It can be as easy as cutting the blue plastic ribbon off your bananas. You and the kids will be more likely to grab a banana if there is one less step to the process. Doesn’t that sound ridiculous? It’s true! As hard as it is, I try to build time into my ‘grocery shopping’ to include the food prep once I get home. It doesn’t always happen bc life just doesn’t work like that but you can guarantee if it doesn’t happen, I am throwing away produce. Wash the berries, cut the carrots, skin the cucumber! Once everything is in containers in your fridge, you can devour! And you will be more likely to go to this than the pantry if it is ready to go!
Nuts are a snack we always have available. In fact, you don’t ever have to search for them because they are sitting on the counter. Our mixture contains raw almonds, walnuts and cashews and a few raisins. It is a great snack for the kids in their lunch or when they get home from school and it is especially good for me when I am in the process of cooking dinner but famished!!! Eat a handful of the mixture and I then don’t overeat.
Other great food preps we do that making eating healthy more convenient (because let’s face it-that is the world we live in-if it is not convenient, we don’t do it) include cooking sweet potatoes once or twice a week so that they are ready to be heated up easily in the morning. Our youngest wakes up every morning saying ‘Tatoes and Eggs?!’ and we love to have sweet potatoes with our eggs and sausage every morning. If it wasn’t prepared and waiting for me in the fridge, we wouldn’t eat them. It has just become part of our routine to peel, cut and steam 3 sweet potatoes every Sunday and then again throughout the week if we run out.
Buying a couple pounds of chicken breasts and grilling them or cooking them in the crockpot is always a great food prep for the week. They are so incredibly versatile when it comes to using for meals-fajitas, chicken on a salad, chicken salad, in a chili, just chicken and veggies. If I don’t cook chicken breasts for the week you can guarantee there is an already cooked rotisserie chicken in the fridge!
I don’t go too crazy on food prep because I’m all about doing the small things that I can maintain over a long period of time…like forever. I could absolutely cook and put together already made lunches for my husband and I for the week but that takes a ton of effort and I don’t want to eat the same thing day after day. In fact, if it is sitting there waiting for me to eat it, the rebellious side of me wants nothing to do with it. I want what I can’t have. It is very important to find healthy alternatives that you LOVE and that work in your life.