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Benefits of Meal Prepping – Especially During the Holidays

By Michelle Steadman
Meal prepping can be fun and educational family time.

Eating healthy is crucial for our body and overall well-being. It becomes even more challenging when the holiday season is upon us. Holidays come with a never-ending list of party invites, activities, and entertaining which often leads to over indulgence.

As we gear up for the holidays, meal prepping (or meal batching) is a great help to keep you on track. Here are my top 5 tips for meal prepping to help you stay on track during this holiday season and beyond.

Tip #1 – Write a grocery list. With a well thought out grocery list in hand, you can avoid those extra snacks that sometimes wind up in your cart. With a healthy, well-stocked fridge, it’s easier to avoid the urge to dine out. Plus, no more standing in front of the refrigerator door thinking, “There’s nothing to eat.”

Tip #2 – Select a day. Set aside time on your weekend (normally Sunday) to prep and batch your meals. Get the whole family involved. This is a great time to spend with each other. Include family in the grocery list, shopping and food preparation. This also sets a good example for the kids as to the importance of proper nutrition throughout their lives.

Tip #3 – Never skip breakfast. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Remember, you’ve been fasting for 8 hours during your sleep, so when you wake up it’s important to fuel your body with nutritious food. Give your body the proper energy it needs to begin your day. Prep some quick and easy breakfast items, such as overnight oats, Greek yogurt with berries or a nutritional shake.

Tip #4 – Short on time? You can batch your meal in your slow cooker. This is a great way to prepare several meals at one time. Simply add all your yummy ingredients in your crockpot and walk away. A few hours later you have amazing meals already to go. Portion it out in containers, and you are set for the week.

Tip #5 – “I don’t cook.” Even if you don’t cook, you can still meal batch. Most grocery stores have pre-made items like hard-boiled eggs, grilled chicken, salads, fruit, veggies, salsa and your favorite beans. Having these convenient and nutritious items on hand will help keep you from walking out the door for yet another restaurant meal.

As you can see, meal batching can save you money and time. In addition, the planning ensures convenient – and healthier – meals.

From my family to yours, we hope you have a happy and healthy holiday!

Michelle Steadman is a certified Pilates instructor, a mom, and founder of Truelicious raw food bars. Her new business, Salads in a Jar, brings healthy food delivery to homes and businesses throughout the Coachella Valley. For more information visit SaladsinaJar.com or call (760) 587.5076.

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