In my honest opinion, meal prepping is the best way to help your future self make better nutritional choices. By planning ahead, and minimising the work involved in cooking during the week, you make it so much easier for yourself to grab healthy meals and snacks rather than the processed alternatives. As a uni student, I find meal prepping is essential for monitoring my budgeting, and also ensuring that I’m continuously fuelled with great food on the go. This week, I give you an insight into my typical meal prep process including how I choose, budget and prepare my meals for the week!
If you haven’t really heard of meal prepping before, the concept is life changing. By dedicating a little time once or twice a week to meal prepping, you’re minimising the decisions and time involved with making healthier food choices when you’re busy and on the go. By prepping, chopping and cooking entire meals, or just a few elements, you’re making healthy eating the easiest option in your fridge!
Here are the top 3 reasons why I personally love meal prepping:
For me, meal prepping is a weekend job. On Saturday, I typically grab out my meal prep printable and look to the week ahead to identify things coming up which I’m going to have to consider when it comes to my meals. This helps me figure out which meals I’m going to need to take on the go with me, and which I’ll have time to sit at home and eat. From there, I flick through some of my favourite cookbooks or blogs to find some recipe inspiration. I find recipes by Chelsea Winter, Nadia Lim and Libby Weaver are my personal favourites - I know I can rely on them to be equally delicious and nutritious.
One of the things I love about our meal prep printable is that it breaks down your shopping list into the areas of the supermarket. This makes it super easy to grab things as you walk around, without letting you forget an item and have to turn back!
Because I use the click and collect process often, I plan to have my groceries ordered by Saturday night so I can pop into Countdown early on Sunday morning. If I’ve planned ahead, I prefer to grab my fruits and vegetables from the local farmer’s market or vege store - I love to shop local when I can.
By Sunday morning, I’m up early and I head to grab the groceries. Then I come home and get straight into the meal prepping as I unpack the groceries from their bags. By getting into the cooking straight away, I don’t lose motivation and end up leaving the ingredients in the fridge! I firstly wash all my vegetables and fruits using our DIY Vegetable Wash, then I chop and prep all the raw ingredients first so I can easily through together meals or elements.
This week’s meal prep:
Here is a snapshot of this week’s meal prep planner! I’m only having to prepare breakfasts, lunches and snacks for the week days.
On the menu this week, I’ve prepared a warming chicken soup for the first three lunches. Then on Wednesday or Thursday I’ll cook up some simple burger patties for the Naked Burgers which will be my lunches for the remainder of the week. Breakfast wise, I’ve never really just been a muesli or smoothie girl. I know I need a filling and protein rich breakfast to keep me going all morning! So this week I’ve picked out a delicious Kumara, Kale & Quinoa fritter recipe by Ben Warren. I’ll serve these with either bacon or a scrambled egg in the morning. For days when I’m really pushed for time, a smoothie tends to be sufficient enough. I just pack extra snacks for a morning tea! At university, I have to keep snacks handy at all times. I love bliss balls, kale chips, and veggie sticks with hummus. These are all easy to transport and keep in my bag during the day!
If you’re meal prepping dinners, check out recipes for some freezable meals! We’ve got a blog post here which shares some great options!
Here are some of our favourite recipes from the blog which we love to meal prep!
Super Stella Slaw
Healthy Raspberry Muffins (gf, df, rsf)
Delicious Lactation Bliss Balls
5 Junk Free Lunches
Hoisin Pork & Crispy Pancakes
5 Junk Free Snacks
5 Junk Free Lunches
6 Freezer Meals
Tips and Tricks:
Inspired yet? Let us know in the comments below!
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