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Food prep pro tips in 7 days to support pregnancy! Day 5- Grains



You probably hear about food prepping everywhere but it’s all so overwhelming because you don’t really know what it is or how to do it?

Here is a quick guide for you to help understand why organizing your pantry, fridge and meal schedule truly is a magic tool to make your life easier.

Even after a super crazy day, eating a cozy homemade dinner will help you relax, get grounded and will provide essential nutrients. 

I promise it will make you feel like you got this whole LIFE thing together!


What to buy?

Find my winter/spring grocery/farmers market guide here.


Food prep 101!

The easiest way to keep your kitchen in order and make quick, versatile dishes is to prep your food as soon as you get home from the market or grocery store. Today I’ll teach you how to prepare all kinds of food to have it handy throughout the week. For storage I suggest use jars and glass containers if possible to avoid exposure to toxic material such as BPA. For greens I use ziploc bags because I found that if I can seal it airtight it lasts longer. 


 

Day 5- Grains


Technically rice is not a grain but a seed! Since the cooking methods of grains and rice are very similar, I will talk about them both here calling it all "grains".


On Sundays when I prep for the week, I always cook one or two different kinds of grains to have it handy during the week. I use them in salads, soups, congee, stir fry or as a side dish. The best way to prep grains is to soak them overnight before cooking. Whole grains soaked or sprouted before cooking are easiest to digest.

My favorite kinds are brown rice, sprouted rice and quinoa. That's all! 😌...now you can probably tell that I’m not a grain person… true! I don't regularly make pasta or noodles either… if I eat grains, it's mostly in the form of bread. 😆


How to cook your grains:


  1. Wash in a bowl, changing the water multiple times until the water appears clear. 

  2. Soak these grains overnight or for at least 2-3 hours.

  3. Drain and for cooking liquid use water, tea, vegetable juice, vegetable broth or bone broth to make it more flavorful and nutrient dense. E.g. ginger tea rice or green tea rice are yummy.

  4. Cook your choice of grain according to the instructions on the packaging. 

  5. Let it cool and refrigerate it in an airtight container, for up to a week.


Note: Pasta is everyone's favorite, I know, but I would suggest eating it with moderation since it's a processed food. Most of the nutrients found in grains get eliminated during the flour making process. Therefore it's better to have all these grains in their whole form.


Love & melons,

🍉 Kriszta

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