Everyone knows the famous quote: “Failing to plan is planning to fail.” We are all guilty of being too tired to cook or finding there’s nothing in the fridge and decide to just hit the drive-thru or order take out. I know I am! When you plan and prep, you can help prevent that from happening. And, the more you do it, the more you’ll get the hang of it. You will be amazed at how much time and money you’ll save, and you might even see faster results.
Use these 10 tips to make meal prep easier and faster:
- Make a Plan. Make a list of your favorite healthy foods. Use this list of foods to find quick, healthy recipes and make in bulk. Plan out what you’ll eat for every snack and meal. Tip: Save your plans for future use. Once you’ve got a few weeks worth, you can just rotate through them for even more ease and convenience.
- Stick to your Grocery List. If you stick to your list, you are less likely to buy junk food. If you want to buy a treat, and it fits in your plan, go for it. Just keep them at a minimum. By sticking to your list, you will minimize those impulse buys and might even save yourself some money. Tip: Try scheduling grocery pick up. Most stores are offering this now, and I’ve found that I am MUCH less likely to buy junk when I do this because I’m not physically going into the store and seeing all the things I DON’T need.
- Keep snacks simple. In order to keep things simple, choose snacks that don’t require a lot of time to put together. Fresh fruit, hard boiled eggs, and fresh cut veggies are great options.
- Cook foods all at once. Roasting vegetables, sweet potatoes, and even chicken breasts all at once will save you time, and cut down on your utility bill. Imagine…all of your side dishes for the week…ready in about 30 minutes!
- Look for shortcuts. I like to buy precut/packaged veggies and fruits to make things simple. You could also buy a rotisserie chicken and split up for things like salads, soups, or even just to munch on as a snack.
- Mason Jar Salads. This is one of the easiest things to throw together! And the jars are a great, cheap way to store them for a few days. Just make sure to put your dressing on the bottom, then toppings, and add lettuce on top to keep it from wilting.
- Mix things up. I don’t know about you, but I get bored eating the same things all the time. So, I like to make sure I have a few different options for breakfast and lunch to give me some variety and to keep me from getting tired of eating the same things. It can be something as simple as just changing up the ingredients in your salad jars, or mixing up the veggies you are eating.
- Invest in food storage containers. Have a variety of sizes of containers available based off of what you want to put in them. Then, if you know you’re going to be out for a while, throw a few of your containers in an insulated bag and take it with you wherever you go!
- Keep your eyes on the prize. All of this meal prep is for a purpose… to help keep you on track with your health and fitness goals. When you have meals prepped, it’s so much easier to stick to your plan.
- Don’t forget to Exercise. All of this meal prepping will save you so much time and that means more time to get in a workout. No excuses!
Do you have an meal prep tips you’d like to share? Feel free to leave a comment or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. As always, thanks for reading!