Whether you have family or not, work overnight or at the crack of dawn, follow a shake plan or strict diet, have allergies, spend all your time on the road or in front of a screen, live in a dorm or live at the gym, you have to eat something at some time if you want your body to keep functioning at its best. Nutrition is rarely found in a drive-thru or at a holiday dinner. This year, give yourself the gift of meal prep.
The holidays are right around the corner which means it’s time to create a game plan to ensure the body you have now is the one you will still have in February. Maybe it can even be better!
Step one meal prep your way through New Year! We are not joking. With office parties, family dinners, home cooked comfort foods, desserts galore and every person you know wanting to celebrate with food and drink, maintaining your figure is like walking a gauntlet. So the best thing you can do for yourself is to have a ready and delicious back-up plan each and every day!
The good news is all the wonderful holiday flavors can easily be incorporated into fast prepped meals that are easy to take to work or eat before the big party.
Embrace the season of pumpkin spice! Canned pumpkin is an excellent addition to smoothies, overnight oats, as a spiced spread on toast, a fruit dip or a base in a protein shake. Simply add pumpkin pie spice and your favorite dairy or non-dairy milk! For a thick and creamy texture, you can add yogurt or tofu!
Now is the time for soups, stews, chilis, beans, creamy curries, baked roots, squashes and potatoes. Pull out your Instapot, crock pot, pressure cooker or a big ‘ol soup pot and start adding every vegetable in season. You really can’t go wrong. For great recipes, hit up the internet or get creative yourself. Every great soup needs a base, water or broth, veggies, herbs and spices and a protein, meat or beans. Then boil till you like the texture. This type of cooking will last you all week.
If you’re not big on eating the same soup all week, try freezing it in batches. Then you can grab different meals on different nights. You can also make a base of broth and veg and then add different things to it like varied grains, starches or proteins. If you’re craving comfort, add a little creamy texture like yogurt or in a pinch some cornstarch.
Grab some of our meal prep containers and you can portion out a week’s meals in no time. Take lunch to the office, so you can pick that one favorite from the staff party without diving into all the calories on an empty stomach.
Eat before you go out with friends and reserve your calories for a light appetizer and wine. You can even have a quick smoothie before dinner with the family to curb your appetite in advance.
If you simply cannot pass up the pecan pie, ask to take yours to go. It can be enjoyed with coffee in the morning and followed by 15 more minutes at the gym.