Weekly Food Prep Tips
When you take the time to prepare foods in advance, it will make your week a lot easier. Block out some time during the week to do some cooking and prep so that you have healthy food when you get busy, are in a crunch, or are feeling tired and don’t want to mess with dishes. Nobody enjoys the feeling of being hungry and not having anything ready to eat.
If you’re committed to eating real foods that are nutritious for you, it’s important to prep so that you don’t fall off track.
One of my biggest motivations for doing food prep each week to spend my time doing things that are fun, spontaneous, and outdoors. I love to cook, but I’d rather be out doing other things or kicking back and relaxing in the evenings. Therefore, it’s always easiest to have some real food ready to go!
I suggest eating a diet full of seafood, eggs, meat, vegetables, fruits, and healthy fats… and that’s mostly it! If you’re an athlete who is training at high-intensity, you want to make sure you’re getting plenty of carbohydrates from more dense sources. People often struggle to get enough protein and vegetables, so that needs to be a daily focus of yours. If you prepare healthy, real foods in advance, it will be much easier to reach your goals.
Top 8 Food Prep Top Tips
- Buy food for at least 3 days at a time
- Focus on preparing and cooking protein and veggies – these are what most people don’t get enough of and fat and fruit are easy to grab or add
- Designate a regular time each week (approx. 2-4 hours) for weekly “food prep” i.e. washing, chopping, cooking, storing, freezing
- Prepare 3 or more different foods at one time – multitask with a crock pot, the oven, and get the stove top or grill going
- Wash and cut fruits and vegetables before you store them in your refrigerator for easy “grab and go”
- Keep a variety of sizes of storage containers available and ready – I prefer glass ones
- Pre-portion meals in bags or containers, so you don’t have to think when you’re hungry
- Enjoy the process – spice up your food prep time by trying new recipes, listening to music, or hanging with good company
Top 8 Easy “Go-To” Foods To Prep
- Hard-Boiled Eggs – I typically make a dozen each week
- Frittatas or Egg Muffins
- Crock Pot Chicken – Check out my favorite crock pot HERE
- Paleo Shepard’s Pie
- Roasted Veggies (asparagus, brussels, broccoli, eggplant, squash, peppers)
- Crock Pot Paleo Chili
- Grilled Meat (burgers, steaks, chicken, fish)
- Spiralized Zuchhini – Once you make the “noodles” store them in a container so you can easily make pasta or pasta salads – Grab your spiralizer HERE
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