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