Meal Prep Tips
It’s Sunday night and you’ve had a busy weekend. You probably haven’t given a second thought to what your going to eat for the week. And if you have a toddler like me, what to prepare for him/her as well. The stress is definitely setting in! No worries! It’s time to make life a little easier. For me, meal preparation is key to helping reduce stress, get organized and plan. So here are 6 meal prep tips to help you stay on track, even when life is hectic.
First, HAVE A PLAN!
Go to the grocery store with a list of all the ingredients you will need to prepare your meals for the week. Check your pantry as well! You would be surprised by how many items are already in your pantry. Always keep almonds and dried fruit in your pantry. They make excellent snacks. Go to the grocery store a few days early. If you forget some ingredients, you’ll have time to get them before you start your preparation.
What I normally do is make enough food for 3 days. Try 3 different recipes that the family will enjoy. A rule of thumb is to make a crock pot recipe or a vegetable dish. With the veggie dish, you can always add a protein like fish or lean chicken to it. That will take about 30 minutes total time with prep which will take less time than cooking a full meal. Next, after the 3 days, if you have extra, freeze and have it at a later date.
Third, PORTION CONTROL
Now that you have meals prepared, lets portion them out so that we don’t destroy all the hard work you’ve put in to staying in shape. You should be consistent with measuring your food. All prepared meals should be portioned into 1 cup servings. Next, add color. Fruits are excellent sources of vitamins and typically low in calories. Portion out 1/3 to ½ cup and take with you. Always have your water! If you have bottled water at home, be sure to pack it with you. Have extra in the car just in case you forget.
Make sure to pack snacks as well. Nothing is worse than being hungry and having no access to food. A rule of thumb, always have nuts, water and fruit in your car. It beats going to the drive through!!
Fifth, PROPER STORAGE
When your take food with you, it’s best to make sure the food temperature stays safe. If food is required to stay cool, especially in the summer, always have ice packs. If you work in an office that has a refrigerator, place food in immediately.
Lastly, EAT UP
Now that your prepared, it’s time to enjoy. See how this works for you and let us know what you think! I hope this makes your life a little less stressful.
Until next time, stay healthy!