Things have been changing over here for me lately. I’ve been following Hello Nutritarian for a bit now (seriously, check out her Instagram page!) and her health vibes have rubbed off on me. Actually, I’ve been wanting to do this for a while now, but I felt stuck, uninspired, or like I couldn’t change because of (list off any of the many excuses I had going on).
Now, things are different.
After doing some extensive reading on her website, I’ve spent three weeks revamping my kitchen and my meals. I’ve streamlined things so I do a bunch of prep at the beginning of the week. I’ve felt healthier, happier, and more energetic most days, and that makes me feel so good. So I thought… If someone else wants to do what I’m doing, here’s a way to try it.
I want to introduce you to my brand-spanking-new food prep checklist.
Now, I don’t do all of this every single Monday. I’m still refining my process, but for now, this checklist works so I can at least remember to do the things I need to do, like cut up produce, rinse or make a batch of beans, blend up cashew sour cream for dinners and dressings, and have frozen fruit on hand for smoothies. These things will most likely happen each Monday.
Other things – like making another dressing, throwing a soup together, or roasting veggies – might not have to happen each week. In fact, this week, I didn’t do any of those. I’ll roast veggies for dinner on Wednesday, and because I should have time for that, I don’t need to do that today. But I could have if I wanted them for lunches. For now, salads are working just fine for lunch every day, especially because I have all of the produce cut up and the beans rinsed and my greens ready to go.
Seriously, this prep has changed the way I’ve eaten lately. I love it.
You don’t have to do it on Mondays, either. Whichever day fits for your week best, that’s fine. I wouldn’t suggest doing it as you need it because that’s not real prep. And doing all of that work all of the time is exhausting. Once a week of cutting up all of my veggies for salads is enough. Haha. 🙂 But it makes salads like this, with homemade dressing, so much easier!
I don’t mind making a soup during the week. And I have the help of my husband, who usually makes dinner for us. But if you wanted to, you could totally make a soup at the beginning of the week to reheat throughout the week for lunch or dinner. If you peek at my Nutritarian Pinterest board, you’ll get lots of inspo for what you can make up front to save time each day.
Click here to download the food prep checklist! Be sure to save it so you can print it each week.