Keep key ingredients stocked in order to be able to put together a balanced meal at a moment’s notice. A good stocked would include:
• 2-3 Protein Sources
• 2-3 Types of Fruit
• 1 Bag Leafy Greens
• 2-3 Pre-Cut Veggies
• Quick-Cook Whole Grain
Maintain a stocked pantry too! Having staples on hand is a great way to streamline your meal prep process and simplify menu creation.
Here are a few examples of healthy and versatile foods to keep in your pantry:
• Whole grains: brown rice, quinoa, oats, bulgur, whole-wheat pasta, polenta
• Legumes: canned or dried black beans, garbanzo beans, pinto beans, lentils
• Canned goods: low-sodium broth, tomatoes, tomato sauce, artichokes, olives, corn, fruit (no added sugar), tuna, salmon, chicken
• Oils: olive, avocado, coconut
• Baking essentials: baking powder, baking soda, flour, cornstarch
• Other: Almond butter, peanut butter, potatoes, mixed nuts, dried fruit
Keep a variety of spices on hand as well
Herbs and Spices add flavor and can make a difference to any meal.
If you don’t already have a solid stash of dried herbs and spices, just pick up 2–3 jars of your favorites each time you go grocery shopping and slowly build a collection.
Before you sit down to make your meal plan, Shop your pantry/freezer/refrigerator first