05/08/2012 by Katrina
Even if you are not participating in the Whole30, this can still apply to you and your healthy eating!
It is a rare superhuman who actually feels like cutting and cooking food for the family after a massive day at work or with the kids. What most of us feel like doing is grabbing a quick pizza down the road or snacking on the couch with our feet up in front of the TV.
Preparation really and truly IS the key to success. Honestly. We hear this time and time again but until we experience the feeling of being unprepared/too tired to cook/no food in the house, we will then clearly see how fast our good intentions and mountains of motivation can blow up in our faces! Having will-power and motivation isn’t enough.
It doesn’t have to be hard. By putting aside some time once a week to get food prep done, you can be assured a week of healthy, nutritious meals that were quicker to make than phoning and picking up your pizza…not to mention MUCH better for your body and your family!
My preparation day usually falls on a Sunday afternoon (depending on what we’ve got going on). By putting aside some time to get the food organised saves me tons and stacks of time and energy through the week.
- Work out the foods you can have.
- Search the internet and fav blogs for some easy recipes that you can prepare ahead of time, or partially prepare the ingredients, so you can throw it all together when you want to eat it.
- Clean out your fridge, your kitchen sink and clear the bench BEFORE you hit the food shops. When you come home with the grocery shopping you need to have space and no clutter around. This may just be because of my personality, but it makes a massive difference!
- Go grocery shopping with your list and when you get home DO NOT put the food away yet.
- Display the groceries on the bench, then start multitasking in the kitchen (funky music always goes down well!).
- Put the pan on the stove and cook your meats – chicken strips, brown the mince, fish. I usually have at least two pans going at once.
- If you are going to premake anything in the oven (e.g. Egg & Tuna Patties, Ham & Egg Pops, etc) get them cooking too. You may as well have things being cooked on the stove and in the oven while you are preparing the rest of your food to save on time. Multi-tasking at its finest!
- While things are cooking, start cutting up your veggies and fruit. I get out my containers and chop mushroom, cucumber, strawberries, parsley, carrots, zucchini, etc. This will “cut” down SO much time during the week!! I invested in a mandolin slicer to make my life easier, and it definitely has!
- Put all your fruit and veggie waste in a big bowl near your cutting station so you can take it out to the garden, compost or for the chickens when you have finished (remember, avocados are toxic to chooks). This also keeps the bench tidy.
- Put everything into containers and store in the fridge. I like to have clear containers for everything so it is easier to see when you open your fridge door.
- Boiling a stack of eggs is also handy when you want some extra protein for breakfast, on salads or a quick snack.
- Get some small containers and add in your chia seeds, liquid (milk, passionfruit, coconut water), frozen berries, etc and store in the fridge for when you need it.
- Any meat that I don’t cook I freeze in portions (such as mince, sausages, bacon) so they defrost quickly. A tip for mince: I put the mince portion into a ziplock bag and flatten thinly for speedy defrosting!
I love this work lunch idea from the blog : “Newlyweds” : Salad in a Jar (will last in the fridge for up to 4-5 days).
Do you have any food prep tips that you use to keep you on track with your healthy eating plan?