Teacher Meal Prep

I have a special guest on the blog today to give you some awesome teacher meal prep tips! I've connected with Kelsey on Instagram - we're both teachers from Nebraska! Her blog - Adventuring Kelsey - is full of awesome tips and inspiration. Make sure you go and follow her after reading this great blog post she wrote with you in mind! There's a freebie at the bottom for you too! 

Teachers, moms, and workforce women alike all have one thing in common. We want to be efficient with the time we have. We want to spend the least amount of time on chores, errands, and those annoying ungraded papers that always end up following us home, and the most amount of time with friends, family, and taking care of ourselves.

From the day I began teaching I knew that meal prepping was what I needed in my life to ensure that extra time to spend on the things that I enjoy. Being a person who pursues a healthy lifestyle, meal prepping has become very beneficial to my way of living. I can hear you now, “You’re telling me to take 3-4 hours out of my sweet weekend to plan and cook food?” Heck yeah I am. I totally get it. I know the feeling of the weekend being too short. But don’t you feel like week nights are even shorter?! Why not have an extra hour of time each night to spend with your kids, cuddling your fur baby, or catching up on your Netflix shows while still having a delicious dinner prepped and ready to go? I know that hour provides me with endless possibilities and it feels FABULOUS.

Let me provide you with a few tips to get you started on this journey. Trust me. You won’t regret a minute of it.

1. Planning
It all starts with a plan. Either write it down on a notepad or in your phone, listing out all the groceries you will need. I even go to the lengths of making sure I write down how much of each item I need. That way it won’t be necessary to make extra trips to the store throughout the week.

2. The Cooking Process
Start by thinking through what you are prepping. What’s going to take the longest amount of time? Can you multitask by baking your chicken while you chop up the veggies? This one takes some working through, practice, and simply just experience. If something can bake while I work on preparing another item, that’s the first thing I pop in the oven. If prepping my lunch is going to be quicker than my breakfast, I start with the lunch. Think your meals through, and just know it’s going to take some time to get used to.

3. Prep it ALL!
It may sound tedious. But seriously, prep it all. The granola you’re going to put on your yogurt? Portion it out and put it in a baggie or small Tupperware. You won’t regret it when your workout ran longer than expected in the morning and you don’t have time to measure out and toss every item into your lunchbox.

I get it. I know it sounds like a lot. And I’m not going to lie to you, at first it will be. But once you get in a routine you will never regret spending a couple hours of your weekend preparing your meals for the week.

Happy Prepping!

If you’re looking for more tips and tricks, check out my FREE Meal Prepping Guide designed just for teachers like you! In it I include 5 tips that have helped me throughout my teaching career to stay on track with health and fitness! I even provide you with some quick, healthy, recipe ideas!

The Gal behind Adventuring Kelsey

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