Have you heard this before? In your own head, maybe? If you have not already tried a meal prep day (often a Sunday before the next week begins), I highly recommend it.
It does take a few hours, but will save you double that during the week. And, it goes beyond saving time. Prepping a few items for your weekly meals saves you buckets of stress and saves you from grabbing the wrong kind of snack when hunger strikes.
If you are trying to eat healthy choices, manage weight, get on track with eating habits, even cleanse, then meal prep is going to be your new Sunday Funday.
Here is what that might look like:
Hard boil some eggs. Keep them in the fridge until you need to add some protein to your salad, need a quick breakfast-to-go, or need a post-workout protein boost.
Make some breakfast muffins. Then freeze them. Whip up 6-12 eggs, milk (of choice), diced veggies, handful spinach, hint of shredded cheese. Pour 3/4 full into lined muffin tins and bake at 350F for 20mins or until egg is cooked through. Remove from muffin tin and freeze for the week.
Whip up some chia pudding. This could not be easier. Simply mix milk of choice with chia seeds and leave overnight to thicken. When ready to serve, add nut butter, seeds, diced fruit, berries, granola, flax, cinnamon, and the list goes on. These are a great source of protein and fibre, and will surely keep you full long.
Get your smoothies organized. In small freezer bags, add a handful of fruit, 1/2 banana, 1/4 avocado (sliced), and a handful of greens. In the morning, empty one freezer bag into your blender, add your liquid (milk, yogurt, water), and blend!
Make a big pot of grains. Wild rice or quinoa makes a perfect side dish or to add into your salads for extra plant-based protein and fibre. A pot of grains keeps in your fridge for 5 days or so! This will save you 20mins of boiling time and will add extra punch to your lunch salad to keep your brain fueled at work.
Roast extra veggies for your lunch salads. While you are roasting up veg for dinner, consider roasting an entire tray to have on hand for the week. Make them bite sized, toss them in olive oil, herbs, sea salt and cracked pepper, and roast until golden. Keep in the fridge and add them to salads, or pair with your cooked quinoa in a lunch wrap on a whole grain tortilla.
Bliss out. With a batch of bliss balls, aka energy bites. These could not be more perfect for that quick snack, especially when they are loaded with healthy fats, fibre and protein! They are a balanced snack to keep your brain fueled and keep your energy up. Try the #nextbiteblissball recipe as your base, and add in any other of your favourites, like cacao, pumpkin seeds, or dried fruit.
Ok! Happy meal prep Sunday to you. Comment below and let me know how you did 🙂