Food prep for dieters and fitness nuts is nothing new. It is something I love doing, but I am not consistent about it. I would LOVE for that to change. When I really plan and prepare, I not only make healthy food choices more easily, but I save myself much time and stress in asking a question that runs through our minds 100 times a day; what should I eat? Food prep is a great habitude that anyone can adopt. Even if you are not trying to lose weight or build muscle, having things prepped in advance really does make life easier for the busy person.
New at the food prep idea? Try these easy how-to’s and menu suggestions, Habitude Fitness approved!
1. Sit down and make a list.
Just heading to the store and throwing food in the cart is easy, but it will end up costing you more money, and maybe more headache in the long run. By mapping out what you are out of, and what ingredients you need to pick up for recipes and snacks, you will save time and money!
2. Buy some pre-cut snacks if you need to.
Busy week ahead? Just don’t feel like chopping? Go ahead and spend the extra for the pre-cut veggies for snacks, salads, and cooking if it will help you to actually consume them. So often the right things are in the fridge, but we grab for what’s easy.
3. Make food prep fun!
If I wasn’t pregnant, I would have poured myself a glass of wine and enjoyed the evening in the kitchen that way. I did however decide to have some tea, turn on a great Netflix show, and go to town. Music, TV, wine, or good company. Enjoy your time in the kitchen! 5. Start off with some basic healthy go-to’s.
This week of food prep I made some marinated kale (stays fresh in the fridge and is ready to grab for a salad.)
I love to juice. I made about 3 days worth of green juice and kept it in the fridge. You really don’t want to make more than that ahead. Juicing is so healthy, but can be time-consuming. While you have all of the stuff out, and you are cleaning the juicer anyways, go ahead and make it a double!
Baked chicken and roasted veggies. This was so easy and great to have for lunches and dinners throughout the week!
Make a big portion of quinoa. I cook mine in the rice cooker. Always turns out perfectly! Use your quinoa on top of salads, in wraps, a side dish for dinner, or I even made a tasty breakfast porridge!
Energy Ballz are a great pre/post workout snack that you can throw in your gym bag. They are also great at curbing a sweet craving having nothing but good for you ingredients in them! I also made a big batch of them and kept half in the fridge and half in the freezer for later. Get the official recipe here!5. Don’t worry if it doesn’t always work out.
Every week looks different with our time, budgets, activities, and what sounds good to eat. Food prep can be as basic as washing your fruits and having them grab and go ready, or preparing the entire week ahead of time. Find a day and time that works for you and make it an activity that you can enjoy versus dread. Using this habitude is key to lasting success with healthy eating. If we are not prepared, busy, and hunger strikes, it is SO difficult to make the good choice. You owe yourself better. Prepare.
If you food prep, I would love to hear some of your ideas as I try to improve this habitude myself!