Squeezing into my jeans I felt frustrated as I struggled to do them up.
After having my two kids, Hudson, then two, and Kaia, two months, I was finding it difficult to shift the last of the baby weight.
Then I found some recipes on the website Healthy Mummy and finally started to see a difference to my body shape.
My husband Liam and the kids loved the Mexican lasagne and healthy mac and cheese too.
As a busy working mum I realised it was easier to prepare the food in advance.
So every Sunday, I spent two to three hours in the kitchen making up our meals for the week.
It meant when I got home from work, I could simply warm it through rather than cook it from scratch.
I soon discovered another benefit too.
As I’m always planning what we’re going to eat, we save $100 a week on groceries – that’s around $5000 a year!
Before, I’d splurge on fresh items I didn’t end up using and throw them away. Now, I know exactly what I need to buy.
One day I cooked up 114 meals and snacks for just $129 – about $1 a dinner! I’ve also used my food prep to make 200 meals for a local homeless shelter.
As well as saving time and cash, I’ve lost 30 kilos with this new way of eating. It’s a no brainer!
Sascha's top tips:
● Always plan what you’re going to eat for the week.
● Make twice the amount of food at dinner and eat it for lunch the next day.
● If your kids are fussy eaters, get them involved with the prep. They’ll be more likely to eat it if they helped make it.
● If you can’t pre-make the whole dish, do part of it, like boiling the pasta or rice.
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