5 Things you need to know when Meal Prepping.
Whether you’re a busy working mom, boss lady, budgeting for a trip, or working on losing weight meal prep will change your life. We can all relate having to experience a growling stomach and feeling lazy to cook. The main reason why people seem to order take out and eat unhealthy food is because of a busy schedule. I realized I enjoy prepping food in advance and having multiple options to choose from and use my time to do other fun things after a busy day. In addition, not to brag but I’ve become well known for packing the best lunch at my office. These five tips that I will be sharing today that will make meal prep easy.
What is Meal Prepping?
Meal Prepping is easy prepping all of your meals in advance, it’s like buying frozen food that you buy from the store but instead, you prepare them yourself and it’s healthier and better. It saves you time and also ensures that you are receiving all the nutrients your body needs.
It is very important to know that you shouldn’t get overwhelmed when meal prepping. Here are the five tips that you need to know to get started.
Pick a day
I usually choose Sunday, it's the last day of the weekend and I’m off work. It usually takes me 1-2 hours to prepare everything I need. Choose a day that best works for you and your family. Some meal preppers like to choose two days out of the week to prepare their meals for the week. I highly advise you to prepare your meal for no more than three days. Of course, you don’t want to eat the same kind of meal for a week.
Pick a meal to prepare
As for me, I prepare breakfast, lunch, and dinner all at once. You can choose what works best for you, for example, if lunch is the most important then you could start with that. It depends on if you have family, usually, your main concern would be dinner. But if you’re like me who is single and wants to save money, then you can prepare breakfast and lunch.
Pick your recipe
I usually advise for starters to cook a meal that they would usually cook for themselves. Avoid trying to cook too many recipes, don’t get carried away by what you see on Pinterest or Instagram, you may not want to do it again. Prepare one recipe and maybe few additional side dishes that compliment your plate. Don’t forget to consider each food group. It is important to have a dish that includes carbs, proteins, and fat.
My go-to meal prep is
Freshly squeezed smoothie, packed fruits, oatmeal, and maple syrup.
Rice, baked potatoes and cauliflower, fried veggies, and meat of choice.
Fruits and nuts
Washed and drained spring mix salad, sliced red beets, and feta cheese. I pack my dressing and avocado separately because it tends to go old fast.
Pick Apps or account to follow
It’s always good to follow an account on social media or meal prep app that will help you organize and plan on what to shop and cook.
Instagram: Mealpredaily, Noraminnord, and Sovegan
Pick the right containers
Picking the right containers is as important as picking your recipe because it is the foundation of meal prepping. It’s best to choose a container that has a divided section this helps to separate the food to prevent it from mixing up and keeps it fresh. Choose BPA Free containers for health reasons. BPA is a bisphenol, it is an industrial chemical that has producing plastics since the 1960s. Try purchasing glass containers instead of plastic. However, if you have plastic containers please avoid warming the container on microwave it is not safe.
Meal planning is fun, it may sound overwhelming in the beginning but it is a great way to save time and make healthier food choices. Once you develop the habit of doing it becomes a lifestyle. Switching recipes will make it exciting too. Enjoy!!