I have to admit, even though I am a dietitian, there are still times when I struggle with nutrition. We all allow “busyness” take over every now and then. That leads to skipping meals, not getting in enough water, or the biggest one of all…slacking with getting in those greens.
When life tends to get too busy, I love to step back and take a look at why I am not getting in my veggies. For most of us, it is lack of preparation. In honor of #mealprepsundays, I am going to share one of my favorite meal prep ideas.
How to Build a Bowl.
This is great for when you don’t know what to make or want to make several meals ahead of time for the week. Choose one from each category and don’t be afraid to play around with the ingredients so you don’t get bored! I usually fill containers with greens, pre-chop vegetables, pre-cook any grains, and grill any meats then they are much easier to “build” for a quick easy meal.
|GREENS||spinach, romaine, arugula, kale, microgreens, sprouts, chard|
|PROTEINS|| plant-based: tempeh, beans, quinoa, lentils, hemp seeds, nuts, seeds, nutritional yeast
animal-based: grass-fed beef, pastured chicken or pork, wild-caught fish
vegetarian friendly: farm-fresh eggs
|HEALTHY FATS||avocado, olive oil, olives, nuts, seeds, hemp seed oil, grapeseed oil, sesame oil, truffle oil, coconut oil|
|VEGGIES (add as many as you want!)||carrots, peppers, cucumber, zuchinni, snap peas, green beans, radish, broccoli, cauliflower, brussels|
|CARBS|| sweet potato, quinoa, millet, brown rice, wild rice, beans, corn peas
fruit: strawberries, banana, pears, mango, papaya, grapes, raspberries, apples
|ADD-ONS||fermented veggies or kim chi, homemade salad dressings, nutritional yeast, kelp or dulse granules, fresh lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, hummus|