Meet Melissa

You want to be healthy, but it seems like too much work.

You would eat healthy meals, but they cost a lot of money.

You might eat more at home, but you are an awful cook.

Can you relate to any of these?!

Whether you are looking to eat healthier while saving time & money or you just need some simple healthy recipes —  you are in the right place!

Since you’ve made it this far, you want to start the process to a healthy lifestyle. You’re adding vegetables to your diet, getting protein with each meal and limiting the sweets you eat.

But maybe you aren’t good at portion control.

Maybe you go out to lunch 4 out of 5 days per week for convenience.

Maybe you are tired when you get home from work and don’t want to cook.

No matter what roadblocks you’ve found, you want to be able to live a healthy lifestyle without sacrificing time, money or energy.

You want to eat balanced meals throughout the day that aren’t boring.

You want to be able to put a healthy dinner on the table even after a long day at work.

You don’t want to spend all your money on food from restaurants.

Let’s be honest, we are all busy and have other things to worry about on a day to day basis besides eating healthy. I’m here to help you figure out how to have healthy food available for whatever meals you need so that you can maintain a healthy lifestyle and still get other sh*t done.

Meal prep is the perfect way to do this.

I’m Melissa Edson and I love to meal prep! I prepare a variety of foods over weekend so I can eat healthy all week long (with minimal effort).

How did I start meal prepping?

I graduated college in 2010 with a Bachelor’s in Food Science & Human Nutrition from Colorado State University.

During my time at CSU I had worked several jobs, including a job at the campus bakery making baked goods for the dining halls. I loved the job and I loved all the yummy treats I got to eat and take with me to share.

My waistline did not love the bakery job quite as much as my taste buds and after graduation I found myself 25lbs or so over where I wanted to be.

I started exercising again and found my love for weight lifting and strength training. In order to perform better in the gym I knew I needed to fuel myself with healthy foods.

I started eating a pretty clean diet, making dinner at home and packing leftovers for lunch the next day. Slowly I started making extra portions of healthy meals so that I could eat them later in the week. Rather than cooking one chicken breast, I started cooking four so that I had leftovers in the refrigerator for quick, easy meals throughout the week.

It was a gradual process, but by 2015 I was eating five small meals per day and three of those were made ahead of time during meal prep.

In the middle of my healthy-eating journey I started a blog called Eat. Lift. Play. Repeat. and documented clean eating recipes, meal prep ideas and grocery shopping tips. Along the way I realized I’m not a chef, but I know how to make simple, yet healthy meals that can be made to eat all week long. Meal prep became my focus, which led me to switch blogs to Everyday Meal Prep.

I’m a huge planner, which has translated into planning meals for the entire week. I personally like to have breakfast, lunch and a couple snacks prepared ahead of time. I’ll also cook a few things during meal prep to enjoy for quick dinners, such as chicken, roasted veggies and/or a whole grain.

In September of 2017 my husband, Donny, & I had a beautiful baby girl named Abby Jo. It was quite the lifestyle change, but honestly meal prep helped me during that pregnancy and also after. Turns out, you don’t have as much time or energy in the evenings when you are raising a child! Having healthy foods already cooked and ready to throw together has helped Donny & I eat healthy even though we are worn out.

I want to help you fit healthy eating into your life, no matter what stage you are in. I’ll post healthy recipes that can be made during meal prep, plus a list of what I prep and what groceries it requires for those meals. I also want to post about why you should meal prep and what tips I’ve found along the way.

For even more tips, tricks and quick recipes, I invite you to sign up for my email list. It’s completely free and you’ll receive even more tips for a healthy lifestyle and how to incorporate food prep into your every day life!

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