As many of us pull out our winter wardrobes, it is important to remember to adjust our weekly meal prepping techniques from fall to winter as well. Here are six winter meal prep tips to help you, and your tastebuds, prepare for the winter season ahead.
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Fall and winter are the best seasons for baking, so get your bake on with some delicious baking recipes. Meal prep for the week ahead with a variety of baking recipes like homemade bread, casseroles, and muffins. Swap out traditional white flour and use more mindful options by using flour alternatives like almond flour, cassava flour, and coconut flour for a fresh take on classic baking recipes.
#2 Fuel Up on Healthy Fats and Quality Protein
During the cold winter months, our bodies naturally want to hibernate. The days are shorter, the temperatures are colder and we are moving slower. Try cutting back on excessive carbohydrate consumption and instead, fuel up on healthy fats and quality protein sources like:
- Coconut oil
- Grass-fed beef
- Grass-fed butter and ghee
- Heritage pork
- Nuts and seeds
- Pastured poultry
- Wild-caught salmon
Quality fats provide energy and can fuel us for longer periods of time so we do not have to worry about that 3 pm snack attack, so do not fear the fat!
#3 Grab Some Grains
Whether you meal prep on your own or decide to throw a meal prep party, select one or two grains and cook a large batch so you have enough servings to enjoy throughout the course of the entire week. Some great options include brown rice, couscous, and quinoa, all of which can be enjoyed on their own or as an additional side to another main entree.
#4 Pack the Pantry
Blustery winter winds and bone-chilling temperatures can keep even the bravest of us indoors. Skip the trip to the local grocery store and pack the pantry before the winter weather settles in. A well-stocked pantry filled with quick-meal basics is the best way to ensure you are always prepared for weekly winter meal prepping. Some pantry staples include coffee and tea, granola and oatmeal, and plenty of natural healthy snacks.
#5 Roast Vegetables
Just like grains, make one or two hearty and starchy vegetables like broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cauliflower, sweet potatoes, or winter squash so you always have cooked vegetables on hand ready and to enjoy.
Simply preheat the oven to 350 degrees then wash and chop your vegetables of choice. Drizzle with oil, salt, pepper, or your favorite herbs and spices then arrange all of the vegetables in a single layer on a baking sheet. Roast 30-45 minutes or until vegetables are tender to the touch and slightly golden brown in color. Store in glass containers and place in the fridge then enjoy throughout the week.
#6 Stock Up on Soups and Stews
Winter is the quintessential season for homemade chilis, soups, and stews. Warm-up with your favorite winter recipes. Select your favorites to make and then double them so you have leftovers to enjoy for lunch and dinner for the entire week. Be sure to freeze a few servings so you can enjoy that savory soup or stew all winter long. Don’t forget to snag some bone broth to use for all of your bases when making your own homemade soups and stews this winter.
As the seasons change, update your weekly meal prepping for the colder months with these winter meal prep tips. Need some additional assistance navigating the winter months? Check out our guides to winter wellness.