Wellness Wednesday: Meal Prep & Time Management
It’s fall, and school is back in session. If you’re a parent, that usually means PTA meetings, fall sports and Halloween parties in addition to the regular parental duties of cooking meals and helping your kids with their homework. If you’re a student, Fall means a renewed frenzy of projects, reading assignments and exams. Even if you aren’t a parent or a student, fall still often means the end of the slow, easy pace of the summer as life ramps up in a hard push to the end of the year. If you suddenly feel like you have less time than you had in the past three months, you aren’t alone. Luckily for your nutrition game, this feeling does not mean that all is lost. Here are a few time saving hacks to help you through your meal prep.
1. Don’t be afraid of shortcuts-
What do a rotisserie chicken, deli roast beef and a can of tuna all have in common? They are easy, ready to-go sources of protein that require very little effort to be transformed into part of a meal. Eat roast chicken plain or spice it up with seasoning of your choice. Turn deli roast beef into a Thai inspired taco by wrapping it around crunchy veggies and peanut sauce. Tuna salad can be made in less than 5 minutes. Throw it over some lettuce and BANG! …its lunch.
2. Save your steps-
Prepping a ton of veg for the week? Save steps and time by putting peels and trimmings into a “discard” bowl instead if walking back and forth between your counter and the trash can. If you’re making more than one recipe, use your head and start the one with the least active time first- most recipes now show active time versus total prep time, but if it doesn’t, look for words like roast, bake, stew and simmer- as these usually indicate passive cooking (read: you don’t have to watch it and can be prepping something else in the meantime).
3. Freeze your assets-
Do you feel like you get bored of your prepped foods before you’ve gotten done eating them? Freeze them. If you freeze one to two portions of each recipe that you prepare, before you know it, you’ll have a rotating stock of little goodies ready to eat when you feel like you couldn’t prep another thing, oversleep or just plain need a change of pace in terms of your food.
Join us on the blog throughout the month for more time saving tips and recipes to help you stay on track throughout the busy fall.