The concept of meal prepping can be overwhelming for a lot of people, but it’s one of the most beneficial skills you can develop for your nutrition.
One of the most common things I hear is “I don’t have time to meal prep!” But meal prepping doesn’t have to take you all day long. You need to come up with a realistic plan and execute it.
Here are 3 tips for saving time on your meal prep:
- Create a master grocery list and have it flow in the order of your grocery store, make tons of copies and plan to just cross off what you DON’T need each week.
- Invest in kitchen gadgets. Crockpots, Instant Pots, a food processor – all of these gadgets can save you a ton of time on your meal prep day.
- Use 3 compartment containers. This takes the guesswork out of the equation. Fill the largest section with your favorite non-starchy veggie, the medium section with your lean protein, and the smallest with your starch.
In my experience, the easiest thing to meal prep is brown rice (I make 3 cups at a time and it lasts me a full week worth of lunches), and meat. I go through phases of different meats, but I always cook a bunch of it on Sundays so it’s ready to go for the whole week. For the last few months it’s been lean ground beef mixed with ground turkey.
You want to make your meal planning easier? Take action TODAY. Write down what you plan to prep, when you plan to get groceries, and block an hour or two on your calendar to prep the food.
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