“Great marriages have a couple of things in common, they are an active choice that both partners make every day, with a desire to make that relationship between them the best they possibly can for the happiness and fulfillment of the other person.” ~Mike & Lisa Darcey
It seems that more and more I am seeing “snack ideas” that are more complicated to put together than an entire meal.
I typically put together a week’s-worth of lunches for me and Hubs on Saturday or Sunday and when I first started doing this, the process was complicated.
It would take several hours to get these lunches prepared, but I would tell myself it was worth it because it was work I didn’t have to do during the work-week when I would be more tired, and it showed my dedication to our health.
How Meal Prep Used to Be
Then, meal prep consisted of enough ingredients to put together about 4 different types of salads, because God forbid we ever eat the same thing two days in a row.
There would also usually be some kind of low- or no-fat concoction I’d found online (pureed cottage cheese and stevia were likely involved).
On weeks where I didn’t have as much time as usual, there was probably a protein bar of some kind and there was always 0% fat Greek yogurt with honey, scooped into cute little jars. Plus, there were always two snacks as well, because I would just starve if I had to go more than 2 hours without eating.
The lunches were delicious, and a major contributor to my rapid weight-loss, but also a part of the problem I keep coming back to: This wasn’t a sustainable way to live.
There’s Got to Be a Better Way
I don’t know a lot of people who have that kind of time to put into preparing lunches for the week, especially those families I know who have kids.
Once we got married and I began to look at our future, the thought of trying to put all those lunches together for a full day on my weekend after a busy week of work, school and carting kids around to and from after-school activities made my head spin!
These days, our lunches for a full week can come together in 30-45 minutes. Since we are eating fat now, there aren’t as many hunger pains throughout the day, so we can both make it between meals without feeling the need to eat, which eliminates the need to pack snacks, and is nice for productivity during the day too!
Since I don’t really have to worry about “snacks” anymore, I’m able to pull lunches together fairly easily.
I truly just throw some snack foods together to make one meal. Another significant time-saver has been these separated lunch containers.
I used to spend half my meal-prep time just opening and sealing zip-lock bags. Now, we each have one container for each work day. I line them all up on the kitchen island and just throw stuff in, then lid them all when I’m done.
So, what are the staples?
Our lunch each week will consist of a combination of items, one from each of the following categories:
- Ground beef patty
- Jerky & cheese
- Landjager & cheese
- Pork Roast & cheese
- Fruit or Vegetable:
- Carrot sticks
- Coconut Chips
- Mandarin Orange
- Cherry tomatoes
- Mixed Nuts (salted or unsalted)
- Macadamia Nuts
Every lunch for the week will be the same, the only difference is that Hubs usually has a little more of each item than I do. Lunch comes together quickly, and we tend to have the items from the list above on hand regularly, so any of those items can also make a great weekend snack!
As a general rule, we try to eat substantial enough meals that we don’t have to snack between meals at all, but we also make sure that we have healthy snacks available to us to avoid going off the rails if we do get hungry or just feel like a snack.
What are your go-to healthy snacks? Do you find that sticking to a similar meal plan as your significant other helps you stay on track?
Thanks for the share, Paula!