As the hustlers we are, running from meeting to meeting or doing the after school pick up, it can be hard to make healthy choices when it comes to food. Enter meal prepping. Set yourself up for success by taking some time to plan out what you are going to eat and snack on during the week so you can look forward to a fully stocked kitchen full of fresh, ready to go meals.
1. DO YOUR RESEARCH.
The first step in a successful meal prep is to do some research into what you would like to prepare for the week. A good ol’ Pinterest sesh is always a great place to gain inspiration, or even look to your favourite go-to meal. Plan to make one or two meals so that you don’t get too overwhelmed in the cooking process or get bored throughout the week. Smaller snacks are the times that you can get a little more creative.
2. PLAN FOR THE WEEK.
It’s always helpful to visualize your meals for the week, so make a list of what foods you have on the go, and where there might be the opportunity for taking leftovers into the office or when you might need to replenish some snacks. (Can you tell we’re snack girls over here?)
Pro Tip: Don’t beat yourself up if you miss a day, or take your friend up on that lunch date invite, this isn’t a make or break plan - enjoy the process.
3. GO GROCERY SHOPPING.
A good rule of thumb is to shop the perimeters of your super market. You’ll find fresh foods that have been through little to no processing. Buying some foods in bulk, such as rolled oats or nuts is a good idea so you can store them for longer periods of time and save those dollars where it counts.
4. PREP TIME.
Grab your mason jars ladies! Preparing your meals is half the fun of this whole process. When looking for reusable containers, here are some tips: opt for glass over plastic, choose BPA free, and make sure they are dishwasher safe to be even more efficient. Cut up your veggies, measure your ingredients and get ready to cook. Easy peasy.
5. COOK AND CREATE.
Carve out some time at the beginning of your week like a Sunday afternoon for your meal prep. Batch cooking your choice of protein or alternatives is a great place to start your prep since you are easily able to break them up into smaller portions. You can also do this with your grains, such as rice or quinoa.
Most of all, enjoy the time you take preparing your food. Make an event out of it; grab a friend or your partner – complete with a glass of wine, of course.