Clean eating is so much easier when you are prepared! Typically I try to keep my fridge, freezer and pantry stocked with healthy ingredients and make extra of whatever I am preparing for dinner to eat for subsequent meals. I know that my current habits will have to evolve as I enter motherhood in the next few weeks. My time and energy for cooking will not be the same, but my need for clean and nourishing foods will be greater than ever. In my Pregnancy and Postpartum Nutrition Plan, I mentioned that I am stocking my freezer with both grab and go meals and building blocks for making them quickly and easily. I want to share exactly what I am preparing with you, including my technique for making sure it all stays fresh- using the FoodSaver FM2000 Vacuum Sealing System.
Why am I using a vacuum sealing system? I want the meals that I prep ahead to stay fresh for the maximum amount of time. There is nothing worse than opening up a container of frozen soup to find it completely freezer burnt and inedible. I honesty have no idea when this baby will come or how long we will need to rely on our freezer stash, so making sure it will stay fresh and tasting delicious through the Summer is clutch!
4 Ways I'm Stocking my Freezer for Clean Eating
Soups- soups are one of the best nutrient dense meals for freezing and staying fresh. I am freezing a variety of soups including:
Meats- I want to make sure I have high quality protein options to add to my veggie/grain bowls. I am freezing:
Snacks- There are plenty of packaged options, but homemade snacks are always cheaper and cleaner! I am freezing:
Smoothies- I am freezing packets of smoothie ingredients that I can simply add nut milk to and blend. Some of the combinations I am doing are:
This blog post is sponsored by Food Saver, the #1 Best Selling Vacuum Sealing Brand. The first time I got a Food Saver was when Andrew’s grandma gifted us one last year! Saving money and eliminating food waste is definitely something her and I have in common. I am currently using and loving the FM2000 Vacuum Sealing System (pictured here), which is ETL certified and comes with a 5 year limited warranty. You can find more on my favorite food saving system here!