MEAL PREP MONDAY !! – Final Exams Edition :)

“The human brain is amazing.. it works 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, from the time we were born and only stops…when we have to write exams”

final exams(Sound familiar?)

WELCOME FRIENDS ! It’s the most terrible time of the year ! FINAL EXAMS TIME! wah wahhhh

Now some of you may be thinking HEY, I really like exams.. pfft just kidding those people only exist at Hogwarts and only if your name is Hermione.

We figured after much deliberation that our fellow students needed us… as much as we do appreciate endless pictures of gummy candy and redbull as your ” #studysnack “…

Now just to recap what 99.99% of students are doing to their bodies during exam time:

Consuming such copious amounts of caffeine their blood:caffeine ratio is staggeringly concerning – don’t get us wrong we’re all about the caffeine train IN MODERATION… however…in high amounts especially when you’re studying for exams is detrimental to brain function and ya you may feel like you’re being the most productive person ever and like you’re retaining everything but truth be told your brain is still stuck reading paragraph one from 6 chapters ago while you think you’ve solidly studied all fifteen chapters thoroughly. WRONGO.

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Consuming sugar…in all shapes, forms, kinds, colours, breeds and walks of life – Overconsumption of sugar can result in impaired memory (pretty much says it all about why it’s a terrible thing to have at one of the most crucial MEMORY TIMES in your student existence)

Not sleeping…at all – When you’re sleep deprived your brain is incapable of retaining memories correctly and actually severely impairs the ability to learn properly (SIDE NOTE… for all of those people who decided that staying at the 24 hour library was the only way you were going to pass exams… it’s also a sure way to make nobody want to stand within a 10 foot radius around you. Go home and please shower.)

NOW!! We have some extra fun recipes today that are REALLY quick and easy… have some snack recipes that you can throw together the night before and take them with you to said 24 hour library (where you will NOT be for 24 hours because that is insane) and also a great lunch/dinner recipe that you can make and easily put in some containers and also take with you!

THE TIME OF DAY WHEN PEOPLE FIND IT MOST ACCEPTABLE TO EAT COLD PIZZA (Breakfast):

FIRST THINGS FIRST – Let’s start off the day right with a BOOMING power smoothie !! (we may like smoothies a little bit.. don’t judge us.)

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just very dark purple)

1 Cup frozen blueberries

1 Cup frozen strawberries

1 Banana (sliced – blends better that way)

1 Cup baby spinach

2 Cups chilled green tea (we used a mango green tea… sweet jesus so delicious)

1 Cup almond milk

Couple tablespoons of chia seeds (& whatever other deliciousness you would like to add to this beautiful smoothie)

DIRECTIONS: BLEND! (if possible say this in a MEGATRON voice while you do it…)

-This smoothie is EXCELLENT for studying because of all the excellent antioxidants to help clear out all the toxins your body is surely loaded with from above list of common student destruction techniques, green tea to maintain your energy levels and excellent healthy fats from the chia seeds that result in OPTIMAL BRAIN FUNCTION 🙂

TIME OF DAY WHEN YOU DESPERATELY WANT TO EAT EVERYTHING IN THE VENDING MACHINE (lunch):

(This could also be used for dinner.. depending on what time of day you decide to grace the world with your presence)

Chicken thighs with a spice rub that will blow your tastebuds, steamed broccoli, brown rice (ALL took 30 minutes… BOOMMM)

SPICE RUB

  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar (Could use honey too)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • pinch of salt and fresh ground pepper

(This made enough for the 8 boneless skinless chicken thighs that came in the package.. if you want to make more… do as nike would and DO IT)

DIRECTIONS

  • Rub the spices on the chicken thighs (what an absolutely ridiculous sentence.. and mental image)… make sure to get some on the bottom too so the excellent spicy deliciousness can be spread evenly
  • Heat a cast iron skillet over medium high heat and sear off those babies (the little bit of sugar in them makes them look so delicious it hurts)
  • They won’t take very long to cook through… approximately 10 minutes (depending on size)

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YOU ARE READY TO ENJOY CHICKEN THIGH GOODNESS

-Enjoy over brown rice (cooked according to the package) – and with some beautiful broccoli 🙂

TIME SAVER TIP OF THE DAY: While cooking the brown rice aka while it’s boiling away… throw a double boiler over top of that sucker and take advantage of the steam to steam your broccoli! 🙂

TIME OF DAY WHEN YOU SAY “SCREW IT” AND ACTUALLY EAT EVERYTHING IN THE VENDING MACHINE (snack time):

We’re big fans of the muffins…. just saying… but this time we did something a little different and did an oatmeal muffin … with …. dum dum dummmmmm a GLAZE on them 🙂

Lemon Oatmeal Muffins!

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INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups of rolled oats
  • 1 Tablespoon raw organic honey
  • 5 tablespoons of ground flax mixed with 6 tablespoons water (let sit until it comes together a bit then add)
  • 1 mashed banana
  • 1 Teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/3 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla extract

(Bake at 400F for around 10 minutes – until firm)

“ICING/GLAZE”

  • 1/3 Cup greek yogurt
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 Teaspoon raw organic honey

(Stir all of these together and it makes this EXCELLENT tangy sweet deliciousness that you can glaze the tops of the muffins with)

-Keep in the fridge so they stay super fresh and they’re basically the best portable thing since the discman. ENJOY!

🙂

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BEST OF LUCK TO ALL THE EXAMERS… and those who aren’t… pretty much anyone can benefit from these recipes !! 🙂

HAPPY PREPPING FRIENDS! 🙂

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