With school starting, our already hectic schedules go in overdrive. When this happens, our home made meals end up being a quick stop through a drive through (and you really wish they served real food!) Don’t let the busyness of school put a hitch in you trying to keep your family healthy. Instead, use it as a teaching tool to keep everyone on board. Here are a few tips on how to do just that!
Invest in your health, and pay your weekly “health bill.”
We all create time to do necessary household activities, like paying bills or cleaning. Think of food prep as part of your weekly must-do tasks. You’ll quickly see that you’re more successful (read: healthy!) when you invest up-front time to plan meals and prepare food. Plus, you’ll probably save time and money, as you’re eliminating the hours and dollars spent on fast food.
(My neighbor and I prepping next weeks meals)
Follow these three steps:
- Select meals and snacks for the following week.
- First, consider the next week’s activities while you’re outlining meals. If Thursday is packed, make it a leftover or easy salad night. You’ll reduce your stress if you think ahead.
- Second, consider your “tired” nights. Lots of people are drained by Friday night. Plan accordingly! Make it a soup, salad, or slow-cooker night or perhaps another leftover night! I love leftover night!
- Now, look through your cookbooks and/or online resources. If you’re stuck, check out the recipes listed on my website SimplyWholebyDevi.
- Write out the meals and shopping list. For convenience, you can write the meals on a decorative board, calendar, or in an app. For those with kids, you might favor an actual board, so everyone can see and know the week’s food plan at a glance.
- Go food shopping.
- Pick a consistent time and date that works for you. Friday afternoon, Saturday morning … just plan enough time to shop and prepare the food when you return home.
- Fix snacks and do basic food prep—right away.
- Follow this third step, and you’ll find the week’s meals are faster, easier, and healthier. As soon as you get home, get started.
- Prepare snacks, like cutting up fresh fruit and veggies and placing them in air-tight glass containers. (I love Snapware. Costco carries them for a great deal.) Place the containers at eye level in the fridge so everyone can see and grab them for quick and healthy snacks.
- Do basic food prep. For example, if you’re making stir-fry that week, cut the veggies and place them in air-tight glass containers. You’re now ready to just grab and cook!
To make these proactive steps even faster, involve a family member or even a neighbor with the same problem of food prepping (makes it funner!). If you have kids, get them involved in shopping and/or preparing food. They’ll learn valuable skills for creating tasty healthy meals.
Want more practical tips for avoiding food frustration? Call for a consultation with Devi today.