Meal Prep #1 | Healthy Eating for Nurses
In my meal prep series, I will show you examples of how I pack my food/meal prep for my shifts and hopefully inspire or motivate you to pack your own healthy meals too!
In my just over five-year career as a nurse, I can proudly say I’ve only ever bought food at the food court/cafeteria a handful of times.
For this prep, I worked 3 eight hour shifts (have 1 day off, then work 2 more…) so I prepped for just my 3 shifts. With the day off in between, I treat the 2 days as a separate “stretch” and prep those later.
Breakfast: Vanilla Protein Overnight Oats with Strawberries
1/3 cup oats (regular, old fashioned- NOT instant)
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 scoop Vanilla Whey Protein Powder
Enough almond milk to “fully soak” oats, chia seeds, Whey Protein, Vanilla (slightly >1/3cup)
Chopped fresh strawberries (you could do whatever fruit you like…I usually alternate between strawberries and blueberries)
Add oats, chia seeds, protein powder.
Soak ingredients with almond milk.
Stir until mixed well and protein powder is dissolved.
Refrigerate overnight for at least one night.
Enjoy your protein packed, delicious breakfast in the morning…don’t forget the coffee!
Lunch: Chopped Romaine Salad with Cracked Black Pepper Turkey & Cucumbers
This is totally a “cop out” lazy person’s prep…
I just simply fill my meal prep Containers (I purchased mine @ Costco) with pre-chopped salad mix, chop up some cucumbers, chop up turkey lunch meat, and voila!
The options are endless with salads…you can be as lazy or as fancy as you’d like, and you can still rest assured you are getting some great micronutrients in!
I typically just store my salad dressings in the fridge at work. My favorites are Lite Catalina, Lite Asian Toasted Sesame, and just plain old straight Balsamic Vinegar.
One of my favorite staples are Dannon Light n’ Fit 80 calorie Greek yogurt cups. They taste SO good and have tons of flavor options. My favorites are key lime, lemon meringue, and strawberry cheesecake. I am always looking to maximize my protein intake too, and these are such a great, low calorie source of protein.
Bananas are another one of my go-to fruits…they’re just so easy and delicious!
And of course, I never forget my trusty liter Nalgene…gotta stay hydrated!
Do you meal prep? What are your favorite “go-to” meals to prep?