This is one of the habits that I love to implement, but often forget to do. As we are heading into fall and more routines, I want to make meal prep a priority. I find it is one of the biggest determinants of whether or not I stay on track with eating during the week. We all know that our weeks get away from us, days are busy and kids are unpredictable. Sometimes we have 5 minutes to prepare lunch, so we reach for the easiest option (usually something processed and unhealthy). Or if I'm tired at the end of the day, it's so easy to be like let's just order pizza. That can all be avoided if I fill my fridge with ready to eat foods that need 5 minutes to throw together.
I'm sharing this not because I'm perfect at meal prepping, but because I want to get better at it. I figure if I put it out there I'll be more likely to do it myself and hopefully encourage a few of you to do it as well. If you are already a meal prepper - share your tips and tricks in the comments below. I would love to take my meal prep to the next level.
My meal prep will change depending on the week, but these are a few staples that I rotate between (I obviously don't prep all of this every week, just pic a few from each category). I change up what veggies, proteins and flavors I use so that I don't get bored from week-to-week.
Ground beef and bean burritos (easy lunches for Jason)
Roasted Chicken Breasts (coat in olive oil, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, chili powder, salt & pepper and roast at 375 for 25 minutes)
Roasted Sweet Potatoes (slice, coat in olive oil, paprika, chili powder, cayenne and roast at 425 for 25 minutes)
Big batch of quinoa or rice cooked in chicken broth
Sliced bell peppers, zucchini and onion (saute as a side dish or mix into pasta)
Hard-boiled eggs (deviled eggs, throw in salads, grab for a quick breakfast)
Chopped carrots, celery, cucumbers, broccoli and cauliflower
A Healthy Treat - I choose one of these to make every week
Items to stock:
Sugar-Free Marinara Sauce
Brown Rice Noodles
Unsweetened Cashew Milk
Almonds or cashews
p.s. these photos are from my Healthy Recipes Pinterest board. Go follow along if you need inspo!