Lets talk about food prep, baby.

Hope you all had an awesome weekend! Mine was spent working nights and scooping ice cream. I still have two more night shifts to go this week. When working nights, it can be tough to eat healthy. It’s so easy to say “I’m too tired” or “I’ll just grab something later.” When you start making excuses, it’s a slippery slope from there. I’m learning that having healthy choices easily accessible and on-hand make making better choices easier. Step one is to go the the grocery store.

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I went to Trader Joe’s because I was in the area but I also hadn’t been there in a while and they have some convenient items. They have stir fry veggies already packaged together and chicken that is already marinated. (Side note: the grapes I got from there and pure gold. I should have bought more!) I try to make a list of meals and snacks. That way I know exactly what I have to eat for the week. I try to always have ingredients for at least 3 dinners full of protein and veggies and then use the leftovers for smaller meals like lunch. Snacks I usually always have include fruit, nuts, yogurt and LARA bars. This weeks meals include: chicken and veggie stir fry, butternut squash ravioli, spaghetti squash with sausage, and chicken with broccoli. I’m realizing now I got too much stuff at the grocery store since I will be at a wedding this weekend and not eating at my apartment. Hopefully I’ll find a way to use up or freeze this food by the weekend.

The next step is to actually prep the food. This way, cooking is out of the way and no longer an obstacle to having delicious and healthy food. This week I cooked some old zucchini that was going to go back and turned it into noodles, I roasted some sweet potatoes, cooked one spaghetti squash, and prepped a jar of overnight oats to have as breakfast.

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Prepping this food only took about an hour but made my life SO much easier this weekend. I need to prep a couple dinners for my last two night shifts so I can spend more time sleeping than cooking. I also need to remind myself not to buy food out since I have so much sitting in my fridge at home (I’m so bad about that)!

What’s your favorite healthy snack to always have on the ready? 

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