Meal prepping is a great way to save time and money and meet your goals.
Deciding what you want to eat each week takes time, but it will get easier as you determine what your "staple" foods are. You'll discover new recipes, new favorites, and which meals take minimal effort. Having food prepared will give you more time to devote to your workouts, self-care, and family time.
Typically, meal prepping involves making your meals for the week; this includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I also like to create a snack arsenal to have quick healthy options ready for the unpredictable moments! If you prep your food, you'll always have clean food on your hands and no excuses to grab something unhealthy!
No matter how you do it, planning anything will set you up for success. Food prepping is the essential thing that you can do on your health and fitness journey. Especially if you're focused on losing body fat and gaining muscles, fuel your body with well-planned, nutritious, and delicious, balanced meals to allow your body to function at its peak!
Meal Prepping Simplified:
Meal Plan: Write out the meals you want to eat for the week. Incorporate protein, complex carbs, and healthy fats. Don't forget fruit and veggies. If you're a newbie, start with just planning out dinner!
Shop: Check your fridge and pantry first, and then make a list of what you need to buy.
Cook: To be efficient, utilize a crockpot or slow cooker! You can cook something in there and also use the oven or grill to prepare another meal/
Store: Wash and chop your fruits and vegetables for an easy grab and go. Portioning out your meals will help your mornings go smoothly. Utilize meal prep storage containers- MAKE SURE THEY'RE GLASS OR STAINLESS STEEL. If you're using plastic, be sure to NEVER microwave in the tupawear. Find more details as to why HERE!
Ground meats, poultry, and seafood can last 3-4 days
Soups and stews 3-4 days
Boiled Eggs 1 Week
Plan meals that have different tastes but utilize similar ingredients. AKA Cook once and eat twice. This will allow you to create multiple items from one prepped item and maximize your budget at the grocery store.
With the right strategy, discipline, and recipes, you can meal prep in under an hour. There are many ways to save time, food, and money by planning. If you don't know where to start, consider purchasing a 7 Day Meal Guide! I have over 21 different nutrition types (dairy-free, anti-inflammation, vegan, etc.). Each guide is 100% personalized. Meal plans are based on your preferences and restrictions!