Helpful Prep Tips

Listed are several tips that I have learned along the way.  If you have suggestions for different tips, I would LOVE to hear them!

  • Spend time chopping vegetables for multiple days/meals at one time (I try to do it on a weekend), reducing the amount of prep time you spend prepping during the week.
    • For example, if I am using a head of cabbage for different meals during the week, I go ahead and shred the entire head and put the recommended amount in separate containers so that I can just dump it in the pot when I’m ready to use it.
    • P.S.  IT ALSO REDUCES THE AMOUNT OF DISHES YOU HAVE TO DO!
  • Use every bit of a whole chicken.
    • Roast the chicken for a dinner.  Eat a portion of the chicken for dinner with 1-2 sides.  Use the rest of the chicken for stews, chicken salads, and/or other lunch type meals.  It can easily be frozen as well.
    • Throw the carcass in the crockpot with some chopped onions, celery, and thyme to create broth.  Cook on low for 7-8 hours.  Use fresh broth within a few days OR freeze in ice cube trays for later.
  • Precook breakfast meals in bulk on Sunday mornings.  Store in portion size containers & microwave the morning you intend to eat them for a grab and go breakfast.
    • I bake my sweet potatoes the night before and heat them in the microwave prior to smashing them with goodness the next morning.
  • USE YOUR FOOD PROCESSOR!
    • When chopping a lot of vegetables at once, use the shredder or slicer on your food processor to make the process quicker.
  • Freeze extra unsweetened applesauce or other large bulk items in portion size freezer bags to pull out for quick access.
  • Incorporate kids in food prep as much as possible.
    • Let them put their taco together.
    • Let kids smash sweet potatoes for morning meals.
  • Freeze grapes for quick snacks.
  • Pre-make smoothies and freeze in ice cube trays for quick access to smoothies on busy mornings.
  • Mix up smoothies or fruit juice mixes & put in Popsicle containers for healthy kiddie snacks.
  • If you eat leftovers, make more the night before and eat leftovers for lunch.  This eliminates additional food prep for lunch the following day.

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“Clean eating doesn’t have to be exhausting or difficult.  Make a plan.  Think of prep work as a spiritual process for your body and loved ones.  By changing your mindset, you gain a greater appreciation and deeper relationship for fresh, wholesome foods.  Feed your spiritual soul.”

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