7 Easy Meal Prep TipsMelanie Tawil
YOU CAN SAVE HOURS OF YOUR LIFE AND GET HEALTHY WITH EASY MEAL PREP
I could throw so many sayings at you to motivate you to read and practice meal prepping. Alan Lakein, a 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, a 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
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 & CHECK IT TWICE
There’s nothing more satisfying than marking an item off any list (to-do, random items, and in this case shopping). When you stick to your list you’re less likely to move to the inner aisles where the impulse purchases are. What works best for me – I only go to the groceries once a week and can feed my family of four at $100/wk.
3. DON’T 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
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.
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. DON’T 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.
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