You can never be over prepared
College and life in general is all about time management. That applies to your job, relationships, school work, and food. Yes, food. Starting freshman year, I decided to not time manage food. I would eat cereal, protein bars and my lovely rice cakes in between classes and meetings but I never realized how detrimental that was to my health and work ethic. I never used to meal prep, but recently with the inspiration from friends, I have attempted to meal prep and today I wanted to share my new favorite go-to meal and some easy favorites of mine. Let’s get started!
Meal prepping requires grocery shopping, but if you are like me then sometimes life can get hectic and going grocery shopping is at the bottom of the list. I try to prepare for these moments by always keeping some canned soup. Annie’s Organic canned soup is my favorite! They are healthy and filling. My favorite is the Low Sodium Lentil. This week when my pantry was practically empty, I chose to heat up my lentil soup and made half a grilled cheese for lunch. Yes, I never eat grilled cheeses but chose to get one piece of my Ezekiel bread, one slice of muenster cheese and some coconut oil to make the perfect side item. With just one serving of each I was full and had leftovers for the next day. This meal took maybe 15 minutes to make and was perfect for a cozy afternoon.
When it is really hot outside I crave fruit. This is because I am dehydrated and need more water, but sometimes along with chugging a glass of ice water you need to dive into a bowl of fruit. My new favorite find from Kroger is the Jamba Juice smoothie mixes. I got the greens and berry mixes and LOVE them both. All you have to do is pour the ingredients in the blender and mix with almond milk, water or any juice of your choice. I was able to take these on the go in my mason jar, sprinkle granola on top and be fueled for that over due grocery trip…
DINNER FOR THE WEEK
Start by making your grocery list. Buy in bulk! Here is a sample list that I used this week:
- Storage containers
- Raw, grilled chicken (pack of at least 5)
- Raw vegetables
- Broccoli and cauliflower are my favorite to roast!
- Sweet Potatoes
These are just a few basics but a great way to get started!
- Set your oven at 400 degrees and prepare 3 pans.
- Spread a little olive oil at the bottom of your pan and place the grilled chicken in it with some sprinkled seasoning on top. My favorite is still the Everyday Seasoning from Trader Joe’s. I sprinkle it on top of everything, including my eggs and avocado toast.Visit here Trader Joe’s website for to see what all they have to offer.
- Repeat this process with your veggies and sweet potatoes- I slice my sweet potatoes up and sprinkle cinnamon on top for an extra taste!
- Cook for 30 minutes and then separate into individual containers for the week!
store, serve and enjoy!!