Lit In the Kitch: 7 Tips to Help You Overcome Prep Panic!
Why We Prep:
Meal prepping is not only an amazing way to save time, but it is also an important way to become more tuned in with our body's needs, along with being a stress reducer. Taking the mental energy spent on deciding what to eat each day can be taxing. Having healthy and nutritious meals prepared frees up more of that time and energy for other things you have on your to-do list each day! We love combining food prepping with journaling to track where you are growing and what feels best when it comes to what you eat!
If you are anything like us, food might not be the first thing on your mind when you get up in the morning. With that said, we know that it is important to get a balanced breakfast because it helps with concentration, energy, and overall health. If you are struggling with getting your first meal in the morning, preparing something ahead of time that's easy to grab, whip up, or heat up can make things super simple and fast in the morning. We like making large batches of egg cups, smoothies, and baked goods for mornings where you know you’ll either be rushed or lazy. It only takes one day to prep and then you’re set for the week! Pair with a favorite fruit that you know you’ll eat with breakfast like an apple or an orange. They are also nature’s “fast food” so no preparation needed besides washing!
Canna Tip: When the option is available to you, having a nice wake & bake sesh with a Sativa always is great for stimulating our appetites in the morning.
If you feel like you’re having a hard time getting in your protein and feel extra hungry at night, or your munchies are feeling out of control, preparing meals with 20-30g of protein can help you feel satisfied and prevent overeating.
Grass-fed collagen powder can be added to any liquid without any taste or texture and makes it easy to increase your protein intake. You can also add it to baked goods so you’re getting extra protein with your carbs.
We recommend preparing your favorite protein-rich foods on one day so that they’re ready to eat easily in the fridge for the next few days following. If you’re not a leftovers kind of person, having a slow cooker can be a great way to prep in the morning or the night before so that it’s fresh and ready to eat and stays warm!
Whether you’re hungry but too busy to make a healthy meal or not thinking about food because you’re in the zone with whatever you’re doing, you need to eat every 2-4 hours to keep your metabolism fast and blood sugar stable so you don’t end up hangry and exhausted which leads to making poor food choices. Setting alarms on your phone when it’s time for a snack or a meal is a huge key to getting better at eating proper meals.
We eat because we love our bodies. We should treat them the way we would care for a child. Would you have them go hours without eating? Then why do that to yourself? Fill your fridge and cabinets with easy to eat snacks. Foods that don’t require much effort like yogurt, fruit, organic cheese, freshly squeezed juices, healthy chocolate milk, grass-fed jerky, and healthy chips. There are so many options! Keeping your favorite healthy snacks stocked, will make eating healthier much easier!
You can also pre-wash veggies for snacking and store them in water to keep fresh, but we don't recommend storing them for more than a day or so as they will lose nutritional value. You’re more likely to eat some carrots if they’re already washed, peeled, and cut up.
Besides making sure you have healthy snacks, you have to make sure you’re eating balanced meals so you’re not starving every hour or binging at night before bed. If you feel your munchies and cravings are out of control, it could just be you’re super hungry from not getting a proper balance of carbs and protein with each meal. The combination of both keeps you feeling your best and full longer. Also, adding a bit of healthy fat increases the satisfaction of a meal.
Prepping healthy carbs like root veggies, rice, and fruit can go perfectly with your prepped proteins. To make prepping even easier, prepare whole meals with carbs and protein already combined instead of separate containers of proteins and carbs. We love things like soups, casseroles, enchiladas, and stir-fry, but the possibilities are endless. You can prep any delicious and homemade meal that you enjoy!
Canna Tip: If you know you are consuming a strain that really kicks your munchies into overdrive, be prepared with healthy nutritional snacks that will keep you nourished and hydrated!
Do your delivery people know you by name? Hate cooking? We get it. Sometimes you’re not in the mood to cook or you’re starving and unprepared in your fridge. Try to make it a goal to cook mostly at home, and then schedule 1-3 delivery meals to treat-yo-self.
If you’re not much of a cook, it doesn’t have to be a complicated meal, just something easy enough to throw together. Planning just allows you to make sure you know what you’re going to make in advance so you’re ready and you won’t be tempted to order out.
If you are like us, the weekend can be the hardest time to stick to our meal plan, you have made it through a week of hard work, and you want to treat yourself to something amazing, we get it! To avoid losing track of your goals, you can plan and prep your meals on Friday so you know exactly what you want to eat and can even allow yourself some extra self-care munchies to feel like you’re still treating yo-self!
Buy a special dessert or treat solely for the weekends so you can still find a way to make it feel special. Find some easy recipe replacements for your favorite weekend splurges, that you can make at home. We like movie nights with healthy snacks like popcorn and fruit snacks or some good quality ice cream. It is all about balance, so have fun and enjoy yourself!
You can also meal prep your infused treats! Making a large batch of your favorite consumables is a great way to portion out your consumption and save some time! Make sure to keep them in airtight containers in the proper temperature conditions.