What is meal prepping? Planning (and cooking) your meals ahead of time is key to succeeding in your health and fitness goals. Some recommend cooking the week’s worth of food on Sundays since it is the day when the majority of people have the time to do so. The day of the week is based on when is most convenient for you. Cook based on your schedule.
Benefits of weekly meal prepping
Whether you are a full-time student, a full-time mom or have a full-time job, you are busy. We are all busy. Food is the last thing to plan when you have five million other things to worry about, right? Wrong. Health is constantly overshadowed by busy schedules, but in reality, it should be a priority to everyone.
When it comes to eating clean, have your protein sources, vegetables and healthy snacks cooked and ready to go makes life much easier when you’re on the run.
If you are out of the house all day long, you should invest in different sized Tupperware containers. This is what you will use to portion out your precooked meals, snacks and supplements.
Sometimes it is difficult to calculate how much you are spending to eat out every day, but it all adds up! By meal prepping, you will be saving money.
Another thing to consider is investing in a wholesale food grocery like Costco or SAMs Club. Buying in bulk when meal prepping will save you. Think large bags of frozen berries for smoothies, 4-pound bag of chicken breasts and the jumbo size bag of raw almonds. It may seem like overkill when you buy it, but it will not go to waste.
I want to share with you my favorite foods to prepare in advance that I always have on hand.
How-to: Meal prep
There is no right or wrong way on how to prepare your meals. It all depends on individual preferences.
The key is to choose healthy foods. When you have your snacks and meals cooked and ready to eat, you will be less likely to opt for fast food or the vending machines.
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- Pick lean protein sources: chicken breasts, lean ground turkey, egg whites, fish, lean steak cuts
- For complexcarbohydrates, some great options are: sweet potatoes, brown rice, quinoa and rice cakes
- Vegetables: all vegetables are great! Some are higher in sugars and starch than others, so watch portion sizes. Green is always good.
- Snacks: nuts, dried fruit (without added sugars), chopped raw vegetables, and protein bars or powders without added sugar alcohols (the best place to find these is your local health food store).