You know that feeling when you wake up uber-early on Sunday morning, chef-up a giant batch of cauliflower rice, roasted chicken, and tons of veggies for the week... But by the end of the week you’re picking away at the same ol’ sad, soggy vegetables?
Ugh, I have definitely been there!
Meal prepping is an absolutely phenomenal way to maintain a healthy lifestyle. But, eating the same thing over and over can get extremely boring...
Don't sweat it, I've got you covered with these 6 tips to keep your meals exciting!
1. USE YOUR FAVOURITE CONTAINERS
Just like a new coffee mug, a new set of Tupperware is a perfect to make meal prep enjoyable. Whether your go-to is mason jars or bento boxes, find what makes you happy.
2. PLAN OUT MEALS THAT EXCITE YOU
Meal prepping doesn't have to = boring. Eat foods that you enjoy. I promise, you can find healthier alternatives to your favourite dishes that make you think you're eating a cheat meal, but are actually eating something healthy and filled with fibre, protein and healthy fats for a balanced, nutritious meal. #pinterestisyourfriend
3. START SMALL
If it's your first time prepping, focus on one meal such as breakfast. Try making some banana bread chia pudding or frittata muffins. Once you've mastered breakfast, level up to lunch.
4. GET INSPIRED
Sometimes it's hard to know where to start when it comes to creating a healthy meal plan that will help you achieve your weight loss or fitness goals. Let me help you get started. We can do a one off meal plan or we can do monthly meal plans to mix it up. Whatever your goals and needs are, I can help!
5. MAKE IT SAUCY
Just because you're prepping a specific set of ingredients doesn't mean you can't experiment. Roasted chicken and cauliflower rice with an Indian vindaloo sauce is a very different meal than the same basic ingredients with a Jamaican jerk sauce. Turn the same prep into a buddha bowl or a salad by switching up the dressing or sauce. To keep tastes interesting, consider spending some prep time creating sauce blends or simply purchase some to have on hand. As with any prepared food, check the ingredients to make sure the sauces aren’t high in sugar or preservatives.
5. PUT ON THE TUNES
When I meal prep, I love to listen to my favourite soundtracks. I sing and dance the entire time—think of the extra calorie burn! If you’re more the movie type, put on one you’ve already seen (since you’ll be looking down while you work) and will love hearing again, or play some podcasts on interesting topics. Your time in the kitchen can be productive. The more you make meal prep time enjoyable, the more you'll look forward to doing it. Rather than see prep as a chore, think of it as a way to make amazing, healthy food for the week ahead, in a way that feels like a fun break from your busy schedule.
6. BE PREPARED FOR CRAVINGS
Meal prepping doesn't mean that snacking is out of the question. If you have a sweet tooth, try adding energy bites to your prep list. Check out my peanut butter and coconut energy bites. They're one of my favs! When a sweet craving kicks in you'll have a healthy grab-and-go snack ready to go to scratch that itch.
New to meal prep? Download my guide now. If you're a seasoned pro, what are some of your strategies? I'd love to hear them!