I have discovered that the best way for myself to make better eating habits is by putting more effort into every piece of food that goes into my body. This isn’t just for the the foods you eat or don’t eat, it is also about taking the extra steps to prepare meals for yourself.
It’s very helpful to think about every single dish one by one, and meal by meal. This is great for people on the go, a busy work schedule, and even for when you are at home.
I have included some of my own quick and simple recipes that I have prepared for this week. I hope they inspire you to make this a habit in your own life!
First, let me debunk some common beliefs about meal preparation.
- I don’t have time and/or it takes too long. Yes you do! If you don’t have enough time (or fridge/freezer space) to make meals for the entire week, instead you can make one meal for the next day or if you are really pressed for time, whip up some pre-made snacks. Cutting up fruit, vegetables, and measuring out ingredients in advance is also a huge timesaver. You don’t have to make fancy meals either. Less ingredients = faster prepping.
- I will get bored eating the same thing over and over. Who said it has to be the same thing?😉 Meals can be cooked, seasoned, and put together in a variety of different ways. If you are stuck on how to make your food interesting, look up some more recipes online or watch people share their own ideas on YouTube. The internet is a great resource when it comes to anything food related.✨
- I can’t cook / making food is hard. The only way to learn something is by doing it and putting it into practice. Meal prep is not hard at all to master once you get the flow of it. As I mentioned above, YouTube and the internet is your friend and can teach you how to do just about anything you set your mind to. Don’t want to watch videos or read articles? Get a hold of a friend or family member that knows how to cook or prepare food. They can hang out and teach you the basics!
And if you didn’t already decide that meal prep is a great idea, here’s some more reasons why…
- You will save boatloads of money and break the habit of constantly buying food at work or going out somewhere.
- It helps you avoid “hunger purchases”, which is when you are hungry and sometimes opt for unhealthy food because you just want to eat what looks good and/or there isn’t anything better available.
- You are using ingredients that you bought yourself and know exactly what is going into your body.
The food I make for when I am going to work is always vegan. I encourage you to think about what you eat, and make your own informed decisions on how to take care of your body.
Here are some recipes you can try at home to get you going on meal preparation!
• Teriyaki Brown Rice with Red Onion and Zuchinni •
Coat a skillet or pan with a small amount of extra virgin olive oil. Chop up one red onion and one large zuchinni. Cook both on medium-high heat until softened. Turn the heat down to low once the veggies have gotten soft, and in a separate pot prepare one cup of brown rice according to package directions. Once the rice is done cooking, add it to the pan with the veggies and stir it in along with two and a half tablespoons of teriyaki sauce. Adjust the sauce amount to your liking.
• Cucumber Spinach Pasta with Balsamic Vinaigrette •
Prepare any kind of your favorite pasta according to the box directions and set it aside to cool for about 20 minutes. I usually make whole wheat, but I had multicolored on hand and decided to use it. Finely chop one cucumber and one cup of spinach and add it to the cooled pasta. Stir in two tablespoons of balsamic vinaigrette and add basil for an extra punch of flavor if desired.
I hope you enjoyed these simple recipes and try them for yourself! Tag me in any photos on Instagram with #Sunlightofthemind so I can see what you are trying and loving! 💕
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