Eating nutritious meals is key to good health. I’m all for pizza, burgers, and fries but it’s so important to practice the balance part of it and also eat veggies, greens, and food that has higher nutritional value. One way to ensure you are getting the proper nutrition is by meal prepping! If you’ve never meal prepped before, I’ve got some tips for you to help kick start you in the right direction.
Be a planner
Before going to the grocery store, make a list. First, identify which meals you want to pre-plan. Do you find yourself at the drive-thru for breakfast or even skipping breakfast? Maybe meal prepping for breakfast is best for you. Perhaps you find that you over indulge at the office during the day and lunch is when you feel the most lost with your food choices. Once you know which meals you want to focus on, your trip to the grocery store will be a bit more simplified. Think of which dishes you want to prepare and put the list in your phone to keep track of exactly what you need. I’ve tried going to the store with no list, thinking I would remember, and trust me, one ingredient will always be missing! Write it down. 🙂
Pick a day, any day
Most people tend to meal prep on Sundays because it ensures you will start off your Monday with a healthy start. But if you tend to have your own Sunday ritual that doesn’t include meal prepping, don’t do it! Choose a day that works for your schedule and create a meeting invite for yourself in your planner. If you carve out X amount of time to cook for the week, and it’s in your calendar, you’ll more than likely stick to it!
Prep your snacks
The actual meals that you prep whether it is breakfast/lunch/dinner or all of the above, is important, but what’s equally as important are the snacks! For me, I love fruit so I make sure to wash and cut up all my fruit before they go bad, just sitting in my fridge! If a snack is all ready to go, I’m less likely to go reaching for the chocolate and other foods that might not be as nutritious.
Simplify your meals
Meal prepping doesn’t mean you have a ton of dishes and mess in your kitchen. That’s the part that makes people tend to not want to prep but the meals can be SO easy. I like meal prepping with one pot or pan. The easier the clean up, the less daunting meal prepping can seem. Pictured above is a tofu stir fry that I made in one pot.
- 1 package of tofu (extra firm), cubed
- 3 bell peppers (I used yellow, red, orange), cubed
- 4 stalks of broccoli
- ½ cup of chopped shishito peppers
- ¼ cup of chopped cashews
- 5 tbsp sesame oil
- ⅓ cup liquid aminos (in replacement of soy sauce)
- Mix liquid aminos and sesame oil in a small bowl and let sit
- Add in chopped tofu into pan, over medium heat. Let brown/cook for 3-5 minutes
- Add in peppers, cook for 2 minutes
- Add in broccoli and cashews last and let cook until you get your desired texture (I let it sit for 4 minutes)
- Add in liquid ingredients and let simmer for a few minutes so the liquid can absorb