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We live in a society that makes eating healthy difficult and expensive while it’s very easy to stuff yourself full of cheap junk food. It’s no secret that eating fresh, healthy, veggie heavy food takes commitment and a little bit of work. There is planning, shopping, chopping, cooking, and cleaning involved.
But if you’re like most of us and your days are filled with non-stop activities and obligations, finding an hour a day to cook a fresh meal can be a serious challenge. And if you don’t want to eat out every day and you’re not down for being at the mercy of the drive thru or vending machine, then mastering meal prep is your best line of defense!
Whether your meal prep strategy involves making it yourself or ordering from a company like the Clean & Colorful Kitchen, here are a few things to consider as you get started.
The idea of Meal Prep is essentially batch cooking or cooking in bulk. Instead of cooking a different (or the same) meal every day, you can maximize your time in the kitchen and cook about three times as many meals with the same time investment. Over half of the work involved in cooking is the shopping, set up and clean up and when you only have to do that once, you’ve automatically saved yourself at least 3 hours per week.
After you cook your meals, you portion them out into single containers and store them for up to a week in your refrigerator or months in your freezer. The idea is simple, and it works! Whether it’s lunches or dinner you struggle with, an meal prep strategy is the best way to support your busy, healthy lifestyle.
It’s simple really, and if you have the time and/or love to cook, this can be an awesome weekend activity! All you need is a plan for what you’re going to eat all week, great recipes, a trip to the market, a few hours in your kitchen, meal prep storage containers and some good music and you’re set! Here is a great recipe to meal prep in bulk. It is one of our most popular recipes!
Ingredients (and cost):
Note: all ingredient cost is price per portion used, not for the portion you may have to purchase.
For about a 2.5 hour investment over the weekend, you can easily have lunch or dinner on hand all week long and less than $6 per entree. You can hardly leave your office to grab a junky meal through the drive through every day of the week for that price and time commitment. When you look at it this way, meal prep is a no-brainer!
Now that you are sold on investing in Meal Prep, it’s time to consider if that is a sustainable, realistic strategy for you. Here is what you need to consider:
If you answered YES to the first question in each of the scenarios above: Get your your recipe guide, create a shopping list, block some time and get cooking!
If you answers YES to the second question one or more times in the scenarios above: Consider ordering meal prep from our Clean & Colorful Kitchen. Our goal is to make sustainable healthy eating, easy. We cook tasty, healthy and convenient meals for you over the weekend and you can have them on hand all week long. It’s as simple as 1. 2. 3…
Just in case you’re wondering, let’s get this out there right now. Ordering prepared meals from our kitchen is more expensive than doing it yourself. As is any professional job vs DIY. But if you consider the ease, variety and simple pleasure of having all your food prepared for you, it’s more than worth it.
The bottom line: Let’s be real, if you don’t absolutely love the process of cooking, you have to consider the cost of your time. If you make more than $15 per hour, you should definitely consider outsourcing your meal prep.
Whether you cook for yourself or you order from our kitchen, getting cracking on a realistic meal prep strategy can be life changing. What we do everyday is 110% more important than what we do only when we’re highly motivated. I’ve seen too many clients start their meal prep strategy and find great success for a few weeks. Only to fall victim to their life’s inevitable challenges and old habits sneak back in.
Why not let this be the time you make sustainable change that supports your ultimate health and happiness. Order now! If you’re new to our kitchen, be sure to use discount code CCK15new to take 15% off your entire first order!
Love it or hate it, a well prepared detox kit can be a gateway to the healthy lifestyle you’ve been looking for. Let us help you explore the benefits of eating more plants and less processed junk!
When people hear the word “detox,” they can have all kinds of different emotional responses based on what the word means to them.
For some, it’s a scary term full of restrictions, hunger, mood swings and unsustainable and potentially dangerous results.
For others, it’s exciting! A chance to learn new things, give your body a rest, super-charge it with nutrition, improve health, feel great and let’s be real … lose some weight!
And for some, it’s a lot of work! Shopping, chopping, juicing, blending, steaming, boiling … it can be a grind and hours of work to get your veggies ready to help your body detox all week long.
To us at the Clean & Colorful Kitchen, it means giving your body a chance to rest by feeding it only real, whole, clean, unprocessed, made from scratch food. It also means giving your lifestyle a rest, because we can keep you out of the grocery store and the kitchen from one day to an entire week because we can make a prepared detox kit just for you!
We’ve slowly been expanding our weekly menu to provide more options and flexibility. We just shuffled the deck a little and added new prepared detox kit options to our menu to simplify your life and boost your health at the same time. We do love the win-win combo!
Whether you’re too busy or you just feel gross, a prepared detox kit may be the perfect solution!
At the core of the Clean & Colorful Kitchen is a deeply rooted love of vegetables and passion for preparing them in a way that our customers are excited to eat. We work hard to do this weekend after weekend because we strongly believe the world would be a better place if people simply just ate more vegetables.
When you eat more veggies, you’ll naturally eat LESS of everything else like processed foods, meat and dairy and your body will start to feel stronger, healthier and cleaner almost instantly. It’s almost like magic!
This is why we’re so excited to bring you the MeatLESS March Challenge! An opportunity to eat more veggies, save money, get out of your kitchen, support a healthy planet and feel great!
It’s simple. It’s an opportunity to eat LESS meat. You don’t have to go all vegetarian or vegan to take this challenge, you just make a decision and a commitment to eat LESS meat. The improvement in human health and the enviornment is not “something or nothing,” it’s an “every bit helps” and swapping just one traditional meat meal with a meatless option can have a significant positive impact.
We know getting your veggies in can be hard. Trust us, we know EXACTLY how much work goes into shopping, washing, chopping and cooking up or plant powered magic pills in a way that is interesting, delicious and simply fun to eat. So let us do the work for you. After one year of operation, we’re getting pretty good at it!
Our vegetarian entrees are already only $11 but to encourage more people to eat more this month, we’re knocking 10% off for those who make the MeatLESS commitment: 4 Weeks, 5 Vegetarian Entrees per Week for just $200 ($10 per meal)*.
There really is only an upside to the MeatLESS March Challenge. I mean, you’re going to feel better, try new foods, support a healthier planet, save money and by gosh, you may even lose some weight! Here are some fun numbers facts for you to mull over as you make this decision, some of them are simply mind boggling…
Note: You don’t have to order from our kitchen to participate in this challenge. We are EOLOV (Equal opportunity lovers of all veggies!)
Just think…how many cows, chickens, green house gas emissions and gallons of water can you save this March by eating LESS Meat?
Use this Meat Calculator to find out now!
*Details on MeatLESS March Special Promotion: purchased as a gift certificate for $200 with a $220 value that is applied as an account credit and must be redeemed before 4/6.
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