If you want to be on a healthier path, one big tip I have for you is to not BUY food + drinks that are unhealthy or that you cannot control yourself around. If you don’t have the food at home, you’ll have to make a bigger effort to go get it. You don’t need to eat perfectly, but you also don’t need soda and Doritos in your house. Write a grocery list before you head to the store and stick to it.
Today, I wanted to share an easy meal prep tip. You’ve probably seen pictures of meal prep before looking something like this:
This is beautiful and amazing, but truthfully not realistic or necessary for me at this point 🙂 If it is for you, that’s awesome and show me your pictures!
I do believe in planning your meals when you are heading into your work week or in my case a stretch of work. When I know I have three or four 12 hour shifts in a row, I definitely need to have my meals ready to go. This way I can spend my time away from work sleeping, seeing my husband, working out, and just enjoying a little bit of the day (the time between 12 hour shifts goes SO fast).
The other week I made shredded chicken as my protein for the busy stretch. I taught my friend Julia this recipe when she was new to preparing her food at home.
I simply take frozen chicken and put it in a slow cooker. I put it on the 8 hour setting and just add a small amount of water to the bottom of the slow cooker. The only spice I add is pepper. You know it’s done when it is very easy to pull apart. Along with this, I made an abundance of Brussels Sprouts.
Drew + I have a meal together, and then I put the rest in glass containers that are ready to go for work. Instead of cooking all of the food ahead of time on Sunday, we make a couple “big” dinners during the week and put the rest of the food into containers for our work lunches. We do this type of “meal prep” a lot, simply making more than we need to save time the next couple days. I think our parents simply called it “leftovers”.