Are you eating real, whole food as much as you’d like?
I have found that the best possible way to live a healthy lifestyle and have healthy and delicious meals all week long is by meal prepping once for the whole week.
It saves you time, money, and stress, all the while allowing you to stay on track with eating healthy.
STEP 1: PLAN & SHOP
Begin meal planning by making a list of recipes and meals for the upcoming week. I create a list based on what I will have for breakfasts, lunches, snacks, and dinners. I use a weekly shopping list as my guide and then I’m off to the supermarket!
If this step alone overwhelms you, this is where my meal plans come in, like that in my Clean Eating Programs. I have done all the work for you and they are broken down into the recipes, shopping lists, and even meal prep ideas for each week, you just need to double check quantities to ensure you have all you need to feed the crowd at your place.
STEP 2: PREPARE THE FOOD
When you get home from the supermarket, keep out the items you plan to use for meal prep. Pull up your meal plans and get to washing and cooking. Throughout the week, I typically have a protein shake for breakfast, but I find that many of my breakfast recipes are great for mid-morning snacks, and/or if I am in need of a breakfast on-the-go.
Prepare big batches of veggies. Start with washing the greens, then set aside to dry and move onto slicing, dicing, and dividing veggies into containers for use in cooking and salads.
When a recipe calls for sautéed chicken or lean protein, you can cook it in big batches in a big pan or casserole dish, that way, you are only prepping chicken and/or lean meat once for all the recipes. Then store the extra chicken in the freezer for quick use later.
STEP 3: PUT EVERYTHING TOGETHER TO MAKE THE RECIPES
Keep it simple. Make a large salad in advance and then add the extras as you are ready to eat it. If you are taking it to go, divide it into containers or use as leftovers.
For dinners, I typically make two favourite main dishes, which allows me to prepare and freeze in advance making it easy for during the week.
STEP 4: PUT IT ALL AWAY!
After all the food is prepped and the recipes are made, put everything in containers and place it in the fridge! That way, you’ll have delicious, fresh, whole foods for all meals during the week in minutes.
If you are still scratching your head, don’t let it discourage you!!! It can take time to learn and get in the swing of things. A great place to get a jumpstart is with my meal plans, which provide weekly shopping lists and quick & easy recipes, along with simple steps to prep and store for the week 🙂