Healthy Food Prepping
The chances are, if you haven't been on pinterest you have never heard of food prepping. Neither had I. It was a surprise to discover that something I had been doing for years, was a phenomenon.
Food prepping is the name given to the practise of planning and preparing your meals well in advance, and with as little effort as possible. So in an ideal situation, you would devote a large portion of time to cooking grains and beans, chop and prepare vast amounts of fresh vegetables, and then portion them out, and either freeze or refrigerate them for meals over the next few weeks. I believe it is one of the best ways to ensure you maintain a healthy diet.
The reason I personally love this practise, is not because I am exceptionally organised, in fact it is quite the opposite. When I am especially busy, I find my brain just can't cope with meal planning. In order to prevent myself slipping into bad habits and choosing junk options, when I have a bit of down time, I like to get ahead of the game.
To put it another way, I know what I'm like, and healthy food prepping is my way of keeping a healthy diet on track. This little video shows a selection of things I made for my lunches.
In the winter I tend to make huge vats of chillis and curries, loaded with vegetables and chick peas and kidney beans. I always have a few tubs of home-made miso lentil gravy on standby ( recipe from Isa Does It).
The key to healthy food prepping is to think about what you like to eat, and plan for that. If you like salads, then make salads. If you prefer soup, make it in bulk. Make what you like, as long as it is healthy!