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The Meal Prep Service Behind Zac Efron’s Fit Physique

Meal prepping always seems like such a good idea, since eating healthy and saving time is invaluable to most. Putting the plan into action, however, is where the wheels fall off. Besides the challenge that is cooking healthy en masse, the idea of eating the same meal everyday is quite a dreary prospect. However, a Los Angeles company, Z.E.N. Foods, is looking to solve this issue for people, with their personalized, fresh meal plans.

Z.E.N., which stands for Zero Effort Nutrition, provides their customers with a healthy meal plan of three meals a day. What separates them from the pack of diet planning companies, though, is that these meals aren’t some pre-packaged, TV dinner-style meals that coagulate and become homogeneous once microwaved.

What Z.E.N. Foods provides are restaurant quality meals which are sourced from local food vendors, crafted by hand in their LA-based commercial kitchen, dropped off at their customer’s door every morning, and tailor made for each customer’s dietary needs. The budding company offers five different genres of meal plans, each of which can be further customized.

“From the very beginning, those with health problems, such as diabetes, obesity and heart disease, were very grateful to have an effortless way to change their lives through healthy, nutritious meals. We can customize just about everything. With nutritionists on staff and R&D chefs creating new products every day, the variety is amazing and it’s impossible to get bored,” says CEO and founder Mariana Rossano.

They currently do this for over 2000 people, including A-listers like Zac Efron and Chris Bauer, who have turned to the service to get their bodies in shape for various roles.

This budding success is leading to projected growth this year for the brand.

“We have expanded on the existing program from Z.E.N. Foods… It has just started in May and it’s called “Z.E.N. Classics.” The Classics is basically pure convenience, offering everything in an al a carte fashion from breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, healthy desserts, kid’s meals, to protein shakes and cold pressed juices. The menu will be constantly expanding and we will be adding meals from all cultures,” detailed Rossano of this expansion.

Z.E.N. Foods has also partnered with Southern California’s own Melissa’s Produce to guarantee the freshness in their meals that one would expect from a company that is a top choice for high profile clientele.

With an ever expanding menu, and a multitude of clean eating options, Z.E.N. Foods is poised to make a splash in the fresh meal delivery sector in the coming year. Or, as Rossano succinctly put it:

“Sky’s the limit in 2020.”

Check out www.zenfoods.com to peruse through and purchase one of the various meal plans. Or if you’re looking for pure convenience, check out zenclassics.com for their a la cart meal plan.


Created in partnership with Melissa’s Produce.

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Grocery Health Hit-Or-Miss

Follow These Instagram Accounts If Meal Prepping Is Your New Year’s Resolution

Every single New Year’s Eve, I promise myself that I’m gonna start meal prepping. Why is that, you ask? There are a few reasons, but I’ll stick to the basics. For starters, planning your meals is definitely healthier than settling for takeout every night (sigh). It’s also a lot cheaper than buying food whenever you’re hungry. If you’re hoping to purchase the right food products that’ll create sustainable meals in 2019, you might want some guidance. Luckily, I’ve rounded up a few Instagram accounts for meal prepping that’ll help you get a head start on your resolution.

Whether you’re a vegetarian, vegan or a straight up carnivore, there are tons of meal prepping pages that you can follow. Luckily, various Instagram accounts have created impressive fanbases by mapping out each meal for its followers. Thanks to them, you won’t have to aimlessly wander around the grocery store hoping that everything you throw into your cart will make a good meal. Instead, you’ll be able to plan your breakfasts, lunches and dinners with the help of your favorite meal prepping role models.

Before I dive in, get your phones out. Trust me, you’re gonna want to follow these prepping pages.

1. Workweek Lunch

 

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Busy bees with a hungry appetite will love Workweek Lunch’s Instagram account. From breakfast and lunch to dinner and desserts, it’ll have you covered with quick and easy meals for the week.

2. Meal Prepster

 

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Meal Prepster is perfect for anyone craving an easy-to-do savory dish or a powerhouse meal that’ll keep you going throughout the week.

3. Meal Prep On Fleek

 

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Meal Prep On Fleek will help you prep meals, snacks and desserts while providing your feed with much-needed food facts.

4. How To Meal Prep

 

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How To Meal Prep is the perfect page for prepping beginners (like myself), because it provides you with videos that’ll help you through the process.

5. Daily Vegan

 

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If you’re a vegan, go ahead and follow Daily Vegan Meal prep. It’ll guide you through a ton of recipes that you’ll be able to eat on the reg. That way, you won’t have to visit your go-to vegan joint everyday.

6. Meal Prep & Chill

 

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Meal Prep & Chill will help you stay calm, cool and collected while you plan your meals for the week. It’ll also provide you with handy how-to videos and factual food posts.

7. Meal Prep Haven

 

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Not only does Meal Prep Haven offer prepping ideas, but it also gives followers the option to purchase planning packs that’ll give them a jump start into meal prepping. Convenient, am I right?

As you can see, there are tons of Instagram accounts that’ll help you start your meal prepping journey in the new year. Choose your favorite, head to the grocery store and start planning.

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Fast Food

Chick-fil-A Is Testing Meal Prep Kits You Can Buy At The Drive-Thru

There was a time in college where all my meals were pretty much fast food. I’d pick up a large breakfast at the drive-thru before class, save some for lunch, and swing back on my way home for a dinner sandwich.

While I stopped eating fast food morning, noon, and night, I always wondered if there was anything quite as convenient as ordering your meals through a drive-thru window.

Harkening back to my college years, Chick-fil-A has announced that it will be testing Mealtime Kits in their hometown of Atlanta, GA, in late August.

The Mealtime Kits are designed to let Chick-fil-A customers cook at home using pre-portioned ingredients that they can order right at the fast food chain’s drive-thru menu.

As of now, there are five different kit recipes being tested in Atlanta that were developed by Chick-Fil-A chef and restauranteur Stuart Tracy. These include Chicken Parmesan, Chicken Enchiladas, Dijon Chicken, Pan Roasted Chicken, and Chicken Flatbread. Sure, it’s not quite their fast food menu, but the star is their pre-marinated chicken. A single kit feeds two people and costs $15.89.

Guests can order the Mealtime Kits at 150 Atlanta Chick-fil-A restaurants beginning Aug. 27. There’s no advance notice or subscription required to pick up your meal kits. Once you have them, all you have to do is follow the recipe card and you can prep a meal in about half an hour.

Not bad.

If successful, expect to see more cities rolling out the meal prep kits.

Fingers crossed, we see Chick-fil-A try to tackle breakfast meal-preps, too, and cover every meal of the day.

 

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The Meal Prep Trick That Makes Life SO Much Easier

chicken thighs on pitta bread, ready for the ovenPhoto: Shutterstock / AndreyCherkasov

Creating a meal plan you’ll stick with can be daunting. When it comes to successful weekly meal prep, it’s easy to get confused. However, there’s one quick secret that varies your meals without breaking the bank: Keep the grocery list short. You can make lots of different dishes using a handful of the same ingredients.

A seven-item list like this one, for starters, will put some variety into your bagged lunch every day of the work week while keeping your spending in check.

First, compile your list. Here’s what I’d start with: chicken breast or thighs, fresh mozzarella, a jar of tomato sauce (look for a low-sodium option), fresh spinach, sliced almonds, fresh fruit and whole-wheat pasta.

The list consists of proteins, healthy carbohydrates, fruits and cheese—all the essentials for creating tasty meals. Planning your meals can be the toughest part if you’re not a culinary creative. Consider these meal ideas:

Healthy Chicken Parmigiana

Chicken Parm is a staple that’s good any day or time. To keep things healthy, make grilled chicken and stick with one serving of tomato sauce. Although it’s tempting to add more sauce, jarred sauces tend to have a lot of sodium.

Spinach Salad with Fresh Fruit

Top fresh spinach with strawberries and sliced almonds for a healthy salad with some added protein. If you’re not a strawberry fan, watermelon works, too, or even fresh peaches. Feel free to get creative, depending on your fruit preference.

Simple Pasta with Red Sauce

Grab the leftover tomato sauce and cook up some whole wheat pasta. Feel free to add some freshly grated mozzarella, and season the dish with oregano or basil flakes, if you have them. If you have fresh tomatoes, you can use those, too. Here’s how our Field Editors make a jar of sauce taste homemade.

Almond Crusted Chicken

Avoid the breading and coat your chicken in crushed almonds. Be sure to bake it, rather than fry it, and sauté some fresh spinach as a side. If you’re a fan of apricots, this apricot almond chicken is another great option.

Deli-Style Pasta Salad

Get creative with some whole-wheat pasta salad. Toss in any veggies you already have, like red onion, cucumber and peppers. Add oil and vinegar, season with salt and pepper, and mix it up to combine. Let it sit overnight to absorb the flavor; add more oil and vinegar if you like.

It’s easy to meal plan with a tight grocery budget. A short list does not mean sacrificing variety. It’s all about choosing meals with ingredients that work well together, and most of all, ones that you enjoy!


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Animals Health

Your Dog Can Now Meal Prep With New ‘Human-Grade’ Dog Food

If your dog is bougie and gets all pissy when you don’t meet their dietary restrictions, there’s an up-and-coming dog food company that caters to your ridiculously spoiled dog.

It’s called Ollie pet food, and they basically meal prep for those pups who had their own “new year, new me,” goals.

On the Ollie site, they ask questions about your dog, from its weight, daily activity, and even allergies, as they put together the perfect meal for them.

“We tailor it for each dog’s specific diet needs, through a vet nutritionist,” Ollie co-founder Gabby Slome told Fox Business. “Then we freshly cook it, and send it directly to your door.”

Going through the process with information for my make-believe dog, Ollie suggested a few different food options. A week’s worth of food, or 14 meals, came out to $71.74, which is about $5.12 per meal. They do have a deal for first timers, though, so at 50 percent off, you could get that week’s-worth of meals for $35.87.


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If you thought a fresh dog food delivery service wasn’t “extra” enough, the food is “human-grade,” meaning it’s actually prepped at a standard that’s safe enough for you to theoretically share a meal with your furry friend.

There’s always been a bit of a fascination behind trying dog food. If you’ve ever owned a dog, you’ve probably looked at their food with wonder, and perhaps thought about trying a spoonful to appease your curiosity.

Ollie’s making it so that you can actually eat that food, although, you probably should just let Scooby enjoy his meal prep and make his gains.

You probably already destroyed your New Year’s fitness goals, but you could at least help your dog keep theirs.

Also, here’s John Mayer eating dog jerky with his furry friend Moose:

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Celebrity Grub Health Hit-Or-Miss

The World’s Strongest Man Eats Twice As Much As ‘The Rock’ Daily

There’s only one man in the world who can claim to be the strongest, and Brian Shaw is that man. The 2016 World’s Strongest Man was on Super Training Productions and showed what the world’s strongest diet looks like, as he usually chows down on 7 meals a day, totaling over 12,000 calories.

As you can imagine, his diet is different than a normal man’s diet. Hell, it’s leaps and bounds different than The Rock’s diet, and The Rock is a beast in his own right. As has been documented in the past, The Rock’s typical diet will have him consuming about 5,165 calories a day. Shaw literally eats more than twice as much as The Rock.

The 423-pound, 35-year-old, out of Fort Lupton Colorado  has a dietitian who tells him to grub on bowls of Cinnamon Toast Crunch for breakfast, and cheesecake before bed. That sounds like a diet we can all get behind, everything he eats in between is a little more health conscious.

While dieters often get specific about what times they eat their meals, Shaw was running behind on this particular day and had to squeeze in all seven meals in 13 hours.

It also seems like Shaw isn’t too worried about being specific about every single calorie, carb or gram of protein, and he just ballpark’s it at times.

If you thought cutting out food for a diet was hard, having to add 10,000 calories of food to the recommended daily intake might be even harder.

Check out the breakdown of Shaw’s day below, as his job is to literally eat all day:

Breakfast: 1st Meal


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– Bowl of Cereal- Cinnamon Toast Crunch

– 8 eggs

– Tablespoon of peanut butter

Snack: 2nd Meal


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– Protein shake, about 80g of protein

– 2 granola bars

– Tablespoon of peanut butter.

Lunch, 3rd Meal: Spaghetti


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– 1 lb Organic, grass-fed beef

– Angel Hair pasta

– Pasta sauce

Snack: 4th Meal


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– 80g of protein shake, with 2 cups of unsweetened almond milk, cup of blueberries -1tablespoon of peanut butter

Lunch 2.0: 5th Meal


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– 1 lb of 93% lean ground turkey

– Uncle Ben’s Jasmine Ready Rice, 8.5 ounces

– 1 bag of Steamfresh brocolli

– Salsa- unmeasured

Dinner, 6th Meal: Pasta, Pasta, Pasta

For dinner, Shaw said he usually eats another pound of beef, potatoes and asparagus, but since he had a big day of training ahead, he changed it up a bit, going with a carb-heavy, pasta meal. Shaw went to an Italian restaurant, and didn’t really go into detail of his meal, but he did say it was a total of about 3,400 calories. From his plates, you can see a huge plate of spaghetti, about four breadsticks, what looks like tortellini, meatballs, and a huge glass of soda.

He doesn’t seem too worried about his macronutrients here, he just knew he had to go heavy on the carbs.

Pre-bed Snack: 7th Meal


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– 80g whey protein

– 4 slices of cheesecake

h/t brobible

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Meal Prep Like A Boss With These 4 Easy Recipes

As an adult, it’s pretty cool being independent and living on your own and shit, but if you’re like me, there are certain moments when you totally crumble under the pressure.

Like for instance, when your clothes are super creased and there’s a thing called an iron but you aren’t entirely sure where to get one or how to use it so you keep hanging your clothes in the bathroom and taking hot showers in an attempt to steam out all the wrinkles.

Or when you’re applying for a credit card and the bank person on the phone asks you what kind of card you want but you just keep saying “Whatever you think is best…” because you legitimately don’t understand the difference between the hundred million credit card options on the market today.

While I don’t have much advice on the first two matters, I definitely have some tips on the whole feeding yourself thing. It’s called meal prep, people, and it’s basically every lazy cook’s sacred Sunday ritual.

Essentially you just make a shit ton of easy food to nosh on throughout the whole week. If you get a set of spiffy tupperwares, you can even take your food with you to places so you don’t have to eat out all the time. It’s kind of revolutionary.

Since you shouldn’t ever have to sacrifice taste for convenience, here are four easy meals to make today that’ll hook you up for the week, done in collaboration with Meal Prep On Fleek:

Chicken Tenders

It’s pretty impossible to go wrong with chicken breaded in parmesan and breadcrumbs. Luckily this recipe calls for green beans and tomatoes, so that if they ask, you can tell your friends you’re eating healthy. Although idk why you’d wanna be friends with people like that anyways.

Lemon Pasta

You know when a recipe starts out with butter and garlic, it’s gonna be a good one. Once they started adding the cheese and pasta I started feeling excitement in places besides just my stomach. Damnnnn son. This will definitely be the dopest meal to set foot in your kitchen.

Baked Frittata Bites

This one is perfection because it addresses our favorite yet most difficult-to-prepare meal of the day: breakfast. I’m not sure about you, but getting out of bed in the morning is hard enough. Sometimes breakfast is just out of the question. But if you prep for the week with these baked frittata bites, all you have to do is heat a few up in the morning and you’re good to go.

Apricot Chicken and Shrimp

Chinese takeout has been my saving grace on more occasions than one, but that shit gets expensive. Next time, whip up some sweet and sour chicken and shrimp, for the sake of double the protein, and both your wallet and stomach will thank you. All it takes is a few ingredients and only one pan so you don’t really have an excuse.