OUR GUIDE TO MEAL PREPPING.
Meal prepping is nothing new, but it can sure seem daunting at times. You're not alone if you've thought about meal prepping, then got overwhelmed with thoughts like: "How do I know what I'm going to want a eat five days from now? How does anyone know what they want to eat five days from now?!", "Isn't meal prepping for body builders?". Firstly, lets get real -meal prepping isn't just for body builders- at all! It's for anyone who wants to eat healthy and balanced meals during the week.
We love meal prepping because it makes our week easier! When our work week gets crazy the last thing you want to worry about is "What shall I get for lunch?" , especially if there's a health goal you're working towards. When you've meal prepped it's already there - you can just eat it, know it's nutritious and healthy then continue with the day!
So here's are step by step guide.
MAKE A PLAN
Sounds pretty obvious - we know- but trust us. Setting some time aside to make a note of your fav healthy foods is key for this. Meal prepping doesn't have to be dull. You want to want to eat your prepped meal! Once you've done that, start thinking about recipes that include these foods you've just listed. Ones that can be made quickly or in bulk. Here's some recipe ideas from us.
STICK TO YOUR GROCERY LIST
This is more achievable if you have eaten something before you walk into the grocery store - we all know what happens when you walk into the store hungry! (If not read this post, for an idea).
By sticking to your list and by limiting impulse buys it will ensure nothing goes to waste.
SHAKE IT OUT
Smoothies are a great way to cram in all those fruits and veggies your body craves, add some protein powder and you've got a whole meal!
KEEP SNACKS SIMPLE
Save time by choosing snacks that don’t require a lot of time to put together. Fresh fruit, hard-boiled eggs, and pre-cut veggies with prepared hummus are great choices.
COOK ALL FOODS AT ONCE
This is brilliant because we don't always have time to spend the entire day in the kitchen, and this way you don't have too! You could roast all your veggies, even meats in the oven at the same time. It'll save on your utility bill and imagine all your sides dishes for the week- ready in 30 minutes!
LOOK FOR SHORTCUTS
You can speed up the prep time too, by buying pre cut veggies, rotisserie chicken or cooked lentils. Tuna is also a great easy protein for meal prepping. Some also bake their eggs in muffin trays to get their hard boiled eggs... we've yet to try that one, but let us know in the comments id you have?
Below is a healthy infographic you can keep and share!
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