Clear your schedule for just one short half hour on Sunday to prep these foods—and eat healthy all week long.
Quinoa – This one is so easy, you could probably do it in your sleep. Just place two cups of quinoa and four cups of water in a pot over high heat, and bring to a boil.
Iced Green Tea – Sometimes, when you think you’re hungry and look into the refrigerator for something to eat, you’ll see this tall pitcher and realize that’s all you really need. No more mistaking hunger for thirst. The catechins in the tea help protect your skin from the sun and slim your waistline.
Hardboiled Eggs – Hardboiled eggs are beyond easy to prep and are super-portable. Not only are they convenient, but they’re also a low-cal, satisfying protein choice.
Overnight Oats – oak 1/4 cup oats in almond milk overnight in the fridge. In the morning, toss in half a banana, a tablespoon of chia seeds, and a dash of cinnamon for a nutrient-dense (and delicious!) breakfast. The fiber and protein keep you energized and satisfied, and you feel so good knowing you’ve started the day without processed foods.
Raw Crudite – Before work, pack some veggies in the bag with an individual pack of hummus or guac. After work, snack on raw veggies with salsa to keep your hunger at bay pre-dinnertime. Whenever and however you eat raw veggies, they’re super-nutritious.
Burnt Veggies – Take Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, and any other veggies, sprinkle with olive oil and fresh herbs, and roast at 400° F until slightly burnt. You can toss them into an omelet in the morning, place them in an airtight container and bring them to work to pair with nuts for an afternoon snack, or have them ready for a side for dinner.
No-Lettuce Chopped Salad – Plain old green salads can get boring, so mix things up with a lettuce-free salad base. Chopped celery, jicama, carrots, and green peppers make a solid foundation for toppings like feta and chickpeas or shrimp and corn.
Go schedule that half hour for food prep in your smartphone now—it’ll buy you a whole week of healthy breakfasts, lunches, snacks, and dinners. Totally worth the time investment!