Happy hump day, lovely ladies!
I decided it’s time that I start sharing some meal prep tips! I’ll actually start adding them to my weekly workouts + menu posts, but for this first time I thought I’d give you a little intro.
Some people meal prep a whole week’s worth of meals and snacks and get everything planned out over the weekends. That’s awesome and impressive, and I’m sure makes for a really easy week.
I don’t have time or patience for that shit.
BUT whatever prep you CAN squeeze in on the weekends sure makes a big difference. Lately I’m trying to spend just a tiny chunk of time prepping whatever feels easiest or honestly just what I’m in the mood to do. Anything to give me an edge up during the week is fantastic.
Last week, I prepped all of my lunches, a few breakfasts, and most of my snacks. Plus I pre-chopped a few things for dinners. It really only took a little over an hour and was really helpful.
At the end of my weekly posts, I’ll start adding a quick tip or two for whatever I prepped ahead of time for that week so I can start sharing some tips to make the work week easier!
Sliced apples for snacks: I sliced up TEN apples. One for me and one for Preston for each weekday. I buy the individual ones from TJ’s or from the farmer’s market which are fresh enough to last a week. If you buy older ones from a regular grocery store, they’ll probably turn brown. You can drizzle them with lemon juice to prevent that. I also packed up a few little containers of nut butter for dipping.
Chocolate protein muffins: I baked a batch of chocolate protein muffins. This was a recipe trial for an upcoming blog post (they were GREAT) but the recipe won’t go up until next week. If you want a recipe now, check out Tone It Up. These are great for breakfast or snacks. I ate them last week in the afternoon when I had a sweet tooth.
Quinoa Salad: Another recipe I’ll post soon, but this one is easy: make a big batch of quinoa. Add whatever veggies, herbs, protein, and seasonings you like. There’s lunch for a week, super fast.
Chia Pudding: I prepared just a few containers of chia pudding for breakfasts during the week. 3 tablespoons chia seeds + 1 scoop protein powder + 1 cup almond milk + a tiny drizzle of maple syrup + 1 tablespoon cacao nibs on top. Turns out Preston liked these too, so next time I’ll prep a few more 😉
Veggies: I chopped extra onions to have on hand for a few recipes this week (the quinoa salad included onions so when I chopped those, I did some extras), shredded some Brussels sprouts, bought prepared kale/broccoli salad from TJ’s, and bought pre-shredded cabbage for my slaw. Just a few bonus things that made healthy eating easier this week!