How to Make Meal Prep a Little Easier
Right now, if you look up #MealPrep on Instagram, you’ll find that at the moment, there are over 4.5 million pictures tagged with that particular phrase.
There are also whole accounts dedicated to meal prepping and some of them, like Meal Prep Daily, even have thousands of followers.
Why are People so Preoccupied With Meal Prep?
As you can clearly see, millions of people out there are obsessed with meal preparation. And that’s quite understandable, seeing how there countless benefits to preparing your meals ahead of time. For instance, you’ll surely eat healthier if you buy more nutritious food in advance.
While some Instagram accounts and cooking shows make meal prep look easy, it actually takes a lot of legwork.
But in the end, meal prep is definitely worth it. And by the time you get the hang of it, you’ll be surprised just how much time and money you’ll be able to save. So here we have a couple of tips that will surely help you make your meal prep faster and easier.
Four Meal Prep Tips
1. Start Making Plans
You should start things off by making a list of your favorite healthy foods, selecting some recipes that can be made quickly. And then, simply decide what you will eat for every meal throughout the week. Just keep in mind that this includes every snack as well
If things look hard, don’t sweat it too much, because thing will get easier and easier after a while, once you get enough practice. If you recipes start to get stale, you should consider contacting a meal prep company like Sun Basket that will help you with fresh groceries and recipes every week.
2. Always Stick to the Grocery List
You cannot let any junk food or candy sneak into your cart. If you stack your kitchen with these items, at one point or another you won’t have enough self-control to resist them. And even if you think that you have enough willpower to avoid them, try not making any impulse purchases.
However, if you really have an urge to buy a certain item, make sure that you can fit it in your meal plan for the week. Just keep those items to a minimum – you don’t want anything to go to waste, right? If you manage to stick to your grocery list, you’ll also save some money too.
3. Keep Your Snacks Simple
When you’re preparing food for the whole week at once, it’s vital to keep everything simple as possible. If you start making elaborate meals, you’ll only end up losing a lot of time. So save yourself a couple of hours every week, by selecting meals that don’t require a lot of your time.
This is especially important when you’re preparing snacks. So you should include lots of fresh fruit, pre-cut vegetables and maybe a couple of boiled eggs – just make sure not to leave those eggs in the fridge for too long. If you need any help, Beach Body has a good list of snacks with less than 150 calories.
4. Get Some Storage Containers
Finally, the last tip on our list does require a few bucks. Nevertheless, if you invest a small a rather small amount in food containers, it will surely make a world of difference. It would be wise to stick to one type of containers and buy a couple of them, so you could stack and store them neatly.
If go with plastic containers, buy BPA-free ones, because they won’t melt in your dishwasher to microwave. They are also handy if you want to carry your meals with you, so you should also consider buying an insulated bag to make things even more convenient.
Of course, all of this preparation has a point – people want to reach their health and fitness goals. Healthy eating is usually as simple as reaching in to your fridge for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
And when you plan your meals ahead, you’ll surely be less tempted to stop for a burger and fries on your way from work, or order some takeout once you arrive.
Whether you plan your meals for the whole week, or you plan for just a few days at a time, doing so will help you stick to your diet and give you a lot more free time to maybe go to the gym and have a nice workout session. By Monica Nichols
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Monica Nichols is a 32-year-old writer and fashion designer from Omaha, Nebraska. When she’s not writing for www.diet.st she enjoys ice skating and watching old movies.