My meal prep motto: K.I.S.S – Keep It Simple Stupid! Meal prep isn’t hard or costly. You just have to plan properly for it. Here are a few tips when it comes to meal for prepping that will save you time and money.
1. Pre-plan your meals by writing down what you want to cook and the ingredients needing to make it.
2. Decide how many days and meal you plan to prep for. When I worked a full time job and went to school I found it easier to prep for the entire week, but now I only prep for 3-4 days at a time.
3. Make a grocery shopping list. Make note of ingredients you already have on hand so you don’t have to buy extra. Also, write down exactly how much of each ingredient you need instead of guessing. This way you don’t over purchase, which might result in wasted food and money.
4. Select menu items you actually like. There’s nothing worst than preparing simple meals that you don’t enjoy eating. If you were trying something new, don’t make too many of those meals until you are sure that you would actually like them.
5. Each prepped meal should contain the following: a protein source, grain / complex carb and vegetables / fruit or salad. For example, you could have chicken breast, sweet potatoes and green beans. Your plate should look similar to the one below.
6. Buy food prep containers to seperate your meals and keep them fresh. They can be found in almost any store such as Walmart, Target, Krogers, Big Lots, HEB or the Dollar Tree. You can also buy them in bulk at stores like Costco.
7. Have measuring tools available to help you control your portions. You should always read the back of your food labels to gauge your serving sizes. Use that information to measure out your portions. You should have a food scale that measures in grams and ounces, measuring spoons and cups.
Always remember, meal prepping is the key to your weight loss success. Follow these simple tips and make your next meal prep a whole lot easier and beneficial!
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