Making better food choices can be difficult, but a little preparation can help simplify the process. You can choose healthier alternatives while leading a busy life thanks to meal prepping. Learn how you can get started below.
What Is Meal Prepping?
Meal prepping is the practice of preparing dishes or whole meals ahead of time. The purpose is to prepare meals that have healthier unprocessed ingredients for the week, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It can also help prevent you from eating fast food.
What are the Benefits?
Meal prepping can save you time and money. Setting a budget for your grocery shopping based on your weekly needs can help lower your costs and avoid dreaded takeout meals.
Preparation is typically done on the weekend, which can save you time throughout the week. Getting into this habit can also help you with weight loss goals as having pre-made healthy and delicious meals can improve your eating habits.
How to Get Started
Storage – Find a container that can store your food safely and allows for proper portion sizes. Glass containers are not only better for the environment, but better for you. When you warm up your meals you won’t have to worry about chemicals leaching into your food. They are also more durable. Containers with sections can help you portion your meals.
Grab Your Ingredients – Shopping can be fun, but it’s important to stay focused and make sure you get all the ingredients you need for the week ahead while leaving out impulse buys.
Execute Your Prepping – Now that it’s time to prep, take two to four hours out of your schedule depending on how many meals you plan to cook. Organize your food into containers for storage. You can freeze the bulk of them and keep a few handy in the fridge for one or two days.
Meal prepping can lead you to your health and fitness goals in an organized way.
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