Sunday is my Meal Prep day… I prepare all of my chicken, veggies, and lean beef meals and package them up into Ziploc containers and organize them in the fridge. I used to cook every single day, several times a day but I found I was constantly cooking and cleaning! I didn’t have time to do anything else. This saves me a lot of time and makes eating MUCH easier. Plus there is less room for temptation… You know what I am talking about… It’s almost noon and you are starving, but you have a meeting/class/baby ready to go down for a nap etc. soon so you opt for something quick and easy… That tends to be junk food/Drive-Thru! It is SO convenient, am I right? Having your meals prepped and ready for you to heat and eat is pretty convenient too! ;)
I find the most difficult time to get all of my meals in (I’m no pro… I still struggle!) is on day trips. I would pack all of my meals and try to stuff them into lunch bags I had at home and I would walk out the door with 5 lunch bags and end up forgetting the car keys in the house because my hands were so full! I recently purchased the 6 Pack Fitness Cooler Bag that holds everything I need! (Here is the link… http://sixpackbags.com/) There is room for water bottles, ice packs, Ziploc storage containers (it actually comes with 3 storage containers!), and SO MUCH MORE! It is compact and the pink/grey colour combo is ADORABLE! If pink isn’t your thing, not to worry, there is a black one too. Now there is no excuse for not having my meals with me! If only it had a microwave inside that magical little cooler bag! (I will do a full review on the bag after I have tested it out!)
Two of my favourite cooking methods for prepping meals are poaching and roasting. I poach my chicken because I find it cooks faster and stays juicier all week and I roast my veggies because all I have to do is pop them in the oven, or better yet on the BBQ! Sautéing veggies is a delightful idea, but it takes more time and required more of your attention. My FAVE veggie this month has been asparagus! They are rather thin and tender right now so they roast up really quickly and taste fantastic with my poached chicken! Another summer-time favourite veggie of mine is BBQ’d zucchini. I slice it up lengthwise and grill it up! It is delicious! I am a huge fan of the BBQ :)
Food is FUEL and when your body has what it needs to perform, you are going to succeed! So this is my challenge to all of you ladies out there… If you aren’t prepping your meals for the week, ahead of time, TRY IT! It might seem like a lot of time to dedicate to one thing all in one day but I promise it will save you time and energy throughout the entire week!