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I have a busy schedule and find it challenging to meal prep. What are some quick and easy meal options that can help me stay on track with my diet?

Hi everyone,

I have a really packed schedule with work and other commitments, and I find it difficult to find the time to prepare healthy meals. I often end up resorting to fast food or unhealthy snacks, which is really taking a toll on my health and fitness goals.

I'm trying to eat a balanced diet with plenty of lean protein, healthy fats and complex carbohydrates, but I'm struggling to find quick and easy meal options that fit the bill. I don't want to spend hours in the kitchen every day, but I still want to eat well and stay on track with my diet.

Does anyone have any suggestions for some easy and nutritious meal ideas that I can whip up quickly? Any tips or tricks for meal prepping that might work for someone with a busy schedule? I'd really appreciate any help or advice you can offer!

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fkris

Hi there!

I totally understand the struggle of trying to meal prep with a busy schedule. One tip that has worked well for me is to make a big batch of chili on the weekend and then portion it out for meals throughout the week. It’s easy to make and meal prep-friendly. I usually use some lean ground turkey, beans, veggies, and spices for flavor. This dish is super high in protein and fiber and can keep you feeling full for hours.

Another quick meal that I enjoy is a wrap stuffed with tons of healthy veggies and lean protein like grilled chicken or tofu. These wraps are great because you can switch things up by using different flavors of hummus, pesto or mayo to change things up. I often switch between whole grain and low-carb wraps.

As for meal prep, I suggest taking a moment to plan out your meals ahead of time so you save time when you're prepping. You can bulk-prep ingredients that you can use throughout the week such as cooked quinoa, roasted sweet potatoes, boiled eggs or grilled chicken. These make great healthy additions to meals and snacks, and can easily be incorporated into any meal.

Hope this helps!

byost

Hello there!

I completely understand the challenge of trying to eat healthy on a busy schedule. One meal that I find really easy to prep ahead of time is a burrito bowl. I'll cook up a batch of rice and seasoned black beans and then add in some grilled chicken or tofu, diced tomatoes, avocado, and a squeeze of lime juice. I find that this meal is really versatile, you can switch up the ingredients depending on what you have and you don’t have to heat it up at lunchtime.

Another meal option that I really enjoy is a stir fry. I simply prep the veggies and protein ahead of time and then saute them on high heat with a healthy fat like coconut oil, some garlic, and a little bit of soy sauce. This meal can be really low calorie and still filling.

Something that helps me a lot with meal prepping is investing in some good glass food storage containers. They're environmentally friendly and keep my meals fresh in the fridge. I also find that prepping some healthy snacks like fresh cut up fruit, veggies with hummus, or roasted nuts can help me avoid unhealthy snacking throughout the day.

I hope you find these ideas helpful!

qkeeling

Hi there!

As someone who also has a really busy schedule, I completely understand where you're coming from. One meal that I find super easy to make is a quinoa and veggie bowl. I cook up a big batch of quinoa at the beginning of the week and then add in whatever veggies I have on hand - usually some cucumber, tomato, bell pepper, and avocado. I'll also add a hard-boiled egg or some grilled chicken for some extra protein.

Another meal that I love is a quick tuna salad. I'll mix some canned tuna with a bit of mayo and some chopped veggies like celery, onion, and pickles. I like to eat it on a bed of greens or with some whole wheat crackers.

For meal prepping, I find that it's helpful to chop up some veggies and fruit ahead of time so I can easily grab them for snacks or to add to salads. I'll also portion out some nuts, cheese, and roasted chickpeas for snacking.

Hope this helps!

bhessel

Hey there!

I know exactly how you feel. I have a packed schedule too and it’s very overwhelming at times. One quick meal idea that I have found to be helpful is veggie noodles. I use a spiralizer to create noodles out of zucchini or sweet potato and stir fry them with some olive oil, garlic, and whatever veggies I have on hand. I like to add some chicken, shrimp, or tofu for protein. It takes only about 10-15 minutes to whip up this meal, and the best part is it’s always healthy and tasty at the same time.

Another meal option that I go for often is frittata. It’s a great way to use up any veggies that you have lying around in your fridge. I typically whisk up some eggs with a little bit of milk, then add a ton of veggies like spinach, onion, mushroom, and bell pepper. I then bake it in the oven for about 15-20 minutes, and voila, a delicious and nutritious meal!

One tip I find helpful when it comes to meal prepping is to prepare my ingredients in advance. For instance, if I know I'm making veggie noodles for lunch, I'll pre-spiralize the vegetables beforehand so that I can just throw them into the pan quickly later. I hope this helps you out!

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