Trending: Stay on Track with Meal Prepping
Jan 28th, 2016
With the New Year in full swing, maintaining resolutions can fall to the background of busy days. Between work, family, friends and commitments, living a healthier lifestyle can seem nearly impossible at times. However, planning ahead can help make turning to healthier options as easy as turning to processed, packaged and fast foods. The key is to meal prep and plan ahead, so when mid-day hunger hits, you have readily available healthy options to grab on the go. We have versatile recipes you can prepare ahead of time and implement into your routine all week.
Begin by selecting a day you will dedicate some time to planning and prepping meals for the week. This designated time can be whatever works best with your schedule. For those who work Monday through Friday, Sunday is a great day to do your prep. Plan grocery shopping and meal planning that afternoon. Make a list, do your grocery shopping and set aside some time to prep versatile items you can incorporate into your weekly menu with ease. We have healthy, nutritious recipes you can prep ahead of time for simple weekday snacks and meals.
Rethink the Muffin Tin
Muffin tins are not just for baking muffins anymore! Instead, they can be used in a multitude of ways to meal prep healthy breakfast and snack options. Pre-portioned, these muffin-size recipes are a great way to track serving size without the guesswork and are easy to freeze for the entire week and take on the go with ease. Try these Egg & Cheese Cups for a protein-packed breakfast or snack anytime of day.
For a new take on classic peanut butter and jelly, try these Frozen PBJ Parfaits. Packed with protein-rick Greek yogurt, fresh strawberries, local honey and our 5-Ingredient Peanut Butter Granola, this is the perfect breakfast option for busy days. This recipe is also a great after school snack for kids or an afternoon pick-me-up at work.
Prepare Versatile Snacks
When looking for nutrient-rich snacks for the week, think about easy grab-and-go options you can use in a variety of ways. Granola, trail mixes and nuts are snacking staples. Making granola and trail mixes at home will help you avoid added sugars and preservatives often included in some store-bought varieties. This 5-Ingredient Peanut Butter Granola is great on its own or incorporated with other ingredients. Try making a yogurt parfait with granola, fresh berries and Greek yogurt—put your customized parfait in a champagne float for a glamorous touch to celebrate weekend brunch without breaking your resolution to eat well. Try adding dried fruit to a mason jar of granola for an on-the-go snack. Add your choice of milk, and eat it as cereal. The customizations are endless!
This Trail Mix recipe is perfect for snacking anytime of day. Filled with heart-healthy nuts, banana chips and dark chocolate, this delicious mix is a great option for indulging a chocolate craving without derailing your resolution!
If you find yourself without any snack packed, turn to almonds. These widely available, fiber and protein-packed nuts will fuel your day until your next meal!
Focus on Multi-Use Protein
For lunches and dinners, turn to lighter, protein-rich chicken. With endless recipe and seasoning options, chicken is a versatile protein staple. Prepare Crock-Pot Chicken on Sunday and use it all week for salads, entrées, wraps, sandwiches and more.
Try this Asian Chicken & Cabbage Salad for an easy lunch or dinner option. Simply toss all the ingredients in the dressing for a light, Asian-inspired meal option. For lunch, pack all the ingredients in a mason jar, with the dressing at the bottom or on the side—then, toss your salad at lunch!
With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, there is no need to completely avoid festive treats. Instead, focus on small, low-fat indulgences like these beautiful Strawberry Meringues. With egg whites and sugar, this French treat is a lighter option. You can make them ahead and enjoy them for the week of Valentine’s or give as sweet treats—they stay fresh for up to 10 days!
For a nutritionally balanced Valentine’s brunch or snack, try this Sweet Tooth Toast. High in fiber and protein and low in sugar, this toast is a great healthier option for Valentine’s morning complete with beautiful strawberries!
This year, make your commitment to better health last with lifestyle changes. From proper hydration and adequate protein intake to meal prepping and planning ahead, focusing on implementing one thing at a time allows you to focus on overall betterment one step at a time.
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