Introduction: Vegetarian College Student Meal Prep
This is my usual meal prep for the week. This is just my breakfast and lunch meal prep. My mother usually prepares dinner, which consists of boiled/steamed vegetables and brown rice. One thing that has made all the difference for me is leaving a blender a work so that I can blend my smoothies whenever I want. Just make sure if you do that, label it. My video is in step 9 so if you want to skip to that, feel free!
Step 1: Breakfast!
Sunday evenings mean meal prep day. In the evening I would boil enough eggs for breakfast for the week. So I was planning on having two for breakfast Monday through Friday so I boiled 10 for me and a few more for my siblings. It is a high protein breakfast. I only eat half a yolk from one egg, I throw the other half and the other yolk away. I just don't like the taste of it.
Step 2: Grab Your Blender!
Like I said before, I leave a blender at work. This one is from Target for only like $30. It works magically and affordable. Another option would be to buy one from good will. I would recommend you test it at the store first to make sure it still works.
Step 3: Vegetables
Majority of my smoothies are green smoothies. My favorite leafy green to put in smoothies are spinach so my sister buys a large bag from Costcos for like $5. I prep the spinach in reusable containers, one for each day.
Step 4: Fruit!
Bananas are a cheap and easy to carry fruit. Since I love smoothies and eat them all the time, I actually don't care if it is cold or not. But if you're new to green smoothies, I would recommend freezing a banana or two. You can add any fruit you would like to your smoothie, I just cannot afford anything else right now (college student budget).
Step 5: Avocados!
I love avocados in smoothies. It gives the smoothie a rich, thick texture and taste. I usually only use 1/4 of an avocado in my 1 liter smoothie.
Step 6: Liquids!
I usually add about 12 oz of almond milk and water to my smoothie. I like to split my almond milk, half stays home with me and the other half I like to leave at work for my smoothies.
Step 7: Reusables!
I usually store half of my almond milk in a large mason jar. I also have glass containers as my water bottles. Bringing your own straw reduces plastic. Plus, I noticed that I use a lot of paper towels to dry my hands and the containers when I'm done cleaning them, so I would usually bring a hand towel with me every week.
Step 8: Grab All of Your Supplies!
Grab all of your supplies and let's get smoothing!
Step 9: Video!
Here is my video on how it's made!
Step 10: GREEN SMOOTHIE!
Your green smoothie should look something like this and taste amazing! For this one specifically, I used two RIPE (spotty) bananas (super sweet) with 2 cups packed with spinach, 12 oz of almond milk and 12 oz of water.
Step 11: Compost!
Don't trash your organics, compost it for the soil!