Hi, everyone! We are Alexis and Ariana, twin sisters behind the Instagram account, Twinstahealth! We are so excited to be writing our third guest post! Since the summer is dwindling and work mode is in full force, we decided it would be the perfect opportunity to share some meal prep ideas with you all. These easy, meal-prepped lunches are a great way to save time and stay balanced during the week.
We love to cook, but there are certain foods we like to prep ahead of time. These include lean protein, grains, and roasted vegetables. We like to create a bowl from what we prepared. This gives us options depending on what we are in the mood for.
Chickpea pasta, farro, and quinoa are some bases we typically prep before the work week. These grains are high in protein and contain complex carbs, keeping you full and satisfied throughout the rest of the day. Grains are typically inexpensive as well! For more of a crunch, we will purchase enough greens to last the week. Romaine and butter lettuce are our favorites because they last longer and hold toppings and dressings well.
As for our lean protein sources, we like to roast or grill enough chicken for the week. Another cost-effective option is buying a rotisserie chicken in the grocery store which you can use to add to a salad for lunch or a meal at dinnertime. If you love eggs and do not have enough time in the morning to make them for your breakfast, you can hard-boil them as an alternative (we highly suggest buying the Dash Rapid Egg Cooker that perfectly boils 6 eggs at once!) Roasted chickpeas or beans are vegan options for protein that you can cook to save time, too.
As for toppings, we typically add roasted vegetables. If you follow our Instagram, you know we are no strangers to roasted broccoli, cauliflower, sweet potatoes, and zucchini.
To switch up the flavors of each meal, we make homemade sauces and dressings. For example, we like to make a jar of kale pea pesto or sundried tomato sauce to store in the fridge. These can be added to pasta or drizzled on roasted veggies.
If you have a sweet tooth like us, you can meal prep a dessert as well. This can be healthy muffins, your favorite banana bread, or peanut butter cups (our personal favorite)!
The key to meal prep is carving out some time at the end of the week and making a plan. Typically, we use glass containers for our meals and Stasher bags to store baked goods or snacks. We believe that meal prep does not have to be the same exact meal every day! We hope these ideas spark your creativity for the week ahead!
*Images source: @Twinstahealth