Happy Meal Prep Sunday!
I’ve just finished making my meal plan for the coming week (below) and shopping list for the day. I’m super excited to get back on track and rebuild my supply of left-overs and easy work night meals since last week was a bit “rough” to eat healthy with having to force things together and cook every night.
This rainy gross weather we’ve been having also inspired me to review my slow cooker cookbook this morning and pick a few new recipes to try. I mean who doesn’t like comfort food in the rain?!
Meal Plan for the week ahead
Here’s the meal plan for this week with the new recipes linked.
Prepping for Success!
I thought I would take a few minutes to share my top 5 secrets to meal prep. Here they are!
Make all your lunches for the week on Sunday!
The mason jar salad is awesome because it will keep fresh and crisp for 4 days, assuming you layer things correctly. This is why I eat salads M-Th for lunch because in the morning I just have to put a jar in my bag and maybe a ziploc of protein. Give yourself variety by changing dressings or veggies as well as alternating the proteins so you don’t get bored!
Get your shopping out of the way!
The last thing I have the energy to do after working all day is go to the grocery store. If I do, that’s when I find myself buying things that I shouldn’t be eating. I typically try to get my shopping out of the way before the weekend so the stores aren’t as crazy but at times it’s necessary. Also, keeping a well stocked kitchen makes it easier. I only do big shopping once every 4-5 weeks.
There is a reason that I plan ahead and share these meal plans, planning is the key to success in the kitchen. If you are trying to decide what you are going to eat when you’re hungry after a long day it will be much easier to just order in or pick up food out which makes it much more challenging to eat healthy and stay on track. In my planning, I try to create the plan based on what I have in the kitchen, what I haven’t had in a while, and what will give me left-overs that I know will keep well for future meals. Cooking for 1 or 2 is all about maximizing the left-overs in my opinion and finding things that are easy to make so that you don’t spend a disproportionate amount of time preparing versus enjoying your culinary creation.
Plan for snacks & “sweets”!
One of the things you don’t see on the meal plan above are my daily snacks. I typically have raw nuts, fresh fruit, or fresh veggies in addition to my daily Shakeology between meals. I’m very fortunate that we have these things on hand at the office so I don’t have to actually purchase or prepare them. I just walk 25 feet and grab an item. If you don’t have that luxury, make sure you are making healthy snacks and that you have them handy at work. Your body needs fuel every 2-3 hours to keep you balanced and “in the zone”!
Don’t forget about what you drink!
Lastly, don’t forget about what you are drinking with and between these meals. I drink water almost exclusively. For variety, I switch between sparkling and flat water and will also add fresh fruit or veggies to my water. Remember: You need half your body weight in ounces of water daily to stay hydrated. Outside of that, stay away from juices with sugar, sodas, and anything that isn’t all natural and fresh. I don’t make my own juice but I do by organic, no sugar added, juices occasionally to change things up. You can also add fresh fruits to your daily shake as well to quench the need for a sweet beverage.
That’s it for now, time for me to make my Shakeo and finalize the shopping list for the week ahead! Have a great week and if you have any other tips or questions, share with us below.