As we edge closer to school season, there is one thing everyone should try to keep themselves organized for the day, the week, and even the year, and that is meal prep. Meal prep has become increasing popular in the past year, and I finally understand why. It is fun, easy and healthy! Meal prep refers to the preparation of an entire weeks worth of breakfast, lunch and/or dinner! While it might be a lot of work to keep up with, on the frontend, you will be happy when you come home from a tiring and stressful day to have dinner is prepared and it is healthy too! I have only been meal prepping for already two months but it really does help with organization. When it comes to meal prepping for school, I create a weeks worth of lunches so I do not have to get up early every day to put a sad lunch together, I am creating a healthy and appetizing lunch on my free day. Here is a look into my week of meal prepping!
Meal #1 Monday: Gluten Free and Vegan Grilled Cheese with Chicken, Nature Grain Bar and Apple Slices!
This meal is by far one of my personal favorites when it comes to meal prepping. I start with plain gluten free bread. I put vegan butter on both sides of each piece of bread, then cut up some chicken or any meat, grab some vegan cheese and put it together like a sandwich. Then I use a pan to create the grilled cheese. Be careful with the temperature. Grilled cheeses is best cooked at low temperatures so the cheese can melt before the bread is burnt. After a few minutes of turning the bread from one side to another, I slice it and put it in its compartment next to sliced apple and a Nature Grain bar (not gluten free). This meal is best within the first day or two of making it because the sandwich will become soggy, so I suggest making it your Monday lunch. You will not regret it!
Meal #2 Tuesday: Pita Bread with Vegan Mayonnaise, Grilled Chicken, Lettuce, Snow Peas and Strawberries!
This meal is a bit time consuming but is worth all of the effort. I first start with pita bread but that can be substituted for any type of bread you prefer, then I spread my Earth Balance Mindful Mayo onto of the bread, this mayo is a great alternative to regular mayo because not only is it vegan, but it is also low in fat. Once it is smeared to my liking I add my grilled chicken and lettuce, but you can add whatever you want! Once that is done I cut the sandwich in half to fit it into my container then added some healthy sides which include strawberries and snow peas which are a healthy alternative to fatty foods like chips.
Meal #3 Wednesday: Turkey with Cucumber and Banana!
This meal is simple to make and tastes great! You start with a protein, in this case I have turkey. Then you create two of your favorite sides, right now I am obsessed with bananas and cucumbers, so that is what I used for this week. This is a great easy lunch you can make in minutes. Simple meals like this all week can improve your health and increase your energy. Make realistic quantities consist of high protein based foods!
Meal #4 Thursday: Turkey Salad with Cucumber and Snow Pees!
Another simple lunch is a salad! You can never go wrong with a salad. You can put just about anything you want on it. First I cut up my turkey, then put it on the side, so the lettuce will not get soggy. At lunchtime I add the turkey on top of my salad and enjoy a healthy and protein filled meal with some snow peas!
Meal #5 Friday: Black Bean Pasta with Snow Peas and Broccoli!
I forgot to take a picture of my black bean pasta, but this is a picture of the type I use! You can find Explore Cuisine at almost any store, and it is a great healthy alternative to carb based pasta, it even has 21 grams of fiber! Aside from the pasta, I include more snow peas and broccoli. This meal is the healthiest out of all of the meals I made this week, mainly because the pasta is packed with a ton of fiber and protein. The best part about the pasta is it does not taste like black beans for all of those black bean haters out there (me included).
Thank you so much for reading. Comment below some of your favorite meal prep ideas, and tell me which one of the five I made sounds the best to you?