Making meals ahead of time saves you a bunch of time, and if you are used to eating out, it will certainly save you money (and calories) in the long run!
When your meals are already prepared, there is no excuse not to eat good food! Life is hectic and when school is heavy on my plate, I tend to make poor food choices or not eat at all. Meal prepping helps me tremendously because the food is already prepared and ready to go!
One of my favorite things to prep ahead of time for lunches is salads. They are quick, easy, and delicious! I tend to do all of my meal prepping on Sundays, so that by Monday, I am all ready to go.
I start preparing my salads by planning what type of salads I will be making that week. I am someone who could eat the same thing for days without getting tired of it, so I generally plan to have the same ingredients on my salads for that week.
First, I start preparing the proteins for my salad. This varies from grilled or baked chicken, a chopped up turkey burger, tofu, chickpeas, quinoa, lentils, nuts, and avocado, just to name a few!
While my protein is cooking, I wash my fruits and vegetables, and lay them out on a big kitchen towel, which makes it easy to wash them all at once.
I then dry them, and slice them up. I put each of my produce into separate containers so that I can not only use the vegetables for other purposes, such as omelettes or sautéed side dishes, but I can also assemble my salads in the morning buffet-style. When my vegetables and fruits are washed, chopped, and ready to eat, I eat them!
I put produce protector over my fruits and vegetables to keep them fresh and to prevent browning.
The good thing is, throwing the lettuce in a container in the morning only takes a matter of seconds, and when your toppings are ready, the hard part is already done!
What are your favorite salad toppings?