Meal prepping is one of those things you hear about all the time, tell yourself that you’re going to start, and then never do. You’ll tell yourself you’re going to look into it but never quite get around to it. Well that ends today.
What is Meal Prepping?
Meal prepping is preparing multiple meals in resealable containers which are stored in the refrigerator so you don’t have to worry about cooking every single day.
Let’s face it, no one wants to cook every single day. So we take the easy way out and go to a restaurant instead, or fast food. Well, this can be costly and the quality of food is never going to be good unless you plan on spending a lot of money every single time you want to eat.
Meal prepping is your solution.
What do I Need to Start Meal Prepping?
The first thing you’ll need is a decent amount of tupperware or resealable containers. Something like this.
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Next, you’ll need to figure out what exactly you want to eat for the next few days. You’ll want to have a few combinations of food for each meal:
- Some sort of protein like steak or chicken
- Rice, quinoa or another kind of grain
- Some sort of vegetables like broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, cucumber etc.
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Each container should be a full meal ready to heat up in the microwave when ready. If you make three or four of these in a row, you won’t have to worry about cooking your next three or four meals! That’s it – it’s for convenience.
Popular Meal Prep Foods
You’ll want variety. The last thing you’d want is to get tired and bored of your meal preps before you’re through with them. Here are some popular meal prep foods to add to the mix:
Protein – Chicken, steak, pork, hard boiled eggs, quinoa, peanuts, walnuts, peanut butter (great with baby carrots or apple slices)
Vegetables – steamed broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, zucchini, asparagus, tomatoes, brusselsprouts, lettuce
Grain – whole wheat bread, brown rice, pasta
You can meal prep for salads too. Just make sure they are in a different container.
Common Meal Prepping Mistakes
Cooked food will go bad in the fridge if they’re not eaten quickly enough. Your meal prep containers aren’t military grade rations. They have a shelf life, most of them for just under 5 days.
DO NOT meal prep for more than four days in advance. If you miss a day, or if you’re not able to get to a meal prep and it goes bad, well you’ve just wasted food. Shame.
DO NOT make the same meal prep every single time because trust me, you will get bored. You don’t want your meals to be something you dread. Oh God, here we go again with the crappy chicken and the broccoli. Mix it up! Learn some new recipes.
DO NOT put salad and chicken or steak in the same meal prep container. Keep in mind, these containers are meant to be heated in the microwave before eating. Nobody wants a warm salad. If you want to meal prep some salads, put them in their own container. The more containers you have at your disposal, the better.
Why Meal Prepping Is Good For Your
Meal prepping is good for you for many reasons.
- If you do it right, you guarantee yourself multiple healthy meals in a row.
- It removes the temptation to eat out or get fast food or some otherwise unhealthy food choices.
- It’s convenient and alleviates the stress of having to cook again.
- If you get into the habit, you can save yourself tons of time and money.
- You’ll learn to cook better and more efficiently with time.
If you’re serious about your fitness journey, meal prepping is the way to go. Don’t short yourself out, don’t give into temptation. Get organized and make your meals easier than ever.