I’m a sucker for routines when it comes to food, I eat pretty much the same things over and over and over. It’s not boring at all to me as I have the same “basic” stuff and then I can easily switch up the flavors some.
Meal prepping is really just a fancy buzz word in the health industry that means to prepare your food ahead of time, eating left overs, stocking up your fridge & pantry with healthy grab and go snacks, or having a list with suggestions you can eat for inspiration.
Since I’m home with my daughter, teaches classes in the morning and working from home during nap time, I find it easy to just make food through out the day. But I LOVE to have prepared protein options in the fridge, but prefer cutting up fresh veggies. If you work away from home, it can get expensive for your wallet and your waistline if you find yourself eating out a lot.
If you think that preparing meals ahead of time would benefit you – go for it! It’s been proven to work for so many people who feel as they struggle with their nutrition. Try to have one day a week when you pre-portion up meals in containers ( glass containers are best) for the week and store in the fridge! Also, a great way is to make extra food when making dinner and eat left overs for lunch or freeze for weeks ahead!!
Meal pepping is a perfect opportunity to invite your kiddos and do it with your family! My girls loves to get a job in the kitchen and help mama out!
Here are some meal suggestions you can prepare ahead of time!
🤜🏼I love to have ground turkey or beef with taco seasoning I can add in a burrito, or on a salad.
🤜🏼 boiled eggs
🤜🏼 oven roasted cubed potatoes (sweet or golden/red potatoes)
🤜🏼 brown rice
🤜🏼 cauliflower “rice”
🤜🏼 over night oats
🤜🏼 shredded chicken (I prep mine in a crock pot with some chicken broth, onion + garlic)
🤜🏼 wash all your veggies + fruit
🤜🏼 peel and cut carrots to “sticks” or bite sized pieces.
🤜🏼roast chick peas (recipe here)
🤜🏼 prep protein pancakes and heat up in the toaster or microwave for a few seconds. (Recipe here)
🤜🏼 make your own popcorn (recipe here)
🤜🏼 chocolate protein pudding (recipe here)
🤜🏼 avocado smash (recipe here)
And whole meal suggestions to prep ahead, add in containers, heat + eat!
👍🏼Grilled/sautéed/baked chicken, broccoli brown rice.
👍🏼 ground beef & broccoli bowl. soy sauce, grated fresh ginger, garlic, salt + pepper. Hot sauce if you like!
👍🏼 Turkey Burger, (no bun) sweet potatoes, salad.
👍🏼Ground turkey taco salad with black or pinto beans. (I would keep veggies separate until ready to eat so it won’t get wet)
👍🏼 meatballs, optional whole grain pasta, or go with less carbs and load up with veggies like green beans and shredded carrots & cherry tomatoes.
👍🏼 zucchini noodles/pasta and meat sauce
👍🏼 lime + cilantro shrimp with cauliflower rice and black beans.
👍🏼 soups! Lentil, minestrone, broccoli etc!
🙋🏼♀️I would love to hear in the comments if you meal prep AND your suggestions too in the comments how you prepare food for your week!