We all have dreams of meal-prepping every Sunday, but too often we can't find the time. What if we told you Hilaria Baldwin, fitness and wellness expert, author of The Living Clearly Method, cofounder of Yoga Vida in NYC, mom to three young kiddos, and wife to
Donald Trump Alec Baldwin, has the time?
Meal prep isn't new for the wellness guru. "I used to do this when I was on a tight budget, and I still do this now that I am a crazed, busy mom, because I can open my fridge and throw together a healthy, fast meal that actually tastes good," Baldwin says.
Her favorite meal-prep lunch? The bowl. (Us too, girl.) "By prepping a few main ingredients—such as grains, legumes, vegetables, and proteins—in advance, you make healthy eating systematic and simple," Baldwin says. Then all you have to do is assemble and decorate with your toppings of the day.
And don't feel like you have to stick to the same meal either. "You can customize your bowls in a thousand ways... the more nuts, seeds, and healthy condiments you get into your cupboards, the more fun you can have, making even a busy lunchtime a chance to savor satisfying tastes and textures," she says.
No recipe? No problem. She follows a few basic guidelines that create delicious combos every time:
- A hearty base layer such as grains or roasted root vegetables (or a mix of both)
- A generous serving of greens or other vegetables, cooked or raw (or a combo of both)
- Protein of some kind—anything from tempeh to a hard-cooked egg to chicken; even lentils, black beans, or a scoop of tasty hummus will do the trick
- Healthy fat (consider adding some avocado or a splash of extra-virgin olive oil)
- Bump up the flavor and texture by experimenting with savory twists—a splash of tamari or a sprinkle of nutritional yeast, maybe even a scattering of pepitas or sunflower seeds for some crunch
You don’t have to be exact, but below are the approximate proportions to her satisfying and nourishing meal-prep bowls. You can double, triple, or quadruple based on how many meals you're prepping.
- 1 cup cooked grain or root vegetable
- 4 ounces protein (about the size of a deck of cards) or 1/2 cup cooked legumes
- 3 cups raw vegetables or 1 1/2 to 2 cups cooked vegetables
- 1 tablespoon seeds or nuts (optional)
- 1 serving dressing
Bowls can be eaten at room temperature or warmed up, depending on their ingredients and your mood (or the temperature outside). If you want warm, she suggests adding everything but the fats and flavorings to a steamer pot on the stove to lightly heat, then transferring scoop by scoop to a bowl and adding the toppings and dressing. If you're the kind of person who needs a recipe, Baldwin has some seriously tasty ones in her latest book, The Living Clearly Method.
Guys, I thought I'd never say this, but celebs, they really are just like us.