Meal prepping suggestions, a couple of years ago I went through a lot of trouble to find them. In the Summer of 2015 I started meal prepping. Janet suggested I’d take a delicious homemade lunch or snack to work every day to have something to look forward to. At first I thought it was quite a hassle, because I did not really know what products to use to take my lunch to work. And there were more things to think about, like how to pack lunch. After searching for meal prepping suggestions and just experimenting the hassle became sort of a flow and now I’m meal prepping every Sunday afternoon. Are you curious about how I do this and which items I use to pack the food, then you absolutely have to read on.
Meal prepping suggestions: my basic rules
- In the beginning I spent hours and hours in the kitchen preparing and the Sunday rushed past me without me really enjoying a little relax time. My new rule is that I can only spend about 1,5 hours on preparing lunch for 3 days ahead.
- Because I mostly work behind a computer and spend a lot of time on my but, I like to eat light meals. It also helps with my digestive system: no more pudgy intestines and achy belly. Yay!
- Not only do I like light and easy meals but also healthy meals. That’s why I always prepare healthy food to eat at work.
- When I prepare a snack, it has to be something I love, it has to be filling and it has to give me energy.
- The snack also has to be healthy and fairly easy to prepare in a short amount of time.
- I like to eat very diverse, I like to use fresh produce and I enjoy eating a lot of veggies in my lunch.
How to pack a work lunch
The second challenge was the question: “What products to use to take your lunch to work?” Because I’ve been doing this for a while now, I found out which things really work for me. In no particular order they are:
– Mason jars: beautiful, a jummy looking smoothie (my breakfast) in a gorgeous glass jar. These jars come in all sorts and sizes. A low jar with a ‘widemouth’ is perfect for a salad. The bigger jars are good for bringing and storing diced fruit. I also recycle jars from coconut oil or honey.
– One of my other favourite gadgets is the Boc’n’Roll: this is an alternative for the plastic lunch bag, alu foil or a plastic lunch box. What I like most about the Boc ‘n Roll is that it doubles as a tablemat, which is quite handy – also when you’re eating in the car or in the train. I use this mostly for taking bread with me. It fits 4 regular sized sandwiches. That’s more than enough for me. I usually only eat two.
– The Keep Leaf kind of looks like the Boc ‘n Roll: it fits two sandwiches. You can also use the Keep Leaf as a tablemat. Cleaning is easy: just throw it in the washing machine.
– Janet bought a Sistema to go salad box (see picture) three years ago. In the beginning I wasn’t really enthousiastic about it. But when I started breaking a few of my mason jars (I let them fall out of my hands, silly me) I went searching for something less breakable. The Sistema to go salad box smiled at me for just € 6,49 at Blokker and contains no BPA’s. It is now one of my favourite boxes to bring salads and it’s quite sustainable.
– My green Klean Kanteen thermos mug also deserves to be in this list: a must have for hot drinks in winter and cold drinks in summer.
Pretty soon the second part of this meal prepping suggestions blog post will be online and I will share with you where to find recipes and inspiration for preparing all of this healthy and delicious food!
Oh and of course I love to hear all about if you actually prep meals, what do you prepare and what do you use to take your meals to work? Let us know all about it beneath this blog.
And if you were wondering: this is not an advertorial. All items are purchased by me.
Curious to know where you can find sustainable, vegan, local and organic food in Groningen for your meal prepping? Then check this blog post.