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How to Prep Healthy Meals in Advance

A Little Advance Planning Equals an Always-Healthy Meal

While most restaurant kitchens have a liberal spoon when it comes to butter, there's still a healthy lesson to be had at these dining establishments. Make like a prep cook, and get healthy ingredients lined up for the week in one shot. Suddenly there's no excuse for ordering takeout or having dinner equal a block of cheese and a box of crackers. Even when exhausted, you'll be sitting down to a healthy meal in under 10 minutes.

Prep your protein: Use Sunday evening to roast a whole chicken, grill up some steak, boil eggs, or soak and cook a big batch of beans. With your meat already prepped, you've got the makings of a quick salad or a filling sandwich throughout the week. Or, simply serve your meat of choice next to a side of steamed veggies.

Get chopping: One of the most cumbersome parts of cooking is all that peeling and cutting! Prep produce in advance, and start in on the labor of chopping everything up early in the week. Even if you don't have specific recipes in mind, wash, chop, and peel your favorite veggies. From there, you're just 10 minutes away from a healthy stir-fry, soup, or pasta dish.

Get granular: Need a complex carb to get you through? Start making enough quinoa, steel-cut oats, and brown rice to last you through the week, and don't be afraid to bake up a loaf of whole wheat bread.

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