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Clean eating isn’t as easy as going the pre-packaged food route, but it is well worth the effort you put into it. Plus you can simplify the time it takes to make meals by being prepared.
How do you do that? Here are three steps to follow:
Being prepared is the biggest tip that you can get. When you’re not prepared you’ll stop at the grocery store on the way home and pick up something quick and easy. Most likely this will NOT coincide with you eating clean.
So how do you avoid doing this? Take the time to prepare.
1.Create a Weekly Menu
The first thing you need to do is to create a menu of what you plan to eat. Don’t forget the entire day’s worth of food. This includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks.
When you switch to a clean eating diet instead of eating three large meals, you’ll eat five or six smaller ones throughout the day.
2. Go Grocery Shopping Once a Week
Plan the week and go to the store and shop. Make sure you eat beforehand and don’t buy anything that isn’t on your list. Include all ingredients so that you’re do not have to go back during the week.
Sometimes you may have to go back for fresh vegetables and fruit. Just make sure when you do go back make sure you only go to that area of the store.
If you aren’t in the checkout line you won’t be tempted by the chips or candy bar that is staring you in the face.
3. Do the Prep Work
During the week your schedules seem to get extremely busy – you’ve got kids to run to their events, work that takes up a majority of your time and all the other unplanned errands that seem to crop up.
Make sure to take time to prep for the week ahead. How do you do this?
You’ll need to cut fruits and veggies for snacks and pre-cook and package meals ahead of time. While this might seem like it takes a huge commitment of time – it doesn’t. You can either use time during the weekend to get all of this done or make excuses why you can’t eat clean this week.
The time you invest in the weekend will actually free up quite a bit of time during the week. How much on average do you spend cooking meals, getting you lunch ready and preparing snacks for yourself and your family? You’ll cut that time significantly if you already have most of it prepared.
Another way to cut the time it takes you to prep is to have your family help. You can set up an assembly line and have family members cut, put in packages and store them.
These three steps are vital in order to eat clean during the week. You’re less likely to stop for take-out if everything is already prepared at home or easy to make. Nobody likes to spend an hour in the kitchen at night if they’ve already spent hours working. Be prepared for an easy dinner at night.
What are some of your favorite tips to meal prep?