Food and Nutrition

Summer Meal Prep: Tips for Success

Natalie Devlin | Nutrition Specialist
/ June 6, 2023
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When it comes to meal prep in Minnesota during the summer, there are plenty of options available. With the warm weather and abundance of fresh produce, it’s a great time to take advantage of local farmers’ markets and grocery stores. Here are a few tips for successful summer meal prep!

Summer Meal Prep Tips

1. Stock up on seasonal produce

Summer is the perfect time to incorporate fresh fruits and vegetables into your meals. Look for local, in-season produce like tomatoes, corn, zucchini and berries. 

2. Think beyond salads

While salads are a popular choice for summer meals, there are plenty of other options as well. Consider grilling vegetables or making chilled soups for a refreshing and satisfying meal.

3. Prepare meals in advance

To save time and ensure you have healthy meals on hand, try preparing meals in advance. This could mean cooking a big batch of quinoa, grilling extra protein or roasting a tray of vegetables to use throughout the week. 

4. Fire up the grill

Another great tip for summer meal prep is to utilize your outdoor grill. Grilling is not only a fun way to cook but it also adds delicious flavor to your meals. Consider grilling vegetables, burgers, chicken, or fish for a healthy and satisfying meal. Overall, summer is a great time to experiment with new recipes and take advantage of the abundance of fresh, local produce. With a little planning and preparation, you can enjoy healthy and delicious meals all season long. 

Summer Meal Prep Seasoning Ideas

Some unique seasoning and herb combinations to try when grilling vegetables include:

  • Smoked paprika and cumin for a smoky and savory flavor
  • Lemon zest and thyme for a fresh and citrusy taste
  • Garlic and rosemary for a classic savory and herbaceous flavor
  • Curry powder and turmeric for a spicy and exotic taste 
  • Honey and sriracha for a sweet and spicy kick (for Stepwise and Active Maintenance members)

With these tips in mind you’ll be well on your way to successful meal prep this summer! Happy cooking!

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