- From eating out
- Eating processed and unhealthy food
- Save time during the week
- Save money
Preparing meals ahead of time may seem like a daunting task at first, but once you get the hang of it you will see how easy it is. Besides, your physique and your pockets will thank you later ;). So, where do you begin? First, clean out your refrigerator and get rid of old and moldy food. Once you have done that, make a list of the foods you need. I usually don't have a food list per se because I get the usual stuff:
- Fresh veggies
- Fresh fruits
- Cage-free eggs
- Organic chicken and fish
- Almond milk
- Quinoa, brown rice, oatmeal, oat bran
- TUPPERWARE and MASON JARS (you will need this to store your food!)
After you buy all the food the fun part comes next...
First, clean all the veggies and fruits. Then slice them up and put them away in containers. For example, cut celery stalks into 4" pieces and put them away in a container with water. The small pieces of celery will make a great snack for the week.
After you're done, this is how your refrigerator should look like:
Next up: Cooking for the week. There are plenty of recipes that you can cook ahead of time that will make a great breakfast or lunch. I usually take about two hours to prepare my meals, but I am free to do what I want to do for the rest of the week. I usually make:
- Brown rice
- Grilled chicken in the oven
- Grilled fish in the oven
- Hard-boiled eggs
- Oven-baked beans
- Make a salad and store it in a mason jar
After cooking it, I put it away in containers and voila, I have lunch for the rest of the week. (Click here to see what my pre-made meals look like when I go to work).
How to use the leftovers:
- Mix the quinoa and/or brown rice with grilled veggies
- Add the chicken and/or fish with veggies and throw it in a wrap
- Have the hard-boiled eggs as a snack or make an egg salad
- Toss the beans into a salad or with quinoa
Have a healthy, clean-eating week! ;)
How do you prepare your meals for the week?
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