Now I’m definitely not perfect, so I’m not doing this stuff all the time. I’m just like everyone else and I do the best I can. The one thing I notice though is that the more I do meal planning, meal prep, and batch cooking, the more it starts to become a habit. I love it! Having everything all ready to go just makes a healthy lifestyle easier and more affordable. Here are a few things I like to do.
1.Washing, chopping, and storing veggies for snacks – Do you want to eat healthier snacks? Then make it easy. This can take just 10 minutes for the week. Clean and slice some of your favorite veggies. Carrots, celery, red peppers, broccoli. Place in serving size baggies or containers so you can just grab and go. Serve with hummus or nut butter, yum!
2.Putting veggies and nuts in serving size containers or baggies – Placing prepared foods for snacks in serving size containers make them quick and easy to grab on the go. Anything you might be serving with it like hummus or nut butter also separate in serving size containers. One of my favorite meals/snacks is a apple and some almonds. Easy to take on the go and very healthy and satisfying. Nuts are a great afternoon snack and great with a piece of fruit. Your getting protein, healthy carbs, and fiber. Perfect!
3.Washing and cutting greens for the week for salads, soups, and sauteing – Are you a salad lover but you don't want to make it? Just get it over with at the beginning of the week. Wash, spin or let dry, chop, and then store in a container in fridge for the week your favorite greens. This way you can just grab a few handfuls when needed. Whether its for a smoothie, salad, soup, what ever the need , it's ready. You are much more likely to eat it if it's ready to go. Sometimes when I'm lazy I just take some frozen soup I made in the freezer (batch cooked) a few handfuls of greens with olive oil and vinegar and bam, dinner!
4.Washing and chopping all veggies for use in recipes for the week – It just takes an hour or so of a chopping frenzy! What ever you use when you cook or what ever you bought at the food store, get it ready. Chop those onions and peppers to use for soups or stir-fry. Dice the celery and carrots for soup. If you bought broccoli or cauliflower, clean it and chop it so all you have to do it cook it! I try to do this with all the veggies I get in my CSA box AKA (big box of veggies from the organic farm). This can take a little time but saves you much more. It also saves you money and reduces your stress.
5.Washing any fruit for the week and if needed putting in serving size containers or baggies. Peaches, pears, and apples. Wash them when you bring them home this way they are ready to eat for the whole family!
6.Cook brown rice, quinoa, pasta, tofu, for the week, for quick meals and lunches – This is one of my favorites! Cook a bunch up at the beginning of the week, store in the fridge, and re-heat when needed! Sometimes it takes a little bit to figure out how much you might need. No worries though, if you make too much you can freeze it. Except pasta, that doesn't freeze well.
These are some of the things I do to meal prep. Some can work for you, some maybe not. You need to figure out the things that work for you. I'm just trying to get your imagination flowing with some of the different things you can do to make your life easier and healthier.