Most people lead extremely busy lives and balancing work, kids, school and everything else in-between can be a challenge. When people are in a time crunch, usually healthy eating and cooking are left behind and replaced by unhealthy convenience food, fast food and snacks full of toxic ingredients and preservatives. It may seem unrealistic to imagine eating home-made meals and consuming healthy snacks each day of the week when there are so many other important things to do. But, with just a little bit of planning and prep work, healthy eating can become a reality for even the busiest people.
The main idea of meal-prepping is to set aside a couple hours on the weekend and prepare most or all your meals for the following week. The goal is to make eating healthy foods as convenient and accessible as possible for you during the week. This will reduce unhealthy eating and snacking on fast food or convenience foods because you’ll have all your meals and snacks available and ready to go when you need them. Not only will you reduce temptation of eating out, you’ll also save money! When portioning out the cost of a home-cooked meal versus take-out food, you’ll find that you get more bang for your buck when you cook yourself, plus it will most likely taste better too.
The Kalamazoo and Portage Markets are the perfect place to get all your meal ingredients, plus there are plenty of vendors who sell healthy home-made snacks that will assist in accelerating the meal-prep process. Below are some steps to begin your meal-prep journey:
Meal-prepping the first few times may feel long and meticulous, but once you get into the habit of having a specific day to shop and then prep, it will become a routine and won’t seem so hard. Below are some healthy ideas and products that the Markets offer that will assist in weekly meal-preps. Stop by every Saturday and Sunday!
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