The pictures of the whole week’s meals all stacked in matching containers is just so appealing. I don’t know about you, but all of my containers don’t match and every time I have tried to do this style of food prep I resent the 4-5 hours it takes. Then I have food I worked really hard on going off before I get to it.
I love the benefits of food prep – it really does make the week go more smoothly and you can use it as a tool to get in more nutrient density, waste less food, and save money.
My style has really changed though and I stopped following the model that every meal for the whole week has to be made in one stretch (I still watch the videos though – they are very satisfying and they do give me good ideas!)
Now I use more of a capsule style with my nutrition (think capsule wardrobe – key good quality pieces that can all be used interchangeably together).
My current capsule looks like this:
So now for execution, all I have to do is make sure I always have a few things from each category in my fridge at all times. I generally spend a couple of small (like an hour or less) times each week preparing a couple of items that fit in one or more categories.
If the week is busier and I don’t have the time for any prep, I can just grab some frozen vegetables (so underutilized – basically cheap, nutrient dense, pre-prepared vegetables!) and pre-made ferments from the store or farmers’ market.
Grocery shopping is much easier too. I just need to buy a couple of things for each category. I can plan it all out if that feels fun or I can literally just get stuff for each category and know that it will all go together.
I think every style of food preparation (or lack thereof) is great. Be sure to do what works for you! I just see a lot of people struggling to do food prep and to eat the way they really want to be eating. If this is you, I gently invite you to not worry about making the prep look magazine worthy and just focus on what works for you. It may be as simple as these few things are my capsule.
Does this leave you with any questions or any areas you would like me to write future blogs about? Please let me know in the comments!