How to plan meals when you’re busy

How to plan meals when you’re busy

I lead a busy life, and I’m sure there’s many of you out there who do too. I have no time to cook during the week, as I’m up early and home late and then on my way to the gym before I let myself get too tired to not go. My everlasting question therefore is: how can I make sure I get plenty of food into my stomach that is not only healthy, but also tasty, yet doesn’t take up too much time? If that’s a question you’re struggling with as well, then read the rest of this post as I will be sharing my tips with you.

Tip 1: Save time in the mornings

I am not a morning person. I like to staying in bed as long as I can, so any steps that I can skip on my early mornings, is a bonus. one step I’ve been skipping is meal prep. I always bring my own lunch to work and I prep my meals the night before so I don’t have to cut any veggies with a foggy and drowsy brain. I gather every bit of food I plan on packing for work the next day and put it together on a shelf in my fridge so I can’t forget anything.

Tip 2: Use your spare time wisely

Apart from prepping meals the night before work, I also prep food during weekends. I don’t have time to cook once I get home so I do most of my cooking on the weekends. Usually I save Sunday’s as my cooking/ baking time. I make it the first thing I do that day, then I go through my pile of dishes and I have the rest of Sunday off to do whatever the heck I please.

Tip 3: Make lots at the same time

And when I’m cooking on Sunday I try to make it worth my while by making meals that I can make in bulk and store in the freezer. Cooking meals ahead of time and storing them in the freezer ready to be reheated when you need them makes for a quick and easy way to grab some healthy grub. Since you made it yourself you know exactly what went into it and shelf life is roughly 2 months so you can make for a bit more variation in you meals too.

Tip 4: Take it easy

I do like to try and make freshly cooked meals one other time of the week. But since I’m pressed for time I have to make sure they are easy meals that I can whip up in 10 minutes tops. I usually resort to eggs or smoothies. Omelettes with veggies such as spinach, mushrooms, bell pepper and cheese make a great dinner, boiled they are a quick and easy breakfast and if you want to go fancy you can always try turning them into muffins. Smoothies can also be a meal, but then I usually ensure they contain some form of veggie and protein powder to give them a bit more body. My current favorite is a beetroot smoothie with yoghurt and blueberries or raspberries.

Tip 5: Double it up

Lately, I’ve been finding meal prepping the night before a bit too much of a chore, so I’ve decided to do something a lot easier. I now eat dinner at lunch time. That’s right, instead of chopping up a salad at night, I simply take a meal from my freezer and heat that up at work. I am blessed to be working at a place which is equipped with a microwave. I now try to have that salad at night. So far I’ve been loving this change up as it makes for fresher salads and dinner time meals are much more appropriate for lunch I find.

How do you plan your meals at busy times?

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6 thoughts on “How to plan meals when you’re busy

      1. Ja, dat is het in principe ook en ik ben er wel veel mee bezig. Maar bijvoorbeeld in het weekend als ik s middags moet gaan werken, sla ik het ontbijt wel eens over als ik toch uitslaap en eet ik flink tijdens de lunch. Zo kan ik er met werken goed tegenaan.

  1. Hoi Maaike!

    Tijdje geleden dat ik gereageerd heb! Leuk artikel, ik vroeg me af welke proteĆÆne poeder jij gebruikt en waar je het koopt? Kan je dat ook aan je ontbijt toevoegen? Is dat een goede manier om meer proteĆÆnen binnen te krijgen als je vegetariĆ«r bent?
    Groetjes

    1. Ik heb een Raw protein met vanille smaak en die bevalt tot nu toe het beste. Het is een plantaardig proteine poeder dus ik denk dat het zeker een goede manier is om extra proteine binnen te krijgen. Ik koop de mijne bij De Tuinen. Daar hebben ze een kleine selectie plantaardige proteine poeders. Ik ga voor die met de minste zooi erin. En ja dit kun je in principe gewoon door de yoghurt roeren (wel goed roeren en meteen opeten), maar ik gebruik het eigenlijk het meest in smoothies.

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