Mastering The Basics Of Meal Prep
Recently we featured an article on meal planning for weight loss. In this article we will be focusing on how to master the basics of meal prep, in order to further your knowledge on the subject.
In today’s fast paced, hectic world, with many people living very busy lives, some find it hard to find either the motivation or the time to regularly cook nutritiously balanced meals. Prepping your meals in advance can be an excellent way to overcome this. Meal prepping is essentially preparing your meals in advance, which could mean cooking them then freezing them, or laying out and preparing the food from that recipe that you want to make.
Learning the basics of meal prep is a fantastic way to stop you from buying junk food or microwave meals and in the long-term will benefit both your health and your waistline. If you are new to preparing meals in advance, we advise to start small with simple recipes and to prepare perhaps two meals. Doing more than this at the beginning might make you feel overwhelmed and put you off the practice in the future. Over time, once you are used to prepping meals and you feel confident, you can think about prepping for the whole week!
Here are some tips to becoming a meal prepping pro!
Pick A Day To Prep
First up, pick a day of the week which would best suit you to do your meal prep. Sunday is usually a good day for people, as they have the day off and can relax. Why not plan out your day by going grocery shopping in the morning, followed by prepping your meals when you get home?
Shopping: Have A Plan
Before you hit the supermarket, have a plan! What meals are you going to make? What ingredients do those meals need? Planning your food shopping trip will help you to cut back on waste. Think about what meals you could use certain foods in. Eating the same meals for three days in a row can get boring. For example you can use cooked chicken in a curry and again in a salad for the following day.
Try to make sure that your meals are a good balance of carbohydrates, protein and fat.
Storing Your Meals
Be sure to store your food in good quality containers such as Tupperware. You may find it useful to seek out containers with separate compartments, to keep your vegetables away from your protein for example.
Research Is Key
Ultimately prepping meals will make your life a lot easier from week to week, however it is important to know how long the foods you prep can be safely stored for, before they go bad. Research how long the foods you want to eat stay fresh for and make sure you cut and store them properly.