This weekend we went to Drew’s hometown. We had a lovely weekend with his side of the family + his parents definitely got to soak in their sweet grandson. It warms our hearts to see our own parents love our little guy SO much 🙂
Today, I’m going to talk about how to set yourself up for a successful week of eating. Since Max joined us in the world, we have less time to prepare our snacks + meals. Sunday is the perfect time to get ahead!
It is a lack of preparation + lack of time that can lead to unhealthy choices. On Sunday when we got home, we had no fresh anything + barely any food in the house. When Drew suggested a frozen pizza, I agreed because I was starving!
The good news is, once Drew was fueled up with frozen pizza (ha)…he left to do our grocery shopping 🙂 As we were preparing for the week on Sunday, I thought it would make a great blog post! The tips below do not take up too much of our time + they are simple enough that anyone could utilize them.
Tips + Ideas for Food Preparation:
Wash fruit. We wash our berries + slice the pineapple. We put it in a large Tupperware container, making it easy to access during the busy week.
Make fruit parfaits. This takes fruit preparation one step further. My wonderful friend Cassie actually gave me this idea. She brought us over fruit parfaits for a new parent snack (do this for your friends when they are new parents, it will knock their socks off). It was SO convenient + yummy that I like to add these into our rotation. We put fruit in the bottom of a small Tupperware + greek yogurt on top. You can add granola for an extra crunch (when you are about to eat it)! If you do not have Tupperware, here is a great + cheap set that would work great for this: Fit & Fresh Stack Pack 1-Cup Container Set.
Make peanut butter energy balls. Especially with Max + when I go back to work (busy floor nursing job), it is super important to have snacks that I eat quickly + easily. These are Drew’s favorite snack, so we always have the ingredients to make these on hand. I double the recipe + we have a quick + power packed snack for the week!
Grill meat. On Sunday, Drew grills an abundance of meat for us to eat during the week. He makes chicken for my daily lunch, which makes it super easy to eat a healthy one! Drew asked recently if I’m sick of chicken + no, I’m not. I just add hot sauce, feta cheese, or something to keep it interesting! In my experience, chicken keeps better than other meat.
Make rice. I make a big box of rice for the week. I store it in a Tupperware. For lunch I scoop 1 cup into a bowl to have along side the chicken. I will sometimes do the same for dinner if we aren’t making a side.
Have prepared salad on hand. We love the Kale salad mix from Costco. It’s all set to go + takes 3 minutes to put together. Great to have on hand as it encourages us to have a side salad with our dinner.
Meal Replacement Shakes. I use these for snacks or after workouts. So quick + easy, plus we are both obsessed with the Chocolate Peanut Butter flavor.
Smoothie bags. I see these on Pinterest, but haven’t tried them myself. Just put all your smoothie ingredients (fruit, spinach) into a zip lock + freeze. When you are ready for your smoothie you just have to pop it in, add greek yogurt or your milk + blend.
Boiled eggs. An awesome protein filled snack (or salad topper!) to have on hand. I’m thinking I need to boil some today!
Crock pot chicken. Super easy to make chicken in a crock pot if you don’t have a grill! I take frozen chicken + 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 cooker. The only spice I add is pepper. You know it’s done when it is very easy to pull apart.
I hope you picked up a tip or two from this post! Healthy eating can become habit + dare I say “easy” if you set yourself up for success each week!