Prospering with Plant-based Paige: 5 Food Prep Tips for Healthy Meals On-the-Go

By Paige Snyder on September 25, 2014 , categorized in In the Kitchen

Whether it’s macrobiotics, Ayurvedic practices, raw food or food combining—I love finding ways to reduce stress and increase energy. I’ll take my research and obsession with freshness and nutrient density, and turn them into approachable tips to help you prosper. Regardless if you are plant-based or not, I hope to help you reach optimal wellness with the most up-to-date information on healthy living.

There are so many opportunities in this modern life; we can go more places, experience more, and achieve more goals. With all these great opportunities surrounding us sometimes we let important details fade into the back ground—like healthy eating!

Trust me I get it. Regardless if you’re balancing work, school, kids, hobbies or athletic training, I promise you can make the time for healthy eating with one magic word: planning.

Think about it this way: the more nutrient dense meals you can include in your day the more energy you’ll have to get through all there is to be done. If you plan ahead, do some food prep and have it ready to go then you won’t be reaching for fast food, coffee, or processed foods as much or maybe not at all.

So let’s get to it:

1. Make a list and check it twice

Make a shopping list and stick with it. Pick out a few recipes or at least your favorite veggies and grains and be sure to have them on hand. This will save you money as well, instead of grabbing anything you see, you’ll have a plan for each item and will reduce the amount of food that goes bad from not being used.

2. Make it grain

Make a large batch of your favorite grains (millet, quinoa, brown rice, etc.) and save some for the next three days. Each evening you can quickly steam veggies of your choice and add a sauce. One of my favorites is Vegan Pesto—it’s my savior when cooking for my household!

3. Leave it

Leftovers are a time saver. If you need a lunch for yourself or kids, you can make a little extra at dinner time then scoop what’s left into containers and have it the next day!

4. Prewash

When you get home from the store wash all the produce you purchased that day, dry it properly, then store until you need it. You’ll be surprised how much time this saves in the long run, versus washing each time you’re making something.

5. Quick and easy

Start your day with a smoothie with Vega One. Keeping nut milk and frozen fruits on hand allows for fast and filling breakfasts. If you need a crowd-pleaser, try my Chocolate Peanut Butter Candy Bar Smoothie. Don’t be fooled by the title; this bad-boy has no added sugar and 2 servings of greens!

Bonus tip: Looking for a little sweetness in your life? Try this 10-minute Easy Vegan Chocolate Avocado Pudding.

Good health is just as achievable as all your other life goals. When my clients feel like there just isn’t enough time in the day I often remind to “make yourself a priority.” The benefits you can receive from these few easy steps can enrich your life and your health.

What are your timesaving food tips? Share in the comments below!

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Paige Snyder

Paige Snyder works at Vega as a Regional Educator. She is a plant-based nutritionist who specializes in sport performance, stress management, and achieving your optimal weight. Paige is currently completing her Masters in Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport, and loves to develop raw dessert recipes.

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