Hairbrained Quick-Tips: Easy Meal Prep for Salon Success
If your aim is to eat healthier, trying out some simple meal prep ideas is a great place to start. That’s because for many stylists, the biggest healthy-eating challenge has to do with making last-minute decisions about food. When you’re hungry and exhausted from a busy day spent standing on your feet, you’re less likely to make choices that nourish your body.
Here, Katrina Beede Nguyen shares her quick-tips for mastering the meal-prep game, in a snap, so you can keep going strong in the salon – all week long.
Chicken with Marinade
- 3 organic chicken breasts
- Minced garlic
- Avocado oil
- 1 Tbsp. raw honey
- Himalayan sea salt
- Coconut amino acids
Mixed Green Salad
- Organic sliced cucumber
- Chopped red onion
- Frozen spiralized zucchini, thawed
- Frozen spiralized carrots, thawed
- Pre-riced cauliflower
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Apple cider vinegar
- 1 Tbsp. tarragon
- Pink Himalayan salt
Tip 1: Place the chicken in a shallow bowl + coat it with salt, pepper and quick-marinade. Set aside for at least 30 minutes and up-to to 24 hours.
Tip 2: Heat a large pan over medium heat, and coat evenly with 1-Tbsp. coconut oil. Place the chicken breasts in the pan and allow them to Brown on both sides, cooking thoroughly (about 4 to 5 min each side). Turn the burner off and allow the chicken to rest.
Tip 3: Using a separate pan, heat 1-Tbsp. coconut oil over medium to high heat. Add the riced cauliflower, and season with salt and pepper. Cook until slightly browned about 5-6 minutes; move into a bowl.
Tip 4: Cook spiralized zucchini over medium high heat for 1 -2 minutes (until just-tender). Transfer to a bowl, and repeat, cooking the spiralized carrots for 5 minutes.
Tip 5: Using bento boxes, build your lunches using the prepped items from tips 2-4. You can create a variety of flavor combinations, using chicken as your anchor-protein.
Some possible combinations are:
- Chicken + cauliflower rice + mixed greens with red onions + cucumber and dressing
- Chicken + carrot and zucchini spirals + cauliflower rice + raspberries and blueberries
- Chicken + spiralized carrots + cauliflower rice + banana
“Have fun with your flavor combinations, and it will help to keep your in-salon meals fresh and satisfying, plus will keep you fueled with wholesome energy.”
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