Brigit, I agree that processing fruits and vegetables in any way starts the nutrient loss in them, and I also prefer to do the chopping and cutting just prior to prep. But I do like to have my veggies and fruits washed en mass before I put them away (except for fruits and veggies which spoil easily like berries and leaves.)
In making something like ratatouille, just having the veggies washed prior to preparation saves a few minutes.
When I still had kids at home, I found they ate a lot more fruit when it was already washed and ready to grab. (Not that they were too lazy to wash it for themselves!!!) (They WERE.)
Lauren, I am SO into portioning my snacks, it's almost funny! But it works for me.
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