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Meal Prep – Game Changer

YOU CAN SAVE YOU HOURS OF YOUR LIFE AND GET HEALTHY IN 7 TIPS

I could throw so many sayings at you to motivate you to read and meal prep. Alan Lakein, time management expert, loves to say:

Failing to plan is planning to fail.

This couldn’t be more true for your own personal life. While we are all busy planning things for other people, we generally prioritize ourselves last. Before we know it, we’re hitting the can of Pringles, bag of pepperoni, and if we’re lucky throw in some baby carrots and ranch then we get upset with ourselves when we realize our weight has escalated to something we said we would never hit. Before Monday comes (what is it with Mondays?) you can start making some of these moves to simplify your life.

1. Simple – plan to meal prep

Bust out that calendar, smart device, whatever you are using to keep track of your family events or just daily life events. What do you have coming up? Have a BBQ on Sunday that you know you can’t miss? Write it down. This plan is supposed to work with you not the other way around or it will never work. Make a list of your favorite healthy foods. Don’t have any? We have a list for you on the side to choose from. Work your favorite recipes around these items.

2. Make a list and check it twice

Bust out that calendar, smart device, whatever you are using to keep track of your family events or just daily life events. What do you have coming up? Have a BBQ on Sunday that you know you can’t miss? Write it down. This plan is supposed to work with you not the other way around or it will never work. Make a list of your favorite healthy foods. Don’t have any? We have a list for you on the side to choose from. Work your favorite recipes around these items.

3. Do not overcomplicate food

Seriously, this is the biggest headache many people have. They want to put pizazz or add unnecessary items to their menu. If you know you have a sweet tooth, make those snacks full of yummy fruits and don’t add sugar or whipped cream. Your body is naturally used to nature’s candy – get back to the basics. If salty is your thing, try carrots and guacamole (1/4 c.).

4. Shortcuts for your sanity

Don’t be a hero and think you can buy everything whole. Buy pre-cut veggies and fruits. Get those cans of lentils and beans. That rotisserie chicken will be able to cut down so much time. Not a meat eater? Get those frozen meat alternatives.

5. Block out 2 hours and just cook

All you need is 2 hours out of your week to cook your meals for the week ultimately saving time in your week. Roasting vegetables, sweet potatoes, proteins will cut down on your time and utility bill. You can get all of the sides ready in about 30 minutes. Meal prep is easy!

6. Let your creative flag fly

I am a huge believer in repurposing things and making meals exciting. Eating the same thing every day will get boring but making a different meal every single day gets expensive and time consuming. So have two lunch options and two dinner options and change up the protein. Try a new protein – edamame, tofu, shrimp. Once you get the hang of meal prep, you’ll be able to get more creative.

7. Do not go cheap on storage

Look, I’m a bargain queen but do not, just do not skimp on the food storage container. You will need various sizes for different meals. Make sure to get ones that are BPA-free so they won’t melt in the microwave or dishwasher.

I can not wait to see what you meal prep! Take a picture and post it online with hashtag #BINGONUGGET.

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