Meal Prep 101
I’ve always been super organized, I like to plan in advance and I love nothing more than eating food that tastes amazing but is also good for my body. I remember being in college, trying to eat well but the only “okay” option on campus was Subway. I was vegetarian by then making it even more difficult. Soon after college I got really interested in my health when I joined my first online detox challenge with my Beachbody coach, Colleen. I felt so much better after those 5 days from eliminating sugar, dairy and caffeine. It was also my first experience at trying new recipes and following a meal plan which encouraged me to continue learning about my body and the foods I was eating. When thinking back on all I’ve learned about meal preparation and planning since that first detox challenge, these five points stood out to me as the most helpful!
1. Schedule it!
For me Sunday or Monday afternoons work best. Write it in your planner for 1-2 hours. This will save you time (and dishes) in the long run.
2. Make a meal plan and create a grocery list to accompany it.
This will encourage you to only buy what’s on your grocery list and stick to what you need! Search recipes to add to your plan that include ingredients you like and don’t seem to complicated to bake. This is especially true if your a newbie in the meal prep world.
3. Portion control!
Eating a variety of whole foods is easier to do when you’ve thought out your meals for the week. Balance out greens, fruits, proteins, carbs, and healthy fats throughout the day. Add seeds and dressings too!
4. The big thing I had to remember when I first started was to keep it simple!
One of the benefits of having food prepped is that it’s ready to grab and go, to warm up quick before you leave or after a long day, you don’t have to go through the hassle of cooking if the base of your meal is prepared. Think about how much time you spend simply chopping vegetables and fruit. What if that was done ahead of time? Making a smoothie or stir fry would be an easier process if that was the case!
5. Have accountability!
Post on social media, chat with a friend while prepping, get your partner/family involved. Anything that adds an extra layer of support and motivation!
Here is a sample day with recipes to try!
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Snack - Kiwi Coconut Smoothie
Lunch - Broccoli & Cheese Soup
Dessert - Jumbo Chocolate Chunk Cookies
More Snack Options - Here
I hope you enjoy testing a few of these recipes out. Please tag me @meaganrosewellness