Let’s face it, life gets pretty hectic sometimes. We don’t all have the time or the energy to spend hours in the kitchen each day cooking our meals from scratch, as much as the inner foodie in all of us would love to.
Some days call for a grab and go snack, a perfectly prepped lunch and a breakfast you can eat at your desk.
Meal prepping is IN right now, so have a read of our top tips that’ll be sure to get you prepping like a boss.
Overnight Oats and Chia Puddings
Ah breakfast, undoubtedly the best meal of the day. But sometimes we are just so preoccupied with getting ourselves out the door in one (presentable) piece, that breakfast is the last thing on own minds.
Leave the pancake stacks for the weekend and prep yourself some oats the night before.
Soak your oats in the fanciest mason jar you own, covered in your go-to plant based milk, sprinkled with a little cinnamon and topped with a handful of berries. Easy.
Add that extra boost with flax, chia, hemp seeds or even protein powder. Obviously, a generous dollop of nut butter is essential.
Alternately, make a chia pudding with creamy coconut milk, both great options to take with you on the go, or if you just can’t afford to rush that cat eye.
Mix and Match your Meals
There is this misconception that meal prep is just for gym fanatics prepping their chicken and rice for the week. But this isn’t the case. Nor is it that you have to prepare the entire meal in one go, some days we want to mix it up a little. Prep a number of different elements before hand to then pick out a bit of what you fancy at the start of each day. On a Sunday evening, maker your grains & carbs, proteins, healthy fats, and veggies. Then when it comes to choosing your lunch for the day ahead, you have your own little buffet style set up in the fridge.
If this sounds up your street, I highly recommend you check out Lee from America’s blog who does this fabulously and will give you a ton of inspiration from roasting a whole chicken, prepping sweet potato wedges and a making veggies exciting.
Cook Food You Actually Like
This might seem like a super obvious one, but when the girl on the desk next to you at work is tucking into her pizza from that new gourmet Italian down the road, your kale salad isn’t going to look too appealing. Who says a packed lunch has to be boring? Make a colourful soba noodle salad or even your own homemade burger with all the toppings! Food is fun, so get creative!
Remember to think ahead too, if you’re making your favourite meal for dinner one evening, make double the amount and set aside in the fridge for the following day.
Batch Make Your Treats
A Saturday afternoon is my designated baking time. Find the best time during your week to throw on some music, make a mess of the kitchen as you turn it into your own treat factory. By batch making your favourite snacks and always keeping a few on hand, you’re less likely to buy that Mars bar, or snack on your co-worker’s biscuits. Plus, when you’ve got a bag full of homemade energy balls and sugar-free brownies, they’ll be asking you to share.
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Megan Hallett is a practising IIN certified nutrition and holistic health coach, a nutritional therapist in training, recipe developer and cookbook author. Alongside all of that she’s is a huge woman’s health enthusiast, creating recipes and guiding women on how to achieve hormonal balance, inspired by her own health journey with PCOS.