If you're looking to eat healthier this year, investing a little time and energy into meal planning can be a good place to start. That doesn't mean you have to spend hours and hours cooking every meal in advance. Instead, think of meal prepping as an easy way to stay healthy and save you both time and money.
Meal prepping doesn't have to look the same for each person. As a Registered Dietitian, I work with clients to determine the most sustainable strategies and tips. Ask yourself. 'What is going to work for me week after week? Healthy lifestyle changes only work if they are doable. Be realistic about your schedule.
Batch cooking - involves making large batches of items to be portioned into individual meals or used in serval recipes Ingredient prepping - includes washing, peeling, roasting, or preparing a few ingredients ahead of time to use in recipes Make- Ahead Meals are cooking full meals and then portioning them out into individual containers to quickly grab and go for busy days.
2. START WITH WHAT YOU HAVE Before you head to the grocery store, 'shop' from your fridge and pantry. Using what you already have reduces food waste and saves money. Are any vegetables starting to go bad? Turn them into a soup or stir-fry! Old brown bananas? Add banana muffins or oats to your meal prep list.
4. MAKE AN ALL-PURPOSE SAUCE A great sauce can elevate even the most basic of leftovers. Try a simple cherry tomato salsa of halved cherry tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, and chopped parsley. Fresh salsas go well with scrambled eggs, grain bowls, or drizzled onto prepared hummus with pita and fresh-cut vegetables for a snack.
5. CHOP VEGETABLES AND FRUIT This healthy meal prep tip allows you to have nutrient-dense ingredients for raw snacking and cooking. For example, a bowl of fruit salad in the fridge comprised of strawberries, blueberries, and chopped peaches makes for a quick snack and an easy breakfast meal combined with Greek yogurt and chopped almonds.