If I can give you one tip to help you cement those New Year’s Resolutions into reality it would be this:
Meal Prep. Meal Prep. Meal Prep.
There’s just no way around it. If you want to succeed with a healthy lifestyle, one where you don’t yo-yo back and forth or “fall off the wagon” – meal prepping is a must. No excuses, no room for negotiation. You have to make the time. Here’s the best part: it doesn’t require that much time.
I know how it is when you come home from work, tired from your day, feeling stressed out and you want to reach for that bag of chips. You plop down on the couch, turn on the TV, and before you know it, the bag of chips is empty. Let’s not do that anymore. Let’s change that behavior and keep you on track with your healthy eating goals, no matter what stress life throws at you!
Most of us head to the grocery store over the weekend and buy items that we need for the week, so this is just the second step you’ll take after your normal grocery shopping trip. You’ll prepare 2 meals that can last you throughout the week.
Choose from meals like:
- Oatmeal topped with berries and cinnamon
- Sliced apples and bananas (or your favorite fruit) with or w/o almond butter
- Green smoothies
- Smoothie bowls with chopped fruit on top
- Avocado topped toast, sprinkled with sea salt and red pepper flakes
- Vegan Bean Chili
- Quinoa or brown rice with steamed veggies
- Tempeh, rice noodles and a coconut curry sauce
- Gluten-free pasta with tomatoes and a chunky vegetable marinara sauce
- Zoodles (zucchini noodles) with an avocado pesto sauce
- Large fresh vegetable salad
- Three bean salad
- A tray of roasted veggies and a tray of baked sweet potatoes
- Veggie soup
- Veggie tacos and burritos
Buy fresh fruit and stock your counter top with organic apples, bananas and oranges. Buy crunchy veggies like carrots, peppers, celery and cucumbers for snacking. Get some fresh salsa and hummus for snacks or make your own (recipes available in the Raw Is Sexy Nutrition Plan). Buy your favorite nuts and seeds.
Take the time to make at least one meal that you can eat throughout the week, on the weekend after you grocery shop. I recommend making 2 meals. Then you have more variety throughout the week to choose from. Having fresh fruit around encourages healthy snacking.
Don’t buy: the foods that tempt you to falter. Can’t say no to chips or cookies? Don’t buy the chips or cookies. Don’t bring them into your house.
Let’s set you up for success from the start!
Make meal prepping a weekly habit and you’ll save yourself time all week long. You’ll also avoid frustration and feeling “hangry”, because fresh healthy food will be at the ready so that when hunger strikes, you have healthy, delicious options to choose from.