Can you believe February is halfway over? It was in the 60s-70s here this week and it already has me thinking of spring! A couple years ago, I started meal-prepping a few things every Sunday, and it really has helped us eat healthier, and waste less. Some weeks, I was spending a good 5 hours prepping every meal, and some weeks I could only find time to make a big batch of soup or chili. Either way, I’ve definitely noticed I eat so much better on weeks were I prep. Here are some of my current favorites for each meal.
Smoothies are always my go to after my morning workout. I usually combine frozen banana (about 1/4 cup), with frozen berries, almond milk, vegan protein powder, and a handful of fresh spinach. Makes me feel better when I get something green in early in the day!
When I need something more substantial, I love a good avocado toast on Udi’s Millet Chia bread. This is one of the few gluten free breads that actually has good fiber content. I am also obsessed (like everyone else on Instagram) with adding some of the Trader Joe’s Everything But the Bagel Seasoning. Life changing! I also sometimes make protein waffles or pancakes with protein powder, half a banana, and egg whites. Topped with a tablespoon of peanut butter and raspberries, it’s the perfect meal to kick start the day. You can make a batch and just reheat throughout the week!
Kale. I love/hate you. You are nutritious and fill me up, but you are also kale. Washing and chopping a bunch on Sunday has been my go-to for a while. It’s great in salads topped with chicken, veggies, and nuts, or in a soup with sweet potato and beans. Plus, I can make BIG batches of each that will last me all week!
I’ve also been experimenting with a few new recipes to mix things up. I LOVE Chipotle, so I’ve been making my own spin on bowls at home. Slow cooking chicken breasts in salsa is amazing, and so easy for the filling in these. Chicken meatballs with zoodles are a yummy weeknight dinner too! I use a little bit of parm instead of breadcrumbs to keep these healthier.
Snack time, especially in the afternoon, is my biggest area of struggle! Sometime around 3pm, I could eat ALL of the Cheetos and chocolate that you have. This is where meal prepping has been so great. I love having apples with cinnamon or a protein muffin between breakfast and lunch, and homemade trail mix, carrots and hummus, or these peanut butter protein cookies, made with just PB, egg whites, and protein powder, between lunch and dinner. Yum!!
What are you all currently munching on? Hoping your weekend is filled with fun!