Meal Prepping Tips

Meal prepping has become a huge trend over the past few years. Although it can help save time throughout the week, many people have difficulties keeping up with their meal prepping efforts. To help avoid this, we compiled a list of meal prepping tips to help you stay motivated and happy when meal prepping.

  1. Allocate time 

Usually when people think about meal prepping, they think about cooking meals for the entire week on a Sunday. This isn’t always an option for some people, not everyone wants to spend their entire day off meal prepping. To avoid this, try meal prepping twice a week instead of allocating all your meal prepping time to one day. Just make sure that the time you’re allocating to meal prepping will work with your schedule!

  1. Vary your meals 

It’s easy to get stuck in a routine with your meals, especially when meal prepping. This can make your meals feel boring, leading to a loss of motivation to continue meal prepping. To avoid this, plan on making a few dishes for the week that you can alternate between or piece together. In addition, make sure to vary what you make on a weekly basis. Use your creativity with this! 

  1. Be versatile with ingredients 

When meal prepping, think about the different meals you can make with the ingredients you prepare. If you plan on making a batch of rice, you can use it for a grain bowl one day and for fried rice another day. If you cook some vegetables for the week, you can put them over that rice or you can add it to a dish of pasta. The options are endless if you find multiple uses for your ingredients!

  1. Pre-chop your vegetables 

Most people are more likely to eat the vegetables they buy if they are already chopped, washed, and prepared ahead of time. Even if you plan on keeping your vegetables raw, you will find it useful to put them in their own storage containers. Once it’s time to start cooking, all you have to do is get them out and begin making your meal. Not to mention that pre-cut vegetables are a great snack to have on hand! Just be aware that some vegetables are best when cut freshly.

  1. Utilize your freezer

Freezing your food is a great asset when meal prepping. It saves time, decreases your food waste, and increases your food’s lifespan! If you plan on having smoothies throughout the week, you can pre-portion your fruits and put them in the freezer. Now all you have to do in the morning is put them in the blender! You can also freeze soups, burritos, vegetables, and many other meals that can easily be heated up.

Reasons Why You Should Eat Outside

While the weather is still nice, you may want to find a way to enjoy the outdoors. An easy way to enjoy the weather is by taking your meal outside, and this comes with many benefits. Here is a list of reasons why you should enjoy your meals outside. 

  1. Relaxing Setting

It’s undeniable that being outdoors is beautiful and relaxing. By taking a meal outside, you’re able to fully enjoy the wonders of the outdoors. Whether you choose to take your meal to the park or just outside your house, making the move outside is well worth it. 

  1. Fresh Air

Stale air can be detrimental to not only your mental health, but also your physical health. Fresh air helps to improve your immune system, clean your lungs, and increase serotonin levels. Eating outside is a great way to take in the fresh air while also enjoying a meal. 

  1. Concentration Improves 

Many studies suggest that the outdoors are a great way to improve your focus. Though this cannot be fully realized if you’re distracted by work or technology. Taking your meal outside is a great way to escape from these distractions.

  1. More Vitamin D

According to the Harvard Medical School, being outside 10 to 15 minutes a few days out of the week is enough to meet your weekly vitamin D requirements. This is a very important requirement to meet since vitamin D helps keep your bones healthy. This requirement can be easily met through taking a few of your meals outside every week. 

  1. Immune System Benefits 

Being outside has proven to reduce stress, and reducing stress helps to increase your immunity to negative things that enter your body. Overall, multiple studies have shown that being outside and a healthy immune system have a natural correlation. 

  1. Improved Sleep 

With the relaxing environment, reduced stress, and fresh air you experience from eating your meal outside, it’s very likely that you will experience an improved quality of sleep. Not to mention that the time you spent outside may make you feel more accomplished about your day, leading to a more relaxed state before you go to bed. 

Sources: 

https://www.vitacost.com/blog/benefits-of-eating-outside/ https://thriveglobal.com/stories/5-advantages-of-getting-fresh-air/#:~:text=Fresh%20air%20reinforces%20your%20immune%20system%20It%20causes,to%20slaughter%20and%20decimate%20microbes%2C%20infections%20and%20germs.

The Benefits of Being a Plant Owner

During this time of year, plants are growing and flourishing with the amount of rain that comes along with springtime. The grass becomes a rich green and for many people their tulips start to blossom and bloom. Leaves slowly start to bud and bring life to all the trees. The energy outside is high and alive. Plant owning brings a sense of responsibility and many don’t realize all the benefits that being a plant owner can bring. Here is a list of the benefits of being a plant owner:

  1. Help reduce stress and anxiety

Studies show that being a plant owner helps to reduce overall stress and anxiety. A specific plant that targets helping reduce anxiety is lavender and has been proven to improve sleep, while lowering heart rates too.

  1. Improve self-esteem and mood

There are also plants that target bettering mood and self-esteem. Common plants that are known as mood boosters include: english ivy, basil, and peace lily. These plants are also known to help with air purification in the home as well.

  1. Gain responsibility

In caring and owning a plant, one learns the basics of how to take care of a basic lifeform. Depending on your busy schedule, there are plants that are low maintenance that don’t need as much attention. A few of these options include: bamboo, succulents, and orchids.

  1. Decorative for both the yard and inside the home

Depending on what type of plants you are looking to have there is a wide range of options to pick. Certain plants thrive better outside, while some don’t need as much sunlight making them better house plants. Whether you are looking for indoor or outdoor plants, both will be sure to add to your home and make it more lively.

  1. We rely on them for food and medicine

Plants also have healing properties. Most plants are great in helping as air purifiers, but others also help aid in other forms of healing. Aloe plants are great in producing aloe that can be put directly on sunburns. Snake plants in the home have been known to help prevent headaches. Chrysanthemum when grounded up can be mixed in tea that helps to boost the nervous system.

Plants have a special way to add to any location they can be found. They amazingly help to aid in a variety of things and can be selected to fit your lifestyle too. Become a plant owner today and watch as the benefits unfold for you! To learn more about different plants and what they do check out the links below to read more.

Sources and Other Plant Remedies:

https://www.serenataflowers.com/pollennation/plants-anti-anxiety-benefits/

https://www.purewow.com/home/mood-boosting-houseplants