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Mum with one functioning hand prepares 57 meals and 198 snacks in one sitting

Single mum Melanie started her weight loss journey with the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenges in September 2016 in a bid to lose weight and take care of her health.

And while most mums have a full-on schedule, Melanie says hers seems especially hectic. Both of her boys need extra attention as they are both on the Autism Spectrum, and she has a permanent disability that means she is only able to use one arm.

In order to save some valuable time and money, this inspirational mum-of-two made 57 meals and 198 snacks in one sitting. That’s 59 cents PER SERVE. Wow!

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Melanie. Source: supplied.

Mum with one functioning hand prepares 57 meals and 198 snacks in one sitting

After seeing heaps of mums on our Facebook support group show off their amazing meal prep creations, Melanie decided to buy a secondhand freezer and give it a go.

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Melanie says, “I did my first bulk cook a couple of months ago, and loved how much of my time it freed up through the week! I no longer had to spend half an hour cooking in the kitchen each night, and I found I stopped resorting to take out because I always had healthy options right at hand.”

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Melanie with her smoothie. Source: suppled

“For my second bulk cook I decided to add snacks as well. So now along with the Smoothies I have for breakfast, I know I always have delicious and healthy foods for snacks or meals to just grab and go.”

What Melanie made

1. 13 serves of Roast Tomato & Capsicum Soup

roasted tomato capsicum soup

This is a recipe from our 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge Recipe Hub. Melanie made 8 but because the servings were so huge, she stretched it to 13 serves.

2. 8 serves of Lentil Soup

lentil soup
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This is a recipe from our 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge Recipe Hub.

3. 8 serves of Thai Style Vegetarian Satay Fried Rice with Egg

Satay Fried Rice

You can get access to this Healthy Mummy favourite recipe here!

4. 6 serves of Brown Rice with Sweet Potato, Peas & Parmesan

rice peas parmesan
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This is a recipe from our 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge Recipe Hub.

5. 6 serves of Greek Beans And Rice

brown rice sweet potatoes peas parmesan
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This is a recipe from our 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge Recipe Hub.

6. 8 serves Egg & Vegetable Pasta

melanie jane pasta
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This recipe from our 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge Recipe Hub is a great one for a weeknight dinner!

7. 8 serves of Lentil Chilli Con “Carne”

lentil chilli
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This is a delicious veggie option from our 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge Recipe Hub.

8. 18 serves of Zucchini Bread

zucchini bread

This is a recipe from our 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge Recipe Hub.

20 serves of Coconut Rough & Honey Bars

Coconut Rough Bars

Get the recipe for these no bake bars here!

25 serves of Chocolate Fruit & Nut Slice

fruit and nut slice

This is a recipe from our 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge Recipe Hub.

25 serves of Coconut & Cashew Bites

coconut cashew bites

This is a recipe from our 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge Recipe Hub.

25 serves of Salted Caramel Bliss Balls

Salted Caramel Bites

You can get this scrumptious recipe here plus you only need 5 ingredients!

25 serves of Peppermint Choc Slice

Peppermint choc mint slice

This treat is just 135 calories and you can get the recipe here!

25 serves of Apricot & Oat Bliss Balls

Apricot Oat Bliss Balls

25 serves of Apple Pie Bites

apple pie bites

This is a recipe from our 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge Recipe Hub.

Melanie’s meal prep tips

1. Make sure you have everything on hand when you start

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This stops you from discovering halfway through cooking that you are missing an ingredient. I put everything on the dinning table so it was within reach but not taking up bench space.

2. Wash as you go!

It is so important to keep the equipment and area clean so you can keep track of where you are up to and what is being used in each different recipe.

3. Choose recipes that have similar ingredients

This way you can buy in bulk and save money. Also swap expensive and out of season ingredients for what is in season and on sale. Frozen is often great value too.

4. Swap out meats for cheaper cuts

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Even opting for non-meat options such as beans or lentils is a great way to save money.

5. Choose recipes that are fast and easy to make with minimal ingredients

I’ll also try to have one in the slow cooker, one on the stove, and one in the oven, that way they can all be cooking at the same time.

6. Snack-wise pick recipes that are basically just process then freeze

They are fast to make with minimal effort, leaving you more time to spend on your meals.

7. Have your water, snacks, and meals for the day on hand

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It will help to prevent you nibbling away at everything you’re cooking.

Melanie’s weight loss

Since starting with The Healthy Mummy in September 2016, Melanie has lost 11kg and dropped 3 dress sizes.

Not only that, but she’s regained her confidence and energy and can spend more time with her boys.

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Melanie says, “They require a lot of extra attention, and it’s made more challenging for me because of my arm. It’s nice to know that making healthy choices is no longer something I have to put a lot of time and effort into each day. It also helps me save a lot of money, which helps cover all those little school fees that pop up.”

You are a Super Mum Melanie, what an absolutely amazing achievement! And congratulations on your weight loss too!

Did you know mums have lost OVER 3 million* kilos with us?

28 Day Weight Loss Challenge

The Healthy Mummy exists to help tired, busy mums like you SHIFT THE BABY WEIGHT and REACH YOUR GOAL WEIGHT.

The 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge is an affordable, breastfeeding-friendly and realistic program that helps mums tackle their diet and improve their overall health through weekly (and customisable) meal plans, at-home exercises and 24/7 social support.

Our Challenge entails:

  • 28 days of at home exercise routines (no gym needed) – with video instruction
  • Customisable and breastfeeding friendly meal plans
  • Time-efficient exercises for busy mums – under 30 mins
  • Challenge combines Pilates exercises with interval and circuit training (HIIT)
  • Suitable for basic to advanced fitness levels
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To find out more on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge click here.

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written by:

Alex Lilly

Alex is a social media addict and food lover from Sydney's northern beaches. When she's not writing, you can usually find her waiting for the next royal wedding or baby to come along.