Failure to plan, plan to fail. You have probably heard that a million times, so have I. I used to think it would be pointless for me to meal prep. I’m home with the boys all day and if I wanted to make something I could. Well we both know how that doesn’t happen. By the time I get the kids lunches made I’m starving and will eat just about anything in the fridge. Then one day I decide to give meal planning a go. BEST DECISION EVER! I have been doing it for about a year now and I love it. I feel way more organized and prepared. We eat better and spend less money (always a bonus).
I start my week with making a menu. I sit down with the boys and we decide on it together. Then we head to the store and pick up our weekly groceries. The boys enjoy being part of the decision making process. Depending on our weekend plans we either do this Sundays or Mondays. This weeks prep took about an hour which I was able to do during naptime.
Once we get home I start on the meal prep. You don’t need a lot to make a difference in your week. I change it up weekly but I also have some basics that I stick with regularly. Here is what I prepped this week.
–A dozen hard boiled eggs I put the eggs in a pot of water, bring them to a boil. Remove from heat and cover for 10 minutes. Done!
–Carrot energy balls
1 cup rolled oats
1 medium carrot shredded carrots
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 chopped almonds
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp chia seed
1/3 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup honey
mix together thoroughly.
Place mixture in the refrigerator for one hour.
Shape into bites.
-Trail mix I kind of just threw some stuff together.
Cereal (cheerios, shreddies ect.), Banana chips, Coconut, Mini chocolate chips, crushed peanuts, raisins and a dash of cinnamon
-Smoothie baggies Place 1 cup of mixed fruit and 2 handfuls of spinach in bags then store in freezer. I empty the bag in the blender with a cup of liquid (I prefer almond milk) a scoop of protein powder or greek yogurt and some added goodness with flax seeds and chia seeds. Blend and enjoy.
BBQ chicken- We had chicken for dinner so I got Chad to bbq a few extra chicken breast so I can add to my salad this week. Simple and easy.
Salad- I always have a bag of salad in the fridge, whether it’s kale or mixed greens. You can add some veggies and chicken and it’s quick meal.
Banana loaf/mini muffins– I used a recipe I found on pinterest. I substituted melted coconut oil instead of canola oil. Also I replace the flour with whole wheat flour. Then I topped them off with mini chocolate chips. I got a loaf pan and 24 mini muffins from the recipe. (http://www.yummyhealthyeasy.com/2014/01/healthy-banana-bread.html)
Have you ever meal prepped? Share some of your ideas with me.