I hope your week is going fantastically. Mine is great and it is only looking brighter from here. Hopefully you are having a blast enjoying those last few bites of holiday treats. I think it is important to genuinely enjoy those rare treats. The key is making them rare…not a daily habit. If you haven’t gone shopping yet, plan to do that in the next couple days so you can cook over the weekend and be completely set up for success on Monday.
Cooking And Prep For The Week
One of the biggest challenges people face is not having time during the week to cook healthy meals. This is a legitimate issue. We have jobs and families and traffic (if you live in LA like I do, this is a major part of your life haha). It sounds great in theory to plan to cook a nice meal each night but it often doesn’t work out and going through the drive-through ends up sounding like a great option. The most reliable solution is to take an hour or so and cook a ton of food on Saturday or Sunday (or whatever day you have off). Then you are set up for at least several days and won’t even have to consider making the dreaded impulse stop at McDonalds.
As you get in the habit of buying the right things (see grocery list in previous message HERE), you can easily cook for the whole week in about an hour. One of my all time favorite healthy cooking tips is to use the crock pot as much as possible!
- Put a beef roast or large chicken breasts in the crock pot
- Can be frozen or thawed
- Put in a little water
- Sprinkle on some seasoning
- Turn on low in the morning and it will be there waiting for you at dinner time…and it is almost impossible to burn or mess up
- The whole process literally takes about 90 seconds
- *Can also add veggies, sweet potatoes, etc
- *Can add taco sauce to ground beef for easy tacos/taco salads
- *Be as simple or creative as you like
- My recipes tend to lean more towards simplicity but branching out is acceptable too haha
1 Hour = 1 Week
Here is the breakdown of what my usual hour of prep looks like.
- Put large beef roast and veggies in crock pot on low
- Cook large chicken breasts on stove
- Put some sea salt on one, throw it in a sandwich bag and you can even eat it cold while you are out and about
- Cut up fresh veggies
- Put in tupperware container or sandwich bags for snacks at home and on the go
- Make up a container of trail mix for snacks: nuts, seeds, raisins, coconut, etc
- Brew a gallon of green tea
When you have several healthy, tasty options readily available, all of a sudden making wise choices becomes very easy. Enjoy shopping and cooking over the next couple days and feel free to let me know some of your favorite tricks for healthy living. Be strong and healthy!
Prepped for success,