If you don’t know it by now, you should! Meal prepping is where it’s at!
First of all, if you don’t know meal prepping is where it’s at, you might not know what I’m talking about. In case that’s you, meal prepping is basically the process of getting a week’s (or more) worth of food ready ahead of time.
Meal prepping will you save you time at the grocery store and time each day from cooking.
Even more importantly, it’ll save you time from the extra exercise you have to do to burn the calories from all that fast food you eat when you don’t have time to cook during the week.
What else does meal prepping do?
Okay, so saving time is awesome! Time is money, right? But, meal prepping will also save you money! You buy less food you’ll never eat, and you eat out less when you have all your food planned ahead.
Meal prepping is also one of the best tricks toward controlling your daily calories and putting yourself on a good plan for weight loss.
So, do you want to save money, save time, and lose weight?
Then you totally need to meal prep. If you’re ready to give it a try, here’s how to do it!
4 Keys to Meal Prep Success
1. Have a PLAN!
Sit down and plan all your meals for an entire week. Make sure you plan breakfast, lunch, and dinner. AND – don’t forget to plan for snacks as well.
If you’re like me, you eat the worst foods when you’re hungry. So, if you don’t have your snacks ready to go, you’ll grab the closest thing you can find – peanut butter crackers, candy, pastries, whatever.
Or…if you’re like me sometimes, you don’t eat anything and get rather hangry.
Maybe even develop 3-4 different weekly plans that you really like and rotate through them each month for variety.
2. Use your time wisely.
Once you’ve created your meal plan for the week, write your grocery list.
Not only will this save you time and money at the grocery store, but it will help you decide what items you may need to purchase in bulk. Or, it may help you further tweak your plan so you use all of your ingredients and don’t waste anything.
Then, choose one day each week to do all the work. Take a few hours to do all of your chopping, slicing, cooking, and packaging.
Once you get the hang of it, you really can be completely ready in a just 2-4 hours!
Make sure your meal plan includes items that you can stand to eat multiple days. Or, at least variations of that food. For instance, you can buy a hug pack of chicken breast. Maybe a couple of days you make BBQ chicken. Then a couple of days you have Italian chicken. Then, make chicken salad. Get it?
You don’t have to cook something gourmet and fancy every meal. Just make sure it’s something you like and won’t get tired of eating.
3. Make sure you have what you need.
Before you ever start meal prepping, make sure you have everything you need.
Crock Pot meals are awesome and easy (See HERE!)! Make sure you have a crock pot that works well. Do you have good knives that make chopping and slicing easy and quick? If not – get some!
Check your cabinets – do you have enough pots and pans to cook on all 4 eyes? Roasting pans?
Then, make sure you have SEVERAL good storage containers.
A lot of people recommend glass due to the issues with microwaving plastic. But, I just bought THESE plastic BPA free containers that I like really well so far. They provide pretty good serving sizes and keep food separated in one container.
4. Have a backup plan.
You know how it goes when you’ve got everything just right? Something surely will come up to mess up your plan.
So, plan a backup plan for when your original plan gets messed up.
Have a few meals in the freezer in case something comes up or you have to shift your prep day. Bring a few extra snacks in case work runs late. Be ready to take some food with you if you go out of town.
You get the picture! I love this quote…
“Failing to plan is planning to fail.” – Benjamin Franklin
So, get a plan. Use your time wisely. Make sure you have all the supplies you need. Then make a backup plan.
Let’s plan for success!
And, never be afraid to ask for help!
Let’s Get FIT Together!
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