There is an easier way to achieve healthy eating than tearing your hair in agony over carb-free foods and sugar-less treats.
The secret is to prep a lot of healthy food over the weekend. Here are some killer pointers on how to stock up on delicious snacks and frozen meals for the upcoming week.
1. Put Hummus + Veggie Sticks Into a Jar
Your energy, mood, and outlook are predictably determined by the foods you snack on through the day. This isn’t to say that you should be like Popeye and nibble on spinach every hour. Hummus and vegetable sticks, for instance, make for perfectly scrumptious snack options. So do protein rich nuts and berries.
2. Store Lots of Veggies In Containers
When you keep nutrient dense snacks on hand, healthy eating becomes easy. Make it effortless by cutting and storing vegetables in convenient containers, where they can be easily accessed should you decide to whip up a tasty last minute health feast.
Get some tips on how to get started with Jess at Girl Walks Into a Barbell.
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3. Roast Your Veggies For Later
Roast and keep aside a batch of broccoli, peppers, zucchini, and the likes ready for combination meals through a frantic work week. When you know you have a tray of vegetables waiting to shower you with unconditional love, you won’t stray much with take-outs and deliveries.
Here’s a recipe for some gorgeous roasted veggies.
4. DIY Mason Jar Salads
No you don’t need chef-level cooking skills to prepare these. They are smart, easy, and healthy. Mix dressings, grains, vegetables and seasonings inventively to create wholesome and appetizing bite sized meals with DIY mason salad jars .
- Burrito Bowl Mason Jar Salads
- Egg and Avocado Mix Salad
- Zucchini Noodle Salad With Peas And Quinoa
- Cajun Shrimp Jar
5. Grilled Chicken and Veggies Bowls
Grilled chicken + Veggie bowls = can’t go wrong yummylicious treats. Grilled chicken is a great source of lean protein and Vitamin B, especially for those looking to build some muscle. Toss some vegetables and dressing for added texture and you get one gorgeous, irresistible bowl packed with nutrients!
Try this recipe from Picky-Palate.
6. The Leftover Food Ninja
You’ve won half the battle if you know how to work with leftovers. Rice, quinoa, oats, chicken, vegetables – everything can be resourcefully combined to whip up tasty yet effortless last-minute meals. Leftover chicken/turkey can go in salads, sandwiches, and rolls. Left over rice can be combined with diced veggies for a quick Chinese fried rice meal.
7. Crockpot Culinary Whiz
Crockpot meals can be healthy and insanely tasty too. Label all your freezer meals with the ingredients and use by date for easy access. Keep cut veggies and garlic ready (along with your printed recipes) to churn out one lip-smacking recipe after another!
8. The Versatile Food Aces
Well forget the universal causality dilemma of what came first. The egg always comes first when it comes to versatility. It can be tossed in everything from sandwiches to salads. Every egg contains less than a 100 calories and keeps you as energetic as a sparrow on steroids.
9. Roasted Chicken Hack
Roasting and storing a whole chicken or chicken breasts in a tray solves half your ‘healthy eating without fuss’ woes for the week. When hunger strikes, quickly get your hands on the chicken to mix it in salads, sandwiches, rice, and grains for a lazy meal. You can’t go wrong with this.
Here’s how to make the most delicious roast chicken of all time.
10. Potato Power
These babies are amazingly adaptable when it comes to dishing out a quick healthy meal. It’ll take you less than 10 minutes to put together some mashed potatoes and boiled eggs, with a dash of dressing. How’s that for power lunch in a jiffy!
11. Breakfast Bars
Make some mean breakfast bars with your leftover quinoa or oatmeal. They are chewy delicious, and generously packed with protein and fibre.