A quick guide to meal prep for every kind of busy

Nikki Sharp is blonde, slim and gorgeous. Her bio reads “best-selling author, wellness expert and Instagram star.” She’s also a former model.

All those impressive credentials don’t make her less relatable.

For almost 370,000 Instagram followers – plus many more on other social media platforms – Sharp is their go-to source for down-to-earth, simple tips on meal prep.

Meal prep, Sharp explains, can be “as simple as making a batch of hummus, chopping vegetables or making a batch of steamed vegetables that you can nibble on, or it can be as complicated as prepping a new meal each day of the week.”

 

 

On her Instagram feed, Sharp is seamlessly throwing together rainbow-colored meals. But she’s quick to admit that “it’s taken me years to perfect making it simple.” Her tips and shortcuts can be found in her new book, “Meal Prep Your Way to Weight Loss: 28 Days to a Fitter, Healthier You.”

Here’s Sharp’s tips for every type of busy:

Everyday People

On Sunday afternoon make a batch of quinoa, drain and rinse a can or two of black beans, and roast various vegetables. Season each according to your preference. Place all of these in containers in your fridge so you can make a salad, stir fry, or have snacks available whenever you want. Take it up a notch and check out the week-by-week plans in my new book that guide you through a week’s worth of shopping, cooking, and meal prepping.

The Social Butterfly Who’s Never Home

The key here is plan out what days you know you’ll be hitting the town for lunch with friends, or a dinner date. Once you know what meals you will not be home for you can plan your shopping list accordingly. There’s no point in buying food you know you wont be eating.

The New Parent

Just as you prepare formula or snacks for you precious little one, you should be doing the same for yourself. As you put things in containers and baggies for your son or daughter, lay out containers and add healthy snacks to yours. I recommend making a batch of hummus (blend cooked chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice and olive oil + salt, pepper) then add to pre-portioned small containers. Chop vegetables and add into equal containers for your hummus.

SNACK ON THIS:

DOWNLOAD FOR FREE Nikki Sharp’s Thai Sweet Potato Soup. You can freeze either in batches or pre-portioned meals in zip lock baggies.

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