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Food Prep for Busy People

SAVE TIME, ENERGY, & MONEY!

No one wants to come home hungry and then have to slave over the stove or oven for 30 or more minutes. When you pre-make your meals ahead of time, you can freeze or refrigerate them so that they are ready to go!

COOK IN BATCHES
FREEZE SMOOTHIES
PRE-CHOP FRUITS & VEGGIES
UTILIZE YOUR MUFFIN TINS
PREP PROTEIN SNACKS
PRE-MAKE SALAD JARS

COOK IN BATCHES

Grab a baking sheet and roast a large batch of vegetables likes carrots, broccoli, onions, and cauliflower. Drizzle them with a bit of olive oil and seasonings and then portion them out in containers so you can grab them for a quick bite. Same thing for chicken or fish. Try seasoning half the meat with salt and pepper and the other half with lemon juice and garlic to make two recipes in one.

FREEZE SMOOTHIES

You all know that I love my healthy smoothies! Blend your smoothie and then pour them into a muffin tin so you have individual portions. Once frozen, pop them out and place them in a plastic baggie. In the mornings just grab one or two of the frozen pops, place them in a blender and whip up a smoothie. Great for a snack, too!

PRE-CHOP FRUITS & VEGGIES

Take a bit of time over the weekend to chop up yummy fruits and vegetables and place them in containers in the fridge. They will be primed and ready for when you need a snack (you can have some yogurt or hummus with them too!) This is a great tip because you can add fruits and veggies to so many recipes: smoothies, salads, side dishes, etc.

UTILIZE YOUR MUFFIN TINS

Remember the smoothie hack? Well you can also use your muffin tin to make cute and nutritious egg cups! Use eggs or egg whites, scrambled them and pour them into the muffin tin. Add some seasons and vegetables, then bake. The egg cups can be stored in the fridge for an easy snack or breakfast on the go.

PREP PROTEIN SNACKS

Protein-packed snacks are essential! You can make energizing protein balls with ingredients like dried fruits, nuts, and oats rolled together. Or use them to make trail mix. Keep rolled-up turkey or ham and lettuce in the fridge. Have those pre-chopped veggies and hummus! Roll up a whole-wheat tortilla with hummus, meat, and veggies, cut it into bite-sized pieces and store it in the fridge. Try it with natural peanut butter and fruit, too!

PRE-MAKE SALAD JARS

Getting your greens in has never been more fun! Grab a mason jar and pour a bit of dressing like balsamic vinegar in the bottom. Then add crunchy veggies like carrots and cucumbers, followed by tomatoes and lettuce and finally toppings like chopped nuts or quinoa. This is the ultimate at-work lunch!

 

 

 

These ingredients are inexpensive and all it takes is an hour or two of your time to prep all this yumminess! What's your favorite recipe or tip on this list?