Every year, over 40% of Americans usually make New Year’s Resolutions. The top resolution made is to lose weight and eat healthier. Unfortunately, about 40% of those people who made resolutions never succeed at achieving that resolution or goal.
There are a number of things that can factor into the success of your resolution or goal that you have set. One of the keys to your success in attaining your resolution or goal will be in the planning and preparation that you put into achieving it.
When it comes to eating healthy, I hear over and over again from clients who state that they simply do not have time to prepare healthy meals and, instead, find themselves driving through at a fast food restaurant or grabbing something less nutritious to eat than what they had intended to have for a meal. Does this sound familiar? It certainly does for me! Between the rush of shuffling my three kids around, the demands of school, work and extra curricular in addition to the stressors that life can bring, it can be difficult to make plans and stick to them! But, never fear! All is not lost.
Meal prep is simply preparing some of your meals for the week all on one day. For a lot of people, this is on Sunday, but it can be on whichever day you have the most time. I, personally, find Sundays to be the easiest as I have time to look ahead to the week and see the nights my family will be home or the days that I might be at work longer than usual. Then I can plan accordingly. I also know that, for my family, quick, filling breakfast options are essential.
That being said, meal prepping does not have to be all on one day. Are you making pancakes or waffles? Try doubling or tripling the batch to make extras for the freezer. Pop them in the toaster in the morning for a nice warm breakfast with ingredients that you can control. Are you making a casserole for dinner? Make two and stick one in the freezer for later in the week or month. Soup is another item that is easy to freezer in portion size containers to pull out at a later time!
Here are some simple meal prep ideas you can try to help you stay on the right track.
Overnight Oats: There are a myriad of different flavor combinations to try out there! You can easily tailor them to your specific diet or preferred taste. Just remember that most of them make more than one serving (even though the recipe will often state that it is one serving, 1/4c of dry oatmeal is a serving). Increase the protein in these by adding a scoop of your favorite protein powder. Here are 8 overnight oats recipes to try.