Meal prep is more than a trend. The lifestyle choice offers a number of benefits, including time savings, convenience and flexibility as plans shift throughout the week. But another important advantage of meal prepping is that it helps you consume healthy, whole foods versus processed, convenience items. With the help of your Vitamix blender, you can prep meals, sides and snacks that will make cooking and healthy, on-the-go eating a breeze.
Convenience is Key
One of the most beneficial elements of meal prepping is the convenience. Having food ready to grab and go allows for smarter choices throughout the week.
A simple way to meal prep a healthy breakfast is to create pre-made smoothie packs. Spend some time chopping fresh fruits and veggies, then portion into individual packs, so your morning smoothie is as easy as (1) pour your base (such as water or oat milk), (2) add your mixture, and (3) blend. Combine fruits like pineapple, banana and orange with coconut water for a tropical morning treat, or mix assorted berries, cherries and greens for a blend high in antioxidants. Use your Blending Cups with your Vitamix Ascent Series machine for added convenience – just blend and go!
Prepping nut butters and non-dairy milks is another way to free up time for your week. For nut butters, simply select your favorite nut or mix of nuts, then blend in your Vitamix, and you have a customized, healthy nut butter – perfect for PB&Js, smoothies, dipping fruits and vegetables, or eating on their own. Non-dairy milks are all about preference. Whether it’s oat, soy, or nut milks, your Vitamix can help you create a supply of your favorite dairy alternative, perfect for morning coffee, cereal, baking, smoothies and more.
If you’re prepping for a family, pre-made homemade baby food or frozen soups make mid-week meals a snap. Fruit mixes like Pear Mango Avocado Baby Food, as well as veggie mixes like Curried Squash and Peas Baby Food expand your baby’s palate and diversify their diet – simply blend, pour in ice cube trays and thaw individual portions as needed. Soups made in your Vitamix and frozen for later like Black Bean Soup or Minestrone Soup are sure to please the whole family.
Dietary Needs Made with Ease
Whether you’re a vegan, follow a gluten-free lifestyle, or are opting for no-sugar-added alternatives, meal prepping can help you stick to your dietary goals by having your meals and key ingredients ready to go.
If you adhere to a gluten-free eating regimen, try making All-Purpose Gluten Free Flour or Gluten-Free Bean Flour in bulk for baking and cooking. Or, for a sweet treat, whip up a batch of Gluten-Free Brownies to pack in lunches for the week. If you’re a vegan, try Apple-Raisin Cracked Wheat Cereal for an easy morning meal.
Most pre-packaged snacks are loaded with added sugar. Create your own arsenal of on-the-go bites for the week so you’re in the driver’s seat of your sugar intake. Try Cashew Energy Balls or some fresh, homemade Guacamole for a low-effort, high-energy snack.
Not only does meal prepping help you reach your dietary goals, it also promotes healthy choices by having them at the ready.
End your weekend with a trip to the grocery store or market and stock up on fresh fruits and veggies. Slice bell peppers, broccoli and cucumber to dip in hummus, and try apple slices and carrots with No-Nut Butter. Pre-pack an assortment of fresh berries in to-go containers for a bite-size treat.
It can be hard to munch mindfully when cravings strike. Meal prepping to the rescue! You CAN indulge in dessert without the guilt. Make batches of “nice cream” – like our Blueberry Avocado Nice Cream– better-for-you popsicles like our S’mores Popsicle or Peach, Matcha Green Tea and Blueberry Popsicle, or a delicious Strawberry Yogurt Freeze for a sweet fix.
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