When it comes to meal prep, there are a few tried and true items that I end up making nearly every week. I don’t always make them exactly the same, but can customize them based on what ingredients I have on hand or what’s seasonal. I included some recipes that I have created as well as some of my favorites from other blogs!

  1. Overnight Oats

Blueberry Almond Overnight Oats | Busy Girl Healthy World (V, GF)

Overnight oats are something that I prep almost every week. Maybe not for every day, but they are perfect to grab for breakfast or a morning snack. There are a MILLION recipes out there for different variations- but make sure to choose an option that’s actually healthy. I’ve seen recipes that call for a lot of added sugars which isn’t something I would consider “healthy.” These are some of my favorites:

Blueberry Almond Overnight Oats (pictured above)
Peanut Butter and Strawberry Overnight Oats
Raspberry Cacao Overnight Oats
Lemon Honey Overnight Oats (from Tone It Up)

  1. Baked Eggs/Hard-boiled Eggs

Super Green Vegetable Frittata (GF) | Busy Girl Healthy World

Eggs are a great source of protein and perfect for breakfast or snacks. I love making egg muffins, egg casserole, or frittatas and adding a ton of veggies. If I’m pressed for time, hard boiled eggs also do the trick, are very portable, and don’t require any reheating. Here are a few of my favorite meal prep egg recipes:

Egg Muffins (from Well Plated)
Egg + Veggie Casserole (from Two Peas and Their Pod)
Super Green Vegetable Frittata (pictured above)

  1. Quinoa + Chickpea + Veggie Meals

Super Green Buddha Bowls (V, GF, DF) | Busy Girl Healthy World

This one is a little vague but one of my absolute favorites. Sort of like a Buddha Bowl but more deconstructed. I cook quinoa in my rice cooker and store it in one container, then I cook veggies + chickpeas and store it in another. Mix it all together and you have a perfect lunch! You can kind of wing it with whatever veggies you like, but here are some of my favorites:

Spicy Chickpea Quinoa Bowls (from Eat Yourself Skinny)
Roasted Broccoli and Chickpea Quinoa Bowl (from Always Nourished the Blog)
Super Green Buddha Bowl (pictured above)

  1. Soup

Creamy Crock-Pot Broccoli Potato Soup (GF, V) | Busy Girl Healthy World

Soups are FABULOUS for meal prep. What is especially fabulous about them is that it’s easy to make double batches and freeze half for another time. You can also make them in the crock pot which is a huge win in my book. Be careful, though! Not all soups are created equal. Try to stick to soups that have a lot of veggies, protein, and are “brothy” or tomato based rather than creamy and full of cheese or salt. If you are craving something creamy, look for one that’s not LOADED with cream or cheese and uses healthier alternatives, like Greek yogurt. Here are some of my favorites:

Slow Cooker Pasta Fagioli
Creamy Crock-Pot Broccoli Potato (minimal dairy and can be made vegan!) (pictured above)
Vegetable Dumpling Soup
Potato Leek Soup

  1. Bars

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Bars (V, GF) | Busy Girl Healthy World

The ultimate simple, portable snack. While it’s easy to buy bars, healthy bars can sometimes be pricey. To save a little money and get really wholesome, whole foods bars, make them yourself! Here are a few that I like:

Cherry Chocolate Chip Granola Bars
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Bars (pictured above)
Berry Bliss Oat Squares (from Oh She Glows)

Written by Christina

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