Many readers of the My Faith and Fitness Blog are busy like I am. We focus on managing our careers, ministries, families and households, among other things. Occasionally, I will present tips that will help us be efficient while maintaining our good health and fitness lifestyles. I don’t want us to resort to eating unhealthy foods or forgoing exercise because of lack of time. Today’s tip concerns healthy weekly meal prep.
I take my lunch to work everyday. I usually take a sandwich, carrot chips, Greek yogurt and water. When I know that I will be in court, I have to pack the bottle of water and utensils for my salad and yogurt. (I eat lunch in one of the conference rooms in the courthouse.) When I am in the office, however, I only have to pack my food because I have utensils in my office desk drawer and I have access to the water cooler. Ideally, I will have a spinach salad with my lunch. However, I have not been as consistent as I would like to be with packing the salad. Hence, my new purchase.
During my grocery shopping excursion last Friday, I purchased a 10-piece set of Rubbermaid Take Alongs. I only needed the five small containers (2.9 cups/669 ml), but I decided to buy the package that included the five larger containers (5.2 cups/1.2L) because I will be able to take larger salads when I know that I will be in the office during lunch. I like the red lids because they will remind me to continue to Go Red as I fight heart disease. I still need to find small condiment containers for my salad dressing, but that will not stop the process.
So, on Sunday afternoons, when I get home from church, I will assemble my salads for the coming work week. Here are my salads for the week of March 3rd. I only need four salads for this week: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. I plan to be in the office on Monday and Friday (large containers). I will be in court on Tuesday and Thursday (small containers).
I am starting this weekly meal prepping system with my weekday lunch salad. It is not a good idea to assemble the sandwiches too far in advance. The bread would get soggy. I plan to work my way up to prepping other meals as well. I want to start slowly so that I will not get overwhelmed and become discouraged. Work smarter, not harder. I will keep you posted on my progress. What are your thoughts on prepping multiple meals at one time? Please share. I would like to know your experiences. You can leave a comment at the end of this post or on the Facebook fan page, Tweet me, or complete the form on the Contact page. Be blessed. Stay encouraged.