One of the best ways to make sure you don’t end up reaching for those not-so-nourishing snacks or stopping for takeaways is to prep your meals and snacks in advance. This will save you time, money and ensure that you have super healthy food ready to go at anytime. Let’s be honest, we’ve all been there… The end of a long day at work, no food in the fridge and zero motivation for cooking so you grab some takeaways that leave you feeling a little less than fabulous. If you can relate then why not try out our 7 favourite things to meal prep this weekend to nourish yourself all through next week?
Who doesn’t love roast veggies in one way or another?! Simply cut up your faves such as kumara, potato, pumpkin, carrot, parsnip, red onion and garlic, toss with your cooking oil of choice, salt and pepper and throw in the oven until golden and delicious. You can separate these out into different containers ready for your lunches throughout the week. Just add your greens and a little protein if you’re that way inclined… Good to go!
Another goodie to prep lunches for the week ahead is quinoa. Nourishing. Tasty. Versatile. Boil up a big batch over the weekend so it’s ready to go for the rest of the week whenever you need a quick and satiating meal base. The great thing about this one is that you can add so many different things to quinoa so the options for meals are endless!
Now that we are well and truly into winter I think we can all agree that there’s nothing more warming and comforting than a big bowl of soup on a cool evening. Making a big batch of veggie soup then freezing it is the perfect way to prepare lunches and dinners that can last for weeks and even months.
Not a fan of porridge? Whipping up a batch of granola once a week is the perfect way to make sure you go to bed looking forward to waking up in the morning. Try out our addictive Crunchy Granola Recipe here.
Reaching for that choccie bar at 3pm? It’s time to prep some bliss balls to avoid those pesky sugar cravings. Try out one of our delicious sweet treat recipes here, we’ve got flavours aplenty for whatever you’re in the mood for!
Stewed fruit is deliciously sweet and light as a dessert, a topping for your morning bowl of oats or just eaten as is… With the added bonus that it’s super easy to prepare. We love using pears and apples paired with fragrant spices, such as cinnamon and cardamon. Instead of using sugar to sweeten this up a little, try a dash of honey or pure maple syrup. Mmm delightful.
While it may seem like a daunting task, making your own nut milk is super easy and the ideal choice for those with allergies or intolerances. Whipping up a batch of nut milk of your choice – almond, hazelnut, cashew, whatever tickles your fancy – is a great way to prepare for a delicious smoothie or bowl of granola all week long. Read up on the benefits of switching out your dairy for a nutty alternative here, and then get milkin’!
Getting on the meal prepping bandwagon? Let us know what you’re making in the comments below and share your creations with us on Instagram @i.am.company xo