My life is seriously a mess. I’m not kidding when I say it: all my friends and family say I am overactive (and over-excited for what matters), over-loaded with work, travel, study and responsibilities. I understand their concerns, but as stated in my bio, one of the quotes I live by is organization beats time. It’s true, when you can plan everything down to the minute, you have enough time to make everything work out. What shall I say? I have a few tricks. One is the 2 bags strategy, or the more than 2 bags strategy (currently I have 1 uni bag, 2 gym bags ready, 2 pool bags ready, 3 running outfits ready shame on me), another is the to-do list strategy with different colors based on the priority… However, I believe the kind of holistic approach I’m trying to have towards life must include the nutrition side.
This is the reason while I meal prep. I have honestly no time to put myself in the kitchen everyday trying to make recipes everyday. I cook on Sunday evening, and survive the rest of the week. Let me explain better.
I’m the worst cook you could ever meet (sorry grandma, I know you tried your best with teaching me to cook), so everything remains down to the very basic. Here’s what I cook:
- Quinoa or some grains (I prepare 5 servings)
- Roasted veggies (normally zucchini & aubergines)
- Hard boiled eggs
- Boiled veggies (normally broccoli, peas and asparagus)
- Vegetable proteins (home made veggie burger/ lentils/ legumes/ hummus/ roasted chickpeas)
- I make sure I have enough fruit and nuts for the week’s snacks (basically 2 snacks a day).
And then I split everything into plastic containers: 2 in the fridge for Monday and Tuesday, 3 in the freezer for later consume. I like the fact I don’t have to worry about preparing something for lunch in the morning, nor in the evening before. I like I just need to grab it and it’s done. I save time, calories (cause, let’s be honest, eating outside is way more caloric) and money. I find it good because I know exactly what goes in my belly and I make sure I get all the nutrients I need to make it to the end of the week.
Of course, breakfasts and dinners are important as well, therefore it’s essential to have enough stock for the three (or actually 5) meals of the day. Meal prep might be the very easiest way to have everything at hand and to avoid cheating in unnecessary ways.
Okay, final question: what your secret for the perfect meal prep routine?
Have A Safe Journey!