The Key to Success
I love a good meal prep on a Sunday and I know it’s not everyone’s idea of fun but I do find it helps me to stay on track throughout the week, saves so much time and is great for saving money too! It takes no longer than an hour to do both James’ and my lunches and also some snacks too!
When I think of my lunches, I tend to stick to the same sort of meals, that are easy to prepare and then heat up at work in the microwave or can be eaten cold when on the go. I always make sure I have a protein source, a carb source and some vegetables. I tend not to have too much fat at lunch as I prefer to have my snacks and other meal times with fat (for example avocado, nuts, almond butter and dark chocolate).
I choose protein sources such as:
I then pair this with a carb source:
- Brown/Wholegrain rice (I used the ready made packet rices, such as Uncle Ben’s or Tilda)
- Sweet potato (mashed, jacket, chips)
- Cous Cous
Then I bulk the lunch out with as much colour as possible, in the form of vegetables or salad! I vary it every day, some days salad, some days roasted vegetables, steamed or stir fried, the possibilities are endless – eat the rainbow!
I tend to cook all the meat and carb source for the week in one go and prep vegetables for Monday – Wednesday and then cook my vegetables for Thursday and Friday lunches half way through the week to keep them really fresh.
- Of course you can add a fat source here too, for example, avocado, full fat cheeses, such as goats or feta, nuts or olive oil.
- Store in a sealed container in the fridge to keep as fresh as possible.
- Remember to use plenty of seasoning and spices, such as chilli flakes, paprika, cumin, pepper and himalayan salt.
- Use sauces such a reduced sugar and salt ketchup and mustards to give your lunches an extra kick if you wish. I also use Blend Bros sugar free sauces which are great for adding flavour without the calories!
- Vary your vegetables daily.
- Change up your protein and carb source each week – it keeps it varied for you and is good to change things up regularly for your body to keep it guessing and get a full range of vitamins in your diet.
Hope you find this useful.