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Let's talk Meal Prep! After all this is my expertise and I LOVE to meal prep. Not sure where I got this from, I do not remember anyone in my family meal prepping and I honestly didn't start myself until I was in my late 40's. But once I started and I saw how it changed my relationship with food and my ability to stay on track with eating well it became a huge part of my life. So much that I now own a meal prepping business.
Meal prepping and cooking at home is not negotiable if you want to own your health and wellness journey. It is incredibly difficult to come home to pantry and refrigerator that is lacking in healthy options when you are starving either physically or emotionally.
I am the first one to admit that I am an emotional eater. I eat for every emotion you can have and if there is a cookie or chip in my kitchen they are going to be the first things I grab when I get home.
I can go all day and eat on point but as soon as I get home all bets are over if I am not prepared. You would think that the fact that I own a meal prepping company that this problem would not plague me, but it does. I am crazy active during the day and my time is not always my own which is why meal prepping for myself is important. I am no different than my customers, I need structure and consistency to stay on point and that is what meal prepping does!
So here are some easy tips that everyone can use to start the process and hopefully stay consistent with their meal prepping.
1. Do not over think meal prepping. You do not have to be a chef, gourmet cook or even a good cook to put together some simple meals and snacks to keep you on track.
2. Pick one day a week that YOU KNOW you have time to fit this in. Make it a priority just like getting your hair or nails done.
3. Shop for healthy pantry items twice a month and stock up on your favorite oils, nuts, seeds, nut flours and packaged foods like beans, oats, grains and spices. Depending on the size of your family will depend on how often you will need to replace pantry items. DO NOT bring in cookies, chips and unhealthy snack foods.
4. Shop twice a week for fresh produce and DO NOT buy too much. I hear so often that people are throwing away produce. When you do buy your produce cut it up right away, so it is easy to grab and go or throw in a salad or stir fry. You are more likely to use it if you prep it by cutting it up when you first get it.
5. Pick two proteins you are going to eat for the week. Either animal or vegetarian depending on your eating lifestyle. Then you can make a few different meals out of those proteins by adding the vegetables you purchased and any grains you have in your pantry.
Here are some examples:
Ground Turkey : You can make burgers, meatloaf, meatballs, or just use it like it comes in a chili or with mixed vegetables.
Chicken : Stir fry, grilled, baked in the oven or in a crockpot shredded.
Lentils: Soup, Chili, Salad, As stuffing in a potato or roasted pepper. Beans : Chili, Baked, Soup, Salad.
Vegetables: Cut up for salad, sautéed for stir fry or side dish, roasted in the oven, raw for snacking.
These are just a few ideas of how to start meal prepping. You can take meal prepping to all levels of cooking expertise and you can spend as much time as you want or need depending on your vision and your lifestyle. If you have little time do just enough for the tough times during the week and if you love to cook and have a couple of hours you could make a whole weeks’ worth of meals for you and your family.
The idea here is steady and slow and setting an intention that you are taking this on and adding it to your week so you can be your Best Well Self.
So today make a commitment that if you have been thinking about this meal prepping thing make some time in the coming week to give it a try. If you don't start somewhere you won't start at all!