On today’s episode of Live Lean TV, I’m showing you how to prep and portion your food using a food scale.
I just got back from the grocery store, and chicken was on sale, so I stocked up.
When good food, like chicken breasts, go on sale, you should be buying in bulk too.
Now, since I purchased all this chicken in bulk, the question is, what are we going to do with it?
Well, since you have asked for it multiple times, on this edition of Freestyle Friday, I finally caved in, and am sharing how to prep and portion your food.
The habit of meal prepping and the skill of knowing your portion sizes, is crucial in the beginning stages of Living Lean.
Why you ask?
Because we’re human.
When we don’t have food available, or planned out, we’ll always go for the quick solution.
In most cases, this quick solution is refined junk food.
I’m certainly guilty of it, and I’m 99% sure you are too.
But not anymore.
By following these food prep and portioning steps, you’ll always be prepared with healthy, muscle building, and fat burning foods.
So when you buy in bulk, the best thing to do is portion it out, then store it in the freezer.
By storing the portioned chicken, or any other perishable foods high in protein, in the freezer, it makes the food prep process much more efficient, as you can simply use a single serving size whenever you need it.
You can do this by simply cutting up the chicken into single serving portion sizes, or if you have a family, portion out a family size.
Then store the portioned chicken breasts in the freezer.
When you need to add chicken to a recipe, simply grab it from the freezer, defrost it, then you’re ready to prepare the meal, with properly portioned serving sizes.
So if you’re still with me, here’s how to prep and portion your food using a food scale.
In the beginning, this may seem like a long process, but with experience, you will begin to get a better sense of what portion size is needed to hit your macronutrient goals.
Eventually, you will be able to eyeball it and won’t even need to use the food scale.
If you don’t have a food scale, and are wondering what a good portion size of chicken is from a visual standpoint, typically for protein, it is the size of the palm of your hand or a deck of cards.
This measurement should give you a decent serving of protein for your meal.
As I mentioned, I aim to get 40g of protein per meal, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you need 40g per serving.
Your calorie and macronutrient requirements depends on your body type, your activity level, and your goals.
When I say body type, you have to test to find what works best for your body.
Through a lot of testing, I’ve found what diet works best for me.
So there you have it.
I just prepped and portioned 13 bags of chicken breast.
Each bag contains two servings of chicken so that makes 26 servings of chicken.
I typically have chicken once a day, so that is almost a full month’s worth of chicken, from one shopping trip, that is now already portioned out and ready to go.
So there you have it.
This was a quick post on how to prep and portion your food using a food scale.
You can do this with your chicken, grass fed beef, pork chops, or any food that you’re buying in bulk.
When good food is on sale, save money, and follow these steps on how to prep and portion your good, so you can Live Lean.
As you saw, it’s really not that difficult to do.
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Brad Gouthro is the founder of Live Lean TV, a media company focused on helping men and women “Live Lean” 365 days a year. Brad’s programs and content have helped millions of people all over the world learn how to get in shape, and more importantly, sustain it for life.