Don’t Stress, Just Prep

One of the biggest reasons college students eat junk in college, besides financial reasons and drunk munchies, is that they find themselves with 10 minutes to get to class and no time to make a healthy meal or snack.  It’s so easy to grab Jimmy John’s or heat up some Easy Mac when you’re in a
rush and hangry.  The easiest way to prevent this is to simply make meals in bulk ahead of time and reheat them when you’re hungry.  Bodybuilders and fitness gurus will use this technique and refer to it as meal-prepping; call it what you will, it doesn’t even matter if you’re crazy about fitness, it’s a great tactic to prevent last minute munchies.
The easiest day to cook your meals for the week is Sunday.  Besides studying, most college students don’t have a lot to get done on Sundays. I would recommend
only making one big meal when you first start doing this.  A lot of people like to make 2-3 different meals so they don’t get bored, but I found when I tried to do this 1 or 2 of the meals red-lunch-green-knollingwould go completely untouched, or I would only end up eating one serving of it before I threw it out.  Starting small and simple is the key to changing any habit, so you don’t get overwhelmed and give up altogether. An easy way to keep up with your meal prepping is to track it on a to-do list.

Picking meals that will keep well in the refrigerator and are fairly simple to make is an easy task with the help of the internet.  Pinterest is a great place to start looking for meals that interest you.  Another useful tip is just to type a few ingredients into google followed by “recipe” and see what pops up.  This tip can be particularly helpful if you already have a couple of fresh items in your fridge and don’t know how to throw them together into a tasty meal. One of my favorite blogs to find easy recipes that are both tasty and healthy is Skinny Taste.  Some of my favorite recipes I’ve personally made from that blog or the accompanying recipe books are the Brussels Sprouts and Sausage Parsnip Spiralized Pasta, the Quinoa Huevos Rancheros Bowls, and the Salisbury Steak Meatballs.

Prepping your food ahead of time will make your life so much easier. It will give you one less thing to worry about during your busy week and get the nutrients your body needs! Feel free to use the template below to plan out your meals during the week!

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Happy prepping!

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