Google “meal prep” and you’ll find oodles of information on how to spend a few hours one day a week to get all your food ready for the rest of the week. I completely idolize those of you who can do this! What a cool thing to be able to have everything ready to go. This just wasn’t a solution for me.
So what is the alternative? Fast food and vending machines? No thanks. I know my body needs actual nutrition to power me through my day at my office, my quality time with my kids, and my killer workouts. I rely on grab and go breakfasts, lunches and snacks to get me through the day, then throw together something super fast for dinner. I had to change the way I thought about food to get here though. It didn’t come over night and I had to get out of my comfort zone and be creative.
For starters, you don’t have to use fancy Tupperware or lunch bags. I take a grocery store plastic bag, walk around my kitchen to collect all my food, then throw it in my big stuff-I-need-for-work-bag.
Always in my big bag: a can opener, a bowl, a fork, a spoon, a vegetable peeler, water bottle, salt & pepper and a small food scale. (I wash utensils and stuff in the office break room or wash it when I get home.)
What to Pack – 1 minute:
You don’t have to portion things out into individual portions! Just take the whole container. Stuff can be portioned out as you need it. Example: Just take a whole cucumber. I used to think I had to peel it, cut it, Tupperware it. That takes time. Time I don’t have. Ranch dressing? Throw the whole bottle in there. Frozen veggies? Take the whole bag. Deli meat? Take the whole package. Things that can be purchased already in small containers is great too – individualize oatmeal pouches, yogurt, fruit cups, cheese sticks, etc.
Unpacking – 3 minutes:
When I get to work I take out my grocery bag of food, remove anything I don’t want refrigerated onto my desk. Take the rest of the food and my water down to the break room. Fridge the grocery bag and fill up my water.
Breakfasts (I like stuff I can eat in the car on the way to the office)
Protein powder in water or milk or coffee
Lunches (protein + vegetable)
Deli meat (turkey, chicken, ham) with carrots
Can of tuna (straight out of the can) with a cucumber
Eggs (scrambled in the microwave) with broccoli
These are just a few ideas I’ve found helpful for me, but I’m sure there are more!
What are your go-to food and meal ideas to get you through the week?