Whether you need to lose weight because of a health diagnosis or just want to feel your best, these meals will help you achieve your goals.
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Meal prep isn't a complicated concept. Simply put, it means prepping meals ahead of time. This could be creating a meal plan yourself, paying for someone else to do it, or batch cooking ingredients that you'll later form a meal with.
There's two main types of meal prep, so lets break them down for you:
This involves cooking an entire recipe to store in your fridge or freezer in one single batch. When you're ready to eat, scoop out a single-serve portion!
In this method, you'll follow the same initial steps as batch cooking, but the difference comes with your storage method. Instead of one large container, divide the meal into multiple single-serve containers. This can be especially helpful if you're cooking for one, or if your focus is on portion control.
Preparing ingredients separately is a great way to cook if there are multiple dietary requirements in your house. When it comes time for dinner, each person can serve up the foods they prefer (grains, veggies, proteins). It can also save you time if you enjoy the process of cooking, but are busy during the week.
Meal prepping is a useful tool to help you when those pesky cravings hit. Instead of caving to your takeout desires, eat one of your ready-made meals! Compared to eating out, this gives you way more control over ingredients and calories you're putting in your body.
When your meals are prepped ahead of time, it reduces unnecessary time spent in the kitchen. All it takes is an hour or so on your day off to get ready for the whole week ahead.
Instead of buying last-minute pizzas, burgers, or other fast foods when you're tired, you can save a lot of money by having meals on hand! You'll also be able to cut down on wasted food.
Any recipe that holds up in the fridge or freezer and still tastes good after thawing is a perfect meal-prepping choice.
Soups, stews, curries, and chili all work great for lunch and dinner. You can never go wrong with some variation of overnight oats for breakfast.
For individual ingredients, we usually make potatoes, tofu, beans, rice, and hearty vegetables (think carrots, beets, broccoli, cauliflower, and the like).
Foods that don't have a very long shelf life once prepared are not great for meal prep. For example, cut up fresh fruits, salads with the dressing on, prepared smoothies, etc.
When you're first starting out, don't over complicate things. Use simple ingredients and try making one recipe at a time to get the hang of meal prep. Work your way up from there!
Invest in good containers
We recommend using glass containers since they keep food more fresh and taste better to eat out of. There's a wide variety of sizes and types of containers (even some with dividers built in — hello bento boxes).
Keep working at it
We want to drive this point home. Even if you get frustrated or mess up a recipe, just keep trying! If you're serious about your health and saving money, meal prepping is a necessary habit to form.
Preparing foods you don't like
While it may seem obvious, if you're not making the foods you enjoy, the likelihood of you actually eating them is low. You don't have to be a complete health nut. Cook meals you enjoy while incorporating as many nutritious ingredients as you can manage.
Making too much food
Do you need a full week of meal prep or just enough for a couple days? If you make too much ahead of time, there's a good chance you'll need to throw out spoiled food. Sit down, figure out which meals you need, and plan accordingly!
Not prepping snacks
Prepping snacks is crucial in order to keep you going between meals (and so you don't eat your dinner at 2:00PM). Always have snacks.
All of these meals are great for prepping in advance to save you time, help with weight loss, and keep your money where it belongs!
🥞 Breakfast & brunch
🍿 Snacks & appetizers
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