How to Make Easy, Healthy Meals For the Whole Week
December 10, 2013
Hi all! I’ve got a really cool video for you today! Recently I had the opportunity to attend an event with Urban Girl Squad featuring the Regal Vegan. The event inspired me to put together this post, How To Make Easy, Healthy Meals for the Whole Week.
Personally, I think it is really difficult to make a healthy meal every night of the week but with a little bit of prep, you can eat healthy every single night of the week. And for a special bonus round, I’ve thrown in some awesome, healthy lunch options for you too!
The key to prepping an entire week’s worth of healthy meals is to do as much as you can beforehand, which includes planning, shopping, chopping vegetables, cooking up some rice, grilling some chicken and getting everything ready so all you have to do is throw together a few things when you get home during the week. Even if you don’t have a lot of time to plan, buying some healthy staples and doing a little bit of prep on the weekend will give you options during the week.
Luckily I’ve done a lot of the leg work for you here and provided you with the meal plans, grocery list and recipes! Plus, I’m going to walk you through everything step by step in the video below. So let’s make a week of healthy meals!
We usually try to cook as many meals (or at least prep) as possible on Sunday nights because weeknights are usually really hectic and I don’t like going to the grocery store more than 1-2 times a week. I could definitely do better though…thanks for some new ideas!!
Awesome idea for a post! I know that meal prep is a big part of maintaining a healthy diet for a lot of people.
Since I work from home, I’m lucky in that I can meal prep during the day while working sometimes. For instance, the other day I threw sweet potatoes in the oven in the afternoon to cook, took em out and covered them with tin foil while I went to the gym and running errands, then came home and had them all ready to go!
As far as meal planning goes, I’m a big believer in having your meals for the week figured out for the most part and then getting everything you need at the grocery store accordingly. Every couple weeks, I brainstorm new recipe ideas and go through cookbooks, write down what recipes I’m going to make, then come up with my food store list. Otherwise, I’d be all over the place, staring at my fridge starving post-workout, then probably just shoving random food in my mouth! Haha.
Thanks Nicole! At the absolute least I need to plan out my meals and buy all the groceries on the weekend otherwise I can’t survive. I find that this actually also gives me the opportunity to think about trying out new recipes!
The white bean dip is amazing! The black bean burgers could not be more beautifully, professionally prepared. Bon appetite–but be sure to give us some more plan ahead “meals for the week!” The idea of turning some of your dinner selections into lunchtime fare is a great time saver and deliciously-nutritious, too!
YES! I love, love, love the holidays for so many of the reasons you mentioned. I’m beyond excited for you for your trip to Australia…and bonus that you’re parents are coming too. What a great way to spend the holidays. I also had no clue about the Runway Dress thing. That is AWESOME! I’ll have to check it out asap. I always find so many great things here…like that Gingerbread – OMG I have never seen that. I’ll be on the lookout for sure!!
LOVE prepping meals for the week. This video is so cute and fun, and look at that kitchen. Wow, hello counter space!
I definitely cook loads of quinoa up for the week, as well as de-stem and wash my kale and other greens. I also make big batches of veggie stock on the weekend so I can have it on hand for cooking other grains, thinning sauces, or for soups.
This is really fantastic Britt!! I have already pinned it on pinterest for later reference. I reallywant to try the pesto mozz, kale sammich, that sounds so good. What a beautiful kitchen too! Love that your mom makes a cameo. Awesome!
Yay, I love all of these great ideas! I think meal prepping is so helpful and vital for consistent healthy eating. I struggle with it sometimes because I have a bunch of kids to feed, but I always plan for leftovers so I can have easy, healthy lunches. I usually try to make dinners that the kids like and that are really healthy, but sometimes I’ll make something they love and I make a salad or protein shake for me!
Having kids adds a whole other dimension! I am lucky that my husband will pretty much eat whatever I make and likes everything! I couldn’t deal with having to make separate meals. You’re lucky your kids love your healthy meals! 🙂