5 More Meal Prep “Rules of Thumb”

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I'm Tina

I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.

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I love a good meal prep day, but I do everything in my power to fly through it as quickly as possible. I generally enjoy the process, but I’d much rather spend my time with family and friends, especially since my prep day often falls on the weekend. Plus, with the warmer weather on the horizon, I know I don’t want to be trapped in my kitchen prepping food!

Tip #6 (continued from this blog post): Super short on time? Grab a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store. There is no shame in taking advantage of already prepared healthy options. Rotisserie chicken ca quickly be paired with steam-able rice and veggies for a meal that’s ready in less than 5 minutes! You can also pre-roast all of your veggies on Sunday and simply add rotisserie chicken to complete the meal. The possibilities are endless!!

Tip #7: Load up on your favorite frozen items. Many stores carry pre-made cauliflower rice and pizza crusts, pre-cooked rice and other grains, and all sorts of organic fruits and veggies to quickly and easily toss into meals. I just posted this video about ways to use some my favorite freezer vegetables. They’re a major time saver! Pro tip/super simple lunch: The night before, add your choice of frozen veggies, along with your favorite source of protein + a dressing/sauce, to a storage container. The next day at lunchtime, just heat in the microwave and eat!

Tip #8: Make meal prep fun. I use to dread slaving away in the kitchen every Sunday – and a lot of that was my attitude. Nowadays, I rarely take more than an hour or so, and I make it fun! I listen to a podcast or music and sometimes Quinn will help me, so I have some company in the kitchen. He’s the cutest little helper! 🙂

Tip #9: Split up your food prep throughout the week. The internet trend is #sundaymealprep, which totally makes sense, but it’s not the only way to conquer your meal prep. I typically do a bigger Sunday prep with a smaller mid-week prep (usually on Wednesday). I end up spending less time in the kitchen on Sunday and our food tastes fresher later in the week. This works for our family, but totally try out what works for you!

And finally…

Tip #10: Keep it simple. It’s easy to try to recreate the fanciest Pinterest recipes or make a new meal every day of the week. Instead, I suggest embracing leftovers and repurposing ingredients to mix and match meals throughout the week.

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