We’ve all been there: You went to Whole Foods with noble ambitions, spend all day in the kitchen, meal prepping and feeling damn proud about it, and then … you open your lunch on Wednesday—your hard-earned lunch that cost you a whole weekend afternoon that could’ve been spent watching The Crown!—and realize that it simply doesn’t taste good anymore.
It happens to the best of us, which is why we’re grateful to the folks at Well + Good for asking registered dietitians what they meal prep that actually lasts as it should in the fridge for days. Crisis averted.
Find that and more ways to make a regular ol’ workweek just a little bit better—think: the spin instructor-approved workout playlist that will get you hyped, the best podcasts of 2019, the crunchy addition that transforms a boring dinner, and more—below.
Rethink your go-to salmon recipe. How to turn yet another dinner of salmon and rice into, um, something you actually feel like eating? Add coconut crisp! The folks over at Bon Appetit created a recipe for a chile-laced coconut crisp that instantly upgrades a boring salmon dinner, but you could take this recipe in a trillion different directions based on your spice preferences. Do it.
Actually enjoy your commute. I think about my life in two time periods: Before Podcasts and After Podcasts. Before podcasts, my commute on the El was the darkest 30 minutes of my day, filled with the occasional armpit in my face or stranger barking at me. (No, really, this happened to me once.) After podcasts, I looked forward to it—all of a sudden, I didn’t notice the armpits and the barking because I had brilliant stories to distract me. If you, too, devour podcasts at an insane rate, this list of the best podcasts of 2019 will surely give you a few you haven’t heard of to plow through. Do it.
Work out like a pro: City Fitness spin instructors, also known as the best hype people you know, shared their favorite hype-up workout songs with us. Stream this playlist during your next workout, and thank us later. (An added incentive: Research shows that listening to music can boost your workout. But we all already knew that, right?) Do it.
Decompress. January tends to be go-go-go, which can turn sanity into a long-lost friend. So schedule some chill time into your calendar: Take a bath! Read a magazine! Lay on your couch doing absolutely nothing but daydreaming for an hour! And don’t you dare feel guilty about it.
Stretch the workweek off: If you’re chained to a desk chair during the workday, your body probably isn’t too happy with you. Turns out doing a bridge—a common move you might’ve done in a yoga or Pilates class—can help to wipe away some of that workday wear-and-tear. Do it.
Celebrate Naturday! The folks behind Hawthorne’s just opened Wine Dive, a wine-focused bar that feels, well, like a dive bar. And according to the folks over at Foobooz, they’re implementing a little something called Naturdays—natural wine Saturdays, complete with specials. Yes, please! Do it.
Meal prep better. There’s nothing worse than spending your Sunday meal prepping, only to realize come Wednesday that you’d rather go hungry that eat the soggy, unappetizing, sorry excuse for food you made for yourself. To remedy this common problem, the folks at Well + Good asked healthy-eating pros to spill on the foods that actually taste good well into the week. If you’re smart, you’ll copy ‘em. Do it.