Healthy Holiday Meal Prep
November 15 2018
The most wonderful time of year also tends to be the busiest and most stressful time of year! Don’t let a busy schedule and extra tasks on your to-do list get in the way of healthy eating!
The first step is stocking your cupboards with dry goods. Seasonal spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, chili-powder, ginger, turmeric, and rosemary offer loads of flavor and loads of nutrients! These tasty add-ins combine antioxidants, fiber, vitamins, and minerals with the power to burn fat and lower cholesterol! Other pantry staples include dried lentils of any color, brown rice (instant is just fine), and a variety of beans. Canned options are quick and easy; choose low sodium versions to improve heart health, and add fiber and protein to your diet.
Next, consider your produce selection. Shop smart and choose fruits and vegetables that will last you a couple of weeks. Longer shelf-life items include carrots, squash, sweet potatoes (if kept in a cool, dry place), cabbage, apples, oranges, and of course, onions. And just like the spices, these are all full of nutrients to build heart health, reduce cholesterol, and keep blood sugar at normal levels.
Now you can move on to the freezer – boneless, skinless chicken breasts or ground turkey are wonderfully lean sources of protein that can be used as a base for many meals, and frozen berries are great for smoothies on busy mornings.
Finally, do a little online “shopping!” Find a two or three recipes that your family will enjoy, get together on a rainy Sunday afternoon, and spend a little time in your kitchen! You can divide meals into individual portions for lunches, or keep in larger containers and freeze until you’re ready for them.
Go into this holiday season full steam ahead, with the confidence that no amount of shopping, Christmas programs, decorating, or trips to the post office can throw your healthy eating off track!