Meesh
Reply March 16, 2016

I've never heard of this bag- and it looks AWESOME!

    aelicatese
    Reply March 17, 2016

    It seriously is awesome!!!

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