When faced with the prospect of cooking from scratch or grabbing something from a freezer case or drive-through, many people choose the most convenient option at the expense of nutrition. Set yourself up for healthy eating all week long by doing some prep work on the weekend. Suddenly, pulling something from your fridge or freezer will become the most convenient – and appealing – option.
Packing salads into mason jars is super easy and will create an instant portable lunch perfect for healthy eating. Jar salads can be the perfect healthy lunch for combating the effects of sitting too long at your desk. Start by pouring a few tablespoons of dressing into the bottom of a clean jar. Add hearty veggies that won’t fall apart in the dressing, layer in your protein of choice, and fill the rest of the jar with leafy greens.
Some combinations to try:
When you’re ready to eat, pour the salad into a bowl and mix it up. If you want to use perishable items like avocado, add them just before eating.
A big batch of soup will last you all week, or longer. Plus, you can adjust the ingredients you use depending on what you have on hand. To make your soup easy to reheat, ladle single servings of cooled soup into freezer bags, and freeze the bags on a cookie sheet. Grab a single serving to microwave at mealtime, or heat it up in a saucepan.
A few ideas to try:
Burritos freeze really well, and they make the perfect delivery system for healthy veggies and protein.
Combinations to try:
Wrap your ingredients tightly in a tortilla, and then wrap each burrito in foil and freeze. Reheat them in the microwave or oven.