Need some fuel at the gym, on your next hiking trip or just because you’re powering through the holiday season? “Souping is the new juicing,” to get you up, out…
When we think of people disciplined enough to meal prep we probably imagine super fit athletic types like John Cena, Dwayne Johnson, and Serena Williams. Their dedication to health and fitness is crucial for their career and lifestyle. So we got to thinking, how can we make meal prepping just as important to us – or at least important enough to establish a meal-prep routine. When we took the time to consider the advantages, we realized that they definitely outweigh the effort. Here’s what we came up with to get started.
Determine Your Needs
Some of us eat a heavy breakfast and our meals taper out throughout the day – this is the best for our bodies. Some of us prefer one large meal and lots of little snacks throughout the day, while others skip breakfast, have a bar or salad for lunch and then pig out at dinner. Our meal needs should guide our meal prep. For those of us confined to a desk Monday through Friday, preparing lunch for the week may be sufficient. It’s also a good idea for us desk jockeys to meal prep dinner and use leftovers for lunch the next day. Those with a more flexible routine may have more time to prepare healthier options. Either way, meal prep is easy to adjust to when we take the time to consider our lifestyle.
Some people (us) love food and believe that every meal is an opportunity to enjoy something tasty. Does that mean that our meal prep should be filet mignon with roasted artichokes, double baked potatoes, and black truffle shavings? Probably not. Choose simple meals that don’t take very long to prepare and that keep well in the fridge for an extended period of time. If repetition isn’t your strong suit, prepare a variety of meals using the same produce or protein. For example, grilled chicken can be used in a wrap loaded with veggies, a light salad with vinaigrette or more traditionally alongside a starch and vegetable.
Plan It Out
Once we decide what meals we’d like to prep for, we have to go shopping. Keep a budget in mind and make a semi-detailed shopping list before heading to the store. Make sure to set a chunk of time aside for shopping, cooking and packaging the meal. Taking the time to plan and ensuring we are well prepared is a key step in the meal prep process.
Go Go Gadget
There are some tool essentials to a healthy meal preparation. Besides the basics, great Tupperware and insulated meal bags are a must. Once we’ve done the hard work of planning out the meal, shopping and cooking we don’t want all our time and effort to go to waste. Making sure our food is well sealed will keep it tasting as fresh as possible.
We know establishing such a demanding routine isn’t going to happen overnight. We stay motivated by remembering the reasons why we started. Establishing better eating habits, saving money and spending more time with friends and loved ones are just some of the perks associated with meal-prep.