8 Healthy Meal-Prep Recipes for an Easy Week (+ more)
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When I was breastfeeding my twins in their first year, I had good intentions to be healthier, but with the lack of sleep and trying to eat on the fly, I had my fair share of carbs and sugar. So lately, I’ve been trying to focus more on healthy meal-prepping different recipes.
Once my twins started sleeping through the night, I began changing my diet around, eating better, and exercising more. This helped me get back to my postpartum weight that I felt I would never see again.
This is why I want to share 15 healthy meal-prep recipes that have helped me.
Cutting out Carbs
Now, the hardest part is giving up the carbs (for the most part!) and cutting back on sugar.
Once I did this for about two-three weeks, I noticed my cravings were pretty much gone. I also only had a cheat meal once a week.
Occasionally, I would have a small cup of juice, and to curb the sugar cravings, I chewed gum.
Now that I’ve met my goal of around 10 lbs of weight loss, I’m not as strict as I was.
Meal-Prep is Crucial
The meal-prep side is critical because the key is to have your meals prepped, so you don’t grab something unhealthy when hunger strikes.
I’m so busy during my homeschooling days that I often don’t realize what time it is and am super hungry. So, having a meal ready is good for me to grab and warm up.
Here are my 5 top healthy meal-prep lunch and dinner recipes to get you through the week. These have helped me lose weight and feel great:
Broccoli, sweet potato, and chicken breasts. The protein from the chicken and the healthy carbs from the sweet potato will leave you feeling full for a while.
The challenge is eating the sweet potato because I’m really not a fan unless it’s in a pie.
But we’re talking diet here. (Tip: Make multiple meals from this dish. Ideally, lunch and dinner for a couple of days. Add some teriyaki sauce or honey mustard sauce to your chicken for extra flavor.)
Quinoa, sauteed zucchini, onion, + mushrooms, and scallops. Scallops are healthy seafood for dieting. They are high in lean protein. (Tip: Add some soy sauce to make it like a stir fry.
Again, make a couple of these to last you for lunch and dinner.)
Turkey meatballs with cauliflower rice and asparagus. I make my meatballs faster in the air fryer, and I buy the cauliflower rice frozen and steam-ready.
If you want to buy your asparagus frozen and steam ready, that’s also an option, but I usually get mine fresh and bake it in the oven.
Salmon and sautéed veggies. Some veggies that I saute’ are zucchini, eggplant, + yellow squash or broccoli, cauliflower, and mushrooms.
Pre-made salad. You can purchase these from your local grocery, or save money and make the salad yourself.
The only thing is you have to eat these fast before they spoil. I like mine loaded with celery, spinach, apples, strawberries, cheese, avocado, cucumbers, and tomatoes.
I also like to have an organic Italian dressing or Greek vinaigrette dressing because many dressings have additional additives and sugar. It’s probably even healthier to make your own if you have time.
Ground Turkey and Zucchini Noodles with pasta sauce. Season your ground turkey to taste; you can buy the zucchini noodles pre-packaged, or you can purchase a zucchini noodle spiralizer as I have here:
An (overall) quick and insanely delicious recipe.
Egg-White Turkey Omelet with Spinach and a Smoothie. This recipe is SO delicious. I occasionally add some sauteed mushrooms. Add the smoothie, and you’ll stay full for a while. (Tip: I like smoothies with almond milk, bananas, and frozen strawberries!)
Tomato and Eggplant soup. This recipe can last you several days and can even be frozen. By far one of my favorite soups EVER! It’s simply savory and amazing for a cold day.
The tricky part can be finding the fennel bulb. I’ve had success at a LIDL close to my home.
The best part is that my kids don’t like it, so more for me!
Check out the recipe here.
Most of these recipes can be cooked and stored in your refrigerator – potentially saving you time from having to cook.
I like to spend more time in the kitchen making these meals and not having to worry about cooking them daily.
It doesn’t always work out that way, but it is ideal.
Then, I toss my food in the type of meal containers you see above because they are stackable and easy to clean. (*As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.*)
Don’t forget to have some healthy snacks on the side to help between your meals like nuts, fruit, raw veggies, and healthy chips if you’re craving an extra crunch and salt – which are my favorite!
Another key tip is to make sure you are not up eating past 7:30-8:00 p.m.
Going to bed at a decent hour also helps curb the hunger pangs.
The longer you stay up, the hungrier you will be and the more tempted you’ll get to grab an unhealthy snack.
Keep up the meal prepping and eating healthy; you’ll start feeling better in no time.
Did you find these recipes delicious? What’s your favorite meal-prep recipe?