With the New Year come ambitious goals for eating healthy. Sadly, many people give up after several weeks. Failed goals without results can lead to a loss of motivation, confidence and even winter depression. Planning and preparation are two vital steps to keep you on track.
Here are some great ideas for prepping your meals:
Make a Plan
Make a list of your favorite healthy foods, choose simple recipes that can be made quickly or in bulk, and decide what you’ll eat for every snack and meal. This step will get easier and faster with practice, and will simplify and focus your grocery store trip.
Stick to Your Grocery List
Don’t let junk food sneak into your shopping cart. Not having it in the house means not having to use your willpower to avoid it. Want to make an impulse purchase? If you can find a way to fit it into your eating plan for the week, go for it. Just keep these to a minimum so nothing goes to waste. By sticking to your list and by minimizing the impulse buys, you’ll help yourself save money and avoid food going bad in your fridge.
Make a Smoothie
If you don’t have time to make a full meal or haven’t prepared your snacks, make a fruit and vegetables smoothie. It’s a quick and easy way to get in that fresh plant-based food. You can even throw in some good quality protein from nuts, seeds or a protein powder.
Keep Snacks Simple
When you’re cooking everything for the week at once, it’s important to keep things simple. Save time by choosing snacks that don’t require a lot of time to put together. Fresh fruit, hard-boiled eggs, and pre-cut veggies with prepared hummus are great choices.
Cook Foods All At Once
Roasting vegetables, sweet potatoes, and even chicken breasts all at once will save you time, and cut down on your utility bill. It’s possible to have all your food for several days done in an hour when you cook in bulk. Purchase some nifty storage containers and make a beautiful display of organized, colorful meals in your fridge.