If you made a New Year’s Resolution to eat healthier in 2016, it’s safe to say you’re not alone. Prepping ahead for the week is quite possibly THE key ingredient to successful healthy eating. We’ve pulled together some of our favorite tips to not only help you stay on top of your resolution but to eat healthier all year long.
Prep Tips for the Fridge:
Wash fruits and veggies and portion into individual serving sizes. For example, cut carrots and sweet bell peppers into strips, slice cucumbers and celery, and keep in a sealed container for easy snacking. Divide grapes into smaller clusters for single portions.
Hard boil eggs to keep on hand.
Prepare mason jar salads for quick, healthy lunches that you can grab and go.
Fix a batch of overnight oats for a simple breakfast option.
Create fruit and yogurt parfaits.
Prep Tips for Crockpot Recipes for the Freezer:
Double recipes to prepare 2 meals at a time, saving time and money.
Grocery shop for multiple recipes at a time.
Print recipes so you don’t spend time searching for them on your phone or computer on meal prep day.
On meal prep day, label freezer bags and lay out all of the necessary ingredients.
Chop all of the fresh vegetables first and fill each of the corresponding recipe’s freezer bag. Then, focus on one recipe at a time to add the spices, sauces, meats, etc.
Seal bags removing as much air as possible and lay flat in the freezer to save space.
When you’re ready to fix the meal, thaw it in the refrigerator overnight and then let the crockpot do all the work the next day. (If you forget to thaw it overnight, thaw the freezer bag in cold water to speed up thawing time.)
We hope this saves you some time and keeps your healthy eating on track! Have any more tips to add to this list? Let us know in the comments section below.