Taking care of the inside is just as important as the outside, and we all know that skin can reflect what’s under the surface! Trying to eat well can feel impossible when you’re busy. It can feel like a chore when you’re making lunches (and dinner and breakfast) EVERY.SINGLE.DAY. Uh, groundhog day anyone?
I honestly find it hard to get motivated in the morning to make my husbands lunch before he heads off to work. Our son wakes up the same time we do and I can’t bear the thought of crawling out of bed before the rest of the household is up to make food in peace and quiet…and darkness – I’m just not one of those people!
So I decided enough was enough and it was time to get as organised as possible in this season of my life.
Here is how I do it: I clean out the fridge and organise it over the weekend when I have the time. It may not need a clean so I’ll just reorganise the shelves, see what I have already and make sure my containers are clean and ready to go. I then aim to do a shop on a Monday with the little one in tow to get all the things I will need for lunches and snacks. If I have time for a big shop I will also get what I need for breakfasts and dinners. When I get home from the shop, I do a work week meal prep of lunches and snacks (4 days in total as Monday is whatever is leftover from the weekend and on the weekends we just eat whatever!) and I make lunches for me as well. I know for a fact that this stay-at-home-mum business can come with tough days and in the past I can go a whole day either not eating anything or just snacking! My son usually digs in to whatever I’ve made for lunches and I have other things I give him that’s more of the finger food variety. The chopping, cooking and putting together of the meals takes me one hour and I either do it while my son has his nap, or he helps me (takes longer but he loves tasting everything), or when my hubby gets home and takes our son outside for a play and so I get stuck into it. Usually Monday night’s dinner is also whatever meal it is for lunches that week. I try and get all this done before I head off to boxing class at 5:30pm.
If I am stuck for ideas I check Instagram hashtags such as #mealprep #lunches #foodprep and Pinterest is always a winner. I keep it simple – the same thing for every lunch and snack. The other meals have more variety, and this works well for us.
Here is this week’s meal prep of lunches and snacks for my husband. I added some boiled eggs in for staff meeting days or if he’s up for a bigger day at work than usual.
Meal: Steamed broccoli, mince with carrot, zucchini, mushrooms, squash, brown onion, garlic and some pasta sauce (I go for the sugar-free variety at our local IGA).
Snacks: strawberries, dates and an orange (plus a boiled egg from our chooks if needed).
And there you have it! A great habit to get into and I find it makes a HUGE difference to the week and what I end up putting in my body.