Planning out your meals for an entire week may seem a bit too time consuming and daunting. How are we supposed to know on a Sunday what we want to eat for the following days to come? Well, it’s easier than you think and my tips will actually make your meal prepping fun while bringing you closer to your health and weight goals.
Meal prepping has a lot of benefits including managing time in a more efficient way during the week. There have been so many days that I’m at work and can’t figure out what I want to eat for lunch because I either didn’t have enough time to pack a healthy lunch before I left the house or didn’t go grocery shopping to stock up on healthy meals. This leads to poor eating decisions like grazing on unhealthy snacks at work or even worse, not eating at all because I don’t want to settle for a mediocre sandwich. Can you blame me?
When I am meal prepped and ready to go, eating lunch is easy, fun, and always delicious. It’s very rare that you will pack your lunch but still feel inclined to eat something unhealthy that’s hanging around at work. Follow my 5 super easy meal prep tips and you will be feel sexy and strong!
- Go grocery shopping on Sunday. For me, Sundays are a mix of resting and relaxing and getting s*** done. I love being productive on Sundays because it helps me mentally prepare for the week ahead. Believe me, Mondays aren’t that bad if you have given your mind and body a little prep time on Sunday. Get your grocery shopping accomplished on Sunday so you can prepare the foods that would usually take up some time to cook or prepare during the busy work week. Make a list before you go grocery shopping and don’t forget a pen to cross things out!
- Cook your quinoa, whole wheat noodles, chicken, etc. in advance. Foods that can hold in the fridge for a 3-4 days are the ones that you want to prepare in advance- like on a Sunday. By cooking your proteins, whole grains, and healthy starches beforehand, you will be better able to throw a healthy and delicious meal together in no time. Cook some whole grain rice and chicken in advance so you can whip up a quick chicken stir-fry later in the week.
- Create Short Cuts:
- Cooking your eggs in the oven to get the perfect, hard boiled egg is fool proof. Simply preheat your oven to 325 degrees F. Put a whole, unopened egg in each muffin holder in a muffin pan and bake for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and place each egg in a ice water bath to cool them down. Peel and enjoy!
- Assemble your salads in a mason jar. Put your dressing at the bottom of the jar and add the sturdier ingredients such as tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, and peppers on top of the dressing. Follow with cheese, nuts, fruits, etc. Put your leafy greens on the very top.
- Portion your snacks such as nuts, pretzels, dried fruits, and veggies so you are less likely to overeat. When you’re on your way out of the door in the morning, all you have to do is grab a container and you are good to go!
- Have breakfast ready to go. Pour 5 simple ingredients into a jar and refrigerate overnight for a delicious, chia seed pudding! Click here for the recipe.
It’s simple steps like these that can make eating throughout the week more efficient and easier when it comes to reaching our goal weight. Save the weekends for some wiggle room and cheat meals. Life is too short not to cheat a little bit. 😉