Less Stress Meal Prep and Planning
Updated: Mar 10
Most everyone has good intentions of eating healthy during the week, but work, life and other events get in the way so the drive thru seems easier and less stressful. Here are tips on How to Meal Prep and Make your Week Less Stressful
1. Purchase, Wash and Chop
Put all your greens in the sink - Wash and bag all of your greens on Sunday so they’re ready to be thrown in any dish. Wash all of your other produce too (learn how to make berries last here), and pre-chop anything you’ll be able to grab to throw in a salad or for a snack, like red peppers, carrots, and celery. You can roast veggies in bulk and have them ready alongside the raw ones. Roast at 450 for 20 minutes tossed in avocado oil. When everything is cleaned, chopped, and stored, your fridge will look pretty and organized, which will help you feel in control of the week ahead.
2. Stock snacks.
Speaking of veggie sticks, prep other snacks you can grab on the go, even if that means just bagging nuts so they’re portable or pre-portion in hummus into containers. Our favorite protein snack recipe was featured in Amarillo Magazine. It's simple and yummy! Kids love it too! https://www.live-well-fit.com/single-post/2017/05/31/LWF-Nut-Butter-Protein-Snacks
Make big batches of plain quinoa, brown rice or another healthy grain to keep in the fridge so you have a base for different dishes to assemble throughout the week.
4. Prep protein.
Proteins like fish fillets don’t hold up that well, but you can add organic chicken breasts (I love to cook in the instant pot) or grass-fed steaks in advance and store them to add to salads and grain bowls later. This will help you make sure the meat you eat is high-quality.
5. Plan for leftovers.
When you’re planning Sunday dinner, think big. Make a lasting dish that’s bound to end up in leftovers, like a big pot of veggie or grass-fed beef chili, a hearty soup, or a veggie casserole.
6. Make breakfast ahead.
Yogurt is always an easy go-to, you can probably skip this step. If not, Hard boil a dozen eggs, for instance, and they’ll be ready to eat with Ezekial toast and avocado mash. You can also make overnight oats in all different combos, which look super gorgeous on a fridge shelf in Mason jars (see overnight oats in our healthy recipes) or these grab and go protein bars https://www.live-well-fit.com/single-post/2017/08/28/Need-a-healthy-yummy-protein-snack .
7. Schedule workouts and personal to-dos.
It’s easy to get swept up in your work once you’re in the swing of things. In order to stay healthy and balanced, you need to prioritize getting things done for yourself, too. Even if you just go running in your neighborhood or do yoga in your living room, schedule those workouts into your calendar for the whole week, so they’re locked in like meetings. You can also choose a few high-priority personal to-dos that need to come off your long list and onto the calendar. That’ll help you keep moving forward each week without feeling overwhelmed. We encourage you to get plugged into classes with us if you need that extra motivation. When you are done, you can chill and know that you won’t be stressed on Monday!