Hey, Hey CCSC Beasts and Beastettes, we've got some great new products centered on convenient AND healthy eating coming into the CCSC community! "Meat-Up" is the name of the company that creates convenient AND Paleo-friendly. The company also provides its distribution centers with a freezer to keep the meals frozen until you pick them up. These meals taste great and are packed with the nutrients necessary for being beastly! But, are all the meals equally appropriate for your health-based goals? (Hint: the answer is NO!)
If you're having trouble deciding which savory 'Meat-Up' products to order, it might be helpful for you think about your meal selections in terms of the "Anytime Meal Plate" and the "Post-Workout Meal Plate". Also, make your meal decisions based upon your personal health goals.
Remember, if your goal is fat loss, then you're trying to save most or all of your starchy carbs for after your workouts. If you're trying to gain mass, then you can and should eat carbohydrates more often throughout the day. If your goal is weight maintenance with enhanced performance, it may be appropriate for you to have carbs at 2 out of 4 meals around your workouts, such as the meals before and after your workout.
If you're trying to stay fairly low carb or are using the meals as "Anytime Plate" meals, then, I'd suggest the Breakfast Sausage and Sweet Potato Home Fries or the Beef Chicana which both have fewer than 20 carbohydrates for the entire meal.
All of the other meals being offered by 'Meat-Up' at this time are appropriate for a "Post-Workout Meal" and range anywhere from 30-50 carbs with the Sweet Potato and Beef Chili ranking highest in both carbohydrates and protein. If I was an athlete looking to bulk up, I'd definitely invest my money in some chili. The Pecan-Crusted Meat Loaf is both high carb and high fat and therefore, is more appropriate as a bulking meal, or as a "once-in-a-while" meal if your goal includes weight maintenance or fat loss.
While this nutritional information is publicly displayed on the "Meat-Up" website, I've simply gathered it all into one document and categorized it based upon "Anytime" and "Post-Workout Meal Plates," in order to help you make informed choices when ordering.
▪️ APPROPRIATE FOR ANYTIME MEALS
~ Beef Chicana
Nutrition info: 350 calories, 38g protein, 14g carbs, 10g fats
~ Breakfast Sausage and Sweet Potato Home Fries
Nutritional info: 370 calories, 40g protein, 19g carbs, 12g fat
▪️ APPROPRIATE FOR POST-WORKOUT MEALS
~ Sausage-Stuffed Bell Pepper
Nutrition info: 300 calories, 34g protein, 29g carbs, 8g fats
~ Chicken Curry
Nutrition info: 410 calories, 40g protein, 30g carbs, 15g fat
~ BBQ Chicken
Nutrition info: 354 calories, 38g protein, 31g carbs, 8g fat.
~ Sweet Potato and Beef Chili
Nutrition info: 544 calories, 50g protein, 52g carbs, 15g fat
▪️ APPROPRIATE FOR BUILDING BULK OR AS A 'CHEAT' MEAL (POST-WORKOUT)
~ Pecan-Crusted Meat Loaf
Nutrition info: 525 calories, 42g protein, 38g carbs, 28g fat
So, when you're ordering your "Meat-Up" meals, try to plan out how many meals you might need as well as the types of meals that are most appropriate for your individual goals.
See you around the meat locker! - Amber