with healthy eating, my key to success is preparation and because it has helped me a lot I want to share my experience and my tips with you. I discovered when I spend more time for meal preparation and cooking meals at home I eat healthier and feel less stressed during the week.
Since I meal prep for myself making healthier choices is much easier, a no-brainer to be honest. Instead of turning to the high carb and high sugar things at work I bring my own meals in a container and I feel more satisfied and don´t have the typical afternoon low. Meal preparing safes you time and money, cooking once or twice a week a couple of meals is way faster than cooking every evening or running to the deli at the store or visiting a restaurant or picking up from one.
Just because it is called meal preparation it doesn’t mean it has to intimidating or hard, there are a tons of sneaky tricks that can help making delicious meals. From easy breakfast options to how to make lunch/dinner in bulk, I’ve got tips to help you set yourself up for a fuss-free and healthy week.
Boil up to 10 eggs ahead of time and keep them in the fridge for a fast and easy snack or for a protein source in your salads.
Chop or spiralize your raw vegetables. Having them in bulk in the fridge makes meal preparing or snacking much easier. Depending on the vegetable and on the right storage they will last between 3-7 days in the fridge. Make sure you cut up and prepare salads ahead too, add some tuna or eggs for protein.
Make one or two quick salad dressings each week, store them in mason jars. Or keep it really simple and use fresh squeezed lemon juice and some drips of oil.
Portion your snacks and sides into containers or plastic bags into portion size. Either store them in the pantry, the fridge or the freezer. This helps you guard overeating.
Make your own customized oatmeal. Oatmeal is a great way to get your fiber in but most packets have lots of added sugar and unnatural preservatives. I make my own in portable glass jars, I can control what and how much I eat. There are boundaries to your fantasy staring by “banana nut mix” to “berries and chocolate”.
- Prepare smoothie bags and freeze them. As most of us know we only want to make one portion but we end up with way more than we want. Here it helps a lot when you cut up your vegetables, fruits, measure the yoghurt (frozen in ice cube trays) and the greens ahead and freeze it in portion size bags.
- Cook your starches and proteins for the week. Here I make sure that I use different herbs for different days. Makes meal preparing easy, different and keeps it cheap.
- Use a crockpot to make simple stews or soups that are ready when you get home from for or your errands.
What are your food prep tips? Share them with us in the comments. These are just some tips to make the work week a little bit easier and less stressful. Note, make sure your grocery shopping is done prior to the preparing.