Meal prep. It’s probably something you’ve heard whispered in the corners of the weight loss or organized mom worlds, but what does it actually mean? Meal prep is all about getting our food ready for the week in one go. It saves time and can help us to stick to a diet plan. So just how do we begin to meal prep like a pro?
Choose your timings
The last thing you need is to try and cook an entire weeks worth of meals when you have 100 other things to do that day. Rather than overload yourself, try and pick a time in the week you know you will be free to get in the kitchen. Plus, you need to figure out how many meals you need to prepare. Are you going out for dinner that week? Perhaps there is a breakfast meeting at work? This should help give you an idea of how long you need to spend prepping your meals as well as avoid any waste.
Have reusable food
Some meal preppers opt to have the same meals all week. This can make meal prep easier as you are merely cooking up an extra large portion of each meal. However, many may find this option boring after the third or fourth day. Choosing parts of the meal that can be used throughout the week can make prepping quicker while still getting a variety of meals. For example, chicken can be turned into so many meals. Plus, a side dish such as peppers can go great with hummus or as part of a salad.
Be box savvy
So you’re starting to get the hang of meal prep and are looking at those Tupperware boxes for sale? Hold your horses. Meal prep means the food needs to survive in the fridge for days. By bundling all the parts of the meal in together, you could be left with a slop of a meal by the final day. Instead, it is best to opt for boxes that come with separate compartments to keep things fresh. If you want to go one step further, choosing dishwasher safe containers could save even more time on the washing up.
Life is all about creating that perfect balancing act, and now we can do it from the inside out. Typically, our meals are made up of carbs, protein, and fats. So choosing your menu is the perfect chance to get in all those major food groups. Eggs, yogurt, avocado, fish, and quinoa are all brilliant choices for creating a diverse menu. As if that wasn’t enough, there are so many ways to cook the meals you won’t have to worry about running out of options!
Who says that leftover dinners can’t become lunch the next day? Precisely! If you know you’ll enjoy your meal, then you can save time – and potentially money – by serving up your meal over a few days. This is also great if you choose simpler meals to pack out your menu. Less time in the kitchen prepping and more time sitting down enjoying our hard work? Yes, please.
Meal prep may sound scary, but it doesn’t have to be. All it takes is a bit of practice and preparation, and you could soon find yourself with all that extra time throughout the week. You’re soon set to become the envy of your friends in the kitchen, and all for being prepared. We like it.