How I Changed My Whole Week In One Sunday Afternoon

If you’re looking to eat healthy, stay on track for your diet, or really just make your life simpler, then meal prep is for you! Especially if you have a little one in the house, meal prep is DEFINITELY for you! By spending just a few hours on Sunday, I’m able to make all of my breakfasts and lunches for the entire week! It honestly makes the week so much smoother, and helps me stick to healthy options. When I find myself starving at work before lunch, I’m able to grab a quick, prepared snack rather than something I’ll regret from the vending machine. If I didn’t have a six month old, having all my breakfasts made would mean I get to sleep in a little bit longer… but what is sleep when you have kids???

 

It’s not always easy to get into meal prepping, and it’s really not appealing on the surface to spend 2 hours on your weekend to prepare food. But it’s worth it, trust me! If you’ve never done this before, I recommend trying out one or two things. Start small. Then work your way up! The cool thing about it, is that there’s no right or wrong way! So you don’t like eggs, no problem, make oatmeal. So you don’t like grilled chicken, that’s cool, try turkey. Whatever you do, just give it a shot!! I’m able to get all my goodies for the week at Aldi, so if you need ideas, check out my post on what to buy from Aldi here (How to Stay Healthy and Shop at Aldi (While Saving Money!).

Alright you’ve heard my pitch, let’s break it down:

Breakfast!

Breakfast is SUPER important. Some people like to skip it, or they aren’t hungry in the morning. Big mistake. What you eat in the morning can make or break your day. If you eat something healthy and filling, you’re not only more likely to be productive, but you’ll also make better lunch choices, too! I have several different options because I don’t like to have the same thing every single morning. For whatever reason, there are some mornings where I just can’t stomach eggs (and no I’m not pregnant!).

  1. Crockpot Oatmeal (10 minutes prep, 10 hours cook {but that doesn’t count})
    • I used to make those oatmeal packets every once in a while… YUCK! They areoatmeal NOT a good choice. Now, I put some steel cut oats, milk and water, brown sugar, cinnamon, and apples in a crockpot, and 10 hours later I have a huge bowl of delicious oatmeal! All I do in the mornings is plop some in a bowl with a little added milk, then microwave. I love this breakfast because you can top your oatmeal with other goodies (I like bananas) and it seriously will keep you full all the way to lunch.
  2. Egg Cups (5 minutes prep, 20 minutes bake)eggs
    • These are a fun, easy way to get your eggs on in the morning without having to bust out the skillet! Throw in some ham and cheese and you’ve got one heck of a quick, healthy breakfast.
  3. Overnight Oats
    • These things are the BOMB!  Check out my whole post on them (banana chocolate chip overnight oats).  Honestly, my favorite breakfast by far!  You can’t make too many because they’ll be soggy by the end of the week, but I like to make 2 a night. EDIT: I’ve got new overnight oats that might just take the cake, check these chocolate, peanut butter, and banana one’s out!!

Breakfast Total – 35 minutes

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Lunch!

My lunch is broken up into several different “snacks” and then my meal. I like to eat a snack mid-morning, then have my meal at lunchtime, then another snack in the afternoon. This way I’m never truly starving to the point where I crave something salty (that’s my weakness… give me a family size bag of chips and I could eat the whole thing!!). One thing I learned the hard way – always pack enough protein. I used to not make grilled chicken and thought my fruit and veggies would keep me full… not a chance! So now for breakfast I had 2 options (and a third would be Greek yogurt with granola and fruit, but that doesn’t require prepping), but for lunch, I always have the same thing. Odd, I know. It never bothers me that I eat the same thing 5 days in a row.

  1. Hard boiled egg (10 minutes)
    1. I love this as an extra protein kick for my lunch to keep me satisfied all afternoon long!pbballs
  2. Oatmeal Peanut butter Energy Bites (10 minutes prep, 5 minutes to roll)
    1. These are my FAVORITE mid-morning snack! Seriously, they are the best. And the cool thing is that they are totally customizable to whatever you like. I use oats, peanut butter, honey, flax seeds, chia seeds, chocolate chips, and a little bit of vanilla.  Check out how to make them here!
  3. Grilled chicken (15 minutes)
    1. I try to limit my carbs, but I know I need something of real substance in my lunch or else I’ll be starving. That’s where the chicken comes in! I grill up a few breasts, then separate them into smaller portions.
  4. Almonds with dried cranberries (5 minutes)
    1. This is great little snack to satisfy my salty cravings! Trail mix is another option if you don’t want to individually bag your almonds and cranberries, just beware, not all trail mixes are created equal.
  5. Fruit and veggie bowls (40 minutes)
    1. This is my absolute favorite part of my lunch every single day! I fill one Tupperware container stuffed full of all my fruits and veggies. Literally stuffed full. Depending on what I have, I throw in celery, carrots, peppers, zucchfruitsnveggies2ini, cucumber, grapes, strawberries, raspberries, pineapple, blueberries, and blackberries. This is where the bulk of your time will be spent, because it takes quite a while to cut and chop up everything. But let me tell it – TOTALLY WORTH IT! And every day, I feel so amazing eating all of that healthy goodness!! Some of you might be thinking, “you mix your fruits and veggies? Gross!” Honestly, I do this out of laziness and space… I don’t want to clean two Tupperware containers every day, and I don’t have enough room in my fridge or lunchbox!

Lunch Total – 85 minutes

Overall – 120 minutes!!

There you have it – 2 hours later and I have AMAZING breakfasts and lunches for the entire week! It just makes so much sense for our family to meal prep because we are constantly on the go, have a little one in the house taking up a majority of our time, and we still want to be healthy!

So what are you waiting for?? Get that shopping done, throw on your favorite tunes, and spend a few hours in the kitchen to save a bunch of hours during the week! I promise you it’ll be worth it!


Have your own favorite recipes that you love? Add a comment, I’d love to give them a try!

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