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It’s Monday, and you’re on your #wfh lunch break.
You open the fridge and you’ve got a salad in a jar ready to go. Within seconds, you’re eating a delicious meal that fills you up.
A few hours later, the kids are home, it’s chaos (at least in our house!), but you’re cool as a cucumber. The kids have already had a healthy snack, which they helped themselves to when they got home.
Dinner is mostly prepped, you just have to pop it in the oven.
Tomorrow will be pretty much the same.
Meal prepping can be daunting, but as a parent striving towards healthy living it’s essential AND it makes life easier (double whammy!) during the week.
Find a chunk of time on the weekend and do these 5 meal prep tips to help make your week less stressful and to buy back some time.
1. Make YOUR lunches for the week
You can’t take care of others if you don’t take care of yourself first! Make salads or soup in a jar or make a big pot of rice and roasted vegetables for rice bowls!
2. Plan out your dinner menu
Make it easy on yourself by having a general theme for each night to help inspire you (like Taco Tuesday), and then make a shopping list BEFORE you go to the store so you have exactly what you need.
3. Prep as many dinner items as you can
Then, think about how to incorporate ingredients from one night’s dinner into the next (if you do baked salmon one night, make extra and so sushi salmon bowls later in the week).
4. Have healthy snacks ready to go!
Preparing healthy snacks in advance and easily accessible can help when you get that mid-afternoon craving and when your kids get home from school. Have snacks prepped and ready to go on a shelf or bin in the fridge so that you and your kids can grab them easily. Here are some ideas: apples or bananas and peanut butter, cheese sticks, homemade protein balls (again - google these!), olives, pickles, veggies, and hummus, homemade and popcorn.
5. Whip up sauces, dressings, and dips
Have some yummy condiments (homemade or healthy store-bought) on hand to add to salads or rice bowls. This helps spice things up and add flavor.
There you have it! We hope this makes your week easier.