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HOW IMPORTANT IS MEAL PREP?

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EATING HEALTHY is so much easier if you prep your meals in advance. We probably all know that feeling of coming home late, being super hungry and feeling too lazy to start cooking a healthy meal. Most likely we open the fridge and go for something that´s ready to eat – in my case that is usually fruit which is why I sometimes end up having lots of fruit for dinner instead of cooking a proper meal. There is is nothing wrong with having fruit for dinner 🙂 but I find it way more satisfying to cook a warming dinner especially when it gets colder.

MEAL PREPPING is the key to staying on track.

Even before I was vegan, I used to always bring my own food to school and later on to modeling jobs. When I lived in Hong Kong for 3 months, I went to the market every morning and bought lots of different vegetables for dinner. I often cooked up a big batch of veggies – butternut squash, carrots, peas, broccoli, enoki mushrooms, shiitake mushrooms, zucchini and cherry tomatoes with brown rice potatoes or rice noodles. 🙂 That way I had a delicious lunch sorted for the next day!

You can easily do the same with fruit boxes, home made oatmeal or muesli. I used to make my own muesli when I was younger – mix of oats, almonds, cashews, linseeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and golden raisins + fruits like bananas, Berries and Grapes + Soy or Coconut Yoghurt. 🙂 It´s such a filling and delicious breakfast or lunch and super easy to take with you. I now love to eat fresh fruits for breakfast and always carry one or two tupper ware boxes like the ones below to university.

I also love the spend an hour on a Sunday night to wash up greens for smoothies, to cut up veggies and to pre pack portions for the week. That way it only takes a few minutes to make a smoothie in the morning or to throw a healthy salad together at night. 🙂

QUICK FACTS 

  • Always cook for two
  • Buy Tupperware / Glass Containers
  • Freeze leftovers
  • Pre wash greens, potatoes, vegetables
  • Pre wash fruits like apples, pears, peaches, grapes
  • Cut up veggies like bell pepper, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, zucchini, radish, carrots
  • Cut up fruits like melons, papaya, pineapple, mangos
  • Stock up on bananas so they have time to ripen up
  • Buy a large box of medjool dates to make sure you have a healthy sweet snack at home
  • Prepare baked & steamed potatoes, sweet potato, rice and quinoa and keep them in the fridge for a quick healthy dinner during the week

Hope you find these tips helpful. 🙂 What are your habits for healthy meal prepping? Would love to know in the comments!! It´s always so nice to get new ideas too. 🙂

xx Caroline

15 comments

Emilie September 12, 2017 Reply

Hi Caroline! I also bring lunchbox at work (usually fruits and nuts), i think it’s really easier than preparing a real meal. But as i often come late at home i tend to eat fruits for dinner too… How often do you eat pulses in a week? I don’t really like them so it’s not easy for me to cook this after a day at work….
Thanks for all your tips and for being such an inspiration 🙂

Emilie
(Hope your understand anything with my “fren-glish”!!)

    Caroline Deisler September 23, 2017 Reply

    HI Emilie 🙂
    Thank you so much!! 🙂 So happy to hear that you feel inspired! 🙂
    If you love to have fruits for dinner as well, thats awesome and there is noting wrong with that! Fruits are so easy to digest, high in water, high in fibre and have tons of vitamins and minerals. Try to make a green smoothie once a day or at least every second day to get enough leafy greens into your diet!:) Greens a really important too and give you lots of protein and other minerals. 🙂

    I eat things like lentils, beans, quinoa around twice a week. I love lentil soups and add chickpeas and quinoa to curries but they are not my number 1 favorite vegan food either !:)

    Hope that helps!
    xx Caroline

maddy September 12, 2017 Reply

hey Carloline
I would love to see your morning routine or tips for those who have to go to work/ school early but even though want to start healthy in the day.

sending you lots of love
Maddy

    Caroline Deisler September 23, 2017 Reply

    Hi Maddy 🙂

    Thank you so much!! I love to start my day with lots of water, a green juice or a green smoothie. Greens are so nutritious, prevent cravings and give you tons of energy which makes them perfect for a breakfast smoothie. 🙂 I also love to go for an early morning run and take my bike to Uni.

    Hope that helps:)
    xx Caroline

Sarah September 12, 2017 Reply

Hi Caroline! I always find your blog post very very inspiring and I love seeing your Instagram stories and posts day by day.
Since I’m a university student I use to prepare my food ahead, but sometimes I have doubts about foods conservation. Could you do a post saying how long cooked rice/potatoes and cut fruit and veggies can stay in the fridge? Thanks

    Caroline Deisler September 23, 2017 Reply

    Hi Sarah 🙂
    Thank you so much!! 🙂 So happy to hear that you feel inspired!!
    I usually wash greens, fruits and cut up veggies for 2 days. If you keep them in containers they last quite long but I do love to the feeling of it being still fresh so 2 days work great for me:) Potatoes, rice, sweet potatoes, quinoa also easily last for 2-3 days.:-)
    If you cook veggie soups, veggie curries, risotto etc. in big batches, I would freeze it and take it out the night before.

    Hope that helps! 🙂
    xx Caroline

    Caroline Deisler September 13, 2017 Reply

    Hi Ellie 🙂 Exactly I totally agree 🙂
    xx Caroline

Franca September 13, 2017 Reply

Hi Caroline 🙂 just another great blogpost’! Meal prep is so important!
I tend to use a lot of frozen vegetables like spinach and broccoli for quicker meals and always snack carry on cherry tomatoes, bell peppers and apples – I love to eat bell peppers like apples
I usually also always have baked sweet potatoes and or cooked potatoes in the fridge for quick snacks and meals, I also find them way more satiating left in the fridge over night.

Please never stop doing what you do for this lifestyle and the community, you are definitely my favourite blogger out there.

Lots of love, Franca ❤️

    Caroline Deisler September 13, 2017 Reply

    Hit Franca 🙂 Thank you so much for the kind comment!! It really means a lot to me! 🙂 I also love to snack on cherry tomatoes and love to eat bell peppers like apples :):)
    Sending you a big hug! xx Caroline

Jamie September 13, 2017 Reply

Hello please I don’t understand what I’m doing wrong I have been on this lifestyle for nearly a year and I am not losing weight I lost a bit initially and it has stopped and I gained weight. I eat very low fat and also so exerciseX I have done all your tips but I still have a big bloated belly. Also I was wondering what causes acid delux? You said eat till your full and sometimes more but when I eat more potatoes I get acid reflux and maybe even a headache? I digest so much better with white rice ?? I am gaining weight ervywbere !!! I see no changes and I don’t eat much fat at all! No fat just fruit and rice and veg

    Caroline Deisler September 23, 2017 Reply

    Hi Jamie 🙂

    have you ever done a colon cleanse? A series of colonics usually help so much with bloating and especially if you have been on this lifestyle for a while, your body detoxed a lot and its a great way to flush out toxins. Other than that, I don’t think this diet is primarily about weight loss. I always focused on all the benefits like being super happy and balanced, having endless energy, better sleep, better skin and feeling more confident. If you feel better eating rice instead of potatoes, thats totally fine. We all have our favorite foods and I always suggest to listen to your body and find what works best for you!:)

    Hope that helps:)!
    xx Caroline

Alex September 16, 2017 Reply

Hi Caroline,
I just recently found your bloq. I really enjoy reading about healthy foodintake.
I am wondering what fruits you buy in winter in Europe. In summer the markets and supermarkets offer diverse fruits, but in winter the supply is little, I think.
I also like to know how much you prepare for the week. Do you prepare eg all the fruits you are going to eat during the week? Aren’t there some fruits which are not that fresh anymore after being cut up for several days?

    Caroline Deisler September 23, 2017 Reply

    Hi Alex 🙂
    Thank you so much!! So glad to hear that you feel inspired! MY main source of carbs during the winter months are dates (20-25 per day), bananas (I buy a lot at once and leave them to ripen up for a few days), apples and potatoes, sweet potatoes, pumpkin. I also love kaki fruits and mandarins when they come in season!:-) I usually wash greens, cut up veggies and pre wash fruits for 2-3 days.

    Hope that helps!:)
    xx Caroline

Agnieszka October 23, 2017 Reply

Hi Caroline,
Your posts are very motivating.
Can you write what you eat during the day?

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