Hey friends! Some of the most frequent questions I get asked are often centered around food; what I eat, where I find recipes, etc. Today I’ll be sharing with you how I meal prep healthy foods for the whole family, the food storage containers I use and love, favorite snacks I always have on hand, and why preparing food and eating clean is so important to me.
Why I meal prep
My #1 tip is to always, always prepare your food beforehand. Yes, its super annoying every single time but if I don’t, I eat like crap and then I feel like crap. Meal prepping makes such a difference in my overall health, its honestly life-changing. I choose to eat healthy and prepare my food in advance otherwise I’m eating processed and packaged food that makes me feel crummy. I honestly keep it pretty simple: Breakfast- 4oz grain, 6oz fruit, and 4oz protein then for Lunch/Dinner– 6oz veggies, 4oz protein, and a whole fruit.
What matters most, is that you find something that works for you and then stick to it; consistency is key.
How I meal prep
Every Sunday I dedicate a few hours of my day to preparing food for the upcoming week. These are the foods I almost always prepare:
Vegetables– Costco is the best place to purchase vegetables in bulk that last the entire week. I typically buy a large bag of broccoli and brussels sprouts, place them on a baking sheet, sprinkle this salt on them and then bake both in the oven at 420 F for 20 minutes. While the vegetables are cooking I like to peel and cut carrots so that when anyone in the family needs a quick snack they have something handy in the fridge.
During the week I honestly keep things pretty simple and so I like to sauté the cooked vegetables, add a protein, and I’ll either drizzle a Primal sauce/dressing on top or sauté the meat and vegetables using one of my very favorite seasonings from Redmond.
Ground Beef– My favorite beef is purchased from Butcher Box. I especially love this because its 100% grass-fed beef that is such high quality delivered right to my doorstep. They make it so easy to select the types of meats I want/need in a given month and it tastes AMAZING. Once my ground beef is cooked, I store it in this glass container.
Salads- Preparing salads for lunches are a great way to take healthy food with you while on-the-go. I purchased this amazing salad size container from Amazon last month and have been loving it (in fact, I’m ordering some more). I love how much it holds but also the glass helps my salad stay fresh longer; its the best! My very favorite salad dressings are made by Primal because they substitute soy for coconut aminos and you can get some here.
Chicken & Eggs- I absolutely love my Instant Pot. I use this each week to cook hard-boiled eggs for part of my protein at breakfast (see how to cook the perfect hard-boiled egg in your Instant Pot HERE) and to cook chicken so I always have some on hand and ready to go for meals (read about the best Instant Pot chicken HERE).
Snacks I always have on hand
I always have a few snacks on hand and these are my go-to’s:
- ZBar, shop HERE
- Apple Sauce Pouches, purchased at Costco
- Chomps Beef Sticks, shop HERE
- Clean Simple Eats Nut Butter- pair this with an apple and its SO dang good. I love the midnight coconut almond which you can get HERE
- Re-Lyte Electrolyte Mix- mix this with water (in this bottle) and gives your body the minerals you need. You can get some HERE.
- Redmond Real Salt- you’re probably laughing, but I seriously take this personal one with me everywhere I go. Nothing else compares!
- 100% grass-fed polish sausage, I purchase this at Costco.
My favorite food storage containers
ZipTop Containers- these silicone containers are so amazing. They store easily; I love that I don’t have to find a lid and come in all sizes to fit different needs. I actually use these to place snacks and my kid’s lunches in for school. They are microwave-safe, freezer-safe, dishwasher-safe, and such high quality! Make sure to scroll down for a discount code to use at checkout.
I also really love these Ello glass containers. I love the variety of sizes they offer, they seal tight, and hold all of the healthy food for the whole family that I prepare on Sunday. Make sure to also check out the large salad container which you can get here.
- Save 15% at ZipTop using code JENICA15
- Get 10% off your Clean Simple Eats purchase using code JENICAPARCELL
- 15% off Redmond (Re-Lyte, Real Salt, & Organic Seasonings) using code JENICA
- Get my favorite Stanley cups HERE
- Shop my Amazon Favorites (like the Ello Food Storage Containers) HERE
FIND MORE HEALTHY SNACKS FOR KIDS HERE
WANT TO KNOW WHAT I EAT IN A DAY? READ HERE
LEARN ABOUT MY WORKOUT ROUTINE & TOOL FOR EATING HEALTHY HERE