Let’s face it—meal prep is no easy task. Adhering to a nutritional program takes quite a bit of planning and often times hours of work, and some people just don’t have time to make happen. Rather than prepare and store meals throughout the week, countless people decide to choose the drive through instead, which leads to failed health and fitness goals as well as an expensive hit to your bank account. Use these tips to make meal prep quick and easy, and you’ll start to see results faster than you can imagine.
Make A Plan
Make a list of several simple and healthy meals you would like to make throughout the week. Break down the ingredients for each meal and go to the grocery store to purchase only these items. Once you go through the process a few times it will become second nature.
Cook Everything at Once
Roast or bake all your vegetables, meat and sides at one time. By cooking everything at once, you will save time and cut down on your utility bills. Everything can be prepared in approximately 30 minutes and will last you throughout the entire week.
Buy pre-chopped vegetables, fruit and quick fix foods such as microwaveable rice and pre-cooked meats to save yourself time. Many products are now available that will provide you all the health and nutrition benefits of traditional foods but will save time and energy when in the kitchen.
Satisfy Your Cravings in a Healthy Way
Try using fruit or zero-calorie sweet treats to satisfy cravings and desires for desserts. Many healthy protein snacks are now available that are low in calories, and easy to pack and take with you anywhere.
Store Your Food Safely
Invest in a meal prep bag that allows you to safely store your Tupperware throughout the day. You will make your life a lot easier by freeing up hand space when you’re on the go and you can ensure that you stay healthy and avoid food sickness by properly keeping food cold.
Give Yourself Time
They say it takes about 3 weeks to form a habit. Preparing your food throughout the week is no different so give yourself time to become accustomed and form a habit. Don’t throw in the towel if it doesn’t work out the first time. Expect to make adjustments along the way.