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Whether you are prepping daily lunches or for weekly dinner options, Tinyhood's Registered Dietitian, Janel, will help you understand what you need to get started.
Ask Janel, our Registered Dietitian!
Hi Katherine, Although I don't know how old your toddler is, I think involving them in meal prepping can start as early as 18 months! Just the exposure you provide to the foods you're preparing is beneficial in getting your child to recognize a wide variety of foods. Letting your child tear the lettuce, stir the pasta, wash the veggies, spread the pizza sauce, etc. is letting him see, smell, and touch a variety of different foods - and maybe he'll even take a taste! There's no need to talk to them about why it's important to eat healthy foods - the best thing you're doing is sharing a positive food experience (meal prep) with your little one, and giving him access to be exposed to and learn about foods your family eats. Have fun with it!
Do you have tips on the best times to prep? Sunday nights are starting to become a problem.
Hi Denny,There is no right or wrong day to prep! Is there any day in the week where you have a pocket of time you can set aside for meal prep? It also doesn't have to be all done at once. You can plan out your meals for the week, and "semi-prep" by washing/chopping all of your veggies, pre cooking grains like rice and quinoa, marinading meats in advance, putting calendar reminders (that's what I do!) to defrost meat/fish the night before so it's ready to cook the next day, etc. On really busy weeks, I recommend picking 2-3 meals that'll last you 2-3 days each so you have leftovers. If you have some time in the evening, you could always cook the next night's dinner before you go to bed (or before you clean up the kitchen from that evening's meal) so you're not rushing to cook dinner at dinnertime. When you meal prep, try to do so in a time-efficient way, such as prepping all of the foods at the same time that require the oven (like roasted veg, cooked meat, casseroles, etc) and doing all of the stovetop meals (like cooked grains, stir fried foods, etc.) at the same time. Hope this helps!