If you ask me, one of the hardest parts about sticking to a healthy diet is all of the planning and preparation it can take. It can be overwhelming at times!
In fact, it may surprise you to hear this, but we don’t always eat perfectly in my home. After a busy work day or an evening that we spend taking our kids to the pool, it can be tempting to choose fast convenience foods, whether that means dining out or reaching for a packaged snack.
If you reach for convenience foods often enough, it can start to become a habit. That’s when I think a little whole foods “reset” can come in handy. It can be a great way to acclimate your taste buds and get your healthy eating momentum going again.
That’s why I created this 5-Day Make-Ahead Weekday Reset program. It’s my new go-to solution when I want to enjoy healthy meals on auto-pilot.
Half the battle when it comes to eating well is simply planning out your meals and preparing a few items ahead of time, so that healthy eating becomes the easiest option available to you. It would seem silly to dine out when a perfectly delicious meal is waiting for you in your fridge, right?
Easy Make-Ahead Meals
For the past several months, I’ve been developing a stash of make-ahead meals that I could prep on Sunday, and then enjoy all week long. For me, the meals I eat during the weekday have to be fast and delicious, because when I’m hungry, I’ll reach for the first thing I see in the fridge. When your fridge is already stocked with healthy meals and snacks, healthy eating is a no-brainer.
After testing dozens of recipes, I narrowed down the ones I wanted to eat over and over again, and compiled them into a 5-day meal plan that I could easily follow during the weekday to keep up my healthy eating momentum.
Flexibility is Important!
I don’t know about you, but I find it easier to make healthy choices during the week when I have a set work/school schedule, and then I like to have a little more flexibility over the weekend, so I can socialize and dine out with friends– without feeling like I’m “slipping up” on some diet plan.
The first week I followed this meal plan, I lost 4 pounds in just 5 days.
(Which I find shocking, considering how much food I was eating.)
Even after going to several parties over the weekend, where I wound up eating pizza and birthday cake, I still managed to maintain that weight loss, too. In my experience, when you keep yourself consistently nourished, your weight and your mood are less likely to fluctuate up and down, even with some indulgences.
Repeat the Program to Create a Routine
What I also love about this 5-day program is that you can repeat it weekly. It gives you flexibility on the weekend and fresh motivation each Monday morning, to help you create healthy habits that last.
Really, this is how I aim to eat on a regular basis, but somehow putting the intention out there and having an easy-to-follow plan makes it a little more doable.
Here’s what is included in this digital PDF:
- 16 exclusive make-ahead recipes (way more than you probably need for 5 days!)
- Daily tips to help support detoxification and weight loss
- A 5-Day Sample Meal Plan for One Person
- A 5-Day Sample Meal Plan for Two or More People
- Shopping lists for both meal plans
- A Sample Daily Schedule
- Weekend Meal Prep Guide (with a list of exactly what to chop and prepare)
- Make-Ahead Tips for Each Recipe (so you can customize the plan)
- Printable Food Journal
What started as a side-project quickly turned into a nearly 60-page digital e-book. There’s a photo for every recipe included, along with make-ahead and storage tips, substitution notes, and food combining tips.
A few of my favorite recipes in this e-book include the Chocolate Zucchini Shake, Southwestern Salad (a knock-off of the Trader Joe’s salad that I’m obsessed with!), Chocolate Almond Butter Truffles, Cauliflower Detox Tacos, and Make-Ahead Muesli, which I’m currently eating every single day.
The recipes in this e-book are all plant-based and vegan, however I’ve also included tips throughout the book if you’d prefer to include meat or take a paleo approach. (This is helpful if you have some family members who are vegetarian and others who eat meat.)
Here’s a quick video showing you 3 of the make-ahead meals included:
Other than physically coming to your house and cooking for you (wish I could!), I think I’ve done just about everything in my power to make this meal plan as easy as possible for you.
- Your shopping list is done.
- You’ll know exactly what you need to chop to assemble the recipes in your meal plan.
- You’ll know exactly what you’re eating each day.
- And then you get to eat whatever you want on the weekend– which may very well be more of the recipes in this guide. The choice is yours!
You can instantly download a copy of this Make-Ahead Reset program by clicking on the button below.
If the button doesn’t appear for you, click here to purchase the e-book for $14.99.
*Please note, this is a digital e-book that you can download to your computer. This is not a printed book, so nothing will be physically mailed to you. By purchasing this program, you are agreeing to my terms of service.
If you enjoy group support, be sure to join our free Facebook Support Community, where we can all follow along with this guide together. My hope is that, as a community, we can all keep each other feeling motivated and accountable, to feel great heading into Fall!
Reader Feedback: Do you meal prep every week? Any favorite recipes that you like to prepare ahead of time?