This post is sponsored by Puritan's Pride.
Eating paleo can definitely present some challenges. The main one being time. As a whole food, real food, non-processed way of eating it can require more cooking and food preparation. It’s not as easy to run through a drive-thru, throw a frozen dinner in the microwave, or grab a pastry on the way to work. We’re all busy, but whether it’s one person or the entire family this can all be solved with just a bit of extra prep and planning.
An hour or two on Sunday afternoon devoted to food prep can be priceless in succeeding with paleo. Taking time for weekly food prep will set you up for success and help you avoid reaching for junk food just because it’s quick and easy. Instead, you’ll have a variety of paleo options at the ready!
Some people prep entire meals for the week and place them in containers ready to grab and go. If you’re on the go a lot, or the only member in your family that is paleo, this is a great idea. Others may prep ingredients to have ready for use throughout the week. For example: chopping veggies, baking chicken breasts, and boiling eggs. I do a combination of the two. I prep ingredients and also make some complete dishes, especially breakfasts. There are many ways to handle your weekly food prep, try them out and see what works best for you!
If you have kids I highly recommend getting them involved on your food prep days. Food prep days can be fun! There are lots of ways they can help out. Have them measure out ingredients, stir or mix, and even place things in containers or baggies for storage. My kids love to the crack eggs for me (and I only occasionally have to fish out a little shell). I have found that kids are more likely to eat healthy foods if they help prepare them.
Foods to prepare on your weekly food prep day:
Snacks. Paleo snacking is a breeze when you prep in advance! Boil eggs, make trail mix, pre-portion nuts, chop fresh veggies and fruits, or make Paleo energy balls. Also, be sure to check out Puritan Pride’s Paleo section. They have a ton of great Paleo-friendly snack options.
Smoothie Ingredients. Wash and chop (and freeze as I do or refrigerate) fruit and wash fresh greens for quick and easy smoothies throughout the week.
Breakfast. Breakfast can be the toughest meal of the day as we’re rushing around in the mornings. Try making a breakfast quiche, Paleo bread, or paleo muffins to make your mornings less stressful. If I know it's going to be a really busy week I sometimes make a double or triple batch of my paleo waffles to reheat. The kids love them.
Chicken Breast. Bake, broil, or grill chicken breasts for a quick and easy protein source throughout the week. Use them in chicken salad, with a side of steamed vegetables, or to top a green salad. They can even make a great breakfast in a pinch!
Paleo Mayo. The majority of mayo you buy at the market is not Paleo-friendly. Try whipping up a batch of your own. Don’t be intimidated, it really is quick and easy.
Focus on things you use most during the week and that will save you time. The possibilities are endless! My best advice for succeeding with paleo is meal plan and food prep. Always. You'll be amazed how just a little planning and prep can make living paleo a breeze.