Let’s talk about making things EASIER for you when it comes to cooking. If you try to change too much, too soon, it tends to discourage you and you give up. Baby steps are always the better route to take and it’s important to remember that it’s not going to happen overnight, but rather take time to adjust to the new changes!
Do you work 40 hours a week? Do you have to take your kids to sports or dance classes every night? Don’t worry – we won’t judge you, our lives are busy too. That’s why, when we try to plan our meals, we try to use the least amount of ingredients as possible and the meals that will take the least amount of time.
Our tip to you, is pick a day – preferably one where you’re not rushing – and prep some of your meals for the week. Don’t overwhelm yourself at the beginning by trying to plan every single day. If you’ve never planned an entire week of meals before, it can be a big change. Remember we said baby steps? Start slow, maybe plan 1 or 2 days and as you get the hang of it plan more days. There’s just something about Sunday’s for us – we have the time and the freedom to plan our meals and prep them too!
Try to stick to foods and recipes you already know but stay within your daily calories. You can alter the recipes by changing the flavours through spices, clear broths or clear dressings. This will help you stay focused and not get easily overwhelmed by changing your weekly routine and learning new recipes all at the same time. So, grill up your favourite protein – chicken or tofu, etc. Chop your favourite vegetables – bell peppers, carrots, celery, etc. Boil up some eggs – we recommend between 7-12 eggs. Wash the fresh fruit and have it ready to go.
The importance of planning and prepping your food is also to have more YOU time. If you tend to be rushing in the morning, prep your breakfast the night before and leave it in your fridge ready for you when you wake up. You can also make your lunch the night before so you don’t have to scramble in the morning deciding what you are going to eat. Prep your dinner, so all you have to do is warm it up or cook it when you come home from busy and long day! It will cut your time almost in half depending on the meal itself!
We hope these tips to meal prepping help you, makes your life easier, and gives you some time for yourself! For quick and easy meals, don’t forget to check out our Wiz’s Picks!