This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Rubbermaid®. All opinions expressed within this post are 100% my own.
Within the last month, my husband and I gradually started incorporating a small lifestyle change when it comes to the meals we prepare and eat. For years we’ve mostly eaten what we wanted and were able to get away with it, but as we’ve gotten a little older, our bodies have become a little bit slower and the weight started sticking to us more than we wanted. We both have jobs that require us to sit down a good bit, and even though I do chase around a toddler all day, I’m definitely not nearly as active as I once was. I’m certainly busier now that I’m a mom, but I’ve strayed away from quality physical exercise and exchanged it for trying to catch a break on the couch once my toddler is down for a nap. All that is to say, we saw that some changes needed to be made in our lifestyle, and the first place we started was eating healthier and better foods.
We decided that our bodies needed a big time boost in the amount of greens we consume, so one of our biggest goals was to incorporate at least one salad into our diets every single day. Keeping fresh greens and lettuce can be tricky for us. Because we live in a very rural area (30 minutes from the closest grocery store,) I don’t get to run to the supermarket and pick up fresh ingredients as frequently as I’d like to. For this reason, I really depend on a quality storage system to help us keep our salads fresh.
At the beginning of each week, I prepare my husband and I our salads for the whole work week. I keep all of the ingredients we need to make our salads in the new Rubbermaid BRILLIANCE 10-piece food storage containers, and since making the switch to these food containers, meal prep has never been easier!
Rubbermaid BRILLIANCE containers are 100% leak-proof, which is perfect for my husband who grabs his container early in the morning and travels a long distance to work with it. If it happens to slide around in the car and fall onto the floorboard, he doesn’t have to worry about any juices or dressings seeping out of the sides (which has happened numerous times with other products.) They’re also BPA free, microwave safe and stain resistant – so no worries about ruining the product after heating up foods with ingredients that are known to stain.
I also love that they’re crystal clear, so I know exactly what I’m grabbing when I reach in the fridge to pull our the ingredients I need to make a salad. The modular shape and sizes of the containers are perfect for stacking to save space in the fridge, and they hold the perfect amount of ingredients that we use throughout the week for our meal prep.
Meal prep for the week can often be one of those mundane tasks that can feel more like a chore than actually doing something productive, but since incorporating the Rubbermaid BRILLIANCE containers into our routine, I actually look forward to reaching in my fridge and pulling out all of the fresh ingredients I need. It’s SO much easier to see all of those beautiful and bright colors in the clear containers than to fumble through other mismatched containers trying to open the lid to see what’s hiding in each one. Plus, I’m much more likely to eat my greens when I can see them on display!
Lifestyle changes can be hard to make, especially when you’re so accustomed to a certain way of life for so long. To ensure success in our quest to cook with and eat ingredients that are fresh and good for us, it’s important to avoid as many bumps in the road as possible, and dealing with products that make the process more difficult (be it products that leak, stain, aren’t microwave safe, etc.) just isn’t something that we want to deal with. Luckily, switching to Rubbermaid BRILLIANCE has helped us stay on track and has made meal prep SO much easier for us!
Have you recently incorporated a lifestyle change into your day-to-day life? Do you struggle with meal prep or have any helpful tips and information you’d like to share? Leave a comment below and share the love!
One VERY lucky Southern Made Simple reader is going to win a Rubbermaid BRILLIANCE 10-piece food storage set of their very own! Just enter using the giveaway form provided below. Must be 18 or older to enter and a resident of the US. Giveaway ends 6/6/17.
My current struggle is with time management. I would prep salad because I need to eat more veggies and easier if it’s all ready to go.
Julie Wood says
My current struggles with food prep is having the right containers to store my leftovers in! Also I am going to make my hard boiled eggs and veggies and fruits cut up in these storage containers!
Marti Tabora says
My current struggle is having enough containers to do make ahead meals and having enough of the right size containers.
Debbie Welchert says
My current struggle is not being able to see what is in the containers in the refrigerator when I want to make a dish with my leftovers. I’m constantly grabbing the wrong containers that I want to use. I think the first thing I will make is tacos. I can fill all the containers up with what I need to top the tacos and have a taco bar. The kids would love it and there would be no guessing on which containers to grab.
My food prep struggles are not having enough containers to store my veggies in. The first thing that I would make and store in these containers are all the fixings for tacos.
Jessica To says
I struggle with planning meals ahead of time. The first thing I would use these containers for would be taco toppings.
My struggle is to remember to prep on the weekend. I would prep veggies.
Darlene Owen says
My biggest concern is keeping fruit fresh. I will store my lunch meat in one of these containers.
Cheryl B says
My current struggle with food prep is finding the time to cut up everything and keeping it fresh until I use it.
Tiffany Merritt says
I like to do larger shopping trips to cut down on how much time I spend in the stores, but that causes a struggle with eating all our fruits and veggies before they start to wilt/mold. This sounds like a great solution!
I struggle with giving myself enough time to meal prep. I would prep salads in these containers 🙂
Donna L says
My current struggles is having enough energy to cook a meal. I would use these for homemade tacos.
Debbie F says
I really don’t have any struggles with meal prep other than sometimes having to rush due to time constraints but that’s everyone isn’t it? 🙂
I would make a stir fry and use the containers for the leftovers.
Lynne B says
I’ve been much better about food prep recently. I’d be storing all the prepped veggies and fruits for my daily smoothies.
Sandy Cain says
My biggest struggle with food prep is having containers that are poorly designed and made. I am tired of containers that leak, and lids that don’t fit. These Rubbermaid ones look like top quality! I’m really into summer salads now, so I’d use these to store my prepped salad ingredients seperately.
My struggle is getting bored easily of the same thing. I have a few recipes saved that I am going to try this week. My first will be a veggie curry.
rochelle haynes says
My struggle is keeping my veggies fresh for my soups
Kelly mcgrew says
My struggle is trying to make a lunch that has to have separated parts (like a taco, where the lettuce has to be separated from the meat/cheese as it doesn’t need to be cooked). I am looking forward to trying these Rubbermaid containers!
Kenya F says
My current struggles are actually coming up with a meal plan. It seems like an easy thing to do but when I try it never gets done.Big reason why..laziness comes in. SMH Also I always buy tons of vegetables and fruits and they go bad before I can use it.
Sandy Klocinski says
The healthier, better quality food always cost more money. I would make crock pot salsa chicken first
Joni Lively Taylor says
My current struggles are how to not eat the same thing every day. I would love these so I could see what I’m taking and so it doesn’t spill.
I would like to store chopped veggies with it.
Kathy Hanley says
My current food struggle is being gluten intolerant, allergic to dairy and soy and trying to find new things to eat and meals to make. I would probably make a salad to take to the beach first!
ellen beck says
My biggest struggle is getting something nutritious and good made. I would put in maybe make your own tacos fixings.
Cynthia C says
My biggest struggle is finding a menu that appeals to everyone. I would make hummus first to keep on hand for snacking.
Denise B. says
I don’t have any problems with food preparation, and these containers will help me keep everything as organized as I like to keep things.
Joyce S. says
I struggle with food waste, so the clarity of the Rubbermaid containers would be a huge help. The first thing I would do is store veggies for salads.
Debbi Wellenstein says
My struggle with food prep is that I don’t want to do it! These containers would inspire me to prep fresh veggies for the week.
Sarah Hall says
My current struggle is having storage containers for it all. If I put the veggies in plastic baggies, they do not stack well in the fridge. I would make a big pot of veggie soup.
cheryl s says
my current problem with food prep is finding the time to prep several meals in advance
paige chandler says
My challenge to food prep is TIME. I will be storing dinner leftovers,
Kim Avery says
The struggle is not having enough containers and I have to use zip lock bags which aren’t earth friendly! My first meal would be lasagna because I can prep most of it ahead and bonus the sauce won’t stain when I use them for leftovers!
Lana simanovicki says
My struggle is lunches for the family .I would do prepping for that
Barbara Montag says
I have difficulty having enough and the right size refrigerator containers.
For the first meal I would have a taco night.
Could use this set as an early wedding present for my soon-to-be hubby and me!
Frank kerner says
It’s hard for me to dedicate a whole day to cooking for the week.
Lana simanovicki says
I struggle with lunches.this will help me alot
This is the one thing I’m missing from my meal preps and food storage. I would love to have this.
current struggle is all the annoying chopping of vegetables! I would use these for pre-chopped salad add ins so I could throw salads together quickly every day
My biggest struggle is keeping the prep fresh long enough. I would use these first for fajitas! Would be so nice to prep everything ahead of time!
The first meal I’d prepare and store in Rubbermaid BRILLIANCE containers is tacos.
My current struggle is having the veggies go dry after being cut for a day or two.
CAndei L says
I have a horrible habit of not checking if I have the ingredients before I start. I would make Lasagna or something that we can have for a day or two on left overs. Thank you
The containers do not have longevity; I would prepare Pepperoni Pizza Cassseole.
Lindsey Moody says
I’m so tired after work that it’s hard to find time to meal prep! I’ve love to start the week with a good amount of healthy vegetarian meals for help stay on track.
These look like great containers!
Marsali A says
Chopping millions of veggies takes forever, but these storage containers would be perfect for prep ahead of time!
Kathy Pease says
My current struggle is putting things in the back of the fridge I forget about and I would make my salads to store in these
Jennifer H. says
I would say having time to cut and prep everything and I would say pasta.
I live in a camper with that said the mice eat better than I do so any meal made will be what I eat not the varmints
Laurie Emerson says
My current struggle with food prep is finding the time to do it. The first meal I would prep and store is all the veggies I need to make my tacos.
The food going bad before I can use it.
I would prep for a beef and vegetable stir fry and store strawberries and romaine too.
My current struggle with food prep is being able to tolerate the noise in my home to get anything done. I have some really noisy neighbors for 10-12 hours/day.
Sharon C says
I struggle to have a variety of foods on hand and to make sure everything is fresh and wholesome. I would cut up some fruits and vegetables to store so I could make a great salad.
I have a difficult time keeping my food prep organized. Th set containers are so convenient and see through they would help so much.
joe clark says
Thanks for the giveaway