Eating well doesn't have to be a difficult task if you plan accordingly. One easy way to stay on track? Grocery shop once during the week and prep all your meals ahead of time (trust me, the last thing you want to do when getting home from work every day is to cook a full meal). Arming yourself with a full arsenal of whole grains, lean meats, veggies, and fruit will allow you to mix and match meals all week and buffer you from reaching for the takeout menu or ordering Seamless. Below are some meal prep ideas that can be of some inspiration. Just choose a day out of the week that works best for you and get ready to cook!
Quinoa or another healthy whole grain
Prepare a cup of quinoa, brown rice, or another healthy grain and it’s sure to last you for at least a few days during the week. As long as you keep the seasonings simple (i.e., olive oil, a little salt), you can even experiment and make it into part of a snack or breakfast. For example, I sometimes use leftover quinoa in place of oatmeal and add a little honey, fruit, seeds, and nuts.
Prewash fruits and vegetables
If you find it difficult to meet your fruit and vegetable intake, here’s an easy hack: Prewash them. I prefer to opt for portable fruit (bananas, apples), which I find easier to wash. If you prep all your meals on Sundays, wash your fruits, let them dry, and then keep them at eye level in the fridge or on your kitchen counter during the week. Do the same with your veggies. (Even easier kitchen hack? Buy prewashed bagged greens at the store and then make sure you store them somewhere you can see them in your fridge.)