I don’t know about you, but I am totally game for anything that saves me time. It’s just an added bonus that this little trick can also save some serious dinero and is pretty easy on the waistline 🙂
If you follow a meal plan like I do, you probably have a day set aside each week for grocery shopping. All you need to do is add about 20 minutes of work, and your week will run much smoother.
After you get home from the store, prep your fruits/veggies for the week – you’ll be so glad you did later. Trust me. Making dinner is so much quicker when all the prep work is done!
And what about calories? Snacking can be such a huge stumbling block. When we’re hungry, we tend to fall in the convenience trap and eat whatever is quickest and easiest. That means 9 times out of 10 we’re reaching for a packaged/processed food over fresh produce (totally made up that statistic… but you get what I mean, right??).
Instead of reaching for a sugar-laden granola bar, salty chips, or chocolatey cookies, grab some fresh watermelon instead! Or how about some apples? Maybe a carrot or 2..? If you’re anything like me, making the healthy choice is about a thousand times easier when the healthy choice is the easy choice. If my produce is completely ready to go, it becomes a convenience food!
Extra bonus: those prepackaged convenience foods are waaaay pricier than produce! Your wallet will thank you for making the switch!
So here’s what I do…
I wash and chop up all of the produce I bought for snacking and meals. That way when it comes time to cook dinner, I can completely skip that step! While I chop, I steam some veggies (the monkeys prefer steamed over raw) and boil a few eggs (the hubby likes those). I also pull out premade food from my freezer that I know we’ll eat that week – hummus, muffins, granola, etc.
One of my favorite things to do is make some smoothies to freeze in my squeezie pouches (mentioned here). This pushes the work past the 20 minute mark, but it’s sure worth it! This week’s smoothies were strawberry pomegranate. YUM.
A few ideas for food prep…
– Make some air-popped popcorn (my kids love it, and they have no idea I don’t add salt and butter!)
– Cook up some shredded chicken or other meat that will be easy to add to recipes or make salads with.
– Throw some sweet potatoes in the oven to keep in your fridge. Reheat them later for a quick and healthy meal.
– Divide your prepped food into ziploc bags, that way it’s portable and already portioned out!
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