It’s an internal struggle, isn’t it? You want to eat clean and yet you want to sleep in. I feel you!
I tend to pack my own lunches to avoid the mid-afternoon energy crash and mental fog that comes when I eat out. Yet it’s hard to wake up in the morning to do that.
That’s why I make my healthy meal prep process as quick as possible.
I have a guideline and routine so that I’m able to prepare breakfast and lunch and get myself ready in about an hour in the morning.
What goes into my packed lunches: VEG, CARBS, PROTEIN, OIL, SEASONING
I use dried food items as these can be pre-prepared.
For fresh food, I choose items that can be cooked without supervision or cooked in a few minutes. As much as I can, I don’t cook and store fresh food overnight.
Frozen foods are wonderful when you have no time to keep buying groceries and you have a microwave.
Healthy meal prep go-to ingredients by category
*Tofu and tempeh: Batch – bake or airfry during the weekend then keep the tofu and tempeh in the fridge )
**Activated nuts: Soak overnight, bake and keep in airtight container .
***Fresh chickpeas: Boil during the weekend, separate into daily portions and freeze
Now let’s burn through that meal prep process
A) Start baking the baked items first thing when I wake up because baking takes the longest.
1. Preheat oven at 180C
2. Wash sweet potatoe/ potatoe/ taukwa
3. Season and pop them in the oven and set for 25 mins.
Get myself ready :