Summertime Meal Prep Favorites

“June Gloom” is officially gone in San Diego and we are finally in the full swing of summer. Clear skies, constant sunshine, and temperatures in the low 70s, all day every day. Pure bliss.

Now that it’s heating up, we’re spending as much time outdoors as possible. That means we’re not spending a ton of time inside cooking/baking etc. When we are home, I don’t like to use the oven unless it’s absolutely necessary. In our 1950s beach apartment, there’s no AC so things heat up fast! I had fun spending just under an hour meal prepping a few easy bites for the week ahead — no oven required!–  and I’d love to share them with you. They’re nothing earth shattering, but it might be fun to add these into your meal plans this week if you need something new to try!

1. Cranberry and Coconut Bliss Bites

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Chad and I both really enjoy eating one or two of these before we head to the gym in the morning. I get lightheaded if I workout or teach my classes without eating first, but I’m rarely hungry that early! These bites are perfect to give me a little boost and are easy to digest first thing in the morning. Be careful though, they are so addicting! 🙂

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What You’ll Need:

  • Rolled oats
  • All-natural, unsweetened
  • Unsweetened dried cranberries
  • Unsweetened coconut shavings
  • Agave nectar or honey
  • Chia seeds
  • Flax seeds

Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl and blend until mix is even. Place mixture in fridge and chill for 30-60 minutes. Then roll the balls in your hands and store in fridge for up to one week.

2. Triple Berry Salad

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What You’ll Need:

  • Your favorite greens (I opted for an organic spring mix from Aldi)
  • Raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries
  • Sliced almonds
  • Feta cheese
  • If you’d like some extra protein: grilled chicken breast
  • Balsamic vinegar and olive oil

3. ALL THE SMOOTHIES!

We were recently gifted a nutribullet from one of our neighbors (I know, so sweet!) and I’ve been making smoothies every day. They are such a refreshing meal or snack in summertime and I love getting extra fruits and veggies in. My favorite combos lately have been:

  • Frozen peach slices
  • Frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 tbsp. raw beet powder (great for recovery, runners!)
  • Collagen powder
  • Dash of turmeric
  • 3-4 frozen broccoli florets (sneaking veggies in always!)
  • Water

and

  • Blueberries
  • Greek yogurt (or coconut milk yogurt for dairy-free)
  • 1/2 banana
  • Collagen powder
  • 1 tbsp. natural peanut butter

In terms of meal prep, nothing is easier than throwing a bunch of ingredients together in a blender, right? Actually, it can get even easier than that! Because I’m always rushing in the morning (like I’m sure you are too), I like to have as much as possible laid out ahead of time. My clothes, my work bag, and my breakfast. I put all of the ingredients in the nutribullet cup the night before and store it in the fridge. Then when it’s go time in the morning, I just pull it out, flip it, blend, and enjoy. It’s a small hack, but it takes the guess work out of thinking of a good combination and saves me about 5 minutes. And in those fleeting morning minutes, every second counts! 😉

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Pre-blend, going in the fridge the night before. It’s not pretty, but it sure is convenient!

I hope you are having the best summer so far!

What have been some of your favorite meal prep go-tos this season?

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