We know how it goes – you want to eat healthy but once lunchtime comes around it’s just more convenient to grab a quick burger. If you want to eat right every day, all you need are the right tools.
When it comes to starting and maintaining a healthy balanced diet, preparation is truly the key to success. Devote an hour or two every weekend to prepare a week’s worth of meals and start your week with a healthy mindset. Sure it sounds like a lot of work, but it will actually save you time, energy, and stress. Here are some of our best tried-and-true tips to making your meal prep a cinch.
1. Prep separately
Cook and store fruit, veggies, grains, and proteins separately so you can mix and match during the week. For example, have containers of roast veggies, beans, and brown rice so you can build different meals to keep things interesting.
2. Double or triple recipes
Always make extra portions while cooking to ensure you have leftovers to eat throughout the week. This is especially useful with dishes like soups and chilis.
3. Store in glass
Good containers are key. We like storing our food in glass and ceramic containers because they won’t melt in the microwave, they don’t retain the smells, they keep food fresh longer, and are environmentally friendly.
4. Kefirize your meals
Grab a bottle of your favorite kefir flavor as you head out the door. It’s is a great on-the-go snack that will ensure that you’re getting enough calcium, protein, and probiotics. It’s delicious drizzled on top of oatmeal or blended in smoothie bowls, too.
Try out your meal prep skills with these recipes:
Sunday Morning Quiche
Make the balls ahead of time in Samantha’s Square Dance Salad