How many times have you started the week with a plan to eat healthier and then quickly failed when the “hangry monster” comes
This has happened to me more often than I care to admit. I have had to face it though… I have a “hangry” problem.
I have found that the success of my week, as far as eating goes, depends on how much I am willing to put in a little bit of time to prep for the week.
I know, weekends are busy and who wants to think about prepping for the week when there is so much fun to be had?
Well, it really is all in your mindset. If you turn “have to’s” into “get to’s” it can become a fun part of your weekend and you’ll look forward to the task instead of dreading it. Reframing it from “I have to go shopping and prep for the week” 😩 to “I get to do my fun prepping routine for the week!” 😍 It makes all the difference.
My Weekend Food Prep Routine
The video below gives a quick glimpse of my prepping routine on the weekends starting with a visit to my local farmers market to get what is seasonal, fresh and grown locally. Then a quick stop to my local supermarket’s organic produce section to grab the things I couldn’t find. Then I go home, wash, chop, and store all the wholesome goodness to create everything I need in a flash during the week. No more “hangry bear” situations where I make unhealthy decisions and grab all the wrong things.
We have been working on gradually changing our diet to become more plant-based so I have had to find some systems to make that more doable.
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Weekend Food Prep Step by Step
- Go through your fridge, freezer
andpantry to make an assessment of what is left that needs to be used or frozen right away. If the fresh produce I have left in my fridge is starting to look like it may turn, I freeze it. I can then use it in soups, stews or smoothies at another time. If the producelooks like it can last longer I will make sure I use it up before using the newest bunch of fresh produce I acquire.
- Make a list of the items you need for the week. If you have any particular recipes you want to try, add any items you need to this list. I have created a Weekend Food Shopping Checklist and it is available in my Resource Library. Scroll to the bottom of this post to learn how to access my FREE Resource Library.
- First thing on Saturday mornings, I pop on over to my local farmers market to see what seasonal produce is available. I always buy first here, even if it is a little more than the supermarkets because the freshness and nutritional value can’t
be beat. Plus I like to support the local farmers in our community.
- On the way home I stop by the supermarket and buy the other items on my list. My local grocery store has everything you can imagine but I try to stick with what’s in
seasonbecause of affordability as well as knowing it is most likely locally sourced and fresher than items shipped in from around the world. If you want to learn more about why this is important, read this post about the benefits of eating seasonally.
- When I get home I like to spread out all my bounty from the farmers market to take a picture and send to family and friends who also like to share what they got at their local farmers market. Or we send a Marco Polo back and forth to share our stories. Don’t know what that is? Check out my post about staying in touch with friends and family through the Marco Polo App here.
- Then I start washing, drying and chopping up my produce to put in storage containers and mason jars for easy access during the week. Check out my post about how to keep your produce fresh longer if you want more information about that.
- You can either do an assembly line and make jar salads or you can put the individual items in separate jars to be used for salads,
budda-bowls, stir fries, pasta dishes, scrambles or omelettesduring the week. I found the trays you see in the video awesome for organizing and quickly taking out all the jars to throw things together.
My Favorite Food Storage Containers
Resources To Help You
There are over 40 resources in our Resource Library to help you with your natural health journey. Below, I have pictured four of them that would be helpful to you on your quest to eating healthier during the week. They include: Weekend Food Shopping Checklist, Seasonal Fresh Produce Chart, Healthy Food Checklist and a Fresh Produce Storage Chart.
Scroll to the bottom of this post to find out how you can access these FREE Resources.
Additional Things I Make to Prep for the Week
- cook up a batch of quinoa or rice in my rice cooker
- cook up a batch of black beans or pinto beans in my Instapot
- make up some chia puddings and overnight oats in jars
- bake a batch of healthy muffins. (The Blueberry Oat Bran Flax Muffin recipe from Joyous Health are my favorite)
- sometimes I make up a batch of these yummy Black Bean Burgers from Sally’s Baking Addiction. They are the best and they freeze well.
That’s it! Simple as that! It feels so good to have everything ready to go for the week and my husband loves it! I love that he doesn’t have to ask me what’s for lunch
What about you? Do you have any tried and true weekend prep routines or ideas that help you eat healthy during the week? If so, please share in the comments.
Wishing you joy in your natural health journey!
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