I see soooo many people out there interested in meal prep, but when you’re struggling with hormone or fertility issues, you’ve really got to detox your meal prep!
When you’re trying to eat healthily but you have limited time for cooking from scratch during the week, taking an hour or so to prep over the weekend can be a lifesaver.
Some time-saving strategies I recommend for my clients are:
Hard-boil a dozen eggs
Make egg muffins or a frittata
Pre-prep your smoothie ingredients ahead of time and add liquid later
Make overnight oats or chia puddings
Cook a big batch of whole grains (quinoa, brown rice, etc.)
Chop veggies so you can grab and go for quick stir-fries, etc. — or buy pre-chopped veggies
Roast a bunch of veggies, like Brussels sprouts, beets, broccoli, etc.
Pre-bake sweet potatoes & potatoes for topping with chili (see above) or dicing for hash as a side with eggs
Make a spaghetti squash for a couple of nights of starchy veggies
Stock up on mini containers of hummus & guac, nuts, high-protein bars, meat sticks, etc.
Pack individual servings of baby carrots, sliced cukes, cherry tomatoes, berries
The problem is, when you’re making the effort to prep and take care of your health, you don’t want to then sabotage your efforts by packing the fruits of your hard work in storage containers that are bad for your health and bad for the environment. So I recommend detoxing your meal prep by swapping out your containers for healthier ones!
Plastic storage containers contain known hormone-disrupting compounds such as BPA, and yes, even “BPA-free” plastics contain hormone disrupting alternatives… So you want to stay away from those as much as possible.
At the very least, NEVER reheat foods in plastic containers, and never put hot foods directly into plastic containers.
But to err on the safe side, use glass or stainless steel whenever possible. There are so many great alternatives on the market now, that there’s no need to rely on plastics.
Here are some of my favorite food storage alternatives:
Glass Meal Prep Containers – These are the ones I use for lunches, and they’re perfect for salads, leftovers, soups/stews, etc. They also won’t break the bank.
Don’t discount the millennial on-trend mason jar. They’re a classic for good reason — you can pick up a bunch of them for cheap!
Ziploc Baggie Alternatives
Stasher Bags are alternatives to plastic baggies that are made from food-grade silicone and come in a variety of sizes.
Plastic Water Bottle Alternatives
There are a ton of glass water bottles on the market. I like this one, with a stainless steel lid. The large size is perfect for smoothies.
We recently upgraded our dollar-store ice cube trays to these babies, and they’re great! You can push out the ice from the bottom, making them extra easy to use.
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I hope these items help get you excited to detox your meal prep so that’s as good for the environment as it is for your body!
What are your favorite kitchen storage items for meal prep? Comment below!
Melissa Groves, RDN, LD
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