We all start the week with the best of intentions – but then life gets in the way, leading us down the path of convenient high-street lunches, sugar-laden treats and post-drinks ready meals.
Luckily, with a bit of forward planning and some Sunday evening prep, staying on track becomes that bit easier.
Read on for SL’s top plan-ahead hacks for weekday healthy eating made simple...
1. Boiled Eggs
Prepare a batch of hard-boiled eggs to last you the week. They’re an ideal mid-morning snack, and make a useful and energy-boosting addition to homemade salads.
2. Grilled Chicken Veggie Bowls
For easy workday and evening dining, try cooking up a healthy but tasty batch of grilled chicken, brown rice and quinoa, plus simple veg (including green beans, broccoli and cauliflower). Take inspiration from Picky Palate and portion everything into Tupperware to keep you covered for several days.
3. Healthy Breakfast Bars
Prepare healthy breakfast bars you can munch in a minute for a time-effective and nutritious start to the day. Stick to a balanced mix of low-GI grains, protein-rich nuts and real fruit for a slow-release energy hit to last 'til lunch.
4. Homemade Granola or Muesli
So-called ‘healthy’ supermarket muesli and granola mixes are often full of disguised sugars, so get your day off to a good start by creating your own totally nasty-free blend instead.
5. Pre-Pack Salads
Follow this recipe from Popsugar for pre-pack salads you can store in your fridge for the week. Start with nutritious green leaves and hardy vegetables (including carrots, sweetcorn and chickpeas), divided into five Tupperware boxes. You can then add protein (from cheese to boiled eggs) and softer veg (including avocado) to the first three at once, leaving Thursday and Friday’s boxes until Wednesday evening. Keep things crisp by adding dressing at the last minute.
6. Mason Jars
From refrigerator oatmeal to layered salads, prepare mason jar options to stack your fridge with grab-and-go easy meals.
Cook up a batch of protein-rich energy balls to rely on for post-gym and mid-afternoon snacking. Just make sure you include the likes of oatmeal, chia seeds and nuts to keep blood sugars balanced.
8. Snacks - Veggie Crisps
Use a vegetable peeler to slice and roast up a batch of vegetables (including sweet potato, parsnip and beetroot), drizzled with a little olive oil and salt for an easy, non-processed snack fix to last all week.
Inspiration credits: EatingWell.com, BuzzFeed.com, VivienVeil.com, Favim.com/GetFit, Popsugar.com, TheWellDressedLife.com, FrugalLivingMum.com, DeliciouslyElla.com