The Best Clean Eating Meal Prep Ideas
6. Have trusty containers.
Ok this one is big. You have to have containers that you can easily see what is inside of them, that keeps your food fresh and that aren’t a pain in the rear to open and close. I really really love the Rubbermaid® BRILLIANCE™ line.
They are 100% Leak Proof. Guaranteed. This is crucial for salmonella freaks like me. Seriously when you close them you can actually hear them sealing but the best part is you don’t need to get a wrench from the garage to open them back up.
How many of you have struggled to open your food containers? I honestly threw one away one time because I was pregnant and hormonal and I couldn’t get it open and I was just over it.
These containers have these really easy to open latches on the side and maybe I’m just dramatic but when I’m forcing myself to eat celery for a snack it better be in an easy-to-open container or I’m falling right off the wagon.
The 10 pc BRILLIANCE™ set is not only sleek and pretty (which I love bc hello I write a style blog) but they are also stain and odor resistant, crystal clear so you can see what is inside, splatter resistant for the microwave and they also stack perfectly.
I really don’t know what else to say other than I heart these containers so much. If you are looking to up your refrigerator style game then you need to check out the 10 pc BRILLIANCE™ set from Rubbermaid® without delay.
You can get it here or it is also available nationwide at Walmart, Bed Bath & Beyond, Target, Amazon and other fine retailers. I gave a set to two of my friends and they absolutely love them.
One is a maker of soups and all things homemade and the other is a hoarder of candy and cheeses and they are both equally addicted to them.
7. Keep your eye on the prize.
I’m sure you have all read the article in the health magazines that say have healthy snacks at eye level but it’s so important. There are entire studies on product marketing that prove this fact to be true and it’s why all the big brands pay the big bucks to be eye-level in grocery stores.
I buy healthy snacks like grapes and carrots and celery in bulk. I put part of them in my Rubbermaid® BRILLIANCE™ containers right at eye level and the rest I store in those handy but easily forgotten fruit and veggie drawers.
Maybe I am weak minded but I’m much more likely to reach for a carrot or stick of celery when it’s the first thing I see.
8. Force a habit.
This is the hardest of the steps because it deals with commitment. You have to commit to making this a success and turning over a new healthy leaf. This means that you are going to have to fake it until you make it with some of your vices.
The hardest thing ever for me was learning to like black coffee. I am a coffee connoisseur. Some of my favorite memories from traveling to Israel, Italy and Paris was the coffee I got to drink. Espresso and Cappuccinos are a LOVE LANGUAGE for me.
I honestly think I could survive off or coffee alone or at least I would die a happy death. If you know you know and if you don’t then you probably think I’m a freak but I obviously don’t care.
In the beginning I loathed the taste of black coffee but obviously needed the espresso (thank you two children under age three) so I would let my coffee cool down and chug it with my nose held.
This is trick I learned from one of my nurse friends and I will be forever indebted to her. Slowly but surely I would take more and more time to drink this black poison and once I was riding my body of all the excess sugar I actually started to like it. However I want to be perfectly clear I plan on picking up my Cappuccino addiction asap.
9. Have A Plan B.
Ok this complete contradicts the step above but I just need to be honest with you all. I think that you need to plan to dominate 21 days and be hard core and determined. However, I think you also need to realize that you are human and female and go ahead and have a plan b for the days when the wheels are falling off and you’re 1 step away from losing your marbles.
I personally think it is only smart to know that at least 1 day out of 21 will go totally to hell and you’re not going to be prepared or your just going to need a cheat so that nobody gets hurt. For this reason I recommend finding the absolute healthiest thing you can pair with raw veggies for a snack and to only consume the bare minimum.
Great options to have on hand for when disaster strikes are hummus, natural (no sugar added) peanut butter and greek yogurt veggie dip (aka greek yogurt mixed with ranch seasoning). Try not to ever have to use these secret weapons and if you do don’t totally give up but just make healthier choices the next day.
Maybe if you need a little peanut butter or some fake ranch dip to survive then the next day you work to eat only veggies and no fruit. It’s all about trying to continually make healthier choices until you force a habit. Then once you have toned up or kicked those sugar cravings for good you can introduce these healthier alternatives for good and in moderation.
10. Reward yourself!
This one is my favorite. One great idea is set aside all of the money you would be spending on coffee, fast food or eating out for the three weeks and treat yourself to a new outfit. You can also do silly little rewards to keep yourself motivated.
For example, when I was doing the cleanse the first time around my daughter was also potty training. She had a chart and got stickers for every time she wen’t #1 or #2 and I had a chart for every time I survived a meal. Judge me if you want but smiley face stickers on a grid do wonders for my emotional state.
So there you have it! I posted this blog partially because of all of the questions I get on Instagram about the cleanse but also to get myself motivated for another 21 days. Zach and I are heading to a brand new resort in Mexico at the end of the month and I want to feel awesome in a bikini.
I’ll be meal prepping every Sunday and sharing recipes on my instagram and pinterest account if you want to follow along. Also if you have any super clean and non-potato paleo recipes please please please share them with me below! I love to add things to my clean eating bored for when I get in a rut.
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