We are all busy people. In fact, most of the time, we are so busy that we forget to eat. We have so many other things going on around us that we can't leave to go and grab a meal; this was my life for such a long time!
Missing meals became something that was a part of my daily struggle. I'd then get home and binge on everything that I shouldn't.
So I had to make a change. I had to find a way that worked into my daily activity and also gave me all the nutrients I needed to stay alert, healthy and functioning. I learnt how to meal prep!
In the beginning, I found every excuse not to. "I'm too busy. I don't have time. I can't get to the shops to buy everything I need." It was such an adjustment to my lifestyle and my routine, but I knew it had to be done. So I did some research, followed people on Instagram and Facebook for meal ideas, and I started to make the change.
I found ways around my excuses, like ordering my groceries online. I took time out on the weekends to cook dinners for the week; l prepped my snacks, lunches and breakfasts. Everything eventually found its way into my routine. My fridge and freezer were stocked with containers marked for each meal of the day and I definitely wasn't famished!
Meal prepping helped me to keep on top of my eating, without having to eat out all the time. And whilst some may see this as a hassle, I just learnt to make it a part of my daily routine. However, let's be honest, it doesn't always go to plan; I'm only human and will on the occasion eat out because of a meeting or just plain laziness. However, when it does work, it works wonderfully.
I'm a girl who eats up to 6 meals a day. It's how I managed to keep on top of my diet and reach my goal weight. My body responded better to frequent, small meals, keeping me full and my hunger satisfied. So I thought I'd share with you one my favourite meals that I like to prep ahead of time to ensure I'm eating well and keeping on top of my hunger. It's my go-to breakfast that I can prep ahead of time, grab out of the fridge and go.
PEANUT BUTTER BREAKFAST OVERNIGHT OATS
- 1/3 cup plain greek yoghurt
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 2/3 cup unsweetened milk of choice
- 2 tablespoons natural peanut butter
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- for sweetness - add honey or maple syrup
In a bowl, place oats and cocoa powder and give a quick stir. Next, add yoghurt, milk, peanut butter and honey. Mix until all combined. Spoon into desired container and let it rest in the fridge overnight. This recipe is best eaten next day but can be eaten up to 3 days later.
If I'm hungry or want to mix it up a little, I'll add in fruits, such as bananas or berries and add a little extra peanut butter on the side. On occasion, I'll also add almonds and coconut for crunch. It adds a little twist to the flavour, but still oh so satisfying!
Try it out for yourself and let me know what you think!