What if I told you there’s one thing you can do to guarantee eating better? It’s simple really. All it takes is a little meal prep. Set aside some time over the weekend to plan, shop and get it all together. I’ve found that when I make the time, my week goes so much smoother. I really thought about the things that made a big difference in meal prep for me. Let’s have at it!
This one is vital. Unless you are vegetarian, then skip it. But for me, making chicken in bulk was seriously life changing. I love this post from Positively Splendid where Amy shares the Very Best Chopped Chicken. Right after you go shopping, prep your chicken and put into containers to use throughout the week. A combination of chopped chicken, full chicken breasts and strips of chicken will ensure options during a busy week.
- Cut up fruits and vegetables:
I get fruit and vegetables in bulk from Costco because it’s always good. Sometimes I get the already sliced stuff, other times I buy it whole and chop it all up. (Kinda depends on what is available and also how lazy I am feeling really..) I have them ready to go in our fridge drawer like I talk about in Self Serve Healthy Snacks. Getting it chopped up and in containers over the weekend makes it so that you have a side to your meal or a snack ready to go at all times.
- Smoothies:There are about a million ways that you can make smoothies. But if you are always in a rush in the morning or don’t love breakfast, pre-making smoothie packs and then popping them in the freezer so they are ready to go is a game changer. It will ensure a healthy breakfast – you know, the most important meal of the day. I love this post from the Chic Site on Pre-Packed Smoothies.
- Mini Muffins:
A couple years ago I made these Peanut Butter Blender Muffins. I honestly didn’t have huge expectations for them because they only had a few ingredients and didn’t sound that great. To my surprise, they were great! My kids approved and they were super easy to make. I can make a boat load over the weekend and package them up so that they are ready to go throughout the week.
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