Monday Prep and Plan for Healthy Living
Happy Monday Y'all! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend, I sure did! I was thankful to have an unexpected three day weekend because of Hurricane Matthew (I was very fortunate that where I live, in the Tampa Bay area, did not get damaged at all). So I used Friday to get blog work done but also RELAX. Friday night we hung out with friends at a local brew pub. Saturday I got up early to attend our local farmer's market and later got my hair done (and then later binge watched Shameless). And then Sunday we walked around downtown St Pete and then I came back and got WORK done! 'Twas a pretty good weekend :)
I am sharing today my plan for weekly food prep and meal plan. We are going out of town (home to Clemson for a football game!) so I only needed to plan our eats this week through Thursday.
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Saving time is my favorite thing about meal prepping and planning. I did a grocery store tour for a local college this past Thursday. Each aisle we went through I probably mentioned at least a dozen times that I choose to make all the food myself (for instance- jam, oatmeal, hardboiled eggs, salad dressings, etc.) One of the questions I received that really hit home was "how do you have time for all of this?" It's a fair question and one I totally understand. Years ago, when I was in college, the thought of food prepping and planning would have seemed daunting to me as well. As a result, I lived off Lean Cuisines, FiberOne cereal bars and Diet Cokes, but I felt TERRIBLE. Headaches, digestive issues, weight issues, fatigue, sluggishness, dull hair and skin...I did not eat foods that made ME feel awesome. So I guess my answer would be: making time to food prep and meal plan is worth every second it takes. It makes me feel so much better and, to be honest with you, it saves me a TON OF TIME. My life is VERY active (I hate the word busy). There is not a lot of free time. So prepping and planning is VITAL, otherwise the stress of having to figure out what to eat on a daily basis would just add too much to my plate (pun intended).
On Sundays, I typically cook our breakfast, lunch and snacks for the week. Plus anything that might be time consuming for dinner (for instance, baking a spaghetti squash ahead of time). I usually cook dinner the night of and we usually eat leftovers for at least a day or two.
If food prepping seems scary or overwhelming to you, just start with baby steps. Prep just one meal ahead of time. Start with breakfast, the meal most people skip. Slowly add more to your weekly food prep as you get more accustomed to it. You will learn to multitask as you form the habit. I can cook oatmeal, quinoa, chicken breast while roasting sweet potatoes and broccoli all at the same time. All new habits take time to form...you got this!
This week's food prep included:
Turmeric chicken tenders (I made 2 lb worth for both of our lunches for the week)
Roasted carrots and sweet peppers
Roasted sweet potatoes
Baked spaghetti squash
Massaged kale (with added cranberry hibiscus)
De-seeded pomegranate arils
Homemade cashew-hazelnut milk
Not pictured: Make ahead steel but oats for Nick's breakfast, paleo pumpkin bars, no bake cookies (recipe coming to the blog this week!)
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