One of my favorite documentaries (‘Fed Up’) explains living healthy in our society as being like “a fish swimming up stream.” We’re surrounded by fast food, candy at check-outs, energy drinks, and stress overkill. Making healthy choices is much easier when you feel prepared.
Often times I see posts about body builders meal prepping and think it’s a little extreme. Personally, I can’t batch cook brown rice with boiled chicken an entire week’s dinners and still be a remotely happy person. Variety at dinner is something I look forward to, so I make a compromise and prep my breakfasts/lunch/snacks.
You can see my post about how I prep a week’s worth of breakfast smoothies here.
I also double this recipe and pack a week’s worth of lunches.
At work, I keep some snacks in my cupboard incase I feel hungry in the afternoon. I’d much rather eat a snack that I’ve brought in for myself than processed food out of a vending machine. I wrote a post all about healthy snacking tips here. Some shelf-stable snacks I keep on hand at work are:
- a jar of almonds
- some homemade trail mix (its just mixed nuts, dried cherries, and dark chocolate chips)
- an assortment of my favorite granola bars (I like Kashi TLC bars and KIND pumpkin maple bars)
I change up my routine occasionally to prevent burn out. Breakfast smoothies switch in and out with greek yogurt/granola. Lunch salads definitely see some variety. The main priority is having a plan so that when you’re hungry you’re not drowning in a sea of junk food. It only takes me about an hour when I get back from grocery shopping on Sundays to prep my smoothie cubes, lunch salads, and snacks. Its a huge time saver during the week- and I make better choices than if I waited until I was hungry to pick my meals!
Do you have any tips for swimming up stream in our fast food world? I’d love to hear about them!