There is a very popular quote that you will often hear quoted when it comes to fitness and meal prep. That quote is, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.”
When it comes to eating healthy it is very easy to get off track. Especially if you had a long day at work and there is nothing already prepared for you to eat at home.
In this situation you are almost always going to opt for something quick and unhealthy. By planning your meals ahead of time you will be able to stay on track and avoid the fast food drive thru.
Here are 7 tips that make meal prep quick and easy.
Start With a Plan
Knowing what you will eat before its time to eat will keep you on track to reach your goals. Making a plan will require you do a little research.
Look up recipes that are easy to make and require only a few ingredients. Take the time to write down what you will eat for every meal and every snack.
For recipe ideas look at blogs such as MyfitnessPal, PaleoHacks and EatingWell.
This may sound like a lot of work but it will more than pay off in the long run. Eventually you will have a few weekly meal plan menus you can rotate through on a weekly basis.
This will prevent you from burning out on the same meals every week.
Don’t Get Anything That’s Not On Your Grocery List
Once you make your grocery list for the week you need to stick with it. Switching things up at the grocery store will not only complicate things, but it will also lead to you spending more money.
The idea is to keep things as simple as possible. That means you should try to avoid impulse purchases as much as you can.
Sticking to your list is the first step to sticking to your plan.
Cook Everything At The Same Time
Roasting all of your vegetables for the week will save you a ton of time during the week. The good news is you can cook a lot of food in the oven at one time. You can roast your vegetables and bake your chicken at the same time.
In about 30 minutes you will have a few meals ready to go for the week.
Invest In Good Food Containers
When meal prepping having good food containers is an absolute must. After all, you will be storing most of your food for a few days.
For best results invest in one container type and buy several of the same kind. This will allow you to stack everything nicely in the fridge without taking up a ton of space.
Make sure your containers are microwave safe, dishwasher safe and BPA free. If you plan on taking your meals with you to work everyday, consider investing in an insulated bag.
This will help keep your meals cool throughout the day.
Keep It Simple When It Comes To Your Snacks
One simple way to save time with meal prep is by keeping your snacks simple. You want snacks that you can literally just grab and go.
Things such as fresh fruit and pre-cut vegetables make great snacks.
The last thing you want to do is spend hours in the kitchen preparing your meals for the week. The best way to cut down on the amount of time spent doing meal prep is to find shortcuts.
Instead of buying fresh vegetables, buy frozen pre-cut vegetables. Frozen fruit is also a great option as everything is already cut down.
Another shortcut is to use tuna on your salad instead of chicken. Tuna doesn’t require any cooking. You can literally take it out the can and toss it on your salad.
Keep Your End Goal In Mind
We saved this tip for last because we believe its the most important. The truth is, meal prep isn’t fun. And unless you really enjoy cooking, its not something you will look forward to every week.
That’s why its so important you keep your end goal in mind. Always remember that there is a reason for all this meal prep.
Without it the likelihood of you reaching your health and fitness goals are slim to none.
It doesn’t matter how many hours you spend in the gym. If you turn around and eat at your favorite fast food joint you will not get the results you are after.
As a matter of fact you may find yourself gaining weight even though you are working out.
When you prepare your meals in advance you always know what you are going to eat. All you have to do is reach in the fridge and grab something.
And because your food is already prepared you will be less likely to stop at your favorite fast food joint.