We know it can be hard to find the time in the day to cook three meals. It can be easy (and sometimes inevitable) to skip over a meal, but these actions can lead to unhealthy habits and deprive your body of vital nutrients.
Meal prepping may be the saving grace to your meal (or lack of) problems. Getting into a routine and participating in healthy meal prepping can yield delicious food and help alleviate the stress of not knowing what your next meal will be and if you have time to prepare it.
HarborChase Senior Living believes dining should be an experience. We want to share a few easy and healthy meal prepping recipes to help you kick start your day!
Start the Day the Right Way
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, yet it is the most commonly skipped meal. Some people may not be hungry in the morning, while others may have a hectic morning routine, which has them running out the door without even thinking about eating. According to WebMD, “When you wake up, the blood sugar your body needs to make your muscles and brain work their best is usually low. Breakfast helps replenish it.”
Healthy meal prepping recipes can combat the need or want to skip breakfast by allowing you to prepare them the night before or plan for the week. “Many studies have linked eating breakfast to good health, including better memory and concentration, lower levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol, and lower chances of getting diabetes, heart disease, and being overweight (WebMD).” We encourage you to try one of these recipes!
→ Sweet Potato Hash Egg Muffin Cups
While sweet potatoes may sound odd for breakfast, this recipe is high in protein and low in sugar, making it a perfect treat in the morning. Sweet potatoes are a great source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals, promote gut health, and may enhance brain function.
This treat takes around 15-20 minutes to complete and can yield as many servings as your muffin tin can support. Giving you and your family a healthy, quick meal to enjoy for the week! Click here for the full recipe.
→ Banana Baked Oatmeal Cups
Oatmeal is a great breakfast meal option. It is incredibly nutritious and can help prevent heart disease and diabetes while helping promote better body weight control and digestive health. If oatmeal isn’t part of your breakfast, you may be missing out as it is one of the healthiest foods! Click here for the full recipe.
→ Loaded Breakfast Stuffed Peppers
Peppers are another nutrient-dense food that has many benefits and should be added to your breakfast ideas - omelettes, casseroles, etc. For this meal, you can use any color pepper you prefer. While peppers taste differently and are assorted colors, they are all healthy and present great benefits. Peppers are low in calories and are excellent sources of vitamin A and C, potassium, fiber, and folic acid.
This meal altogether takes around 35-40 minutes and can yield a healthy and nutritious meal that can help you start your day the right way! Click here for the full recipe.
→ Berry Breakfast Bars
The perfect grab and go, healthy meal prepping recipe is berry breakfast bars. Packed with protein, berries (high in antioxidants and fiber), pumpkin seeds (great source of magnesium), and more, these bars are easy to prepare and easy to grab and enjoy! Click here for the full recipe.
These are just a few delicious, creative, and easy to prepare healthy meal prepping recipes! At HarborChase Senior Living, we understand the power of a nutrient-dense meal, as well as the importance of starting the day the right way. Our farm-to-fork philosophy shows our dedication to utilizing fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients that celebrate flavor and nutrition in every sip and bite.
We invite you to taste for yourself! Experience the dining services offered at HarborChase Senior Living by scheduling a visit to one of our retirement communities throughout the United States.