How to Eat More Veggies: KISS for Meal Prep
Meal prep is awfully popular, and for good reason. It saves you time cooking throughout a busy week, allows you to budget better, keeps you on track with your goals and ensures you're hitting nutritional needs.
What ever diet you follow or dietary preferences you may have, including more vegetables will never steer you wrong. Sometimes, however, getting enough nutrients in can be difficult. It's why we consume juice and have to really fill out meals with higher quality produce.
While preparing food and getting enough nutrients can be difficult, being healthy should not be burdensome. It should be fun, light, provide peace of mind and leave you with a satisfied sense of accomplishment. For that reason I'm implementing, and urge you too as well, to KISS (Keep It Simple, Sexy).
Here are four simple, effective guiding tools you can use to make prepping your meals easier. I can assure you using these tips will help you enjoy prepping, pump you full of great nutrients and save you time.
1. Buy in season, buy local (or organic if you can).
Buying in season is pretty self explanatory. You purchase the produce that is currently most seasonally prime. Based on the time of year, and your geographical location, the available produce will vary. Certain fruits and vegetables only grow at specific times of the year, making the cost, existing nutrients and taste all superior to produce not seasonally harvested.
2. Look for colour.
Colour conveys nutrients. Each colour signifies specific nutrient density each vegetable holds. When you go to select your vegetables, aim to incorporate various colours into your cart. Fill your plate with colours. It's like the phrase you'll often hear to "eat the rainbow"–and you really should. By doing this, you're broadening your micronutrient consumption seamlessly.
3. Count nutrients, not calories.
This is a huge one! While we should be conscious of not over eating and being mindful of our caloric intake; you should ALWAYS preference nutrients over calories. This might mean choosing veggies over another food item in order to maximize your nutrient intake because no two foods are the same. 100 calories from a sweet potato are not the same as 100 calories from a piece of white bread or candy. Focus on getting in more nutrients from vegetables and minimize the non-nutrient rich foods in your diet.
4. Prep and Roast in bulk.
Cleaning, chopping and/or roasting your vegetables in bulk will allow you to easily grab and add more vegetable so every meal. Once a week, chop and prepare a variety of veggies such as carrots, potatoes, broccoli, zucchinni, onions, brussel sprouts, etc. and leave them in your fridge in containers. You can then grab a large amount out every three days and roast a bunch for dinner, lunch and garnishing.
To put it simply: eat more vegetables, eat in variety, buy in season, and cook in bulk. Try out these tips to get more vegetables into your life and improve your health. Thank you for reading and let me know if you try them out!