Meal prepping is convenient, efficient, reduces waste, and reduces temptation to eat outside your nutrition plan. When cooking every single day is out of the question, meal prepping can allow you to still eat home-cooked meals without having to dedicate time each day to preparation.
What are the benefits of meal prepping?
Time-saving: Meal prepping can save you a lot of time during the week. By prepping your meals in advance, you don’t have to spend time cooking every day, which gives you more time for other activities.
Saves money: When you meal prep, you can buy ingredients in bulk, which is usually cheaper than buying them individually. Also, by prepping your meals in advance, you can avoid the temptation to eat out or order takeout, which can be expensive.
Helps with portion control: By prepping your meals in advance, you can portion out your meals according to your desired serving size, which can help you avoid overeating and sticking to your healthy eating plan.
Promotes healthier eating: When you meal prep, you have more control over what you’re eating. You can choose healthy ingredients and avoid unhealthy ones, which can help you maintain a healthier diet.
Reduces food waste: Meal prepping can help reduce food waste as you can use up all the ingredients you buy, and you won’t have to throw away any leftovers.
FAILING TO PLAN IS PLANNING TO FAIL
How to prep your meals
Plan your meals: The first step in meal prepping is to plan out what meals you want to make for the week. Think about what you want to eat, how many meals you need, and what ingredients you will need to buy.
Make a shopping list: Once you’ve planned your meals, make a list of all the ingredients you will need to buy. Try to stick to your list when you go shopping to avoid buying unnecessary items.
Buy groceries: Head to the grocery store and buy all the ingredients on your list. If possible, buy in bulk to save money.
Prep ingredients: Once you have all the ingredients, start prepping them. This includes chopping vegetables, cooking meat, and making sauces.
Choose your containers: Choose the containers you want to use to store your meals. Glass containers are a good option as they are reusable and don’t contain harmful chemicals.
Portion out your meals: Portion out your meals according to your desired serving size. Use a food scale if necessary to ensure you’re getting the right amount of food.
Label and store: Label your containers with the date and contents, then store them in the fridge or freezer depending on when you plan to eat them.
Reheat and enjoy: When it’s time to eat, simply reheat your prepped meals in the microwave or oven and enjoy!
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