Meal Prepping

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Meal Prepping

Meal prepping is important for the busy person (especially working moms and dads) that are trying to eat healthy. Here are a few tips to make meal prep day a little easier not only for you but for the entire family.

  1. Have your containers ready. Glass containers are our my favorite to use.  If you have room in your budget, I highly recommend investing in them. There are other options as well, such as BPA free, dishwasher safe plastic containers.
  2. Schedule your prep day.  For my family, Sunday is the big cooking day.  My husband is the “chef” of the house, and will have several pots, pressure cooker and slow cooker all going at the same time.  Pick what day will work out best for you and try to stick with it.
  3. Focus on meals that are full of nutrients, easy to digest and perfect to store in the fridge after cooked. Beans and grains are a great example of this. Beans are full of fiber and antioxidants.  Cooking a pot of black beans (add in disease fighting onions, garlic, and cumin) as well as a pot of brown or white rice, will give you enough servings for 4-5 people (2-3 meals week). Grains and beans are a perfect protein when combined, and easy to add to any meal.  Think tacos, burritos, brown-rice bowels, even salads.
  4. Begin with foods that need the longest time to cook.  While these are cooking, you can start with prepping the veggies and fruits.
  5. Wash and chop up your leafy greens. Spinach, kale, broccoli and cabbage are some of our favorites.  Add these healthy vegetables to any lunch or dinner.
  6. Wash and peel fruits.  Gather your smoothie fruits in containers for use later in the week.  Or use portion control containers for fruits that you like snacking on such as grapes, berries, and melon.
  7. Have fun!  Always remember, how you cook these meals, is much better than any meal you can order at your closest restaurant in town. Nobody is going to put the love you put into creating meals with valuable ingredients you personally selected based on your family’s needs.

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