Meal prepping is a major life saver for me. When I’m not prepared, it’s a lot harder for me to stay on track with my meals. By prepping ahead of time, I really don’t have an excuse. Here are a few tips to help you get started!
Before meal prepping, sit down and write out your grocery list. Start by deciding what you want to eat for the next few days, and list the ingredients for each meal (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks). When you go to the store, STICK TO THE LIST. Avoid buying a bunch of junk food that will trip you up later down the road. If you don’t already have good containers at home, this is also the time to invest in some BPA free Tupperware or glass containers…whatever you prefer. You might also consider investing in a blender and crock pot.
I like to work smarter, not harder. Breakfast is the easiest meal for me to prep. Smoothies can be whipped up in large batches, oats can be made overnight, and many breakfast recipes are just quick and easy period! Since fall is finally here and it’s starting to cool off, it’s the perfect time to include soup, stew, and chili into your meal plan too. I like these options because they can easily be prepared using a crock pot. The only prep is to chop up the ingredients. From there, you can typically throw them in the crock pot and you’re done! Baking food is also an easy way to prep since the oven will ultimately do the work for you. When preparing meals, you also want to consider the type of food you’re cooking. Go for something that won’t spoil and still tastes good a couple of days down the road. On that note, not all of your meals have to be cooked right away. If you prefer freshly cooked food, prep by chopping, seasoning, etc and keep the food in Ziploc bags or containers until you’re ready to cook it.
TIME/AMOUNT OF PREPPING
Many people complain that they don’t have time to meal prep. The time you spend prepping is all up to you. If you’re just starting out, I would suggest prepping for 3-4 days at a time. You could also prep one meal for the week (lunch for 5 days) if you have plenty of time to cook your breakfast and dinner every day. If you struggle with making healthy choices throughout the day, be sure to spend some of your meal prep time to get your snacks ready!
MY MEAL PLAN
So here’s an example of what I eat in a work week (M-F). I’m pretty boring because I don’t mind eating the same thing every day. If you need more variety in your life, go for it!
Oats with almond milk & clover honey, bananas, Yogi tea
Whole wheat pasta with sauteed veggies (onion, bell pepper, mushrooms) & pasta sauce, salad with dark leafy greens & Caesar dressing
Apple & pb
Rice with sauteed veggies & sweet chili sauce
Now it’s time for you to make a plan and WORK IT! Comment below with questions or to simply share your meal plan with us. Like this post and share it with a friend!