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Healthy Meals Made Easy: Plan Ahead and Pre-Cut

You are busy all day long, it is a part of these modern times. You're at school or work full-time. You have meetings and a workout to fit in - so who has time to prepare a healthy meal?

Here's a tip I learned from my gramma. You've got to plan ahead and do as much prep work as possible so when it comes to actually making the meal, you've got a head start.

Get yourself some clear re-usable plastic containers. Take an hour out of your Sunday to cut up peppers, onions, celery, carrots, broccoli, zucchini, potatoes or anything else you like to use in your recipes. Put them all in separate containers and they'll be ready when you need them. All that chopping can be daunting at 7:30 pm on Tuesday night when you are starving!!!!

I do the same thing with fresh fruits. Cut up pears and apples and sprinkle them with fresh lemon juice to prevent them from turning brown. Pre-wash grapes, blueberries and strawberries. Make sure you pat them dry with a paper towel so they don't get squishy. Cut up fresh pineapple, melon, and mango too.

Keep all the containers stacked neatly in the fridge. Now you'll have fresh fruits and vegetables on hand to snack on alone or use when you cook.

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mandiesoh mandiesoh 10 years
yeah this is what my mom does at home with fruits. saves the trouble of cutting them!
kscincotta kscincotta 10 years
Great tips, Fit.
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 10 years
They are good for like 2-4 months, depending on what you put in it. Ours don't make it a month before we use them, though. The best is stuffed shells - but, like I said, not exactly lean!
Madoka321 Madoka321 10 years
Add a bit of chopped mint to your cut fruit along with the lemon juice. It adds a great light flavor to your day!
Fitness Fitness 10 years
Make your own frozen meals - I like that idea. How long do you keep them in the freezer?
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 10 years
Great tip, Fit. We've gone so far as to pre-make dinners to freeze. The only problem with them is that they aren't very lean dinners.
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