Food Prepping Tips for Busy Mums

MY TOP TIPS FOR BUSY MUMS MEAL PREPPING!!

 

Let’s face it, between family, work, social obligations and your new fitness regime, the average day can feel hectic. This is why I talk about meal prepping so much as I find it is the best way for both my clients and I to stick to our healthy ways! Organising meals and snacks in advance is one of the most important aspects of your True Vitality 4 Mums lifestyle. When you are prepared to fuel your body right, you’ll have so much more energy for even the craziest days with energy and positivity.

 

Even just a little bit of planning will help you in a major way. Just like with anything else in life, planning things in advance helps free up time and energy for other important things in your life. Also meal prepping is much better for your body (you won’t reach for those sugary snacks if you have a healthy alternative to hand!), and having tasty snacks to hand lessens the temptation to grab pricier and more unhealthy options on the go.

 

Here are a few of my favourite meal prepping guidelines which I hope will help you stick to your healthy ways….

 

(1.) FOR BREAKFAST

Whip up a batch of healthy muffins, pancakes or healthy granola bars from your nutrition plan! From oat muffins, to protein-packed Mums Vitality breakfast staples, these grab and go options for busy mornings are my must have for every week. I also make smoothies the night before and store them in the fridge ready for the next morning, especially if I am working the next day.

 

(2.) PRE-CHOP ALL YOUR CRUDITES

The minute you come home from the supermarket or farmers market, prep your veggies right away to have them ready to nosh on. Chop carrots, celery, mushrooms, cucumber and peppers… these are great snacks to have on hand to nibble on throughout the day! I also find it works well for our whole family if we have large bowl of washed and chopped fruit in the fridge too!

 

(3.) SPA WATER

Keep a large jug of water in the fridge infused with fruit and herbs…I love cucumber and mint or lemon and lime slices. It is a great and very flavourful way to stay hydrated all week!

 

(4.) POWER UP WITH PROTEIN

Roast chicken or your favourite lean protein, along with veggies are great main staples to have on hand throughout the week! It is a versatile addition for salads and snacks too. I love placing chicken and an assortment of veggies in a large baking dish or pan, with my favourite spices, plenty of garlic, a little oil and a pinch of salt. I then bake it in the oven for 20-30 minutes or until cooked completely for a quick and easy lunch!! I also often make large batches of quinoa to store in the fridge for an easy and healthy carb to add to my salads or soups.

 

(5.) MAKE SURE YOU HAVE ENOUGH FOOD STORAGE CONTAINERS!

Make sure you have the right gear, as having various sized containers for storing your pre-prepped food is also essential! I often recommend glass over plastic for health reasons but obviously if you prefer plastic is ok too. If you are pre-storing salads for your lunches just be sure to keep the dressing separate to ensure it lasts longer.

 

(6.) HAVE PLENTY OF SNACKS TO HAND IN YOUR BAG!

My favourites are nuts, bounce protein balls or naked bars! You could also carry some home made snacks in your bag but having something to hand is key for those weak moments. It will stop you reaching for that piece of cake with your coffee too!

 

As always I hope these tips help and if you have any questions please ask away using the email address below!

Love Laura xx

 

Don’t worry if you didn’t exercise throughout your pregnancy and have a fit pregnancy, you can still lose the baby weight, strengthen your core and pelvic floor and get your body back with the correct nutrition and post-natal exercise. For more information about the True Vitality 4 Mums post-natal 12 Week Transformation Programme, please email laura@truevitality4mums.com xx Personal Trainer in Richmond, Personal Trainer in Ascot and Personal Trainer in Surrey.