by Danielle Doolen
Content Marketing Manager at Work For Your Beer
That’s where meal prep comes in. Meal prep can be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to mean hours in the kitchen. There are simple things you can do to help you eat more thoughtfully and save you time throughout the week.
Here are six meal prep tips to help make your week a little healthier.
1. Find Your Staple Foods
Meal prep doesn’t have to involve an extensive list of extravagant foods. All you have to do is pick your favorite healthy foods and make them work for you all week long. These staple foods should be versatile and easy to mix and match with multiple meals throughout the week.
A few examples of these staple foods might be:
- Lean protein (i.e. chicken, fish, eggs, and beans)
- Leafy greens (spinach, kale, spring mix, etc.)
- Seasonal fresh fruit (strawberries, grapefruit, bananas, etc.)
- Sweet potatoes
2. Make an Intentional Grocery List
Take a few moments to think about your schedule for the week and decide what meals you’d like, including what ingredients you’ll need. How many nights will you be home for dinner or will you need to pack a lunch? You’ll be less likely to make impulse buys and buy too much food that will go to waste if you stick to your grocery list.
There are great downloadable grocery lists online that help planning your trip to the store a whole lot easier. For example, check out this template that includes a meal planner for the week and a grocery list organized by food category.
3. Use Your Whole Kitchen
Don’t forget that using all of your kitchen includes the microwave, too! There are plenty of ingredients you can pop in the microwave to help get you ready for the week even faster.
A few of these items might be:
- Frozen veggies that steam in the bag
- Microwavable rice
- Sweet potatoes
4. Invest in Tupperware
It’s a lot easier to meal prep when you have containers of the proper shape and size to put your prepared food in. It’s even better if you can store your food in grab-and-go size containers. You’ll be less likely to eat more than the recommended serving size if your food is already portioned out for you!
Food storage for meal prep is readily available online and in stores. Amazon has great storage sets for under $25, including:
5. Skip the Sunday Scaries
If you don’t have the time to dedicate to planning and preparing all of your meals on the weekend, plan to double or triple a meal you cook during the week. You’re already doing the work, so you might as well make extra for the next day’s lunch or dinner.
Some meal prep ideas during the week include:
- Cooking an extra serving of your favorite lean protein with dinner and using it to make a salad for lunch the next day
- Making hard-boiled eggs for a snack throughout the week while your dinner is cooking in the oven
- Trying out a new recipe and doubling it to have leftovers for dinner the following night
6. Have Someone Else Do It For You
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What Are Your Favorite Meal Prep Tips?
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