Prepping meals will make your life so much easier
Here Laura Uglow of True Vitality 4 Mums shares her top food prepping tips for busy mums.
Let’s face it, between family, work, life and trying to keep healthy, the average day can feel hectic. This is why I recommend meal prepping so much as I find it is the best way to stick to our healthy ways! Organising meals and snacks in advance is one of the most important aspects of a healthy, happy mums' lifestyle. When you are prepared to fuel your body in the right ways, you’ll have so much more energy for survivingeven the craziest days with positivity.
Even just a little bit of planning will help you in a major way. Just like anything else in life, planning in advance helps free up time and energy for other important things. Also meal prepping is much better for your body (you won’t reach for those sugary snacks if you have a healthy alternative to hand!) and also your budget. That’s right, having tasty snacks to hand lessens the temptation to grab pricier options on the go and healthy snacks in the supermarket often come at a premium.
Here are a few of my favourite meal prepping guidelines….
1. For breakfast
Whip up a batch of healthy muffins, pancakes or healthy granola bars. These grab and go options for busy mornings are my must have for every week. I also make smoothies the night before and store them in the fridge ready for the next morning, especially if I am working the next day.
2. Pre-chop all your crudites
The minute you come home from the supermarket or farmers market, prep your veggies right away to have them ready to munch on. Chop carrots, celery, mushrooms, cucumber and peppers… these are great snacks to have on hand to nibble on throughout the day! I also find it works well for our whole family if we have large bowl of washed and chopped fruit in the fridge too!
3. Spa water
Keep a large jug of water in the fridge infused with fruit and herbs…I love cucumber and mint or lemon and lime slices. It is a great and very flavourful way to stay hydrated all week!
4. Power up with protein
Roast chicken or your favourite lean protein, along with veggies are great main staples to have on hand throughout the week! It is a versatile addition for salads and snacks too. I love placing chicken and an assortment of veggies in a large baking dish or pan, with my favourite spices, plenty of garlic, a little oil and a pinch of salt. I then bake it in the oven for 20-30 minutes or until cooked completely for a quick and easy lunch!! I also often make large batches of quinoa to store in the fridge for an easy and healthy carb to add to my salads or soups.
5. Make sure you have enough food storage containers
Make sure you have the right gear, as having various sized containers for storing your pre-prepped food is also essential! I often recommend glass over plastic for health reasons but obviously if you prefer plastic is ok too. If you are pre-storing salads for your lunches just be sure to keep the dressing separate to ensure it lasts longer.
6. Have plenty of snacks in your bag
My favourites are nuts, or bounce protein balls. You could also carry some home made snacks in your bag but having something to hand is key for those weak moments. It will stop you reaching for that piece of cake with your coffee.
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