“A Goal Without a Plan, is just a Wish”.
Sundays are usually my getting ready for the week ahead, doing things around the house, self-care, catching up on some rest and meal-planning / prepping days!
Generally, I am not a fan of ‘normal’ meal prepping. I hate eating the same thing for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day and get bored VERY quickly. My meal-prepping, is more like ‘meal-planning’. I find this works so well for me, especially while working a full-time job, working out, making time for my relationship and friendships and still trying to have some me-time in between.
Now, let’s get into the nitty-gritty of it. The key here, is to be organized and plan before you go grocery shopping. This saves time AND money and will avoid you buying unnecessary items (that you may already have) OR buying ingredients or items that you can’t actually make a meal with and fresh produce going to waste. I have learnt this the hard way and one of my New Year goals is to avoid food wastage.
What I mean by ‘Meal Planning’ – like I said above, I hate eating the same thing day-in and day-out. So, what I prefer to do instead, is to cook up a whole batch of ingredients that I can make numerous meals from. For instance, I will bake some sweet potato cubes, butternut, rice, chicken etc. and from there, I can make meals with the various ingredients. By having these basic items prepped and cooked, it forces me to eat what is in the fridge. Fresh items, such as, broccoli / green beans / salad can be prepped and added as you go.
Below is how I organize my meals for the week. Let me know if you give it a try and how my ‘meal planning’ tips work for you? 😊
Firstly, I like to look at what I have in my fridge and cupboards and see what I need to stock up on. It will mostly be staples such as, fresh fruit, vegetables, meat and dairy products. If I buy fish, I will generally buy it and cook it on the same day.
• I try to buy other grocery items, such as; tinned foods (beans & legumes, tuna etc.), rice, quinoa, spices and other cooking items, like coconut oil, olive oil etc. on a monthly basis (unless I run out mid-month).
• Items like brown rice and quinoa etc. are great staples to keep in your cupboards, as they last a while and can accompany many protein options or make a base of a veggie bowl or salad!
Then, I like to write out my meals for the week on a whiteboard on the fridge. That way, I know exactly what I need to buy for the week ahead and can plan my meals ahead of time, avoiding wastage and buying take-out. This also helps me each day to know what I need to pack for lunch and so on.
Go shopping! Make sure to get everything on your list that you will require for the week so you can get organized!
Once you have completed the above, it is time to get chopping and cooking. Cook up your sweet potatoes, butternut, any other veggies you may like, boil your brown rice / quinoa, cook your chicken breasts, mince etc.
Get creative! I then pack each ingredient into separate containers and store in the fridge. That way, I can mix and match and make up various meals throughout the week, without getting bored!
Extra Tips for Meal Planning!
1. Plan according to your weekly schedule. If you know you might be going out one lunchtime or dinner time, you know you don’t have to plan a meal for that day.
2. Cook extra! Leftovers for lunch from dinner, are my best! So quick and easy and you know you will be getting in a good, nutritious meal.
3. Lastly, don’t be too hard on yourself! Life is all about enjoying yourself and if you fall off the bandwagon for one meal, your life will carry on! Just make sure your next meal is healthy and on track again.
I really hope the above guidelines and tips assist in becoming a healthier YOU!
All my love, Bex