Meal prep is something we’re all familiar with. We know it comes with a slew of benefits and can be the dealbreaker between an organised or disorganised week. And whether or not you’ve gotten into the routine of planning your meals, chances are you aren’t meal prepping your snacks.
We’re well into the nationwide lockdown and you’re probably getting the hang of things. Homeschooling, working from home, staying on top of your housework. But what can be said about your eating habits? And while we’re definitely advocates for the odd bowl of ice-cream or a savoured few blocks of chocolate, these foods can’t be our staple diet. It remains vitally important for our immune systems to be strong, and nutritiously balanced meals help ensure this.
If you’re anything like us, the lockdown has involved many a trip to the fridge and pantry. And somehow we always find that we’re not leaving the kitchen empty-handed. All this extra snacking has to go somewhere in our bodies.. right?
This is why we need to be meal-prepping our snacks.
Other great reasons to meal prep include:
- You will have better control over the portions you eat.
- You’re bound to save money when you’re not buying all the unnecessary stuff.
- You will eliminate surprises and hidden kilojoules.
- You can endeavour to improve your cooking skills by trying different techniques and recipes.
- You will always have something ready to go when feeling peckish
5 Healthy meal prep snacks to try:
1. Crackers and cottage cheese
The combination of protein and carbs helps you stay full between meals and its super easy to make. Just pre-portion your crackers into Tupperware containers or sandwich bags. Then portion your cottage cheese into a small container – make sure to store this in the fridge. You could also include some veggies with this yummy snack.
2. Protein-packed chocolate balls
These little balls of bliss can be ready in less than 5 minutes. It’s great if you have a sweet tooth.
Here is a recipe that we love:
3. Hard-boiled eggs
What could be easier than boiling a few eggs? Boil quite a few at the beginning of the week and store them in the fridge. You will have them ready to go in an instant. Get creative with the seasoning you decide to use. Instead of salt and pepper, why not try some dried chilli flakes, or even fresh herbs and cumin. Add something with your egg to have a more rounded out snack. Maybe an apple or some chopped bell pepper.
4. Batch made dips
There’s nothing like being able to dip a chip or a veggie stick into something delicious. We suggest making batches of your own homemade dips. The options are endless. Savoury or sweet, spicy or mild. And the bonus that comes with making it yourself is that you know what is going into it. No nasties or extra sugar.
Popcorn is super healthy and satisfying too. We make it unhealthy by adding less healthy ingredients. Adding butter to your popcorn, for example, increases the amount of saturated fats which has a bad effect on our cholesterol. It is possible to make healthy popcorn by popping it with just air and then flavouring it with something healthier. Take a look at this idea from Jamie Oliver: