Planning and prepping your meal for the upcoming week may seem like a lot of work, but if done right, it can be quite simple. Think about it: spending a few hours on Sunday shopping, planning and cooking is a lot better than a few hours every single day, right? Right!
Aside from being a major time saver, meal prep is a great way to help you keep your diet on track. You’ll have complete control over the foods you put in your body, the portions you consume and since everything is ready for you to grab and go, you’ll be less tempted to eat out during the week. (Did we mention how big of a money saver meal prepping can be?)
While there are no official rules for meal prepping there are some easy tips you can follow to make the entire process painless.
Stick to the plan!
Carve out a few hours on Sunday to shop and cook for the entire Going to the grocery store with a list, is the best way to make sure you get everything you need (and a great way to shy away from things you don’t need). Cook in bulk so you cover multiple days and meals.
Mix It Up.
Play around with ingredients and seasonings for your meals to switch it up while staying on track. It’s not easy to eat the same thing every day so swapping cooked vegetables for raw ones is a good start.
Follow easy recipes.
The more intense the directions the less you’re going to want to actually make it. Stick to recipes with 5 ingredients or lessor meals that can be prepared in under 30 minutes.
Snacks for the win.
It’s not just about breakfast, lunch and dinner! Plan your snacks… fresh fruit, nuts, hummus. Try to stick to simple snacks that don’t require much preparation.
Freeze the left overs.
Not just full meals, but ingredients, too! Fresh ingredients can go bad quickly, but saving extra in zip lock bags and freezing them will give you a head start for next week. This is great for when you are making soups and stews, as well as slow cooker meals.
Clean as you go!
No one likes to do the dishes, so while things are cooking in the oven start cleaning before the pots and pans pile up.