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You guys know by now that I’m a big proponent of meal prep—where you carve out a few hours on the weekend to prepare healthy meals for the rest of the week. I think it is one of the most important habits to get into when you first start on the journey to eating a healthier diet.
Sometimes I think meal prepping gets a bad wrap because of the Instagram pictures of neatly organized, perfectly-portioned, and undoubtedly, extremely-time consuming meal preps done by girls who do yoga on the beach wearing $1,000 leggings (#blessed). I’m here to tell you: that is not what meal prepping looks like in my house. Not by a long shot.
For me, I usually try to carve out an hour for meal prep on Sunday while wearing my paint-stained, bright pink Crocs with a toddler running around yelling “POOP!” at the top of her lungs (#blessed). I set a goal to just make one food item for breakfast, one for lunch, and one snack. Does that cover everything we eat in a week? No way. But just having that little bit on the fridge goes a LONG way to helping make food preparation throughout the week much easier.
It’s a buffer. A margin. It’s enough preparation to make sure that on the days when you’re exhausted and overwhelmed and too tired to even think of making lunch, you have a healthy option. It’s enough meal prep to take the edge off without meal prep totally invading your life.
If I’m being totally honest, I usually follow the same formula for my preps each week, too. Something oat-tastaical for breakfast (overnight oats when it’s warm out or oatmeal cups when it’s chilly). Something protein packed for snack (like hard-boiled eggs or date bites). And then lunch is almost always one of two things (or both if, by some miracle, the toddler lets me cook longer): a salad in a jar and some sort of grain or pasta salad.Read the post »