If you’re a meal-prepper like I am, nothing beats a fridge full of pre-prepared meals on a Sunday night, ready for a week of nourishing goodness. I’m not the kind of person who will always have every meal, snack and smoothie ready to go, but I do try to set up for the week with at least breakfast, lunches and dinner for the first 3-4 days. After refining the process, I can normally bang this out in a 2-3 hour block on a Sunday afternoon. With tunes cranking and no “devices” in sight, this has become an enjoyable and successful part of my weekly routine.

From personal experience and working with clients aiming to alter body composition, I know that preparation is a big part of overall health, successful weight loss, muscle gains and performance. When we are caught out, it’s not only difficult to find healthy food, but it can also lead to poor food choices stemming from hunger, fatigue, emotions or stress. When you have snacks sitting in your purse or a delicious packed lunch, you’ll not only save money but you may even find some extra time on your lunch break to head out for a walk, sit quietly at the park or squeeze in some movement. #winning.

Is your food prep letting you down? Are you walking in to yet another week with an empty fridge? Here are some of my recipes that are easy to prepare and can help to set you up for the week.

If you find that you get to the weekend and would rather rest and de-stress or head away in search of adventure than chop veggies and clean dishes, there are other ways to get help and to make sure that your nutrition stays on track. Enter Natural Wholefoods. I have been fortunate to work with these guys on some Paleo challenges for our members at Workshop 3101, and more recently, helped them to develop and brainstorm their new macro-tailored meal plan. This came about because we both identified the need for healthy paleo-friendly food, with an added understanding of the macronutrient breakdown (protein, fat and carbohydrates) that is tailored to suit your goals - whether it's fat loss, performance or muscle gains. Can you imagine having your meals tailored to your individual macronutrient needs and delivered to your doorstep or gym? #mealprepheaven.

Whether you’re planning to get back on track with your cooking and meal-prep, or wanting to start the year off with a bang on the individualised Paleo Challenge at Natural Wholefoods, I’d love to know your thoughts! What are your favourite meal-prepping secrets? Do you know any time savers or recipes that you find yourself cooking every week?