How do I manage to eat healthy all week long? Meal Prep. It's a lifesaver.
In actuality, meal prep is just making a LOT of leftovers. And the best thing about leftovers is that you don't have to cook again. Meal prep helps me avoid the "what to eat for lunch" conundrum and avoid eating out. I'm saving myself time, money, and calories by doing it myself.
How to meal prep
2. Chop in bulk – When you’re prepping veggies, do all your cutting at once. It’s so much faster to cut up 4 peppers in one sitting than to get out your knife and cutting board 4 times throughout the week just to cut 1 at a time. Also, if I’m making a stir fry with veggies, I’ll leave some raw so I can eat them as a snack with hummus. Killing two birds with one stone is the best part of meal prep! Other ideas for knocking out two things at once:
- When cutting an onion – mince half of it and slice half of it. This makes it quick to throw the sliced ones in a stir fry and the minced ones in guacamole or fresh salsa
- Portion your fresh fruit that you need to wash/cut into “fresh” snack bags/Tupperware + Freeze extras for smoothies!
- Think of simple recipes where you can “split” the ingredients. IE. Using half of a can of black beans to add to soup and the other half for eating on top of a salad
- Oatmeal reheats really well. Instead of paying for single serving packets loaded with sugar, make a big batch at the beginning of the week and heat up just as much as you want for breakfast with a splash of milk. Tastes just as good as day one!
- Cooking 1 filet of fish takes the same amount of time as 4. Think about it.
As for meal-sized portioning – use these handy charts:
5. Don’t forget snacks! Forget those 100-calorie packs you see at the grocery store. Make your own! It’s so much cheaper. You can buy a big container of things like trail mix, nuts, “healthy” chips, treats and separate into your own snack size baggies. This also prevents this relatable scenario:
8 a.m. You bring a large bag of 'healthy' chips to work and say “I’ll just eat a little bit each day!”
5 p.m. Chips are gone.
Meal prep can be time consuming on the front end, but saves a lot of time in the long run! Happy Prepping!