Meal prepping is a major factor for success in any weight loss journey. Plus, it saves you a lot of time during the week!
The more prepared you are the more likely you are to stick to your plan and the more you stick to your plan the greater your results will be.
You CANNOT fail if you stick to a healthy eating lifestyle and balanced exercise program, consistently.
7 meal prepping tips for beginners:
1. Don’t go too big too soon.
Start with prepping only one meal for the week. I would suggest prepping for lunch but you can pick any meal you struggle to get to the most. Once you get used to preparing food in bulk you can attempt to prep 2 different meals at once for lunch and dinner for example.
2. Start with a simple recipe
Like chicken stir fry and rice or beef strips with baby potatoes and broccoli. Simple meals will make it a little easier to get into the idea of meal prepping. Breakfast and snacks are a little easier to prep as you can make egg muffins or mason jar overnight oats that doesn’t take too much effort to make.
3. Don’t overcook your veggies
They will get mushy and watery when you reheat your meal later in the week. Roasting might be the best cooking method to use for veggies to ensure they stay tasty and firm.
4. Use freezer bags to save space
If you don’t have enough containers to freeze your meals in, use freezer bags. Take the meal out the night before to defrost and transfer it to your lunchbox to take with you.
5. Mix things up during the week if needed
If you are scared that you’ll get bored of eating the same thing every day, take a day off (maybe Wednesdays) where you eat a salad or any other healthy meal for lunch instead of your prepped meal. You can also roast 3 or 4 different vegetables to switch things up a little during the week.
6. Plan easy snacks to keep you going between your meals
Plan a few raw snacks that’s easy to prepare to save some time during meal prep. You don’t want to spend more than 2 hours on meal prepping. Raw veggies and hummus dip, apple and nut butter, rice cakes and peanut butter, yogurt and berries, crackers and tuna to name a few examples.
7. Find a plan that works for you
You need to figure out what works for you – prepping on Sunday mornings, Sunday nights, middle of the week, one morning before work, dividing the prepping into more than one session and not doing it all at once. At the end of the day you need to find a routine that will allow you to stick to the plan in the long run. If it becomes too much effort you will most likely revert back to unplanned meals and trips to your nearest drive-through. Make it work for you, give yourself some time to adjust and make changes as needed to make this as effortless as possible.
Be sure to share your meal prepping tips with the rest of us! We can all do with helpful tips to make living a healthy, active life a little easier.