How many times have you gotten done with work, felt super hangry and impatient, and decided to stop and pick-up food at a drive-thru? We’ve heard it before: Failing to plan is planning to fail. We can prevent the stop at the drive-thru by planning and prepping our meals in advance. Once you get the hang of meal prepping, you will be amazed at how much time and money you can save. You will also feel better both mentally and physically- nourishing your body with whole foods and a greater sense of accomplishment, as you take steps towards a healthier version of YOU!
Here are some tips and tricks to help get you started with your journey into meal prep:
Make a plan
Decide what recipes you want to create or foods you want to have on hand for the week. It does not need to be complicated, multi-step recipes. It can be as simple as chicken breasts, roasted veggies, rice, etc. Then create a grocery list and stick to it!
Keep it simple and mix it up
When you’re cooking everything for the week at once, it’s important to keep it simple. Breakfast could be overnight oats. For lunch you make ground turkey and chicken breasts with sweet potatoes and asparagus. Dinner might be salmon or ground beef with rice/quinoa with broccoli. Save time by choosing snacks that don’t require a lot of time, but are still healthy grab-and-go options (ie. Hard-boiled eggs, nuts/seeds, pre-cut veggies, avocado, berries, etc.) If you prep a few protein/carb/veggie options, you can mix and match for your meals throughout the week. No one wants to eat the same thing every day, so get creative with your healthy combos!
Make the time
How many of us have heard or said “eating healthy takes too much time” or “I’m too busy to prep my own food.” We’ve all been there. If you want to be successful in preparing your food, you need to make the time to do this. It does not need to be a full day, just a few hours one or two days a week. You dedicate a specific time to preparing your food… put it on your calendar if that helps hold yourself accountable! I like to meal prep on Sunday’s and Wednesday’s. I set aside 2-3 hours and make the recipes and foods that I planned and shopped for so that my fridge is stocked for Monday and then the end of the week heading into the weekend.
Invest in re-usable containers
Once you finish cooking, you will need some places to store your foods. Mason jars are great to have on hand, especially for overnight oats. There are tons of container options on Amazon- metal and glass will hold-up the best, but choose an option that you feel works best for you!
Keep your eyes on the prize!
When clean eating is as simple as reaching into the fridge for your lunch or dinner, you’ll be less tempted to stop for fast food or order takeout. Whether you do your meal prep for the week all ahead of time or just a few days at a time, doing so will help you stick to your meal plan and give you even more time to enjoy your day!
All Hail the TreadMighty,
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