If you’re looking for the best tips for eating healthier, you’re going to hear the same thing over and over: meal prep, meal prep, meal prep! And if you want to learn about ways to meal prep, you're also going to hear a lot about setting time aside to prep for the week ahead. We need to make time on day when we're able to plan, shop, chop, and pack things up. Sunday is a great day for this, but whatever your day is, it's the same prep!
These are things that have worked for me. I'm no expert, and I struggle with this all the time! All I know for sure is that when I follow these tips, I feel better and my life is easier!
I prep a grain. Having a cooked whole grain on hand makes it easy to throw together a meal in a pinch. I like quinoa, couscous, or brown rice. These seem to hold up well in the fridge, and they're versatile--and I like them! You can pick any grain you like. Rice is my favorite, and here are some great quick recipes you can put together with rice,
I roast vegetables. This is absolutely the easiest way to cook vegetables! Because it minimizes the time you actually have to spend in the kitchen, and roasted veggies are delicious! Win-win. You can do this with any vegetable. When prepping for the week, I recommend using a firm veggie like broccoli or brussel sprouts. Zucchini or tomatoes don’t hold up well in the fridge. This week, I'm doing broccoli. I can use it in a grain bowl (with my prepped grain), quiche, stir-fry, or even egg scramble. The options are endless! Here are some recipes.
I hard-boil eggs! These are like magic: easy to make in bulk, a great protein, tastes good, and can stay in the fridge for a week. I always include hard-boiled eggs in my meal prep. Always. You'll thank me when you do, too, I promise. Eat them as a snack, add them to a salad, or slice and put them on toast. With a little salt and pepper, they're perfect. Eggs are the best!
I make lentils. They are a wonder food. High in fiber and protein, they don't perish easily and their mild flavor means they can be added to almost anything. You can get quick-cooking ones, and they only take about 15 minutes to make! They're great additions to a burrito. Here are some lentil recipes.
WHAT IS THIS the food is missing? I use a slow cooker and make extra. This is a tip from my friend Sam. She makes a big chicken dinner on Sundays in her Crock Pot. She then portions out the leftovers for work lunches. It's a perfect way to get a few meals out of one cooking session!
These are just a few ways to help you prep. I hope they help! I would love to hear what you do to plan for a healthy week of eating! Let me know in the comments or message me on social media. Now, get prepped!