First blog conference + 5 Food Prep Essentials

Happy Monday! We’re switching it up a little today by sharing a weekend recap-

First up, we spent our Saturday at the Thrive Blog Conference in The Woodlands, TX. This was our first blog conference and we learned so so much. It was really inspiring to hear from some uber successful bloggers who graciously shared their knowledge on all aspects of blogging.

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When we started HBH, we had some insight from close friends with blogging experience, but no formal training as to how to run a website, manage various social media channels etc. We have learned by trial and error, and attempted to teach ourselves certain things. The tips we took away from the conference are invaluable and will ultimately help to make HBH a better resource for you. In a nutshell, we met new friends, got some sweet swag bags (thanks to the awesome sponsors!), and best of all some great new ideas to improve HBH!

 

As we mentioned Friday, we are starting a no added sugar challenge TODAY! Are you taking the challenge with us?

 

One of the most important things to being successful with a healthy diet is being prepared. Meal planning and prepping are key to sticking with a plan (like our no sugar challenge), maintaining a budget and staying motivated. For many people, weekends are a great time to take advantage of some extra time at home and prep some staples to have on hand for the week. Here are our 5 favorite weekend prep ahead items.

Protein

For me, prepping protein ahead is the most beneficial. Not sure if I should admit this, but I don’t know how to turn on our grill, so when hubby works late, I’m often times in a bind for prepping meat. Now I know there are other methods to cook meat; however, I’m a huge fan of grilled meat and feel it keeps better in the refrigerator (stays moist longer). Some of my favorites to prep ahead are chicken breast and salmon filets. Trader Joes Pesto Chicken Breast filets are delicious and require no prep prior to throwing them on the grill.

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Fruits and Veggies

There is nothing worse than having a drawer full of fresh fruits and veggies, but none of them are cleaned and ready to go. Nine times out of ten, ill shut the refrigerator door and head to the pantry to find something I can grab immediately. By washing, cutting, cleaning all your produce in advance, you eliminate the extra work throughout the week. Fruits and vegetables become easy to grab snacks and quick side dishes to meals. Most weeks I also prepackage portions of mixed veggies and fruits in bags or jars so that they are even easier to grab on the go, pack in lunches etc.

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Grains

Quinoa and faro are my favorite grains to prep ahead as they are very versatile and can be used in a variety of ways. For dinners or lunches, add some veggies, protein and salad dressing for a quick and nutritious meal. For breakfasts, try some breakfast quinoa- raisins, cinnamon, sliced bananas, flax seed and almond milk. Or for dinner, try our quinoa broccoli bites or quinoa greek salad.

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Hardboiled Eggs

These could fall under the protein category, but I think they deserve their own category! I usually prep 6-8 hardboiled eggs per week. Sometimes I take them to have with a slice of toast at my desk, sometimes ill slice them on top of a salad, or sometimes ill mix them with a dollop of olive oil mayo for an easy egg salad.

Smoothie Jars

Smoothies are a great way to pack in nutrients- aka hide vegetables and any other healthy food you can’t get your spouse/kids to eat. Depending on what you like in your smoothie, prepping ahead can really save time on your morning prep as getting all the individual fruits, veggies, protein, milk etc out can be time consuming. Simply throw your ingredients in a mason jar or ziplock bag, so that in the morning, you simply have to empty the contents of the jar/bag, add your liquid and blend.

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Talk to us: What are your favorite prep ahead items?

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