With most of us facing on/off lockdowns globally, it can be easy to fall out of your good habits that are geared towards looking after ourselves – one of which is preparing healthy meals. Like most things without structure and forward planning, your good intentions can slip, and we can become lazier and favour convenience over quality. 🥗🍗
So here are 5 ways you can spice up your meal prep to keep you in a healthier routine through lockdown and beyond.
🛒1) Shop Smart – not only do you want to minimise the effort in meal prepping, but you also want to minimise the time you spend in a supermarket. Take 10-15 minutes to write down exactly what you need for your chosen meals that week, and do not deviate from this list. Try to find that foods you can buy in bulk and store in the freezer to save time and money such as meats and frozen veg.
🌶2) Keep It Simple – Food can be delicious without being overly complicated and you don’t have to resort to high calorie sauces either. Pre-prepared spice mixes and fresh herbs can go a long way in creating variety and adding different flavours to meals without having to change the core ingredients. This will keep your food exciting without adding extra work!
🍏🍓3) Don’t forget about snacks – if you are the type of person who likes something to keep you going between meals, then meal prep your snacks as well, so you have some nutritious options to just grab as and when. Little snack bags of fruit, chopped veg, or home-made yoghurt pots are easy to make and store ready in the fridge.
🥘4) Invest – There is nothing wrong with getting some time saving tools to help make your meal prep easier. A slow cooker is a great kitchen addition if you want to put everything into one pot and leave it cook through the day, no fuss!
👨👩👧👦5) Make it a family event – Meal prep doesn’t have to be a solo job, in-fact you can get the whole family involved and give each member a specific task. This will make the tedious job more engaging, sociable and even educational for the whole family – also more hands mean it will get done faster!
What do you do to stay on top of your meal prep during lockdown? Share your tips below! 👇🏻