We all know proper nutrition is key to healthy eating, losing weight and reaching fitness goals. When it comes to eating healthy it can feel like an overwhelming task. No one wants to spend hours upon hours in the kitchen prepping meals and chopping veggies on their weekend. That’s when everyone wants to relax and we can’t say we blame you. Everyone deserves to eat healthy and not spend hours doing it. So today, we’re sharing with you our Best 5 Meal Prep Tips to put your healthy eating on auto-pilot.
#1 Have a Plan
Having a meal plan is key. Not only is it key to helping you reach your goals, but it also ensures you don’t waste unnecessary time in the kitchen prepping things you’ll never eat or spending money on groceries you’ll never eat.
Every week, schedule the meals and snacks for each day of the week. Plan for outings and meals out too! This will help you create a consolidated grocery list so you know exactly what and how much to buy. This plan also in handy during the week when you’re too tired to think about what to eat or what to make. When it’s already laid out for you, you don’t have to think. Just eat!
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#2 Save Time With Frozen, Pre-Washed & Pre-Cut Veggies
It might be more expensive to buy vegetable already prepped, but you have to ask yourself how much you value your time. Time is worth money and often buying ready-to-eat produce isn’t that much more expensive when you look at it that way. And, if they’re more expensive they may also motivate you to not let them go to waste.
#3 Prep What You’re Worst At
If you know breakfast is always a struggle for you, focus your time and meal prep around prepping an easy grab ‘n’ go breakfast. Egg muffins, protein pancakes and smoothies can all be prepped ahead of time and kept in the refrigerator to carry you through the week. Same goes for lunch and dinner. Figure out what meal you’re worse at and make it a priority to become a pro at prepping it!
#4 Prep Dinner Ingredients Ahead Of Time
Most meal prep time is spent chopping veggies and cleaning proteins like chicken, turkey and fish. Breaking up the meal prep from the actual cooking is a smart way to save time and avoid meal prep burnout. Prep dinner ingredients over the weekend and store in the refrigerator until you’re ready to use them!
#5 Keep It Simple
Meal prep does not have to mean making complicated meals with multiple ingredients. It can be as simple as grabbing frozen fish and steam veggies from the freezer for a quick dinner. Or, making shredded chicken in the Instant Pot or a slow cooker ahead of time. Shredded chicken is easy to make and is a quick addition to salads, sandwiches and casseroles throughout the week!
Keep your pantry and refrigerator stocked with healthy options like frozen fish and chicken, steam veggies, frozen fruit, Greek yogurt, eggs and canned tuna make easy ready-to-go options for meal prep.