All About Meal Prep

Meal prep is a great way to set yourself up for success. With no time to make a healthy meal when we’re hungry, we’re likely to resort to processed food, take-out, fast food, mindless eating, and overeating. With a kitchen full of healthy snacks and balanced meals on hand, it’s a lot easier to eat healthier. With one simple change, healthy eating becomes a whole lot happier.

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  • Schedule one or two days a week to prep. While it doesn’t have to be the same day each week, plan to take some time to prepare some meals and snacks to last you throughout the week. Think about the times when you cave and come up with some good preventative strategies. For example, if you’re always starving mid-afternoon, pack an extra snack to tide you over until dinner. This will keep your energy, blood sugar, and mood in check and help you to slow down and enjoy dinner because you won’t be famished when you finally sit down. If you struggle with breakfast, prep something simple that will fuel your day, like yummy muffins, berry bars, a frittata, or healthy bread.
  • Have a plan, make a list, and stick to it. Whether you’re using a meal template (google what you’re looking for, like “family meal plan” or “paleo meal plan.”) or creating your own, be sure to map it out. You’re less likely to throw those impulse cookies in the cart when you shop with a clear grocery list. Start collecting recipes that you’d like to make; use Pinterest or collect magazine pages so that you remember them. Another fun tip is to use themes, like taco Tuesday or breakfast for dinner. Lastly, remember to check the weather because it often impacts our cravings (think soup on a chilly day and BBQ when it’s warm.)

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  • Get your nutrients. Be sure that your plan includes carbs, protein, and healthy fats. For example, your energizing carbs could be oatmeal, sweet potatoes, and quinoa. Protein may be a chicken, hard-boiled eggs, and/or tempeh. Maybe you make individual portions of trail mix and some guacamole for healthy fats. Cater to your personal preferences, but be sure to prep produce, lean protein, whole grains, and healthy fats in bulk.
  • Leftovers are your friend. There’s nothing wrong with a good ol’ L/O. Leftovers come in super handy, so double your recipe or make a little extra knowing that you can have it the following day or freeze it for another time. You can even make leftovers ‘like new’ by adding them to a fresh bed of greens for a big salad or reinventing the meal.
  • Have fun. Prepping is not miserable! Turn on music, get your fam involved, and have fun!

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One Healthy Breakdown: if you care, P R E P A R E !

*For more meal prep tips, check out the queen of food prep, theleangreenbean.com

Sweet Apple Pancakes

This deliciously warm and comforting breakfast is light enough to eat year round, enjoy!

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Mix the following ingredients in a bowl for batter: (single serving, multiply for more.)

  • 3 tablespoons flour of choice (I used buckwheat because that’s what’s in my cabinet.)
  • ΒΌ cup organic, unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tablespoon raw oats
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tsp stevia
  • splash of almond milk
  • 1 egg or 2 egg whites (substitute with water and flaxseed)

Serve with maple syrup or garnish with sliced apples and chopped nuts. Enjoy every last bite.

One Healthy Hamptons: You can never have too many pancake recipes up your sleeve!

Perfect Pumpkin Pancakes

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Makes one batch (4) of pumpkin pancakes, for one serving, simply cut recipe in half.

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup canned pumpkin
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup flour of choice (I used almond flour)
  • 1 teaspoon ground flaxseed
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons almond milk (if needed for consistency)
  • 2 dates (optional for sweetness)

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Mix all ingredients and use your best pancake pan to make, flipping half way through. Once done, add your favorite topper (butter, coconut butter, maple syrup, or nut butter.)

One Healthy Breakdown: pumpkin pancakes are the best things about fall mornings!

Trail Mix for Everyone!

Place  Setting at ChristmasTrail mix is a great on-the-go snack to sustain energy. Instead of buying trail mix, make your own at home to ensure it’s exactly what you like, plus you’ll avoid all of that extra salt and sugar. Just combine your favorite nuts, dried fruit, and even chocolate! Here are a few faves:

  • Almonds
  • Cashews
  • Peanuts
  • Walnuts
  • Pecans
  • Unsweetened coconut
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Carob chips
  • Dark chocolate chips
  • Goji berries
  • Raisins
  • Favorite healthy cereal or granola
  • Wasabi Peas
  • Dried chickpeas
  • Dried mango
  • Dried Pineapple
  • Dried ginger
  • Dried apple
  • Figs
  • Apricots
  • Prunes
  • Fresh berries
  • Banana chips
  • Pretzels

One Healthy Breakdown: combine your favorites and snack on!