Tips and Hacks for Painless Food Prep

Meal prep, food prep, whatever you want to call it…it is crucial for surviving a week in my house.  I do NOT want to spend endless hours on the weekend prepping everything, so I cheat.  I prep a few things, and I buy things that are ready for use.  These strategies help to avoid eating out, grabbing unhealthy snacks, and getting out the door on time!  All about survival!!!  Here are my tips on how to NOT eat McDonalds and instead enjoy semi-healthy snacks and meals!

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Food prep does not have to include hours in the kitchen. Here is some of the quick prep I do each week:

  • Hard-boil Eggs – Use these for breakfast and snacks on the go.
  • Cut up veggies – Put them in containers for easy toppings on salads and other meals.  Bag them in snack size baggies for easy access snacks.
  • Candy your favorite nuts – Use them as a sweet treat on salads or a quick snack.
  • Make healthy nut-bars – Our current favorite is a version of Lisa Leake’s recipe from 100 days of Real Food.  Here is my version of the recipe.  These are great as a quick breakfast or snack as you run out the door. 
    Healthy Homemade Snack Bars
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    Prep Time
    25 min
    Total Time
    25 min
    Prep Time
    25 min
    Total Time
    25 min
    Ingredients
    1. 1 cup dates
    2. 1 cup cashews
    3. 1/2 cup peanut butter
    4. 1-2 Tablespoons of water
    5. 1-2 Tablespoons of flax seed
    6. Handful of chocolate chips
    Instructions
    1. Put all ingredients in food processor.  Process until it sticks together, using additional water as necessary.
    2. Roll out to 1/2 inch thick between waxed paper.
    3. Put in the fridge for 15 minutes or more. This step is optional, but it makes them easier to cut.
    4. Cut into squares. Store bars in the fridge. Package individually in snack baggies for easy grab and go snacks!
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In addition to what I make at home I buy some items that help as well.  Even though these are not homemade, I consider this food prep because they are prepared for me to use for snacks or meals.  Some consider this cheating, I consider this surviving.

My go to shopping spot for these types of items is Costco.  I have no affiliation with Costco, so this is free advertising for them (you are welcome Costco).  Back to the subject at hand…my favorites for easy prep from Costco (links provided to similar products for dry goods on Amazon in case you do not have a local Costco):

 

  • Dry Goods

    • Organic Apple Sauce Packets – Great to pack in lunches or as grab and go snacks!
    • Fiber One Granola Bars  – My son is a big fan of these for his morning snacks at school.
    • Snack Bags – Costco has tons of options of chips already bagged and huge mega bags of chips that you can pre-bag in snack bags for quick grabs when packing lunches or needing snacks.
    • Crunchy rice rollers – Healthy sugar free (agave used to sweeten) sweet snack.
  • Fresh Food

    • Salad making greens- Mixed greens, spinach, and salad kits all available.  Organic options available too!  My faves are pictured!
    • Apple slices in pre-packaged bags – Great for fresh lunch and snack options.  Add a little peanut butter and the snack is protein packed!
    • Individual Hummus containers – The ready to use containers can be enjoyed with any of your pre-cut veggies you packaged at home!  This is how I get my son to eat veggies!
    • Ready to use veggies – Dinner is served after a few minutes in the microwave or on the stovetop.

There you go…a shopping trip and a little time in the kitchen and you are ready to ROCK this week! 

Last tip:  Keep fresh fruit ready to eat in the fridge too.  This helps ensure we eat the fruit before it goes bad!

GO mama GO!

 

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4 thoughts on “Tips and Hacks for Painless Food Prep

  1. These really are some GENIUS ideas! I love basing our diet primarily on whole foods, but grabbing snacks on the go this way can really be difficult. These snack bars look absolutely delectable – and I love the idea of candying your own nuts.

    1. Thanks Savannah! Those bars have been a life saver. Check out my previous post about oatmeal banana muffins….another real food that is a go to snack for us!!!

  2. I love the idea of cutting the veggies and storing them in snack sized bags making it easily available once needed. It can save my time. Thanks for the tips. 💜💗💞

    1. This saves me a huge amount of time! Plus it encourages a healthy choice when it might be easier to grab some Cheez-its! Ha!

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