Meal Prep Tips & Tricks: Plan for success

Meal Prep Tips: Plan to succeed or plan to fail

Do you find yourself scrambling for weekday meals? Are you constantly grabbing fast food? Do you think eating healthy is too hard? If you answered yes, you are not alone. Many people think cooking homemade meals during the week is to time consuming and not realistic. I am going to teach you how to organize your meals so you can enjoy fresh, homemade meals throughout the week.

Plan for success

Making a plan and organizing your weekly meals is the key to maintaining a stress-free healthy diet. Meal plans keep us organized, remove the guess work and help keep us on track. Taking things one step further and preparing snacks and meals ahead of time saves time during the week. If you don’t plan to succeed you plan to fail.

Tips to succeed

  1. Write a menu plan for the week – choose a variety of vegetarian and meat recipes. Plan your snacks and dinners for the week, making sure to make enough for lunch leftovers. Variety is best – soups, salads, pastas, casseroles, chicken, beef, fish, chili, etc.
  2. Gather recipes and write a grocery list. Make sure you stick to the list – this will prevent food waste. Focus on recipes using whole foods and a variety of veggies and protein to keep things healthy. Shopping the perimeter of the grocery store also helps prevent purchasing unhealthy items.
  3. Set aside a couple of hours one day to prep food for the week – most people find Sunday morning is the best time for meal prep. Make snacks and meals in advance and store in airtight containers.
  4. Package food in airtight containers. Organize food in fridge or store individual servings in the freezer – this makes it easy to grab food on the go or have a healthy meal on the table in less than 20 minutes.

Foods to prep ahead

  1. Clean and cut veggies
  2. Make snack foods – hummus, trail mix, granola, granola bars, date balls (store in airtight containers)
  3. Make large batches of soups and chilies (store in freezer for weeks to come)
  4. Make large batches of quinoa, brown rice, salads to use throughout the week.
  5. Prepare burgers, meatballs and chicken strips/nuggets – store uncooked in the freezer.
  6. Cook meats for salads and wraps

Try these simple and effective tips for healthy homemade weeknight meals. Remember preparation is the key to success. Staying organized and prepared allows you to have healthy snack and meal options on hand all week long. Grab your favourite cookbooks or head to your favourite recipe website and start planning your weekly meals NOW!

Bonus Recipe: Delicious Date Balls

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Date balls

10-12 dates, soaked

1 cup almonds, chopped

1 cup walnuts, chopped

2 Tbsp cacao powder

1 Tbsp hemp seeds

1 Tbsp maple syrup

Place dates in a food processor and pulse to chop. Add almonds, walnuts, cacao powder, hemp seeds, and maple syrup and pulse to combine. Mixture should be sticky, if needed add a little extra maple syrup. Roll dough into balls and place in the fridge to set. Store in a zip-top bag in the freezer and keep for months – if they last that long 😉

Plan to succeed

XO Deanna

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