How has your summer been? It’s already August and my July was nothing short of crazy. I’ve been working full time hours at the hospital as well as leading my indoor cycle classes, working weekends with makeups (wedding season!) and seeing nutrition clients at the health clinic. I can say that the little tan I had from the beginning of summer has pretty well faded. But to keep me on track with my goals (and overall keeping me sane), I’ve been taking advantage of the free time and spending it outside, exercising and a bit of socializing with friends. Being prepared with healthy meals and snacks has also been extremely important as I am running from one place to the next to ensure proper nourishment, keep my energy up, avoid skipping meals and then binging on crap. Here’s my tips on meal planning and being prepared to crush your week!:
Meal Planning Like a Pro
Meal planning and preparation does take work but trust, it is advantageous! You’ll find it easier to make healthier food choices if you have planned ahead; as well, you’re much more apt to include the nutrients you need to support that healthy glow from the inside out. Without a meal plan and being prepared, you increase your chances of eating junk or convenience foods if you get busy or caught without food.
Decide a time that works for you to do your meal planning and prep. Does doing your prepping and cooking on Sunday for your Monday to Friday meals work for you? (often allowing more spontaneity for Saturday and Sunday but not letting go of all the healthy eating habits) Or does cooking every night and taking leftovers for lunch work for you better? You may find that you may only need to prep for lunch and supper or you may need to prep for all meals, it really depends on what works for you and your schedule. Pick your meal planning and prep day (or days), write down your grocery list and stick to it!
If you are new to meal planning and prep, try to not overdo it and start with planning for 2-3 days instead of a whole week, to get used to the process. Meal prep doesn’t mean you have to cook all your foods at one time though – just do what makes it easier to make your planned meals and snack. For example, pre-cutting your veggies, marinating your protein and putting them in the freezer, and portioning your nuts and seeds and putting them into their own containers.
Now get to work and schedule it in!
What Day or Days work in you schedule to do your meal prep?
How Many Days In Advance Will You Prep For?
What Meals with You Prep?
Meals I’ve been prepping:
Good luck! xox Jenna