The Lazy Gal’s Guide to #FoodPrepSunday

I’ve always admired and envied bloggers like The Lean Green Bean, who do #FoodPrepSunday regularly and thoroughly. I mean, their food preps are the stuff of foodies’ and planners’ dreams: highly organized, meticulously regimented and nutritionally balanced.

I wish I had the time to do a robust food prep each Sunday. But I don’t. And I don’t even have a great excuse. I’m not married. No kids. Don’t work on the weekends.

Basically, I am just plain lazy. So I give you…

 

The Lazy Gal’s Guide to #FoodPrepSunday

The Rules

First, know this: my food prep needs to meet a few simple rules. It needs to be:

  • Healthy and, where possible, organic
  • Yet affordable
  • Incorporate a decent amount of variety
  • Focus on packaging food for on-the-go consumption (I’m a busy gal)
  • Above all, simple and quick

 

The Mix

I also need to be sure that I’m prepping a nice mix of protein, fresh fruits and veggies, and some salty snacks (I definitely don’t have a sweet tooth). Breakfast is a particular challenge for me (the Tim Horton’s crew knows me by voice now – not exactly something I’m proud of), so I need to be sure that a grab-and-go breakfast is on the agenda.

 

The Inspiration

Before I just dive in, I spend some time on Pinterest gathering healthy inspiration. I try to limit myself to 3 new things per food prep. This way, I don’t feel like an overwhelmed a-hole, biting off more than I can chew.

Follow Carolyn Kent’s board Hella Healthy on Pinterest.

The Nutrition

While my food prep skills may be lacking, in general, I am diligent about meal planning. I even made this custom nutrition calculator. It allows me to keep my nutrition in check and plan to the caloric needs of my body based on my activity level. When I find a new recipe I want to try, I plug in the nutritional info to see if I can fit it within the other meals I’ve consumed or plan to consume. It’s a bit of work, but SO worth it to educate yourself on what you’re putting into your body. Plus, it’s a win-win if you dig spreadsheets. (Yes, I’ve even included instructions on how to use this tracker if you’re into that sort of thing.)

 

The Food

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This prep literally took me 35 minutes. I kept my baking/cooking to an absolute minimum, and focused on packaging the rest.

 

Quinoa (for salads and such). Just let that shit boil.

Quinoa (for salads and such). Just let that shit boil.

Chickpeas. Open can, drain, pour into tupperware. Bam.

Chickpeas. Open can, drain, pour into tupperware. Bam.

Grab and go, ladies.

Grab and go, ladies.

Tofu. Bought it pre-cubed. Bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes.

Tofu. Bought it pre-cubed. Bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes.

Hard-boiled eggs. Breakfast, salads, egg salad sandwich. Versatile protein.

Hard-boiled eggs. Breakfast, salads, egg salad sandwich. Versatile protein.

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150-calorie snickety snack

150-calorie snickety snack

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Quinoa breakfast bites. Recipe from Poor Girl Eats Well (http://bit.ly/1AUHAV9).

Quinoa breakfast bites. Recipe from Poor Girl Eats Well (http://bit.ly/1AUHAV9).

I used kale, red onion and pancetta in mine. Party in my mouth.

I used kale, red onion and pancetta in mine. Party in my mouth.

Tasty as hell.

Tasty as hell.

 

 

 

CK

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