Meal Prep Ideas for Busy People

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.

healthy ideas for meal prep

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


This Guide is from the PD InTENSive Reset: Bikini Body Edition.  This can be purchased here or in a bundle in the PD shop.  

xx, Wendie

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  1. I love that these are basically salads! Every other meal prep post I’ve seen is a freezer meal. I love that all of this fresh!

  2. I love quick and simple recipes! My fur baby (dog) is expected to have her puppies any day now! It is nice to be able to throw something together just in case she decided to go ahead and have them already! haha!

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