How to tackle meal planning

My biggest trick to living a healthy balanced life!

I always have food in my fridge, I strongly believe it’s an act of self care and healing my body with food.

I think we all know by now if we want to succeed in having healthy snacks and meals on hand we need to meal prep.

I highly recommend making some time once or twice a week to pre- make a few meals. The easiest way to start is by prepping your lunches. That way you know your workday meals are meeting your nutritional needs and you won’t be buying expensive, unhealthy takeouts.

Lunch is usually my biggest meal of the day, it always contains a healthy balance of fats, carbohydrates and protein.

When you prepare your own food, you are saving a ton of money and you are nourishing your body with homemade, healing, healthy food.

I love meal prepping, I am excited to share some of my favorite tips and recipes!

A list of practical meal prep tips

Have a plan! Find a meal plan you resonate with, that works for you and your bodies needs. A good idea might be to go see a nutritionist for some handy tips and tools (hint hint).

Create a shopping list- that way you only buy what you need and don’t waste money on other things. Mini tip: never go to the store hungry!

Get the right food storage containers- yes tupperware is the first thing that comes to mind here, but no its not good for your health nor the environment.

Glass storage containers are a safer food storage option or alternatively look for stainless steel or silicone options. Neither of these materials should leach chemicals into your food.

Pressure cookers will save you heaps of time- you can cook up a whole meal in a pressure cooker while you sip a cup of coffee on the coach and it saves electricity costs too!

The freezer is your friend- fresh produce is by far better and delicious but let’s be real, it can often be a bit of a hassle. Frozen produce is picked at peak ripeness and immediately flash frozen, that way you can mix and match frozen veggie options all year round.

It’s okay to ask for help – not all of us have the best meal prep skills nor the time to say the least and that’s okay! Find an amazing nutrition coach to support and encourage you or look for healthy frozen meal options that you can order online or access in your area.

Prep breakfast smoothies – grab some of your favorite fruit and toss them into freezer friendly containers for easy smoothies/ shake making all week long.

Always have handy snacks at hand- I have to say, there is no such thing as too many snack options 🙂

Everybody’s body is different, you may not need as many snacks, I am always prepared with a healthy snack by my side just in case.

I love having gluten free rice cakes, a stable food in my household. I top them with smashed avocado or my favorite nut butter.

I am also a firm believer of seed cycling, I eat loads of activated toasted nuts and seeds. I slow roast a large batch on Sundays in some coconut oil and ayurvedic healing spices and store them in the fridge, I sprinkle them on almost everything!

Kombucha tea- kombucha has a lot of prebiotics which are good for your gut and brain health.

Great foods to use for meal prepping

  • Sweet potato
  • Kale
  • Cabbage
  • Organic tofu
  • Roasted vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, beetroot, carrots)
  • Red onion
  • Quinoa
  • Brown rice
  • Chia pudding
  • Beans (chickpeas, black beans, adzuki beans)

Meal prep today so you’re set for tomorrow!

Meal prep shouldn’t feel like a chore, make it fun and interesting. It will most definitely help you reach your weight loss goals as well as help you save time during the week, put on your favorite playlist and get the whole family involved.

Dot you later!

About the author

Qualified chef, Health Coach and Nutritionist based in Johannesburg & Cape Town, South Africa

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