Meal prep is the process of planning and preparing your meal in advance, oftentimes for the week ahead.
Known to help living a healthier life by organizing and optimizing food shopping and preparation, meal prep has become increasingly popular among those who want to be eating better as well as save money and time. Meal prepping can seem like a huge task at first, so here are some tips to use meal prep to live a better and healthier life.
Choose your recipes
When choosing which recipes to prep for the week ahead, make sure to pick recipes easy to make quickly or in bulk. Save your plan so you can use it for a future week, and try and rotate your menus to keep it interesting. Try and select healthy dishes that you don’t mind eating a few times in a row, so it’s easier to plan your lunches or dinners. Make sure to choose freezer-friendly recipes such as soups, broths, vegetables-based casseroles or wraps.
Plan your schedule
To do meal prep right, you must keep a few hours a week dedicated to shopping and cooking your meals. Saturdays are a good day, so you have time to prep during the weekend and to keep food as fresh as possible. If you don’t have time during the weekend, Sunday night might be your prep night. It’s also a possibility to divide shopping and prepping in two nights, or prep on Saturdays and Tuesdays. Pick a day or two depending on your schedule and try to stick to it.
Manage portion sizes
If you are preparing individual meals, make sure to take portion size in account. Plan on having one protein source, one carb and one fresh produce, along with some healthy fat. This will provide you with food options that are not only tasty, but also will fill you up for longer and avoid sugar spikes.
Make a shopping list
Once you’ve selected your recipes for the week ahead, write down the ingredients and quantities necessary to prepare your dishes. This way, you can shop wisely and get exactly what you need, no more and no less. Making a list will also help you avoid impulse purchases of unhealthy food. Make sure to check first your fridge and pantry to figure out what you already have and what’s missing. Keeping products bought in bulk fresh throughout the week is made easier with Twin Cooling Plusfridges. With up to 70% moisture level, Twin Cooling Plus fridges guarantee 2 times longer freshness to preserve your dishes longer without drying out.
Invest in quality containers
To pack up your lunches and/or dinners, you can use containers such as mason jars or Tupperware boxes. If you try to avoid plastic, you can also opt for stainless steel or glass containers. Make sure that your containers have a lockable lid to avoid any spills in your fridge or bag.
Plan some snacks
If you tend to snack regularly, transform this habit into a healthy one: prepare easy to assemble snacks ahead of time and keep it in your fridge to reach out when you’re hungry. Snacks such as fresh fruit, hard-boiled eggs and pre-cut veggies with hummus are great when it comes to healthy nibbles.